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Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

NEW YORK — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. But in the aftermath of this week’s stinging Alabama defeat, Bannon is showing no signs of abandoning his guerrilla war against …

Trump wrapping up Asia trip with meetings with US partners

MANILA, Philippines — President Donald Trump is wrapping up his extensive trip to Asia with an international summit and one-on-one meetings with international partners, including his Philippine host who is overseeing a bloody drug war. Trump was meeting Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dining with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of the East Asia summit …

What some Filipinos think of the Trump Duterte meeting

MANILA, Philippines — President Donald Trump will formally meet his equally bombastic Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, on the sidelines of an international summit Monday in one of the most-anticipated moments in the U.S. leader’s first presidential trip to Asia. Both have tested the bounds of statesmanship with their foul language, devil-may-care verbal harangues against enemies and strongman …

Trump unlikely to rebuke Duterte for drug war killings

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing. He called Barack Obama a “son of a whore.” This week, he boasted that he murdered a man with his own hands. All that may well go unmentioned in public by President Donald Trump when the leaders hold …

Putin manipulating Trump with flattery, ex director suggests

MANILA, Philippines — A day after being criticized by President Donald Trump, a former CIA director questioned whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was manipulating Trump with flattery during the president’s lengthy trip to Asia. Trump’s trip was meant to be centred on trade and North Korea, and on Monday, he will talk with Philippine President …

Trump: ‘I’m with our agencies’ on Russian election meddling

HANOI, Vietnam — President Donald Trump on Sunday said he believes U.S. intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But Trump also said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is sincere when he says Russia didn’t interfere. “I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not …

Trump calls Putin sincere, ex US intelligence heads ‘hacks’

HANOI, Vietnam — Days before returning home from a whirlwind trip to Asia, President Donald Trump was back on the defensive over Russian election meddling, saying he considers President Vladimir Putin’s denials sincere, dismissing former U.S. intelligence officials as “political hacks” and accusing Democrats of trying to sabotage relations between the two countries. Speaking to …

Analysis: Trump, in China, opts against confrontation

BEIJING— President Donald Trump pulled his punches. On the home turf of the rising superpower he once declared was “raping” the United States on trade, Trump on Thursday abandoned his often-pugnacious posture. He opted instead for public flattery and deference and chose to denounce past U.S. presidents for the economic imbalance. And while he urged …

Trump, Xi present united front despite differences

BEIJING — President Donald Trump sought to present a united front with Chinese President Xi Jinping following two days of meetings Thursday, despite lingering differences over trade and North Korea. On trade, Trump criticized the “very one-sided and unfair” trade relationship between the U.S. and China but stopped short of castigating Xi by saying he …

Trump criticizes ‘one sided’ Chinese trade deals

BEIJING – President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the “very one-sided and unfair” trade relationship between the U.S. and China, but stopped short of castigating Chinese President Xi Jinping by saying he doesn’t blame the country for taking advantage of the U.S. Speaking after the announcement of new business deals between U.S. and Chinese companies, …

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