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Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls

WASHINGTON — He started by describing the reverent handling of America’s war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to Dover Air Force Base. From that opening, White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered a raw and searing monologue Thursday about the reality and pain of war sacrifice, praising those …

Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn’t called all families

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has pulled bereaved military families into a painful political fight of his own making, going so far Tuesday as to cite the death of his chief of staff’s son in Afghanistan to question whether Barack Obama and other presidents did enough to honour the military dead. He’s boasted that “I …

‘I’m intact,’ Tillerson says, brushing off drama with Trump

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a “moron,” dismissing the brouhaha as the “petty stuff” of Washington. Though they keep coming, Tillerson insisted the persistent queries aren’t hindering his mission as the nation’s top diplomat. Asked about a …

Ivana Trump explores marriage to ‘the Donald’ in new book

NEW YORK— A new book from Donald Trump’s first wife pulls back the curtain on a tumultuous period of the president’s life, including the messy divorce that was splashed across New York’s tabloids for weeks. Ivana Trump, who was married to the real estate magnate from 1977 to 1992, writes in “Raising Trump” that she …

US beefs up NKorea sanctions, Kim Jong Un insults Trump

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea on Thursday, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans’ nuclear weapons advances. Its leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare statement, branding Trump as “deranged” and warning he will “pay dearly” for his threat to “totally …

Trump, the ‘America First’ president, goes to the UN

Elected on the nationalist slogan “America first,” President Donald Trump will use his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly to argue that individual nations should act in their own self-interest, yet rally together when faced with a common threat such as North Korea. Trump, who has warned of “fire and fury” if North Korea …

Trump calls for UN reform, but with more restrained tones

President Donald Trump used his United Nations debut on Monday to prod the international organization to cut its bloated bureaucracy and fulfill its mission. But he pledged U.S. support for the world body he had excoriated as a candidate, and his criticisms were more restrained than in years past. “In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its …

Trump to make UN debut with speech offering warmth to allies

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump will use his debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly next week to offer warmth to the United States’ allies and warnings to its adversaries. “He slaps the right people, he hugs the right people and he comes out very strong in the end,” U.S. Ambassador to the United …

No collusion with Russians, Trump Jr. insists to Congress

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s eldest son cast his meeting with a Russian lawyer last year as simply an opportunity to learn about Hillary Clinton’s “fitness, character or qualifications,” insisting Thursday to Senate investigators behind closed doors that he did not collude with Russia to hurt her campaign against his father. Donald Trump Jr.’s description …

Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his defence of monuments …