Macron: Trump Likely to Pull US Out of Iran Deal

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday he believes President Donald Trump will pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal with Tehran to restrain its nuclear weapons development. "I don't know what the American decision will be but the rational analysis of all President Trump's statements does not lead me to believe that he will do everything to stay in the JCPOA ," Macron told a news conference at the conclusion of his three-day state visit. Asked if such a decision would indicate a personal failure, Macron said his role was not to convince Trump to "walk away…
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White House Doctor Withdraws Name to be Next Veterans Chief

The White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, dropped his bid Thursday to head the country's Veterans Affairs agency as lawmakers probed allegations of professional misconduct and excessive drinking. As he withdrew, Jackson described the attacks on him as "false allegations," but said they had "become a distraction" to President Donald Trump's effort to improve health care for veterans. Trump, in an interview on his favorite news talk show, "Fox & Friends," continued to defend Jackson, his personal physician, saying, "He runs a fantastic operation." Trump blamed Senator Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, for the demise of Jackson's nomination to…
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Scrutiny of Trump Lawyer Cohen Adds to President’s Distractions

  VOA News/Jim Malone President Donald Trump often likes to point out how different he is from his White House predecessors in terms of style and substance. But it is unlikely any past president would envy the legal challenges facing Trump, from the Russia investigation to Stormy Daniels to the scrutiny law enforcement is giving his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. On Tuesday it was a night of pomp and glamor at the White House as President Donald Trump and Mrs. Trump welcomed French President Macron and his wife for a state dinner. The two presidents got along famously during their…
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Trump’s Body Language with Macron, Merkel Tell Different Stories

VOA News/Cindy Saine STATE DEPARTMENT — When French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife arrived in Washington Monday for a lavish, three-day state visit, political observers across the world were watching to see signs of the much acclaimed “bromance” between him and President Donald Trump. The two men did not disappoint. Their long handshakes and embraces that were seen during Trump's Paris trip last July were repeated at the White House Tuesday. At one point, the president brushed a speck off Macron’s suit jacket before the two sat down in front of reporters in the Oval Office. Macron reacted with a…
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White House Doctor Continues Fight to Be Veterans Chief

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier The White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, has decided to continue his fight to win Senate confirmation to take over the country's huge Veterans Affairs agency, even as lawmakers investigate allegations of professional misconduct and excessive drinking. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was leaving it up to Jackson to decide whether to walk away from his nomination to the Cabinet position, while appearing to nudge him toward withdrawing. But Jackson later met with Trump and told him he was not ending his bid to head the department that oversees health care for 13 million…
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US Probing Alleged Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

VOA News   The government is conducting an intensive investigation into allegations of heinous crimes against Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar. According to a Reuters report, two officials said more than 1,000 Rohingya men and women in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh have been interviewed, detailing allegations of killings, rape, beatings and other possible crimes against humanity by Myanmar's military. About 20 investigators with expertise in areas of international law and criminal justice conducted the interviews in March and April. When asked to confirm details of the investigation, a State Department official told VOA "the program…
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US Supreme Court to Weigh Trump’s Travel Ban

VOA News/Aline Barros SUPREME COURT — After an intense oral argument over President Donald Trump’s travel ban Wednesday, the Supreme Court is expected to answer in June whether or not the executive order exceeded the authority the president has over immigration. The challengers in Trump v. Hawaii have said that Congress created a system of laws that address the security concerns the president addressed in his executive order limiting travel from certain countries. Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco told the justices the president is “well within his power” to issue the proclamation after a “worldwide multi-agency” review. “The president’s acting Homeland…
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White House Rejects US Press Freedom Downgrade

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — The White House is rejecting accusations President Donald Trump and his administration are hampering freedom of the press in the United States. A media watchdog and advocacy group has dropped the United States two places to 45th in its annual press freedom rankings, blaming Trump's repeated verbal attacks on reporters, publications and TV news networks. "I think we're one of the most accessible administrations that we've seen in decades," replied White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Wednesday's briefing just hours after the release of the Reporters Without Borders 2018 World Press Freedom Index.…
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Merkel Expected to Press Trump on Trade, Iran Deal

VOA News/Peggy Chang WHITE HOUSE — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a one-day working visit to the White House on Friday following a three-day state visit by French President Emmanuel Macon. The back-to-back visits are seen a tag-team effort to persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and to grant permanent exemption of the steel and aluminum tariffs to EU member countries. While Trump and Macron's 'bromance' was on full display during the French president's visit, Trump's relationship with Merkel is unquestionably cooler. It is widely reported that during their inaugural meeting in March 2017, Trump…
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Macron Urges US Lawmakers to Keep Iran Nuclear Deal Intact

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier French President Emmanuel Macron urged lawmakers Wednesday to ensure that the United States does not to abandon the deal to restrain Iran's nuclear weapons development. "Iran shall never possess nuclear weapons, not in five years, not in 10 years, never," Macron declared in a ringing 49-minute speech to both chambers of Congress. French President Emmanuel Macron reaches out to President Donald Trump as he speaks during their joint news conference at the White House in Washington, April 24, 2018. The French leader did not directly address President Donald Trump's vocal opposition to the 2015 pact. Trump is…
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