Trump: US ‘Will Not Be a Migrant Camp’

Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump on Monday said the separation of children from their parents trying to enter the United States illegally is "so sad," but showed no signs of changing the policy. "A country without borders is not a country at all," Trump said. "We want safety and security for our country ... and it starts with the border." The American leader said the would not be a "migrant camp" or "refugee holding facility." "Not on my watch," Trump declared. Trump blamed opposition Democratic lawmakers for the impasse over immigration policies, even though Trump's Republican party controls…
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Trump Lawyer’s Advice to President: Don’t Pardon Russia Probe Figures

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump's lawyers said Sunday he is advising him to not pardon anyone linked to the year-long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election because it would "just cloud" the perception that there was wrong-doing. Rudy Giuliani, a former New York mayor and part of Trump's legal team, told CNN, "You're not going to get a pardon because you're involved" in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. But he said that in the months to come pardons were "certainly not excluded" if Trump concluded "you've been treated unfairly." “The president has…
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Trump Mounts Fresh Attack on Mueller Probe

VOA News/Jim Malone WASHINGTON — Outside the White House Friday, a media frenzy. And at the center of it all, President Donald Trump. “Can we do one question at a time? Wait! One question at a time," the president scolded reporters. Trump launched a new attack on the Russia probe in the wake of a critical report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation by the inspector general of the Department of Justice. “I did nothing wrong. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction," he said. "The IG (inspector general) report yesterday went a long way to show that, and I…
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Judge Jails Ex-Trump Campaign Chair Manafort

VOA News WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail on Friday after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of tampering with potential witnesses while free on bail. Manafort, 69, the first former Trump associate to go to prison, was indicted last week on two new counts of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with attempting in recent months to influence the testimony of two unidentified cooperating witnesses. Manafort pleaded not guilty to the new charges Friday morning. But federal district judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing the witness…
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Trump Denies He Fired Comey Over Russia Probe

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump said Thursday he did not fire Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey because of the Russia investigation, contradicting previous statements that the probe was the reason for his dismissal. "Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia!," Trump said in a posting on Twitter. He blamed the "Corrupt Mainstream Media" for promoting what he considers a false narrative about Comey's dismissal. In an interview last year with NBC TV news anchor Lester Holt, Trump said the Russia probe was foremost on his mind when he decided…
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US Boasts ‘Taking Down Small Islands’ Not a Problem

PENTAGON — China's militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea will not scare off the United States, which is promising to continue carrying out so-called freedom-of-navigation exercises despite the rising threat. “I would just say that the United States military’s had a lot of experience in the Western Pacific taking down small islands,” Marine Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, said Thursday when asked whether the could blow apart any of the Chinese-made islands. “We have a lot of experience in the Second World War taking down small islands that are isolated. So, that’s a…
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National Security Division Focuses on Combating Cyberthreats

The Justice Department's National Security Division, created in response to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, is increasingly focused on an emergent menace: cyberthreats posed by foreign countries, from Russia to China, the division head said Thursday. "In the past years, has come increasingly to include a focus on cyber as part of the threat posed by certain foreign nations," said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, citing the prosecution in recent years of hackers acting on behalf of China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State terror group. Over the past two years, law enforcement and intelligence officials…
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US Slaps Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum from EU, Canada, Mexico

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — The United States is escalating trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions, imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico beginning on Friday. The also negotiated quotas or volume limits on other countries, such as South Korea, Argentina, Australia and Brazil, instead of tariffs, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also told reporters by telephone. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said such measures are necessary to protect American jobs and industries in key manufacturing sectors. “The president’s actions are about protecting American steel,…
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Top N. Korean Official Heading to US for Talks on Summit

  Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE —  President Donald Trump has confirmed a top North Korean official is to visit New York for talks related to a planned summit between Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. "Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York," Trump wrote Tuesday on Twitter. Hours earlier, news reports said Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling party and former military intelligence chief, was at the Beijing airport. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Kim planned to fly Wednesday to New York. Trump sent a letter last…
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Maryland Town Again Hit by Devastating Flood

VOA News Residents of Ellicott City, in the eastern state of Maryland, are surveying the damage from flash flooding Sunday that raged down the town's main street. It’s a deja vu for the historic town as it is the second time in as many years that an intense rainstorm triggered catastrophic flooding in it. People were seen climbing to upper floors of their shops and homes for safety, with emergency workers urging them to wait for rescue personnel. Ellicott City is located in a valley that collects rainfall from the surrounding countryside. Local resident Ken Kessler said that following the…
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