Trump Lawyer: President Doesn’t Have to Comply With Subpoena

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump's new lawyer asserted Sunday that the president does not have to comply with a subpoena involving the burgeoning Russia investigation stemming from the 2016 election and might invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination if he is forced to testify."We don't have to" honor a subpoena, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team, told ABC's Sunday news program "This Week." He added, "He's the president of the United States. We can assert the same privileges other presidents have." Trump often has said he would like to sit for…
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Pompeo: Trump Likely to Leave Iran Deal ‘Absent a Fix’

Cindy Saine STATE DEPARTMENT — New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says no decision has been made on whether President Donald Trump will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, adding that negotiations are ongoing. At his first news conference in his new job, Pompeo said, “Absent a substantial fix, absent overcoming the shortcomings, the flaws of the deal, he (President Trump) is unlikely to stay in that deal past this May.” Pompeo spoke in Brussels at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, one day after he was sworn in. Pompeo said he had discussed the nuclear deal, known as the Joint…
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Trump: House Report Proves ‘No Collusion’

VOA News President Donald Trump has commended the release of a report by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee, saying it proves there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Questioned about it during a joint news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said, “We were honored. It was a great report. No collusion, which I knew anyway.” He called the investigation “a witch hunt,” echoing a phrase he had tweeted earlier that morning, and added: “If we can get along with Russia, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. But there has been…
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Trump: No Iran Nukes Even if Agreement Folds

VOA News/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — Standing alongside Germany’s chancellor, President Donald Trump emphasized on Friday that Iran would not be permitted to build a nuclear arsenal, even if a deal intended to prevent that scenario collapsed.“They’re not going to be doing nuclear weapons. You can bank on it,” Trump told reporters. Asked about possible actions, including use of force, that he could take if Iran restarted its nuclear weapons program, if the deal made in 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was abandoned, the president replied: “I don’t talk about whether or not I’d use military…
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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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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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