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Pompeo Promises ‘Significant Announcement’ on US-China Trade Talks

VOA NEWS/Nike Ching STATE DEPARTMENT —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expressing optimism that trade talks with China aimed at ending tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of products will be successful. "It's never over till it's over, but they've made a lot of progress, and so I'm very hopeful that in the coming days and weeks, there'll be a significant announcement," said Pompeo on Monday in an interview in Des Moines, Iowa. The top diplomat is in Iowa to discuss diplomatic efforts to promote American economic interests and American exports. Iowa's Farmers have been hit hard by the…
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House Democrats Launch Wide-Ranging Trump Investigations

VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — Democrats in the House of Representatives launched a wide-ranging investigation Monday of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, his businesses, his transition to power and whether as president he has obstructed justice to thwart probes of him. The House Judiciary Committee sent letters to 81 people and entities linked to Trump, demanding documents within two weeks about a lengthy list of events involving the country's 45th president. In addition to focusing on obstruction allegations, the committee said it is looking at possible public corruption and abuses of power during the two-year Trump presidency. "Over the last several…
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Anxiety for US-born Kids of Families Facing Deportation

VOA News/Aline Barros & June Soh BETHESDA, MARYLAND — Jacqueline Landaverde, 17, applied to colleges hoping to study political science and law. Kevin Palma, also 17, wants to major in health sciences and eventually become a cardiovascular surgeon. While both live in Massachusetts and were born in the , their parents weren’t. They came to the under the Temporary Protected Status Program (TPS). TPS granted them legal status in the and allowed them to work. As the name indicates, TPS was always intended to be temporary while the countries affected recovered from natural disasters or political crises. Even if a person…
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Otto Warmbier’s Parents: North Korea Responsible for Son’s Death

VOA News The parents of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was released from North Korean custody in a vegetative state, accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of "unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity" Friday after President Donald Trump refused to blame Kim for the death of their son. "Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto," they said in a statement. "No excuses or lavish praise can change that." Warmbier died just days after he was returned to his family in June 2017. Trump said Thursday he does not believe Kim knew…
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Trump to Address Conservative Conference

VOA News President Donald Trump will address a friendly audience Saturday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, capping a tumultuous week highlighted by failed talks at a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and damning testimony before Congress by former personal attorney Michael Cohen. The conference promises to be a welcome diversion for Trump, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia appears to be coming to a conclusion. It will be the Republican president’s third consecutive appearance since he has been in office at the three-day conference at National Harbor…
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How Trump May Have Covered Up Hush Payment Scheme

VOA News/Masood Farivar CAPITOL HILL — It barely registered with lawmakers during disgraced lawyer Michael Cohen's dramatic congressional testimony Wednesday about President Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and his first year in office. But in what could spell a major legal headache for Trump, House Democrats are investigating whether the president hid from government ethics officials hundreds of thousands of dollars he paid Cohen as part of a scheme to silence porn star Stormy Daniels about her allegations that she and Trump had an affair years before. The investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform…
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Ex-Lawyer Cohen’s Testimony in Congress Poses High Risks for Trump

VOA News/Masood Farivar WASHINGTON — In what promises to be a riveting and historic televised hearing, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former long-time personal lawyer, is set to appear before a House oversight panel Wednesday to provide an intimate look at the Trump business empire. Cohen will become the highest-profile witness since the 1970s Watergate scandal to testify in Congress against a sitting American president. Cohen’s tell-all public testimony providing potentially damaging evidence about Trump’s political and business activities both before and after his 2016 presidential victory will come while the president is in Hanoi for his second summit with Kim…
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Trump Arrives in Hanoi for Second Summit With Kim

VOA NEWS/Steve Herman ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE —  President Donald Trump is in Hanoi for his second summit with Kim Jong Un amid hopes for a deal that would lead to the North Korean leader giving up his nuclear weapons. "I think we'll have a very tremendous summit. We want denuclearization, and I think he'll have a country that will set a lot of records for speed in terms of an economy," Trump said in remarks at the White House before departing National Security Advisor John Bolton, two months ago, said a second summit was needed because North Korea had…
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Democrats’ Stand on Border Security, Immigration a Work in Progress

VOA NEWS/Katherine Gypson CAPITOL HILL — President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have blasted Democrats for going easy on immigration enforcement — allegations that only intensified throughout the contentious 35-day government shutdown earlier this year triggered by a dispute over Trump's demand for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall. Immigration and border security controversies festered throughout the 2018 midterm election as the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives. The issues are certain to dominate the debate in the coming months as Democratic candidates position themselves to challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential campaign. Trump has leveled…
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Trump Heads to Hanoi for Second Summit With Kim

VOA NEWS/Steve Herman ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE —  President Donald Trump is heading to Hanoi for his second summit with Kim Jong Un amid hopes for a deal that would lead to the North Korean leader to give up his nuclear weapons. "I think we'll have a very tremendous summit. We want denuclearization, and I think he'll have a country that will set a lot of records for speed in terms of an economy," Trump said in remarks at the White House before departing. National Security Advisor John Bolton, two months ago, said a second summit was needed because North…
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