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Trump: Governor’s Response to Racist Photo ‘Unforgiveable’

VOA News President Donald Trump waded into the controversy surrounding the governor of Virginia over a racist photo that appeared on the governor's medical school yearbook page. Trump tweeted late Saturday that Gov. Ralph Northam's initial apology for the photo and subsequent denial that he was in the picture are "Unforgiveable!" The president's tweet also referenced a controversy surrounding comments Northam made earlier last week about late term abortion. Northam, a Democrat, quickly apologized Friday after reports emerged of a photo in his 1984 yearbook page that shows a man in blackface standing next to a person dressed as a…
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Trump: I Never Worked for Russia’

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump declared Monday, "I never worked for Russia," days after news reports suggested he might be beholden to Russia and President Vladimir Putin. "I think it's a disgrace you even asked that question," Trump told a reporter who queried him about his ties to Russia outside the White House as he prepared to leave for New Orleans to speak at a farm convention. The New York Times reported over the weekend that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials started investigating whether Trump "was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow's influence" because of his…
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Trump Walks Out of Meeting After Democrats Refuse Border Wall Funding

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Michael Bowman WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump abruptly walked out of a meeting with top Democratic lawmakers at the White House Wednesday after they again refused his demand for funding to build a wall on the border to thwart illegal immigration. Trump on Twitter called his brief discussions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer "a total waste of time." The president said he asked them whether they would approve a wall or a steel barrier at the border if he agreed to end the 19-day partial government shutdown and while negotiations…
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Trump May Agree to 2-Week Extension of Government Funding

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump says he is willing to agree to a two-week extension of government funding to avoid conflicts with the ceremonies honoring the late President George Bush. Speaking on board Air force One on his way home from the G-20 summit in Argentina, Trump said congressional leaders have asked for the extension because of Bush's funeral on Wednesday and other events this week honoring the country's 41st president. Trump said he "would absolutely consider it and probably give it." Funding for some government operations is currently set to run out on Friday, although much…
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Trump Forces Out Attorney General Jeff Sessions

VOA News/Masood Farivar & Steve Herman WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump forced his controversial Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign Wednesday, setting up a possible showdown with newly energized congressional Democrats over the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Sessions, in a resignation letter to Trump, wrote that he was stepping down at “your request,” accepting a fait accompli he’d long sought to avert despite Trump’s repeated public humiliations of the attorney general over his recusal from oversight of the Russia probe. The forced departure of Sessions, a former Republican senator and early supporter of Trump’s 2016…
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Bitter Battle Over Kavanaugh Adds Fuel to Midterm Showdown

VOA News/Jim Malone WASHINGTON — Less than four weeks before congressional midterm elections, the bitter confirmation battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has galvanized activists in both major political parties. But its ultimate impact remains uncertain. Republicans say the fight over Kavanaugh has given them a boost, especially in key Senate races in states President Donald Trump won in 2016. Democrats counter that the Kavanaugh fallout has enraged many women voters upset with the way the Senate confirmation battle turned out, likely increasing Democratic turnout in November and threatening Republican control of the House of Representatives. University of Virginia analyst…
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Trump Hails ‘Terrific’ Trade Deal with Canada, Mexico

VOA/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — It is the biggest-ever and the best trade deal in the world – that’s how President Donald Trump and members of his administration are touting a new trade pact they have reached with neighbors Canada and Mexico. “This landmark agreement will send cash and jobs pouring into the United States and into North America,” predicted Trump. After intense last-minute discussions just ahead of a self-imposed Sunday midnight deadline, the United States and Canada announced they had reached a deal, allowing a modified three-way pact with Mexico to replace the nearly quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement…
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Trump Delays Rosenstein Meeting to Focus on Kavanaugh

VOA/Patsy Widakuswara WHITE HOUSE —  President Donald Trump has postponed a highly anticipated meeting to discuss the tenure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The president, who is reportedly considering firing the man who oversees the special investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, will meet with him next week. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement the two men spoke Thursday and agreed to the delay so as not to distract from the Senate Judicial Committee hearing testimony from Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. The president has complained about the Justice Department's…
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Democrats Quick to Denounce Legal Woes of Trump’s Former Aides

VOA News President Donald Trump Wednesday criticized the integrity and legal skills of his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, saying on Twitter that anyone looking for a good lawyer should not retain the services of Cohen. Trump was making his first public statements about his former personal attorney, who a day earlier implicated Trump in a campaign cover-up and faces four to five years in prison when sentenced in December. Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign finance law violations as well as bank and tax fraud. Cohen's pleas came after he testified that Trump directed him to commit a crime by…
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