Tag: International relations

Trump Expected To Order Construction Of Mexican Border Wall

On Wednesday, President Trump will order the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials told The New York Times. Trump will sign an executive order at the Department of Homeland Security ordering that federal funds be shifted in order to build the wall, which during his campaign he vowed would be…

American Automakers To Meet With Trump Tuesday

President Donald Trump meets Tuesday with the CEOs of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler in the Oval Office. “I want new plants to be built here for cars sold here!” Trump tweeted Tuesday. Trump made a point on the campaign trail of slamming American automakers for importing cars from Mexico and vowed a border tax…

Trump Falsely Says 5 Million Illegal Ballots Cost Him Popular Vote

President Trump spent the first 10 minutes of his first official meeting with congressional leaders talking about the “huge crowd” at his inauguration, rehashing the presidential campaign, and repeating a claim that has been debunked multiple times — that he lost the popular vote by a wide margin because of millions of illegal votes cast…

Trump Heads To Inauguration With Historical Low Poll Numbers

Three new polls show President-elect Donald Trump being viewed favorably by about 40 percent of Americans, a huge shortfall from the approval numbers for Trump’s four predecessors. In Gallup and Washington Post/ABC News polls, Trump is viewed favorably by 40 percent and unfavorably by 55 percent (Gallup) and 54 percent (WaPo), while a CNN/ORC poll…

18 Congressional Democrats Plan Inauguration Boycott

At least 18 House Democrats will not attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremonies this Friday, with some planning to leave for their home districts and others intending to march with protesters in Washington. Among those boycotting is Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights leader whom Trump criticized as “all talk” in the weekend before…

Trump Promises ‘Insurance For Everybody’

President-elect Donald Trump says his plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act is nearly complete. In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump did not reveal the specifics of his replacement package, but promised “lower numbers, much lower deductibles,” and said “we’re going to have insurance for everybody.” He also said he plans to crack…

Rex Tillerson Trump’s Secretary Of State Faces Senate Grilling

The second day of Senate confirmation hearings started Wednesday morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson facing heavy questioning, especially due to his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has downplayed his relationship with Russia, though, and his prepared remarks claim “Russia today poses a danger,…

Russia, Syria Halt Aleppo Airstrikes Ahead of ‘Truce’ [VIDEO]

Russia and Syria on Tuesday claimed they would halt their airstrikes on the besieged city of Aleppo to prepare for a “humanitarian pause” on Thursday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the strikes were suspended at 10 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the temporary truce from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday—a cease-fire that is…

Ottoman-era Armenian Killings Recognized As ‘Genocide’ [VIDEO]

Germany’s Bundestag passed a resolution qualifying the Ottoman Era Armenian killings ‘genocide’. The lower house of parliament voted almost unanimously, with one vote against the motion and one abstention. House speaker Norbert Lammert spoke of a “remarkable majority.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the leader of the Socialdemocrats Sigmar Gabriel failed…

Obama Lifts US Embargo On Lethal Arms Sales To Vietnam [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama has announced the US is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam, its one-time enemy. Speaking during a visit to communist Vietnam and talks with its leaders, Mr Obama said the move removed a “lingering vestige of the Cold War”. The US is trying to bolster its relationship…

Obama Announces US Cuba Opening Of Embassies [VIDEO]

The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said the embassies in…

Obama signs trade, worker assistance bills into law

President Barack Obama has signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts. The measures were politically linked to secure bipartisan support for the trade legislation. They set the stage for the conclusion of a 12-nation Pacific…

Ex-Nazis Got Millions in Social Security

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, which were underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects…

VIDEO shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine

Watch the vIDEO that shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine: Ukraine’s new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard. Video from The Associated Press shows the scene of the crash…

US State Department delays review of Keystone pipeline

The U.S. State Department says it is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. The review could push the decision about the controversial pipeline until after midterm elections in November. AP

Syrian civil war: Islamist rebels are accused of killing at least 190 villagers in pro-Government areas and kidnapping hundreds more

Syrian Islamist rebel groups on Friday were accused of killing at least 190 villagers in the country’s pro-government heartland and kidnapping hundreds more, as the emergence of jihadist forces fuels further sectarian strife. Civilian residents, including dozens of women and children, were gunned down or stabbed during a coordinated, planned attack on villages in the…