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President who cried wolf? Real border alarms now seem hollow

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump insisted last year that America's southern border was in crisis, his warnings landed with a thud. Making unverified claims about "unknown Middle Easterners" and prayer rugs found by ranchers, Trump...

 

Trump 'strongly looking' at releasing migrants in Dem cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he is strongly considering releasing "Illegal Immigrants" into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland...

 

Trump immigration push has White House power players at odds

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump rails against an influx of migrants at the border, two of his most influential White House power players are at odds over the future of his immigration policy. Fresh off orchestrating a shake-up at the De...

 

Trump backs off border shutdown but threatens auto tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoning his threat to immediately seal the southern border, President Donald Trump warned instead on Thursday that he'd slap tariffs on cars coming to the U.S. from Mexico unless the Mexicans do more to stop the flow of...

 

Trump takes a step back from threat to close southern border

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump eased up on his threats to close the southern border as officials across his administration explored half-measures that might satisfy the president's urge for action, like stopping only foot traffic at certa...

 

Trump turns Mueller probe's findings into political weapon

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Presenting himself as both vindicated and vindictive, a fired-up President Donald Trump on Thursday turned the findings of the Russia investigation into a political weapon at a Michigan rally that was part victory lap,...

 

Mueller inquiry over, Trump plays favorite role: the victim

WASHINGTON (AP) — News that special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has put President Donald Trump in his favorite position as he heads into his 2020 re-election campaign: the victim,...

 

Trump says he's bucking Treasury, reversing NKorea sanctions

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he has reversed his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, with his press secretary explaining that the president "likes" leader Kim Jong Un and doesn't...

 

Trump: Let Mueller report come out, 'let people see it'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller's report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as "ridiculous." "Let it come out, let people see it,"...

 

Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by a congressional rebuke, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday in a demonstration that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled...

 

Trump surveys devastation, pays respects to tornado victims

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Standing near the slab that's all that is left of one family's garage, President Donald Trump on Friday surveyed the devastation wrought by a powerful tornado that ripped through a rural Alabama town, uprooting trees, tearin...

 

Trump still coy on border deal - but claims victory anyway

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before seeing a final deal or agreeing to seal it, President Donald Trump labored on Wednesday to frame the congressional agreement on border security as a political win, never mind that it contains only a fraction of the...

 

Trump not 'thrilled' with border deal but leaning toward it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement Tuesday that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of...

 

Longest shutdown over: Trump signs bill to reopen government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Submitting to mounting pressure amid growing disruption, President Donald Trump signed a bill Friday to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before...

 

Trump offers temporary 'Dreamers' deal for border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his...

 

Trump salutes remains of 4 Americans killed in Syria attack

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — A solemn procession. A long salute. A chaplain's prayer. President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base on Saturday to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were...

 

Pence's pickle: How to bargain when no one speaks for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Progress made, said one. Not so, said the other. We'll meet again, said one. Waste of time, said the other. Such has been the life lately of Mike Pence, the loyal soldier dispatched by President Donald Trump to lead negotiations...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Obama support for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the deceptive use of a video, President Donald Trump on Thursday heartily thanked his White House predecessor for supporting his policy at the Mexican border. Barack Obama has offered no such support; only criticism. Trump...

 

Trump administration eyes disaster money to fund border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for President Donald Trump's...

 

GOP lawmakers sure disaster funds will not be used for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers expressed optimism Friday that the Trump administration would spare billions of dollars in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico as they search for money to...

 

AP Explains: Can Trump declare emergency to build his wall?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is weighing using a national emergency declaration to circumvent Congress and the budget stalemate and force construction of the president's long-promised southern border wall. "We're looking at a national...

 

Federal agencies directed to hold off on shutdown raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agencies have been directed to hold off enacting pay raises for top administration officials during a government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay. The guidance was issued Friday...

 

Trump says shutdown could last for 'months or even years'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday he could keep parts of the government shut down for "months or even years" as he and Democratic leaders failed in a second closed-door meeting to resolve his demand for billions of dollars...

 

Trump bows to conservative backlash over border wall funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rattled by accusations he was caving on his promised border wall, President Donald Trump instead bowed to a conservative backlash. After signaling earlier in the week that he was backing off a government shutdown threat, Trump...

 

Budget head Mulvaney picked as Trump's next chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his acting chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of the running for the job. "Mick has done an...

 

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