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Trump says he will call for Justice Department to probe whether FBI surveilled his campaign for ‘political purposes’

Under pressure from President Trump, the Justice Department on Sunday asked its inspector general to assess whether political motivation tainted the FBI investigation into ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign — a remarkable step officials hoped might avert a larger clash between the president and federal law enforcement officials. Trump, who spent much of Sunday railing against the year-old special […]

RNC paid nearly half a million dollars to law firm representing Hope Hicks and others in Russia probes

President Trump waves beside White House communications director Hope Hicks as he walks from the Oval Office to board Marine One on March 29. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) The Republican National Committee paid nearly half a million dollars to a law firm that represents former White House communications director Hope Hicks and others in the Russia investigations, according to a […]

Melania Trump released from hospital, returns to White House in ‘high spirits’

First lady Melania Trump walks along the colonnade April 2 during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) First lady Melania Trump was released from the hospital Saturday morning, after undergoing a kidney procedure earlier in the week, and returned to the White House “in high spirits,” an aide […]

Giuliani: Trump doesn’t know ‘for sure’ that there was an FBI informant in his campaign

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani talks with reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Jan. 12, 2017. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani said Friday that he has been told “off the record” that there was at least one informant for the FBI or Justice Department embedded in Trump’s presidential campaign, but he admitted that […]

Trump says he’ll nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to be the agency’s permanent leader

President Trump shakes hands with acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, during an event on prison reform in the East Room of the White House on Friday. (Evan Vucci/AP) President Trump announced Friday that he plans to nominate the Department of Veterans Affairs acting secretary, Robert Wilkie, to become the agency’s permanent leader, noting that the decision may come as a […]

Trump suggests Justice Department investigate Oakland’s Democratic mayor for tipping off immigrants

President Trump referred to some undocumented immigrants as “animals” on Wednesday and suggested the Justice Department investigate the Democratic mayor of Oakland, Calif., for her role in tipping off the community about an impending federal enforcement raid in February. Trump said Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to inform residents of Oakland ahead of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement action amounted to […]

Mueller investigation enters Year Two: What comes next — and how it could end

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election turns a year old on Thursday. In 365 days, Mueller’s team has charged 19 people, as well as three companies, and secured five guilty pleas. He is showing no signs of slowing down. The milestone might not mean much to […]

The president is backing out of the Iran nuclear deal. Will the ‘Trump Doctrine’ work?

Each week, the “Can He Do That?” podcast explores critical questions about what today’s news means for our nation and its highest office. See all episodes here. When President Trump announced his plans to back out of the Iran nuclear deal, The Washington Post’s State Department reporter John Hudson had an immediate reaction: It was a classic Trump move. “There was a lot […]

Trump: U.S. troop withdrawal from South Korea is not on the table — for now

President Trump said Friday that he will not offer to remove U.S. troops from South Korea or reduce their presence there during his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But Trump left open the possibility of doing so in the future. Speaking to reporters at Joint Base Andrews, Trump said he was not considering such a move “at this moment” […]

White House announces summit with South Korean leader ahead of planned meeting with North Korea

President Trump reacts to people’s cheers Friday on the South Lawn. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) President Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House later this month as part of preparations for the planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said Friday. The May 22 meeting “affirms the enduring strength of […]

Trump reaches out to Otto Warmbier’s family, offers support ahead of North Korea summit

American student Otto Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 29, 2016.  (Kim Kwang Hyon/AP) President Trump spoke Friday with the parents of American college student Otto Warmbier, who last summer died after 17 months in captivity in North Korea, offering emotional support ahead of his planned summit with dictator Kim Jong Un. The president offered a […]

Midterms and Trump: What to look for as we enter primary season

As midterm primary elections heat up around the country, there are looming questions. Which races are critical to watch? What are the strategies of Democrats and Republicans wrestling over control of Congress? And what does the state of the midterm season say about President Trump and his effect on the political landscape of the country? On this week’s episode of “Can […]

Top White House official suggests the administration won’t offer early sanctions relief to North Korea

President Trump’s national security adviser suggested Sunday that the United States isn’t ready to ease sanctions or offer other concessions to North Korea before Pyongyang fully commits to denuclearization. “I think that’s what denuclearization means,” John Bolton said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” He later said that the Trump administration isn’t “starry-eyed” when it comes to North Korean leader Kim Jong […]

White House press secretary pressed to explain what Trump meant by a ‘breeding concept’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought Monday to dismiss criticism of President Trump’s use of the words “breeding concept” in a tweet last week in which he railed against  “sanctuary” laws in California that protect undocumented immigrants. After the tweet Wednesday, Trump came under fire from immigrants rights activists and others, who accused him of using racially loaded […]

Will President Trump get Americans off welfare?

Each week, the “Can He Do That?” podcast explores critical questions about what today’s news means for our nation and its highest office. Listen here. When President Trump signed an executive action earlier this month to strengthen work requirements for people on government assistance, he was sending a message. “This definitely signals where the administration is going, and it shouldn’t be a surprise,” Washington […]

Rapper Kanye West calls Trump ‘my brother’ — ‘very cool!’ Trump responds

Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, attend the Time 100 Gala, in New York in 2015. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Kanye West reaffirmed his affection for President Trump on Wednesday, calling him “my brother” and saying the two share “dragon energy.” West’s comments on Twitter came amid renewed attention on social media and elsewhere in recent days about the rapper’s feelings […]

Trump says Pompeo was not originally scheduled to see Kim Jong Un on secret North Korea visit

CIA chief Pompeo, left, shown with Vice President Pence and President Trump, is the White House nominee for secretary of state. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) CIA Director Mike Pompeo was not originally slated to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his secret trip to Pyongyang, President Trump said Thursday. “He wasn’t supposed to meet with Kim Jong Un. They […]

As Her ‘Hack’ Claim Collapses, Joy Reid’s Column Is Suspended at Daily Beast

The far-left Daily Beast says it has “hit pause” on Joy Reid’s columns until its own reporters have had a chance to investigate her claim that homophobic writings attributed to her were actually written by a hacker. In other fallout news, the embattled MSNBC anchor canceled a public appearance, a high-profile panel discussion she was set to appear on in […]

Trump praises Macron for the ‘seldom allowed’ honor of addressing Congress. It’s not so uncommon.

President Trump shared a toast with French President Emmanuel Macron during a State Dinner at the White House on Tuesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) As French President Emmanuel Macron prepared to address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, President Trump took to Twitter to praise Macron for “a great honor,” which Trump said is “seldom allowed to be done.” […]

‘Stupid question’: Trump curtly dismisses a reporter’s question about pardoning Michael Cohen

French President Emmanuel Macron talks at the beginning of his meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on April 24. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) With French President Emmanuel Macron seated beside him in the Oval Office, President Trump seemed at ease Tuesday as he parried questions from reporters, many focusing on the Iran nuclear deal, over […]

Trump lashes out at New York Times over Michael Cohen coverage, vows his attorney won’t ‘flip’

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump vowed Saturday that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, will not “flip” and cooperate against him in the special counsel investigation into his campaign’s connections to Russia, attacking a New York Times story as part of a “witch hunt” against him. In several morning tweets, Trump also lashed out against the Times over its coverage of the […]

Romney forced into primary for Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee now seeking a Senate seat in Utah, was dealt a setback Saturday after his party’s delegates denied him their nomination, forcing him into a June 26 primary. Romney, whose bid for the seat was endorsed by President Trump and retiring Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), came in second place after a lengthy and contentious […]