When Trump takes credit and assigns blame

One of the most consistent features of President Donald Trump’s public statements is his drive to take credit and assign blame. It’s a tendency that consistently lands him in trouble with history, either recent or long ago, and has been on display as he approaches his 100th day in office. Over the past week, the president claimed unprecedented achievement as […]

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Trump and his aides sow confusion by sending mixed signals on foreign affairs

As he nears his 100th day in office, President Trump’s efforts to appear decisive and unequivocal in his responses to fast-moving global crises have been undercut by confusing and conflicting messages from within his administration. Over the past two weeks, policy pronouncements from senior Trump aides have often been at odds with one another — such as whether Syrian President […]

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How Trump’s ‘Hire American’ Order May Affect Tech Worker Visas

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that directs federal agencies to review employment immigration laws to promote “Hire American” policies. The order makes no immediate changes to work visa programs but tells the Departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State to study existing laws and procedures and recommend changes. In the case of one program, H-1B temporary […]

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Trump finds himself on the defensive on a pair of government transparency issues

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday defended President Trump’s decision to keep visitor logs to the White House complex under wraps, saying his predecessor’s policy amounted to “faux” government transparency. The Trump administration drew criticism from an array of watchdog groups when it announced Friday that it would end the Obama administration’s policy of making most visitor logs […]

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N. Korean official: Ready for war if Trump wants it

President Donald Trump’s tweets are adding fuel to a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s vice foreign minister told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Friday. The official added that if the U.S. shows any sign of “reckless” military aggression, Pyongyang is ready to launch a pre-emptive strike of its own. Vice Minister Han Song […]

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CIA director takes negative tone on group Trump has praised

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has denounced the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service” and a threat to U.S. national security, a condemnation that differed sharply from President Donald Trump’s past praise of the organization. In his first public speech since becoming taking over the CIA, the former Republican congressman escalated the agency’s hostility to WikiLeaks and its founder, […]

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Trump Reversals Hint at Populists’ Diminished Sway on Economy

President Trump made three startling economic policy reversals on Wednesday, stepping away from pledges he made as a candidate and even policies he supported only days ago. The shifts confounded many of Mr. Trump’s ardent supporters and suggest that the moderate financiers he brought from Wall Street are eclipsing the White House populist wing led by Stephen K. Bannon, the […]

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