Kushner sought a secret channel to talk to Russia

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, spoke in December with Russia’s ambassador to the United States about establishing a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and Moscow to discuss strategy in Syria and other policy issues, according to three people with knowledge of the discussion. The conversation between Mr. Kushner and […]

Macron beats Trump in a handshake contest

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron completed the initial leg of his first diplomatic marathon with a win: He beat his US counterpart in a handshake contest. It wasn’t billed as such, of course, but during his brief yet already memorable tenure as president, Donald Trump has made headlines with his handshakes. There was the […]

Trump, at NATO, vows unwavering fight against terrorism

U.S. President Donald Trump told fellow NATO leaders on Thursday that the United States would never stop fighting terrorism, calling the Manchester attacks “savage” and “barbaric”. While he also accused low-spending members of the alliance of owing “massive amounts of money” to NATO, Trump said he and allies would drive out militants and urged all […]

Netanyahu furious as Cabinet members decided to boycott Trump’s reception – report

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has angrily demanded that all his Cabinet ministers attend Monday’s reception ceremony for US President Donald Trump, after many said they would not show up. The original plan for Trump’s arrival was for a long reception, including handshakes with all Cabinet ministers, according to Haaretz, but when that was changed […]

Trump is under attack from his own staff, as leaks reveal

It’s coming from inside the house. Throughout Trump’s presidency and increasingly in the past few weeks, leaks from staff members to the press are undermining the president. The New York Times reported Friday exact details of Trump’s meeting last week with Russian officials. The report cited a document read to them by an “American official,” […]

Ritz-Carlton in Saudi capital Riyadh projects five-story portrait of Trump on side of hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, rolled out the red carpet treatment in anticipation for President Trump and Melania Trump’s arrival early Saturday morning. The luxury hotel projected portraits of Trump and King Salman onto the building, both images stretching five floors each. The Ritz’s decor features gold fixtures, a large lobby and other […]

Flynn ‘not cooperating’ in Russia probe: GOP Senator

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not cooperating with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian election interference, Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said Thursday. Burr initially said Flynn was not complying with a subpoena issued by the committee before quickly walking back his remarks to reporters. While Flynn “is not cooperating” so far, Burr said, […]