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Why Trump tariffs haven't revitalized American steelmakers

Nov. 4, 2019 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move last year to tax imported steel triggered jeers but also cheers. Its goal — to raise steel prices — threatened to hurt the legions of U.S. manufacturers that depend on steel. But at least it would benefit U.S. steel companies and the Americans...

Why Trump tariffs haven't revitalized American steelmakers

Nov. 4, 2019 12:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move last year to tax imported steel triggered jeers but also cheers. Its goal — to raise steel prices — threatened to hurt the legions of U.S. manufacturers that depend on steel. But at least it would benefit U.S. steel companies and the Americans...

Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi's death

Oct. 29, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State group's leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria's oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country's Russian allies. It's a new high-stakes mission even as American troops are...

Trump finds no simple fix in Syria, other world hotspots

Oct. 22, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to reverse America's involvement in "endless wars" has run up against a difficult truth: When it comes to national security, rarely can a simple solution solve a complex problem. After abruptly announcing last week that he would "bring our soldiers home" from...

Most overrated? Mattis laughs off Trump barb at charity gala

Oct. 17, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is laughing off an insult hurled at him by President Donald Trump. Speaking at a New York charity event Thursday the day after Trump demeaned him as "the world's most overrated general," Mattis joked that he took it as a compliment. "I'm not just...

'See you at the polls': Trump and Pelosi have it out

Oct. 17, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — He said she's a "third-grade" politician. She said he's having a meltdown. And with that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chalked up the latest explosive meeting that ended abruptly with a walkout at the White House. It's a familiar ritual, with Trump and...

The Latest: US airstrikes destroy ammo left behind in Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Syria (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Two U.S. fighter jets launched airstrikes Wednesday to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria. The factory had served as a coordination center for...

Fearing US abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open

Oct. 15, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Syria's Kurdish fighters, America's longtime battlefield allies against the Islamic State, announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical whiplash. But in fact, the move had been in the works...

Trump orders Turkey sanctions; US scrambles for Syria exit

Oct. 14, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. The United States also...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...