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Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic...

Trump reveals short list for national security adviser

Sep. 17, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday he's considering five people to replace ousted National Security Adviser John Bolton. Trump says his shortlist for the critical post is made up of Robert O'Brien, Ric Waddell, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Fred Fleitz and Keith Kellogg....

Paul says he won't back Cheney if she runs for Senate

Sep. 15, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that he won't back GOP congresswoman Liz Cheney and her support for "endless wars" if she decides to run for the Senate from Wyoming. Paul confirmed on CNN that he's supporting Republican Cynthia Lummis, a former House member. Cheney, meanwhile, doubled...

Embattled Israeli PM fights for survival in do-over election

Sep. 15, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A visibly frantic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life as the country heads to national elections for the second time this year. With Netanyahu locked in a razor tight race and facing the likelihood of criminal corruption charges, a decisive victory in...

AP source: Otto Warmbier's parents to have dinner with Trump

Sep. 14, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump planned to have dinner Saturday with the parents of an American college student who died in 2017 shortly after being freed from captivity in North Korea. An administration official said Trump was to host the parents of Otto Warmbier, who was convicted of trying to...

A new face at the reins of US diplomacy toward Latin America

Sep. 13, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The new acting head of U.S. diplomacy toward Latin America is a seasoned envoy who once floated the idea of going into Chile unilaterally to snatch a politically powerful general who was behind the murder of a leftist politician in Washington in the 1970s. The State Department...

Trump: Pompeo won't take on duties of ousted security aide

Sep. 12, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's not going to be asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take on the duties of former national security adviser John Bolton, who was ousted on Tuesday. Trump says 15 people want the now-vacant national security adviser position. Trump says it's a "great...

Cheney, Paul, duke out foreign policy split in Trump's GOP

Sep. 12, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — He called her a warmonger. She called him a terrorist-supporting loser. And on it went Thursday between Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney in the latest Republican contest to influence — or just figure out — President Donald Trump's foreign policy. At issue...

Some world hot spots see possible openings in Bolton firing

Sep. 12, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

In the world's hot spots from Iran to North Korea — and even among allies — some see opportunity in President Donald Trump's firing of his national security adviser, John Bolton. The hawkish Bolton repeatedly pushed Trump toward using military force and sanctions to accomplish the administration's...

Mnuchin: No meeting planned between Trump and Iran's Rouhani

Sep. 12, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says President Donald Trump has no plans to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) while he's in New York for the United Nations General Assembly later this month. Mnuchin said Thursday that such a meeting...