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Trump adviser warns of 'strong response' to any Gulf attack

May. 29, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser warned Iran on Wednesday that any attacks in the Persian Gulf will draw a "very strong response" from the U.S., taking a hard-line approach with Tehran after his boss only two days earlier said America wasn't "looking...

Ex-defense secretary Jim Mattis has book coming this summer

May. 28, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has a book coming out this summer, but he warns that it will not be a "tell-all" about President Donald Trump. "Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead" will be published July 16, Random House announced Tuesday. Co-written with Bing West, the book will be an...

Shanahan tells Naval Academy graduates to change status quo

May. 24, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday to change the status quo and stand their ground in the face of ethical failure, urging them to "set the standard on preventing sexual harassment and assault" among ranks. He called on...

The Latest: Merkel, Macron and Putin discuss Iran situation

May. 21, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 11:40 p.m. The German government says Chancellor Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed the...

Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport

May. 21, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remained high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or...

Shanahan says military won't leave until border is secure

May. 11, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visited a border city in Texas on Saturday and said he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the administration's ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon's continuous help. He also offered assurances to...

Trump's foreign policy challenges mounting around the world

May. 10, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New North Korea missile tests . A trade standoff with China. Fresh nuclear tensions with Iran. President Donald Trump's foreign policy challenges are mounting around the world, showing the limits of his self-touted ability to make a deal and perhaps the difficulty of focusing primarily on...

Trump to nominate Shanahan for top Pentagon post

May. 9, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his second secretary of defense, putting an end to months of speculation about the former Boeing executive's standing in the administration. Shanahan has been leading the Pentagon as acting secretary since...

Trump wants to restore waiver for service academy athletes

May. 6, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he is looking into offering a waiver that would allow athletes attending the nation's military academies to play professional sports immediately upon graduation. Trump made the announcement Monday while presenting the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the...

Biden: Trump, Republicans allowing Jim Crow to return

May. 4, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden charged Saturday that Jim Crow is "sneaking back in" as he emphasized voting rights at his first presidential campaign stop in South Carolina, where black voters play a key role in the South's first presidential primary. In criticizing Republican...