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Trump allies push back on proposed foreign aid cut

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump's strongest allies in Congress pushed back Friday on his administration's plans to slash some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers have already approved. In a letter, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky discouraged the...

The Latest: Trump defends Israel move to bar 2 congresswomen

Aug. 15, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel's decision to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen from visiting (all times local): 12:45 a.m. President Donald Trump is defending Israel's decision to bar two Democratic members of Congress from visiting the country, even as he claims he didn't "encourage or...

Asian shares rise on US plan to delay some China tariffs

Aug. 14, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after the U.S. said it would hold off on tariffs of Chinese imports of mobile phones, toys and several other items typically on holiday shopping lists. Japan's Nikkei 225 added 1.2% in early trading to 20,691.10, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose...

Trump delays tariffs on some Chinese goods until December

Aug. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to pressure from businesses and growing fears that a trade war is threatening the U.S. economy, the Trump administration is delaying most of the import taxes it planned to impose on Chinese goods and is dropping others altogether. The announcement Tuesday from the Office of the...

Markets Right Now: Tariff delay sends US stocks soaring

Aug. 13, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks shot higher after the U.S. said it would delay tariffs on Chinese imports of mobile phones, toys and other items typically on holiday shopping lists. Retailers and makers of electronics and toys rose sharply....

The Latest: Trump - tariff delay lessens impact on holidays

Aug. 13, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the shifting trade relations between the U.S. and China (all times local): President Donald Trump says he delayed some tariffs in an escalating trade war with China to lessen the impact on the Christmas shopping season. The announcement jolted shares of companies that rely on...

US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods, drops others

Aug. 13, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday that it is still...

Apparent Trump plan to cut foreign aid draws bipartisan fire

Aug. 9, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democrats in Congress teamed up Friday to oppose what appears to be a Trump administration plan to cut the foreign aid budget. The administration hasn't announced whether it plans to seek the cut. But the Office of Management and Budget instructed the State Department and...

US officials say top US diplomat for Latin America resigns

Aug. 7, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top diplomat for Latin America has resigned amid internal disputes over immigration policy for the region, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Two officials and a congressional aide said Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier...

Union: Mulvaney comments confirm agency moves meant to cut

Aug. 6, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal employees union charged Tuesday that recent comments by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confirm the Trump administration's "grand strategy" to cut the federal workforce by relocating agency offices out of Washington. Mulvaney said last week that the U.S....