Latest U.S. National Security Council News

Pakistan bombing raises fears over security breach, 100 dead

Jan. 31, 2023 14:11 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani authorities scrambled on Tuesday to determine how a suicide bomber was able to carry out one of the country’s deadliest militant attacks in years, unleashing an explosion in a crowded mosque inside a highly secured police compound in the city of Peshawar. The...

Biden extends deportation protection for Hong Kong residents

Jan. 26, 2023 21:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed off on a two-year extension of a program that protects Hong Kong residents in the U.S. from deportation, renewing the protection until January 2025. Biden first authorized the program, the Deferred Enforced Departure for...

EXPLAINER: Why the US flipped on sending tanks to Ukraine

Jan. 25, 2023 20:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, U.S. officials balked at sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, insisting they were too complicated and too hard to maintain and repair. On Wednesday, that abruptly changed. Ukraine's desperate pleas for tanks were answered with a sweeping,...

Biden and Kishida discuss Japan 'stepping up' security

Jan. 13, 2023 17:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held wide-ranging talks at the White House on Friday as Japan looks to build security cooperation with allies in a time of provocative Chinese and North Korean military action. The two administrations...

Biden to host Netherlands' Rutte for White House talks

Jan. 12, 2023 16:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the White House on Tuesday for talks that are expected to center on the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby in announcing the meeting called the...

In Washington, 'classified' is synonymous with 'controversy'

Jan. 12, 2023 16:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s presidential dreams were undermined by her use of a private email server that included classified information. Donald Trump has risked criminal charges by refusing to return top-secret records to the government after leaving the White House. ...

Big week for US-Mexico ties going into North American summit

Jan. 07, 2023 09:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been a big week for U.S.-Mexico relations, and that was even before President Joe Biden becomes the first U.S. leader to visit Mexico in nearly a decade. In the lead-up to that trip, Biden announced a major border policy shift, with Mexico's blessing, that...

Biden tells African leaders US is 'all in' on the continent

Dec. 14, 2022 21:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told dozens of African leaders gathered in Washington that the United States is “all in on Africa’s future," laying out billions in promised government funding and private investment Wednesday to help the growing continent in health, infrastructure,...

'I want to talk': Griner opened up during her long trip home

Dec. 11, 2022 21:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner didn’t want any alone time as soon as she boarded a U.S. government plane that would bring her home. “I have been in prison for 10 months now, listening to Russian. I want to talk,” Griner said, according to Roger Carstens, the...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Dec. 09, 2022 17:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; NASA Johnson Space Center Director Vanessa Wyche. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Preet Bharara,...