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In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien, listens as President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Iran standoff shines spotlight on new Trump security adviser

Jan. 11, 2020 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a defining week for President Donald Trump on the world stage, national security adviser Robert O'Brien was a constant presence at the president's side as the U.S. edged to the brink of war with Iran and back again. The contrasts with O'Brien's predecessor along the way — in...

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on Iran, at his Mar-a-Lago property, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

On foreign policy, Trump flouts risks that gave others pause

Jan. 4, 2020 10:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not the first American leader to have Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in his sights, but he was the first to pull the trigger. It’s a pattern that has emerged throughout Trump’s presidency. On a range of national security matters, he has cast aside...

Soldiers board a C-17 aircraft Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at Fort Bragg, N.C., to be deployed in Iraq. (Melissa Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

Trump deploys more troops to Mideast after US embassy attack

Jan. 1, 2020 8:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging that Iran was “fully responsible” for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, President Donald Trump ordered about 750 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Middle East as about 3,000 more prepared for possible deployment in the next several days. No U.S. casualties or...

Protesters burn property in front of the U.S. embassy compound, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Attack on US Embassy in Iraq shows stark choices for Trump

Dec. 31, 2019 8:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad by Iran-supported militiamen Tuesday is a stark demonstration that Iran can still strike at American interests despite President Donald Trump's economic pressure campaign. Trump said Iran would be held “fully responsible”...

FILE - In this June 30, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. President Donald Trump starts the new year knee-deep in daunting foreign policy challenges at the same time he'll have to deal with a likely impeachment trial in the Senate and the demands of a reelection campaign. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Trump faces raft of foreign policy challenges in new year

Dec. 30, 2019 2:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump starts the new year knee-deep in daunting foreign policy challenges at the same time he'll have to deal with a likely impeachment trial in the Senate and the demands of a reelection campaign. American troops are still engaged in America's longest war in...

Space Force will start small but let Trump claim a big win

Dec. 21, 2019 1:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated the launch of Space Force, the first new military service in more than 70 years. In signing the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that includes Space Force, Trump claimed a victory for one of his top national security priorities just two...

President Donald Trump throws the coin before the start of the Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

At Army-Navy game, Trump touts new pro sports option

Dec. 14, 2019 6:26 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump used his appearance at the annual Army-Navy football game to pitch to the players an administration policy change that clears the way for athletes at the nation's military academies to play professional sports after they graduate and delay their active-duty...

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney talks to the audience at the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Cheney warned Monday that

Cheney warns disengagement in Mideast benefits Iran, Russia

Dec. 9, 2019 7:51 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned Monday that “American disengagement” in the Middle East will benefit only Iran and Russia, indirectly criticizing President Donald Trump's pledges to pull forces out of the region. While stressing that he's no longer...

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper walks to pose for a group photo during ASEAN defense ministers and dialogue countries meeting on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia

Dec. 7, 2019 3:12 PM EST

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National...