Trump’s national security aide leaves the White House

Trump’s national security aide leaves the White House

President Donald Trump’s deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, has left the White House. The national security and counter-terrorism expert told the Associated Press he had resigned from his position. But a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mr Gorka did not quit but “no longer works at the White House”, suggesting he may have been fired. Mr Gorka declined to discuss the reasons he left, but in his letter of resignation he expressed…

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Clinton: Trump’s presence made my skin crawl during TV debates

Clinton: Trump’s presence made my skin crawl during TV debates

The former Democratic Party nominee reveals her feelings about the presidential campaign in a new memoir analysing her defeat. Hillary Clinton has said that Donald Trump’s presence next to her during last year’s presidential debates made her so uncomfortable her “skin crawled”. She writes in a forthcoming book that she became so uneasy at points during her TV appearances with the now US President she had to resist shouting out: “Back up you creep, get…

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Trump: My Charlottesville response was ‘perfect’

Trump: My Charlottesville response was ‘perfect’

Donald Trump has said his much-criticised response to riots in Charlottesville was “perfect” – and claimed North Korea was starting to respect America. Mr Trump made his comments during a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, a day after his primetime speech outlining his strategy for Afghanistan. The rally drew many protesters who were angry for his failing to denounce white supremacists who had clashed with anti-fascist protesters earlier this month. The Charlottesville protests resulted in the…

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Trump vows to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall

Trump vows to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall

Donald Trump has vowed to close down the US government if necessary to build his wall along the Mexico border. The president told supporters at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being “obstructionist”. During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far right groups “a platform”. But he selectively quoted his initial response to violence at a far-right rally that…

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Trump’s Phoenix speech was bizarre and dishonest

Trump’s Phoenix speech was bizarre and dishonest

When the clouds of pepper spray clear from the streets of Phoenix, Americans will survey the wreckage of Donald Trump’s latest assault on the rules of American politics. The uncompromising dispersal of protesters by police was a dramatic end to another extraordinary night in Trump world. Can there be any more telling image of the simmering temperature of American politics right now than what happened outside of where the President had just been speaking? ┬áPolice…

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Trump’s North Korea phone call defended by Guam governor

Trump’s North Korea phone call defended by Guam governor

President Trump predicted Guam’s tourism would be boosted by North Korea’s threats – but the island’s governor is not insulted. There should be a “more aggressive position from all countries” in dealing with North Korea, the governor of Guam has told Sky News. On the eve of military drills in the Asia-Pacific region which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could view as provocative, Eddie Calvo also told us about his take on a phone…

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Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal

Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal

The US leader says that withdrawing troops would leave a vacuum which would be filled by terrorists. Donald Trump has laid the way for an increase in US troops in Afghanistan, vowing he would “fight to win” America’s longest war. The President said his original instinct was to pull US forces out but he now feared such a move would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill. Mr Trump did not specify how many more…

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North Korea crisis: War would be horrific, US general says

North Korea crisis: War would be horrific, US general says

A military response to North Korea would be “horrific” but remains an option, the top military adviser to US President Donald Trump says. Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments while visiting China. He was responding to remarks by a top Trump aide ruling out military action over North Korea’s nuclear programme. Tensions have flared between the US and North Korea after Pyongyang made advances in its missile…

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Donald Trump slams removal of historic statues

Donald Trump slams removal of historic statues

Donald Trump has said US history and culture is being “ripped apart” by the removal of statues. It comes amid growing calls for monuments of Confederate generals to be torn down. The US President said on Twitter: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson…

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Trump’s strategist Steve Bannon calls far-right ‘clowns’

Trump’s strategist Steve Bannon calls far-right ‘clowns’

Steve Bannon mocks the alt-right and criticises the President’s strategy on North Korea in remarks he claims were off the record. Donald Trump’s chief strategist has called white nationalists in America, whose march on Charlottesville last weekend led to deadly violence, a “collection of clowns”. Steve Bannon, the US President’s top aide, also contradicted Mr Trump’s threat to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea, saying there is “no military solution” to the crisis. He…

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