President Trump says the U.S. is looking into the fate of a Saudi writer missing and feared murdered but expressed reservations over calls to withhold further U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, warning that such a move “would be hurting us.”
Decades of close U.S.-Saudi relations, which have only intensified under Trump, appeared in jeopardy by the suggestion of a carefully plotted murder of a government critic, Jamal Khashoggi, 59, who disappeared a week ago after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey. The wealthy former government insider had been living in the United States in self-imposed exile.
In an interview Wednesday with “Fox News @ Night,” Trump said he wanted to find out what happened to Khashoggi but appeared reluctant to consider blocking arms sales, citing economic reasons.
First Lady Melania Trump said she could be “the most bullied person” in the world.
She made the remark during a television interview in which she promoted her Be Best initiatives, which tackles online bullying. Critics have pointed out that her husband, President Trump, routinely rips people for their looks, and what he says is a lack of talent or intelligence.
“I could say I'm the most bullied person in the world,” Melania Trump said in the ABC News interview, broadcast Thursday on “Good Morning America.”
Early voting began this week, and Californians will again choose between two Democrats to represent them in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is seeking a fifth full term in the Senate. State Sen. Kevin de León is challenging her from the left.
Interest in the race has been low. No debate has been held, though a discussion moderated by the Public Policy Institute of California is scheduled for midday Wednesday. It may be the only time Feinstein and De León appear on stage together before the election.
Michelle Garrett craned to snap a photo of Sen. Kamala Harris amid the sea of cellphones and campaign signs at a get-out-the-vote rally for Ohio Democrats, sliding her “Sherrod Brown for Senate” lawn sign under a chair to protect it from jostling feet.
President Donald Trump says the U.S. is “demanding” answers from Saudi Arabia about missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and wants to bring his fiancee to the White House.
Turkish officials have said they believe the Saudi writer and government critic, a columnist for the Washington Post, was killed inside his country's consulate in Istanbul when he went there to obtain documentation required to marry his Turkish fiancee. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations.
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday that he has a call in to Kashoggie’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is officially a Democrat again.
The global media company founder on Wednesday said he has changed his voter registration to Democrat, which would be especially significant if he decides to challenge President Trump in 2020. Bloomberg said on social media he did so “because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs.”
Bloomberg did not say when he might make a decision on running for president. He served three terms as New York City mayor and has variously been a Democrat, a Republican and an independent. He twice flirted with running for president as an independent candidate.
Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein is flying Monday with President Trump on Air Force One to a police chiefs' conference in Florida.
The flight provides an opportunity for their most extensive conversation since news reports last month that Rosenstein had discussed possibly secretly recording Trump to expose chaos in the White House and invoking constitutional provisions to get him removed from office.
The reports, which Rosenstein denied, fueled speculation that Rosenstein might be fired or resign. Rosenstein told officials that he would be willing to resign and met at the White House with Chief of Staff John Kelly during a chaotic day two weeks ago that ended with him still in his Justice Department job.