Refugee resettlement agencies say the State Department has given them updated instructions on President Trump's travel ban that extends the cutoff date for refugee admissions.
When the ban was put into place last week, the administration said refugees who had booked travel would be admitted through Thursday. After that, immigration officials would block all refugees, except those who could prove they had U.S. connections, such as close relatives.
The July 6 date was a government estimate of when the country would reach a 50,000-person cap on refugee admissions this fiscal year. Federal officials now estimate that the cap will be hit a week later, according to refugee groups. State Department figures show that 49,225 refugees had arrived in the U.S. as of June 30.
As President Trump attempts to bolster Eastern European nations against Russian belligerence while meeting in Europe this week, he is getting added support from his top diplomat.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will accompany Trump on Friday and Saturday in Hamburg for a summit of the "Group of 20" developed countries, but then he will depart for Ukraine, for a show of solidarity in the nation where Russia has most overtly attempted to exert its influence.
His message there, a senior State Department official said Wednesday, would be to support Ukraine's "sovereignty and territorial integrity."
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is confirming that a North Korean test launch was indeed an intercontinental ballistic missile, calling it a “new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners.”
Tillerson issued a statement Tuesday evening condemning the launch, and said the United States would bring North Korea’s “provocative action” before the United Nations Security Council.
North Korea had immediately hailed the launch and the missile’s nearly 40-minute flight as its first successful test of an ICBM, but it took almost a full 24 hours for analysis of missile data to bear that out.
The U.S. military is examining whether North Korea launched a two-stage intercontinental ballistic missile, with analysts poring over data to determine whether Pyongyang's claims to have done so are true, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Evidence suggests the missile could have been an ICBM, based on fresh data from the U.S. military's constellations of reconnaissance satellites as well as from foreign military allies and other intelligence collected during the missile's nearly 40-minute flight.
American intelligence agencies and the military are doing analyses to get a fuller understanding of what the North Korean military launched.
President Trump’s surprise suggestion Friday that deadlocked SenateRepublicans shift their focus to simply repealing Obamacare — and worry about replacing it later — has its roots in a Koch network proposal that has been shopped around Congress for months.
The influential Koch network, backed by the billionaire industrialists, floated the idea most recently at a retreat last weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo., where key conservative lawmakers heard an earful from frustrated GOP donors about the party’s failure to deliver on their signature campaign promise.
President Trump, following a script of months’ standing, is again looking to China to exert pressure on North Korea’s mercurial leader, Kim Jong Un. But hopes for a Washington-Beijing partnership to rein in Kim had been steadily unraveling even before North Korea's latest ballistic missile test.
“Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!” the president wrote late Monday on Twitter after Pyongyang fired a projectile that flew for 40 minutes, representing what experts described as a significant advance in its missile technology.
North Korea called the firing the first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a claim that was being studied by military analysts.
North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea.....
President Trump will sit down for an extended meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday on the sidelines of a major economic conference in Germany, a White House official said Tuesday.
Trump’s first face-to-face interaction with Putin will be a "normal bilateral meeting" during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement Tuesday.
The label implies a longer and more formal meeting than the brief conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Trump also has on his schedule for Friday, as well as other "pull aside" meetings with the leaders of Mexico, Japan and several other countries that day.
President Trump on Monday touted the “great jobs numbers” since he took office — numbers that his own administration’s official statistics show aren’t all that great.
Trump said in a tweet that “at some point the Fake News will be forced to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong economy” and other successes of his administration.
From February through May — the latest data available — the U.S. economy has created 594,000 net new jobs, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s fewer than the 659,000 created during the final four months of the Obama administration, which Trump criticized for its job growth.
Vice President Mike Pence, wearing a brown suit and his usual earnest expression, was far from the fray last week, here at a warehouse outside Cleveland amid metal rods and wooden crates for a “listening session” with small-business owners. Sitting at a drafting table, he ignored the camera lights as well as the trouble in Washington, dutifully hearing out complaints about healthcare, taking notes on a legal pad and promising the Ohioans that the Trump-Pence administration was close to replacing Obamacare.
This is how Mike Pence copes with the drama that defines life as Donald Trump’s sidekick: acting like everything is normal, boringly normal.
First Lady Melania Trump has said that when her husband, Donald, is attacked, he will “punch back 10 times harder.” On Sunday, President Trump put those pugilistic instincts on display for all the world to see, circulating a doctored video clip that showed him physically attacking a crudely rendered stand-in for CNN, then walking away with a grimace of satisfaction.
After a week in which even Republicans were provoked to plead with the president to stop tweeting, the new post on Twitter again struck a nerve, drawing fresh rebukes from critics who called it an incitement to violence and a degradation of the highest office in the land.
Trump’s supporters and surrogates, though, defended the video clip as harmless mockery, denied such postings distracted from his agenda, or cheered the message outright.