In his first weeks as attorney general, Jeff Sessions has kept a relentless focus on his plans to crack down on illegal immigration and violent crime.
On Monday, he said that doesn’t mean corrupt businesses will get a pass.
"As we re-double our efforts to combat violent crime, we will still enforce the laws that protect American consumers and ensure that honest businesses aren’t placed at a disadvantage to dishonest businesses," he said. "These kinds of frauds are always paid for by innocent people."
Following up on a limited U.S. military strike against Syria, the Trump administration on Monday announced new "sweeping" sanctions on the Syrian government agency it blames for producing chemicals used in a deadly attack on Syrian civilians earlier this month.
The announcement names 271 members of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center in what the Treasury Department called one of its largest sanctions actions in history.
It said the Syrian agency was responsible for developing and producing "nonconventional weapons and the means to deliver them."
North Korea expects to use the American citizen it detained last week as a "bargaining chip" to force negotiations with Washington, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley asserted Monday.
She also warned Pyongyang: "It's not gonna work."
"What we're dealing with is a leader who is flailing right now," Haley said of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "And I think what he's trying to do is show his citizens that he has muscle, whether it's through his rhetoric, or whether it's through his actions."
"Station, this is your president, do you hear me?”
President Trump spoke live for about 20 minutes Monday morning with a pair of astronauts at the International Space Station, including commander Peggy Whitson, who set a new record for accumulated time in space at more than 534 days.
Trump -- asking questions from the Oval Office with his daughter Ivanka by his side, and with astronaut Kate Rubins and top advisers filling out the room -- clearly relished the drama of the unusual call. He mentioned several times that it was being streamed live in classrooms across the country, and asked the astronauts about their daily routine and how they successfully did their jobs.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson has another record under her space belt.
Early Monday, the International Space Station commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in orbit by an American. That record was set last year by Jeffrey Williams.
Whitson already was the world's most experienced spacewoman and female spacewalker and, at 57, the oldest woman in space. By the time she returns to Earth in September, she'll have logged 666 days in orbit over three flights.
The White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney, says he thinks a government shutdown can be averted before the Friday deadline.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats are negotiating a temporary funding measure to keep the federal government from running out of money on Friday. Mulvaney said in an TV interview aired Sunday that there could be an accord in place soon to ensure a shutdown won't occur.
“The negotiations are ongoing, and there’s no reason we can’t have an agreement there as early as today,” Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Scientists and their supporters took to the streets of Washington and other cities around the world Saturday, with many expressing worries about a diminishing role for fact-based research under the Trump administration.
Waving signs with slogans like “Science is Real” and “Ask for Evidence!” the marchers in the nation’s capital gathered under drizzly skies at the base of the Washington Monument, a short distance from the White House. The crowd swelled by the thousands even as the light rain turned to a downpour.
The event, timed to coincide with Earth Day, was billed as nonpartisan, with scientists, students, researchers and advocates worldwide seeking to promote the role of science in policymaking and public life.