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President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May meet in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.
President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May meet in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

President Trump said reports of tensions between him and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May are a “false rumor” and the two leaders are on “the same wavelength.”

The comments came as Trump sat down with May in Davos, Switzerland, for his first meeting at the annual World Economic Forum. Their meeting follows Trump’s recent cancellation of a February trip to London amid expectations of mass protests against him.

May had publicly rebuked Trump in November after the president shared anti-Muslim videos from the far-right group Britain First, and she also did so months earlier after Trump’s comments critical of Britain after a terrorist attack in London. In each case Trump wrote snarky tweets directed at May.

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Even during her final news conference as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, Janet L. Yellen last month stuck to the careful approach that helped her guide the central bank through a pivotal period.

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Even during her final news conference as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, Janet L. Yellen last month stuck to the careful approach that helped her guide the central bank through a pivotal period.

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President Trump said on Wednesday that he would send Congress a legislative proposal to provide legal status and ultimately citizenship to young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and now face deportation.

The president told reporters he wanted to give the so-called Dreamers a way to achieve full citizenship in 10 to 12 years.

"Tell them not to be concerned,” Trump said. “Tell them not to worry. We will solve the problem."

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President Trump, who has wavered in his willingness to sit down with investigators examining Russian interference with the campaign that placed him in the White House, said Wednesday that he was “looking forward” to meeting with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

“I would do it under oath,” Trump told reporters during an impromptu conversation in the doorway of his chief of staff’s office.

Asked when the meeting would happen, he said, “I guess they’re talking about two or three weeks, but I would love to do it.”

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Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is working on a new memo about surveillance issues.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is working on a new memo about surveillance issues. (Cliff Owen / Associated Press)

The political battle over a hotly controversial memo involving surveillance entered a new phase on Wednesday as Democrats announced they have drafted their own, competing document. 

The original, classified memo was prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Tulare Republican, and made available to every member of Congress last week. Republicans who read the four-page document said it reveals shocking information about the investigation into President Trump, which began during the campaign, but Democrats have dismissed it as a distortion.

Now that Republicans are pushing to make their memo public, Democrats want their own version available as well. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press)

As Turkey continued air and ground attacks on U.S.-backed militias in neighboring Syria, President Trump urged the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday to limit its military operations and avoid civilian casualties, according to a White House statement.

In a phone call, Trump called on Erdogan to focus on the shared goal of fighting Islamic State militants and avoid military operations that could produce a clash between Turkish and U.S. military forces deployed near the border in northern Syria.

The United States and Turkey are both members of the NATO military alliance, but relations between Ankara and Washington have been strained badly over the past year. Trump’s call was at least the third time the administration has complained about Turkish attacks, to no apparent effect.   

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President Trump is holding a meeting at the White House to talk with America’s mayors about infrastructure and opioids – but the mayors of the nation’s biggest cities won’t be there.

The leaders of New York, Chicago and New Orleans were among the Democrats who snubbed the Tuesday afternoon event after the Justice Department sent a threatening directive to their cites and 20 other cities and counties over their sanctuary policies regarding immigrants.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is also in Washington this week for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, had not been invited to the White House event.

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Alex Azar testifies recently on Capitol Hill.
Alex Azar testifies recently on Capitol Hill. (TNS)

The Senate on Wednesday voted 55-43 to approve Alex Azar to become the next secretary of Health and Human Services, making the former drug executive President Trump’s second Health secretary.

Azar will succeed Dr. Tom Price, who was forced to resign last year amid reports that he routinely used expensive charter jets at taxpayer expense.

Azar is less controversial than Price, who had also traded extensively in healthcare stocks while he was a congressman. Azar’s confirmation even garnered six Democratic votes.

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As Pence prayed on the men's side, it was impossible for the female journalists to see above the cameras and microphones held by their male colleagues. (Jan. 24, 2018)

An Israeli newspaper said it would sue the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv after one of its reporters was restrained with other female journalists while attempting to cover Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Before the vice president’s arrival at the wall on Tuesday, female reporters were led to the back of a specially constructed platform, behind a fence and several rows of men.

The hashtag #PenceFence was trending on Israeli social media, and international coverage of the women’s protests overshadowed coverage of Pence’s last day in Israel.