Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a surprise trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday and pledged to engage "moderate" Taliban officials to build peace in the country.
Tillerson said the site of America's longest war was key to denying terrorists refuge and that the Trump administration was committed to forging a democratic, unified Afghanistan through a regional approach.
The U.S. will continue to fight the Taliban, he said, but will also reach out to "moderate voices among the Taliban, voices that do not want to continue to fight forever."
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is set to appear Monday before a military judge who will determine his punishment for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. Before delivering his sentence, the judge will have to resolve a last-minute defense argument that new comments by President Trump have tainted the case.
Bergdahl faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Prosecutors made no deal to cap his punishment, so the judge has wide leeway to decide his sentence after a hearing expected to take several days.
The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, is expected to weigh factors including Bergdahl's willingness to admit guilt, his five years of captivity in the hands of the Taliban and its allies, and the serious wounds that several service members suffered while searching for him.
In a phone call with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, President Trump stumbled to remember her husband's name, according to Myeshia Johnson, who spoke to ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday.
"It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it," Johnson said.
Sgt. Johnson was killed earlier this month along with three other soldiers during an ambush on a special forces patrol in Niger, an attack apparently carried out by militants affiliated with Islamic State.
Actual text of a tax overhaul bill hasn’t been written, much less become public. Members of Congress haven’t reached consensus on what cuts to make or where to make them. Trump signaled that tweaks are still being made.
On Sunday, Trump raised expectations about the timetable for completing tax reform, indicating that he expects the as-yet unwritten overhaul of the tax code on his desk by Thanksgiving.
The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the appearance of three scientists at an event on Monday in Rhode Island where they had been scheduled to discuss a report that deals in part with climate change.
EPA spokesman John Konkus confirmed Sunday that agency scientists would not be speaking at the event in Providence, according to the New York Times. Konkus did not provide an explanation.
The event is designed to draw attention to the health of Narragansett Bay, which forms New England's largest estuary.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's waiting to hear if President Trump will support a proposed bipartisan healthcare fix before bringing the measure up for a vote.
The plan to fix parts of the Affordable Care Act and stabilize health insurance markets is backed by 12 Republican and 48 Democratic senators. It would reinstate federal payments to insurers that Trump cut off this month, offering millions of Americans some relief from rising premiums and shaky insurance markets. It would also give states some new flexibility to offer cheaper, less generous health plans.
"If there is a need for some kind of interim step here to stabilize the market, we need a bill the president will actually sign," McConnell (R-Ky.) said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And I'm not certain yet what the president is looking for here, but I'll be happy to bring a bill to the floor if I know President Trump would sign it."
President Trump tweeted Saturday morning that pending more information, he plans to allow the release of classified files related to the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Several media outlets had reported in recent days that White House officials expected the president to block the release of thousands of classified files as security agencies voiced concerns that sensitive documents could be included if the full trove of more than 3,000 files is released.
The tweet didn't specify whether the president intends to allow all, or just some, of the information to become public, and he stipulates that the decision is "subject to the receipt of further information."
The U.S. ambassador in Niger did not deny support for a U.S. Special Forces unit that lost four soldiers in a deadly ambush on the border between Mali and Niger on Oct. 4, the State Department said Friday.