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Trump signs bill to ensure federal employees hit by shutdown get back pay – live

Legislation means federal employees will be paid eventually but have no means of covering bills in the meantimeSign up to the daily US morning briefing 9.45pm GMT Trump signed a bill today to guarantee pay for federal employees furloughed during the shutdown. The legislation means that they will paid eventually but have no means of covering bills in the meantime. It also doesn’t effect those on contracts with the government.The federal workers will be paid after the shutdown is over, but gov...
Tags: Republicans, White House, US, US news, Syria, Democrats, US politics, US Senate, Donald Trump, Trump, Joni Ernst, Trump Administration, US elections 2020, Rand Paul Marco Rubio


2 US Service Members, 2 US Civilians Killed In ISIS-Claimed Syria Explosion

BEIRUT (AP) — Two U.S. service members and two American civilians were among those killed in an explosion while conducting a patrol in Syria on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, an attack that came less than a month after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the war-torn country. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the morning attack, which local groups said killed 16 people in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij. The claim calls into questi...
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, US, America, Turkey, Syria, Ap, Britain, Nato, State Department, Donald Trump, Beirut


Hours after U.S. troops killed in Syria, Pence says Islamic State defeated

Pence did not mention the attack in his address to 184 chiefs of U.S. diplomatic missions who gather annually in Washington from around the world to discuss foreign policy strategy. "The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated," Pence told the U.S. ambassadors and other senior American diplomats, referring to Islamic State. In separate statements later, both the White House and Pence condemned the attack and expressed sympathy for the deaths of the U.S. personnel.
Tags: Isis, News, Washington, White House, Islamic State, Syria, Pence


WH: Trump Has Been Briefed On Explosion In US-Patrolled City In Syria

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Wednesday that President Donald Trump “has been fully briefed” on the developing situation in Syria and that the White House is monitoring the situation. [Author: Kate Riga]
Tags: News, White House, US, Syria, Donald Trump, WH, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Livewire, Kate Riga


Kirsten Gillibrand discusses 2020 presidential run – live updates

Donald Trump is meeting with a bipartisan congressional group to end the government shutdown as William Barr’s confirmation hearing resumesSign up to the daily US morning briefing 2.15pm GMT White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump has been briefed on the terrorist attack by ISIS in Manbij, Syria. There are reports that U.S. troops may have been caught up in the attack.“The President has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria. For any sp...
Tags: Isis, Republicans, Stephen Colbert, White House, US, Department Of Defense, US news, Syria, Democrats, US politics, US Senate, Donald Trump, Kirsten Gillibrand, Trump, Brunswick, Troy New York


Pompeo Trip Fails to Ease Questions Over U.S. Goals in Mideast - Bloomberg

Pompeo Trip Fails to Ease Questions Over U.S. Goals in Mideast - Bloomberg:Secretary of State Michael Pompeo arrived in the Middle East a week ago on a mission to prove the Trump administration can be a reliable partner in tackling the region’s thorniest problems. He returns having failed to stifle doubts that have dogged the U.S. for years.With stops in eight countries in eight days, Pompeo sought to hammer home how different President Donald Trump’s approach is from that of his predecessor Bar...
Tags: Travel, Barack Obama, Qatar, Iran, Syria, Middle East, Donald Trump, Gulf, Trump, Pompeo, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Michael Pompeo, Jamal Khashoggi, Mideast Bloomberg


Trump Threatens to 'Devastate Turkey Economically' If it Attacks Kurds in Syria

President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2019 following a meeting with Congressional leaders on the government shutdown.
Tags: News, White House, Syria, Washington Dc, Donald Trump, Congressional, Rose Garden, Trump Threatens to Devastate Turkey


What We Know About The 5 Meetings Between Trump And Putin

This weekend brought the remarkable news that President Donald Trump went to extreme lengths to conceal or limit access to information about his in-person meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As first reported by the Washington Post, Trump has blocked the rest of his administration from receiving briefings about his conversations with Putin, once going so far as to take possession of the notes of the U.S. interpreter present. Details about these unusual, unprecedented actions are re...
Tags: Post, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, North Korea, France, Senate, White House, Angela Merkel, Russia, Bloomberg, Syria, Ukraine, Cnn, Fbi, Hillary Clinton


From Trump tweets to Pentagon leaks, infighting leaves US Middle East policy in tatters

US Middle East policy was plunged into fresh chaos on Monday following a pair of confusing, menacing tweets on Syria and Turkey by Donald Trump and a string of leaks from State Department and Pentagon officials targeting the hardline White House national security adviser John Bolton over Iran. In a pair of Sunday afternoon tweets, Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it were to attack Syria’s Kurds, advocated the creation of a 20-mile buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish borde...
Tags: Isis, News, White House, US, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Pentagon, State Department, Donald Trump, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Trump, John Bolton, Russia Iran, US Middle East


White House asked the Pentagon for plans to strike Iran – report

The ‘mind-boggling’ request came after two incidents in Iraq last September when militia mortar and missiles exploded near US diplomatic facilitiesThe White House asked the Pentagon to draw up options for military strikes against Iran in the wake of two incidents in Iraq last September when mortar and missiles fired by militias exploded near US diplomatic facilities, it was reported on Sunday. Related: US will expel every last Iranian boot from Syria, says Mike Pompeo Continue reading...
Tags: White House, Iraq, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, US national security, US military, Pentagon, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Iran Nuclear Deal, Mike Pompeo, Trump Administration


US election 2020: The Democrat candidates who are running for president

Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic US Representative of Hawaii, has become the latest Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the US presidential election in 2020.  In remarks aired by CNN on Friday, Ms Gabbard said she intended to pursue a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump. "I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," Ms Gabbard said. She is the latest to join what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field before the November 2020 p...
Tags: News, Maryland, Congress, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, Iraq, Elizabeth Warren, US, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Syria, Ap, Cnn, Hillary Clinton


Critical Context for the FBI Probe of Trump

So many things have happened over the last two-plus years that simply defy belief that it can be essential to review them, to see what light they shed on new developments when arranged in order. Last night the Times reported that in the immediate aftermath of James Comey’s firing the FBI launched a probe into “whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.” It’s worth reviewing the precise chain of events. Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, M...
Tags: Usa, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, Israel, US, Syria, Getty Images, Fbi, United States, New York Times, Moscow, Times


So many things have happened over the last two-...

So many things have happened over the last two-plus years that simply defy belief that it can be essential to review them, to see what light they shed when arranged in order on new and surprising developments. Last night the Times reported that in the immediate aftermath of James Comey’s firing the FBI launched a probe into “whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.” It’s worth reviewing this precise chain of events. Trump fired Com...
Tags: Usa, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, Israel, US, Syria, Getty Images, Fbi, United States, New York Times, Moscow, Times


Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard Says She Will Run For President In 2020

Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is running for president in 2020.Gabbard revealed her decision on Friday in an interview with CNN. She said she will make a formal announcement within the next week."There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision,” Gabbard said. “There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve.”Gabbard was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 to represent Hawaii’s ...
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U.S. starts withdrawing from Syria amid policy confusion

The U.S. military began withdrawing from Syria, an order from Trump that others in the White House said would not happen straight away.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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U.S. starts withdrawing troops from Syria amid policy confusion

The U.S. military began withdrawing its troops from Syria, an order from Trump that others in the White House said would not happen straight away.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, White House, Syria, Usa Today, Trump


A Timeline of U.S. Military Involvement in Syria

How long have American troops been in Syria and what is their mission? Here’s a look back at the military’s recent involvement there as the White House attempts to withdraw U.S. forces.
Tags: News, White House, Syria, Trump, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, United States International Relations, United States Defense and Military Forces


White House Says Troop Withdrawal Won't Threaten Efforts To Counter Conflict In Syria

Trump administration officials are on the road trying to reassure allies that pulling troops out of Syria will not jeopardize efforts to counter threats in the country.
Tags: News, White House, Syria, Trump


Trump Struggles To Find A Mattis Replacement After Second Rejection

President Trump is reportedly struggling to find a suitable person to replace Defense Secretary James Mattis after his hasty exit from the White House last month, Politico reported. Former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), who served three terms in the Senate before retiring and was appointed to fill Sen. John McCain’s senate seat after he passed away in August, turned down Trump’s offer to head the Pentagon. Kyl is the second person to rebuff the White House’s offer. Retried General Jack Keane also decli...
Tags: News, Senate, White House, Defense, Syria, Pentagon, John Mccain, Trump, Keane, Mattis, Kyl, James Mattis, As Politico, Nicole Lafond, Sen Jon Kyl R AZ, Retried General Jack Keane


Turkey Appears to Snub U.S., Gives No Assurances on Syrian Kurds

(ANKARA, Turkey) — A senior U.S. official trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria was apparently rebuffed by Turkey’s president who said Tuesday there would be “no concession” in Ankara’s push against what he describes as terror groups in the war-torn country. White House national security adviser John Bolton met for…
Tags: News, White House, Uncategorized, Turkey, Syria, Ankara, Ankara Turkey, John Bolton, Onetime


Despite Bolton’s Efforts, Turkey Seems To Snub US On Safety Of Syrian Kurds

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. official trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria was apparently rebuffed by Turkey’s president who said Tuesday there would be “no concession” in Ankara’s push against terror groups in the war-torn country. White House national security adviser John Bolton met for roughly two hours with his Turkish counterpart Ibrahim Kalin and other senior officials at Ankara’s presidency complex but got no assurances on the safety Syrian Kur...
Tags: Isis, News, Washington, White House, Islamic State, US, Turkey, Syria, United States, Moscow, Pentagon, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Bolton, Donald Trump, Trump


Everything Steven Soderbergh Watched and Read in 2018, Including His Forthcoming Netflix Projects

It has become a tradition for Steven Soderbergh to release a list of everything that he watched throughout the preceding year, encompassing feature films, television shows, and short films, and he certainly didn’t slow down his viewing habits at all this year, even if he maybe spent too much time watching the Winter Olympics in February last year. Last year’s list from Steven Soderbergh features no less than nine viewings of Ocean’s 8, and since the movie didn’t come out until June 5, 2018, it ...
Tags: Movies, California, White House, Virginia, US, America, Atlanta, Syria, Sea, Munich, Olympics, Ocean, Marseille, Ricky Gervais, Denmark, Silicon Valley


The Syria Withdrawal Shows the Problem With Trump Going Off-Script

After more than two weeks of contradictory statements regarding when he would pull American troops from Syria, the Pentagon has been left guessing. U.S. military commanders don’t know what strategy to pursue, Administration officials told TIME. Should they intensify operations on the remaining ISIS fighters holed up in a stretch of desert near the Iraq-Syria…
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Foreign Policy, Pentagon, Donald Trump


White House says Trump position unchanged as Syria withdrawal plans slow

Trump's abrupt announcement last month that he was bringing home the roughly 2,000 troops in Syria, saying they had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State there, sparked concern among officials in Washington and allies abroad and prompted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign. In recent days, Trump administration officials have applied the brakes, making clear the withdrawal will not happen quickly. The president himself said last week that the United States would get out of Syria...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Islamic State, Defense, Syria, United States, Fox News, Trump, Jim Mattis, Mercedes Schlapp


Senate Democrats will start by trying to hold up action on a Syria sanctions bill Tuesday

• White House says tax 'refunds will go out' • IRS worker reacts to Trump's comments
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They'll start by trying to hold up action on a Syria sanctions bill Tuesday

• White House says tax 'refunds will go out' • IRS worker reacts to Trump's comments
Tags: News, White House, Syria, Stories, Irs, Trump


White House clarifies conditions about the planned US troop withdraw from Syria

Administration says troops won't leave Syria until ISIS is defeated and Turkey guarantees it won't strike the Kurds.
Tags: Isis, News, White House, US, Turkey, Syria


Kurdish official asks for US clarifications over withdrawal

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian Kurdish official says Syria’s Kurds are awaiting clarifications from the U.S. over America’s withdrawal plans following comments made by a top White House aide that appeared to contradict earlier comments by President Donald Trump. Speaking to The Associated Press from northern Syria Monday, Badran Jia Kurd says the Kurds have […]
Tags: News, White House, US, America, Syria, Ap, Nation, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Beirut, Badran Jia Kurd


Trump adviser: US to leave Syria once IS beaten, Kurds safe

U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, a top White House aide said Sunday, signaling a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks.
Tags: White House, Islamic State, US, Syria, Trump


US's Bolton says Turkey must not attack Kurdish fighters once US leaves Syria

White House national security adviser John Bolton added a new condition on Sunday to the U.S. withdrawal from Syria.
Tags: News, White House, US, Turkey, Syria, Bolton, John Bolton



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