Trump wrongly tells congressional leaders millions of 'illegals' cost him popular vote

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump welcomed congressional leaders to the White House for a reception Monday evening, and the conversation at one point returned to the November election.

Trump told the congressional leaders that he lost the popular vote to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton because millions of "illegals" cast ballots, according ...Read more

Woman smears bananas on cars at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, police say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A banana-wielding, trespassing, U.S. postal worker marred Inauguration Day at President Donald Trump's newly dubbed winter White House in Palm Beach, according to police.

A few hours before Trump on Friday took the oath of office in Washington, D.C., a woman smeared bananas on cars parked at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club, ...Read more

Trump's killing of Trans-Pacific trade pact could leave West Coast, farmers hurting

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal could hit states hard that are highly dependent on trade with Asia, primarily on the West Coast.

In announcing his move Monday, Trump said he was taking the step to protect American jobs. But a variety of groups disputed that.

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Analysis: Trump moves quickly in bid to revamp America's trade policy

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WASHINGTON -- It was quick and easy for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

With a stroke of his new presidential pen, he buried the massive Pacific free-trade agreement that the Obama administration had painstakingly negotiated, even though the 12-nation accord had been ...Read more

Spokesman says Trump believes 'a lot' of marchers weren't protesting him

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One day after President Donald Trump jeered Women's March demonstrators on Twitter -- writing, "Why didn't these people vote?" -- his top spokesman said Monday that Trump also thinks many of those at the rallies around the world were not protesting him.

Trump is "cognizant to the fact that a lot of these people were there to protest an issue of...Read more

Trump signals that deporting young immigrants in the US illegally is not an immediate priority

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, who promised during the campaign to "immediately terminate" a controversial program that shields from deportation more than 742,000 people brought to the country illegally as children, has put off canceling it.

The Trump administration is continuing to accept applications for two-year work permits and ...Read more

Trump names FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, a net neutrality foe, to be the agency's chairman

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump on Monday designated Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission and an outspoken opponent of new net neutrality rules, to be the agency's new chairman.

Pai, 44, would take over for Tom Wheeler, a Democrat who stepped down on Friday. Wheeler's term had not expired but Trump gets to ...Read more

Trump Hotel lost $1.2 million before election, Democrats say

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. told the government that it lost almost $1.2 million during its first two months of operation, before Donald Trump was elected president, according to a letter released Monday by four congressional Democrats.

Trump's company had projected $397,000 in net income for September and ...Read more

Trump's taxes may stay hidden, no matter what senior aide says

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WASHINGTON -- A senior adviser to President Donald Trump sought to clarify her remarks about the president's tax returns on Monday in a statement that leaves open the possibility that Trump will never release them.

Kellyanne Conway, who managed Trump's successful election campaign, said unconditionally on Sunday that Trump would not make his ...Read more

President Trump to meet with CEOs of Detroit automakers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will meet with the CEOs of Detroit's three automakers Tuesday morning to discuss job creation.

At his first full press briefing Monday, new White House press secretary Sean Spicer made note of Trump's plans to hold a breakfast meeting with representatives of Fiat Chrysler, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors. ...Read more

Rubio's political test: He says he will support Trump's pick for secretary of state

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio faced a defining moment Monday in deciding to back President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, all but ensuring the nominee's confirmation.

Rubio has made no secret of his concerns about the former ExxonMobil executive's ties with Russia, but he was under enormous pressure not to be the ...Read more

WikiLeaks blasts Trump's decision to not release taxes, possibly ending a new alliance

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In the span of a few years, WikiLeaks, the hacking organization responsible for some of the biggest leaks of classified information in recent history, enjoyed a surge in popularity among Republicans in the U.S. Now, that might be coming to a screeching halt.

With two tweets Sunday, the organization offered a stinging critique of President ...Read more

Lawsuit accuses Trump of violating the Constitution with foreign payments to his businesses

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WASHINGTON -- A public interest group sued President Donald Trump in federal court Monday, alleging he is violating the Constitution by receiving payments from foreign governments to his businesses.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed the suit in the Southern District of New York, seeking a ruling that Trump is in ...Read more

Despite 'reservations,' Rubio will back Tillerson for secretary of state

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will back Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump's secretary of state Monday, despite "reservations" exposed in the Florida Republican's pointed, high-profile questioning of the Cabinet nominee two weeks ago.

"Given the uncertainty that exists both at home and abroad about the direction of our foreign policy...Read more

Trump takes step toward reshaping US trade and freezes hiring of federal workers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump took another step Monday to reshape America's trade relationships with key global allies, breaking from a proposed 12-nation pact with Pacific Rim nations that was an Obama administration priority as he prepares to renegotiate a decades-old agreement with Canada and Mexico as well.

The executive order Trump ...Read more

States send Trump wish-lists for promised roads-and-bridges plan

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With President Donald Trump promising to rebuild crumbling U.S. highways, bridges and buildings, states have begun submitting lists of priority projects in need of funding.

The information has come in response to a December request from Trump's transition team to the National Governors Association to collect lists of projects from the states, ...Read more

OPEC shrugs Trump's threat of America cutting oil imports

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LONDON -- OPEC's two biggest suppliers to the U.S. shrugged off a vow by President Donald Trump to end dependence on the group's oil, saying the world's biggest economy would continue to need crude from abroad.

The U.S. is "closely integrated in the global energy market," Saudi Arabia's Energy and Industry Minister Khalid Al-Falih said, while ...Read more

Trump's judicial picks will affect far more than the Supreme Court

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"I do think there is going to be a difference in their viewpoints," said retired U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger, who is now in private practice in Fresno, Calif. "They will be more, if you want to use the term, conservative."

For example, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has six vacancies. The important but little-known Washington-based...Read more

Analysis: Trump's White House sets unapologetically aggressive tone in its first days

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WASHINGTON -- One by one, just hours after President Donald Trump's inauguration, some of his most senior aides made the short journey from their new West Wing offices to the press briefing room.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer stood for a moment behind the lectern where he will conduct news briefings. Stephen Bannon, chief strategist, took note of...Read more

Trump promises 'good result' from NAFTA renegotiation

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump Sunday reaffirmed a campaign promise to renegotiate NAFTA, indicating that he isn't retreating from the opposition to free trade that was central to his election campaign.

Trump said he'll meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to begin discussing the ...Read more

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