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Trump draws ire after falsely claiming 'most' past presidents didn't call families of fallen soldiers
ABCNews.com (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump touched a nerve with former White House officials after saying on Monday that previous presidents did not make phone calls to the families of fallen service members.Trump was responding to a question about why he has not yet made remarks about the four special operations servicemen killed in Niger almost two weeks ago. Trump, speaking from the Rose Garden in a surprise press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he plans on contacting the families soon.“If you look at President [Barack] Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls....
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McCain slams 'half-baked, spurious nationalism' sweeping US in passionate speech
Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images (PHILADELPHIA) -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., slammed "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in an impassioned speech while accepting the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia on Monday evening.McCain, who was presented with the medal by former Vice President Joe Biden, began by saying he was humbled by the award before eventually lashing out at the nationalism that has swept the U.S. and warning against leaving the nation's place of prominence in the international community."To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations...
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Key moments from President Trump's wide-ranging press conference with Mitch McConnell
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In a wide-ranging, impromptu press conference from the White House Rose Garden Monday, President Donald Trump -- joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- addressed a number of his administration's current goals as well as ongoing controversies.For over 30 minutes, Trump touched on the rumors of his rocky relationship with fellow Republicans, his action to halt Obamacare subsidy payments, the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the nation's opioid epidemic, his former rival Hillary Clinton, the NFL national anthem protests and the ambush on U.S. soldiers in Niger, among other issues.Trump and McConnell...
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Donald Trump has condemned Bowe Bergdahl and his Taliban release from the beginning
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- As a candidate for president, Donald Trump was open about his displeasure of then-President Obama's deal to retrieve Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan after his 2009 disappearance and capture by the Taliban. Beyond condemning the deal itself, Trump also verbally attacked Bergdahl repeatedly, calling him a traitor and a deserter. U.S. officials reached a deal in 2014 to release several Taliban prisons in exchange for Bergdahl, but then charged him with desertion with intention to shirk duty and misbehavior before the enemy. That was in 2015, just months before Trump announced his candidacy for...
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Trump, acknowledging GOP criticism, says senators are 'not getting the job done'
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said he understands Steve Bannon's frustrations and added that the Republican Party is "not getting the job done" when it comes to their legislative agenda. Bannon, who served the administration until August as White House chief strategist, said Saturday that he wanted to go to "war" with Republican senators who were slow to come to the president's defense during a recent feud with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. Bannon previously clashed with the party's Senate leadership by endorsing Alabama's Roy Moore in his successful primary challenge of Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala. Asked Monday...
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Nikki Haley calls reports of friction with Tillerson 'dramatic' and 'ridiculous'
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley dismissed rumors of friction between her and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during an appearance on This Week Sunday.Haley was asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos about a Politico report that tensions between Haley and Tillerson are reaching "World War III" proportions."That's so dramatic," Haley said. "That's so ridiculous."She added, "Sometimes Secretary Tillerson and I have different opinions, but when we come to the [National Security Council], everybody has different opinions.""At the end of the day, we present the president with all of the facts,...
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California Senate leader announces bid to challenge Feinstein in 2018 primary
Eric Thayer/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León announced on Sunday his bid to challenge longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who at 84 is the oldest member of the Senate, in the 2018 primary election. He is the first candidate to announce a challenge to Feinstein."I'm running for U.S Senate to expand the California Dream (and) unite this country along progressive values," California Senate President pro Tempore de León, 50, wrote in a tweet about his decision, first announced in an email to supporters.In a video accompanying both his tweet and email, de León discussed how growing...
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Conservative commentator Charlie Sykes says GOP needs to stop 'enabling' Trump
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Conservative commentator Charlie Sykes said Republican Sen. Bob Corker’s recent searing criticism of President Donald Trump is a “come-to-Jesus” moment for the Republican Party.“What Bob Corker said is what a lot of Republicans are thinking but not willing to say in public,” the former radio host told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on a roundtable for ABC News’ This Week Sunday.It's time for Republicans to "stop enabling" the president's behavior, Sykes said.Tennessee's Corker, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an erstwhile Trump supporter, has been in an escalating war of words with the...
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GOP senator 'very disappointed' in Trump's actions on health care
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- A key moderate Republican senator said she is "very disappointed" in President Donald Trump's decision to end health care subsidies to low- and middle-income Americans under Obamacare.GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday. "The debate in Washington has been whether or not to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the future. What the president is doing is affecting people's access and the cost of health care right now."Collins said Congress needs to "step in" to reform health care in a more comprehensive way."I don't agree...
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Pelosi: President Trump 'went rogue' on Iran deal, health care
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic leader of the House of Representatives said President Donald Trump "went rogue" with his decisions on ending Obamacare subsidies, changing birth control coverage mandates and decertifying the Iran nuclear deal.“President Trump went rogue," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on This Week Sunday. "He went rogue on women's health in particular, the Affordable Care Act, the Iran decision that he made. And ... he continues his war on the middle class with his unfair tax plan.”On Thursday, Trump announced he is ending...
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Golfing buddies: Trump hits the links with Lindsey Graham again
Ron Sachs/Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., hit the links together Saturday, marking the second time they did so in a week.The commander in chief and Graham were spotted arriving Saturday morning at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, located about 30 miles from the White House. They went golfing there on Monday, as well.Golf clubs were spotted being loaded into one of the motorcade vehicles Saturday morning, according to one of the White House pool reports.In a rare move, deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters confirmed to the pool earlier Saturday,...
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Trump takes hard line on Iran, but keeps Obama deal in place
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump slammed Iran Friday, called the country a "menace" and announced new sanctions against the regime -- but didn't do anything that would alter the Obama-era deal that he has denounced since his presidential campaign.The deal, Trump said, is no longer in the national security interest of the United States. This decision, which has been referred as “decertification,” is a shift in official position.It is a significant declaration that leaves the nuclear agreement in place, but puts Congress in charge of whether or not to follow up with action -- triggering a 60-day...
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