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About 14 percent of children aged 5-17 reunited, US government says
Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government said late Thursday that it has reunited about 14 percent of the migrant children aged 5-17 separated from their families at the border, as a court-ordered deadline looms less than a week away.Of the 2,551 children stripped from their parents or family members, 364 have been reconnected, according to the latest statement provided to ABC News by the Department of Health and Human Services. Of the 103 children younger than 5, 57 have been reconnected.The court-ordered deadline to reunite everyone, issued by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, is July 26.The government said...
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Coats learns live that Trump inviting Putin to White House: 'Say that again?'
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was being interviewed on stage at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday when he was surprised to hear President Donald Trump was inviting Vladimir Putin to Washington this fall."Say that again?” Coats responded with laughter after being told the news. “OK, that’s going to be special.”NBC News Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, who was interviewing Coats, paused to inform him and the audience of the invitation, announced by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in a tweet posted while Coats was speaking at the Aspen Institute event."We have some breaking news," Mitchell...
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Trump planning to invite Putin to Washington this fall: White House
Stockbyte/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has instructed National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this fall and “discussions are already underway,” according to a tweet from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.The invitation comes just days after the president met the Russian leader in Helsinki and drew sharp bipartisan criticism for refusing to publicly confront Putin about Russian interference in the 2016 election during their press conference -- and for casting doubt on the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Putin had ordered it.And it came just hours after Sanders issued...
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WH says Trump now 'disagrees' with Putin proposal to question former US ambassador
Steffen Kugler /BPA via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- After political backlash from Republicans and well as Democrats, the White House said Thursday President Donald Trump now "disagrees" with Russian President Putin's proposal that Russian investigators be allowed to question Americans, including a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow.Putin had proposed the idea in exchange for allowing special counsel Robert Mueller's team to go to Russia to witness interrogations of 12 Russian military officers indicted in the U.S. -- what Trump then called "an incredible offer."Thursday's development marks the third time the president has walked back a statement he made at Monday's...
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Lapses at all levels of government made Flint water crisis worse: Report
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog says that all levels of government -- federal, state, and local -- failed their oversight responsibilities to ensure that the residents of Flint, Michigan had clean water.The report on the government response to the crisis in Flint, released Thursday, said there were "implementation and oversight lapses" from the city, Michigan environmental agency, and EPA, and calls for the federal government to take a bigger role in ensuring that state drinking water systems are safe.The EPA inspector general found that the EPA did not effectively carry out its oversight role under the...
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DHS chief says 'too soon' to tell if Trump-Putin relationship will have any real impact
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The nation’s top Homeland Security official, charged with helping to stop foreign hackers from breaking into U.S. systems, says it’s still not clear whether President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week will produce any significant results, but Trump “continues to work on the relationship.”“I think it’s too early to tell, ‘Was it good?’” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said of Trump's meeting with Putin.Speaking Thursday at the annual Aspen Security Forum, Nielsen said Trump’s efforts to connect with Putin and establish “productive conversation” are “very important,” noting that Trump is...
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Republicans block Democrat attempt to subpoena Trump interpreter
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Republicans blocked an attempt Thursday morning to subpoena the interpreter who sat in on President Donald Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, joined with fellow California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell to make a motion to subpoena Marina Gross, a State Department official.While the motion was made at a hearing titled, “China’s threat to American government and private sector research and innovation leadership,” Schiff justified his request by recounting that President Trump had a “disastrous summit with Vladimir in Helsinki.”“One...
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Lawmakers condemn White House suggestion that Kremlin could interrogate former US ambassador
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Lawmakers and former intelligence officials are expressing outrage over the White House suggesting it is considering a proposal from the Kremlin to potentially interrogate a group of Americans including a former U.S. ambassador.In an exchange during the White House briefing Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Sanders would not rule out the possibility that the U.S. could provide Russia access to a group of Americans they have accused of being involved in a criminal plot.Asked whether the president would actually entertain the idea of having U.S. persons questioned by Russia including former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul,...
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Putin: 'Certain forces' in the US want to 'disavow the results' of summit with Trump
Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his summit with President Donald Trump this week had generally been a success but "certain forces in the U.S. now want to prevent what was achieved there."“On the whole the meeting was successful,” Putin said in a televised speech to Russian ambassadors in Moscow, adding that “several agreements" had resulted from the Monday meeting in Helsinki, Finland.“We will see how events develop further, moreover, as certain forces are trying to disavow the results of the meeting in Helsinki,” Putin said. “We see that in the United States there...
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Maxine Waters warns supporters of possible 'armed protests' against her
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Maxine Waters warned supporters on Wednesday of potential "armed protests" against her after an extremist group called for ongoing demonstrations outside her office in Los Angeles.In a lengthy statement issued late Wednesday, Waters, D-Calif., said she’d been notified about forthcoming protests by the Oath Keepers, which she described as "an anti-government militia" that's staged armed protests in cities across the country.She warned her supporters against being "baited" into counter-demonstrations or confrontations with the organization, which she said has a track record of "violent and provocative behavior.""I am requesting those individuals and groups planning a...
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White House disputes that Trump denied Russia still targeting the US
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- For the second time in as many days, the White House sought to clarify President Donald Trump's comments on whether Russia targeting the U.S. saying that the president's "no" was actually a no to taking reporters' questions.ABC News' Cecilia Vega asked her question twice and for a clarification on the president’s response as reporters were gathered just ahead of a session at the White House with Cabinet members.She received a "no" each time, which other reporters confirmed hearing as well. The president ignored her request for clarification.“Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President,” Vega...
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Trump pays respects to family of fallen Secret Service agent, calling him an 'elite hero'
Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Wednesday for the return of a Secret Service agent who died Tuesday after falling ill during the president's overseas trip.Nole E. Remagen suffered a stroke over the weekend while on duty during the president's trip to his Scotland golf club, according to the White House. He passed away Tuesday surrounded by family and fellow agents, the White House said, and was flown to Maryland on a U.S. Air Force plane Wednesday."Our hearts are filled with sadness over the...
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