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Trump, top aides seek to overcome divisions delaying Afghan strategy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump huddles with his national security team on Friday to try to agree on a strategy for Afghanistan which includes options ranging from a pullout or reduction of U.S. forces to a modest troop increase.

Trump raises Cyber Command status: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump elevated the Pentagon's U.S. Cyber Command on Friday in a move aimed at emphasizing the development of cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders and tackle adversaries.

Amid Spain attacks, Trump says U.S. ready and borders secure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States was prepared for any possible "trouble" and its borders were secure, as authorities in Spain grappled with an attempted attack near Barcelona one day after another attack left more than a dozen dead.

Trump abandons plan to create infrastructure council: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to create an infrastructure advisory council, the White House said on Thursday, after he scrapped two other advisory groups led by corporate CEOs following his controversial remarks on white nationalists.

Trump's attacks could leave him friendless if impeachment comes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Republican senators, an approach he may regret if he is someday impeached and the Senate has to weigh charges against him stemming from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Republican senator says Trump yet to demonstrate needed stability

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Bob Corker, unleashing one of the most pointed attacks from a Republican official on President Donald Trump, said on Thursday the president had not yet shown the "stability and competence" the United States needs, nor an understanding of the nation's character.

U.S. House Democratic leader Pelosi calls for Confederate statue removal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday joined calls for the immediate removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol, shortly after President Donald Trump expressed regret over statues and monuments being removed in some cities.

Trump mulling lifting status of Cyber Command: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is close to making a decision to elevate the status of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders and tackle adversaries, current and former officials told Reuters on Thursday.

House Democrats launch probe into MS drug pricing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said on Thursday they are launching an investigation into price increases for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) drugs and sent letters requesting information from seven drugmakers.

Trump blasts Republican senators over Charlottesville criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump on Thursday fired back at a growing number of fellow Republicans who denounced his response to the Charlottesville, Virginia violence, further fueling the latest controversy to engulf his seven-month-old presidency.

Wisconsin lawmakers debate billions in incentives for Foxconn plant

(Reuters) - The Wisconsin State Assembly on Thursday will consider a $3 billion incentive package for a proposed liquid-crystal display factory by Taiwan's Foxconn, the first vote on the deal by a chamber of the state's Republican-controlled legislature.

Trump adviser Bannon says U.S. in economic war with China-media

(Reuters) - The United States is in an economic war with China, U.S President Donald Trump's chief political strategist has said, warning Washington is losing the fight but is about to hit China hard over unfair trade practices.

Trump's crisis spurs talk of White House departures

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out.

House panel to hold hearing on white supremacist threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing next month about threats from extremist groups, including domestic terrorism, following a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

U.S. ends program for Central American minors fleeing violence

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security terminated a program on Wednesday that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle in the United States, ending travel hopes for more than 2,700 children awaiting approval.

Sessions slams Chicago sanctuary policies

(Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly criticized the city of Chicago's political leadership, citing its so-called sanctuary policies as an example of the breakdown of law and order in the country.

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