Office of the President of the United States - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Office of the President of the United States New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House next month for a summit with President Donald Trump amid worries over North Korea's progress in building a nuclear and missile arsenal, Seoul's presidential office said Tuesday. The agreement for the leaders to meet in late June followed a meeting in Seoul between ... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:55:00 GMT 2017-05-16T10:55:00Z Robert Lighthizer sworn in as US Trade Representative WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Lighthizer has been sworn in as the country's next U.S. Trade Representative. Vice President Mike Pence is calling Lighthizer "uniquely qualified" for the job and says he'll help ensure the nation's trade deals benefit the American people. Lighthizer was confirmed last week on a bipartisan vote despite complaint... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:59:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:59:00Z Senates gives bipartisan backing to Trump's trade rep WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. trade representative on a bipartisan vote despite complaints from some Republicans that the administration has an "ongoing, incoherent and inconsistent trade message." The Senate voted 82-14 to confirm Robert Lighthizer, who served as deputy U.S. trade representat... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:23:00 GMT 2017-05-11T19:23:00Z The Latest: Trump's trade nominee gets broad Senate support WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as U.S. trade representative (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The Senate has voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as U.S. trade representative, despite clear frustration among some Republicans with the administration on trade. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-05-11T18:59:00Z Trump moving to slash budget for White House 'drug czar" WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to gut the office of the White House "drug czar" according to a preliminary budget document and an email message that its acting director has circulated to agency staff. The Office of National Drug Control Policy, or ONDCP, is the lead White House office shaping policy on the nation's opioid crisis, amo... Fri, 05 May 2017 20:15:00 GMT 2017-05-05T20:15:00Z US: NKorea's nukes may be a tactic for taking over SKorea WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's nuclear weapons development may be designed to take over archrival South Korea and coerce the United States into abandoning its close ally, a senior White House official said Tuesday, questioning the North's stated purpose of warding off a U.S. invasion. Ruminating about Pyongyang's possible motivations, Matt Pottinger, the... Tue, 02 May 2017 18:32:00 GMT 2017-05-02T18:32:00Z Trump adviser to leave the White House. WASHINGTON (AP) — An adviser to President Donald Trump will be leaving the White House A senior administration official says Sebastian Gorka, a former counterterrorism analyst for Fox News who joined the administration as a counterterrorism adviser, will be leaving the White House in the coming days. The official says that Gorka had ini... Mon, 01 May 2017 01:48:00 GMT 2017-05-01T01:48:00Z The Latest: Trump attacks news media on night of dinner WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's 100th day in office Saturday (all times EDT): 8:10 p.m. President Donald Trump is issuing a scathing attack on the national news media at a Pennsylvania rally he organized for the same evening the White House Correspondents' Association hosts its annual dinner. ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:11:00 GMT 2017-04-30T00:11:00Z Trump will zero in on trade agreements during 100th day WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will spend his 100th day in office talking tough on trade in one of the states that delivered his unlikely win. The president is expected to sign an executive order Saturday that will direct his Commerce Department and the U.S. Trade Representative to perform a comprehensive study of the nation's trade agreements to determine whether ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:50:00 GMT 2017-04-29T01:50:00Z Tillerson eyes cutting 2,300 jobs at State Department WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department's budget for the next fiscal year, officials said Friday. The plan will almost certainly meet resistance from lawmakers opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to shrink the size of the federal government. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:37:00 GMT 2017-04-28T19:37:00Z The Latest: GOP offers stopgap bill to fund government WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Republicans controlling the House have unveiled a stopgap bill to keep the government open past a shutdown deadline of midnight Friday. House Appropri... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:34:00 GMT 2017-04-27T03:34:00Z WTO ruling favors Mexico in US 'dolphin-safe' tuna spat MEXICO CITY (AP) — The World Trade Organization ruled Tuesday that Mexico's tuna industry has been harmed by U.S. "dolphin-safe" labeling rules and says the country can seek retaliatory measures worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The decision said Mexico's economic damages from the labeling rules amounted to $163 million a year. The Mexican government... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-04-26T03:30:00Z Senate panel approves Trump's choice to lead trade office WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved President Donald Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in trade negotiations, a position that will place Robert Lighthizer in the center of the administration's efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and other pacts Trump has criticized as detrimental to the nation's economy. ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:12:00 GMT 2017-04-25T16:12:00Z The Latest: OMB preps for shutdown, WH says it's unlikely WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on negotiations on a budget bill (all times local): 1:25 p.m. The Office of Management and Budget has begun taking routine steps in preparation for a potential government shutdown that the White House is hoping to avoid. Press Secretary Sean Spicer stressed that the steps were required ahe... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:31:00 GMT 2017-04-21T17:31:00Z Trump White House drops policy of identifying visitors WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump's predecessor, the White House is keeping secret the lists of visitors to the building. The Trump administration cited privacy and national security concerns on Friday, but the decision angered government watchdog groups who accused Trump of reneging on his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington. The ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:38:00 GMT 2017-04-15T06:38:00Z White House decides to keep visitor records secret WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday that lists of visitors to the building will be kept secret, breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump's predecessor. The Trump administration cited privacy and national security concerns, but the decision angered government watchdog groups who accused Trump of reneging on his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington.... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-04-14T21:08:00Z Who's Dina Powell? A rising Trump national security figure WASHINGTON (AP) — The photo from inside Donald Trump's makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago affirmed what White House insiders have recognized for some time — that Dina Powell has quietly established herself as a White House power. Though sandwiched between other administration officials, the deputy national security adviser for strategy stands out as t... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:19:00 GMT 2017-04-13T18:19:00Z Trump administration to lift federal hiring freeze WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government hiring freeze implemented by President Donald Trump as one of his first acts in office will be lifted Wednesday. But budget director Mick Mulvaney says many jobs will remain unfilled as the White House embarks on a government-wide effort to overhaul the executive branch and significantly reduce its workforce. Mulva... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:42:00 GMT 2017-04-12T07:42:00Z Pennsylvania congressman seen as likely pick to be drug czar HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The next national drug czar is likely to be a congressman who was an early supporter of President Donald Trump, the head of the Pennsylvania Republican Party said Tuesday. Party chairman Val DiGiorgio said "any day now" he expects an announcement from the White House that four-term U.S. Rep. Tom Marino has been nominated to be the next director of nati... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:29:00 GMT 2017-04-11T21:29:00Z A Trump national security adviser tapped as Singapore envoy PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A top national security adviser to President Donald Trump is the latest official heading out in an ongoing shuffle within the National Security Council. K.T. McFarland, who is in line to be U.S. ambassador to Singapore, came into the White House as a deputy to Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Flynn was asked to resign in Februar... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 02:11:00 GMT 2017-04-10T02:11:00Z Trump chooses key economics adviser WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump chose Kevin Hassett, an economics adviser to past Republican presidential candidates, on Friday to be chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Hassett will play a critical role in analyzing the performance of the economy and impact of policy changes. Hassett is the research director for domestic polic... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 22:01:00 GMT 2017-04-07T22:01:00Z 10 Things to Know for Thursday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. WHAT TRUMP NOW SAYS ABOUT SYRIA President Donald Trump declares the deadly chemical attack in Syria crossed "many, many lines" and abruptly transformed his thinking about Syrian President Bashar Assad — but pointedly refuses to sa... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 01:20:00 GMT 2017-04-06T01:20:00Z Trump removes Bannon from National Security Council WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, reversing an earlier, controversial decision to give Bannon access to the group's high-level meetings. A new memorandum about the council's composition was published Wednesday in the Federal Register. The memo no longer lists the chief st... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:40:00 GMT 2017-04-05T20:40:00Z Venezuela's top prosecutor rebukes Supreme Court power grab CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor broke with the government Friday and rebuked a Supreme Court decision stripping congress of its last vestiges of power, showing a crack in the embattled administration of socialist President Nicolas Maduro amid a torrent of international condemnation over what many decried as a major step toward dictatorship. ... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 02:32:00 GMT 2017-04-01T02:32:00Z Vague trade plan after Trump's tough talk WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, disappointing those who wanted a major overhaul of a decades-old trade deal that Trump described as "disaster" during the presidential campaign. In an eight-page draft letter to Co... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:12:00 GMT 2017-03-31T00:12:00Z VA urges 'hiring surge' to reduce veterans' appeals backlog WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump administration budget. The red flag is included in a Government Accountability Office report re... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:30:00 GMT 2017-03-23T21:30:00Z Officials: US expects next North Korean missile launch soon WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military expects another North Korean missile launch in the next several days, American defense officials said Tuesday. The officials said the U.S. has increased its surveillance over the isolated, communist country and has seen a North Korean missile launcher moving around, as well as construction of VIP seating in the eastern coastal city Wonsan.... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:06:00 GMT 2017-03-21T21:06:00Z White House issues gag order to officials on budget details WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is instructing Cabinet heads and agency officials not to elaborate on President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts beyond what was in a relatively brief submission, a move Democrats decried as a gag order. Budget director Mick Mulvaney wrote in a memo late last week that until the full budget release in May, "all public ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:53:00 GMT 2017-03-21T19:53:00Z Counting Americans: A new Mideast box on census is sensitive DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Zahraa Ballout isn't "white," and she certainly isn't "some other race." If the government gives her the choice of checking a new "Middle East/North Africa" box on a census form, would she? Yes, she says, despite some reservations about what it would mean to stand out after Americans elected a president who wants to ban travel from ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:35:00 GMT 2017-03-20T17:35:00Z Republicans join Democrats against Trump's Great Lakes cuts TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It sounds like an idea that would warm a conservative Republican's heart: Kill funding of a regional environmental cleanup that has lasted seven years and cost the federal government more than $2 billion, with no end in sight. If states want to keep the program going, let them pick up the tab. That is what President Donald Trum... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:47:00 GMT 2017-03-17T19:47:00Z