Trump U.N. pick echoes his criticism but breaks from him on issues
By Patricia Zengerle and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador echoed his condemnation of the world body and pledged to push for reforms at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but broke from the president-elect on some other policy issues, including Russia and NATO. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley seconded criticism of the United Nations by Trump and many of their fellow Republicans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, especially for what she termed its "bias" against Israel. Some Republicans want to stop U.S. funding for the United Nations over a Security Council resolution last month demanding an end to settlement building that the United States declined to veto, instead of abstaining.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:28 -0500
Trump Treasury nominee Mnuchin to defend banking record to senators
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, will defend his banking record in the aftermath of the financial crisis on Thursday and sell senators on why he should be given stewardship of the U.S. financial system. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive, hedge fund manager and Hollywood film financier, would be the first Wall Street veteran to head the Treasury Department in eight years. In prepared testimony for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, Mnuchin said accusations that his OneWest Bank was a "foreclosure machine" after the housing bubble burst were untrue and politically motivated.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:16:11 -0500
Exclusive: Pentagon, Lockheed near deal on $9 billion F-35 contract - sources
The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin Corp are close to deal for a contract worth almost $9 billion as negotiations are poised to bring the price per F-35 below $100 million for the first time, people familiar with the talks said Wednesday. The F-35, the Pentagon's costliest arms program, has drawn fire from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump who has made lowering prices for military equipment a pillar of his transition into office. A Lockheed representative declined to comment and a representative for the fighter program said negotiations are ongoing.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:02:27 -0500
Trump to name ex-Georgia Governor Perdue as agriculture secretary
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will name former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as his nominee for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, a senior transition official said on Wednesday. By nominating a former governor from a Southern state, Trump eschewed candidates from major Farm Belt states in the Midwest that produce the bulk of crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat which dominate agriculture exports. While Georgia governor, Perdue had to handle a severe drought in 2007, during which he took steps to cut water usage and at one point led a service outside the state capitol to pray for rain.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:45:58 -0500
Obama at final press conference: Were going to be OK
In the hourlong question-and-answer session, Obama also defended the news media, which Trump likes to bash, and listed the political and social issues that would lead him to speak out after he leaves the White House to his successor. There were no questions about Syria, North Korea or the Iran nuclear deal.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:09:05 -0500
Obama: How we talk to our daughters about Trumps election
President Obama concluded his final press conference as commander in chief the same way his began his candidacy for the office with a message of hope for the United States future. The last question posed to Obama in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing of the White House concerned a popular speech his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, gave in October that put the stakes of the U.S. presidential election in personal terms.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:23:32 -0500
Nikki Haley says Trump advisers will educate him on foreign policy
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trumps nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, said Wednesday that she hopes to be part of a national security team that will educate Trump, and that she wants to change Trumps mind about the importance of the organization. I will show him that the U.N. matters," she said.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:56:05 -0500
Obama points to Jim Crow roots of restrictions to voting rights
Speaking Wednesday at his final White House press conference, President Obama offered a reminder of the racist history behind some U.S. voting restrictions. President Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference. In recent years, a number of Republican-controlled state governments have instituted restrictions like those requiring voters to carry identification.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:44:12 -0500
Obama: Heres what would lead me to speak out in the Trump era
President Obama says his priorities after leaving the White House are to write, spend time with his family and take some time for quiet reflection. Im still a citizen and I think it is important for Democrats or progressives who feel that they came out on the wrong side of this election to be able to distinguish between the normal back and forth, ebb and flow of policy, Obama said Wednesday during his last press conference in Washington as president. Among them, the president said, are systematic discrimination, voter suppression, institutional efforts to silence dissent or the press and the targeting of so-called DREAMers, or children who immigrated into the country illegally with their parents.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:30:35 -0500
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