U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said he would no longer attend next week's investment conference in Saudi Arabia, as the Trump administration awaited the outcome of investigations into missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mnuchin announced the decision in a post on Twitter following a meeting with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who recently returned from meetings with top leaders in Riyadh and Ankara.
Environmentalist groups sued the Trump administration Thursday for waiving dozens environmental protection laws to expedite border-wall construction.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Emmet Flood has temporarily taken on the role of counsel to U.S. President Donald Trump, beginning on Thursday and continuing until Pat Cipollone takes on the post. Flood has been Trump's legal adviser during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Susan Thomas)
Michael Avenatti would like to turn his newfound fame into political power, in order to take down the man who did precisely that two years ago.
In a move that would set up a battle over one of Trump's most closely guarded secrets, the newly installed Democratic chairs of any of three congressional tax committees could ask Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to hand over the returns. The law says the Treasury secretary must comply, but it does not say how quickly that must happen, leaving open the possibility of delays that could force Democrats to seek a court order. "It needs to be done immediately," said Representative Bill Pascrell, a Democrat who sits on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, which could become the focal point for any effort to obtain Trump's returns.
We’ve heard a lot about the U.S. imposing sanctions on foreign powers lately. America has threatened to hit countries from Saudi Arabia to Russia and China with tough penalties for human rights violations. The Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, named after a Russian lawyer who died in prison after he uncovered a massive corruption scandal in Russia’s government, was enacted in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama. The act mandated that the U.S. government could freeze the assets and restrict the travel of anyone who committed gross human rights violations in Russia.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With tens of thousands still without power, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday relaxed or waived voting rules for eight counties hammered by Hurricane Michael last week.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an appeals court ruling that agreed with the government's decision to bar an American graduate student from entering the country over her alleged involvement in the boycott movement against the Jewish state.
If we want to understand this year’s midterm elections — the deeper forces at work, and the shifts they could set off — there may be no better contest to keep an eye on than NJ-03, says Andrew Romano.
"I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" Trump wrote on Twitter. Several thousand Honduran migrants moved this week through Guatemala, and some were trying to cross to Mexico on Thursday, according to local media. Some hope to eventually enter the United States to escape violence and poverty in Central America.
Donald Trump, the US president, has threatened to close the US-Mexico border and deploy the military unless a large convoy of migrants was stopped. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, is travelling to Mexico City and expected on Friday to meet Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, to discuss the situation, as Mexico scrambles to dissuade the migrants from entering its territory. By Thursday the convoy, which set out from the violent Honduras city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday and is now believed to be around 3,000 people strong, was moving up towards the Guatemala-Mexico border city of Tapachula. Central Americans have free passage within their region, but crossing into Mexico they are required to present a visa. Mexico has sent two Boeing 727s carrying federal forces and riot police to Tapachula, in readiness for the caravan’s arrival. Manelich Castilla Craviotto, commissioner of the federal police, said they were sent to guarantee calm and security at the border crossing, and ensure that human rights were respected. Migrants move through Guatemala, towards the border with Mexico Schools in Tapachula were closed on Thursday and around 200 demonstrators from Pueblo Sin Frontera, which organised a similar caravan in April, took to the streets to demand the United Nations intervene and protect the right to seek asylum. But both the US and Mexico are working to convince the migrants to turn back. Mr Trump tweeted: "I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" He added that the issue was more important to him than the new trade deal with Mexico, brought in to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement pact. "The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA,” he said. “Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border." Honduran children, fleeing poverty and violence, move north. The caravan is now close to the border with Mexico Earlier in the week Mr Trump threatened to cut off US aid to Honduras, worth $66 million (£50m) for 2019, unless they halted the caravan. By then it was already in Guatemala. Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, met with leaders of the caravan on Wednesday and warned them that Hondurans caught without papers in Mexico would be deported. Luis Arreaga, the US ambassador to Guatemala, also posted a video message on Twitter to migrants thinking of entering the United States illegally. "If you try to enter the United States, you will be detained and deported," he said in Spanish. "Return to your country. Your attempt to migrate will fail."