Trump: Shanahan out at Pentagon, Esper now acting secretary

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing his nomination to lead the Pentagon. The abrupt announcement came in a tweet from the president, who said Shanahan had done “a wonderful job” but would step aside to “devote more time to his family.” The president added that […]

Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people living in the United States illegally ahead of formally announcing his reelection bid . The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement next week will “begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” […]

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at 95

NEW YORK — Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who began her extraordinary life as the “poor little rich girl” of the Great Depression, survived family tragedy and multiple marriages and reigned during the 1970s and ‘80s as a designer jeans pioneer, died Monday at the age of 95. Vanderbilt was the great-great-granddaughter […]

CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problem

PARIS — The chief executive of Boeing said the company made a “mistake” in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets before two crashes killed 346 people, and he promised transparency as the aircraft maker works to get the grounded plane back in flight. Speaking before the industry-wide Paris Air Show, […]

Four years in, Trump fondly recalls Trump Tower campaign launch

NEW YORK — It was the escalator ride that would change history. Four years ago on Sunday, Donald Trump descended through the pink marble and brass atrium of Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president , the first step on a journey few believed would take him all the way to the White House. […]

Trump says Press Secretary Sanders to leave White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration’s credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Trump said he’s encouraging her to run for governor […]

Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired

Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired By KEVIN FREKING and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government […]

Trump says he’d ‘want to hear’ foreign dirt on his rivals

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent he’d be open to accepting it and that he’d have no obligation to call in the FBI. “I think I’d want to hear it,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News, adding, “There’s nothing wrong with listening.” […]

White House asserts executive privilege in census fight

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday. The claim comes as the House Oversight Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary […]

Trump and Biden head to Iowa in a potential 2020 preview

Trump, Biden trade insults during dueling Iowa visits By THOMAS BEAUMONT, DARLENE SUPERVILLE and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are assailing each other during overlapping visits to Iowa on Tuesday, previewing what the country might get in next year’s election if Biden becomes his […]