Deal lives, but Trump puts Iran on notice; fix accord or U.S. is gone, he says

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday kept alive the Iran nuclear deal he detests by waiving sanctions for the third time, but he said he will not grant another reprieve unless the agreement is amended to permanently block a potential pathway for Iran to build nuclear weapons. In conjunction with the waivers, the Treasury Department placed sanctions on 14 people and entities for alleged offenses unrelated to Iran's nuclear industry. The new measures concern human-rights abuses and censorship in Iran and the arming of groups throughout the region. Trump's decision avoided placing the United States in violation of the commitments it made in the landmark 2015 deal. But he affirmed his willingness to withdraw from it in a few months unless changes are made. "Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said in a statement that outlined several tough new rules on Iran. "Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw." [PRESIDENT TRUMP: Timeline, appointments, executive orders + guide to actions in first 200 days] Later in the statement, Trump reiterated, "This is a last chance." Critics of the deal deemed the president's decision "an opportunity to do better," as Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called it. Supporters expressed skepticism that the deal will survive in its current form. Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council, called it a "temporary stay of execution." Robert Malley, who worked on the National Security Council under former President Barack Obama, said, "In a nutshell, he's saying, 'Kill the deal with me, or we'll kill it alone.'" Trump blamed Iran for an array of alleged malign activities -- including support for terrorist groups and the "murderous regime" of Syrian President Bashar Assad as well as torture, mass arrests and oppression at Continue Reading

Obstruction inquiry shows Trump’s struggle to keep grip on Russia investigation

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election. Public pressure was building for Sessions, who had been a senior member of the Trump campaign, to step aside. But the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, carried out the president’s orders and lobbied Sessions to remain in charge of the inquiry, according to two people with knowledge of the episode. McGahn was unsuccessful, and the president erupted in anger in front of numerous White House officials, saying he needed his attorney general to protect him. Trump said he had expected his top law enforcement official to safeguard him the way he believed Robert F. Kennedy, as attorney general, had done for his brother John F. Kennedy and Eric Holder had for Barack Obama. Trump then asked, “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” He was referring to his former personal lawyer and fixer, who had been Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy’s top aide during the investigations into communist activity in the 1950s and died in 1986. The lobbying of Sessions is one of several previously unreported episodes that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has learned about as he investigates whether Trump obstructed the FBI’s Russia inquiry. The events occurred during a two-month period — from when Sessions recused himself in March until the appointment of Mueller in May — when Trump believed he was losing control over the investigation. Among the other episodes, Trump described the Russia investigation as “fabricated and politically motivated” in a letter that he intended to send to the FBI director at the time, James B. Comey, but that White House aides stopped him from sending. Mueller has also substantiated claims that Comey made Continue Reading

Trump recibe 2018 con una lujosa fiesta en un club privado

Por CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press Updated 2:21 am, Monday, January 1, 2018 Photo: Evan Vucci, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, llega a una fiesta de Año Nuevo en su resort Mar-a-Lago con la primera dama, Melania Trump, y el hijo de la pareja, Barron, el 31 de diciembre de 2017, en Palm Beach, Florida. (AP Foto/Evan Vucci) less El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, llega a una fiesta de Año Nuevo en su resort Mar-a-Lago con la primera dama, Melania Trump, y el hijo de la pareja, Barron, el 31 de diciembre de 2017, en Palm ... more Photo: Evan Vucci, AP Trump recibe 2018 con una lujosa fiesta en un club privado 1 / 1 Back to Gallery PALM BEACH, Florida, EE.UU. (AP) — Despidiendo 2017 con una lujosa fiesta en su club privado, el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, predijo que 2018 será un "año tremendo". Trump dijo el domingo que el mercado de valores seguirá al alza y que las empresas seguirán llegando a Estados Unidos a un “ritmo rápido”. Además citó varios logros de su presidencia, incluyendo la reforma fiscal, la apertura de la Reserva Nacional de Vida Salvaje del Ártico para prospecciones petrolíferas y la derogación de la ley nacional de sanidad pública. "Será un 2018 fantástico”, dijo Trump, ataviado con un esmoquin, a su entrada en el dorado salón de baile de Mar-a-Lago acompañado por la primera dama, Melania Trump, y su hijo Barron. Preguntado por su reacción a las declaraciones del líder de Corea del Norte, Kim Jon Un, acerca de la existencia de un botón nuclear en su mesa, el dirigente republicano respondió diciendo: "Ya veremos". Entre los invitados a la fiesta estaban los altos Continue Reading

The Latest: 2 Republican senators denounce Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Republican senators (all times EDT): 9 p.m. Two Republican senators are blistering President Donald Trump with criticism. Jeff Flake of Arizona says he will not be "complicit" with Trump and has announced his surprise retirement. Bob Corker of Tennessee has declared the president "debases our nation" with constant untruths and name-calling. Corker, too, is retiring at the end of his term, and the White House is shedding no tears at the prospect of the two GOP senators' departures. Flake challenged his fellow senators to follow his lead, but there were few immediate signs they would. ___ 3:50 p.m. The White House says Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake's decision not to seek re-election was "probably a good move," arguing that he lacks enough support in his home state to win in 2018. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is addressing reporters after Flake delivered a lengthy criticism of President Donald Trump in an extraordinary speech delivered from the Senate floor. Sanders is also defending Trump in his bitter back-and-forth with Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker. She says the president is a "fighter" and "when he gets hit, he's going to hit back." Sanders says both Corker, who is not running for re-election, and Flake would have struggled to win another term. She says Trump enjoys more support in Tennessee and Arizona than the GOP senators. ___ 3:30 p.m. Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, has announced he won't run for re-election in 2018. In a speech on the Senate floor that appears aimed at President Donald Trump, Flake criticized the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" that he says is undermining American democracy. Flake says, "There are times we must risk our careers. Now is such a time." Flake has criticized the path that the Republican Party has taken under Trump. Flake says the impulse to "threaten and scapegoat" threatens to Continue Reading

Trump’s Queens sexual assault accuser slams President’s Women’s Day tweets

The Queens makeup artist who accused President Trump of sexual assault said his comments about International Women's Day were puffed-up lip service. Trump issued two tweets on the subject Wednesday, including one that said he has "tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy." Now a New York-based skin care and cosmetics pro, Jill Harth said her own experience with the President back in the 1990s as well as his now-infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording proved otherwise. "Donald Trump showed exactly how much respect he has for women when we heard him speak uncensored in the ‘Access Hollywood’ tapes," Harth told the Daily News. On the recording leaked to the Washington Post, Trump was heard bragging to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush about his ability — as a celebrity — to kiss women he didn't know and grab them by their genitals. He later dismissed the shocking comments as "locker room talk" and denied allegations from more than a dozen women who accused him of inappropriate and harassing contact. Civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred represents several of the accusers, while her daughter Lisa Bloom represents Harth. Allred said Wednesday that Trump should prove he respects women by apologizing to his accusers and retracting his statements calling them "liars." "Actions are what are needed, not empty words," she told The News. "Women are not stupid, and we remember your vulgar, crude, sexist and demeaning language on the ‘Access Hollywood’ recording with Billy Bush," she said. "Your words in your tweet today do not match the man we know that you are." She filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump on behalf of accuser Summer Zervos in Manhattan Supreme Court in January. Zervos was a contestant on "The Apprentice" and claims Trump kissed Continue Reading

Donald Trump mum on border wall as he visits Mexico for the first time as GOP nominee

Donald Trump traveled south-of-the-border Wednesday to meet with the Mexican president — but the GOP nominee said he didn’t demand Mexico pay for his highly controversial border wall. A couple hours after their confab, President Enrique Peña Nieto called Trump out. “At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall,” Peña Nieto tweeted. Asked pointedly during a joint-news conference after their brief closed-door meeting whether he told Peña Nieto his government would have to cough up the money to pay for the wall, Trump said: “We discussed the wall. We didn’t discuss payment of the wall. That will be for a later date.” Peña Nieto didn’t contradict Trump during the news conference. The Trump campaign later downplayed the Mexican president’s remarks, saying their meeting was just laying the groundwork to build a relationship between the two. “It was not a negotiation, and that would have been inappropriate. It is unsurprising that they hold two different views on this issue, and we look forward to continuing the conversation,” said Jason Miller, a Trump spokesman. Trump has made building a wall along the countries’ shared border and making Mexico pay for it a cornerstone of his hate-filled campaign and during rallies he often emboldens his supporters to chant “build the wall.” He has also called for a “deportation force” to expel 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S. and launched his presidential bid last year by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug-pushers. On Wednesday he stuck to his new softer script and said simply that “having a secure border is a sovereign right and is mutually beneficial.” Despite blaming Mexico for illegal immigration at every turn over his Continue Reading

Meet Donald Trump supporters from the various groups he’s offended — including women, Muslims and Mexican-Americans

During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign he’s professed love for women, "the Hispanics," "the blacks," "the Muslims" and myriad other groups he has offended — yet hard numbers show they don't love him back. Seventy-seven percent of Hispanics and seven in 10 women view him unfavorably, according to recent Gallup polls. A whopping 86% of black voters viewed him unfavorably in an NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll. Meanwhile, just 7% of Muslims surveyed said they would support him, per a February poll from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A small but very vocal minority, however, has boarded the Trump Train. Some have alienated friends in supporting the bigoted bloviator; others didn't want to be pictured here. All, though, believe that the mad mogul — who has slung misogynistic barbs for decades, called for a "complete shutdown" of all members of an entire religion from entering the country and pledged to build a big, beautiful wall to keep out Mexican immigrants — should be our next commander-in-chief. These are their stories. Mexican-American — and voting for Trump While announcing his candidacy for the highest office in the land, the presumptive GOP nominee famously stereotyped Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and vowed to build "a great wall" on the United States' Southern border — and make Mexico pay for it. He has also pledged to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in America. But Alise Mendoza, a 25-year-old advertising professional from Long Beach, Calif., hasn’t let Trump’s racist rhetoric keep her from supporting him — even though her dad emigrated from Durango, Mexico in the '80s without papers and became a U.S. citizen eight years later. "He came here with pretty much no money, and the reason he came here, obviously, was to get a better life," Mendoza told the Daily News. She says "we need the wall" to prevent Mexican immigrants Continue Reading

Mexican leader congratulates US – but not Trump

LONDON (AP) — The latest on world reaction to the U.S. presidential election (all times local):2:20 p.m.Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is congratulating the U.S. on its election — though not directly winner Donald Trump, who alarmed many by describing Mexican migrants as murderers and rapists.Pena Nieto has sent a series of tweets repeating his readiness to work with Trump "in favor of the bilateral relationship." He says Mexico and the U.S. "are friends, partners and allies who should continue collaborating for the competitiveness and development of North America."The value of Mexico's peso currency plunged sharply after the election of Trump, who has denounced the North American Free Trade Agreement that has led to billions of dollars in trade between the two nations.Mexican Treasury Secretary Jose Antonio Meade held a news conference Wednesday morning, urging against "premature reactions." He said the election result won't immediately affect trade and said Mexico "is in a position of strength" to face whatever may come.___2:15 p.m.Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the election of Republican Donald Trump as U.S. president offers an opportunity to repair ties between Moscow and Washington.The Interfax news agency reported Gorbachev says "maybe he will understand that a lot depends on the position of Russia."Speaking Wednesday from a hospital bed, Gorbachev says "under a new president of the U.S. the Russian-American relationship could get significantly better. I am convinced it is essential now to go straight into a two-way dialogue on the highest level."The 85-year-old Gorbachev was admitted to the hospital for what Russian media reported was a planned pacemaker.___2:05 p.m.Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has congratulated businessman Donald Trump on being elected U.S. president, calling his win "historic."Sharif, a businessman himself, praised Trump's commitment to free enterprise.The Pakistani leader says Wednesday that Trump's Continue Reading

Donald Trump to America: Please impeach me

Donald Trump is doing an excellent impression of a president who desperately wishes to be impeached. Congress should grant that wish, or figure out an even quicker way to bring this tragicomedy to its inevitable end. If there aren’t enough smoking guns quite yet, just wait a day or two. They're coming at us faster than rounds from a Kalashnikov on full auto.Could Trump's signals be any more clear? He's not even having fun. "No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly," Trump said at the Coast Guard Academy commencement. That was just a few hours before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the FBI's Russia investigation, and a day before Trump tweeted that "this is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"Suffice it to say the job is only going to get less fun.Given all we know about Trump himself — the disturbing real time glimpses into his mind via Twitter; his Tourette-like tendency to blurt out exactly what most presidents would know they shouldn’t; his relentless ignorance of policy, government and our nation's founding principles — we shouldn’t be shocked by recent developments.No one but a person hunting for an escape hatch would admit in a national TV interview that he was thinking about the “made-up” Russia story when he fired FBI Director James Comey; would ask Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Mike Flynn's contacts with Russia, possibly violating his oath of office; and would ask Comey to pledge loyalty to him, even though FBI directors have 10-year terms precisely so they can operate independently of presidents.Only a president eyeing the door would summon the ghost of Richard Continue Reading

Protesters clash with Donald Trump supporters outside Cobo Center

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump drew a large and mostly receptive crowd to his speech Monday before the Detroit Economic Club, but it wasn't without incident both inside Cobo Center and out.Fourteen protesters were ejected from the speech – all but one of them from the same activist group – while others outside got into a tussle with a man waving a Confederate flag.About 200 protesters, with a few Trump supporters mixed in, stood outside on the Washington Boulevard sidewalk, waving signs and shouting slogans.It was peaceful for the most part, although at one point the man with the Confederate flag had been waving it over his head when a scuffle ensued and he ended up on the ground amid the crowd.Detroit Police Commander Elvin Barren said the man was expressing his political views and "people took exception" to it. ► Watch: Trump protesters tackle man with Confederate flag outside Cobo speech► Related: Protesters clash with Trump supporters outside Cobo Center"Someone grabbed it. Someone let it go. He fell," Barren said.The man stood up and walked behind a barricade of police officers on horseback. He was briefly handcuffed, keeping his flag in hand. Then police released him because they found no crime to have been committed."Witnesses said there was no fight, only a tussle," Barren said.Meanwhile, inside the hall, protesters at various points in the speech were escorted out by security. Within minutes of Trump beginning his speech outlining his economic platform, campaign workers escorted two, then four, then six and more protesters from inside Cobo.One of those ejected, Sara Messer, 27, said she got into the event with a ticket through Michigan People's Campaign.Messer said she was ejected after she stood on a seat, while Trump was speaking, and asked about women's rights. She said people in the audience were booing.Also ejected from the speech Continue Reading