SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The shout of "2024!" from the crowd was unmistakable. It stopped Donald Trump Jr. cold. President Donald Trump's eldest son had been in the midst of a humor-laced screed...
Jonathan LemireHaving established deep ties among rural Republicans and a defender of the 2nd Amendment, Donald Trump Jr is viewed by many close to the president as a more logical political heir apparent than his sister, the far more cosmopolitan and refined Ivanka Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — There were dozens of ears listening to President Donald Trump's 30-minute phone call with the leader of Ukraine that is at the center of a House impeachment inquiry , and as many...
Jonathan LemireTrump doesn’t like background materials either, preferring to handle the foreign leader calls himself, often in the morning from the residence.
Occasionally, Trump has handed the phone to his daughter, Ivanka, so she can also talk with the head of state
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has spent his time in office trying to bend the conventions of the American presidency to his will. Now he appears to be trying to override a core principle of...
Jonathan Lemire“It’s anathema to his character and his life story to be checked and balanced by anything.”
“The Constitution was formed to contain appetite. And we now have the president who is driven entirely by appetite.”
AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Warning of a "humanitarian catastrophe," Syrian Kurdish forces who are allied with the United States issued a "general mobilization" call on Wednesday in northeastern...
Jonathan LemireThough no official declaration has been made, the invasion may have already begun:
AP journalists on the Turkish side of the border overlooking Tal Abyad saw Turkish forces crossing into Syria in military vehicles Wednesday
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Constitution gives the House "the sole power of impeachment" — but it confers that authority without an instruction manual. Now comes the battle royal over exactly...
Jonathan LemireThe White House letter was pure scorched earth: it would not cooperate with the House.
But it lacked much in the way of legal arguments, seemingly citing cable TV news appearances as often as case law. And legal experts cast doubt upon its effectiveness.
Jonathan Lemire“We uncorked a tiny bottle of champagne ... took one gulp each and looked into each other’s eyes .... We uttered almost in unison: ‘We made America great,’” said one operative at the St. Petersburg, Russia-based Internet Research Agency after Trump’s win
WASHINGTON (AP) — As House Democrats fire off more subpoenas, the White House has launched a high-stakes strategy to counter the impeachment threat to President Donald Trump: Stall. Obfuscate....
Jonathan LemireThe White House has launched a high-stakes strategy to counter the impeachment threat to President Donald Trump: Stall. Obfuscate. Attack. Repeat.
One of the administration’s first moves: barring Ambassador Gordon Sondland from appearing before Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — As House Democrats fire off more subpoenas, the White House is finalizing a high-stakes strategy to counter the impeachment threat to President Donald Trump: Stall. Obfuscate....
Jonathan LemireAs the impeachment inquiry ramps up, the White House plans to reprise its past response to oversight: open scorn.
Aides have ignored document requests and subpoenas, invoked executive privilege and all but dared Democrats to hold them in contempt
Jonathan LemireThe White House has struggled to communicate its message beyond Trump’s angry public proclamations and tweets.
Top officials were absent from the Sunday shows, and the sole White House official to appear in public on Monday dodged questions on the inquiry
NEW YORK (AP) — Telling half-truths and outright lies. Manipulating media coverage. Pushing legal boundaries. Pressuring subordinates to do the dirty work. Believing in the force of his own...
Jonathan LemireNEW: The same tactics that helped Trump win the White House have jeopardized his hold on it, ensnaring him in accusations that he enlisted a foreign power to investigate a rival and, so far, leaving him flailing against a rapidly escalating investigation
Over a frenzied few days in the spring, an internal White House debate led to turnover in staff and a turning point for the president’s immigration agenda.
Jonathan Lemire“Privately, the president had talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked the Australian prime minister and other foreign leaders to help Attorney General William Barr with an investigation into the origins of the Russia...
Jonathan LemireNEW: DOJ official said Trump initiated the calls at Barr’s request. The recent call with Australia was one of a “number of times” the president made similar calls for the AG as part of probe into the origins of the special counsel’s Russia investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is dusting off its playbook from the special counsel's Russia investigation. Caught off guard by the speed at which a whistleblower's claims have morphed...
Jonathan LemireNEW: Caught off guard by the speed at which a whistleblower’s claims have morphed into an impeachment inquiry, the weary White House is scrambling to respond - and is dusting off its playbook from Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump repeatedly prodded Ukraine's new leader to work with the U.S. attorney general and lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate Democratic political rival Joe...
Jonathan Lemire”The connection to Attorney General William Barr marked a new and potentially more serious issue for Trump because it shows he took steps to involve the U.S. government with a foreign country to investigate a political rival”
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty-eight floors above Manhattan, President Donald Trump watched his legacy change and his political future grow more uncertain. The president, back in his hometown of New...
Jonathan LemireNEW: As impeachment looms, Trump and his allies believe Democrats have overplayed their hand and it could bolster his re-election chances - but the president himself also has grown worried and angry at the possible damage to his legacy and future
Jonathan LemireOn eve of UN, Trump has said repeatedly that he is in “no rush” to wrap up foreign deals.
But negotiations take time. He has been in office nearly three years and the 2020 election looms, which will hurt his ability to tend to unfinished foreign business
Jonathan LemireBiden reacted strongly, saying that if the reports are true, “then there is truly no bottom to President Trump’s willingness to abuse his power and abase our country.”
He called for the transcript “so that the American people can judge for themselves.”
The complaint, being discussed in a closed meeting with House lawmakers, addresses a commitment that President Trump was said to have made to a world leader.
Jonathan Lemire“Giuliani’s efforts created the impression that the Trump administration’s willingness to back Mr. Zelensky was linked to his government’s readiness to in turn pursue the investigations sought by Mr. Trump’s allies”
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg would like to turn the fight for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination into a contest about generational change. But there's one looming problem: He...
Jonathan Lemire“Pete Buttigieg would like to turn the fight for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination into a contest about generational change. But there’s one looming problem: He has yet to win over his own”