White House Tries to Soothe British Officials Over Trump Wiretap Claim – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump provoked a rare public dispute with America’s closest ally on Friday after his White House aired an explosive and unsubstantiated claim that Britain’s spy agency had secretly eavesdropped on him at the behest of President Barack Obama during last year’s campaign. Livid British officials adamantly denied the allegation and secured promises […]

Rex Tillerson skips State Department’s annual announcement on human rights, alarming advocates – The Washington Post

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who during his confirmation hearings repeatedly vowed to promote human rights as a core American value, alarmed human rights advocates when he did not appear in person to present the State Department’s annual human rights report, released Friday. In a break with long-standing tradition only rarely breached, Tillerson’s remarks were […]

Trump’s Attack on Media as ‘Enemy of the People’ Has Historic Echoes

President Donald Trump ramped up his criticism of the news coverage of his administration Friday, again taking to his favorite social media platform. “The FAKE NEWS media,” Trump wrote on Twitter, “is the enemy of the American People!” An initial tweet put only The New York Times, CNN and NBC News on his enemies list. […]

Newcomer centre has no more room for border-crossing refugees – Manitoba – CBC News

A Winnipeg centre that welcomes and houses newcomers is putting out a public call for help after getting another surge of asylum-seekers over the weekend. Welcome Place, a temporary home for newcomers in Winnipeg, is full and has no more rooms for refugee claimants who may still be coming to the city Sunday. “That’s a big […]

Hundreds of thousands rally in Iran against Trump, chant ‘Death to America’: TV | Reuters

ANKARA Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on Friday to swear allegiance to their clerical leaders and reject U.S. President Donald Trump’s warning that he had put the Islamic Republic “on notice”, state TV reported.   On the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, marchers including hundreds […]

Trump disputes account of his Supreme Court nominee’s comments | Reuters

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed bipartisan accounts that his U.S. Supreme Court nominee had privately voiced dismay over Trump’s attacks on the judiciary, saying Judge Neil Gorsuch’s comments had been misrepresented.   Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Wednesday Gorsuch during a meeting with him called Trump’s comments “disheartening and demoralizing.” The Connecticut […]

Exclusive: In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty – sources | Reuters

WASHINGTON In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call.   When Putin raised the possibility […]