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Trump honors fallen soldiers, Gold Star families in Memorial Day speech
Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump offered a solemn tribute to America's soldiers during a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, honoring those who gave their lives in war and those currently serving in defense of the country."Here at this hallowed shrine, we honor the noblest among us, the men and women who paid the ultimate price for victory and for freedom," said Trump. "We pay tribute to those brave souls who raced into gunfire, roared into battle, and ran into hell to face down evil. They made their sacrifice not for fame, or...
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Who is Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz?
Andrew Theodorakis-POOL/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Last week, President Donald Trump retained attorney Marc Kasowitz to represent him in all matters related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2006 presidential election.Kasowitz has served as a representative for Trump "on a wide range of litigation matters for over 15 years," according to his law firm's website, both in Trump's businesses and during the presidential campaign.Kasowitz co-founded the New York City law firm now known as Kasowitz Benson Torres in 1993, after earning a reputation as a hard-hitting litigator representing big tobacco. He graduated from Yale University and Cornell Law School.His...
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Sen. John McCain: Putin the 'most important threat, more so than ISIS'
Alex Wong/Getty Images (CANBERRA, Australia) -- While overseas in Australia for security talks, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is “the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS.”“I think ISIS can do terrible things, and I worry a lot about what is happening with the Muslim faith, and I worry about a whole lot of things about it,” McCain told Australian Broadcasting Corporation in an interview Monday.“But it is the Russians who are trying, who tried to destroy the very fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American...
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Meet the nine sitting Supreme Court justices
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Following a bitter, partisan confirmation battle, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in on April 10 and took his seat on April 17 for his first full day as a Supreme Court justice. Gorsuch was President Trump's pick to replace another conservative, Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in his sleep at age 79 in February 2016.After 14 months with eight justices, the court is back to full strength.Ahead, more about the current justices' pathways to the nation's highest court:Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.Roberts, 62, was appointed to the court in 2005 by President George W. Bush, who nominated...
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Homeland Security chief says backchannel talks with Russia would be 'normal' and 'acceptable'
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly came to the defense of Jared Kushner, saying it would be “normal" and "acceptable” to seek backchannel communications with Russia, but that if those communications used Russian equipment, that would be considered "somewhat compromised.”Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser of President Trump, talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, prior to Trump's taking office, about establishing a backchannel for communications about Syria and other policy matters, sources told ABC News.Kelly told This Week co-anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday that with countries such as Russia that are not allies...
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Trump accuses news media of 'fabricated lies' and 'made up' sources about Russia probe
Sean Gallup/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Less than 12 hours after returning home from his foreign trip, President Trump was back to tweeting Sunday morning with a renewed attack on the news media.“It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media,” the president said in a series of tweets Sunday morning.“Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names … it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews...
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Trump has always been 'totally focused' on his 'self-interest,' biographer says
Bettman/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- In 1987, then-businessman Donald Trump told ABC News he had “zero political aspiration.” Thirty years later, he is president.Trump's views on running for office clearly changed. But 128 days into his presidency and just after his first foreign trip in office, three people who have covered Trump closely say not much else about him has changed.ABC News’ Martha Raddatz sat down with two Trump biographers, Gwenda Blair and Tim O’Brien, and ABC News National Correspondent Tom Llamas, who covered Trump throughout the campaign. Blair is the author of “The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and...
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Top Democrat on House Intel Committee calls for review of Kushner's security clearance
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat called for a review of Jared Kushner's security clearance over questions of whether he was truthful about his contacts with Russia.Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) spoke to ABC News' Martha Raddatz in an exclusive interview on This Week Sunday in the wake of revelations that Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser to President Trump, talked to the Russian ambassador about establishing a backchannel for communications in December, before Trump took office.“If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a backchannel and didn't reveal...
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Kushner asked Russian ambassador for backchannel on Syria and other policy matters
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image (WASHINGTON) -- President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner talked with the Russian ambassador in December about establishing a backchannel for communications, ABC News has learned from two sources. The sources stress that the talk between Kushner and the Russian envoy about communications was focused on the U.S. response to the crisis in Syria and other policy-related matters. The meeting, as ABC News has previously reported, took place at Trump Tower in New York and was also attended by Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who later became President Trump's short-lived national security adviser.The Washington Post was the...
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Trump sons met with GOP officials over political strategy
Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Family members of President Trump, including his two sons, met for hours Thursday with Republican Party officials to discuss political strategy, ABC News has learned from sources with direct knowledge of the meeting.The president's sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric, in addition to Eric's wife, Lara, attended the meeting at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., sources told ABC News.The meeting was first reported by the Washington Post, who said the Trump family members were invited by the RNC and that their appearance there bothered at least two prominent Republicans over questions of whether...
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President Trump's campaign rally for June 1 in Iowa is postponed
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- A campaign rally with President Trump on June 1 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been postponed “due to an unforeseen change in President Trump’s schedule,” according to the Trump campaign team.“Stay tuned for information on a rescheduled date early next week. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused,” an email sent from the Trump campaign read. “President Trump will see you in Iowa very soon.”Since taking office in January, Trump has held rallies in Melbourne, Florida, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His rally in Harrisburg marked his 100th day in office and was held the...
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Clinton addresses losing to Trump, Comey, sexism, and her thoughts on therapy in new interview
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- It's been nearly seven months since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. Now, she’s re-emerging onto the national scene to give a window into her post-election life.New York magazine released on Friday next week's cover story, in which Clinton shares her reflections on the campaign, election night, sexism, James Comey, and slew of other topics.Below, excerpts from the 8,000-word-plus article:ON TRUMP’S DECISION TO FIRE FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY: “I am less surprised than I am worried... Not that he shouldn’t have been disciplined. And certainly the Trump campaign relished everything that...
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