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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will formally announce an agreement to open up European markets to more U.S. beef exports, a person familiar with the deal told Reuters. EU sources and diplomats in June said a deal had been reached to allow the United States a guaranteed share of a 45,000 tonne European Union quota for hormone-free beef. Trump is scheduled to make an announcement at the White House at 1:45 p.m. (1745...

US President Donald Trump is set to announce a deal on Friday to sell more American beef to Europe, announced White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. You can watch live on this page from 19:45 CEST. The European Commission has highlighted that any beef deal will not increase overall beef imports and that all beef coming in would have to be hormone-free to respect EU food safety regulations. Any deal would have to be approved by the European Parliament. US and European...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will announce a deal on Friday to sell more American beef to Europe, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said, marking a modest win for an administration that remains mired in a trade war with China. Kudlow told reporters that a scheduled announcement on trade with the European Union at 1:45 p.m. (1745 GMT) on Trump’s daily agenda was to unveil an agreement on beef. The European Commission has...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday dropped his choice of John Ratcliffe to be U.S. spy chief after questions arose about the congressman’s lack of experience and possible exaggerations in his resume in the latest upheaval over a top national security post. Trump announced the move five days after he surprised many in Washington by making the conservative Republican lawmaker from Texas his selection to replace Daniel Coats as director of national intelligence, a post that oversees...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of policy planning at the State Department, Kiron Skinner, was fired on Thursday after nearly a year in the job, according to two sources familiar with the decision. The State Department declined to comment. Skinner did not respond to repeated emails requesting comment. The sources said Skinner, one of the highest-ranking African-American officials in the State Department, was told on Thursday she was being dismissed effective immediately. Skinner, a foreign policy scholar, was hired...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about trade, next-generation 5G mobile networks and global security, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement on Friday. Trump told Johnson during a call on Thursday that he looked forward to meeting him at the G7 economic summit in France later this month, the White House said. The United States is pressuring its allies, including Britain, to avoid using equipment from Chinese telecommunications...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a trade announcement about the European Union later on Friday, according to a notice from the White House issued late on Thursday night. Trump’s daily schedule said there was an announcement scheduled for 1:45 p.m. (1745 GMT) but gave no other details. Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives for the EU could not be immediately reached. The Trump administration has been...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he had dropped his choice for spy chief, Representative John Ratcliffe, after questions about the congressman’s lack of experience and possible exaggerations in his resume. Trump blamed unflattering news coverage for fellow-Republican Ratcliffe’s decision to bow out of the nomination process and instead remain in Congress. “Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he had dropped his choice for spy chief, Representative John Ratcliffe, after questions about the congressman’s lack of experience and possible exaggerations in his resume. Trump blamed unflattering news coverage for fellow-Republican Ratcliffe’s decision to bow out of the nomination process and instead remain in Congress. “Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives now favor launching impeachment proceedings against Republican President Donald Trump, after a California lawmaker on Friday became the 118th Democrat to call for the process to begin. “In the past few years, our nation has seen and heard things from this president that have no place in our democracy,” Representative Salud Carbajal said in a statement that accused Trump of “criminal” behavior. “I believe it is...

Both Washington and Pennsylvania have recently given its citizens the option to add a non-binary gender marker to their driver’s licenses and state ID cards, making them the 16th and 17th U.S. states to offer such an option. The states will now allow an “X” to be entered on ID cards instead of the usual binary “M” and “F” options. This will not only help non-binary folks but also Native American two-spirit and intersex individuals who are born with any...

The US is expected to formally withdraw from a nuclear missile treaty with Russia on Friday, sparking fears of a new arms race. Moscow and Washington signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987 but have in recent years increasingly accused each other of violating its terms — the agreement prohibits both countries from owning missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kms. US President Donald Trump warned in February that the country would pull out on August 2 unless...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation supported by President Donald Trump that would suspend limits on U.S. borrowing authority for two years and set government spending at higher levels through September 2021. By a vote of 67-28, the Senate fought off opposition from some conservative Republicans and passed the legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives last week. Source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mounting support among Democrats in Congress for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump seems unlikely to change House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s caution on moving ahead with the politically risky move, Democrats said on Thursday. Support for an impeachment inquiry has surged about 30% among Democrats in the House of Representatives since former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on July 24 about his probe of Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 election, a Reuters headcount shows....

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