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us ambassador to uk hopes for trump visit in new year


london (ap) — america’s ambassador to britain says he hopes us president donald trump will visit the uk next year despite his recent twitter dispute with prime minister theresa may.ambassador woody johnson told the bbc that trump’s remarks to may were “probably misinterpreted.” he added that the president is not weak about tackling terrorism.in a rare rebuke to britain’s closest ally, may’s spokesman last month said that trump was wrong to retweet videos posted by a leader of a british far-right group. trump hit back, telling may to “focus on the destructive radical islamic terrorism” in britain.may’s downing street office has rejected calls from opposition lawmakers to revoke trump’s invitation to pay a state visit to britain.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.johns






trump uk visit expected in new year, us ambassador says


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionwoody johnson tells today the us president was not "namby-pamby" about voicing his opinionsthe us ambassador to britain said he expects donald trump to visit the uk in the new year despite his recent twitter row with theresa may.woody johnson told bbc radio 4's today programme that the disagreement was "probably misinterpreted".mrs may had said mr trump was "wrong" to share videos posted by the far-right group britain first, prompting an online backlash from the us president.mr johnson said mr trump's relationship with the uk was still "very very good".he said mr trump had not yet set a date for the visit - which could be scaled back to a working trip, where the president would not meet the queen."absolutely, i think he will come," h






trump uk visit expected in new year, us ambassador says


image copyrightepaimage caption woody johnson said the us president was not "namby-pamby" about voicing his opinions the us ambassador to britain said he expects donald trump to visit the uk in the new year despite his recent twitter row with theresa may.woody johnson told bbc radio 4's today programme that the disagreement was "probably misinterpreted".mrs may had said mr trump was "wrong" to share videos posted by the far-right group britain first, prompting an online backlash from the us president.mr johnson said mr trump's relationship with the uk was still "very very good".he said mr trump had not yet set a date for the visit - which would see the president being hosted by the queen at buckingham palace or windsor castle."absolutely, i think he will come," he told today. "it hasn't be






why is trump’s vatican ambassador pick controversial?


president donald trump has reportedly chosen callista gingrich, wife of former house speaker newt gingrich, as the united states ambassador to the vatican, the seat of the catholic faith. according to cnn, which first reported the development, the white house plans to announce the nomination before trump’s visit to the city state on may 24. gingrich,…






turkey summons u.s. ambassador over violence during erdogan visit


turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs summoned the u.s. ambassador monday to protest what it called “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by u.s. security toward turkish bodyguards during president recep tayyip erdogan’s visit to washington last week.clashes involving turkish security personnel, supporters of mr. erdogan, protesters, and district of columbia police sent nine people to the hospital.mr. erdogan’s visit was...






turkey summons u.s. ambassador over security during erdogan visit


istanbul--turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs summoned the u.s. ambassador to protest what it called “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by u.s. security toward turkish bodyguards during president recep tayyip erdogan’s visit to washington last week.clashes involving turkish security personnel, supporters of mr. erdogan, protesters, and district of columbia police sent nine people to the hospital.mr. erdogan’s visit was...






turkey summons u.s. ambassador over security during erdogan visit


turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs summoned the u.s. ambassador monday to protest what it called “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by u.s. security toward turkish bodyguards during president recep tayyip erdogan’s visit to washington last week.clashes involving turkish security personnel, supporters of mr. erdogan, protesters, and district of columbia police sent nine people to the hospital.mr. erdogan’s visit was...






un ambassador haley says she's 'not moving to trump tower'


washington — u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley is closing the door on the possibility of the ambassador's residence moving to trump tower.the u.s. decided in 2015 to move its longtime ambassador's residence in new york out of the famed waldorf astoria hotel. haley is confirming that the u.s. moved it because the hotel was purchased by a chinese-owned company and there were u.s. concerns about spying and security.the ambassador's residence was moved to another hotel near u.n. headquarters. but haley is pushing back on a u.s. lawmaker's speculation that the trump administration might move it again to the midtown manhattan building managed by the trump organization. she tells congress she is "not moving to trump tower."she says she's staying put "until it's time for me to leave."






trump divulged classified info to russian officials during oval office visit


donald trump revealed classified information to the russian foreign minister and ambassador in a closed-door meeting in the oval office last week, officials told the washington post.trump’s meeting with russian foreign minister sergei lavrov and ambassador sergey kislyak—which drew scrutiny after members of the u.s. press were barred from taking pictures—occurred just one day after the president fired former fbi director james comey, who was leading the investigation into possible collusion between the trump campaign and russian operatives.according to the post, trump jeopardized a critical intelligence source, and risked cooperation from a critical ally in the fight against the islamic state.“this is code-word information,” a u.s. official told the post, adding the president “revealed mor






sisi's visit to the us: the hopes and the reality | usa


on monday, president trump will welcome egyptian president general abdel fattah el-sisi to the white house - the first time an egyptian president will have visited washington since hosni mubarak's visit in 2010. although egypt's state media is widely optimistic about the prospects of the visit, sisi is likely plagued by creeping concerns and frustrations in light of trump's actions since his inauguration a little more than two months ago. encouraged by sisi's meeting with trump in new york city last september, which was accompanied by the release of an official statement from trump's campaign emphasising that "under a trump administration, the united states of america will be a loyal friend, not simply an ally, that egypt can count on in the days and years ahead", the sisi regime developed






us soon to have permanent diplomatic presence in somalia


mogadishu, somalia — the united states ambassador to somalia says the u.s. once again will have a permanent diplomatic presence in the country after it opens offices in mogadishu later this year.the u.s. embassy was closed in 1991 as the horn of africa nation slid into decades of chaos. former secretary of state john kerry during a 2015 visit said the u.s. would begin the process of re-establishing a diplomatic presence.ambassador stephen schwartz, the first u.s. ambassador to somalia in a quarter-century, this week told radio muqdisho the new "facility" should open in october.the ambassador also says the united states has funding to build a new embassy, but he did not give details on timing.the u.s. mission to somalia is currently based in neighboring kenya.






trump says has ‘total confidence’ in attorney general sessions


u.s. president donald trump stood by his attorney general on thursday as a political storm erupted after it emerged that jeff sessions met last year with russia’s ambassador but did not disclose the contacts in senate testimony.sessions is the country’s top law enforcement official and several of his fellow republicans in congress called for him to recuse himself from investigations into alleged russian meddling in the 2016 u.s. presidential election.democrats went further and urged sessions’ resignation and the appointment of a special prosecutor, in a flare-up of a controversy over ties between trump associates and russia that has dogged the early days of his presidency.trump said he had “total” confidence in sessions. “i don’t think so,” he told reporters during a visit to newport news,






china to us: stay out of south china sea talks


washington — china's ambassador says the u.s. shouldn't obstruct efforts by china and its neighbors to agree on a code of conduct in the disputed south china sea.ambassador cui tiankai (sway tee-ehn k-eye) says the u.s. has no territorial claim in those waters and should let countries in the region manage their disputes in a "friendly and effective way."beijing's island-building in the south china sea has drawn criticism from washington.president donald trump departs later this week on a five-nation trip to asia that includes a state visit to china.the ambassador said north korea will be a priority in talks between the chinese and u.s. presidents.cui warned that tensions over the north's nuclear program could get more dangerous without more efforts to reach a negotiated solution.






soybean diplomacy: new u.s. ambassador to china touts agricultural trade


beijing—newly appointed u.s. ambassador to china terry branstad touted trade as he took the helm of an important diplomatic mission that has been mired in uncertainty under the trump administration. earlier this month, david rank, who had headed the embassy’s work as chargé d’affaires since the departure of former ambassador max baucus, resigned over the trump administration’s withdrawal from the paris climate accord. before that,...






ahead of trump visit, paul hopes health proposal will fail


louisville, ky. — u.s. sen. rand paul says he hopes the republican health care proposal will fail so that "true negotiations" can begin.paul spoke to a group of louisville business leaders on monday, hours before president donald trump planned a campaign-style rally in the same city to advocate for the plan that would repeal and replace former president barack obama's health care law.paul said he would not attend the rally because he planned to fly back to washington to continue building a coalition to defeat the plan. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is scheduled to attend the rally.trump's kentucky visit is his latest attempt to pressure conservative lawmakers opposed to the health care proposal.kentucky voters chose both trump and paul in november by wide margins.






un ambassador nikki haley hit with hatch act reprimand


the ambassador's indiscretion: retweeting an endorsement from president trump.        






morning spin: emanuel, trump aide to talk infrastructure in d.c.


beyond chicago*in d.c. visit, egypt's el-sissi to test chemistry with trump.*u.s. ambassador says "no love" in dealing with russia.*flynn failed to disclose income from russia-linked entities.*dakota access provides blueprint for pipeline protests.






us envoy to visit human rights council in geneva and israel


united nations — u.s. ambassador nikki haley will travel to geneva next week to address the u.n. human rights council, whose funding is under threat by the trump administration, and then fly to israel to meet israeli and palestinian leaders.the u.s. mission to the united nations said tuesday that haley's address to the human rights council on june 6 will be the first by a u.s. ambassador. it will be followed by a speech at the graduate institute geneva laying out the u.s. position on future involvement with the council that will address its benefits and failings.haley has also complained about anti-israel bias at the human rights council and said in march that she planned to visit geneva to talk to members about what the u.s. thinks an effective council should look like.speaking with tuesd






trump son-in-law jared kushner met with russian ambassador during transition


a white house official said president trump's son-in-law jared kushner and the man who would become national security advisor, michael flynn, met with russia's ambassador to the u.s. in december. the official called the sit-down at trump tower in new york a "brief courtesy meeting." the official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and insisted on anonymity. flynn resigned last month after admitting that he misled vice president mike pence and other white house officials about his contacts with russian ambassador sergey kislyak. the trump team's public accounting of flynn's conversations with the ambassador have changed multiple times. the white house did not confirm the in-person meeting — or kushner's contact with the ambassador — until thursday. the new york times cited whit






‘they lied about those conversations’


democratic strategist bakari sellers, anderson cooper and other panelists all disagreed with conservative jeffrey lord thursday night after reviewing the latest possible russian tie to president donald trump. cnn unearthed an october report from slate.com about a russian bank that had frequent communications with a trump organization server. “well, i think if we’re going to go down this road let’s go down this,” lord warned. “nancy pelosi said she never had met with the russian ambassador, and out pops the picture of nancy pelosi and the ambassador, if you haven’t met an ambassador and you’re an elected official, you have no business –”“but you do have — flynn talking on the phone to the russian ambassador … on the same day where the biggest story in the country is about hacking,” cooper s






us ambassador: tillerson counting on meeting putin soon


moscow — the u.s. ambassador to russia says that secretary of state rex tillerson is counting on meeting russian president vladimir putin during an upcoming visit to moscow.john teft said tillerson would likely meet russian foreign minister sergey lavrov and putin "in the near future," according to russian news agency tass. it said teft commented during a lecture in the northern russian city of arkhangelsk.u.s. media reports suggest that tillerson is likely to visit russia in april but a date has yet to be announced.the kremlin has repeatedly refused to comment on the visit and declined to say whether putin would meet tillerson.tillerson will attend a major nato foreign ministers meeting in brussels on friday.






trump to name jon huntsman as next u.s. ambassador to russia, officials say


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president trump has picked former utah governor jon huntsman jr. to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia. but this won't be his first ambassadorship. usa todayformer utah governor jon huntsman(photo: usat) 13655 connectlinkedinemailmoreformer utah governor and 2012 republican presidential candidate jon huntsman is president trump's choice to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia, white house officials said on wednesday.huntsman, who served as the ambassador to china during the obama administration, had been considering a senate run in 2018, the associated press reported. he would likely enter the ambassador post during an unusual time in american-russian relations with alleged interference in the u.s. election by russia.white house officials spoke on the cond






trump to name jon huntsman as next u.s. ambassador to russia, officials say


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president trump has picked former utah governor jon huntsman jr. to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia. but this won't be his first ambassadorship. usa todayformer utah governor jon huntsman(photo: usat) 12524 connectlinkedinemailmoreformer utah governor and 2012 republican presidential candidate jon huntsman is president trump's choice to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia, white house officials said on wednesday.huntsman, who served as the ambassador to china during the obama administration, had been considering a senate run in 2018, the associated press reported. he would likely enter the ambassador post during an unusual time in american-russian relations with alleged interference in the u.s. election by russia.white house officials spoke on the cond






trump to name jon huntsman as next u.s. ambassador to russia, officials say


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president trump has picked former utah governor jon huntsman jr. to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia. but this won't be his first ambassadorship. usa todayformer utah governor jon huntsman(photo: usat) 10754 connectlinkedinemailmoreformer utah governor and 2012 republican presidential candidate jon huntsman is president trump's choice to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia, white house officials said on wednesday.huntsman, who served as the ambassador to china during the obama administration, had been considering a senate run in 2018, the associated press reported. he would likely enter the ambassador post during an unusual time in american-russian relations with alleged interference in the u.s. election by russia.white house officials spoke on the cond






trump to name jon huntsman as next u.s. ambassador to russia, officials say


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president trump has picked former utah governor jon huntsman jr. to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia. but this won't be his first ambassadorship. usa todayformer utah governor jon huntsman(photo: usat) 9632 connectlinkedinemailmoreformer utah governor and 2012 republican presidential candidate jon huntsman is president trump's choice to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia, white house officials said on wednesday.huntsman, who served as the ambassador to china during the obama administration, had been considering a senate run in 2018, the associated press reported. he would likely enter the ambassador post during an unusual time in american-russian relations with alleged interference in the u.s. election by russia.white house officials spoke on the condi






trump to name jon huntsman as next u.s. ambassador to russia, officials say


closeskip in skipxembedxshare president trump has picked former utah governor jon huntsman jr. to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia. but this won't be his first ambassadorship. usa todayformer utah governor jon huntsman(photo: usat) 14466 connectlinkedinemailmoreformer utah governor and 2012 republican presidential candidate jon huntsman is president trump's choice to be the next u.s. ambassador to russia, white house officials said on wednesday.huntsman, who served as the ambassador to china during the obama administration, had been considering a senate run in 2018, the associated press reported. he would likely enter the ambassador post during an unusual time in american-russian relations with alleged interference in the u.s. election by russia.white house officials spoke on the cond






senate confirms huntsman as us ambassador to russia


washington — the senate has confirmed the nomination of former utah gov. jon huntsman to serve as u.s. ambassador to russia.senators approved his selection by voice vote thursday.huntsman takes over a high-profile diplomatic post amid ongoing investigations into russia's election intrusions and potential contacts between russian officials and the trump campaign. huntsman says there's no question moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election.huntsman has twice before served as a u.s. ambassador. he was the nation's top diplomat to singapore under president george h.w. bush and ambassador to china under president barack obama before returning to the u.s. to run for president in 2012.the senate also has confirmed the nominations of john bass to be ambassador to afghanistan and justin hicks






ap source: huntsman offered job of ambassador to russia


washington — president donald trump has offered former utah gov. jon huntsman the position as u.s. ambassador to russia, a high-profile and sensitive post amid investigations into the contacts between russian officials and the trump campaign.trump made the offer to huntsman earlier this week, according to a white house official not authorized to discuss the move publicly until it is announced. huntsman has indicated that he will accept the post, the official said wednesday. the former governor did not immediately return a request for comment.huntsman has twice before served as an ambassador. he was the nation's top diplomat to singapore under president george h.w. bush and then served in that role in china under president barack obama. huntsman, who ran for president in 2012, was also brie






ap source: huntsman offered job of ambassador to russia


washington — president donald trump has offered former utah gov. jon huntsman the position as u.s. ambassador to russia, a high-profile and sensitive post amid investigations into contacts between russian officials and the trump campaign.trump made the offer to huntsman earlier this week, according to a white house official not authorized to discuss the move publicly until it is announced. huntsman has indicated that he will accept the post, the official said wednesday. the former governor did not immediately return a request for comment.huntsman has twice before served as an ambassador. he was the nation's top diplomat to singapore under president george h.w. bush and then served in that role in china under president barack obama. huntsman, who ran for president in 2012, was also briefly






trump to nominate nfl team owner johnson as us ambassador to britain


u.s. president donald trump will nominate national football league team owner woody johnson as u.s. ambassador to britain, the white house said on thursday.johnson, a billionaire investor and owner of the new york jets, will require senate confirmation to take up the diplomatic post. johnson’s nomination does not come as a surprise. in january, trump referred to johnson as “ambassador” during remarks at a luncheon and said the nfl team owner was “going to st. james.”(reporting by eric beech; editing by eric walsh)






donald trump to talk trade and n korea on china visit | china news


shanghai, china - a trade deficit that us president donald trump has called "embarrassing" and the increasing threat posed by north korea will be atop the agenda on his first official visit to beijing on wednesday.trump has embarked on a 12-day trip to the asia-pacific and will arrive in china just two weeks after the end of the 19th communist party congress, which saw president xi jinping consolidate his power.describing trump's tour as a "historic opportunity", china's ambassador to the us, cui tiankai, said the "state visit-plus" will include a banquet, a military honour guard, and other "special arrangements". while the chinese government is expected to give trump lavish treatment, many chinese are less excited about his visit."lots of chinese people don't like trump, and he doesn't li






trump 'revealed highly classified information' to russians during white house vi


but her emails. during that weird russia visit to the white house last week right after donald trump fired fbi director james comey, the president revealed highly classified information to russian foreign minister sergey lavrov and russian ambassador sergey kislyak. the unnamed current and former u.s. officials who spoke to reporters said trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the islamic state. the information the president relayed had been provided by a u.s. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the u.s. government, officials said. the partner had not given the united states permission to share the material with russia, and officials said trum






snap-on says trump visit will highlight manufacturing


madison, wis. — tool manufacturer snap-on says president donald trump's visit to the company's headquarters in wisconsin will highlight "the essential nature of american manufacturing to our nation's future."trump plans to visit snap-on's kenosha headquarters on tuesday. the company posted a comment about his visit on its website monday.snap-on is based in the congressional district of house speaker paul ryan, but he will not be there for trump's visit. he is overseas with a congressional delegation visiting several nato countries.trump carried wisconsin by less than a percentage point and a poll in march showed his approval rating to be just 41 percent.snap-on says it sees trump's visit as an "encouraging development" to help highlight the importance of manufacturing.






hillary clinton’s campaign also met with russian ambassador sergey kislyak


president donald trump’s administration has faced sharp criticism over its alleged ties with russia but the russian president’s spokesman said sunday that trump’s campaign was not the only one who met with russian ambassador, shedding light on meetings between kremlin’s ambassador sergey kislyak and the democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton’s campaign. “well, if you look at…






russia hopes tillerson's visit will lead to improved ties


moscow — russia voiced hope wednesday that u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson's planned visit next week will help improve bilateral ties between the former cold war foes.the russian foreign ministry said tillerson's talks with russian foreign minister sergey lavrov will focus on the fight against terrorism, various regional conflicts and nuclear arms control.tillerson is scheduled to arrive tuesday for a two-day visit to russia.the ministry blamed barack obama's administration for a "deep crisis" in russia-u.s. relations and said russia welcomes the trump administration's declared intention to mend the rift."from our side, we are open to cooperation in various fields on the basis of equality, non-interference in domestic affairs and respect for mutual interests," it said in a statement.






the latest: a chaotic motorcade ride for reporters in paris


paris — the latest on president donald trump's visit to paris (all times local):11:00 a.m.reporters covering president donald trump's trip to paris are getting off to a rather chaotic start after a segment of his motorcade was separated from him.the president arrived early thursday morning and was whisked away from paris orly airport to the u.s. ambassador's residence in central paris.the streets were closed off to traffic while trump's motorcade drove past, but the cars on the tail end of his entourage took a wrong turn, drove into oncoming traffic and barely dodged a few pedestrians.the traveling press corps was among the lost cars and was not able to document trump's arrival at the ambassador's residence.the white house would not immediately respond to a request for confirmation that tr






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