National Newswatch

Australia’s Morrison at WH for Trump’s 2nd state visit

Sep 20 2019 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, to the White House with a pomp-filled military arrival ceremony on the South Lawn Friday morning. Hundreds gathered under clear blue skies for the welcoming ceremony as children waved miniature Australian and U.S. flags. The […]

Rose Garden setting for Trump’s second state dinner

Sep 19 2019 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — It'll be an al fresco Rose Garden soiree for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as the White House throws its first state dinner in more than a year. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are hosting Morrison for a state visit on Friday, including a pomp-filled arrival ceremony on the South […]

White House upgrade: First lady’s done a lot with the place

Sep 18 2019 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — She's done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency. There's refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room, repurposed draperies […]

White House upgrade: First lady’s done a lot with the place

Sep 17 2019 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — She's done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency. There's refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room, repurposed draperies […]

Ivanka Trump to promote women’s initiative in South America

Aug 8 2019 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump will travel to South America in September to focus on issues that make it difficult for women in developing countries to prosper financially, including lack of access to credit and limits on employment. President Donald Trump's daughter and White House adviser plans to visit Paraguay and Argentina to promote the Women's […]

Sanders holds 1st press briefing since March 11, for kids

Apr 25 2019 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders held her first briefing in more than a month Thursday, but still didn't field questions from working journalists. Instead, Sanders held what the White House called a "kids-only" press briefing for children participating in "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." Journalists who cover President Donald […]

Melania Trump talks up homework with kids on ‘Be Best’ tour

Mar 4 2019 — Darlene Superville — TULSA, Okla. — Melania Trump gave a second-grader a pep talk about homework Monday as she toured an Oklahoma elementary school to open a three-state tour highlighting her "Be Best" initiative. As she talked up the value of teamwork, the second-grader appeared to give her an earful about homework. "You wished you didn't have homework?" […]

Trump announces campaign rally next week in El Paso, Texas

Feb 6 2019 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is holding his first campaign rally of the year next week in El Paso, Texas, a city he's cited numerous times — including in his State of the Union address — in arguing for the wall he wants built along the U.S.-Mexico border. The rally on Monday will be four […]

Congress to face same question: When will shutdown end?

Jan 14 2019 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Washington for its first full week of legislative business since control of the House reverted to Democrats, but lawmakers will be confronted with the same lingering question: When will the partial government shutdown end? One Republican senator says he's offered President Donald Trump a possible solution, though it may just […]

White House: Trump meets with German auto executives

Dec 4 2018 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met Tuesday with executives from Germany's big automakers amid U.S.-European trade tensions focused on car exports and the threat of tariffs. Trump "shared his vision of all automakers producing in the United States and creating a more friendly business environment," the White House said in a statement afterward. The statement […]

Trump, first lady accept official White House Christmas tree

Nov 20 2018 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — As strains of "O Christmas Tree" wafted through the cool air, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Monday accepted the official White House Christmas tree that will go on display in the Blue Room and anchor the holiday season at the executive mansion. The 19 1/2-foot (6-meter) tall Fraser fir […]

Ron Chernow to speak at White House correspondents’ dinner

Nov 19 2018 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — The White House Correspondents' Association announced Monday that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow will address its annual dinner next year, breaking from its tradition of featuring an entertainer following the pushback over comedian Michelle Wolf's sharply anti-Trump performance last time. At a time of increasingly tense relations between President Donald Trump and the […]

Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama’s book show

Nov 17 2018 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama's book show in Washington. The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, "Becoming," and participated in a conversation Saturday night moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. When the conversation shifted […]

Trump lashes out at Warren over DNA test, calls her ‘phoney!’

Oct 16 2018 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday over DNA test results she released that indicate she has some Native American heritage, saying she is "getting slammed" over what he claimed is "a scam and a lie" despite Warren's proof. Trump called on his potential 2020 Democratic challenger to apologize […]

Pence confident no one on his staff wrote NY Times column

Sep 10 2018 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Vice-President Mike Pence says he's "100 per cent confident" that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times column criticizing President Donald Trump's leadership. "I know them. I know their character," Pence said in a taped interview aired Sunday by CBS' "Face the Nation." Some pundits had speculated […]