National Newswatch

Amazon accuses Trump of ‘improper pressure’ to influence Pentagon contract decision

Dec 9 2019 — — Amazon is accusing President Trump of exerting “improper pressure” to influence the Pentagon to award a lucrative cloud-computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon, which was a clear front-runner before Trump began intervening in the process over the summer. In a court filing made public on Monday, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s cloud-computing arm, alleged […]

Forget Greenland — Trump should offer statehood to these Canadian provinces

Nov 2 2019 — — President Trump’s offer to purchase Greenland from Denmark was front-page news in August, but a better option for expanding the country’s geographic footprint would be to offer statehood to the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as the interior of British Columbia. After the final results of the recent Canadian election, there’s […]

UN human rights chief ‘appalled’ at condition of migrant facilities in US

Jul 8 2019 — — The U.N. high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday said she is appalled by conditions in which the U.S. is holding migrants and refugees. “As a pediatrician, but also as a mother and a former head of State, I am deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded […]

Obama, Trudeau meet at Ottawa brewery

Jun 1 2019 — — Former President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were spotted at a brewery in Ottawa, Ontario, on Friday. The pair, who were known to have a close working relationship during Obama’s tenure in the White House, were pictured on social media with beers and bites in hand at the brewery. Trudeau shared a picture […]

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in prostitution ring

Feb 22 2019 — — Robert Kraft, a long-time friend of President Trump and owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges in a prostitution sting connected to Florida spas, police said Friday. Kraft, 77, is facing two charges of soliciting prostitution, police in Jupiter, Fla., said during a news conference. Two instances of Kraft at the Orchids of Asia […]

Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary

Feb 4 2019 — — President Trump is picking David Bernhardt, a former energy lobbyist, to be the Interior Department’s next secretary. Bernhardt, whose past clients include oil companies and others with business before the Interior Department, became the agency’s deputy secretary in 2017 and has led the department on an interim basis since former Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned amid […]

Drama builds around Stone in Mueller probe

Nov 4 2018 — — Robert Mueller continues to zero in on Roger Stone as speculation builds that the special counsel could take a major overt step in his Russia investigation following the midterm elections next week.

U.S. trade chief casts doubt on Canada joining new NAFTA deal

Sep 25 2018 — — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday cast doubt on the prospects of the U.S. and Mexico reaching a deal with Canada on an updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the Sunday deadline. “The fact is, Canada is not making concessions in areas where we think they’re essential,” Lighthizer told the Concordia Summit […]

Aides caught unaware of Trump’s personal phone call to Trudeau

Jul 7 2018 — — White House aides were reportedly caught off guard by President Trump’s informal phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, learning about the call only after Canada’s foreign ministry published a readout. The Washington Post reports that Trump began handing out his personal cellphone number to a few world leaders shortly after his inauguration, including […]

GOP senator rips Navarro’s comments on Trudeau: ‘This cannot be our party’

Jun 10 2018 — — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) ripped White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro on Sunday for comments he had made earlier lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying the remarks cannot be representative of the Republican Party. “Fellow Republicans, this is not who we are. This cannot be our party,” Flake said in […]

Giuliani: Melania Trump ‘believes her husband’ over Stormy Daniels

Jun 6 2018 — — Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday said first lady Melania Trump believes President Trump’s denials that he had an affair with adult-film star Stormy Daniels and suggested Daniels lacks credibility because of her profession. “She believes her husband and she doesn’t think it’s true,” Giuliani, who joined Trump’s legal team in April, said of the first lady […]