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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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21 Jun 2017

Exclusive: Trump administration eyes hardening line towards Pakistan

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's administration is exploring hardening its approach towards Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan, two U.S. officials tell Reuters. | Video

14 Jun 2017

Trump gives U.S. military authority to set Afghan troop levels - U.S. official

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the U.S. commander.

14 Jun 2017

U.S. 'not winning' in Afghanistan, Mattis tells Congress

WASHINGTON The United States is "not winning" the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Tuesday, promising to brief lawmakers on a new war strategy by mid-July that is widely expected to call for thousands more U.S. troops. | Video

13 Jun 2017

U.S. 'not winning' in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary tells Congress

WASHINGTON The United States is "not winning" the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Tuesday, promising to brief lawmakers on a new war strategy by mid-July that is widely expected to call for thousands more U.S. troops. | Video

13 Jun 2017

Mattis says options on Afghanistan to be presented to Trump 'very soon'

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would present options on Afghanistan to President Donald Trump "very soon," adding the strategy would take a regional approach rather than looking at the war-torn country in isolation.

13 Jun 2017

North Korea 'most urgent' threat to security: Mattis

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that North Korea's advancing missile and nuclear programs were the "most urgent" threat to national security and that its means to deliver them had increased in speed and scope.

11 Jun 2017

Sessions says he will discuss Comey with U.S. Senate panel

WASHINGTON U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a letter on Saturday that he will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to address matters former FBI Director James Comey brought up this week in testimony to the same panel.

05 Jun 2017

U.S. says break with Qatar by some Gulf nations won't affect counter-terrorism

SYDNEY U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that they did not expect a decision by some Gulf countries to sever ties with Qatar to affect the fight against terrorism but urged them to address their differences.

05 Jun 2017

U.S. looks to reassure allies as concerns grow about American global role

SYDNEY Senior U.S officials said on Monday the United States, under President Donald Trump, was committed to the region, reassuring nervous global partners even as it received criticism for pulling out of major a climate pact.

05 Jun 2017

U.S. says break with Qatar by some Gulf nations won't affect counter-terrorism

SYDNEY U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that they did not expect a decision by some Gulf countries to sever ties with Qatar to affect the fight against terrorism but urged them to address their differences.

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