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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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In Yemen conflict, a window into deepening U.S.-Gulf ties

WASHINGTON When U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis greeted Saudi Arabia's foreign minister at the Pentagon last month, the first thing he did was joke about the time "the Iranians tried to murder you."

27 Apr 2017

U.S. says strategy on North Korea centres on sanctions, open to talks

WASHINGTON The Trump administration said on Wednesday it aimed to push North Korea into dismantling its nuclear and missile programs through tougher international sanctions and diplomatic pressure, and remained open to negotiations to bring that about. | Video

27 Apr 2017

Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real number of U.S. forces.

27 Apr 2017

U.S. may need stronger defence against North Korea missiles - admiral

WASHINGTON The United States may need to strengthen its missile defences, particularly in Hawaii, given the advancing threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, the top U.S. commander in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday.

21 Apr 2017

Trump praises Chinese efforts on North Korea 'menace,' Pyongyang warns of strike

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese efforts to rein in "the menace of North Korea" on Thursday, after North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike." | Video

20 Apr 2017

As Trump warned North Korea, his 'armada' was headed towards Australia

WASHINGTON When U.S. President Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the opposite direction. | Video

12 Apr 2017

U.S.-Russia tensions over Syria will not 'spiral out of control' - Mattis

WASHINGTON Tensions between the United States and Russia will not "spiral out of control" following last week's U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, describing it as a one-off response to Syria's use of banned chemical weapons.

12 Apr 2017

U.S.-Russia tensions over Syria will not 'spiral out of control' - Mattis

WASHINGTON Tensions between the United States and Russia will not "spiral out of control" following last week's U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, describing it as a one-off response to Syria's use of banned chemical weapons.

11 Apr 2017

U.S. bolsters protection of forces in Syria as tensions climb

WASHINGTON The United States has made slight adjustments to its military activities in Syria to strengthen protection of American forces following cruise missile strikes last week on a Syrian air base that heightened tensions, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

07 Apr 2017

WRAPUP 11-U.S. fires missiles at Assad airbase, escalating role in Syrian war

WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla., April 7 The United States fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase on Friday from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched this week, an escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria that swiftly drew sharp criticism from Russia.

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