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Senate cancels confirmation hearing for Trump nominee who called Obama 'terrorist'

31 Jul 2020

WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate on Thursday abruptly canceled a hearing for President Donald Trump's most divisive nominee to date for a senior Pentagon post, raising questions about whether enough lawmakers would support Anthony Tata, who has called former President Barack Obama "a terrorist leader."

U.S. to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany but nearly half to stay in Europe

30 Jul 2020

WASHINGTON The U.S. military on Wednesday unveiled plans to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany, in fallout from President Donald Trump's long-simmering feud with Berlin but said it will keep nearly half of those forces in Europe to address tension with Russia. | Video

Pentagon chief looking to visit China this year amid tensions

21 Jul 2020

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he hoped to visit China by the end of the year to improve "crisis-communications" channels and address other areas of mutual interest as he condemned China's maritime activity in the South China Sea.

U.S. military needs to take 'hard look' at Confederacy symbols, base names, top general says

10 Jul 2020

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general said on Thursday that the military had to take a "hard look" at symbols of the Confederacy, including the names of bases, and said he had recommended a commission to look at the issue even as President Donald Trump has ruled out renaming military bases that are named for Confederate leaders. | Video

U.S. doesn't know if Russia directed Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, Pentagon says

10 Jul 2020

WASHINGTON The United States believes Russia has given support to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan in the past but does not have intelligence to confirm it directed attacks against Americans or to corroborate that it paid bounties to kill American troops, the top U.S. general said on Thursday.

Vindman, key impeachment witness, retires from Army, alleges 'bullying' by Trump

09 Jul 2020

WASHINGTON Former White House aide Alexander Vindman, a key figure in the impeachment of President Donald Trump, said on Wednesday he was retiring from the Army after what his attorney described as a "campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation" by the president. | Video

Trump must have been aware of Russia bounty allegation, Democratic lawmaker says

30 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump must have at least been aware of the allegation that Russia paid bounties to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan to kill U.S.-led coalition troops, a senior Democratic lawmaker said on Tuesday after a White House briefing.

Trump must have been aware of Russia bounty allegation, Democratic lawmaker says

30 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump must have at least been aware of the allegation that Russia paid bounties to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan to kill U.S.-led coalition troops, a senior Democratic lawmaker said on Tuesday after a White House briefing.

Exclusive: Trump administration says Huawei, Hikvision backed by Chinese military

25 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON The Trump administration has determined that top Chinese firms, including telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies and video surveillance company Hikvision, are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, laying the groundwork for new U.S. financial sanctions. | Video

Unarmed National Guard activated and on standby to help protect D.C. monuments

25 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON Hundreds of unarmed Washington D.C. National Guard troops were activated and on standby to assist law enforcement personnel with protecting some historical monuments, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, after protesters tried to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson in a park near the White House.

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