Phil Stewart

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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

11 Aug 2018

Exclusive: As Trump cracks down on Pakistan, U.S. cuts military training programmes

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programmes that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a decade, U.S. officials say. | Video

10 Aug 2018

Going where no president has gone before, Trump wants Space Force by 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday announced an ambitious plan to usher in a new "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the military by 2020, but the proposal was scorned by opponents and may struggle to get liftoff in a divided Congress. | Video

09 Aug 2018

Afghanistan says surrendered Islamic State fighters are war prisoners: U.S. general

WASHINGTON Afghanistan told the United States that Islamic State fighters who surrendered last week will be treated as prisoners of war, and not honoured guests, despite the warm welcome they had initially received, a top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

08 Aug 2018

U.S.' Mattis throws support behind new space-focused military command

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday threw his support behind the idea of creating a space-focused military command but stopped short of promising the new "Space Force" branch of service that President Donald Trump has touted.

04 Aug 2018

Exclusive: Despite tensions, Russia seeks U.S. help to rebuild Syria

WASHINGTON Russia has used a closely guarded communications channel with America's top general to propose the two former Cold War foes cooperate to rebuild Syria and repatriate refugees to the war-torn country, according to a U.S. government memo.

03 Aug 2018

Iran naval drills underway amid tensions with U.S.

WASHINGTON The United States believes Iran has started carrying out naval exercises in the Gulf, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday. | Video

02 Aug 2018

Iran is seen readying major exercise as tensions with U.S. simmer

WASHINGTON The United States believes Iran is preparing to carry out a major exercise in the Gulf in the coming days, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington, U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

02 Aug 2018

U.S. welcomes home remains of presumed war dead from North Korea

WASHINGTON/OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea In a solemn ceremony, the United States welcomed home on Wednesday human remains it said presumably included Americans killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War, and thanked North Korea for making good on a June summit pledge to hand them over. | Video

01 Aug 2018

Explainer: Where is Trump headed with his tougher policy toward Iran?

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's offer of dialogue with Tehran belies a hardening of U.S. policy that intensifies economic and diplomatic pressure but so far stops short of using his military to more aggressively counter Iran and its proxies. | Video

27 Jul 2018

Trump thanks Kim as North Korea hands over Korean War remains

SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea on Friday handed over 55 boxes carrying remains thought to be of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, a first step in implementing an agreement reached at a landmark summit in June. | Video


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