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Roberta Rampton

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12 Oct 2017 | 9:50 AM

Trump says open to bilateral Canada, Mexico pacts if NAFTA talks fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was open to bilateral trade pacts with either Canada or Mexico if a three-way deal cannot be reached to substantially revise the North American Free Trade Agreement.

4 Oct 2017 | 10:21 AM

Trump praises response to Puerto Rico, says crisis straining budget

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expressed satisfaction on Tuesday with the federal response to Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico, despite criticism that the government was slow to address the crisis.

14 Sep 2017 | 8:05 AM

Hoping to change his luck in Congress, Trump turns to Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fresh off striking a budget deal with Democrats, Donald Trump is toning down his rhetoric and looking to cut deals on such American hot-button issues as immigration and tax reform in search of a much-needed legislative victory.

13 Sep 2017 | 3:31 PM

North Korea defiant over U.N. sanctions as Trump says tougher steps needed

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea displayed trademark defiance on Wednesday over new United Nations sanctions imposed after its sixth and largest-ever nuclear test, vowing to redouble efforts to fight off what it said was the threat of a U.S. invasion.

12 Sep 2017 | 11:27 PM

Trump says tougher steps needed on North Korea after new U.N. sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the U.N. sanctions on North Korea agreed this week were a small step and nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with the country's nuclear program.

7 Sep 2017 | 10:03 AM

Trump sides with Democrats on debt limit in rare bipartisan deal

WASHINGTON/ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump forged a surprising deal with Democrats in Congress on Wednesday to extend the U.S. debt limit and provide government funding until Dec. 15, embracing his political adversaries and blindsiding fellow Republicans in a rare bipartisan accord.

4 Aug 2017 | 9:20 PM

U.S. Vice President Pence's hawkish tone on Russia contrasts with Trump approach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump scolded U.S. lawmakers on Thursday for clamping down on Moscow with new sanctions, his message clashed with the one that Vice President Mike Pence pushed during a four-day trip this week to Eastern Europe.

2 Aug 2017 | 11:28 PM

Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, Moscow calls it 'trade war'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, a move Moscow said amounted to a full-scale trade war and an end to hopes for better ties with the Trump administration.

1 Aug 2017 | 8:01 AM

Trump fires communications director Scaramucci in new White House upheaval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump ousted recently hired White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci on Monday over an obscene tirade, sources familiar with the decision said, in the latest staff upheaval for the six-month-old administration.

31 Jul 2017 | 2:15 AM

Republicans call on new Trump chief of staff to fix White House chaos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans on Sunday urged President Donald Trump's new chief of staff John Kelly to rein in the chaos within the White House on Monday but said the retired Marine Corps general will be challenged to assert control.