Jeff Mason

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5 Feb 2019 | 11:21 PM

Trump vows to build border wall, warns Democrats against investigations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump vowed in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to build a border wall, which is a source of a deep partisan divide, and said Democratic attempts at "ridiculous partisan investigations" could damage U.S. prosperity.

30 Jan 2019 | 8:13 PM

'Don't deal in Venezuelan gold,' White House says, in anti-Maduro push

CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House warned traders on Wednesday not to deal in Venezuelan gold or oil following its imposition of stiff sanctions aimed at forcing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.

23 Jan 2019 | 9:20 AM

Trump won't soften hardline on China to make trade deal-advisers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As much as U.S. President Donald Trump wants to boost markets through a trade pact with China, he will not soften his position that Beijing must make real structural reforms, including how it handles intellectual property, to reach a deal, advisers say.

23 Jan 2019 | 8:19 AM

U.S. Senate to vote on ending government shutdown, Trump wall impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate shifted slightly closer on Tuesday to resolving a month-long partial government shutdown, but there was no sign of relief anytime soon for 800,000 federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay.

22 Jan 2019 | 11:57 PM

'Hola, I'm Mike Pence' - U.S. VP delivers message of support to Venezuelans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence issued a video message of support to Venezuelans on Tuesday to encourage those who are protesting against President Nicolas Maduro and underline U.S. backing for opposition leader Juan Guaido.

14 Jan 2019 | 11:14 PM

Trump - 'I never worked for Russia'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he never worked for Russia, his first direct denial after a media report that the FBI in 2017 investigated whether he acted against U.S. interests.

14 Jan 2019 | 10:38 PM

U.S. government shutdown drags into fourth week amid stalemate

WASHINGTON/NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday rejected a Republican call for temporarily reopening shuttered U.S. government agencies in order to encourage negotiations with Democrats on border security issues, as a partial government shutdown limped through its 24th day.

10 Jan 2019 | 10:18 PM

Trump threatens to use emergency power to build wall, end shutdown

MCALLEN, Texas/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Flanked by border agents who are going without paychecks during a government shutdown, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to use emergency powers to bypass Congress to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

8 Jan 2019 | 11:55 PM

In Oval Office speech, Trump demands a wall but does not declare emergency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump urged Congress in a televised speech on Tuesday to give him $5.7 billion (4.5 billion pounds) this year to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico but stopped short of declaring a national emergency to pay for the barrier with military funds.

8 Jan 2019 | 9:52 AM

Seeking support for a wall, Trump plans prime-time speech, border visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aiming to bolster his case for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump said on Monday he would make a prime-time televised address and visit the border this week as the government marked its 17th day of a partial shutdown.