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10 January 2019 14:18 Trump visits US-Mexico border to make case for wall

President Donald Trump is visiting the US-Mexico border in a bid to bolster his case for a wall after talks with Democrats ended in acrimony. Mr Trump stormed out of his meeting with congressional leaders as efforts to end the partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will not be paid again on Friday 61

09 January 2019 21:19 Democrats accuse Trump of having a 'temper tantrum' as he walks out of 'waste of time' meeting

Top Democrats claim President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders in a temper tantrum as talks to end the partial government shutdown remain at an impasse. Mr. Trump is threatening to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress, if he can't get the wall money from them. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump 100

03 January 2019 09:35 Democrats determined to end government shutdown with 'nothing for the wall'

A closed-door meeting between US president Donald Trump and congressional leaders has led to no further progress over the partial government shutdown. Talks will resume on Friday amid an impasse over Mr Trump’s demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the US border with Mexico. In public, Mr Trump has renewed his dire warnings of rapists 59

02 January 2019 08:23 Donald Trump lacks character in leading 'divided nation', claims Mitt Romney

Republican Mitt Romney has appeared to question the character of US president Donald Trump. Mr Romney, a former republican presidential nominee and recently elected Utah senator, said Mr Trump's "conduct over the past two years ... is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office." The former Governor of Massachusetts will take his seat in the Senate 54

29 December 2018 09:16 US government shutdown enters second week as border wall impasse continues

President Donald Trump and the Democrats are trading blame for the partial shutdown of the US government – but doing little substantive talking with each other as the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay enters a second week. Mr Trump upped the brinkmanship by threatening again to close the border with Mexico completely to press Congress 63

22 December 2018 21:17 No border wall deal as US Senate adjourns

The US Senate has adjourned without a deal to end a partial government shutdown as talks drag on over President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ended the rare Saturday session hours after the Senate had opened. Talks are under way at the Capitol involving Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Democratic leader Chuck 58

22 December 2018 15:07 Bill to give surplus visas to Irish workers unlikely to pass US Senate

Plans to give Irish workers thousands of surplus US visas every year look set to fail. Ireland has campaigned to be added to the E-3 visa programme which is currently available to Australians. Australia currently only takes up about 5,000 of the 10,000 visas allocated. A bill to allow Ireland access to the remaining visas needed US Senate clearance but has failed 38

13 December 2018 21:11 US Senate backs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince for writer’s death

The US Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senators unanimously passed a resolution in a direct rebuke to the crown prince. It calls for the Saudi Arabian government to “ensure appropriate accountability”. It is unclear whether the House will consider 49

07 December 2018 16:27 Donald Trump to nominate former George HW Bush aide as attorney general

President Donald Trump has said he will nominate William Barr, former president George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role. Mr Trump made the announcement while departing the White House for a trip to Missouri on Friday. Mr Trump said Mr Barr is “a terrific man” and “one of the most respected jurists in the country” and added: “I think 33

28 November 2018 09:22 Under-fire Republican wins divisive Mississippi Senate vote

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith has won a divisive race for the Mississippi Senate seat, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist. In the footage, Ms Hyde-Smith said of a supporter: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”, while a separate video showed her talking about “liberal folks” and making it “just a little more difficult 37