Officials at the most senior levels across the U.S. military, attempting since Monday to determine what President Trump may have agreed to on national security issues at his private meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, had little to no information on Wednesday. The administration has offered few specifics on meetings that the president described as a “tremendous success.”
Reporter
“Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President?”
President Trump
“Thank you very much. No.”
Reporter
“No? You don’t believe that to be the case?”
President Trump
“No.”
Setting off a new round of criticism from lawmakers in both parties, the president said "no" when asked if he thought Russia was still targeting the U.S. — prompting the White House to assert hours later that his words had been misconstrued. Trump later told CBS News that he holds Vladimir Putin responsible for Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
Jessica Lopez packages wire coil nails at Mid Continent Nail Corp. in Poplar Bluff, Mo. (Brad Vest for The Post)
Jessica Lopez packages wire coil nails at Mid Continent Nail Corp. in Poplar Bluff, Mo. (Brad Vest for The Post)
Ken Henson, a manual machine operator, works inside the machine shop. (Brad Vest for The Post)
Ken Henson, a manual machine operator, works inside the machine shop. (Brad Vest for The Post)
A forklift driver moves pallets of nails inside the warehouse. (Brad Vest for The Post)
A forklift driver moves pallets of nails inside the warehouse. (Brad Vest for The Post)
Nails move through a machine at Mid Continent. (Brad Vest for The Post)
Nails move through a machine at Mid Continent. (Brad Vest for The Post)
Trade restrictions aimed at preventing U.S. jobs from heading elsewhere have instead hampered one company’s effort to create jobs in the United States. Company officials say that without relief, Mid Continent, a Missouri nail plant, could be out of business by Labor Day — or that remaining production could move to Mexico or another country.
A Democratic senator says Brett Kavanaugh, who served as associate White House counsel, was “not accurate” on the issue in testimony he gave under oath in a 2006 confirmation hearing to be an appeals court judge.
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Ahead of Robert Wilkie’s likely confirmation to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than a dozen career civil servants have been moved from the headquarters' leadership suite and reassigned to lower-profile roles.
The alleged covert agent linked to wealthy businessmen with ties to the Putin administration was ordered held without bond after federal prosecutors argued strongly against her release.
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(Illustration by Eddie Alvarez/The Post, based on images from Getty Images, iStock)
(Illustration by Eddie Alvarez/The Post, based on images from Getty Images, iStock)
Longtime Washingtonians hoped the former president and first lady would become unofficial ambassadors for the nation’s capital, embracing their adopted city. Instead, they’ve embraced their new lives as private citizens, emphasis on “private.”
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Hate has trumped love on lawmakers’ Facebook pages since the 2016 election, a new Pew study reports.
Cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, the British Medical Journal reported.
Rep. Jason Lewis, who represents a Minnesota district that many believe to be in play for Democrats in the midterm elections, made the remarks on a syndicated radio show he hosted in the years before he was elected.
Wilmington’s mayor apologized and faulted not just the city’s handling of the incident but also the justifications it made after the children were kicked out.
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