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The president later told NBC News he would have fired Comey regardless of any recommendation. "The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said. John Conyers, D-Michigan, and Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, asked for the materials following Mr. Trump's tweet Friday morning in which he suggested that "tapes" might exist and that Comey should hope that there are none.
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    They asked the White House to respond by May 25 to describe the existence of any secret tapes, a taping system and copies of audio recordings. "When I heard that exchange today between Jeff Mason , White House reporter, and Sean Spicer speaking from the podium in the briefing room for the President of the United States, it took my breath away", Wallace said.
  • Mexico says called Trump's bluff when he eyed NAFTA exit

    Mexico says called Trump's bluff when he eyed NAFTA exit

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    Fast track - formally called Trade Promotion Authority - allows Lighthizer to negotiate trade deals and then present them to Congress for a simple up or down vote without any power to amend them. "I have long opposed this flawed trade deal and support renegotiating it". Mexico's travel plans coincide with the US Senate's confirmation of Trump's top NAFTA negotiator on Thursday, setting the stage for NAFTA talks, which should begin in August or September.
  • New director: You can't stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation

    New director: You can't stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation

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    In ways both overt and subtle, the acting director of the FBI on Thursday undermined White House explanations for the firing of former Director James Comey and contradicted the administration's characterizations of an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.
  • Is Trump Taping Conversations in the Oval Office? Sean Spicer Won't Say

    Is Trump Taping Conversations in the Oval Office? Sean Spicer Won't Say

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    Trump cited memos from both men in the letter of termination he sent to Comey on Tuesday, in which he wrote , "I have accepted their recommendations and you are hereby terminated". The letter represented the latest attempt by the president to tamp down concerns about any Russian ties amid an ongoing investigation of his campaign's associates and Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
  • Kurdish-led forces say they will push on to IS capital

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    The US-led anti-terror coalition has also been backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in their push against the IS positions in Deir al-Zour and Raqqa province. McMaster. The US change in policy has reignited a dispute with Ankara, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling for an "immediate" reversal.
  • Lawyer: Officer threatened Sterling with gun

    Lawyer: Officer threatened Sterling with gun

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    Cameron Sterling, 15, said that he forgives the officer who killed his father, but he is hopeful that state prosecutors bring charges . In a press release, Landry said his office would obtain the investigative materials collected by the Department of Justice.
  • Alton Sterling's Son Calls For People to 'Come Together as One'

    Alton Sterling's Son Calls For People to 'Come Together as One'

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    Area residents, many of whom are family members of Sterling or knew him personally, are understandably devastated by the Justice Department's decision. One of Alton's aunts, Veda Sterling, spoke at Tuesday's vigil and led the crowd in chants of "No justice, no peace!" "We need closure. We need conviction".
  • USA to Participate China's Belt And Road Summit

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    India has not yet confirmed its participation, citing lack of a trustworthy environment on China's part to carry out belt and road projects. India is likely to be represented by local embassy staff or academics this weekend at a major gathering of leaders and ministers on China's Silk Road initiative, reflecting deep unease in New Delhi over the far-reaching project.
  • White House Again Postpones Meeting on Paris Climate Pact

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    Trump had hoped to announce a decision by the Group of Seven nations summit May 26-27 in Sicily, Italy, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer said it has now been put off. Sue Biniaz, a former State Department legal adviser who supports the accord, admitted Trump does not need to make a binary choice between leaving or staying.
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    Donald Trump Wants to "Prime the Pump" - But Why?

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    Reporter: Mr President, can I just try you on a deal-making question? "It's what you have to do". In an interview published Thursday by the Economist , Trump said he "came up with" the phrase recently. Andrew Hunter Murray‏ wrote: "Jesus wept, @realDonaldTrump thinks he invented the phrase 'Prime the pump "'. In other words, the idea is that if a population has more money to spend, they'll use it and lift up the private sector in the process, stimulating economic growth for the ...