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Although government business remains practically at a standstill due to the shutdown, both chambers of the US Congress convened today, Thursday, for the first time in their new configuration. The Democrats now control the House of Representatives while Trump's Republicans still hold a majority in the Senate. Commentators explain their theories about how the Democrats should wield their
Shortly before the midterm elections, US President Donald Trump has announced that he will place up to 15,000 soldiers on the country's southern border in a bid to deter thousands of migrants who are heading towards the US via Mexico. Sealing off the country will not make it more secure, say some observers. Others counter that Trump is right to defend the borders.
Individuals born in the US automatically receive US citizenship. Just days before the midterm elections, President Trump has announced that he wants to abolish the so-called natural-born-citizens clause. But to do so he'll require a two-thirds majority in Congress, which seems unlikely. For that reason commentators don't believe that Trump will be able to execute his plan.
President Trump is once again under pressure after new revelations from the White House. Legendary reporter Bob Woodward reports in a book that Trump's co-workers disobey instructions in order to prevent political fallout. And an anonymous White House official has published serious accusations against his boss in an op-ed for the
Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen has incriminated the president while under oath, admitting that hush money was paid to two women who wanted to make their affairs with Trump public during the election campaign in 2016 - in violation of campaign financing laws. In a separate hearing, Trump's ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty on various counts of fraud. Will Trump manage to stay in the White House?
The Trump administration is under fire for its harsh immigration policy: UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the practice of separating children from parents caught crossing the border illegally and holding them in provisional camps while their parents are put in prison. The Democrats and certain sections of the Republican party as well as First Lady Melania Trump have also criticised the practice. Commentators join the chorus of complaints.
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US President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the DACA programme introduced by the Obama administration which protects the children of illegal immigrants from deportation. In line with his slogan America first, Trump justified the move by saying that American workers must come first. Europe's commentators are appalled.
President Trump has paved the way for increased US troops in Afghanistan. His military advisors have convinced him that withdrawing US forces from the country would leave a dangerous power vacuum. Trump stressed, however, that the goal was not nation-building but killing terrorists. Is this the right strategy?
Following Trump's remarks on the right-wing extremist riots in Charlottesville more and more public figures are standing up against him. Prominent Republicans have harshly criticised his actions, business leaders have resigned from advisory boards and representatives of the military have
US President Donald Trump has once again played down the significance of the
Two days after racist riots erupted in Charlottesville, under growing pressure from the public, US President Donald Trump has finally condemned the racism of the Ku Klux Klan and the so-called white supremacist movement, calling it 'repugnant'. European commentators discuss the ties between the president and far-right voters and media bias on the issue.
Former general John Kelly has been appointed the new White House chief of staff. With a reputation as a man who appreciates clear structures and doesn't mince his words, even with the powerful, Kelly has the potential to bring stability to the White House, Washington watchers note. While some commentators believe he could get things in Washington off to a new start, others have their doubts.
Did Moscow attempt to influence the US elections, and was Trump's campaign team involved? Robert Mueller, the
Former FBI director James Comey has severely damaged the US president's credibility. Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee he said that Trump repeatedly voiced the hope that the FBI would drop the investigation into his former
During his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories at the end of his Middle East trip US President Donald Trump announced that the US is committed to reaching a peace agreement between the conflicting parties. Europe's commentators criticise the lack of concrete proposals and his avoidance of the more controversial issues.
Pressure on US President Donald Trump is mounting in the scandal over
The US army's attack on a Syrian airbase continues to fuel debate. After a poison
After the presumed poison gas attack in the Syrian province of Idlib, US President Trump has indicated that there could be a radical change in the US's Syria policy. Just a few days ago Washington had announced that it was no longer prioritising Assad's removal from power. Now he has said his attitude to Syria and Assad has changed. Commentators take a sceptical view of the statement and look back at the US's Syria policy under Obama.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese head of state Xi Jinping have met for the first time at Trump's estate in Florida. The most important topic during the two-day meeting is almost certainly how to deal with North Korea's nuclear programme. The press discusses how relations between the US and China will develop over time.
Donald Trump has signed an order aimed at reversing the US's climate policy. He wants to gradually dismantle the 2015 Clean Power Plan with which Obama wanted to cut the CO2 emissions of coal-fired power plants. How disastrous will the impact of this departure from international climate protection targets be?
The Republicans withdrew the health bill they had drafted to replace Obamacare shortly before it was put to vote in the House of Representatives. The party's right-wing refused to give its backing, leaving the GOP unable to honour its key campaign pledge. Commentators are not surprised by this crushing defeat.
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US President Donald Trump wants to increase his country's military spending by 54 billion dollars - or 10 percent. According to his plan cuts in the areas of environmental protection and foreign aid programmes will free up the necessary extra cash. Observers doubt whether Trump will be able to finance his plan and explain the origins of the close ties between politics and the military in the US.
Washington's latest plans could lead to millions of deportations. A directive from President Trump affects all undocumented migrants who have committed a criminal offence or been classified as potentially dangerous in the US. Trump is taking revenge for his foiled plans, commentators write, and criticise him for using the weakest members of society as scapegoats.
The scandal over alleged connections between Trump and Russia is growing. Former national security advisor Michael Flynn has had to resign for reportedly talking with the Russian ambassador about lifting the sanctions against Russia before taking office and then lying about the discussions. And according to media reports Trump's campaign team was in regular contact with Russian intelligence agencies. What do these accusations mean for Trump's presidency?
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After Mexico and China, the new US administration now has Germany in its sights: Trump's chief economist Peter Navarro told the
US President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Antonin Scalia, who passed away last year. The seat had remained vacant for eleven months because the Republicans blocked the Democratic Party's candidate in the Senate. The Democrats won't take this lying down, the press predicts, even though many view Gorsuch as a decent choice.
EU Council President Donald Tusk has called on the EU states to unite against what he sees as the threat represented by the Trump administration. In a letter to the EU heads of state and government, Tusk cited the US as a factor of uncertainty alongside Russia, the Middle East and China. Commentators doubt that the EU will be able to rise to the occasion.
At their meeting in Washington US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the common ground between their countries. Trump announced that the
US President Donald Trump is on a confrontation course with Mexico. On Wednesday he issued a decree for the fortification of the border between the two countries. In reaction to a
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Donald Trump and his PR team have harshly criticised press reporting of the presidential inauguration. Trump has accused the media of lying about the number of people who attended the ceremony, while a presidential advisor has called the White House's figures "alternative facts". For many observers the conflict between Trump and the media has reached a new highpoint.
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In his first week in office Trump has