U.S. President Donald Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s pardon, which could be the first of several after he lost the 2020 presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden, drew… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn

Trump administration gives approval for presidential transition

After weeks of waiting, President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday cleared the way for President-elect Joe Biden to transition to the White House, giving him access to briefings and funding even as Trump vowed to continue fighting the election results. Trump, a Republican, has alleged widespread voter fraud in the November 3 election without providing… Read More Trump administration gives approval for presidential transition

U.S. President Donald Trump fires top cybersecurity official over election defense

President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired top cybersecurity official Chris Krebs in a message on Twitter, accusing him without evidence of making a “highly inaccurate” statement affirming the November 3 election was secure and rejecting claims of fraud. Trump has made debunked allegations that the election was “rigged” and has refused to concede defeat to… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump fires top cybersecurity official over election defense

Trump administration moves to finalize sale of oil drilling leases before presidential inauguration of Joe Biden

The Trump Administration will take key steps to finalize a sale of oil drilling leases in the sensitive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska just before Democrat Joseph Biden, who opposes drilling there, becomes president, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. The White House will be sending out a call for nominations in coming… Read More Trump administration moves to finalize sale of oil drilling leases before presidential inauguration of Joe Biden

U.S. President Donald Trump issues executive order banning investments in companies linked to Chinese military

The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled an executive order prohibiting U.S. investments in Chinese companies that Washington says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, ramping up pressure on Beijing after the U.S. election. The order could impact some of China’s biggest companies, including China Telecom Corp Ltd, China Mobile Ltd and surveillance equipment… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump issues executive order banning investments in companies linked to Chinese military

ByteDance files petition to challenge TikTok divestiture order of U.S. President Donald Trump

ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of video-sharing app TikTok, filed a petition late on Tuesday with a U.S. Appeals Court challenging a Trump administration order set to take effect on Thursday requiring it to divest TikTok. President Donald Trump in an August 14 order directed ByteDance to divest the app within 90 days, which falls… Read More ByteDance files petition to challenge TikTok divestiture order of U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. Attorney General William Barr urges investigation of alleged irregularities in presidential election

U.S. Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors on Monday to look into “substantial” allegations of irregularities in last week’s election, prompting the top lawyer overseeing voter fraud investigations to resign in protest. Barr sent his letter after days of attacks on the integrity of the election by President Donald Trump and Republican allies, who… Read More U.S. Attorney General William Barr urges investigation of alleged irregularities in presidential election

U.S. President Donald Trump fires defense secretary Mark Esper over public policy issues

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that he had “terminated” Defense Secretary Mark Esper, appearing to use his final months in office after his election defeat to settle scores within his administration. Trump split with Esper over a range of issues and was particularly angered by Esper’s public opposition to Trump’s threats to use… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump fires defense secretary Mark Esper over public policy issues