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

U.S. Justice Department appeals court order blocking ban of TikTok

The U.S. Justice Department said it had appealed a Pennsylvania judge’s October 30 order that blocked the government from imposing restrictions on Chinese-owned TikTok that were set to take effect on Thursday. The Commerce Department’s August restrictions order was to take effect late in the day, barring transactions with ByteDance’s short video sharing app TikTok… Read More U.S. Justice Department appeals court order blocking ban of TikTok

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

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear President Trump’s appeal against ruling on border wall funds

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal by President Donald Trump’s administration of a ruling that he overstepped his constitutional powers by diverting military funds to pay for his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At issue is the legality of the president’s decision, after Congress refused to appropriate money he… Read More U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear President Trump’s appeal against ruling on border wall funds

U.S. President Donald Trump ends talks with Congress on coronavirus stimulus package

Prospects for more aid for Americans struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. airlines seeking to avert a wave of layoffs crumbled on Tuesday when President Donald Trump ended negotiations with Congress over a large coronavirus bill. “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump ends talks with Congress on coronavirus stimulus package

U.S. judge blocks order banning TikTok downloads on app stores

A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set to bar Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google from offering Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok for download at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued the preliminary injunction in a brief order late on Sunday. He declined… Read More U.S. judge blocks order banning TikTok downloads on app stores

U.S. President Donald Trump issues executive order to ban military, government contractors from certain diversity training

U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday that he said would ban the military, government contractors and federal grantees from some diversity training. The lengthy order says it forbids “divisive concepts,” including teaching that the United States is “fundamentally racist or sexist” or that any individual bears “responsibility for actions committed in… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump issues executive order to ban military, government contractors from certain diversity training