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Trump and Britain's Theresa May Meet for First Time

May's meeting with the president in the Oval Office is being hailed by the British government as a sign that their relationship is valued by the new administration

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    In a Friday joint conference Friday, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump reconfirmed their commitment to NATO in an attempt to pacify concerned European leaders after Trump called NATO "obsolete." (Published Friday, Jan. 27, 2017)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday President Donald Trump has reaffirmed both countries' "unshakeable commitment" to the NATO military alliance.

    Trump had rattled European allies by suggesting NATO is "obsolete" and that the United States might not come to the aid of countries that don't meet targets for their own defense spending.

    Trump: 'Too Early' to Talk About Russian Sanctions

    [NATL] Trump: 'Too Early' to Talk About Russian Sanctions
    U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday it was "too early" to talk about sanctions against Russia in a joint press conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday. May said the U.K. supports sanctions on Russia.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 27, 2017)

    May's comments came after their Oval Office meeting Friday and are meant to put that concern to rest. She said the two also agreed it is important for member countries to "invest properly to face our shared challenges together." 

    May, a friendly ally who hopes to nudge the populist president toward the political mainstream, also said she extended an invitation to visit England on behalf of the queen and that Trump has accepted.

    Trump's first meeting with a world leader since taking office came a day after Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto called off his own trip to Washington next week amid wrangling over who will pay for Trump's planned wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Trump's spokesman said the president would seek a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for the barrier, then later clarified that such a tax would be a possible approach.

    Trump to Defer to Mattis on Torture

    [NATL] Trump to Defer to Mattis on Torture
    In a joint press conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump said he will defer to new Defense Secretary James Mattis on the country's stance on torture, saying he will not force the Department of Defense to comply with Trump's personal stance on the subject.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 27, 2017)

    Trump said during the news conference that he and Pena Nieto had "a very good call" in the morning and that both will work on "a fair relationship."

    May's meeting with the president is being hailed by the British government as a sign that the trans-Atlantic "special relationship" is valued by the new administration.

    Trump welcomed May and promptly showed off a bust of Winston Churchill, one of May's predecessors, on display in his office.

    "It's a great honor to have Winston Churchill back," Trump said. The bust had been moved to another part of the White House when Barack Obama held the office. 

    Trump Will Be Respectful to DACA 'Dreamers': Spokesman

    [NATL-DGO] Trump 'Has a Huge Heart', Will Be Respectful to DACA 'Dreamers': Spokesman
    White House spokesperson Sean Spicer described President Donald Trump as having a huge heart when it comes to the children in the U.S. DACA program.
    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017)

    May said it was "an honor" to be at the White House.

    The White House said Trump and May will hold talks, followed by a press conference and a working lunch — in a statement that misspelled the prime minister's first name as Teresa. It was later corrected. 

    May's visit, so soon after Trump's inauguration, has been criticized by her political opponents, and risks being overshadowed by the flood of announcements, plans and proposals coming out of the White House. On Thursday May was repeatedly asked about Britain's stance on torture — the U.K. condemns it — after Trump said he thinks torturing terrorism suspects works.

    Trump on Friday continued to maintain that torture works, but he said he's giving his defense secretary power to "override" his views.

    Trump said Defense Secretary James Mattis doesn't believe torture, or a technique called waterboarding that stimulates drowning, is an effective tool for obtaining information.

    Trump said, "I don't necessarily agree," but he said Mattis "will override, because I'm giving him that power."

    Trump is something of a mystery to world leaders, many of whom expected Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the election. His administration's main interlocutors with foreign governments so far — including son-in-law Jared Kushner and senior adviser Steve Bannon, a conservative media executive — are also unknown to many of their counterparts.

    So May is a bit of a scouting party — or guinea pig — among global politicians.

    Flight Attendant's Behavior Questioned Following Altercation

    [NATL-BAY] Flight Attendant's Behavior Questioned Following Altercation

    One day after an American Airlines flight attendant became entangled in an altercation with passengers, his employer is investigating whether or not he was out of line. Thom Jensen reports.

    (Published Sunday, April 23, 2017)

    She has strong reasons for wanting the relationship to work. Britain is set to leave the European Union and its 500 million-person single market. A trade deal with the U.S., Britain's biggest export market, is a major prize.

    Trump has drawn parallels between Britain's choice to leave the EU and his own success, using the Brexit vote to bolster his derision of the 28-nation bloc and his preference for striking bilateral agreements.

    That puts May in an awkward spot. She wants a good relationship with Trump, but does not share his disdain for the EU, saying it's in Britain's interests that it succeed.

    Trump and May both addressed a Republican retreat Thursday in Philadelphia, though their visits did not overlap. During his remarks to lawmakers, Trump bemoaned the fact that Wilbur Ross, his nominee to be commerce secretary, would not be confirmed in time for a visit that was expected to focus heavily on trade.

    Drive-Thru Pot Dispensary Opens in Colorado

    [NATL] Drive-Thru Pot Dispensary Opens in Colorado

    When you think of a drive-thru, fast food probably comes to mind. But what about marijuana? Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru in Parachute, Colorado, is the first of its kind. After nearly a year of preparation, the drive-thru pot shop opened for business on 4/20. 

    "Their timing couldn't have been better in my opinion, I mean everybody wants to celebrate," said Kyle Steele, a customer at the drive-thru.

    (Published Friday, April 21, 2017)

    "I don't have my commerce secretary," Trump said. "They want to talk trade. So I'll have to handle it myself."

    May's speech alternated between saluting Trump's vision for what she called American "renewal" and reminding him, and his Republican colleagues, of the United States' global responsibilities.

    May urged the U.S. to join Britain and embrace "the responsibility of leadership in the modern world." She mentioned the trans-Atlantic alliance during World War II and afterward, when the U.K. and the U.S. set up the United Nations and NATO — organizations Trump has strongly criticized.

    She joined in Trump's criticism of previous U.S. governments' foreign policy, saying that "the days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over."

    Protester, Official React to Arkansas Execution

    [NATL] Protester, Official React to Arkansas Execution

    Just before midnight Thursday, Arkansas announced it had executed death row inmate Ledell Lee. He is the first of four inmates scheduled to die before the end of the month when a crucial lethal injection drug is set to expire. A protester and a spokesperson for the governor reacted to the controversial execution.

    (Published Friday, April 21, 2017)

    But May also said Britain supported a strong European Union and considered NATO the bulwark of global security.

    May praised Trump's dedication to fighting the Islamic State group and Islamist extremism, but stressed the need not to tarnish "the peaceful religion of Islam and the hundreds of millions of its adherents."

    May acknowledged the need to engage with Russia to end the war in Syria, yet cautioned that the West's approach to President Vladimir Putin should be "engage but beware."

    On Friday, May took a tougher stance on sanctions on Russia than Trump.

    Bill O'Reilly Ousted At Fox News Channel

    [NATL] Bill O'Reilly Ousted At Fox News Channel

    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was officially pushed out at the network. This comes after O'Reilly had paid out more than $13 million to five different women over allegations of sexual harassment. In a statement, 21st Century Fox said, "After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel." O'Reilly has denied any wrongdoing.

    (Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017)

    Trump was asked how close the U.S. is to lifting sanctions on Russia over its incursion into Ukraine.

    Trump said it is "very early to be talking about that." He said the U.S. looks to have a great relationship with all countries, including Russia. 

    Columbia Student Opens Restaurant in Dorm Room

    [NY-NATL] Columbia Student Opens Restaurant in Dorm Room

    Pith, a small bistro created by Columbia senior Jonah Reider and run out of his dorm room's communal kitchen, is the hottest restaurant in town after opening just two weeks ago. John Chandler reports.

    (Published Thursday, April 20, 2017)

    May said Britain wants to see sanctions remain until a 2015 cease-fire agreement for Ukraine is fully implemented.