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‘There have been running battles between Trump and his generals’

WASHINGTON: Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said. Both H.R. McMaster and John Kelly are military men considered by U.S. political observers as moderating influences on the president by imposing a routine on the White House. They have also convinced Trump of the importance of international alliances, particularly NATO, which he has…

Trump hits back after aide says wall idea not ‘informed’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that his plan for a wall along the Mexican border has "never changed or evolved," in tweets posted after his chief of staff said he was not "fully informed" when he pledged to build it last year. Retired General John Kelly's remarks, made to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and reported by the New York Times Wednesday, were a rare departure from the president on one of the core issues that defined his upstart run for office. He told the lawmakers he…

Mexico bristles at ‘hostile’ Trump deportation rules before US talks

MEXICO CITY: Mexico reacted with anger on Wednesday to what one official called "hostile" new U.S. immigration guidelines hours before senior Trump administration envoys began arriving in Mexico City for talks on the volatile issue. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled plans on Tuesday to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation, and will seek to send many of them to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of nationality. The tension over the timing of the rules…

US unveils deportation plan of 11 million undocumented foreigners

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration issued tough new orders Tuesday for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the country's 11 million undocumented foreigners in its crosshairs. The orders sent shivers through US immigrant communities, where millions of people who have spent years building families and livelihoods in the country, most of them from Mexico and Central America, were seriously threatened with deportation for the first time in decades. Rights groups labeled the move a "witch…

US govt schedules Mexico trip to reboot ties

MEXICO CITY: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly will visit Mexico on February 23 to reestablish "constructive" ties after a diplomatic crisis, Mexico's government said on Wednesday. Ties have been strained by US President Donald Trump's vow to crack down on migration from Mexico and revise trade relations. The Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement that the two US officials would make a working visit aimed at building "a respectful, close and constructive relationship…