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Trump, top Democrats openly spar in Oval Office over border wall

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump openly spar with the top two Democratic lawmakers at an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday about government funding, throwing into question whether a deal was possible ahead of a deadline later this month. In a remarkable public argument, the likes of which is seldom seen before cameras, Trump bickered with U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi about funding for the wall he has promised to build on the southern border with Mexico. “If we…

Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, legal problems remain

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad. Trump signed an executive order requiring immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take. While that may end a policy that drew a rebuke from Pope Francis and everyone else from human…

Trump vows to cherish a ‘beautiful letter’ left by Obama

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump made an emotional mention on Sunday of a "beautiful letter" that he said Barack Obama had left for him in the White House. "I just went to the Oval Office and found this beautiful letter from President Obama," he said at a swearing-in ceremony for several top administration appointees. "It was really very nice of him to do that and we will cherish that," he said, holding up a white envelope before tucking it back in his jacket pocket. "We will keep that. And we won't even…