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Trump’s son-in-law Kushner to become senior White House adviser

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will become a senior White House adviser working on trade and the Middle East, transition officials said on Monday, in a rare case of a close presidential family member taking a major job. Kushner, 35, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, is taking the post after receiving legal counsel that doing so would not violate US anti-nepotism law, transition officials said. The position, unlike Cabinet posts, does not require US Senate confirmation,…

Trump says Berlin, Ankara attacks vindicate his stance on Muslims

WASHINGTON: United States President-elect Donald Trump has called the attacks in Germany and Turkey , boasting that he had been “proven to be right” adding that he does not intend to reevaluate his plans to ban Muslims from immigrating to the United States. Trump was talking to reporters on Wednesday when asked whether the recent violence has influenced his proposed Muslim ban. Trump described the attack at a Berlin Christmas market, which was claimed by the Islamic State, as an “attack on humanity.” “Innocent…

Americans want Trump to focus on healthcare first: poll

NEW YORK: Healthcare is the top issue Americans want Donald Trump to address during his first 100 days in the White House, according to a poll released on Thursday, an apparent rebuke of outgoing President Barack Obama's signature reform, Obamacare. Some 21 per cent of Americans want Trump to focus on the healthcare system when he enters the White House on January 20, according to the November 9-14 Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted in the week after the Republican won the US presidential election. Jobs took second place…

Confusion over Donald Trump’s first talks with foreign leader

WASHINGTON: One day before US President-elect Donald Trump's first meeting with a foreign leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese officials said they had not finalised when or where in New York it would take place, who would be invited, or in some cases whom to call for answers. Uncertainty over the talks shows the difficulties in turning Trump from a freewheeling businessman into a sitting president with a watertight schedule and a fully functioning administration by his inauguration on Jan. 20. Japanese…

Even short of extremes, Trump protectionism damaging: economists

WASHINGTON: While his advisors have played down some of President-elect Donald Trump's most extreme trade threats as negotiating tactics, economists remain worried about the potential to inflict real damage. The Republican billionaire has said that on his first day he will label China a currency manipulator, has threatened to pull out of free trade agreements like NAFTA and slap punitive tariffs of up to 45 per cent on China and Mexico. And there is no question the US president has the power to take those actions…

Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, says Obama

WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump is in for a quick wake-up call and will have to adjust his temperament when he confronts the realities of his new job on January 20, President Barack Obama said on Monday. In a news conference at the White House, Obama said the freewheeling Trump could not be as outspoken as he was during the long and bitter campaign that ended last week with the Republican's surprise win over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Subdued and carefully choosing his words, Obama gave what appeared to be…

China’s Xi tells Donald Trump cooperation is only choice

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President-elect Donald Trump in a phone call on Monday that cooperation was the only choice for relations between the two countries, Chinese state media said. Trump had lambasted China throughout the US election campaign, drumming up headlines with his pledges to slap 45 per cent tariffs on imported Chinese goods and to label the country a currency manipulator on his first day in office. His election has injected uncertainty into bilateral relations at a time when Beijing…

Trump tweets ‘not fair’ on second day of anti-Trump protests

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: Demonstrators took to the streets across the United States for a second day on Thursday to protest against Donald Trump's presidential election victory, voicing fears that the real estate mogul's triumph would deal a blow to civil rights. But Donald Trump tweets 'not fair' for the protesting Americans. Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016…

Trump and Modi will be ‘best friends’: adviser to US president-elect

WASHINGTON: The US president-elect will be ‘best friends’ with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an adviser to Donald Trump said during a telephone interview. Calling Pakistan a perpetrator of terrorism, Shalabh Kumar – an Indian émigré businessman is Trump's point person for outreach to Indian-American voters – expects a full expression of support from Trump for surgical strikes that Modi ordered. He spoke to Reuters on the evening of Trump's election as the 45th US president and said, “We are obviously very…