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Margaret Talev

Margaret Talev covers the White House and the 2016 presidential election. She is a board member of the White House Correspondents' Association and president of the Washington Press Club Foundation.

Trump Backs Off Plan to Attack Comey’s Conduct

Donald Trump’s lawyers will postpone filing a complaint against former FBI Director James Comey with the Justice Department, according to a person familiar with the decision -- a bid to stop antagonizing the special counsel who’s investigating ties between the president’s campaign and Russian officials.

Saudi Demands of Qatar Test for Tillerson’s Gulf Strategy

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted this week that Saudi Arabia spell out exactly what Qatar must do to end the diplomatic and economic isolation its neighbors imposed. Now the Saudis have answered, and the results probably aren’t what the top U.S. diplomat had in mind.

Trump's Tape Blunder Risks Fresh Legal Jeopardy in Russia Probe

President Donald Trump’s admission that he never taped his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey risks exposing him to fresh legal jeopardy and weakens his credibility in the eyes of investigators probing ties between his associates and Russia.

New Saudi Heir Built the Right Ties in Trump's White House

The new heir to the Saudi throne has been cultivating ties to some of the most influential officials in Donald Trump’s White House, already dining twice with the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trump Weighs Slowing Cuba Opening by Curbing U.S. Tourism

President Donald Trump plans to follow through on a campaign promise by rolling back the Obama administration’s effort to open Cuba to U.S. tourism and trade, with new limits being considered on travel and investment as the administration targets the country’s human rights abuses.

Trump Will Be Watching Comey Just Like the Rest of Us

If all of Washington will tune in Thursday as fired FBI Director James Comey testifies about the tense and politically fraught series of conversations he had with Donald Trump, perhaps no one will watch more closely, or with more at stake, than Trump himself.

Trump Takes Sides in Gulf Rift, Backs Isolation of Qatar

President Donald Trump threw his weight behind the Saudi-led diplomatic isolation of Qatar, calling it just punishment for the country’s financial support for Islamic extremists and taking sides in a dispute among key U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf.

Trump's 'Evolving' Climate Views Signal Path Forward on Paris

Donald Trump’s views on the Paris climate accord are "evolving," according to his top economic adviser, who signaled the president may be willing to bow to pressure from European leaders and stay in the agreement if the U.S. wins assurances it can scale back its carbon-cutting commitment.

Trump Shames NATO Leaders on Defense Spending

U.S. President Donald Trump hectored NATO leaders to pay their “fair share” on defense to help counter the terrorist threat, in a public shaming that risked souring a ceremony intended to mark the alliance’s unity.

Trump's Delay Opens Door for European Lobbying on Paris Pact

President Donald Trump hasn’t decided if the U.S. will remain a part of the Paris climate accord, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, as pressure mounts from Pope Francis, European leaders and Democratic lawmakers at home to remain in the historic pact to address global warming.

Trump and Pope Have Little in Common as They Meet in Vatican

Pope Francis believes climate change is one of the greatest threats to humanity. Donald Trump thinks it might be a Chinese hoax. Francis wants the world’s doors swung open to refugees. Trump wants fewer of them in America. Income inequality is a serious concern for the pope. The billionaire president would rewrite the U.S. tax code to make the wealthy even richer.

Trump Bets Arab Fears of Iran Threat Can Win Mideast Peace

Donald Trump is betting that Arab nations hold the key to securing peace between Israel and the Palestinians, a paradoxical premise founded on his belief that shared concern over Iran will bring longtime rivals to the bargaining table.

Trump Makes Israel Peace Bid by Trying to Leverage Iran Threat

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they saw an unprecedented opportunity to achieve an elusive Mideast peace agreement as formerly hostile Arab nations join with the Jewish state to confront their common rival, Iran.

Less Talk Is More on Trump's First Day in Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump could hardly have scripted a more fitting close to his first day in Saudi Arabia: Rolling through the lobby of the National Museum in Riyadh in a luxury golf cart with his wife Melania and their host, King Salman, past a jumbo television screen showing American country singer Toby Keith’s concert in Riyadh.

High Fives in Riyadh as Trump Leaves Woes Behind for Deals

The first day of Donald Trump’s inaugural trip abroad yielded a bonanza of business deals as the president looked to change the focus from the controversies dogging his administration to fulfilling a campaign promise to revitalize the U.S. economy.

Trump's Russia Troubles Deepen as Comey Plans Senate Testimony

Former FBI Director James Comey agreed to testify in open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the bureau’s probe into Russian meddling with the 2016 U.S. election, intensifying Donald Trump’s troubles at the start of his first foreign trip as president.

Saudis to Make $6 Billion Deal for Lockheed's Littoral Ships

The U.S. has reached a $6 billion deal for Saudi Arabia to buy four Littoral Combat Ships made by Lockheed Martin Corp. in a package of major arms purchases as President Donald Trump travels to the kingdom, people familiar with the transaction said.

Trump White House Reels After Report He Tried to End Flynn Probe

The White House was knocked on the defensive a second day in a row following a report that President Donald Trump tried to get the FBI director to drop the investigation of his former national security adviser -- which three Democratic senators called evidence of obstruction of justice, if true.

McMaster Says Trump Disclosure to Russians Was ‘Appropriate’

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser again asserted that Trump didn’t jeopardize U.S. national security by sharing intelligence with Russian diplomats, and said the conversation in the Oval Office last week was “wholly appropriate.”

Trump Claims ‘Absolute Right’ to Disclose Information to Russia

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster sought for the second day to contain the damage from a report that President Donald Trump revealed sensitive and highly classified intelligence to two senior Russian officials, saying Trump’s disclosure was “wholly appropriate.”

Outsider Trump Tells Students to Emulate Him in Defying Critics

A defiant President Donald Trump told the graduating class at Liberty University to stand up to criticism and challenge conventions in his first commencement address since taking office, a message that seemed aimed at his detractors as much as to the students.

At the White House, Comey Damage Control and No Easy Way Out

At the end of a week chaotic even by Trump White House standards, staff members and outside advisers concede the firing of FBI director James Comey was mishandled and that they’ve lost control of the storyline in a flood of contentious media coverage.

Trump Weighs Congressman Who Led Benghazi Probe to Head FBI

At least four people with law enforcement experience are under consideration by President Donald Trump to replace James Comey at the helm of the FBI, according to a White House official, including the congressman who led a two-year investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Comey Ouster Threatens to Backfire on Troubled White House

Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey is threatening to quickly backfire on the president, who’s now facing intense scrutiny from Democrats and even some Republicans over why he dismissed the man in charge of investigating his campaign’s possible ties to Russia.