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Trump: Justice Dept report a disaster for ‘Comey and his minions’

US President Donald Trump lashed out at former FBI Director James Comey, as well as two FBI officials, after the Justice Department Inspector General’s report criticized the agency’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. “The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI. Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, ...

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Say what? State Dept cites D-Day as example of ‘strong relationship’ with Germany

Seeking to soothe feathers ruffled by comments from the US ambassador to Berlin, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert only made it worse by citing the Allied landings in Normandy as an example of US ties with Germany. “We have a very strong relationship with the government of Germany,” Nauert said at a press briefing on Tuesday. “Looking back in the ...

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Pompeo reminds State Dept staff of America’s ‘essential rightness’ in world affairs

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has delivered a pep-talk to his State Department staff, urging them to regain their “swagger” and to believe in the “essential rightness” of the US in global affairs. Pompeo said that American diplomats should act with confidence in carrying out the Trump administration’s foreign policy, safe in the knowledge that the US is always ...

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That’s just Rudi: State Dept disowns Trump lawyer's comment on regime change in Iran

The US State Department has been forced to publicly distance itself from the US President’s old friend and new lawyer, Rudi Giuliani. He stirred controversy last weekend by saying the US leader is planning regime change in Iran. “[Giuliani] speaks for himself and not on behalf of the administration on foreign policy,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told AP on ...

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State Dept condemns journalist killings, except ones by Israeli soldiers

Speaking on World Press Freedom Day, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert preached freedom from oppression for all journalists – unless they are Palestinian and the oppressor is Israel. Nauert started her Thursday briefing by praising the State Department press pool and urging accountability for the “apparent assassination” of a BBC journalist in Afghanistan on Monday (one of the nine ...

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‘You’re only supposed to buy NATO-compatible weapons’ – State Dept to Turkey over Russian S-400 deal

Being a NATO member apparently means you can only buy arms and military hardware that the US-led bloc approves. At least, that’s what the State Department said in its latest warning to Ankara over an S-400 air-defense system deal. The new warning came on Thursday from US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, who said that Washington has “serious concerns about ...

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US still paying White Helmets despite $200mn-aid freeze for Syria recovery, State Dept confirms

As the US is reviewing funding aimed at helping war-ravaged Syria rebuild, it’s not neglecting the White Helmets – a controversial militant-linked group instrumental to the media campaign against Assad and Russia. At a Thursday press briefing, journalists asked US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert for an update on the late-March freeze of $ 200 million earmarked for the recovery ...

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State Dept claims US has proof Damascus was behind Douma 'attack,' but it's classified

The US State Department has claimed to have proof that the Syrian government was the perpetrator of an alleged chemical attack in Douma. It refused to make the evidence public, as the intelligence is “classified.” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Friday that the US has “a very high level of confidence” that it was the Syrian government that ...

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