December 13, 2018

White House unveils new strategy for Africa to counter Russian and Chinese influence

omersukrugoksu/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- National security adviser John Bolton unveiled the Trump administration's new strategy for Africa as it works to counter Russia and China, as they expand their financial, political and military investments across the continent. "Africa is incredibly important to the United States," Bolton told the audience at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday. "If we didn't understand it before, the competition posed by China and Russia and others should highlight..
December 13, 2018

Trump claims, without evidence, that Mexico will pay for border wall via trade deal

AlexLMX/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- After threatening to shut down the government if Congress does not allot $5 billion for a wall across the southern border, President Trump now says Mexico will be paying for the wall using money the U.S. would "save" from the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement. The president tweeted, “I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the..
December 13, 2018

Theresa May continues Brexit talks in Brussels after surviving bid to topple her

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(BRUSSELS) -- Theresa May, Britain’s embattled prime minister, is pressing on with fraught Brexit negotiations after surviving an attempt to oust her from power Wednesday night. May is currently in Brussels for an EU summit, an engagement it was unclear whether she would keep Wednesday as news emerged that she was facing a vote of no confidence by her own party. But May survived the vote, despite a third of her party voting against her. She called Wednesday "a difficult d..
December 13, 2018

Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, pleads guilty in federal court

Alexandria Sheriff's Office via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist, has signed onto a plea agreement with the U.S. government, officially pivoting away from her months-long campaign to prove her innocence after standing accused of developing a covert influence operation in the United States. As part of her plea deal, the details of which ABC News reported earlier this week, Butina agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federa..