During a colorful Pentagon ceremony featuring a 21 gun salute, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday welcomed his new Defense chief Mark Esper who was confirmed by the Senate this week, ending the longest period by far the Pentagon had been without a permanent top official.
EXISTING GRAPHICS MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY CLIENT'S OWN GRAPHICS BUT NO FURTHER EDITS ARE PERMITTED, INCLUDING FOR LENGTH** U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he has 'absolute confidence' in his new Defense chief Mark Esper during Esper's welcome ceremony at the Pentagon.
On Tuesday, Army Secretary Mark Esper was sworn in as U.S. secretary of defense after being confirmed by the Senate on a vote of 90-8, a strong bipartisan vote that ended the longest period by far the Pentagon had been without a permanent top official.
Esper, 55, a former soldier and lobbyist for weapons maker Raytheon Co, received strong bipartisan support despite sharp questioning during his confirmation hearing by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren about his ties to Raytheon and his refusal to extend an ethics commitment he signed in 2017 to avoid decisions involving the company.
Warren, a 2020 presidential hopeful, was the only member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to voice opposition to Esper's confirmation during the hearing.
Raytheon is the third-largest U.S. defense contractor.
There has been no confirmed defense secretary since Jim Mattis resigned in December over policy differences with Trump.
Many members of Congress from both parties had urged the Republican president to act urgently to fill the powerful position.
Trump's previous pick to be secretary of defense, former Boeing Co executive Patrick Shanahan, withdrew from consideration on June 18 after reports emerged of domestic violence in his family.
An Army veteran, Esper served as a congressional aide and a Pentagon official under Republican President George W.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday contradicted President Donald Trump's earlier claim as to the cause of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. CNN reports Esper said 'most believe' that the explosion 'was an accident, as reported.' On Tuesday evening, Trump called it 'a terrible attack.' It's known that about 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored at a port warehouse for the past six years.
The U.S. military unveiled details of its plans on Wednesday to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany following a decision by President Donald Trump. The U.S. said it plans to keep nearly half of them in Europe to address poterntial tensions with Russia. Adam Reed reports.
Not for the first time, President Donald Trump erupted late last week. This time it was in response to a move made by Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Esper had issued a new military-wide directive that was a de facto ban on the display of the Confederate flag. CNN reports sources say Trump was fuming over Esper's carefully worded memo that did not mention the flag by name. However, he effectively banned it from being flown on military installations by not naming it.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has have served exactly one year in his role, but according to CNN, the last few months have been the toughest. Defense officials say Esper has had to focus on preventing President Donald Trump from endangering national security or demoralizing military troops. According to CNN, Esper's numerous conflicts with the Trump administration have begun to spill out in public.
US Secretary of Defence Dr. Mark T. Esper on July 21 put a light on their vision towards the security in Indo- pacific region. He highlighted rapid increase in defence cooperation with India and even mentioned about focus of US over the situation between India and China. "I want to highlight our increased defence cooperation with India, one the all important defence relationships of 21th century. We conducted our first-ever joint military exercise last November," said US Defence Secretary. He added, "As we speak today, USS Nimitz is conducting combined exercise with Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean, demonstrating our shared commitment to stronger naval cooperation and support to a free and open Indo-Pacific." "We are obviously monitoring the situation between India and China very closely, what's happening along the Line of Actual Control and we are very pleased to see both sides are trying to de-escalate the situation," he said further.
Democratic Party's Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris launched a scathing attack on US President Donald Trump. Harris targeted Trump over his handling of the Covid crisis and said that the President's failure to take the crisis seriously affected the US. She further said that Trump is the reason that millions of Americans are unemployed and added that the economy has taken the biggest hit during the Trump rule. Harris said that once elected, the Biden administration will create millions of jobs, fight climate change and build an affordable care act among various other strong initiatives for the welfare of Americans. 'Our country ends in tatters and so does our reputation around the world.' Harris said the case against President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence is open and shut as she mentioned a lot of sectors where the current administration has created a complete mess. Earlier, Trump had refered to Biden picking Harris as his running mate as 'surprising' and called her nasty. Watch this video for all the details.
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The Trump administration has relaxed some rules for H-1B visas holders. They have been allowed to enter the United States if returning to same jobs they had prior to the proclamation of the visa ban. Dependents (spouses and children) will also be allowed to travel along with primary visa holders, said the US Department of State advisory. The Trump administration also allowed travel by technical specialists, senior-level managers, other workers who hold H-1B visas as their travel is necessary to facilitate the economic recovery of the US. The administration also allowed travel of visa holders who are working as public health or healthcare professional, or researcher to alleviate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, or to conduct ongoing medical research in an area with a substantial public health benefit. Earlier on June 22, US President Donald Trump had signed a proclamation, banning the entry of workers in several key non-immigrant visa categories including H-1B. Trump had argued that they eat into American jobs during Covid pandemic. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
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Indo-American and a practicing physician from Delhi AIIMS, Suresh Chandra Gupta said that he believes policies of Biden-Harris administration will be pro India and emigration and it will lead to a lot of goodwill by Indian American. "Indian American who have been here for years and now they are uncertain of their future. They may have to go back to India because of the policies of this (Trump) administration with no fault of those who came here they studied here and suppose to stay here and now if they have to go back its going to be big problem for them. I think policies of Biden and Harris administration will be pro India pro emigration and it will lead to a lot of goodwill by Indian American for this ticket," said Gupta on US Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's Vice Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris.
Kamala Harris has made her first appearance with Joe Biden since being namedhis running mate, and has launched a heated attack on Donald Trump. Ms Harrissaid America was 'crying out for leadership' but had suffered greatly throughthe coronavirus crisis due to Mr Trump's handling of the situation.
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[NFA] Republican President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on a woman of color could further undermine his efforts to win female voters, and polls suggest the California Democrat and vice presidential candidate is viewed by Republican voters in a better light than presidential contender Joe Biden. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday dug into Democrats for wanting "Uncle Sam" to pay unemployed Americans more than they'd normally make amid the coronavirus crisis, while Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer hit back, saying such a comment is "demeaning" to hard-working citizens.
[NFA] U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday urged a restart of congressional talks on extending coronavirus aid, saying executive actions taken by President Donald Trump a day earlier would have little immediate impact on Americans facing economic distress amid the pandemic. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday told his supporters in Texas that his administration "ended" an Obama-era rule intended to combat discriminatory housing practices and segregation in suburbs. Gavino Garay has more.
[NFA] Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is facing pressure from contending groups inside his party as he prepares to interview a shortlist of women for the most important hire of his political career: his running mate. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Joe Biden has not selected a vice president for his 2020 campaign. He pledged to chose a woman for his ticket. Elizabeth Warren is campaigning hard to be Biden's running mate. But, a new poll of Democratic voters could be bad news for the senator. According to Fox News 19% found her to be a “not acceptable” choice, the highest negative rating of any of the 11 candidates listed. Her negative views rose among white voters.
Elizabeth Warren wants to be Joe Biden Vice President pick. She's shamelessly campaigning for the spot while the country is struggling with a race war, record unemployment, and a global health crisis. More than 100 liberal activists and celebrities sent a letter to Joe Biden, urging him to choose Warren as his VP. They argued that she would be the best running mate pick to unite the party.
Normally rather mild in his public remarks, US Vice President Mike Pence had sharp words Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network this week, Pence called Chief Justice Roberts a 'disappointment' to conservative Americans. Last month, the Supreme Court rejected a Nevada church’s emergency plea to strike down the state’s temporary 50-person cap on worship services. Nominated by former President George W.
[NFA] Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were among those who spoke passionately about late civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman John Lewis at his funeral in a historic Atlanta church Thursday. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Former President Barack Obama will give the eulogy at US Rep. John Lewis' funeral. The funeral will take place on Thursday, according to reports at CNN. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will attend the service. Current President Donald Trump said Monday that he wouldn't pay his respects to Lewis. Trump has refused to honor Lewis while he lay in state at the US Capitol or participate in his service.
The official portraits of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have been moved. Both portraits were removed from the Grand Foyer of the White House within the last week. They were replaced by those of two Republican presidents who served more than a century ago. White House tradition calls for portraits of the most recent American presidents to be featured. Meaning they are given the most prominent placement to be visible to guests during official events.
Union Minister for External Affairs, S Jaishankar attended 'India Global Week 2020' through video conferencing where he spoke on India-US relationship. He said, "Think back at last 4 US presidents- Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton and you would agree that you can't find four people in world less similar to each other. Yet one thing on which they agreed is importance of India and need to strengthen that relationship. Maybe some of it is our charm but I think a lot of it is also their thinking. We have a very strong political, strategic, security, technology, economic relationship and defence corporation with the United States."
Simon Cowell will not be able to appear on Tuesday and Wednesday's episodes of "America's Got Talent". Cowell suffered a serious back injury on Sunday when he fell off an electric bike. The reality TV star judge broke his back in several places. Daytime Emmy winner Kelly Clarkson will be sitting in for him. According to NBC, Clarkson will join fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara.
White House health experts are warning of a slow rise in the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus in U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington and urged local leaders to remain vigilant to avoid a surge. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
President Donald Trump has defended his claim that children are 'virtuallyimmune' to coronavirus. Facebook has deleted a post by US President DonaldTrump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreadingmisinformation about the coronavirus. The post in question featured a link toa Fox News video in which Mr Trump says children are "virtually immune" to thevirus. Facebook said the "video includes false claims that a group of peopleis immune from Covid-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmfulCovid misinformation".
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Army Secretary Mark Esper was sworn in as U.S. secretary of defense on Tuesday, July 23. Esper was confirmed by the Senate in a strong bipartisan vote, ending the longest period the Pentagon had been..