US Presidential Election

FBI investigating links between Russia, Trump campaign

The FBI is investigating possible links between US President Donald Trump's election team and the Russian government, Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on Monday.

Trump "extremely confident" of wiretapping evidence

US President Donald Trump remains "extremely confident" that the Justice Department will provide evidence that he was the subject of surveillance by the previous administration during the presidential election, spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

US Congress hears warning of Russian election meddling in Europe

Estonian ex-president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, whose government withstood a suspected Russian cyberattack a decade ago, warned Thursday that major European elections will be the "main battlefield for the next year" of online warfare.

Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping his office during 2016 campaign

President Donald Trump used a series of early morning tweets Saturday to accuse his predecessor, Barack Obama, of wiretapping Trump's New York office during the 2016 election campaign, but did not reveal the source of his information.

Report: FBI rejected White House request to deny Trump Russia links

The FBI declined a recent White House request to deny media reports about contact between campaign staff for US President Donald Trump and Russian intelligence before last year's election, CNN reported on Thursday.

British lawmakers launch "fake news" probe after US election, Brexit

British lawmakers launched an inquiry into "fake news" on Monday after suggestions that it played a role in the US presidential election and campaigning before Britain's Brexit referendum last year.

Trump vows investigation of "voter fraud"

US President Donald Trump, who has levied unsubstantiated allegations of millions of illegal votes in the November elections, promised Wednesday to launch a probe into the issue.

Trump stands by unsubstantiated claim that millions voted illegally

Donald Trump stands by his belief that millions of people voted illegally in the November elections that made him president, despite a lack of evidence to support the claim.

Obama to Trump: You can't manage White House like family business

US President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he has tried to impress upon president-elect Donald Trump that running the White House is different from any other job.

Ethics watchdog concerned by rush on Trump nominees

A US government ethics watchdog is concerned that president-elect Donald Trump's cabinet appointees are being rushed through the nomination process without being properly vetted.

Trump vows good relations with Russia after hacking briefing

US president-elect Donald Trump vowed Saturday to pursue good relations with Russia despite an intelligence assessment that charged Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the US presidential election.

Tillerson to cut ties with Exxon, get 180-million-dollar retirement

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's nominee for US secretary of state, has cut his ties with oil giant ExxonMobil and will receive a retirement package valued at 180 million dollars, the company said.

Trump points to Assange, questions intelligence on Russian hacking

US president-elect Donald Trump pointed to remarks by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the hacking of Democratic Party emails as he questioned US intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian hackers were behind the breach.

Clintons to attend Trump's swearing-in ceremony

Hillary Clinton, the former opponent of US president-elect Donald Trump, will accompany her husband Bill Clinton to Trump's swearing-in ceremony on January 20, CNN reports, citing Clinton's office.

Trump wishes "many enemies" well in New Year's message

US president-elect Donald Trump on Saturday sent a New Year's message referring to his "many enemies" as he prepared for a New Year's Eve party at his resort in Florida.

No expulsion of US diplomats over hacking dispute, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he would not expel any US diplomats over a hacking row with the White House.

Russia expelling 35 US diplomats in hacking row

Russia is expelling 35 US diplomats in response to US President Barack Obama's expulsion of the same number of Russian officials in a hacking row, according to a statement from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday.

Obama expels diplomats, orders sanctions over Russian hacking

US President Barack Obama on Thursday expelled 35 Russian diplomats and ordered sanctions on Russian intelligence services over what the US government says was Moscow-ordered interference in the US presidential election.

Reports: US will soon take measures against Moscow for hacking

Outgoing US President Barack Obama will announce measures in the coming days to punish Moscow for alleged Russian hacking that interfered in the recent US presidential elections, US media reported Wednesday.

Obama says he could have won in 2016, Trump says no way

President Barack Obama, who leaves office January 20, believes he could have won a third mandate in the White House if not for constitutional term limits, he said in an interview released Monday.

Ivanic: Trump's election won't impact US policy on Bosnia

Bosnian Presidency Chairman Mladen Ivanic said on Monday that Donald Trump's election as US president would have no impact on the Balkans or Bosnia and Herzegovina because the US policy on this region had not changed for years, adding that crucial were the relations with the European Union.

Trump praises Putin for letter seeking closer cooperation

US president-elect Donald Trump praises Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Christmas letter seeking closer cooperation between the nations under the new US leader.

Putin backs those who hacked US Democratic Party for "exposing truth"

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday expressed support for those who hacked the US Democratic Party for "exposing the truth".

Chinese state media: Trump trade adviser pick "no laughing matter"

US president-elect Donald Trump's appointment of a hawkish trade adviser is "no laughing matter," Chinese state media said Friday, in language much less diplomatic than used by the Foreign Ministry a day earlier.

Trump calls for larger US nuclear capability

US president-elect Donald Trump called Thursday for the US to strengthen its nuclear capability.

Trump unveils new trade body, names China critic as trade advisor

US president-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to cancel or renegotiate multiple international trade agreements, will establish a new trade council inside the White House, his transition team said Wednesday.

Boeing chief promises Trump Air Force One for less than 4 billion

Donald Trump and the chief executive of Boeing discussed the costs of a new presidential plane on Wednesday after the incoming president threatened to cancel the order due to rising costs.

Trump's victory sealed in US Electoral College vote

Donald Trump on Monday received the outcome he expected from the US Electoral College, a majority among its 538 members, sealing his victory in the US presidential election and clearing the way for his inauguration on January 20.

Electors begin voting in final stage of US presidential election

Members of the US Electoral College have begun voting in their respective states to make the definitive decision in the presidential election.

Taiwan stays silent on Obama's "one-China" policy comments

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen declined to comment Saturday on US President Barack Obama's remarks about the "one-China" policy in which he advised his successor Donald Trump to "think it through" before making any changes.

Obama told Putin to "cut it out" with election hacking

US President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin to "cut it out" after Russian hackers breached email systems at the Democratic Party in an attempt to influence the election.

Russia challenges US to prove hacking allegations

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman challenged US officials on Friday to prove their accusations that Russia was involved in cyberattacks to influence the US presidential election.

Trump asks why White House didn't act on Russian hacking

US president-elect Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the White House did not act more quickly on evidence of Russian hacking in the presidential election, as media reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself was personally involved in the operation.

Trump: Rex Tillerson will "reverse years of foreign policy blunders"

US president-elect Donald Trump told a rally in Wisconsin late Tuesday his pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, would reverse "years of foreign policy blunders and disasters."

ExxonMobil boss Tillerson to be Trump's secretary of state

US president-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday he will nominate Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state, citing the ExxonMobil head's business acumen and "broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics."

Beijing expresses "serious concern" about Trump's 'One-China' remarks

China on Monday expressed "serious concern" after US president-elect Donald Trump said that the US does not have to be bound by its long-standing policy of reserving formal diplomatic ties for Beijing.

Trump: Democrats use Russian meddling as excuse for losing election

US president-elect Donald Trump said Sunday a report that the CIA concluded that Russia intervened in the US presidential election to boost his candidacy is "ridiculous."

Trump calls report on CIA election conclusion "ridiculous"

President-elect Donald Trump says a report that the CIA concluded that Russia intervened in the US presidential election to boost his candidacy is "ridiculous."

Trump threatens to cancel orders for new Air Force One planes

US President-elect Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cancel the planned purchase of new presidential planes because of cost overruns.

Judge orders Michigan officials to begin election recount on Monday

Election authorities began a recount Monday in Michigan, hours after a federal judge ordered a hand tally of the nearly 5 million presidential votes cast in the Midwestern state.

Beijing reiterates protest after Trump tweets criticize China

After US president-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday evening to criticize China amid an ongoing uproar over his unexpected phone call with Taiwan's president, Beijing on Monday said it will focus on studying US policy toward China.

Trump's talk with Taiwan leader only a "courtesy call," Pence says

US vice president-elect Mike Pence on Sunday brushed off the uproar surrounding Donald Trump's telephone conversation with the president of Taiwan, describing it as only a "courtesy call."

Russia's Putin praises US president-elect Trump as "smart man"

Russian leader Vladimir Putin praised US president-elect Donald Trump as a "smart man" in an interview with Russian broadcaster NTV released Sunday.

Trump breaks with decades-old US policy in call with Taiwan president

US president-elect Donald Trump telephoned with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan on Friday in a move widely considered to risk a frosty response from Beijing.

Democratic senators push Russian election interference investigation

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Thursday for a formal investigation into Russian interference in the US election.

Trump vows US companies won't leave "without consequences"

President-elect Donald Trump vowed Thursday that US companies will not be able to take their operations outside the country "without consequences."

Trump names wealthy former investment bankers to key positions

US president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named two former investment bankers to key administration positions dealing with economic policy.

President-elect Trump says he's leaving his businesses "in total"

Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will step down from daily operations at his businesses "in total" so he can focus on the US presidency.

Trump names Chinese immigrant to transportation post

Donald Trump named former labour secretary Elaine Chao to head the US Department of Transportation in his new administration, as the country's president-elect continued to fill cabinet posts Tuesday.

Trump calls for flag burners to have citizenship revoked

US president-elect Donald Trump called Tuesday for severe consequences for those who burn the US flag in acts of protest.

Trump selects Obamacare critic as health secretary

Donald Trump has named Georgia Congressman Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon, to lead the Health and Human Services Department, the president-elect's transition team announced Tuesday.

US state of Wisconsin preparing presidential recount

Wisconsin authorities on Monday laid the groundwork for a planned presidential recount, after the Green Party petitioned for a review of election results in the US state.

Trump alleges "serious voter fraud" in US election

President-elect Donald Trump alleged Sunday that "millions of people" had voted illegally in the US presidential elections and that he would have won an even more resounding victory if they had not done so.

Clinton campaign joins Green Party's Wisconsin recount effort

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will participate in a presidential recount petitioned in the Midwestern state of Wisconsin by the Green Party, her top lawyer said Saturday.

Nuclear uncertainty looms large in Asia after Trump election victory

During his US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump suggested Japan and South Korea should go nuclear amid threats from North Korea. Asian countries are anxiously watching as the US president-elect assembles his administration.

US Green candidate seeks presidential recount after fundraising drive

The US Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, petitioned Friday for a recount in Wisconsin, one of the states that put president-elect Donald Trump over the top in his surprise election victory.

Ukraine's Poroshenko expects continued US support under Trump

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he expects continued support from the United States despite US president-elect Donald Trump's pledges to boost ties with regional rival Russia.

Dalai Lama has "no worries" about Trump and would like to meet him

The Dalai Lama has no concerns about US president-elect Donald Trump and would like to meet him, he said on Wednesday.

Trump won't pursue charges against Clinton

US president-elect Donald Trump will not pursue charges against his former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, a top aide said Tuesday.

Farage pushes for US ambassador job despite there being "no vacancy"

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said there is "no vacancy" for the position of ambassador to the United States after president-elect Donald Trump endorsed eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage for the job.

Trump to withdraw from Pacific trade deal on first day in office

Donald Trump will begin to withdraw the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal on his first day in office, the president-elect said on Monday.

Trump slams "Hamilton" again, Pence says not offended by comments

US vice president-elect Mike Pence told a US broadcaster Sunday that the boos and cheers he received from the audience during a Broadway performance were "what freedom sounds like."

Trump "considering" Mitt Romney for secretary of state

US president-elect Donald Trump is considering Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, to be his secretary of state, vice president-elect Mike Pence confirmed Sunday.

Trump calls for apology after Broadway actors' protest to US VP-elect

US president-elect Donald Trump called for an apology from the cast of the hit Broadway show Hamilton on Saturday after the actors expressed their anxiety to his deputy Mike Pence, who was attending a performance.

Obama scrambles to reassure leaders at last summit before Trump

US President Barack Obama is likely to spend most of his time at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit, opening Saturday, trying to reassure the world about his successor, Donald Trump.

Mexico's central bank: "Trump is no longer a category 5 hurricane"

US president-elect Donald Trump is no longer a "category 5 hurricane," the head of Mexico's central bank said in a Friday interview.

Trump agrees to 25-million-dollar settlement in Trump University case

US president-elect Donald Trump and prosecutors reached a 25-million-dollar settlement in the Trump University fraud case, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday.

Trump stands by NATO, alliance head says after phone call

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with Donald Trump by phone on Friday, thanking the US president-elect for raising the issue of defence spending during his election campaign.

Trump names attorney general, CIA chief, national security advisor

US president-elect Donald Trump named his choices Friday for three top positions in his government.

Hate crimes have "spiked" in US since elections, NY official warns

Hate crimes have "spiked" across the United States, including in the state of New York, since the presidential elections last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

Al-Assad: Trump could be "natural ally" against terrorism

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says US president-elect Donald Trump would be a "natural ally" against terrorism if he could overcome "countervailing forces" in the US administration.

Turkish prime minister denounces US anti-Trump protesters

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim spoke out Tuesday against protests in the United States against president-elect Donald Trump, which have been largely peaceful but were also marred by incidents of violence.

Trump, Putin speak by phone about improving relations

President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a range of issues, including threats and challenges facing both countries, Trump's transition team said.

Obama says Trump committed to "robust NATO relationship"

Just before leaving on his final international trip as US president, Barack Obama on Monday said president-elect Donald Trump had expressed a commitment to NATO and the transatlantic alliance between the United States and Europe.

Pentagon, State Department await contact with Trump team

The US Defence and State departments are still waiting to hear from president-elect Donald Trump's team regarding the presidential transition, both agencies said Monday.

EU pushes joint defence agenda in wake of Trump's US victory

EU member states on Monday gave the go-ahead for greater defence cooperation, in a controversial move that has gained extra relevance following the election of Donald Trump as the next US president.

Trump's White House strategist choice under fire from rights groups

US president-elect Donald Trump's choice of an influential right-wing media executive as his top White House advisor drew withering condemnation Monday from civil rights groups.

Campaign was "double-sided nasty," Trump says, voicing no regrets

US president-elect Donald Trump described the run-up to the US election as "double-sided nasty," but also said he was proud of how he and his team had run his campaign, in an interview broadcast on US television Sunday.

EU foreign ministers seek unity in response to Trump presidency

EU foreign ministers stressed the need Sunday for greater unity following Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election, while confessing to a lack of knowledge about what his term in office might bring.

Trump says protesters shouldn't be afraid, urges end to racial slurs

Americans who are demonstrating against Donald Trump out of fear of what kind of president he will be shouldn't be afraid, the US president-elect said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Trump names Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff

US president-elect Donald Trump picked Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, as the White House chief of staff, and Steve Bannon of Breitbart News as chief strategist and senior counselor.

Anti-Trump protesters in New York focus on immigration

Protesters in New York City took to the streets for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday to voice their concerns about the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency.

Americans should "put their minds at ease" about Trump, Ryan says

Millions of Americans who worry about how Donald Trump's administration will change the country should rest assured that it will remain pluralistic and inclusive, a top Republican said Sunday.

Part of wall along US-Mexico border could be a fence, Trump says

President-elect Donald Trump says he will keep his promise to build a wall along the US border with Mexico, but part of it could be a fence.

Trump vows to deport 2-3 million migrants with criminal records

President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday his administration will move immediately to deport or incarcerate millions of undocumented immigrants who have criminal records.

EU foreign ministers to discuss Trump effect on transatlantic ties

EU foreign ministers were scheduled to meet for an informal dinner on Sunday to discuss Donald Trump's election victory and its impact on relations between the European Union and the United States.

Stephen King announces social media strike after Trump victory

The social media accounts of horror author Stephen King were silent on Sunday, after he announced he was "shutting down" after the US presidential election victory of Donald Trump.

Trump says he will be "very restrained" in using Twitter as president

US president-elect Donald Trump says he will be "very restrained" in his use of social media as head of state, after an election campaign during which he relied heavily on Twitter to voice his opinion.

New York protesters march on Trump Tower

Demonstrators opposed to US president-elect Donald Trump marched Saturday through Manhattan streets to the real estate tycoon's skyscraper.

How social media proved crucial for "Twitter-perfect" Trump

Donald Trump was a boon to financially challenged, increasingly uninfluential print and broadcast media, according to many political commentators. But internet analysts say the US president-elect's aggressive social media campaign won him the White House.

Man shot after altercation at Portland Trump protest

A man was injured by gunfire early Saturday at a protest against the election of Donald Trump in the US state of Oregon, Portland police said in a statement.

Trump sex assault accuser demands he retract threat to sue

One of the women who accused US president-elect Donald Trump of sexual assault on Friday demanded that he withdraw his threat to sue them after the election and said she would not be intimidated into silence.

After calling it a "disaster," Trump says parts of Obamacare are OK

Aspects of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law should be kept intact, Donald Trump has said in an interview, after spending months calling for its complete repeal.

Top EU official sees Trump victory as risk to Europe-US relations

Donald Trump's election as US president posed a risk to relations between Brussels and Washington, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.

Zuckerberg: Fake Facebook news did not cause election result

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has rejected allegations that fake news stories on the social network were responsible for the outcome of the US presidential election.

High-ranking cleric warns Trump not to play games with Iran

A high-ranking Iranian cleric has warned Donald Trump not to play games with Iran, following the US president-elect's threats to tear up the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Merkel, Trump hold first phone call since his election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had her first phone call with Donald Trump since his election as president of the United States, saying she hoped to meet him at the latest at next year's Group of 20 summit, her spokesman said Friday.

Nikolic expects more understanding for Serbia after Trump victory

The election of Donald Trump as US president will change the world's physiognomy and make Serbia's position in the region easier, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic was quoted as saying in Belgrade's print media of Friday, announcing that he would soon officially invite Trump to Serbia.

Portland police arrest 26 after anti-Trump riot in divided US

A second night of protests in the US city of Portland turned violent as opponents of Donald Trump voiced their anger over his election, with police reporting 26 arrests during rioting.

Trump and Obama trade compliments in presidential transition talks

Donald Trump called President Barack Obama "a very good man" and said he would seek his counsel as he prepares to become president at a White House meeting Thursday that marked the first time the two men had ever met.