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Trump dismisses concern over virus spreading inside White House

May 12, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Though it may appear spacious in movies and TV shows, the West Wing is actually rather cramped, making social distancing difficult


U.S. vice president's spokeswoman tests positive for coronavirus

May 09, 2020 - 4:57 PM

News that staffer Katie Miller had fallen ill boost fears that the White House is at risk of becoming a viral hot spot

HIGH OFFICE. Marc Short, Chief of Staff for US Vice President Mike Pence (lef) talks with Katie Miller, the vice president's press secretary in this file photo.  Photo by Doug Mills- Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Trump aides defend U.S. coronavirus response

Mar 02, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Vice President Mike Pence and Health Secretary Alex Azar go on Sunday talk shows with the message that risks from the disease remain low for most Americans and promises to make up for testing shortfalls

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. In this file photo taken on February 29, 2020 US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference on the COVID-19, coronavirus, outbreak as US President Donald Trump looks on at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP

World leaders in Israel to recall horrors of Auschwitz

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:33 PM

The presidents of Russia, France and Germany, US Vice President Mike Pence and Britain's Prince Charles are set to address the somber event at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem

GUEST. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) is welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara during a meeting in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Pence aide testifies in Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A veteran diplomat who advises Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams will be the first person from the vice president's office to testify

IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Jennifer Williams, (L), Foreign Service Officer at the State Department is escorted to a closed-door deposition, on November 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Pence slams NBA, urging tougher stance on China

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:04 PM

US Vice President Mike Pence says the 'NBA is acting like a wholly owned subsidiary' of China

FAIR. US Vice President Mike Pence says they are seeking a "level playing field" in the market with China. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Erdogan warns Syria offensive will resume unless Kurds complete withdrawal

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:27 PM

'If the promises given to our country by the United States are not kept, we will continue our operation from where we left off with greater determination,' Erdogan says

ERDOGAN'S WARNING. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the extended meeting with provincial heads of ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Turkey, on October 10, 2019.  File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey, U.S. agree on Syria ceasefire to force Kurdish fighters' withdrawal

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The agreement for the 120-hour pause eases what escalated into an unprecedented crisis between the United States and Turkey, but critics quickly accused President Donald Trump of again abandoning Kurdish allies

AGREED. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center-left) and US Vice President Mike Pence (center-right) meet at the presidential complex in Ankara, Turkey, on October 17, 2019. Photo by Shaun Tandon/Pool/AFP

Erdogan says Turkey 'can never declare ceasefire' in north Syria

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:53 AM

US President Donald Trump says, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Ankara to press Turkey to halt its offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters

Syrian government forces arrive in the town of Tal Tamr, not far from the flashpoint Kurdish Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey, which has been a key target of Turkish forces and their proxies since they launched their military assault, on October 15, 2019. Syrian regime troops arrived after Damascus deployed troops to the country's north to contain a days-long Turkish offensive.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

U.S. slaps sanctions on Turkey as Syrian regime returns to north

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The actions come hours after regime troops returned for the first time in years to parts of northeastern Syria, invited by Kurdish fighters desperate for protection as the United States pulls out

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters gather around a Turkish army US-made M60 tank in the northern outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border on October 14, 2019, as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. Turkey wants to create a roughly 30-kilometre (20-mile) buffer zone along its border to keep Kurdish forces at bay and also to send back some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it hosts. Zein Al RIFAI / AFP

One giant leap: 50 years ago, humanity's first steps on the Moon

Jul 20, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) NASA plans to return to the Moon to test technology for Mars by 2024

Apollo 11 space mission US astronaut Buzz Aldrin is seen conducting experiments with the Passive Experiment Package (PSE) on the moon's surface on a picture taken by Neil Armstrong after both climbed down the ladder of the lunar module "Eagle" on July 21, 1969 to become the first men in history to set foot on the moon's surface. AFP PHOTO NASA (Photo by - / NASA / AFP)

In rare U.S. criticism, Pence urges Saudis to free blogger Badawi

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:13 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence says, in 'Saudi Arabia, blogger Raif Badawi is still in prison for the alleged crime of criticizing Islam through electronic means'

US Vice President-elect Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

U.S. VP Pence visits overcrowded migrant camp, deplores 'crisis'

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Democrats bow to pressure as Congress approves $4.6 billion in emergency aid for Trump's border funding request

MIGRANT CAMPS. Protesters hold signs as they block a street in front of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) office during a demonstration against migrant detention facilities on July 2, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Pence asks U.N. to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Washington will present a draft resolution to the UN Security Council aimed at recognizing Juan Guaido and appointing his representative as the ambassador to the world body

NATO anniversary party turns ugly as US rips Germany, Turkey

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Hours before foreign ministers from the 29-member Western alliance opens talks in Washington, US Vice President Mike Pence delivers a stinging rebuke

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a forum about NATO at The Anthem on April 3, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Venezuela's Guaido and Pence agree to tighten noose on Maduro

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:54 AM

The meeting comes after 4 people were killed and hundreds injured as Guaido supporters clashed with Venezuelan security forces on the borders with Colombia and Brazil over the weekend in a thwarted bid to bring in humanitarian aid

GUAIDO AND PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido, take part in a meeting with Foreign Ministers of the Lima Group at Colombia's Foreign Affairs Ministry in Bogota, on February 25, 2019. Photo by Diana Sanchez/AFP

Iran takes aim at 'hateful' Pence comments

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US Vice President Mike Pence's comments against Iran 'are both ridiculous but at the same time very very dangerous'

Pence demands EU isolate Iran as Israelis, Arabs unite

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) US Vice President Mike Pence takes direct aim at allies Britain, France, and Germany, denouncing their new initiative to let European companies operate in Iran in defiance of unilateral US sanctions

ON IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. US Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech at the conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, on February 14, 2019. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

U.S., Israeli leaders head to Poland with eyes on pressing Iran

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'This is a global coalition that is built to deliver on the important mission of reducing the risk that has emanated from the Middle East for far too long,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

'GLOBAL COALITION.' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

U.S. presents Middle East vision in Warsaw, but no converts

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:08 PM

The countries that are sending top officials to Warsaw are pushing for a tough line on Iran

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APEC leaders divided after U.S., China spat

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(4th UPDATE) For the first time in the history of the APEC grouping, leaders were unable to agree on a formal written declaration amid sharp differences over trade policy

APEC SUMMIT. (L-R) Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, China's President Xi Jinping, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US Vice President Mike Pence, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam wave with (back row L to R) Mexico's Undersecretary of Foreign Trade Juan Carlos Baker, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (hidden behind Trudeau), Peru's Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Taiwan's representative Morris Chang (hidden behind Widodo) as they pose for a "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

U.S., China in APEC cruise ship clash on trade, influence

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Representatives from both countries duel in back-to-back speeches at a pre-APEC business forum

U.S., China rivalry to dominate APEC summit

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The high-profile trade war between the world's two largest economies – as well as tit-for-tat tariff measures – will also serve as a backdrop to what could be a tense gathering

APEC. This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows the cruise ship Pacific Jewels, which will accommodate delegates and journalists at this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, docking in Port Moresby. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Pence says Trump-Kim meeting likely after New Year

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Mike Pence insists US government would not repeat mistakes of the past where promises were broken

FRIENDS. US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. urges sustained sanctions pressure on North Korea

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

In remarks at the opening of a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, Vice President Mike Pence says America's regional 'partnership also includes our pressure campaign regarding' the North

U.S. VP Mike Pence criticizes Suu Kyi over Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Pence adds to the pressure on Suu Kyi, who this week has had an Amnesty International honor revoked and faced sharp words from Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) listens to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 14, 2018.  Bernat Armangue / POOL / AFP

Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls for Southeast Asian companies to invest more in each others' markets and be more open to foreign competition

LEE HSIEN LOONG. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Maduro calls U.S. vice president 'a madman' for linking Venezuela to caravan

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Nicolas Maduro, the socialist president of Venezuela, says 'imperialist paranoia' leads the US 'to accuse Maduro and Venezuela of everything that happens to them'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a rally in Caracas on February 7, 2018. Maduro launched Wednesday a political movement to promote his candidacy for reelection. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

With Pence salvo, US declares full-on China rivalry

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:28 AM

US president Donald Trump's message to Beijing: he 'will not back down'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.  US President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and could make the announcement in the coming days, US media reported September 15, 2018. Citing anonymous sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that the tariffs would be set at 10 percent. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Pence paints China as enemy in U.S. election

Oct 05, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Vice President Mike Pence accuses China of waging an 'unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion' ahead of critical congressional elections on November 6

US ELECTIONS. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. / File photo Dominick Reuter/AFP

Officials rush to assure Trump they didn't pen op-ed criticizing him

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Amid frenzied speculation about who is hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, Vice President Mike Pence is the first to assert that he did not pen the New York Times piece

ASSURANCE. Senior officials rush to assure US President Donald Trump they didn't write the New York Times 'resistance' op-ed published on Wednesday, September 5. AFP file photo

Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Donald Trump's about-face comes after he found himself mired in controversy over his rather conspicuous failure to pay tribute to McCain

TRIBUTE TO MCCAIN. The US flag above the White House flies at half-staff in the evening in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

North Korea slams 'ignorant and stupid' Pence, renews summit threat

May 24, 2018 - 10:32 AM

North Korea's Choe Son-Hui lambasts a media interview on Monday, May 21, in which US Vice President Mike Pence warns Kim Jong-Un that it would be a 'great mistake' to try and play Donald Trump

US-NORTH KOREA. US Vice President Mike Pence says South Korea will continue its support of sanctions for North Korea's denuclearization. File photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP

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Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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Secret Pence, North Korea meeting planned, then scrapped

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) Pyongyang scrapped the planned talks during the 2018 Winter Olympics after the US vice president denounced abuses from the 'murderous regime,' US officials say

SNUBS. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence (front) watches the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (back 2nd R) and North Korea's Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (back R) at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP

U.S., South Korea united despite inter-Korea talks – Pence

Feb 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

North and South Korea hold talks in conjunction with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, believed by analysts to undermine alliance between Seoul and Washington

'Kimchi diplomacy' for two Koreas in Olympic rapprochement

Feb 10, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) There is speculation Pyongyang could invite South Korea President Moon Jae-in to visit for a summit later this year

TOP-LEVEL TALKS. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (3rd R) talks with Kim Yo Jong (2nd L), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (3rd L) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Trump praises White House aide accused of domestic abuse

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:11 AM

(UDATED) White House speechwriter David Sorensen resigns in the same week, also over domestic abuse claims. He denies the allegations.

RESIGNED. In this photo taken on September 1, 2017, White House staff secretary Rob Porter looks on after US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

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Feb 06, 2018 - 9:47 PM

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U.S. won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

Feb 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Rex Tillerson: 'With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see'

VEEP. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Pence in Jerusalem pledges embassy move by end of 2019, faces protest

Jan 22, 2018 - 11:10 PM

Pence's speech, filled with biblical references and praise of Israel, is greeted with loud applause by Israeli Jewish lawmakers

MIKE PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on January 22, 2018. Photo by Ariel Schalit/AFP

Palestinian president to shun Pence over Jerusalem move

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:33 PM

'There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine,' Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi says. 'The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision,' he adds.

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators burn posters of the US president in Bethlehem's Manger Square in protest to him declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6, 2017. Photo by Musa al Shaer/AFP

Under fire Tillerson denies rift with Trump

Oct 04, 2017 - 10:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I serve at the appointment of the president and I am here for as long as the president feels I can be useful to achieving his objectives,' says US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pauses before speaking during a briefing at the Department of State in Washington, DC. US officials on October 3, 2017 kicked out 15 Cuban diplomats following mysterious acoustic attacks that have sickened US diplomats in Havana. "The decision was made due to Cuba's failure to take appropriate steps to protect our diplomats in accordance with its obligations under the Vienna Convention. This order will ensure equity in our respective diplomatic operations," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.  / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

U.S. rallies LatAm on Venezuela after Trump military warning

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:47 AM

The United States rallies its Latin American allies after President Donald Trump warned of possible military action

GUARDED. A Venezuelan army soldier stands by a portrait of President Nicolas Maduro during the press conference given by Defense Minister general Vladimir Padrino Lopez at Fort Tiuna in Caracas on August 14, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Pence stresses 'peaceable' solution sought for Venezuela

Aug 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

US Vice President Pence: We have many options for Venezuela but the president also remains confident that working with all of our allies across Latin America we can achieve a peaceable solution

IN COLOMBIA. US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (not in frame) at the Presidential guest house in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Angry Pence denies eye on 2020 U.S. presidential bid

Aug 07, 2017 - 1:10 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence slams a New York Times article on a supposed shadow campaign for 2020 calling it disgraceful and offensive

PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence says new US-Japan talks could lead to trade deal. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Pence slams Russian 'occupation' on Georgia visit

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Pence is currently on a tour of Eastern Europe aimed at reassuring US allies rattled over Russia s 2014 annexation of Crimea and backing for a bloody separatist rebellion in Ukraine

PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. Photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP

Russia expulsions won't deter U.S. 'commitment to allies' – Pence

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:59 PM

We stand with the people and nations of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania and we always will US Vice President Mike Pence says

PENCE IN ESTONIA. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvia's President Raimonds Vejonis, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and US Vice-President Mike Pence (R) pose for a photo prior talks in Tallinn, Estonia, on July 31, 2017. Photo by Raigo Pajula/AFP

Mike Pence walks high wire over Trump scandals

Jul 16, 2017 - 1:56 PM

As the Russia scandal encroaches ever further on Donald Trump s White House the vice president is also walking a political tightrope

In this file photo, US Vice President-elect Mike Pence arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Liftoff for Trump's bold space plans may have to wait

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:30 AM

How will the United States space program play out under the leadership of US President Donald Trump?

BLASTING OFF. The Falcon 9 rocket will bring food and supplies to the 6 astronauts at the International Space Station. Screenshot from SpaceX webcast