On ethics of advisers' China deals, Trump goes case by case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anthony Scaramucci announced to the world in January that he would be leaving Wall Street for the White House to become President Donald Trump's top public liaison. Not long after, Scaramucci was told by Trump's chief of staff that the sale of his hedge fund -- a deal that includes a well-known Chinese conglomerate -- raised too many ethics issues for him to start work immediately. Scaramucci never left New York.

The Latest: Trump, May speak about London attack

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:15 p.m. President Donald Trump has spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May about the security situation in London following a car rampage and knife attack. Spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump and May discussed the attack Wednesday and Trump offered the support of the U.S. government.

First daughter Ivanka Trump gets West Wing office

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter.

Report: Trump adviser's husband picked for Justice post

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has chosen the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to head the civil division of the Justice Department, The Wall Street Journal reported. George Conway was chosen to head the office that has responsibility for defending the administration's proposed travel ban and defending lawsuits filed against the administration, the newspaper reported. Conway is a partner at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Trump, Merkel talk job training

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A meeting between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on vocational training Friday offered further evidence of the first daughter's influence in the White House. A White House official said Merkel's staff reached out to Ivanka Trump about setting up the meeting. During the session, Trump and Merkel talked with American and German executives and discussed how companies can better train workers.

Reports: Kushner family company in possible Chinese deal

NEW YORK (AP) -- The company owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law is reportedly negotiating to sell a $400 million stake in a New York City skyscraper to a Chinese insurer with ties to that country's ruling party. The New York Times is reporting that a company run by Jared Kushner's father is hammering out a deal with Anbang Insurance Group for a stake in the family's building at 666 Fifth Avenue.

SNL skewers first daughter Ivanka Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The biting humor of "Saturday Night Live" took aim at another Trump this week -- first daughter Ivanka. The long-standing comedy show skewered President Donald Trump's elder daughter with a faux perfume ad, starring actress Scarlett Johansson. The name of the perfume? Complicit. As Johansson walks into an elegant party in a glittering evening dress, the narrator says: "A woman like her deserves a fragrance all her own.

Ivanka Trump rents house from foreign billionaire suing US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law are renting a house from a foreign billionaire who is fighting the U.S. government over a proposed mine in Minnesota. The Wall Street Journal reports (http://on.wsj.com/2nfqcqv) that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are renting a $5.5 million house in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood from AndrĂ³nico Luksic.

Trump's in-house guardrail: White House Counsel Don McGahn

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Donald Trump raged in an Oval Office filled with tense senior aides, he trained his eyes on one in particular: White House Counsel Don McGahn. During the Friday afternoon tirade, which would spill into a Saturday morning tweetstorm, Trump erupted over his attorney general's decision to step out of a sensitive investigation on Russian contacts and tangled with his team over how to redo his troubled travel ban.

GOP-led panel approves Trump adviser's shift to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Armed Services Committee eased the path Tuesday for an active-duty general to become President Donald Trump's new national security adviser weeks after controversy abruptly ended his predecessor's brief tenure. Since being named for the post two weeks ago, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster swiftly began streamlining operations at the country's top national security apparatus.

Trump hotel is the place to be in the nation's capital

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At a circular booth in the middle of the Trump International Hotel's balcony restaurant, President Donald Trump dined on his steak -- well-done, with ketchup -- while chatting with British Brexit politician Nigel Farage. A few days later, major Republican donors Doug Deason and Doug Manchester, in town for the president's address to Congress, sipped coffee at the hotel with Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

Trump hotel may be political capital of the nation's capital

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At a circular booth in the middle of the Trump International Hotel's balcony restaurant, President Donald Trump dined on his steak -- well-done, with ketchup -- while chatting with British Brexit politician Nigel Farage. A few days later, major Republican donors Doug Deason and Doug Manchester, in town for the president's address to Congress, sipped coffee at the hotel with Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

Russian ambassador in eye of storm over Trump campaign ties

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration's back-to-back controversies over its Russian ties now have at least one thing in common: Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Moscow's top diplomat is a Washington fixture with a sprawling network, and he has emerged as the central figure in the investigations into Trump advisers' connections with Russia.

Attorney general's announcement...Perry takes the oath...Riding in on a horse

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says it's standing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced today that he is recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign. Today's recusal comes after it was reported that Sessions had met twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, something he didn't disclose during his confirmation hearings. He told reporters today there was no intent to mislead.

Russia's top diplomat at center of Trump controversy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration's back-to-back controversies over its Russian ties now have at least one thing in common: Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Moscow's top diplomat in the U.S. has become the Kevin Bacon of the Trump White House's Russia imbroglio. A Washington fixture with a sprawling network, he has emerged as the central figure in the investigations into Trump advisers' connections with Russia.

The Latest: Trump calls criticism of Sessions a 'witch hunt'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' talks with the Russian ambassador (all times local): 9:38 p.m. President Donald Trump is praising his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and accusing Democrats of conducting a "witch hunt" in their criticism of Sessions' testimony about his contact with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign. Sessions on Thursday recused himself from any investigation into Russian meddling in America's 2016 presidential election.

Sessions steps aside from Russia probe under pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under intensifying pressure, Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly agreed Thursday to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian meddling in America's 2016 presidential election. He acted after revelations he twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign and failed to say so when pressed by Congress. Sessions rejected any suggestion that he had tried to mislead anyone about his contacts with the Russian, saying, "That is not my intent.

Rising tensions loom as US, Asian powers discuss NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump met China's top foreign policy adviser Monday, and U.S. officials huddled with key Asian powers to discuss tensions with North Korea, which have been stoked by a recent missile test and an airport killing officials believe was ordered by Pyongyang. State Councilor Yang Jiechi is the first senior Chinese official to visit the U.S. since Trump took office five weeks ago.

LGBT issues present Trump with loyalty test

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There was candidate Donald Trump in Colorado, waving a rainbow flag emblazoned with "LGBTs for Trump," a photo opportunity meant to signal he was a new brand of Republican when it comes to protecting LGBT Americans. Four months later, faced with a major decision point on the issue, Trump's White House held up another slogan: defense of states' rights.

Trio of military men gain growing influence with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a White House laden with competing power centers, a trio of military men has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford have quickly formed a stabilizing alliance in an administration whose earliest days have been marked by turmoil.