How Trump's swamp-draining words compare with his actions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump began promising to "drain the swamp" while campaigning, with his rally crowds often chanting along with him. In October he outlined a few proposals he said would get the drainage started: Clamping down on lobbying, fundraising and even the number of terms lawmakers can serve. As president, he can now work to turn slogans into actions.

Egyptian-American release came after 'no deal,' Trump says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said he struck "no deal" for the release of an Egyptian-American charity worker who had been detained in the country for nearly three years. Aya Hijazi, 30, and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, an Egyptian, returned to the Washington area Thursday. She met Friday with Trump in the Oval Office. Trump had hosted Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the White House at the beginning of this month.

Trump's cybersecurity review misses deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a receiving a U.S. intelligence assessment on Russian's interference in last year's elections, President Donald Trump vowed that he would have a team present him with a review of America's cybersecurity efforts within 90 days of taking office. But Thursday was the 90-day mark and no plan has been presented.

Trump, Francis, LeBron among Time's 100 most influential

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump and Pope Francis join the likes of singer Demi Lovato and actress Viola Davis on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. The latest edition of the magazine's annual list is an eclectic group that also includes Chance the Rapper, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and FBI Director James Comey. This is the second straight year Trump has made the list.

China says Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly

BEIJING (AP) -- China is defending its handling of trademark applications from President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her company, saying that all such requests are handled fairly. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang was asked about the trademarks Wednesday, a day after The Associated Press reported that Ivanka Trump had won provisional approval for at least five marks since her father's January inauguration.

Timeline: Ivanka Trump goes to Washington, and sales surge

SHANGHAI (AP) -- As Ivanka Trump builds a new political career as an adviser to her father, the commercial engine of her lifestyle brand is going strong. Sales, by some measures, have reached record highs this year. Trump founded the brand in 2007 and still owns it, but stepped back from management and put its assets in a family-run trust before taking on an official role at the White House.

Ivanka's biz prospers as politics mixes with business

SHANGHAI (AP) -- Since her father was elected president of the United States, global sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged and the company has applied for at least nine new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S. The commercial engine of the first daughter's brand is stronger than ever even as she builds a new political career from her West Wing office.

Who's Dina Powell? A rising Trump national security figure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The photo from inside Donald Trump's makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago affirmed what White House insiders have recognized for some time -- that Dina Powell has quietly established herself as a White House power. Though sandwiched between other administration officials, the deputy national security adviser for strategy stands out as the only woman among 13 staffers in the room on the night the president ordered the missile attack in Syria.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump forgets tense time in US-Russia history

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a news conference and a pair of interviews, President Donald Trump gave skewed accounts of U.S. relations over time with Russia, auto jobs and health care under his watch. He also flatly contradicted himself on how long he's known his right-hand strategist, Steve Bannon. A look at some of his statements: ___ TRUMP: "We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia.

Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has declared, "I am my own strategist." That would seem to bode poorly for his actual strategist, Steve Bannon. And Trump now appears to be publicly distancing himself. In an interview with The New York Post, the president said "I like Steve" and called his adviser "a good guy" -- but one who wasn't really all that involved with his winning election campaign.

50 years after war, settlements blur future borders

JERUSALEM (AP) -- For many Israelis, Har Homa is another neighborhood in Jerusalem, served by city bus lines and schools. Its quiet streets are lined with apartment buildings, pizza shops, supermarkets and pharmacies. But for Palestinians and much of the world, this unassuming neighborhood is far more. It is an illegal settlement in east Jerusalem, and in some ways, the most damaging.

Is Bannon in peril? Trump comments worry his populist base

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has declared: "I am my own strategist." That would seem to bode poorly for his actual strategist, Steve Bannon. And Trump now appears to be publicly distancing himself. In an interview with The New York Post, the president said "I like Steve" and called his adviser "a good guy" -- but one who wasn't really all that involved with his winning election campaign.

AP FACT CHECK: Steve who? Trump shortchanges a relationship

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a pair of interviews, President Donald Trump gave a skewed account of auto jobs and health care under his watch and flatly contradicted himself on how long he's known his right-hand strategist, Steve Bannon. "Many years," Trump said of their relationship back in August, when he made Bannon his campaign chief. "I didn't know him" at the time, Trump told the New York Post on Tuesday.

Trump wants regulations streamlined in infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- On infrastructure, President Donald Trump wants to offer a two-for-one deal. The Trump administration intends to propose a package of tax breaks meant to help spur $1 trillion in new spending on roads, bridges and other construction over the next decade. But as part of that bill, Trump also wants introduce measures to drastically shorten approval times for projects.

Trump turns from resigned to resolved after Syria attack

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump first saw the photos Tuesday morning. The images were ghastly. Men and women gasping for breath. Small children foaming at the mouth and in agony. The lifeless bodies of babies sprawled on the ground. This was the aftermath of a chemical attack that the U.S.

Ghastly images of Syrian attack led to Trump about-face

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump first saw the photos Tuesday morning. The images were ghastly. Men and women gasping for breath. Small children foaming at the mouth and in agony. The lifeless bodies of babies sprawled on the ground. This was the aftermath of a chemical attack ordered by Syrian President Bashar Assad, who the U.S. would soon conclude had unleashed sarin gas, a brutal nerve toxin, on his own people.

Jared Kushner omits some foreign contacts on security form

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jared Kushner failed to disclose some of his contacts with Russian government officials when he was filling out his application for a security clearance, his lawyer said Friday. The omissions were an "administrative error," Kushner lawyer Jamie Gorelick said. "There was no intent to obscure any foreign meetings, including those with Russia." The New York Times first reported the omissions, including meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Trump kicks off Florida meetings with Chinese president

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping opened their high-stakes summit at Trump's Florida beach resort Thursday, with the urgent threat of North Korea's nuclear ambitions and tensions over trade on the agenda. Xi's visit was overshadowed, though, by a U.S. missile barrage on an air base in Syria in response to this week's chemical weapons attack against civilians, which the U.S. blamed on President Bashar Assad. The U.S.