President Donald Trump Wednesday defended his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, a move that has set off a political firestorm in Washington. Even as Trump and others in his administration defended the action, opposition Democrats demanded a special counsel be appointed to lead an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s U.S. presidential election. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has the latest from Washington.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will welcome Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the State Department Wednesday, for talks expected to be dominated by the two countries’ differences over Syria and Ukraine. This will be the first time Lavrov has visited Washington since 2013, and analysts say the two men will have their work cut out for them, before both head to Alaska for a ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council. VOA State Department correspondent Cindy Saine reports,
As President Trump continues to search for funding for his proposed border wall, the Department of Homeland Security has designated “high priority” areas, including the Río Grande Valley, in Texas. But landowners there are already familiar with the government's right to acquire private land for public use in the name of “national security” — called eminent domain — and are preparing to fight back. Ramon Taylor reports.
Pressure is mounting on the U.S. administration to remain committed to the Paris agreement on climate change. European Union leaders, a former United Nations chief and former U.S. President Barack Obama have joined the chorus of voices emphasizing the need for action to reduce greenhouse emissions worldwide. On Tuesday, the White House announced that President Trump is postponing his decision regarding the climate treaty for the second time. Zlatica Hoke has more.