Donald Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States Jan. 20 and has promised to quickly enact his agenda to bring change to Washington. But he will also face a political divide that remains in the wake of his election victory over Hillary Clinton. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
President Barack Obama says he is optimistic about America's future, but also worries that divisions in America will erode the nation's core values. Wednesday, during the final news conference of his presidency, Obama also spoke of his conversations with President-elect Donald Trump. VOA's White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas reports.
The United States has signed defense cooperation agreements with Lithuania and Estonia, formalizing the deployment of thousands of troops to bolster NATO defenses in the face of Russian aggression. Henry Ridgwell reports four multinational battalions are being deployed in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald Trump's controversial pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Democrats attacked his history of fighting the regulator and his connections to the fossil fuel industry. VOA's Steve Baragona reports.