Trump presidency

Professional communications advice would help the first lady avoid embarrassing mistakes, argues PR expert Kara Alaimo

Donald Trump surveillance claims congressman 'met source at White House'

A senior US congressman who claimed communications involving Donald Trump's associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance has said he met his source on the grounds of the White House.

Joe Biden: I could not run for President while son Beau was sick

Joe Biden has spoken movingly of the reason he decided not to run in the 2016 Presidential election in the US, as his son Beau battled a fatal cancer diagnosis.

Donald Trump attacks conservative Republicans over healthcare bill failure

President Donald Trump has attacked conservative Republicans after the failure of the bill to replace Obamacare.

Donald Trump's Doonbeg golf course ‘eyesore’ cleared

The Trump family have secured their first planning victory for their luxury golf links resort at Doonbeg.

Defeat for Donald Trump as Obamacare set to remain 'for the foreseeable future'

Donald Trump and Republican leaders have scrapped their bill to repeal "Obamacare" in a humiliating failure for the US president, when it became clear his flagship manifesto pledge would nosedive in the House of Representatives.

Trump's healthcare bill pulled without a vote

Update 8.30pm: Donald Trump's healthcare bill has been withdrawn without a vote at the last minute.

Keystone oil pipeline approval 'a great day for jobs', says Donald Trump

Donald Trump has said "it's a great day for American jobs" after his administration issued a permit to build the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Trump administration approves 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands from Canada to Texas

The Trump administration has issued a presidential permit to pipeline builder TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Donald Trump demands make-or-break vote on health care bill

The risky move, part gamble and part threat, was presented to Republican politicians behind closed doors

Banking probe focuses on ex-Trump campaign chief

US treasury department agents have obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe.

Trump feels 'somewhat' vindicted after surveillance briefing

US President Donald Trump has said he feels "somewhat" vindicated by statements from the House intelligence committee chairman on the legal and incidental surveillance of the president and Trump transition officials.

Trump communication 'may have been monitored'

The communications of Trump transition officials - possibly including President Donald Trump himself - may have been "monitored" after the election as part of an "incidental collection", the chairman of the House intelligence committee said.

Trump bill backs Nasa funding and exploration of Mars

US President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that updates Nasa's mission to add exploration of Mars.

White House tries to distance Donald Trump from from aides amid FBI Russia probe

The White House has tried to distance itself from two former senior members of Donald Trump's team amid an FBI investigation into possible connections between "associates" of the US president and Russia.

Fox takes analyst Andrew Napolitano off the air after 'British intelligence bugging' report

A legal analyst who claimed British intelligence could have helped spy on Donald Trump during his bid to become US president has been taken off the air.

First daughter Ivanka Trump gets West Wing office

Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office at the White House and will get access to classified information, although she is not technically a government employee, according to an official.

FBI chief: No truth to Trump allegations that Obama administration wire-tapped his phones

The head of the FBI has denied there is any truth to series of tweets from Mr Trump which declared the Republican candidate's phones had been ordered tapped by then-president Barack Obama during the campaign.

LATEST: NSA chief stands by assertion Russia interfered in election to get Donald Trump elected

Latest: US intelligence officials have not publicly raised the possibility of contacts between the Clintons and Moscow.

North Korea is putting US patience to the test

As a crisis involving North Korea becomes more of a reality for the Trump administration, Richard N Haass says that diplomacy might be the best option to neutralise any threat

US wants Mexico border wall that looks good and is hard to climb or cut

The US wants to build a 30-foot border wall that looks appealing from the north side and is difficult to climb or cut through, according to contract notices posted to a government website.

Donald Trump places 'very high value' on talks with Chinese president

Donald Trump is looking forward to his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.

Donald Trump’s ambitious Navy plan faces major hurdles

US President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the US Navy — but ship-builders and unions say there are major obstacles to that plan.

Meals on Wheels faces cuts thanks to Donald Trump's budget proposal - but how people have responded will warm your heart

The White House said the government ‘can’t spend money on programmes just because they sound good’.

Rex Tillerson presses for Chinese cooperation over N Korea

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has pushed for closer Chinese-US co-operation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear programme, in his first face-to-face talks with senior Chinese diplomats.

Donald Trump claims Germany owes 'vast sums' to Nato

Donald Trump has claimed Germany owes "vast sums of money" to Nato and the US "must be paid more" for providing defence.

Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said Donald Trump's de facto Muslim travel ban 'is an outrage'.

Irish Americans staged cultural protest against Donald Trump's planned visit to Ireland

Hundreds of Irish Americans opposed to Ireland’s burgeoning relationship with US president Donald Trump held a mass cultural protest last night against his “patently xenophobic policies”.

First meeting between Donald Trump and Angela Merkel creates awkward handshake moment

Donald Trump's first meeting with Angela Merkel produced an awkward moment as the US president did not shake the German leader's hand in front of photographers in the Oval Office.

Donald Trump hits back at criticism of White House's GCHQ spying claims

Donald Trump has said the White House should not be criticised for quoting a Fox News analyst who accused British intelligence of helping former president Barack Obama spy on him.

Donald Trump welcomes Angela Merkel for talks on Nato and Islamic State

President Donald Trump has welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House.

’Ridiculous’ claims that GCHQ spied on Donald Trump for Obama ’will not be repeated’

The White House has assured the UK Government that allegations that British intelligence services spied on Donald Trump will not be repeated, Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman has said.

Trump's election campaign insults complicate Merkel visit

US president Donald Trump is welcoming German chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House after having spent much much of 2016 criticising her - accusing her of "ruining" Germany by allowing an influx of refugees from Syria.

Donald Trump meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny ahead of St Patrick's Day

Trump said he “loved Ireland and the people of Ireland”.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US President Donald Trump at a Friends of Ireland lunch at the Capitol Building yesterday. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

We may become Donald Trump’s EU lapdog

Enda Kenny’s critics have claimed in recent days that his conciliatory approach means the Irish wolfhound risks becoming Trump’s EU lapdog, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

US President Donald Trump and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny meet for talks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC. Pic: Niall Carson/PA

Enda Kenny presses US on behalf of Irish migrants

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pressed US president Donald Trump on the need to cut a deal for law-abiding undocumented Irish to remain in America, despite failing to raise Mr Trump’s attempted travel bans and anti-immigrant policies.

America is about diversity, George Mitchell warns Mike Pence

Former US special envoy to Northern Ireland George Mitchell has issued a hard-hitting put down to the US administration, insisting America is about diversity and not “who we want to keep out and throw out”.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, US President Donald Trump, and Taoisech Enda Kenny pose outside the Capitol after the Friends of Ireland luncheon. Picture: Alex Wong/Getty

Enda Kenny's invitation to Donald Trump sparks anger among opposition

US President Donald Trump intends to visit Ireland before the end of 2020, sparking a wave of criticism from opposition parties who claim Ireland has sold out on its values.

'No indication' Trump Tower was under surveillance

The top two senators on the intelligence committee say they have seen no indication that Trump Tower was "the subject of surveillance" by the US government before or after the 2016 election.

Kenny says 'racist and dangerous' comments were about Trump the candidate, not the man

Enda Kenny has ruled out an apology to Donald Trump, as he prepares to meet him in the Oval Office today.

Government in ‘appalling abdication of conscience’

A leading Irish American politician behind a tens of thousands strong petition urging Enda Kenny to snub US president Donald Trump has accused the Taoiseach of turning the Irish wolfhound into a “lapdog”.

Enda Kenny in U-turn on ‘racist’ Donald Trump

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has back-tracked on his claim last year that Donald Trump’s policies are “racist and dangerous”, saying it “doesn’t follow at all” that he believes the US president himself is racist.

Taoiseach in America: Unpalatable

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who is on a week-long valedictory visit to America, will not need to be reminded that Margaret Thatcher’s reign finally came to an end while she was travelling abroad.

Expert: Low-risk Donald Trump will impose import taxes

An international finance expert has played down speculation that the Trump administration will transform the US into potentially the world’s biggest tax haven. Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist of Northern Trust, which employs 16,500 people, addressing a Limerick Chamber of Commerce event yesterday, said the likelihood of a border tax passing was low.

Artists are needed now more than ever in US

Donald Trump has called journalists the ‘enemy’, and his autocratic tendencies should be a call to arms for writers, painters, and filmmakers, says Nina L Khrushcheva.

These are the people with most influence over President Trump

Bette Browne on all the president’s men (and women) who have the ear of the most powerful man in the world

Enda Kenny must shun ‘white supremacist’, says ex governor

A former US presidential election candidate has set up a petition calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to boycott the traditional White House St Patrick’s Day meeting with Donald Trump.

John Bruton: Donald Trump policies are ‘greatest concern’

The Dow Jones Industrial Average passed 21,000 for the first time yesterday in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s address to Congress — but former taoiseach John Bruton has expressed “the greatest concern” about the impact of his policies on world trade.

CRH shares surge on Donald Trump spending pledge

CRH shares surged by 5% yesterday, on the back of both a record set of yearly earnings and US president Donald Trump’s reiteration of his promise to spend $1tn on US infrastructure improvements.

Irish exports to grow, if Trump doesn’t spark trade war

Brexit and now Trump stoke concerns for Irish firms, writes John Whelan.