Trump decries monument removals, 'history ripped apart'


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing "the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart."

  • Written by By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JONATHAN LEMIRE , Associated Press

Stonewall Jackson kin: Take down Confederate monuments

A great-great-grandson of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson said Thursday that the monument to the legendary Confederate general and others in Virginia's capital city were constructed as symbols of white supremacy and should be taken down.

  • Written by By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER , Associated Press

Business execs shunned Trump panels before he disbanded them


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had pushed many of America's top corporate leaders to the breaking point with his inability to decisively condemn white supremacists — so they huddled on an 11:30 a.m. conference call Wednesday.

  • Written by By JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer

Bannon: No military solution in North Korea


BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Contradicting a boss already under pressure to fire him, President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions. Just last week, Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with "fire and fury."

  • Written by By DARLENE SUPERVILLE , Associated Press

US, Japan discuss North Korean threat


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Japanese defense chiefs and top diplomats were meeting in Washington Thursday to discuss North Korea amid mixed messages from the Trump administration on how to deal with the nuclear and missile threat.

  • Written by By MATTHEW PENNINGTON , Associated Press