WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump on Friday delivered an ultimatum to America's European allies to fix the "terrible flaws" in the Iran nuclear deal, or he'll pull the U.S. out in a few months' time.
Trump made the threat as he extended waivers of key economic sanctions on Iran, keeping the accord alive at least for now. But his explicit warning to Europe that the deal must be fixed by the time the next sanctions waivers are due in the spring creates a high-stakes diplomatic deadline that will be difficult to meet.
"This is a last chance," Trump warned in a statement that outlined several tough new rules on Iran. "In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal."
Trump's declaration puts great pressure on Britain, France and Germany, the European signatories to nuclear pact with Iran. Trump wants them to help the U.S. devise a new agreement designed to prevent Iran from escalating nuclear activity again next decade, as permitted under the 2015 arrangement reached by President Barack Obama.
Trump lawyer said to pay porn star in deal
WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump's personal lawyer brokered a $130,000 payment to a porn star to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, according to a report Friday in TheWall Street Journal.
Trumpmet Stephanie Clifford, whose goes by the name Stormy Daniels in films, at a golf event in 2006- a year after Trump's marriage to his wife, Melania. According to the Journal's report, Clifford began talking with ABC News in the fall of 2016 for a story involving an alleged relationship with Trump, but reached a $130,000 deal a month before the election, which prevented her from going public.
Trump's longtime attorneyMichael Cohen arranged for the payment through Clifford's lawyer, Keith Davidson, the Journal reported.
In a statement to the Journal, Cohen did not address his role in negotiating the supposed payment but said Trump denies any such relationship with Clifford. Clifford has previously denied an alleged relationship with Trump.
Doctor: Trump in 'excellent health'
WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump'sWhite House physician declared him in "excellent health" after the president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reedmilitary hospital on Friday, undergoing a physical examination amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he's mentally unfit.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, in a statement released by the White House, said the examination "went exceptionally well. The President is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday."
Trump spent about three hours at the medical facility in Bethesda, Maryland, outsideWashington, for the Friday afternoon checkup, his first as president, before departing for Florida for the weekend.
The fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump's recent slurring of words on national TV.
Trump cites embassy in ending London trip
LONDON-President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new $1 billionU.S. Embassy in the British capital, a move that avoided protests promised by political opponents.
Some U.K. lawmakers had said Trump was not welcome in Britain after he re-tweeted videos from a far-right British group and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan following a terror attack last year.
But Trump said his decision, announced in a late-night tweet, was due to concerns about the embassy's move from the elite Mayfair district to a far less fashionable area of London south of the Thames River.
The State Department, however, announced plans for relocating the London embassy in 2008, while George W. Bush was still president, because of concerns about security following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. At the time, U.S. Ambassador Robert Tuttle said the decision to move to the five-acre site came after a "long and careful process."
Kentucky gets 1st OK for Medicaid rules
FRANKFORT, Ky.-Kentucky has become the first state to requiremany of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage, part of an unprecedented change to the nation's largest health insurance program under the Trump administration.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the approval on Friday. The change will require adults between the ages of 19 and 64 to complete 80 hours permonth of "community engagement" to keep their coverage. That includes getting a job, going to school, taking a job training course or community service.
Maryland to require paid sick leave
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland on Friday became the ninth state in the country to require paid sick leave and the second to bar colleges from asking prospective students about their criminal histories after Democrats easily overrode two 2017 vetoes by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
Both bills were top priorities of progressive advocacy groups. Their resurrection illustrates the power Democrats wield in both houses of the state legislature even as Hogan maintains sky high approval ratings, and they underscore the urgency of Hogan's quest to flip five Senate seats in the November and dissolve the Democrats' veto-proof majority.
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