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NEW YORK - President Donald Trump, facing criticism in recent days for plans to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Germany, told West Point's graduating class on Saturday that their job will be to defend “America’s vital interests” and not fight “endless wars” in faraway lands.

Trump’s reported plans to withdraw 9,500 troops from Germany, one of America's strongest allies, and relocate them to Poland and elsewhere has drawn the ire of German officials and raised concerns in the U.S. Congress about a retreat from the world stage.

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President Donald Trump applauds as Army helicopters fly over during the Class of 2020 at a commencement ceremony on the parade field, at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., June 13, 2020.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on Thursday expressed regret for accompanying President Trump during a photo-op last week at Lafayette Square amid protests, calling the decision “a mistake” – in the latest sign of friction between the White House and the military over the response to racial unrest.

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FILE - In this June 1, 2020 file photo, President Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church, in Washington. Walking behind Trump from left are, Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Saturday blasted the Chinese Communist Party’s "obscene propaganda" in the wake of George Floyd's killing and accused the Chinese government of a "callous exploitation" of Floyd's death.

"Beijing in recent days has showcased its continuing contempt for the truth and scorn for law," Pompeo said Saturday in a statement. "The [Chinese Communist Party's] propaganda efforts – seeking to conflate the United States’ actions in the wake of the death of George Floyd with the CCP’s continued denial of basic human rights and freedom – should be seen for the fraud that they are."

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"As with dictatorships throughout history, no lie is too obscene, so long as it serves the Party’s lust for power," Pompeo said. "This laughable propaganda should not fool anyone." - Source: Fox News

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday the Republicans will move this year’s national convention from the southeastern state of North Carolina because the governor is refusing to remove restrictions on large events aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. 

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President Donald Trump participates in a briefing with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper about Hurricane Dorian at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Havelock, N.C., aboard Air Force One.

A new report by a British think tank shows that the U.S. is strategically dependent on China for 414 categories of imports, of which 114 service its critical national infrastructure -- and in some cases, these could pose a national security risk.

China has steadily increased its share of many markets over the years under the increasingly authoritarian leadership of President Xi Jinping, who has made clear his ambitions for global dominance.

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Pfizer helped mass produce antibiotics like terramycin, shown here in its original packaging.
Credit: Science Museum, London, CC BY 4.0

WASHINGTON - A Republican-led U.S. Senate committee authorized a subpoena on Wednesday for information in an investigation related to Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, President Donald Trump's main rival as he runs for re-election in November.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted 8-6, with every Republican voting yes, and every Democrat voting no, to approve a subpoena for documents related to work the younger Biden did for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

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Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, President Donald Trump's main rival as he runs for re-election in November.

The U.S. Justice Department is aggressively forging ahead with a clampdown on Chinese economic espionage even as the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered much of the country's criminal justice system.

In recent days, the Justice Department has obtained a guilty plea from a former Atlanta-based university professor and has charged two others in connection with their work for China’s talent recruitment programs.

The charges came as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned this week that hackers tied to the Chinese government are attempting to steal U.S. research related to coronavirus vaccines, treatments and testing.

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FILE - The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise on Friday blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for putting forth a “socialist grab bag” relief bill without consulting with President Trump or Republicans.

“You’re seeing so many states, by the way, safely reopening. Thirty-six have already done it. My home state of Louisiana is reopening in phase one today safely. People know how to go out and be around other people in a safe way and start getting the economy going again," the Republican Louisiana lawmaker told "America's Newsroom."

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise: "Democrats continue to ignore Republicans' calls for holding China accountable for the virus outbreak." - Source: Fox News 

LOS ANGELES - Long-suffering California Republicans finally have something to celebrate.  

Former Navy fighter pilot Mike Garcia captured an open U.S. House seat north of Los Angeles on Wednesday, giving Republicans a rare victory in one of the nation's most Democratic states. 

Garcia defeated Democrat Christy Smith in a special election to complete the remainder of the term of former Democratic Representative Katie Hill, who resigned last year. Garcia's win marked the first time in more than two decades that a Republican captured a Democratic-held congressional district in California. 

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FILE - 25th District congressional candidate and former Navy combat pilot Mike Garcia addresses supporters in Simi Valley, Calif., Jan. 28, 2020.

Top Obama administration officials purportedly requested to "unmask" the identity of former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition period, according to a list of names from that controversial process made public on Wednesday.

The list was declassified in recent days by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and then sent to GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, who made the documents public. The roster features top-ranking figures including then-Vice President Joe Biden -- a detail already being raised by the Trump campaign in the bare-knuckle 2020 presidential race where Biden is now the Democrats' presumptive nominee.

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Trump allies claim Flynn was wrongly targeted, and have suggested high-level involvement in an effort to bring him down. Source: Fox News

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