National security

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, file photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan speaks during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight of Customs and Border Protection's response to the smuggling of persons at the southern border, in Washington. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday, April 7, 2019, that McAleenan will become the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, after he accepted the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 08, 2019 - 6:24 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Kirstjen Nielsen's replacement as Homeland Security secretary was practicing law in California when hijacked jets struck the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. That night, he applied for a job with the FBI. "I was trying to pay off student loans and then go for...
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President Donald Trump holds up his fist as he finishes his speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting, Saturday April 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
April 08, 2019 - 5:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump looks to reshape the executive branch, he's avoiding the words "you're hired." Trump's choice of Kevin McAleenan as acting replacement for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spotlights the president's increasing reliance on a once-obscure...
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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen talks outside her home in Alexandria, Va., on Thursday, April 8, 2019. Nielsen says she continues to support the president’s goal of securing the border in her first public remarks since her surprise resignation. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
April 08, 2019 - 12:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the departure of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Kirstjen (KEER'-sten) Nielsen says she continues to support President Donald Trump's goal of securing the U.S.-Mexico border in her first public remarks since her surprise...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Iran's Revolutionary Guard troops march in a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps a “foreign terrorist organization” in an unprecedented move that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy. U.S. Officials say an announcement could come as early as Monday, April 8, 2019, following a months-long escalation in the administration’s rhetoric against Iran. The move would be the first such designation by any U.S. administration of an entire foreign government entity. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
April 08, 2019 - 12:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's stance on Iran (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Iran's Supreme National Security Council says it has designated the United States Central Command, also known as CENTCOM, and all its forces as terrorist and labeled the U.S. as a "supporter of...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 18, 2019, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington. In a tweet on Sunday, April 7, 2019, President Donald Trump said he's accepted Nielsen's resignation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 07, 2019 - 9:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border. President Donald Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and...
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President Donald Trump, left, and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., second left, disembark from Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via AP)
April 06, 2019 - 12:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the border (all times local): 11:25 p.m. President Donald Trump has made a dramatic appearance at his privately owned golf club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Trump landed in Marine One, making an unannounced visit to his Trump...
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FILE In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, acting ICE director Ron Vitiello speaks during an interview in Richmond, Va. President Donald Trump says he's pulling the nomination of Vitiello, his pick to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
April 05, 2019 - 6:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had...
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U.S. Homeland Security official Claire Grady, left, is welcomed by French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner for a G7 meeting at ministerial level in Paris, Thursday April 4, 2019. Foreign and interior ministers from the Group of Seven are gathering in France this week to try to find ambitious solutions to world security challenges. Putting a dampener on that are two glaring American absences: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
April 04, 2019 - 7:12 pm
PARIS (AP) — Two key American officials — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — are skipping meetings in France this week as the Group of Seven countries gather to try to find solutions to world security challenges. The move raises questions about...
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Pastor Gavin Rogers, second from left, prays with an immigrant from Central America seeking asylum who had requested communion while at Travis Park Church which is serving as a make-shift shelter, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in downtown San Antonio. The surge of migrants arriving at the southern border has led the Trump administration to dramatically expand a practice it has long mocked as "catch and release." (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 03, 2019 - 1:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump eased up on his threats to close the southern border as officials across his administration explored half-measures that might satisfy the president's urge for action, like stopping only foot traffic at certain crossings. Facing a surge of Central American...
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Immigrants from Central America seeking asylum board a bus, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in downtown San Antonio. The surge of migrants arriving at the southern border has led the Trump administration to dramatically expand a practice it has long mocked as "catch and release." (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 02, 2019 - 10:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump eased up Tuesday on his threats to shut the southern border this week as officials across his administration explored half-measures that might satisfy the president's urge for action, like stopping only foot traffic at certain crossings. Facing a surge of...
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