Trump says he’s ‘very close’ to naming a new FBI director

Former FBI Director James Comey walks at his home in McLean, Virginia. Trump says he is close to naming his replacement. (AP)
Updated 19 May 2017
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Trump says he’s ‘very close’ to naming a new FBI director

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump says he is “very close” to naming a new FBI director.
An announcement could come Friday, a soft deadline set by Trump. The president sets off Friday on his inaugural overseas trip and will be out of the country for more than a week.
The FBI needs a new director because Trump fired James Comey from the job last week amid the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump said Thursday that he is “very close” to naming a director. He also said former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is among his top candidates. Trump interviewed Lieberman and three other candidates this week.


Pompeo to lay out post-nuclear deal strategy to contain Iran

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Pompeo to lay out post-nuclear deal strategy to contain Iran

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration’s strategy for constraining Iran’s nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
Pompeo will present the approach during a speech Monday at the conservative Heritage Foundation. It’s Pompeo’s first major policy speech since starting as top US diplomat.
The speech comes a week after Trump announced he was pulling out of the deal struck by President Barack Obama, Iran and world powers. Europeans allies had pleaded with Trump not to scuttle that deal.
Pompeo is expected to call for those same allies and other nations to join the US in ramping up pressure on Iran in hopes of securing what Trump has described as a “better deal.”