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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, who tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to work Tuesday after recovering from a mild case of COVID-19, the White House said. Robert O’Brien has resumed his meetings with the president, said National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot. “He has been cleared by doctors after two negative tests for the virus, and has been asymptomatic for over a week,” Ullyot said, adding that O’Brien’s return to the West Wing was consistent with advice from the White House medical unit and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “During his quarantine at home, Ambassador O’Brien worked his normal duties. ” O’Brien is the highest-ranking U.S. official to test positive for the virus....
    Savannah Rychcik August 4, 2020 0 Comments The White House is welcoming U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien back after he has made a full recovery from the coronavirus. National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot released a statement confirming O’Brien’s return. “The National Security Advisor has already met with the President, who warmly welcomed him back to the West Wing. He has been cleared by doctors after two negative tests for the virus, and has been asymptomatic for over a week,” Ullyot said. He added, “His return to duties at the White House is consistent with CDC guidelines and White House Medical Unit advice.” The White House confirmed in a statement on July 27 O’Brien tested positive for the coronavirus,...
    WASHINGTON — White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien returned to work on Tuesday after he contracted the coronavirus last mont O’Brien had a mild case of the virus and had been working from home since July 23, but was back in the White House on Tuesday after being cleared by doctors, Politico reported. The national security adviser is one of the highest-ranking White House officials to contract the illness. O’Brien reportedly came down with COVID-19 after a family event where his college-aged daughter also became infected. Fortunately, he only experienced a mild case of the virus and continued running the National Security Council from home, one person familiar with the situation told Bloomberg News. In May, Katie Miller, the...
    National security adviser Robert O'Brien returned to work at the White House on Tuesday after recovering from a mild case of COVID-19, an administration official confirmed. "The National Security Advisor has already met with the President, who warmly welcomed him back to the West Wing," national security Council spokesman John Ullyot said in a statement. "He has been cleared by doctors after two negative tests for the virus, and has been asymptomatic for over a week," Ullyot added. "His return to duties at the White House is consistent with CDC guidelines and White House Medical Unit advice." The White House last week confirmed that O’Brien had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been working remotely. O'Brien is the highest-ranking White House official...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top directors in Mexico’s National Guard and elsewhere in the state security apparatus have been purged due to their ties with a former security secretary now held on drug trafficking charges in the United States. Current Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said Tuesday that two general directors from the National Guard, as well as officials from the penitentiary system and the National Intelligence Center had been relieved of their duties. In total some 18 officials had been removed in recent months because of their ties to Genaro García Luna, he said. “They are positions of trust, consequently they can be removed from responsibility precisely due to the loss of trust,” Durazo said. U.S. prosecutors allege García...
    A leaked internal report from the Department of Homeland Security revealed that the federal government is investigating a half-dozen Americans who support Antifa for possible connections to a terrorist group in Syria. DHS's Intelligence & Analysis Office, criticized by acting Secretary Chad Wolf last week for compiling information on two journalists, released an internal report in mid-July titled The Syrian Conflict and its Nexus to the U.S.-based Antifascist Movement. The investigation began in June, two weeks after President Trump promised to designate Antifa a terrorist organization and just as attacks on federal property and federal agents in Portland, Oregon, were escalating. The government report was not to be shared publicly, in part because it names those investigated, and concludes that...
    THE US is weighing up banning TikTok over national security concerns – but it's not the only China-linked app that Americans could see wiped from their phones in future. White House officials have also set their sights on apps like WeChat, which has been accused of sharing user data with the Chinese government. 4Donald Trump is considering banning TikTok in the USCredit: AFP or licensors It's all part of an escalating tech war between Trump and Beijing that has seen companies like telecom giant Huawei barred from US networks. Here are some of the major apps – including giants like Zoom and Fortnite – that may also find themselves the targets of bans, as reported by BBC News. WeChat China-based...
    TikTok : Hong Kong (. Business) – TikTok, the viral short video app with which millions of teens post skits with background music, is facing a growing backlash in the United States. US lawmakers from both parties warn that the application could pose a national security risk, and are calling on regulators and intelligence agencies to investigate TikTok ties to China. Senators Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton want the U.S. intelligence community to assess the national security risks of TikTok and other Chinese-owned platforms, and said in a statement Thursday that such apps could be used to spy on American citizens or become on foreign influence campaign targets like the Russian meddling campaign to influence the...
    VIDEO3:4803:48'The Chinese are frightened of India': Ex-Indian national security advisorStreet Signs Asia India cannot completely cut off its economic ties with China even though tensions between the countries have escalated in recent months, a former national security advisor to India told CNBC.  Relations between the two nuclear powers deteriorated after a border clash in the Himalayas killed 20 Indian soldiers. Beijing did not disclose information on casualties suffered by the Chinese side. "We cannot completely block off all relationships with China economically. At least, that's the way I see it, because we need to progress," M. K. Narayanan told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia" on Monday. Narayanan was the former national security advisor between 2005 to 2010 and spent most of...
    China could use TikTok as a powerful propaganda tool if ByteDance, its China-based parent company, retains ownership, according to national security analysts and China experts. The authoritarian regime could suppress or promote content to benefit the Chinese Communist Party, the experts said. Data collected through the app could be used to create propaganda, they went on to say. TikTok has denied that it’s beholden to China, and Microsoft is in talks to purchase the app. TikTok could become a powerful propaganda tool capable of shifting American public opinion if it remains in the hands of its Chinese parent company, national security analysts and China experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The authoritarian regime could use data collected...
    President Trump announced on Monday that Chinese-owned TikTok would “close down” in the U.S. by Sept. 15 unless Microsoft or another U.S. company works out a deal approved by his administration to buy the video-sharing social media platform. Trump recounted to reporters his “great conversation” with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, claiming he said, “Look, it can’t be controlled, for security reasons, by China. Too big, too invasive, and it can’t be. And here’s the deal, I don’t mind if — whether it’s Microsoft or somebody else, a big company, a secure company, a very American company — buys it.” Trump noted that Microsoft was looking to buy what he called roughly 30% of TikTok’s operations, which the president said...
    Hong Kong police have issued an arrest warrant for a US citizen involved in pro-democracy activism, part of a wider crackdown on those who are suspected of violating a new national security law, Chinese state media reported Friday. Samuel Chu, one of six pro-democracy activists and the managing director of the DC-based Hong Kong Democracy Council, tweeted Friday that he had woken up to reports that he is a “wanted fugitive.” “My alleged crimes? ‘Inciting secession’ & ‘colluding with foreign powers’ under HK’s National Security Law,” Chu tweeted, adding that he has been an American citizen for 25 years. Fox News has reached out to Chu for comment. Hong Kong passed the national security law in late June under the...
    Reuters August 3, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump will take action shortly on Chinese software companies that are feeding data directly to the Beijing government, posing a risk to U.S. national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. “President Trump has said ‘enough’ and we’re going to fix it and so he will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” The news comes after Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One on Friday that he would issue an order for social media platform TikTok to be banned...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) during an interview on Sunday for her recent remarks praising communist China, saying that her comments undermine American national security interests. Fox News host Maria Baritromo brought up Feinstein’s remarks during “Sunday Morning Futures,” noting that Feinstein had praised China as growing into a “respectable nation.” “Why do some in Congress not say the same thing that you have been saying, that this administration has been communicating?” Bartiromo asked. “There doesn’t seem to be an all-out agreement within the Congress on this.” “Maria, I saw the statement from Senator Feinstein. I found it perplexing,” Pompeo responded. “I saw statements from senior American CEOs of the big tech companies this week...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported President Trump’s proposed ban of social media phenomenon TikTok, explaining to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” just how use of the app exposes Americans to having their personal information sent straight to the Chinese government. Trump’s call for a ban came amid concerns over the national security risk posed by the app’s collection of personal data, as Microsoft has been in talks to acquire the platform’s U.S. operations. “These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States,” Pompeo said, “are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus. Could be [users’] facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to....
    Microsoft will continue to explore a purchase of Chinese-owned TikTok amid concerns about the popular video-sharing social network’s potential tie s to the Chinese Communist Party, the company announced Sunday after CEO Satya Nadella spoke with President Trump. “Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns,” Microsoft said in a blog post two days after Trump told reporters on Air Force One he planned to ban TikTok in the United States. “It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury," the statement added. "Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of...
    Microsoft says it is 'prepared to explore purchase of TikTok' in the United States after its CEO spoke to Donald Trump following his threat to ban the app.   The news comes after Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One on Friday that he would issue an order for social media platform TikTok to be banned in the United States as early as Saturday.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that the president will take action shortly on Chinese software companies that are feeding data directly to the Beijing government, posing a risk to U.S. national security. 'President Trump has said 'enough' and we're going to fix it and so he will take action in the coming days with...
    Hong Kong police have issued an arrest warrant for a U.S. citizen involved in pro-democracy activism, part of a wider crackdown on those who are suspected of violating a new national security law, Chinese state media reported Friday. Samuel Chu, one of six pro-democracy activists and the managing director of the D.C.-based Hong Kong Democracy Council, tweeted Friday that he had woken up to reports that he is a “wanted fugitive.” “My alleged crimes? ‘Inciting secession’ & ‘colluding with foreign powers’ under HK’s National Security Law,” Chu tweeted, adding that he has been an American citizen for 25 years. Fox News has reached out to Chu for comment. Hong Kong passed the national security law in...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported President Trump’s proposed ban of social media phenomenon TikTok, explaining to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” just how use of the app exposes Americans to having their personal information sent straight to the Chinese government. Trump’s call for a ban came amid concerns over the national security risk posed by the app’s collection of personal data, as Microsoft has been in talks to acquire the platform’s U.S. operations. “These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States,” Pompeo said, “are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus. Could be [users’] facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to. Those...
    TikTok : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Donald Trump government is seriously considering banning the use of China’s social media apps, such as TikTok. According to Pompeo, people should only download the app “if they want their private information to be in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party”
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to take action on a what he sees as a broad array of national security risks presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday. Pompeo’s remarks followed reports that Microsoft is in advanced talks to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok, which has been a source of national security and censorship concerns for the Trump administration. “These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States, whether it’s TikTok or WeChat — there are countless more ... are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus,” Pompeo said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” “Could be their facial recognition...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that President Donald Trump would take action against Chinese software companies like TikTok that are a national security risk on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he would ban TikTok. Pompeo said, “Here’s what I hope that the American people will come to recognize, these Chinese software companies doing business the United States, whether it’s TikTok or WeChat, there are countless more … are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus. Could be their facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to.” He continued, “President Trump has said enough, and we’re...
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro blasted Chinese-owned social media app TikTok a “national security threat” and accused its American chief of being a “puppet CEO.” The critique comes after President Trump on Friday announced he planned to ban the app from operating in the US amid concerns the popular video platform could share American user data with the Chinese government. “It sounds like fun but guess what? Every time you sign up for TikTok, all of your information is potentially going right back to the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese military and the Chinese government,” Navarro said Saturday on Fox News’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” “They can use these social media apps to steal your personal information, your business...
    Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk across a road in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, July 10, 2020.Roy Liu | Bloomberg | Getty Images A U.S. citizen is among six pro-democracy activists to have arrest warrants issued for them by Hong Kong police for suspected violations under a new national security law, Chinese state media reported late Friday. , the managing director of the D.C.-based Hong Kong Democracy Council, an advocacy group, wrote on Twitter that he "woke up to media reports that I am a wanted fugitive." He added that he had been an American citizen for 25 years. "If I am targeted, any American/any citizen of any nation who speaks out for Hong Kong can and will be too. We are...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported President Trump's proposed ban of social media phenomenon TikTok, explaining to Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" just how use of the app exposes Americans to having their personal information sent straight to the Chinese government. Trump's call for a ban came amid concerns over the national security risk posed by the app's collection of personal data, as Microsoft has been in talks to acquire the platform's U.S. operations. TRUMP SAYS HE PLANS TO BAN TIKTOK FROM US “These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States,” Pompeo said, “are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus. Could be [users'] facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their...
    (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President Donald Trump "will take action in the coming days" on Chinese apps, including TikTok, citing national security risks.Trump told reporters on Friday that he would ban TikTok from operating in the United States through emergency economic powers or an executive order -- though it was not immediately clear what such an order would look like and what legal challenges it might face. The threat met concern from users of the app, who have come to love the short-form video platform. But Pompeo said during an interview on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that Chinese apps like TikTok are an issue for US national security and the privacy of Americans."Here's what I...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin both signaled that President Trump was close to taking action against Chinese-owned TikTok, as the duo warned about the threat posed by the video-sharing social network app. Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Friday that “as far as TikTok is considered, we’re banning them from the United States. … Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that [emergency economic powers].” Mnuchin, who is chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which opened a national security review into TikTok in late 2019, shed new light on that investigation in an interview with Martha Raddatz of ABC’s...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City President Donald Trump will take action shortly on Chinese software companies that are feeding data directly to the Beijing government, posing a risk to U.S. national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. “President Trump has said ‘enough’ and we’re going to fix it and so he will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” The news comes after Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One on Friday that he...
    TikTok : US government could ban TikTok 1:15 (.) – The TikTok short video app quickly became a key element of American popular culture, serving as a platform for sharing viral memes, as well as for political satire and activism. Facebook, the dominant force on social media, has tried to copy the app, but so far that hasn’t slowed its rapid growth. However, now TikTok faces the most direct threat to its expansion in the United States and this does not come from a competitor, but from the Government. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that they are “considering” banning the app, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. In this way, he reaffirmed the statements that...
    PRESIDENT Trump will make a decision on banning TikTok within 24 hours as White House advisor Peter Navarro called the social app a “national security threat”. During an interview with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, Navarro called Trump’s decision due to be announced on Monday, a “good thing”. 2Navarro spoke with Judge Jeanine on Saturday eveningCredit: Fox News 2President Trump will make his announcement on whether he will ban Tiktok within 24 hoursCredit: AFP or licensors According to the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, TikTok has been sending American information including user-location back to its servers in China. Navarro claims that all personal information is “ potentially going right back to the Chinese communist party, the...
    A possible sale of Chinese-owned TikTok's US operations to Microsoft is reportedly on hold after Donald Trump vowed to ban the video-sharing app. A sale was thought close to agreement, but was put in doubt after the US president's warning on Friday. The Wall Street Journal said Microsoft had now paused talks despite TikTok owner ByteDance making last ditch efforts to win White House support. It comes amid criticism of Mr Trump's threat as an attack on free speech. The popularity of the short-form video app has soared, with TikTok thought to have about half a billion active users worldwide - and about 80 million in the US - with a huge proportion of these in their teens or...
    Former national security adviser Susan Rice would be a “human lightning rod” if selected to be Democrat Joe Biden’s running mate, a Washington Post columnist wrote Friday. Rice, who is reported to be among shrinking list of Biden vice presidential contenders, has the advantage of a longstanding close relationship with Biden, unlike any of the other names on the list. But Biden's want for “familiarity and comfort” are luxuries the nation doesn’t have time for in this singular time of crisis, Post columnist Dana Milbank writes. SUSAN RICE DEFENDS ROLE IN BENGHAZI RESPONSE AMID VEEPSTAKES, DISMISSES POTENTIAL CRITICISM AS 'DISTRACTION'  Despite Rice’s impressive resume -- Rhodes scholar, Oxford, U.N ambassador, national security adviser -- she has serious Benghazi baggage and a polarizing ability...
    TikTok : Trump would force Chinese company to sell TikTok in the US 1:18 (. Business) – People working on the TikTok issue within the Donald Trump administration expect the president to sign an order to force the Chinese company ByteDance to sell the company’s US operations, its popular short-form video app, according to one person. familiar with the matter. The move aims to resolve concerns from policy makers that the foreign-owned TikTok may be a national security risk. However, this Friday President Donald Trump assured that he will ban the application. Speaking on board the Air Force One plane, Trump said, “As for TikTok, we are going to ban them in the United States.” The president...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump’s most significant and boldest actions. From the Middle East to Asia, Latin America to Africa and, particularly, Europe, and on issues including trade, terrorism, arms control and immigration, the presumptive Democratic nominee and his advisers have vowed to unleash a tsunami of change in how the U.S. handles itself in the international arena. With few exceptions, Americans could expect Biden to re-engage with traditional allies. Where the iconoclastic Trump has used blunt threats and insults to press his case, Biden, a former senator,...
    By TALI ARBEL NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns. Trump’s comments came after published reports that the administration is planning to order China’s ByteDance to sell TikTok. There were also reports Friday that software giant Microsoft is in talks to buy the app. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters Friday on Air Force One as he returned from Florida. Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action, insisting, “I have that authority.” He...
    NEW YORK -- TikTok's U.S. manager released a video statement Saturday, saying "we're not planning on going anywhere," alluding to President Donald Trump's threat of a ban."I'm also proud of our 1,500 U.S. employees who work on this app every day and the additional 10,000 jobs that we're bringing into this country over the next three years," Vanessa Pappas said. A message to the TikTok community. pic.twitter.com/UD3TR2HfEf— TikTok (@tiktok_us) August 1, 2020This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns.Trump's comments came after published reports...
    China imposed national security legislation on Hong Kong a month ago, making anything Beijing regards as subversion, secession, terrorism or colluding with foreign forces punishable by up to life in prison. The following timeline summarises developments in the run-up to and since the legislation, which supporters hope will bring stability after a year of anti-government demonstrations and critics say will crush wide-ranging freedoms. June 30 Activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Agnes Chow quit pro-democracy group Demosisto and disband the organization. Pro-independence groups Studentlocalism and Hong Kong National Front disband local branches. Some pro-democracy shops and businesses remove notices and other material supporting the anti-government protest movement. Beijing unveils details of national security law, which takes effect just before...
    By MATTHEW LEE and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House in November, America will likely be in for a foreign policy about-face as Biden reverses, dismantles or severely curtails many of President Donald Trump’s most significant and boldest actions. From the Middle East to Asia, Latin America to Africa and, particularly, Europe, and on issues including trade, terrorism, arms control and immigration, the presumptive Democratic nominee and his advisers have vowed to unleash a tsunami of change in how the U.S. handles itself in the international arena. With few exceptions, Americans could expect Biden to re-engage with traditional allies. Where the iconoclastic Trump has used blunt threats and insults...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Hong Kong police have issued arrest warrants for six overseas-based democracy activists who are alleged to have breached the city's newly imposed national security law, according to Chinese state media.The six include United States citizen and resident Samuel Chu and Nathan Law, a former Hong Kong lawmaker and prominent pro-democracy campaigner who fled the city and is now living in London, according to the report.The issuing of the warrant appears to mark the first time that authorities have used the new national security law, imposed by Beijing on June 30, to target activists based outside of the city. The law criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference, and it applies to offenses committed "outside the region" by foreigners...
    President Trump told reporters Friday night he plans to ban TikTok from the U.S. through executive action. Mr. Trump made the news aboard Air Force One en route to Washington, D.C., from Florida. "We're banning them from the United States," he said. It's not yet clear how the president would ban the Chinese-made social media company from the U.S., but Mr. Trump said he might sign something as soon as Saturday. The president called it "severance" and rejected a reported deal in which Microsoft would buy TikTok. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The social media app, which is particularly popular among young users, has sparked concerns that China could collect Americans' personal data. The U.S. Army has...
    By TALI ARBEL, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will order China’s ByteDance to sell its hit video app TikTok because of national-security concerns, according to reports published Friday. “We are looking at TikTok," Trump told reporters Friday at the White House. "We may be banning TikTok.” Reports by Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal citing anonymous sources said the administration could announce as soon as Friday a decision ordering ByteDance to divest its ownership in TikTok. TikTok issued a statement Friday saying that, “While we do not comment on rumors or speculation, we are confident in the long-term success of TikTok.” ByteDance launched TikTok in 2017, then bought Musical.ly, a video service popular with...
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will order China’s ByteDance to sell its hit video app TikTok because of national-security concerns, according to reports published Friday. “We are looking at TikTok,” Trump told reporters Friday at the White House. “We may be banning TikTok.” Reports by Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal citing anonymous sources said the administration could announce as soon as Friday a decision ordering ByteDance to divest its ownership in TikTok. TikTok issued a statement Friday saying that, “While we do not comment on rumors or speculation, we are confident in the long-term success of TikTok.” ByteDance launched TikTok in 2017, then bought Musical.ly, a video service popular with teens in the U.S. and...
    (CNN Business)People working on the issue within the Trump administration expect the President will sign an order to force Chinese company ByteDance to sell the US operations of TikTok, its popular short-form video app, according to a person familiar with the matter.The move is aimed at resolving policymakers' concerns that the foreign-owned TikTok may be a national security risk. The US government is conducting a national security review of TikTok and is preparing to make a policy recommendation to Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters this week at the White House. TikTok users panic as Trump admin considers banning appByteDance has been considering changes to its corporate structure and had reportedly already been looking into the possibility of...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany harshly condemned Hong Kong’s decision Friday to delay its previously upcoming elections. “We condemn the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone for one year its legislative council elections and to disqualify opposition candidates,” she told reporters gathered in the White House briefing room. “This action undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong’s prosperity, and this is only the most recent in a growing list of broken promises by Beijing which promised autonomy and freedom to the Hong Kong people until 2047 in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.” (RELATED: Hong Kong Delays Elections, Disqualifies A Dozen Pro-Democracy Candidates) WATCH: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam made the announcement Friday morning, just one...
    The United States is “considering” measures to allow Hongkongers to settle in the US following Beijing’s imposition of its sweeping national security law over the city, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers on Thursday. “We’re reviewing that, we’re considering it,” Pompeo said when asked whether the US should extend asylum or visa opportunities to people in Hong Kong, adding that he thought Britain had made a “good decision” by offering a path to UK citizenship. US President Donald Trump was “actively considering how we ought to treat those who seek asylum coming to us from Hong Kong, or to grant a visa programme that surrounds that,” said Pompeo, appearing before senators at a State Department budget hearing. But in...
    (Reuters) - China imposed national security legislation on Hong Kong a month ago, making anything Beijing regards as subversion, secession, terrorism or colluding with foreign forces punishable by up to life in prison. The following timeline summarises developments in the run-up to and since the legislation, which supporters hope will bring stability after a year of anti-government demonstrations, and critics say will crush wide-ranging freedoms. June 30 Activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Agnes Chow quit pro-democracy group Demosisto and disband organisation. Pro-independence groups Studentlocalism and Hong Kong National Front disband local branches. Some pro-democracy shops and businesses remove notices and other material supporting the anti-government protest movement. Beijing unveils details of national security law, which takes effect just before...
            by Catherine Smith  More than 100 police agencies have backed out of agreements to send personnel to help with security at next month’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Daily Caller reported. The original plan was to have 1,000 officers on hand from outside agencies to assist with security. Police agencies began to back out of their security agreements after a civilian oversight commission ordered a change in the policies for the department and essentially ban tear gas and pepper spray use to subdue unruly crowds, according to a report from Wisconsin AM radio. More than 100 police agencies back out of DNC security agreementshttps://t.co/55CfPWVuQf — Jeffrey Lord (@realJeffreyLord) July 28, 2020 Due to fears about the spread of coronavirus,...
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong said on Friday the reasons for disqualifying him from running in elections for the legislature were "invalid and ridiculous." Wong said in a statement Hong Kong's new national security was a "legal weapon used against dissidents". On Thursday, Hong Kong disqualified a dozen pro-democracy candidates from running in a key election, including Wong, citing reasons including collusion with foreign forces and opposition to the new China-imposed national security laws. (Reporting by Yoyo Chow; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Jacqueline Wong) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, told "The Story" Thursday night that America's leaders must find the "language, the methods and the means to unify this country" amid the coronavirus pandemic and increasing urban violence and unrest. "We really need leadership that leads the entire country," Eisenhower told host Martha MacCallum, later adding, "it's so serious, it really is a national security issue." TRUMP'S FIERY SPEECH DRAWS ONE SIDED BARRAGE OF MEDIA CONDEMNATION Susan Eisenhower, one of the 34th president's four grandchildren, is the author of the forthcoming book, "How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions." In his first State of the Union address as president, Dwight D. Eisenhower famously declared his belief in "a middle way...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI said Thursday that errors in more than two dozen applications for surveillance warrants were not as severe as the Justice Department inspector general made them out to be. The FBI statement appears to counter criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike that its process for conducting secret surveillance in national security investigations is riddled with significant errors that undermine the bureau’s credibility. The Justice Department watchdog has issued a series of critical reports on the topic over the last year, identifying important errors and omissions in applications the FBI submitted to wiretap a former Trump campaign adviser in the Russia investigation. In March, it said it had conducted an audit of 29 wiretap applications and...
    THE US Federal Appeals court said on Thursday it would take up a case involving the decision to drop the prosecution of President Donald Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn. An order from the Court of Appeals for the nations capital said that a majority of its members had voted to erase a June 24 panel decision to dismiss the cases against Mr Flynn, setting an oral argument for August 11. 1The Court of Appeals voted to erase a June 24 decision that ordered the immediate dismissal of the case against Michael Flynn Credit: AP:Associated Press The decision means that the legal and political saga over Mr Flynn will continue even after Attorney General William Barr's decision...
    US representatives Will Hurd and Robin Kelly are from opposite sides of the ever-widening aisle, but they share a concern that the US may lose its grip on artificial intelligence, threatening the American economy and the balance of world power. Thursday, Hurd (R-Texas) and Kelly (D-Illinois) offered suggestions to prevent the US from falling behind China, especially, on applications of AI to defense and national security. They want to cut off China’s access to AI-specific silicon chips and push Congress and federal agencies to devote more resources to advancing and safely deploying AI technology. Although Capitol Hill is increasingly divided, the bipartisan duo claim to see an emerging consensus that China poses a serious threat and that supporting US tech...
    HONG KONG (AP) — At least 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy nominees including Joshua Wong were disqualified for a September legislative election, with authorities saying Wednesday they failed to uphold the city’s mini-constitution and pledge allegiance to Hong Kong and Beijing. Others who were disqualified include prominent pro-democracy activist Tiffany Yuen from the disbanded political organization Demosisto, as well as incumbent lawmaker Dennis Kwok and three others from the pro-democracy Civic Party. It marks a a setback for the pro-democracy camp, which had aimed to win a majority of seats in the legislature this year. Earlier this month, they held an unofficial primary, with candidates like Wong topping the polls. Wong and many pro-democracy nominees had been asked to clarify their...
    In the wake of the news regarding Russia paying bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, where do peace talks with the Taliban stand? On this week’s edition of “The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green,” Dr. Barnett Koven, lead counterterrorism researcher with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, based at the University of Maryland, said it’s an open question. toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Dr. Barnett Koven on status of peace talks with Taliban SIGN UP TODAY for J.J. Greenís new national security newsletter, “Inside the SCIF.” The weekly email delivers unique insight into the intelligence, national security, military, law enforcement and foreign policy...
    More than 100 police agencies are withdrawing from agreements to send personnel to bolster security at next month's Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, in part because they're concerned about a recent directive ordering police in the city to stop using tear gas to control crowds. A citizen oversight commission last week directed Milwaukee's police chief to publicly account for why the department used tear gas during protests in late May and early June after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and to change Milwaukee's police policies to ban the use of tear gas and pepper spray.  The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission said in its order that Police Chief Alfonso Morales could be fired if he fails to comply....
    Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed ambivalence about the success of a controversial Chinese company labeled a national security threat during a high-stakes appearance before Congress. "We also know that customers have a lot of choices and that our products face fierce competition," Cook told House lawmakers Wednesday. "Companies like Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Google have built successful businesses with different approaches. We're OK with that. Our goal is the best, not the most." Cook's opening statement largely echoed his written prepared remarks. Federal agencies were banned last August from purchasing telecommunications products, surveillance equipment, or any other products or services from Huawei and four other Chinese companies after they were linked to the Chinese Communist Party and identified as possible...
    Hong Kong police have made their first major arrests under a new national security law, detaining four young people on suspicion of inciting secession. Three males and one female, aged 16 to 21, were arrested at three locations, a police official said. All are believed to be students. Police said the group had made comments on social media since the law took effect that urged independence for Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Li Kwai-wah, senior superintendent of a newly-formed unit to enforce the security law, said: 'They say they want to establish a Hong Kong republic, and that they will unreservedly fight for it. They also said they want to unite all pro-independence groups in Hong Kong for this...
    A tenured law professor and a leading figure in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement was fired from his university position Tuesday, less than a month after Beijing passed a new national security law in the semi-autonomous nation. Benny Tai, an associate professor of law at Hong Kong University, was sacked in an 18-2 vote by the university’s governing council, according to the South China Morning Post. VATICAN, HONG KONG DIOCESE ALLEGEDLY HACKED BY CHINA AHEAD OF LANDMARK TALKS The decision was a reversal of an earlier decision by the university senate, which said there were not enough grounds to warrant Tai’s dismissal, Reuters reported. Tai, who was not present at the meeting, responded to his ousting on social media. “It marks the end of...
    US Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, DC.MANDEL NGAN Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed Wednesday that social media app TikTok is being reviewed by department's Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). In comments on the South Lawn of the White House alongside President Donald Trump, Mnuchin told reporters his department would be "making a recommendation to the president." CFIUS has authority to review foreign investments, and in this case appears to be looking at a prior acquisition by TikTok's parent company, ByteDance. The company acquired TikTok precursor Musical.ly in 2017 and CNBC previously reported that CFIUS was looking into potential national security...
    More than 100 police agencies in Wisconsin have pulled out of their security contracts with the Democratic National Convention ahead of their predominantly virtual convention, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Monday. Some of the agencies said their decision to pull out of the agreement to send personnel to the convention comes after the Milwaukee's police chief decided to cease the use of tear gas and pepper spray during demonstrations. Their decision to pull out of the contracts cast doubt on the convention’s goal to have 1,000 officers at the event, which will run from Aug. 17-20, where former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden hits Trump's 'law and order' message: He's trying to 'scare the devil' out of people Biden notes show...
    President Donald Trump has ordered a review of the Chinese-owned TikTok social media company which many have argued presents a threat to national security, the administration announced Wednesday. TikTok is a popular video platform owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, which is in turn beholden to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed to reporters that he is conducting a review of the company’s ties to China and will make a recommendation on potential action to Trump before next week. An AFP collaborator poses for a picture using the smart phone application TikTok on December 14, 2018 in Paris. – TikTok, is a Chinese short-form video-sharing app, which has proved wildly popular this year. (AFP via Getty...
    Download, rate and subscribe here:  iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher. "Intelligence Matters" is a weekly podcast about national security and policy hosted by former CIA acting director and CBS News national security contributor Michael Morell. Each week, users can listen to conversations between Morell and some of the world's leading intelligence and national security officials and experts. The podcast|, which launched in 2017, was previously produced in partnership with The Cipher Brief, a website dedicated to national security topics. Listen to this episode on ART19 Author Robert Draper on What Led the U.S. to War in IraqIn this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell interviews journalist Robert Draper, author of To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq. Draper...
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's government could postpone by a year a vote for seats in the city's legislature scheduled for Sept. 6 amid fears of a resurgence in novel coronavirus cases, public broadcaster RTHK reported on Wednesday. A postponement would be a blow for the opposition pro-democracy camp's attempt to win a historic majority in the city's assembly after Beijing imposed a new security law widely criticised by Western countries as eroding citizens' rights. The RTHK report cited unidentified sources and did not give any more details. Some 600,000 people voted in unofficial primaries polls for the opposition in Hong Kong this month, sending a younger, more confrontational generation of pro-democracy politicians into the race for the legislature....
    More than a 100 police agencies have pulled out of a plan to provide security for the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. According to the Associated Press, the police agencies made the decision in part because of new restrictions on police action by the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission. The commission ordered Police Chief Alfonso Morales to ban the use of tear gas and pepper spray based on the recommendation from their citizen oversight commission. The citizen commission also demanded to know from Morales why the department used tear gas on protesters in May and June. Morales was told he could be fired if he didn't comply with the demands. ...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY TREVOR HUNNICUTT AND JAMES OLIPHANT Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden’s search for a running mate for the Nov. 3 election is drawing to a close. Biden has vowed to choose a woman as his potential vice president and has said he will make his announcement in the first week of August. Here are the contenders likely under final consideration: Senator Kamala Harris: Following widespread protests over racial injustice and police brutality, pressure increased on Biden to choose a woman of color. Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian parents, fits the bill. Former national security adviser Susan Rice: Rice,...
    Lindy Cameron will succeed Ciaran Martin as the new Chief Executive of the National Cyber Security Centre A former conflict diplomat who became the first woman to complete the same selective military course taken by the head of the armed forces will lead the UK’s fight against cyber hackers. From October Lindy Cameron, the outgoing director-general of the Northern Ireland Office, will succeed Ciaran Martin as the new Chief Executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).  Ms Cameron, who as a civilian in 2009 completed Shrivenham Defence Academy’s prestigious Higher Command and Staff Course, a “pivotal course” whose alumni include General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of Defence Staff, said she “relished the opportunity” to take the NCSC...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign told staffers to stop using Chinese-linked social media app TikTok over security concerns, Bloomberg reported Monday. Staffers should “refrain from downloading and using TikTok on work and personal devices,” Biden’s general counsel, Dana Remus, said in an email to campaign employees, Bloomberg reported. The decision comes shortly after the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee warned staff not to use the app, CNN reported on July 11. United States officials and lawmakers are considering a ban on the growing video-sharing app. TikTok has been downloaded more than 2 billion times globally from the App Store and Google Play, according to an April 29 report from Sensor Tower Store Intelligence, a firm providing...
    Joe Biden’s campaign has instructed its staff to delete TikTok — the Chinese-owned social media app — from their phones due to security and privacy concerns, according to a report. Dan Remus, the presumptive Democratic nominee’s general counsel, told the staffers in an email that they should “refrain from downloading and using TikTok on work and personal devices,” Bloomberg News reported. The campaign has no official presence on the application, about which security experts have raised cybersecurity concerns. The Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee have both warned their candidates and workers about using the social media platform, which is owned by the Beijing-based internet company ByteDance, according to the news outlet. Last year, The Guardian reported that internal...
    Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is demanding fuller access to redacted spy-service documents about her arrest that her lawyers say Canadian authorities are trying to “cover up” on spurious national security grounds, as she challenges a US attempt to have her extradited from Vancouver. In a federal court application being heard in Ottawa on Monday, Meng’s lawyers claimed that the documents have likely been the subject of “excessive redactions [and] overly broad claims of privilege”, and are likely relevant to Meng’s claims that she was the victim of an abuse of process in her arrest. They say her ongoing extradition hearing in the British Columbia Supreme Court should be thrown out because of this. The lawyers want access to material provided...
    Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Shutterstock With presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden’s prospects for the White House looking increasingly rosy, more Democrats are finding themselves in the camp that believes in not rocking any boats.  Which is why some in the party have found it peculiar that the former vice president appears to be increasingly considering one of the seemingly riskier picks for a VP of his own. Susan Rice, who was national security adviser to President Barack Obama, has become a major player in the veepstakes. And for good reason. She is a deeply familiar figure for both Biden and some in his inner circle, as well as a steady hand who could offer him governing support from the...
    With presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden’s prospects for the White House looking increasingly rosy, more Democrats are finding themselves in the camp that believes in not rocking any boats.  Which is why some in the party have found it peculiar that the former vice president appears to be increasingly considering one of the seemingly riskier picks for a VP of his own. Susan Rice, who was national security adviser to President Barack Obama, has become a major player in the veepstakes. And for good reason. She is a deeply familiar figure for both Biden and some in his inner circle, as well as a steady hand who could offer him governing support from the get-go. She is also, however,...
    President Trump announced Monday that he will nominate retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor to be the next US ambassador to Germany. Macgregor is a favorite among Trump supporters who want to pull US troops from the Mideast and Afghanistan. As ambassador, he would oversee Trump’s plan to slash the substantial US troop presence in Germany. Trump said this year he wants to halve the 52,000 US troops in Germany. The Pentagon in June developed plans to withdraw 9,500. Macgregor speaks fluent German, a source told The Post, and is reputed to be an expert on Germany’s history. Opponents of former White House national security adviser John Bolton lobbied Trump last year to fire Bolton and replace him with Macgregor....
    (CNN)With coronavirus casualties at sickening levels, Americans learned on Monday that no one is safe from Covid-19 -- not even the man who's supposed to be keeping Americans safe. News that US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for the virus presents an immediate health risk within the walls of the White House while serving as a worrisome metaphor for the administration's coronavirus crisis management more generally. If the government couldn't keep a top-ranking official like O'Brien healthy, that doesn't instill confidence it can do the same for us. Sam Vinograd O'Brien's Covid-19 diagnosis is a near term health emergency. While others at the White House, including one of Donald Trump's personal valets, have tested positive in...
    On Sunday July 5, five days after China enacted a new national security law in Hong Kong, Yang Xiaolan and three dozen Falun Gong members stood upright in a public park, their arms outstretched above their closed eyes as their meditation soundtrack blended with birdsong. The spiritual group was banned in mainland China in 1999 but its members have been allowed to practice in Hong Kong freely, even though the group urges people to renounce the ruling Chinese Communist Party. Yang said she no longer feels safe in the city after the security law made the broadly defined crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces punishable by up to life in prison. “In the mainland, my heart...
    Not long after William Barr assigned John Durham to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, the president gave the attorney general the power to declassify information pertaining to the investigation. As I wrote at the time, what that really meant was that Barr would be able to selectively release classified information that bolstered his charge that the previous administration had spied on the Trump campaign. According to the New York Times, that is exactly what is happening. Not long after the early 2017 publication of a notorious dossier about President Trump jolted Washington, an expert in Russian politics told the F.B.I. he had been one of its key sources, drawing on his contacts to deliver information that would make up some of the most salacious and unproven assertions...
    President Trump on Monday said that he has not seen his national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, recently after it was announced that the senior administration official had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Stopping to talk to the media before departing the White House, Trump offered no new details on O’Brien’s case, saying only that he has not been in recent contact with him and that he doesn’t know when he tested positive for COVID-19. A senior administration official on Monday confirmed to Fox News that O’Brien had tested positive for the contagion, making him the highest-ranking administration member to contract the disease. DC MAYOR SAYS TRAVELERS FROM 27 STATES MUST QUARANTINE UPON ARRIVAL IN CAPITAL: SEE THE LIST O'Brien...
    WHITE HOUSE - President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced on Monday.   O’Brien, who heads the National Security Council, “has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site. There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President,” according to a White House statement.   “The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted,” the statement added.   O’Brien, who is 54, is the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration known to have been infected with the coronavirus. “I haven’t seen him lately,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Monday when asked about his national security adviser.  ...
    WHITE HOUSE - President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced on Monday.   O’Brien, who heads the National Security Council, “has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site. There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President,” according to a White House statement.   “The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted,” the statement added.   O’Brien, who is 54, is the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration known to have been infected with the coronavirus.   FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump stands in front of St. John's Episcopal Church across from the White House with...
    Washington (AFP) – Donald Trump’s national security advisor tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, as the president prepared to visit a North Carolina facility where one of the leading vaccine candidates is being manufactured.Trump has placed his hopes in the emergence of a successful vaccine by this fall to both contain the country’s still raging coronavirus outbreak and revive his faltering election hopes.National security advisor Robert O’Brien is the latest and most senior White House aide to contract the virus.He “has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site,” the Whi… Read More
    WASHINGTON – Robert O’Brien, National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump, tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, the White House reported Monday. “It has some symptoms and has been separated. It is working from a secure location outside the White House,” the government said in a press release. “There is no risk of exposure to the president or vice president.” O’Brien is the highest-ranking official to test positive for COVID-19 at the White House. Bloomberg News was the first media outlet to report the news, stating that O’Brien would have caught the virus at a family gathering. Previously, a personal assistant to Trump and press secretary to Mike Pence had tested positive...
    WASHINGTON – Robert O’Brien, National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump, tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, the White House reported Monday. “It has some symptoms and has been separated. It is working from a secure location outside the White House,” the government said in a press release. “There is no risk of exposure to the president or vice president.” O’Brien is the highest-ranking official to test positive for COVID-19 at the White House. Bloomberg News was the first media outlet to report the news, stating that O’Brien would have caught the virus at a family gathering. Previously, a personal assistant to Trump and press secretary to Mike Pence had tested positive...
    Washington — National security adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for COVID-19, a White House official confirmed to CBS News. O'Brien appears to be the highest-ranking official within the Trump administration to become infected with the coronavirus. The White Houses official said O'Brien has "mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site." The official said neither the president nor Vice President Mike Pence are at risk of exposure. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted," the White House official said. Bloomberg first reported O'Brien tested positive. Several National Security Council employees told CBS News they did not know anything about O'Brien's positive diagnosis prior...
    WASHINGTON – Robert O’Brien, National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump, tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, the White House reported Monday. “It has some symptoms and has been separated. It is working from a secure location outside the White House,” the government said in a press release. “There is no risk of exposure to the president or vice president.” O’Brien is the highest-ranking official to test positive for COVID-19 at the White House. Bloomberg News was the first media outlet to report the news, stating that O’Brien would have caught the virus at a family gathering. Previously, a personal assistant to Trump and press secretary to Mike Pence had tested positive...
    Robert O'Brien, President Donald Trump's national security advisor, has tested positive for the coronavirus. People familiar with the situation told Bloomberg that O'Brien has been out of the office since last week. A statement from the White House confirmed that O'Brien has been isolating and working remotely from a secure location. The statement added that there was no risk of exposure to the president or Vice President Mike Pence. Sources told Bloomberg that O'Brien became infected with COVID-19 after spending time with family while taking several days off from work. The national security adviser is the closest official to the president to contract the virus. Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 323 ImagesO'Brien, whose office is near the Oval Office,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus — making him the highest-ranking official to test positive so far. That’s according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss it by name. The White House confirmed that O’Brien has mild symptoms and “has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site,” adding that: “There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President” and that the “work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted.” The news was first reported by Bloomberg News, which said O’Brien came down with the virus after a family event. A...
    National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien (L), stands with White House Counsel Pat Cipollone as they listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 05, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Preview(opens in a new tab) Robert O’Brien, the U.S. national security adviser, has tested positive for COVID-19.  The diagnosis makes O’Brien the highest-ranking Trump administration official to test positive for the highly-transmissible virus that has infected more than 4 million Americans and killed nearly 150,000.  READ MORE: Trump contradicts press secretary on how many times he’s tested for COVID According to CNN, O’Brien had recently returned from Europe where he and his top deputy...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus - making him the highest-ranking official to test positive so far.That's according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss it by name.The White House confirmed that O'Brien has mild symptoms and "has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off-site," adding that: "There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President" and that the "work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted."The news was first reported by Bloomberg News, which said O'Brien came down with the virus after a family event.A personal valet to the president and...