White House hedges Trump's call for Congress to investigate USA media outlets

President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. A new Associated Press-NORC poll finds that Americans want local

Gen. Dunford: We Should Assume North Korea Can Hit US With Nuclear Weapon

As Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, stood beside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, and his wife for photos, the president pointed around the room and asked reporters if they knew "what this represents?" Or maybe he didn't mean anything by it at all. You begin to assume that it's more about getting attention, than it is about proclaiming some kind of national policy. "When we don't, I think that's troubling for all of us".

President Donald Trump on Friday played with the pronunciation of Puerto Rico as he saluted Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House. How seriously should the American adversaries take these comments? Christopher Ruddy, CEO of the Newsmax website and one of the president's longtime friends, said he thinks the American people respect the fact that the first lady put her son's needs first.

The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a US- drafted resolution that imposes strongest sanctions ever on North Korea, with measures targeting its last remaining major exports and reducing about 30 per cent of oil provided to it.

The president has previously said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary to protect itself and its allies from Pyongyang's nuclear threats.

North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs have driven up tensions in the region and around the world in recent months, particularly after it conducted a test explosion of what it said was a hydrogen bomb. The president appeared to enjoy the speculation and often deliberately built suspense about it - he told reporters at one point that he'd reveal whether he had tapes "in the very near future".

"Nothing specific that I can weigh in to at this time".

And another reporter asked Sanders if perhaps the president was "just being mischievous, that he was messing with the press a little bit, when he made that comment".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded on Friday to veiled criticisms of President Donald Trump from Tennessee Sen. She finished off the look with matching red stilletoes in her favourite extreme pointy-toed style.

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