NEW YORK – The Trump transition team announced on Wednesday that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has accepted the offer to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad is a longstanding friend of Beijing. Diplomats and trade experts say the pick may help to ease trade tensions between the two countries, the world’s two biggest agricultural producers. In addition, CBS News is reporting that Trump plans to nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Kelly, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, has accepted the offer, CBS said, citing unidentified sources. Reuters has not independently confirmed the choice. Kelly, 66, would be the third general Trump has tapped for a high-level position in his administration. The Republican president-elect planned to nominate retired General James Mattis to lead the Department of Defense and picked retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser. Kelly differed with Democratic President Barack Obama on key issues and has warned of vulnerabilities along the United States’ southern border with Mexico. As head of the U.S. Southern Command, his final leadership post in a 45-year military career, Kelly was responsible for U.S. military activities and relationships in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Department of Homeland Security has 229,000 employees and oversees everything from airport security to protecting against cyber threats and responding to domestic crises.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday that he has decided to pull the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change.”In order to fulfill […]
JERUSALEM Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres, a joint winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize and an influential figure in Israeli politics for 70 years, died in hospital on Wednesday aged […]
RALEIGH A judicial panel, using facilities at the Raleigh campus of the Campbell School of Law, heard final arguments Tuesday on whether a series of laws passed by the N.C. General Assembly in late […]