Iran, Syria, Trade Hover Over Macron's US Visit
U.S. President Donald Trump officially welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron with an arrival ceremony Tuesday at the White House before the leaders hold official talks and attend a state dinner.
The ceremony is set to include nearly 500 service members from all five branches of the U.S. military, while Trump's first state dinner will feature entertainment by the Washington National Opera company.
Tuesday's bilateral meeting comes with several issues of global importance confronting the governments of both countries, including the war in Syria, Iran's nuclear program and Trump's plan to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.
Trump takes great pride in his friendship with Macron, which is one of the reasons he invited the French president to be his guest for the first state visit of a foreign leader in his administration.
Macron will likely use part of his White House talks to try and persuade Trump not to pull out of the six-nation nuclear deal with Iran. Trump has constantly called it a bad agreement. He faces a May 12 deadline to again waive economic sanctions against Iran as part of the agreement.
Iran would regard the reimposition of sanctions as killing the deal and threatens to restart its nuclear program.
Reports: Jackson's Nomination to VA maybe in Jeopardy
Confirmation of U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs agency may be in jeopardy.
The Washington Post reported late Monday that Senate lawmakers have postponed the confirmation hearing for Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson after top Republicans and Democrats raised concerns about his qualifications.
Jackson was scheduled to testify before the Senate Committee for Veterans Affairs on Wednesday.
Two sources told CNN that committee members have been informed of allegations of improper conduct at more than one stage in Jackson's career.
Jackson, who currently serves as Trump's physician, is already facing scrutiny over his lack of experience managing an agency as large as the VA -- the U.S. government's second-largest agency.
Jackson gained a degree of fame unusual for White House physicians in 2017 when he took questions from the White House press corps on national television, discussing at length the president's physical exam.
Trump, the oldest first-term president in American history, was plagued at the time by questions about his physical health, weight and mental stability. But Jackson gave the president top rating. "The president's overall health is excellent," Jackson declared at the time.
Trump picked Jackson to replace David Shulkin, a holdover from the Obama era.