Donald Trump slams Fani Willis’ defense

Donald Trump slams Fani Willis’ defense

Donald Trump slammed “weak” questioning from defense attorneys during the first day of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ disqualification hearing in the Georgia election interference case against the former president. Trump posted on Truth Social, “Does anybody really believe that Fani Willis paid cash to her ‘lover’ whenever they took expensive ‘trips’ together. Really? … Read more

China’s raw material control could strangle US defense industry—ex-official

China’s raw material control could strangle US defense industry—ex-official

China’s restrictions on raw materials could strangle the U.S. defense industry, according to a former U.S. official. Nazak Nikakhtar, former assistant secretary for industry and analysis at the Department of Commerce, told Newsweek that the U.S.’ over-reliance on China for superabrasives is concerning and Beijing could further restrict its access. “China has already been deliberately … Read more

Donald Trump to make Melania a key part of his legal defense

Donald Trump to make Melania a key part of his legal defense

Donald Trump will claim at the Stormy Daniels trial next month that he was trying to hide his affair with the porn star from his wife, not his voters, an attorney has said. New York prosecutors will try to prove that, before the 2016 presidential election, Trump paid two women—Daniels and former Playboy model Karen … Read more

China raises defense budget for 29th straight year amid global arms race

China raises defense budget for 29th straight year amid global arms race

China has raised its defense budget for the 29th consecutive year, signaling a sustained commitment to bolstering its military amid a global arms race, a new report says. Chinese defense spending climbed by 5.4 percent year on year in local currency terms to 1.55 trillion yuan in 2023 ($219.5 billion), according to the Military Balance … Read more

Texas Republican mocks Ken Paxton: “Defense lawyers are calling”

Texas Republican mocks Ken Paxton: “Defense lawyers are calling”

John Cornyn mocked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over his ongoing legal issues in a tense social media exchange over the senator’s vote in support of a foreign aid bill. Cornyn, a Texas Republican, was among the 22 GOP senators who voted in support of a $95 billion bill to provide aid to Israel and … Read more

NATO map shows GDP defense spending by country

NATO map shows GDP defense spending by country

Former President Donald Trump‘s latest salvo against the NATO alliance has again thrown the transatlantic community into uncertainty, as leaders consider how to handle another divisive American presidential election campaign. Speaking at a South Carolina campaign rally on Saturday, Trump, who throughout his first term lambasted NATO allies for failing to meet alliance spending targets, … Read more

Lloyd Austin is hospitalized for a bladder issue, but will continue to carry out his duties as secretary of defense

Lloyd Austin is hospitalized for a bladder issue, but will continue to carry out his duties as secretary of defense

U.S. Sec. of Defense Lloyd Austin was transported to the hospital Sunday afternoon for a bladder issue, according to a statement from a Pentagon spokesperson. For now, Austin will continue to carry out the duties of his office, Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said, but Deputy Sec. of Defense Kathleen Hicks is prepared … Read more

Poland defense minister scoffs at Donald Trump’s NATO comments

Poland defense minister scoffs at Donald Trump’s NATO comments

Polish Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz dismissed Donald Trump‘s comment about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Sunday after the former president suggested he would “encourage” Russia to attack member states who fall short of guideline financial contributions to the alliance. During a rally in South Carolina on Saturday, Trump appeared to recall a conversation … Read more