By Steve Holland, Jeff Mason and Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump fired back on Wednesday at U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation that he is engaged in a cover-up over the Mueller Russia investigation, saying at a hastily arranged White House appearance, "I don't do cover-ups."
Visibly angered by Pelosi's remarks, Trump also said he would not work with Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, on a major infrastructure proposal because of "phony" investigations they are pursuing in Congress.
Japan's Sumo Fans Welcome Trump Trophy
By Jack Tarrant and Yoko Kono
TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump can expect a warm welcome from the sumo wrestling community when he presents a custom-made "Trump Award" to the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on May 26.
However, with Trump expected to view the bouts from a chair instead of sitting cross-legged on a cushion as ringside viewers typically do, some fans have been left upset at his special treatment.
More Heavy Rain and Severe Thunderstorms for Central U.S. Wednesday Night into Thursday
Parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri which saw 3+ inches of rain to begin this week are forecast to see potentially another inch or more Wednesday night as another front sets up over the area.
Along with the heavy rain, severe thunderstorms will again be possible with large hail the main threat. Severe thunderstorms will then take aim on parts of the Southern Plains and Northeast Thursday.
Stormy weather continues across the Plains with cool temperatures from California to New England.
Congress Presses Trump Administration for Mueller's Counterintelligence Files
By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are pressuring the Justice Department for access to counterintelligence reports generated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation of President Donald Trump and his associates, two congressional sources said on Tuesday.
Mueller's team produced counterintelligence reports and passed the information along to the FBI and the Justice Department based on witness interviews and other evidence about Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.
U.S. Says Signs Syria May Be Using Chemical Weapons
By David Brunnstrom and Idrees Ali
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States sees signs the Syrian government may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack on Sunday in northwest Syria, the State Department said on Tuesday, warning that Washington and its allies would respond "quickly and appropriately" if this were proven.
"Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
Half of American Adults Expect War with Iran
By Chris Kahn
(Reuters) - Half of all Americans believe that the United States will go to war with Iran "within the next few years," according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll released on Tuesday amid increased tensions between the two countries.
While Americans are more concerned about Iran as a security threat to the United States now than they were last year, few would be in favor of a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian military.
Turkey Says It Will Not Withdraw Posts in Syria after Government Attacks
By Orhan Coskun
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will not evacuate its military observation post in northern Syria's Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in the region, after a suspected Syrian government attack this month, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said.
Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency has said that Syrian government forces have carried out at least three attacks near a Turkish observation post in the Idlib de-escalation zone, one of 12 posts set up under an agreement between Turkey, Russia and Iran last May.