Thur, Apr. 27, 2017: In Reuters interview, Trump says possibility of war with North Korea is ‘major’

President Donald Trump says there is “absolutely” a chance that the United States and North Korea could end up in a “major, major conflict.”

His comments follow multiple North Korean missile tests, which have escalated tensions between the rogue Asian nation and its neighbors, as well as the U.S.

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump said in a Reuters interview released Thursday night.

But despite these ominous words, the president said, “we’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”

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Thur, Apr. 27, 2017: Trump signs executive order creating VA whistleblower protection office

President Donald Trump, as part of his dash to rack up wins before the end of his first 100 days, signed an executive order Thursday that creates a new office devoted to protecting whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Before signing the order at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump said the new office will help provide veterans with the “health care they need and the health care they deserve.”

“We are not going to let them down,” Trump said, arguing that the order “makes it clear that we will never tolerate substandard care for our great veterans” and ensure that those who report problems at the veterans affairs are protected.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin told reporters Wednesday that the office will review all VA employees and protect those who find employees within the agency who “have deviated” from the mission of serving veterans.

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Thur, Apr. 27, 2017: Trump signs memo declaring low-priced aluminum imports a threat to national security

President Trump on Thursday signed a memorandum that finds low-priced imported aluminum is a threat to U.S. national security, and encouraged the Commerce Department to prioritize an investigation that could lead to new import restrictions.

“The artificially low prices caused by excess capacity and unfairly traded imports suppress profits in the American aluminum industry, which discourages long-term investment in the industry and hinders efforts by American aluminum producers to research and develop new and better grades of aluminum,” Trump’s memo said.

“If the present situation continues, it may place the American aluminum industry at risk by undermining the ability of American aluminum producers to continue investment, research, and development, and by reducing or eliminating the jobs needed to maintain a pool of skilled workers essential for the continued development of advanced aluminum manufacturing,” it added.

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Thur, Apr. 27, 2017: Trump meets with Argentina’s President Macri at White House

President Donald Trump has welcomed Argentine President Mauricio Macri to the White House for talks.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada, at the South Lawn entrance of the White House.

The White House said when it announced Thursday’s visit that the leaders would discuss how to deepen relations between their countries. Trump and Macri are also expected to confer on a range of bilateral and regional issues, including trade, security and Venezuela’s deteriorating political situation.

Lemons may also be discussed. The Trump administration recently postponed a decision by former President Barack Obama to lift a 16-year ban on imports of Argentine lemons.

Trump and Macri enjoy a personal relationship from their days as businessmen that Macri hopes to leverage to boost relations.

–The Associated Press