Golden escalator ride: the surreal day Trump kicked off his bid for president

On 16 June 2015, the then mogul announced his White House run. Four years on, reporters who covered that Trump Tower speech recall the lies and bombast that now define his presidency Given everything that has happened in the past four years, its not a huge surprise to learn that the first words of Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign were a lie. Four years ago, on 16 June 2015, after Trump had slowly descended a golden escalator to the basement of his eponymous New York tower, he clambered on to a makeshift stage and began his announcement speech. Wow. Woah. That is some group of people. Thousands! covered the campaign launch for Reuters news agency. That kind of frenetic energy …

Trump on UK visit: ‘People had never seen the Queen have a better time’

US president claims he had automatic chemistry with the British monarch The US president, Donald Trump, has boasted about having automatic chemistry with the Queen during his state visit to the UK. Trump, during an interview with Fox News, said people had noticed how well he and the Queen had connected. He said: The meeting with the Queen was incredible. I think I can say I really got to know her because I sat with her many times and we had automatic chemistry, you will understand that feeling. Its a good feeling. But shes a spectacular woman. When asked by the broadcasters Laura Ingraham if he fist-bumped the Queen, Trump said: I did not, but I had a great relationship, …

Old grudges, new weapons is the US on the brink of war with Iran?

While American hawks talk up an imminent threat from Tehran with no hard evidence, echoing the start of the Iraq conflict, hardliners are in the ascendant in Iran For better or worse, America remains the worlds leading military superpower. In Washington last week, a familiar row erupted over how best that power should be used. Past targets have included Soviet Russia, al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Today the international bogeyman topping the White Houses to-do list is Hassan Rouhani, Irans moderate president, and his alliesto fend off US pressure becomes more evident. Defiant Iranian rhetoric is flying hard and fast. Scorning Americas gun to the head, the Revolutionary Guards general Saleh Jokar warned last week that Iran …