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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics and the White House for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testifies to the House Budget Committee, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Trump meets with Fed chairman he once called a 'bonehead'

President Trump said Monday he had a "cordial" meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell on the economy and interest rates despite previously attacking the central banker as a "bonehead" who doesn't understand either. Published November 18, 2019

In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, The Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, is photographed in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Trump Organization explores sale of D.C. hotel

Dogged by ethics questions, the Trump Organization is reportedly looking to sell the leasing rights to its marquee hotel a few blocks from the White House. Published October 25, 2019

President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, before boarding Marine One for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base. Trump is heading to South Carolina to speak at Benedict College in Columbia. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump defends Syrian strategy: 'We have secured the oil'

President Trump's troop pullout from Syria and Special Forces strike that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi didn't dent his fixation on securing oil fields in the war-torn country. Published October 25, 2019

President Donald Trump shakes hands with auto racing great Roger Penske during a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Roger Penske receives Medal of Freedom from Trump

President Trump on Thursday awarded the Medal of Freedom to auto racing mogul Roger Penske, the fourth sports legend he's bestowed the honor to since late August. Published October 24, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence speaks about the U.S.-China relationship, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at the Wilson Center's inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Lecture, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

VP Pence: Trump is extending his hand to China, but won't back down

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday the U.S. does not want to "contain" China but it won't tolerate its abuses, either, as the Trump administration confronts Beijing over unfair trade practices and reaches for a more balanced relationship. Published October 24, 2019

Russian forces armored vehicles patrol the Syrian border in Kobani, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. (AP Photo)

'We're getting out': Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, claims victory

President Trump said Wednesday he is lifting sanctions on Turkey after it agreed to stop its incursion against American-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, brushing aside complaints that he ceded American interests in the region to Vladimir Putin and his Russian military patrols. Published October 23, 2019

This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows Syrian White Helmet civil defense workers and civilians carry an injured man on a stretcher after an airstrike hit the northern town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Syrian opposition activists and a war monitor say five people have been killed in airstrikes on a town in the country's northwest as the government keeps up its deadly air campaign on the rebel-controlled region. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP) **FILE**

Trump doles out $4.5 million to 'White Helmets' in Syria

President Trump authorized $4.5 million in direct support Tuesday to the Syrian Civilian Defense, the white-helmeted volunteers who offer medical assistance and conduct search-and-rescue missions in war-torn Syria. Published October 22, 2019

President Donald Trump gestures while speakings during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump compares impeachment drive to 'lynching'

President Trump called the House Democrats' push for impeachment a "lynching" Tuesday as he pushed Republicans to rally around him amid the inquiry. Published October 22, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump: Chance to host 'greatest G7 ever' at Doral squandered

President Trump on Monday said a Group of Seven nations summit at his Florida resort would have been the "best G-7 ever," fuming that pushback to his decision to award himself a public contract forced him to look elsewhere for next year's meetings. Published October 21, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump: The cease-fire is holding in Syria

President Trump said Monday the cease-fire along the Turkey-Syria border is "holding" and took another victory lap over his rout of the Islamic State, even as Republicans fear his policy moves could allow the militant Islamic caliphate to reemerge. Published October 21, 2019

This photo provided by NASA shows astronauts Andrew Morgan with Christina Koch and Jessica Meir at the International Space Station on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.  The world's first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network. As Koch and Meir emerged one by one, it marked the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate.  (NASA via AP)

Trump has live chat with all-female spacewalk team

President Trump on Friday conducted a live call with a pair of NASA astronauts conducting the first all-woman spacewalk, underscoring his push to reinvigorate the U.S. space program and send Americans to Mars. Published October 18, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump: Rick Perry 'couldn't have done a better job'

President Trump told Texas supporters late Thursday that Rick Perry, their former governor, has done a terrific job and plans to step down as his energy secretary by the end of the year. Published October 17, 2019