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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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President Donald Trump points while eating during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to the troops, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump surprises U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving, announces new talks with Taliban

President Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to serve Thanksgiving turkey to U.S. troops and meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. During the visit, his first to Afghanistan, Mr. Trump announced that he has restarted peace talks with the Taliban and would like to slash the number of American troops there from roughly 14,000 to 8,600. Published November 28, 2019

In this file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about his plan to combat opioid drug addiction at Manchester Community College, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Manchester, N.H. On Nov. 26, 2019, the White House announced Mr. Trump has donated his third-quarter salary to the federal government's efforts to combat the national opioid crisis.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Trump donates 3rd-quarter salary to opioids fight

President Trump donated his third-quarter salary of $100,000 to the fight against opioid crisis Tuesday, but the gesture didn't impress the Baltimore youths who booed first lady Melania Trump as she took the stage at a summit on the drug problem. Published November 26, 2019

President Donald Trump welcomes Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, left, to the White House, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Eastern Europe welcomes Trump's embrace after Obama's cold shoulder

President Trump on Monday hosted the prime minister of Bulgaria, the latest in a string of Eastern European leaders who've found common ground with an unconventional American president looking to tap business opportunities and one-up his predecessor. Published November 25, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters as the House Intelligence Committee holds public impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Pelosi says there is clear evidence that President Donald Trump has used his office for his personal gain. She says doing that "undermined the national security of the United States." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi to Trump: Make USMCA more than 'promises on paper' to workers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Monday said her troops are willing to take up President Trump's prized rewrite of the North American trade deal once the administration drafts a way to enforce its labor provisions, saying right now the pact amounts to "promises on paper." Published November 25, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence greets troops at a mess hall at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Mike Pence makes surprise visit to Iraq

Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise weekend visit to Iraq to rally with troops, serve them a Thanksgiving lunch and offer support for Kurdish allies. Published November 23, 2019

In this Aug. 28, 2019, photo, a man exhales while using an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. On Nov. 21, 2019, President Trump hosted a roundtable at the White House featuring vaping-industry defenders as well as vaping critics. The president signaled his support for a nationwide minimum age of 21 to buy vaping products. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Trump holds court over fiery White House summit on vaping

President Trump wants to raise the age for purchasing e-cigarettes, but he's walking a tightrope on flavored vapes between advocates who say fruity flavors hook kids and industry forces who say flavors support "mom and pop" shops and help adult smokers quit. Published November 22, 2019

President Donald Trump greets Jon Voight during a National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump awards arts medal to actor Jon Voight, musician Alison Krauss

The star of "Midnight Cowboy," a best-selling author, a versatile Grammy-winning singer and the man behind a 3-Michelin-star restaurant in Virginia were among eight people awarded presidential medals recognizing achievements in the arts and humanities on Thursday. Published November 21, 2019

RNC chair: Impeachment is bringing in cash, no one 'pulling away'

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel sees a "distinct advantage" for the GOP in 2020 despite the Ukraine controversy engulfing President Trump, citing record fundraising, a Democratic slate lurching to the left and an uptick in small-donor giving even as the House pursues impeachment. Published November 21, 2019

Fall foliage covers the North Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump's pick for NOAA job withdraws, citing health reasons

Barry Myers, the former CEO of AccuWeather, has asked President Trump to withdraw his nomination to the top post at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), citing health reasons. Published November 20, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to talk to reporters on the morning after the first public hearing in the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump on his effort to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Pelosi says the president's actions in the impeachment inquiry amount to "bribery." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi: House can act on USMCA when it's 'enforceable'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday her Democratic troops will take up the North American trade deal when the Trump administration ensures it can enforce the agreement with Mexico and Canada. Published November 19, 2019