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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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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

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with U.S Vice President Mike Pence, prior to their talks at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. A high level U.S. delegation arrived in Turkey on Thursday for talks on a cease-fire in Syria. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Mike Pence: Turkey agrees to five-day cease-fire to withdraw Kurdish fighters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday agreed to a Trump administration deal for a five-day halt in Ankara's Syria incursion to allow the U.S. to help Kurdish fighters exit a 20-mile border buffer zone, as Congress struggled to respond to White House moves that sparked the crisis. Published October 17, 2019

In this March 6, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump drives himself around the golf course to watch the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla. Leave your ego in the clubhouse if you ever get the chance to golf with President Donald Trump. He may well throw shade on your game. And puff up his own. (AP Photo/Luis Alvarez, File) **FILE**

Trump to host G-7 summit at his Doral property, may invite Putin

The Group of Seven summit will be held at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami, the White House announced Thursday, throwing gasoline on the debate over President Trump's willingness to mix personal and public business. Published October 17, 2019

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, talks with U.S Vice President Mike Pence, during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. A high level U.S. delegation arrived in Turkey on Thursday for talks on a cease-fire in Syria. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Pence meeting with Turks drags on

High-stakes talks between a major U.S. delegation and Turkey dragged into the evening Thursday in Ankara, where Vice President Mike Pence is pushing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stop the bloodshed in Syria. Published October 17, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, speaks with members of the media alongside Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., outside of the West Wing of the White House after a meeting with President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

'Meltdown': Syria rebuke prompts Trump-Pelosi confrontation

Tensions soared Wednesday over President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria, with the House voting overwhelmingly to rebuke him and a subsequent confrontation at the White House that led to Democratic leaders walking out on the president. Published October 16, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., walk from the microphones after speaking with reporters following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House meeting on Syria falls apart; Dems decry Trump 'meltdown'

Democratic leaders said Wednesday they had to walk out of a White House meeting on Syria, saying President Trump had a "meltdown," offered no plan to recapture Islamic State fighters and called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "third-rate" politician. Published October 16, 2019