White House adviser differs with coal-loving president

'We're not lowering our sanctions on Russian Federation, ' says Trump's chief economic adviser.

Russian Federation was once part of the group, having become an official member in 1988, when the summit changed its name to G-8.

The White House's real position on bringing back coal jobs was revealed after Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn made it clear in a meeting with reporters that coal isn't even good feedstock anymore, and the future of American energy is in natural gas, solar, and wind. Officials briefed on the probe said the bureau's investigation was increasingly touching on the role Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, played on Trump's presidential campaign and his contacts with Russian officials. Fighting continues to flare in a war that's killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than a million. "Right now, we don't have a position", Cohn told reporters about the USA position on sanctions.

It was a rare moment of truth from the Trump administration that is likely to be walked back by the White House. "It is no secret that leaders who are meeting today sometimes have very different positions". Other NATO members were alarmed when Trump didn't mention Article 5 of the NATO pact that promises if one country is attacked, all will defend it.

Kushner's multiple roles in Trump's campaign and his contacts with Russian officials adds a new, increasingly personal dynamic to the federal probe for Trump: touching not only a member of his senior White House staff for the first time since Flynn was sacked, but also a member of his family.

Video footage from the gathering shows Trump putting his right hand on the right arm of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and pushing himself ahead as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders walked inside the alliance's new headquarters in Brussels.

The chairman of the European Union's council says he agrees with President Donald Trump that the global community should be "tough, even brutal" on terrorism and Islamic State.

  • Leroy Wright