A file  photograph made available by the Russian foreign ministry shows US president Donald Trump  speaking with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during their meeting in the White House in Washington. Photograph: EPA/Russian foreign ministry

Donald Trump will undertake his first foreign visit on Friday when he begins an eight-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome and Brussels. The timin(...)

US president Donald Trump  chats with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during a meeting at the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Russian foreign ministery/Ho/AFP/Getty Images

The White House is facing criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to take p(...)

Former FBI director James Comey testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee  in Washington last week. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has insisted he would have fired FBI director James Comey even if the attorney general and his deputy had not recommended th(...)

The timing of the decision to fire FBI director James Comey has raised alarm bells. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/File Photo

Why is Donald Trump’s sacking of the FBI director significant? For only the second time in the FBI’s 109-year history, an FBI director has been fired (...)

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill on May 3rd. Photograph: AP/Carolyn Kaster

US President Donald Trump has defended his firing of the FBI’s director and vowed to replace James Comey with someone “far better.” “Comey lost the c(...)

FBI director James Comey. ‘The key point is that Trump has fired the man investigating him.’ File photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

It took Richard Nixon five months to fire the man investigating him. It took Donald Trump less than four. The difference is that Nixon did little to c(...)

President Richard Nixon speaks at a rally at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on October  23rd, 1972.   Photograph: Michael Evans/The New York Times

In dramatically casting aside FBI director James Comey, US president Donald Trump fired the man who may have helped make him president – and the man w(...)

Former American president Bill Clinton at the funeral of Martin McGuinness in March. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Clinton is adding a new line to his resumé: novelist. The 42nd American president is teaming up with thriller writer James Patterson on The Presi(...)

Donald Trump turns to  Paul Ryan in the Rose Garden of the White House: The president feted his fake-news “win” there, sprinkling flimflam dust to deflect from his ludicrous legislation. Photograph:  Carlos Barria/Reuters

Will Donald Trump’s presidency get rotted out? Steve Jobs might have said so. Back in 1995, when the tech god was between gigs at Apple, when he had l(...)

 Dennis Quaid: “But TV is telling different stories with different heroes. It’ll be interesting to see how Hollywood responds.” Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

The Texan-born actor Dennis Quaid is firmly in the canine camp on the matter of cat v dog. As a boy, he enjoyed the company of Gertrude, a dog he reca(...)