US president Trump participates in the swearing-in ceremony of Brett Kavanaugh (R) as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, DC. File Photographh: Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images

New claims prompt Democratic nominees to call for supreme court justice’s impeachment

US president Donald Trump speaks with Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, left, during a meeting at the White House. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg

‘I don’t want war with anybody, but we are prepared more than anybody’

It is understood that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also raised the issue of tariffs during his meeting with US vice-president Mike Pence earlier this month. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Whiskey Association representatives to meet US trade officials Washington

Trump and Pence on the campaign trail in 2016. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The US president’s relationship with his VP looks strained, and the Doonbeg stay hasn’t helped

President Donald Trump and his former national security adviser John Bolton: Bolton’s departure was welcomed by many Trump allies who feared he could lead America into further conflict. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

America Letter: President may be shifting from hawkishness in overseas relations

Migrants waiting near the Paso del Norte Bridge at the Mexico-US border. Photograph: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty

Supreme court decision likely to severely curb number of people who can seek asylum

Former US vice president Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic Party presidential debate in Texas. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times.

Fiery exchanges during third primary debate with all still to play for in race for nomination

 Democratic presidential candidate senator Elizabeth Warren speaks during the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph:  Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Biden and Warren to face off for first time as former vice-president’s lead in polls slips

US president Donald Trump speaks during an Oval Office announcement  at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president says former national security adviser was ‘not in line’ with policy

US vice-president Mike Pence and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Farmleigh House on Tuesday. Photograph:  Pool/Getty

Hard border would have a ‘deeply destructive’ impact on Ireland, Varadkar says

US vice-president Mike Pence said Doonbeg was the ‘logical’ choice to use as a base for his visit to Ireland. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

US vice-president’s support for British position on EU talks unexpected

US vice-president Mike Pence during a joint news conference with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House in Dublin. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

US vice-president’s robust support for Britain had not been expected at Farmleigh event

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and his partner Matthew Barrett  welcome US vice-president Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence  to Famleigh House in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Faith/ AFP

Trump suggested Pence stay at his property but it was not ‘request’ or ‘command’

US vice-president Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence arrive at Shannon airport for the start of an official visit to Ireland. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

The US vice-president, who is visiting Ireland, is a serene presence at Trump’s right hand

Exile’s barman Donagh Gilhooly: “The warmth and welcome of an Irish bar, but without being too heavily themed.” Photograph: Marty Katz/

Staff and customers in Exiles bar discuss emigrant voting, chippers and jobs

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in Buckingham Palace, London,  in June. Both are a regular, but silent, presence at White House events, eschewing the kind of Twitter-fuelled bombast that the president embraces. Photograph:  Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump jnr are only too happy to play politics

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi: Given her  ability to whip votes, few Democrats are likely to break with Ms Pelosi if her demands about the Belfast Agreement are ignored. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

White House trade pledge empty without backing from pro-Irish House Speaker

US congresswoman Ilhan Abdullahi Omar: denied entry to Israel. File photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Netanyahu move to prevent Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from travelling unexpected

Christian Heyne, who lost his mother to gun violence, urges Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to legislate on background checks. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Trump speaking to senators from both parties to gauge support for possible measures

US speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi  said that, whatever form Brexit takes, it ‘cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement’. File photograph: Reuters

House speaker rejects John Bolton’s assertion that British trade deal will be a priority

US national security advisor John Bolton arrives for a meeting with Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid at Downing Street in London, Britain. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Officials continue to highlight Ireland’s concerns about Brexit impact on Belfast agreement

US vice president Mike Pence greets supporters as he arrives at a campaign rally for  President Donald Trump in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 1st. Photograph: Bryan Woolston

US vice president is expected to arrive in Dublin on September 6th for a two-day visit

President Donald Trump: Pennsylvania’s economic performance “would have never happened without me”.  Photograph: Susan Walsh

10% tariff on certain Beijing goods planned for September 1st put off until December 15th

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett with US vice-president Mike Pence and his sister Anne Pence Poynter at the vice-president’s official residence in Washington DC in March. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

US vice-president’s ancestors hailed from Doonbeg, Co Clare, where Trump has golf course

 US attorney for the southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman (right) points as he speaks during a news conference about the arrest of American financier Jeffrey Epstein in New York on July 8th. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Finance executive died in US prison while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges

The Metropolitan Correctional Facility in New York, where Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell. Photograph: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

Billionaire facing sex-trafficking charges dies in ‘apparent suicide’ in New York jail cell

Patients attend the Remote Area Medical Clinic which treats the poorest in America, those squeezed out by ‘the punishing health system’. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

‘I don’t know what we would have done without the clinic . . . They just give you the help you need’

 Guns and ammunition on sale at a shop in Sacramento, California.  About a third of US gun owners have five guns or more, figures show. Photograph: Andrew Burton/The New York Times

America Letter: Focus turns to discredited ‘red-flag’ Bills after events in Ohio and Texas

US president Donald  Trump: claims Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is “not playing with a full deck”. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

US president’s confidence at odd with signs senior Republicans oppose such controls

Facebook chief executive  Mark Zuckerberg  testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 2018. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

California leads legislative moves with privacy law modelled in part on GDPR

People gather at a make shift memorial for the victims of the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA

US president hits back at ‘phony’ opponent as he prepares to visit Dayton and El Paso

US president Donald Trump speaks to the media next to  the White House before flying to  Andrews Air Force Base and then on to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, in response to  two recent mass shootings. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.

Biden accuses president of ‘fanning flames of white nationalism’ after recent mass shootings

US president Donald Trump remained defiant on Twitter on Tuesday despite widespread anxiety in the markets. Photograph: Reuters

Move comes after China allowed the renminbi weaken to under 7Rmb to the dollar

People leave flowers at a makeshift memorial for shooting victims at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart, in El Paso, Texas, on August 6th. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

Officials express unease at president’s plans to fly to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas

Mourners at the funeral mass for Saoirse Kennedy Hill in Centerville, Massachusetts. Photograph: David L Ryan/The Boston Globe/Pool via Reuters

Daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill and Paul Hill laid to rest in Centreville, Massachusetts

US president Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: SAUL LOEB / AFP

US president addresses nation in the wake of shootings in Ohio and Texas which killed 31

Mourners at a vigil in Dayton, Ohio, where a mass shooting took place early on Sunday morning. Photograph: Maddie McGarvey/New York Times

Nine killed in Dayton, Ohio, shooting hours after 20 killed by gunman in El Paso, Texas

From left, Joe Biden,   Kamala Harris,  Andrew Yang and  Tulsi Gabbard  during the Democratic Presidential Debate   in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Scott Olson/ Getty Images

‘It shows just how desperate these places are if they are willing to take a chance on Trump’

US president Donald Trump has said he wants an ‘ambitious free-trade agreement’ with the UK after Brexit. File photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

America Letter: Congress members voice support for backstop and Belfast agreement

The EU has agreed to increase the quota allocated to US beef exporters to 35,000 tonnes a year, US president Donald Trump announced on Friday. File photograph: NYT

US president declares American beef ‘best in the world’ as EU increases quotas

 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev  and US president Ronald Reagan  signing  the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in the White House on December 8th,  1987. Photograph:  Reuters

Russia and the US blame each other for dismantling longstanding missile agreement

The Hyannis Port Yacht Club by the Kennedy Compound where police are investigating the death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill. Photograph: Reuters

Saoirse Kennedy Hill (22), granddaughter of Robert Kennedy, was studying at Boston College

Former US vice-president Joe Biden touches US senator Cory Booker on the second night of the second 2020 Democratic US presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Candidates target former vice president over previous comments on women’s rights

Democratic presidential candidates  Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty

Vermont senator teams up with Elizabeth Warren to take on moderates in Democratic debate

Representative Richard Neal (L) said Congress, and not the US president, writes trade agreements. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Richard Neal says a US-UK trade deal will not happen if 1998 accord is jeopardised

Democrat Ibraheem Samirah interrupts President Donald Trump as he speaks at an event in Jamestown, Virginia to mark  the 400th anniversary of the founding of the colony by British settlers in 1619. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president insists he is the ‘least racist person in the world’ amid new race row

California senator Kamala Harris speaks during a presidential candidate forum  in Detroit on July 24th, ahead of this week’s debates. Photograph: Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg

Twenty candidates seeking to challenge Donald Trump next year take to stage in Detroit

Rev Al Sharpton: Donald Trump’s attacks on the black-majority city Baltimore are “bigoted and racist”. Photograph: Stephanie Keith

President has ‘venom for blacks and people of colour’, says civil rights leader Al Sharpton

US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses  an event at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, in Detroit, Michigan.  Photograph: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Joe Biden set to come under fire again as he remains frontrunner for 2020 nomination

Julian Smith, Northern Ireland’s new Secretary of State, was sent a  letter from the bipartisan committee in US set up to protect the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Bipartisan committee ‘deeply concerned’ at Boris Johnson’s rejection of backstop

President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to impose reciprocal action on France in retaliation for its imposition of a digital tax on tech giants. Photograph: Pete Marovich/The New York Times

US economy sees slowdown in potential blow to president’s re-election campaign

US attorney general William Barr, who has announced the reinstatement of capital punishment by the US federal government. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

America Letter: Election candidates opposing death penalty may be out of step with public opinion

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi: “We made it clear . . . there should be no return to a hard border on the island.” Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images

US congress ‘will not endorse trade deal’ with Britain if peace agreement is weakened

Former special counsel Robert Mueller: just over 13 million people tuned in to the live testimony on Wednesday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

House of Representatives backs two-year budget deal to raise spending by $320bn

Keith Byrne and his wife Keran

Court order states Cork man, who faces deportation, has temporary release for 30 days

Former special counsel Robert Mueller, left. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Ex-special counsel did not exonerate Donald Trump but stuck to report’s findings

 Special counsel Robert Mueller, who headed the  investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Former FBI director faces questions on report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

Former FBI director Robert Mueller, who led the 22-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Special counsel’s testimony will impact on Democrats' decision on impeaching Trump

Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at Bandar Abbas port on Sunday after its seizure by Iran. Photograph:  Mizan News Agency/via Reuters

UK foreign secretary Hunt calls seizure of Stena Impero tanker an ‘act of state piracy’

 US president Donald Trump: if any other global leader made similar comments, they would be gone from office, forced to resign immediately. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s racist tweets are carefully calculated to sow division among his opponents

US Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a target of the racially divisive rhetoric emanating from the White House this week, is greeted by supporters in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photograph: Jenn Ackerman/New York Times

America Letter: A Sunday service in Washington offers food for thought on life in the US

Keith and Keran byrne

Lawyers pursue further legal avenues in last-minute bid to halt deportation

Supporters greet Ilhan Omar (centre) at St Paul Airport in Minneapolis on Thursday.  Photograph: Jenn Ackerman/The New York Times

US president calls Ilhan Omar ‘foul-mouthed’ and says her home state ‘can’t stand her’

US first lady Melania Trump listens as president Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president responds to outcry over his campaign rally, as Ilhan Omar calls him a ‘fascist’

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Williams Arena in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday. Photograph: AP

Attempt to impeach US president fails as most Democrats vote against motion

Keith Byrnes wife Keren said: “He is raising proud Americans who will know what it is like to work hard for what they want and what they need.”

US lawyers representing Irishman make last-ditch plea for leniency to US authorities

House speaker Nancy Pelosi: “These comments from the White House are disgraceful and disgusting and these comments are racist.” Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

Just four Republican party members back Democrats against ‘fear and hatred’ remarks

US Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (L), Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib (R) are three of the four Congresswomen president Trump ‘go back’ to the ‘totally broken and crime infested places from which they came’.  Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters

Trump told four non-white Congresswomen to ‘go back’ to ‘crime infested places from which they came’

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

As Christine Lagarde exits, Bank of England governor with Irish passport eyes up post

  Republican Senate majority leader   Mitch McConnell  refused to label President Trump’s comments as racist. Photograph:  Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US president urges Republicans not to vote for resolution to condemn his remarks

Donald Trump during his   ‘Made In America’ product showcase at the White House on Monday. The president denied that his tweets were racist. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Some Republicans break ranks but president sticks by inflammatory comments

Democratic congresswomen  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and  Ilhan Omar with Republican House member Haley Stevens in Washington on January 4th last.   Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May condemns ‘unacceptable language’ used by US president in weekend tweets

US president Donald Trump: His administration has started a new clampdown, targeting cities with high immigrant populations such as New York, Chicago and Miami. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

Trump says four US congresswomen should ‘go back’ to the ‘places from which they came’

House speaker Nancy Pelosi, above, told her party members to refrain from targeting each other on Twitter, and criticised any attacks on moderate Democrats, many of whom are facing re-election battles. Photograph: Erik S Lesser

Spat started when Pelosi seemed to criticise four new congresswomen in an interview

US president Donald Trump  at a White House event this week. His scattergun approach to virtually all policies has left the US’s traditional allies and his own staff reeling. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

America Letter: He scored a victory with Darroch but on other matters this lack of strategic thinking can be damaging

President Donald Trump speaking on Friday: “People come into our country illegally, we’re taking them out legally – very simple. It’s not something I like doing,” he said. Photograph: Samuel Corum/The New York Times

About 2,000 families expected to be targeted in 10 cities as Donald Trump confirms raids from Sunday

US president Donald Trump and labour secretary Alexander Acosta on Friday,  as Mr Acosta resigned. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Alexander Acosta criticised for role in prosecution of disgraced financier in 2008

US president Donald Trump:   Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions are among the dozen Trump associates who have been served with subpoenas. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Bloomberg

US wrap: Robert Mueller to deliver testimony to judiciary and intelligence committees

US secretary of labour Alexander Acosta at a press conference on Wednesday, where he defended his handling of a secret plea deal he made a decade ago with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who had been accused of sexually abusing young girls. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US Wrap: Trump appointee under pressure as Epstein faces fresh underage sex charges

Donald Trump with Theresa May on the second day of his three-day state visit to the UK in June. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: ‘Special relationship’ will survive US president’s extraordinary attack on UK ambassador

Donald Trump has dramatically stepped up the war of words over Britain’s US ambassador, branding him a ‘pompous fool’. Photograph:Oliver Contreras/EPA

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt accuses US president of ‘disrespect’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett with US vice-president Mike Pence and his sister Anne Pence Poynter at the vice-president’s official residence in Washington DC in March. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Evangelical Christian, whose grandfather emigrated from Sligo, is expected in September

Police officers try to clear a crowd  near the Stonewall Inn, in New York, on July 2nd, 1969, several days after the club was raided. Photograph: Larry Morris/New York Times

America Letter: Events of 50 years ago paved way for marriage equality decades later

Kamala Harris’s attack on Joe Biden over his record on race  is likely to be the defining moment of this debate. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Atmosphere highly charged at second debate with Bernie Sanders failing to make any impact

Diaz  and Santo in Little Havana, Miami: fled Cuba after Fidel Castro took power and are now American citizens who support Donald Trump. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Republicans woo Hispanic migrants opposed to socialism of their countries of origin

 Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker; Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar,  Tulsi Gabbard,  Jay Inslee and John Delaney pose for a photo on stage before the start of a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Photograph: Wilfredo Lee/AP

Race to become Democratic candidate to take on Trump in 2020 begins in earnest

Demonstrators press  for the release of migrant children  in front of a detention centre in Homestead, Florida, on Wednesday. Photograph: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty

Child detention camps under spotlight as US immigration system reaches crisis point

Migrant children play soccer at  Homestead  in Florida, the largest child detention facility in the US. Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

Harrowing deaths push migration question back to top of political agenda in US

Robert Mueller will testify on July 17th. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump hits out, falsely accusing the Special Counsel of destroying text messages

Former vice-president Joe Biden is leading national and primary polls by double-digit figures. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

Polls frontrunner Joe Biden has most to lose going into primary debates

A session of parliament proceeds in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday. Photograph: Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency/Reuters

US national security adviser says all options on table if Iran exceeds uranium enrichment limit

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator, who has run on a policy-heavy platform, has been edging upwards in the polls. Photograph: Randall Hill/Reuters

Among the 10 taking to the stage on Wednesday, Elizabeth Warren is seen as the frontrunner

House speaker Nancy Pelosi has struggled to keep all her members in line as she seeks agreement on a $4.5 billion funding Bill. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

Crisis deepens over conditions at detention centres holding children

US president Donald Trump signs with vice-president Mike Pence (right) and secretary of treasury Steven Mnuchin at the White House on June 24th, ‘hard-hitting sanctions’ on Iran’s supreme leader. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president insists he does not ‘need exit strategies’ when asked about risk of Iran war

US president Donald Trump signs an executive order imposing fresh sanctions on Iran in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Move will deny access to ‘key financial resources’ for eight senior figures

 Stormont: Members of the Helsinki Commission will visit it in the course of a three-day trip to Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Helsinki Commission three-day trip also linked to social issues in Northern Ireland

US national security adviser John Bolton. Photograph: Abayov/Pool via Reuters

Security adviser Bolton says Iran should not ‘mistake US discretion for weakness’

US president Donald Trump speaks to the media about Iran,  prior to departing for Camp David. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president says he will be ‘best friend’ to Iran if nuclear weapon is not developed

Linda Fairstein: dropped by her publisher after a public outcry about her role as DA in the wrongful convictions.

America Letter: Central Park Five drama reminds of Trump’s call for death penalty

US president Donald Trump: his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal was always bound to have consequences.  Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president’s ambiguous response to latest provocation is in keeping with his incoherent policy on Iran

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