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Exxon deal with Vietnam adds to Tillerson’s tangles with China

Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO tapped to be the Trump administration’s Secretary of State, created an international stir this week when he told a Senate confirmation hearing the US should prevent the Chinese military from having access to artificial islands Beijing has constructed in the South China Sea. Those tensions could flare further with Friday’s announcement that Exxon has signed a deal to develop a natural gas project in the region with Vietnam, China’s arch enemy.

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Trump’s vow to slice defense pork? Good luck with that!

Despite his early successes as negotiator in chief since winning the presidency, it remains to be seen whether Donald Trump will be able to stay on top of Pentagon excess after he takes office Jan. 20. While some congressional fiscal hawks have tried to reign it in, Pentagon spending has been hard to corral, especially since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Trump pledges huge tax cuts for business

Opening his first official week in office, President Donald Trump pledged to cut taxes "massively" for businesses and scale back on imports.
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Trump pledges huge tax cuts for business 1:34

Trump pledges huge tax cuts for business

White House: TPP was not putting U.S. interest first 1:24

White House: TPP was not putting U.S. interest first

Press Secretary Sean Spicer: 'We can disagree with the facts' 1:47

Press Secretary Sean Spicer: 'We can disagree with the facts'

White House: opening briefing room to more journalists via Skype 0:46

White House: opening briefing room to more journalists via Skype