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December 13, 2016 12:22 PM Israeli Officials Will Not Meet Visiting Swedish FM

In an apparent diplomatic snub, Israel says none of its officials will meet with the Swedish foreign minister during a visit this week. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon cited a "scheduling issue" for the decision not to meet with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. It is highly unusual for a visiting high-level dignitary not to meet any Israeli 35

December 13, 2016 2:41 AM Exxon CEO faces struggle getting confirmed as Trump secretary of state

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson, the front-runner to be named secretary of state in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, faces a struggle getting confirmed by U.S. senators concerned about his close ties to Russia. Trump says he will name his pick as secretary of state on Tuesday morning, and Fox News, citing unnamed 46

December 13, 2016 12:53 AM The Latest: Trump to name secretary of state pick Tuesday

President-elect Donald Trump says he’ll announce his pick for secretary of state Tuesday morning. Trump revealed his plans Monday night on Twitter. His search for the country’s top diplomat has stretched out in a highly public fashion for weeks. Trump has been considering former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, once a vocal Trump critic; Sen. Bob Corker 61

December 12, 2016 11:47 PM Trump: Moving U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem ‘Very Big Priority’

Move would represent major reversal of longstanding U.S. policy WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump considers moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv a “very big priority,” senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said in a radio interview Monday, describing a step that would represent a major reversal of longstanding U.S. policy 30

December 12, 2016 8:30 PM Trump Calls Cost of F-35 Fighter Jet ‘Out of Control’

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Carter described the F-35 as “the most advanced aircraft in history” and said, “Israel is our first and only friend in the region that is flying the F-35, and it is my honor being here marking the delivery of these planes, the Adir, to America’s closest friend and ally in the region.” (Israel has named the plane the Adir, which 59

December 12, 2016 6:48 PM Trump attack on Lockheed Martin foreshadows war on defense industry

WASHINGTON Donald Trump on Monday widened his attack on defense contractors, slamming Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet program as too expensive as aides to the president-elect said he intends to keep pushing to cut the costs of military hardware. Lockheed shares (LMT.N) dropped 3.4 percent and other defense contractors also tumbled. "The F-35 program 84

December 12, 2016 3:51 PM Trump takes aim at Pentagon’s ‘revolving door’ and Lockheed Martin’s $400 billion F-35 program

Just over a year after Northrop Grumman won the multi-billion dollar contract to build a next-generation stealth bomber, the company appointed Mark Welsh, who was serving as Air Force Chief of Staff at the time of the contract award, to its board. The appointment, announced Friday, is not unusual in Washington, where former high-ranking Pentagon officials 79

December 12, 2016 3:48 PM Donald Trump’s next target: Pentagon’s F-35 fighter program

NEW YORK — Shares of Lockheed Martin fell as President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that making F-35 fighter planes is too costly and that he will cut ‘‘billions’’ in costs for military purchases. Lockheed makes the F-35 one-seat fighter aircraft for the U.S. and is a major defense contractor. The F-35 program made up 20 percent of Lockheed’s total revenue 47

December 12, 2016 3:25 PM Lockheed Martin shares suffer after Trump F-35 tweet

Shares in Lockheed Martin have fallen after President-elect Donald Trump said he would cut the cost of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after taking office. He tweeted: "F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20." The F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons 42

December 11, 2016 9:10 PM GOP Opposition to Potential Trump Cabinet Nominees Grows

Donald Trump's unified wall of partisan support has shown a few cracks over Cabinet appointments that run counter to both campaign promises and traditional Republican foreign policy ethos. Breitbart, the normally pro-Trump, right-wing website formerly run by top Trump adviser Steve Bannon, accused the president-elect putting foreign labor ahead of American 59