In our news wrap Thursday, President Trump denied knowing that former campaign chair Paul Manafort allegedly shared polling data with a Russian associate in 2016. The associate is accused of having ties to Russian intelligence. Also, rebels in Yemen attacked Saudi coalition troops with a bomb attached to a drone, killing at least 6 soldiers.
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In the day's other news: President Trump denied knowing that his former campaign chair Paul Manafort allegedly shared polling data with a Russian associate in 2016. The associate is accused of having ties to Russian intelligence.
Separately, Mr. Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has agreed to testify next month before the House Oversight Committee. It's now run by Democrats, and they're looking at Russia and the Trump campaign and hush money payments to women linked to Mr. Trump.
In Egypt today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that President Trump is reasserting American power in the Middle East. In Cairo, Pompeo charged that the Obama administration sought peace at any price, allowing the Islamic State group to grow and Iran to spread its influence.
So, today, what do we learn from all of this? We learn that when America retreats, chaos often follows, and when we neglect our friends, resentment builds. And when we partner with our enemies, they advance.
The good news — the good news is this. The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are those policies that produced so much needless suffering.
Pompeo has been trying to reassure Middle East allies about President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. military from Syria. Today, the secretary met with Egypt's President El-Sisi and said U.S. forces will finish the fight with ISIS even after leaving Syria.
Secretary Pompeo made no reference today to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi journalist was murdered at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, 100 days ago. The U.S. Senate has blamed the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for the crime, which the Saudis deny.
Rebels in Yemen attacked Saudi coalition troops today with a bomb attached to a drone. At least six soldiers were killed. The drone detonated at an air base outside Aden. Military leaders of the Saudi-led coalition were attending a parade there. The rebels in Yemen are aligned with Iran, but the Iranians have denied giving them drone technology.
In Afghanistan, a series of Taliban attacks killed at least 30 police and pro-government militia members. Officials say the militants struck at security checkpoints across four northern and western provinces. The attacks have come on almost a daily basis, but, this week, the Taliban called off the latest round of peace talks with U.S. officials.
New developments today on the U.S.-North Korea front. Chinese reports say that North Korea's Kim Jong-un told President Xi Jinping this week that he wants to achieve results on denuclearization in a second summit with President Trump. Meanwhile, in Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said both North Korea and the U.S. should do more.
Ultimately, resolving the issue of North Korean sanctions hinges on how fast North Korea denuclearizes. Pyongyang should take firmer disarmament measures. As soon as it takes such measures, there should also be reciprocal measures to expedite and encourage the continued disarmament efforts of North Korea.
There's been little headway in nuclear talks since President Trump and Kim met last year in Singapore.
Elections officials in Congo have declared a surprise winner in last month's long-delayed presidential vote. Felix Tshisekedi was a long-shot opposition candidate. News of his victory triggered celebrations in the streets of capital city Kinshasa.
But a rival opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, cried foul.
You know better than anyone that this proclamation is based on rigged, invented and fabricated results. They do not reflect the truth of the ballots. This is obviously an unacceptable electoral fraud that will provoke general chaos across the country.
Fayulu claims that outgoing President Joseph Kabila struck a deal with the winner to ward off corruption probes. The country's influential Catholic Church also rejected the results, but it warned against any violence that would endanger Congo's first peaceful transfer of power.
Back in this country, Democratic liberals in Congress unveiled legislation to slash the cost of prescription drugs. They want to link the price in the U.S. to lower prices in other countries. But the pharmaceutical industry says that the plan would cause havoc in the health care system. The bill stands little chance of getting through the Republican-controlled Senate.
And, on Wall Street, stocks rose for a fifth day, the longest rally since September. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 122 points to close back above 24000. The Nasdaq rose 29 points, and the S&P 500 added 11.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": what might it take to reopen the government; the shutdown shutters food safety inspections; Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is re-inaugurated; and much more.