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Vivian Salama

Vivian Salama joined The Wall Street Journal in May 2018 to cover the White House.

She previously worked at NBC News, where she also covered the Trump White House and national politics.

Vivian moved to Washington in 2016, having worked as a foreign correspondent for over a decade, reporting from more than 60 countries.

Her byline has appeared in dozens of publications, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Foreign Affairs and Time.

She served as the AP's Baghdad bureau chief from 2014 to 2016 at the height of ISIS's blitzkrieg across Iraq and Syria.

Most Recent Appearances

Recent Stories

  • The Wall Street Journal
    August 15, 2019
    President Trump suggested a “personal meeting” with China’s President Xi Jinping to discuss the escalating crisis in Hong Kong and warned China it must respond “humanely” to the protests if it wants to strike a trade deal.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    August 13, 2019
    President Trump’s national security adviser said he told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the administration would strongly support the U.K.’s exit from the European Union in late October—deal or no deal.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    August 5, 2019
    President Trump overruled advisers to ramp up tariffs on China after a heated exchange in which he insisted levies were the best way to make Beijing comply with U.S. demands, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    July 30, 2019
    President Trump said that the Federal Reserve’s expected small interest-rate cut this week is “not enough,” but he expressed optimism that the country would do well regardless of what is decided.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    July 25, 2019
    President Trump vetoed joint resolutions from Congress that sought to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, calling them an ill-conceived effort to undermine important global partnerships.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    July 11, 2019
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement will launch an effort to round up thousands of undocumented migrants across the country on Sunday as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration, according to three administration
  • The Wall Street Journal
    June 18, 2019
    President Trump said he had a “very good” telephone conversation with China’s President Xi Jinping and said the two leaders would have an “extended meeting” later this month in Japan.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    June 14, 2019
    A government watchdog recommended that top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway be removed from her post, citing repeated alleged violations of a rule that prohibits political activity by executive-branch staff.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    June 12, 2019
    The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement has “a better than two-thirds chance” of passing through Congress this year, President Trump’s acting chief of staff said Tuesday, adding its approval depends on support among House Democrats.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    June 7, 2019
    The Trump administration has made significant progress in its border-security negotiations with Mexico, a senior White House official said, but the U.S. remained on track to impose tariffs on the country’s imports next week.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    May 31, 2019
    The Trump administration stepped up its campaign to win support for a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that faces congressional headwinds.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    May 30, 2019
    John Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser, accused Iran on Wednesday of directly carrying out attacks this month on four ships in the Persian Gulf, ratcheting up pressure on Tehran while administration officials said they hope to avoid
  • The Wall Street Journal
    May 18, 2019
    With U.S.-China trade talks at an impasse, President Trump moved Friday to tackle festering trade disputes with U.S. allies and North American neighbors.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    May 17, 2019
    The Trump administration said Friday it would put off for 180 days a final decision on whether to impose broad tariffs on automobile and auto-part imports.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    May 13, 2019
    The U.S. and Chinese governments both sent signals ahead of their trade talks in Washington last week that a pact was so near they would discuss the logistics of a signing ceremony.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    May 1, 2019
    The Trump administration raised its stakes in support of Venezuela’s opposition movement, endorsing a call Tuesday by U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó and a small group of military supporters for an uprising, as embattled President Nicolás Maduro worked to cr
  • The Wall Street Journal
    April 17, 2019
    The Trump administration plans to intensify pressure against Cuba by allowing U.S. nationals to lodge claims against foreign companies that do business there, a senior U.S.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    April 11, 2019
    The U.S. and China have agreed on an enforcement mechanism for their potential trade deal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, suggesting one of the key stumbling blocks toward an accord had been cleared.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    April 6, 2019
    President Trump made his case for more barriers as he visited the border with Mexico on Friday, while continuing to say the U.S. immigration system is being overwhelmed by Central Americans seeking asylum.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    April 4, 2019
    President Trump may announce plans for a summit with China’s President Xi Jinping on Thursday when he meets with the country’s vice premier, signaling that contentious trade talks between the two countries may be nearing conclusion.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    March 25, 2019
    President Trump is “more than happy” for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report to be released to the public, the White House said Monday, and regards it as a “total exoneration.”
  • The Wall Street Journal
    March 22, 2019
    President Trump endorsed Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Thursday, marking what would be a sharp U.S. policy shift over the disputed territory decades after Israel seized the land from Syria in the Six Day War.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    March 2, 2019
    Weeks before President Trump journeyed to Vietnam for his second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, there were unmistakable signs the historic meeting might not yield an agreement.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    February 28, 2019
    President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement at a second summit aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program, with Washington saying Pyongyang sought sanctions relief without offering enough in return.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    February 25, 2019
    President Trump will press North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to take his first irrevocable steps toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when the two leaders meet this week for a second summit in less than a year.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    January 30, 2019
    As the U.S. and China resume high-level trade talks Wednesday, President Trump sees himself with the upper hand given China’s lagging economic growth, but there is pressure for Mr. Trump and his administration to cut a deal too.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    January 10, 2019
    President Trump on Thursday reasserted his determination to declare a national emergency to fund a wall along the southern border if Democrats refuse his demand for $5.7 billion to pay for one.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    December 3, 2018
    President Trump, fresh off his meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping in Argentina, said on Monday that U.S.-China relations have taken a “big leap forward” and he pledged his love to the American farmers whom he said would be the “big and fast be
  • The Wall Street Journal
    November 21, 2018
    President Trump on Tuesday sought to extinguish questions about the future of U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, pledging to remain a “steadfast partner” of the kingdom and dismissing U.S.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    November 20, 2018
    The White House Correspondents’ Association said Monday that biographer Ron Chernow will be the main speaker at its annual dinner next year, departing from the long tradition of having a comedian roasting the president.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    November 19, 2018
    President Trump toured the devastation caused by the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history and said he would press for better forest management to prevent future infernos.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    November 2, 2018
    President Trump said he had a “very good conversation” with President Xi Jinping of China that signaled progress in the nations’ trade dispute, hours before federal prosecutors unsealed charges against a Chinese technology firm for allegedly stealing
  • The Wall Street Journal
    October 1, 2018
    The U.S. and Canada reached a dramatic, last-minute deal late Sunday night on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement, lifting a cloud of uncertainty over the quarter-century-old continental commercial bloc.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    September 27, 2018
    President Trump accused Beijing of trying to damage him politically and said he would call President Xi Jinping Thursday to discuss the escalating U.S.-China trade dispute, amid signs of a broader chilling in the relationship between the two global p
  • The Wall Street Journal
    September 26, 2018
    President Trump criticized international organizations and alliances as unaccountable and defended his administration’s hard-line trade policies, urging fellow world leaders on Tuesday to chart their own paths toward sovereignty.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    September 20, 2018
    President Trump called the Senate spending bill “ridiculous” on Thursday, demanding that Republicans do more to ensure greater funding for border security, particularly for his proposed border wall with Mexico.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    September 4, 2018
    President Trump renewed his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, decrying his Justice Department’s recent indictments of two Republican House members because of the political ramifications for the GOP.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    August 14, 2018
    President Trump signed into law Monday a defense-spending bill that received widespread bipartisan backing for its efforts to counter Chinese aggression and support U.S. military servicemen and women.
  • Wall Street Journal
    May 29, 2018
    The U.S. decided to defer launching a major new sanctions push against North Korea, part of a flurry of weekend moves by both sides aimed at reviving a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
  • NBC News
    September 21, 2017
    President Donald Trump is leaning toward decertifying the Iran nuclear deal and putting the decision of whether the United States withdraw from the accord in the hands of Congress, according to four sources — including a senior administration officia
  • Associated Press
    July 19, 2017
    President Donald Trump had another, previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Germany this month.
  • Associated Press
    July 10, 2017
    The United States and Russia struck an agreement Friday on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, crowning President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Associated Press
    June 21, 2017
    President Donald Trump met with his Ukrainian counterpart Tuesday amid intensifying questions over whether his administration will step in to protect partners in the face of Russian aggression.
  • Trump confirms he’s under investigation
    June 16, 2017
    President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elec
  • Associated Press
    June 15, 2017
    The Trump administration is pushing back on claims that President Donald Trump’s travel ban is soon set to expire amid an ongoing court battle.
  • Associated Press
    June 3, 2017
    This is the complex scenario facing President Donald Trump as Cuban-American legislators and lobbyists pressure him to fulfill his campaign promise to undo Obama’s deal with Cuba.
  • Associated Press
    May 31, 2017
    President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly.
  • Associated Press
    May 30, 2017
    President Trump, having returned from a nine-day overseas trip, immediately railed against administration leaks, calling them “fabricated lies,” in a flurry of tweets.