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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane - U.S. officials

WASHINGTON Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday.

24 Jul 2017

Mattis bristles at Pentagon waste of $28 mln on Afghan uniforms

WASHINGTON U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has criticized Pentagon officials for wasting as much as $28 million by making a questionable choice of forest camouflage-patterned uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers.

24 Jul 2017

Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation - official

WASHINGTON The White House said on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump was open to signing legislation toughening sanctions on Russia after Senate and House leaders reached agreement on a bill late last week.

21 Jul 2017

U.S. withholds Pakistan reimbursement over Haqqani network - Pentagon

WASHINGTON The United States will withhold $50 million remaining in military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 because Defense Secretary Jim Mattis believes that Islamabad has not done enough to blunt the Islamist militant Haqqani network, a U.S. official said on Friday.

18 Jul 2017

North Korea lacks capacity to hit U.S. with accuracy - U.S. general

WASHINGTON North Korea does not have the ability to strike the United States with "any degree of accuracy" and while its missiles have the range, they lack the necessary guidance capability, the vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Tuesday.

12 Jul 2017

U.S. THAAD missile defences hit test target as North Korea tension rises

WASHINGTON The United States said on Tuesday it shot down a simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) similar to the ones being developed by countries like North Korea, in a new test of the nation's THAAD missile defences.

11 Jul 2017

Sixteen service members killed in U.S. military plane crash

WASHINGTON U.S. officials were investigating on Tuesday the cause of a military transport plane crash that killed 16 service members a day earlier, leaving a five-mile trail of wreckage in rural northern Mississippi. | Video

20 Jun 2017

Exclusive - Trump administration eyes hardening line towards Pakistan

President Donald Trump's administration is exploring hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan, two U.S. officials tell Reuters. | Video

14 Jun 2017

Trump gives U.S. military authority to set Afghan troop levels: U.S. official

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the U.S. commander. | Video

13 Jun 2017

U.S. 'not winning' in Afghanistan, Mattis tells Congress

WASHINGTON The United States is "not winning" the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Tuesday, promising to brief lawmakers on a new war strategy by mid-July that is widely expected to call for thousands more U.S. troops. | Video

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