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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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9:40am BST

Mattis hints at military options on North Korea but offers no details

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted on Monday about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack but declined to say what kind of options he was talking about or whether they involved the use of lethal force.

2:02am BST

Mattis to review if military accidents linked to budget caps

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that he was working to see if there was a link between a spate of recent military accidents and budget caps, but said he could not draw a direct line at this time.

31 Aug 2017

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump's administration in tackling America's longest war.

31 Aug 2017

U.S. acknowledges more troops in Afghanistan than previously stated

WASHINGTON About 11,000 U.S. troops are serving in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, thousands more than it has previously stated. | Video

30 Aug 2017

Trump says 'talking not the answer' on North Korea, Mattis disagrees

WASHINGTON/SEOUL President Donald Trump on Wednesday said "talking is not the answer" to the tense standoff with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, but his defence chief swiftly asserted that the United States still has diplomatic options. | Video

24 Aug 2017

U.S.'s Mattis promises support to Ukraine, says reviewing lethal aid

KIEV U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on a visit to Ukraine on Thursday said Washington would keep up pressure on Russia over what he called its aggressive behaviour and signalled his personal support for providing weapons to Kiev. | Video

22 Aug 2017

Troops make progress in Tal Afar battle as U.S. defence secretary visits Iraq

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Government forces breached the city limits of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq on Tuesday on the third day of a U.S.-backed offensive to seize it back from Islamic State militants. | Video

22 Aug 2017

Mattis: not decided on number of extra U.S. troops for Afghanistan

BAGHDAD U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday he was waiting for a plan from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that follows President Donald Trump's South Asia strategy before he makes a decision on how many additional troops to send to Afghanistan.

22 Aug 2017

Mattis: not decided on number of extra U.S. troops for Afghanistan

BAGHDAD U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday he was waiting for a plan from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that follows President Donald Trump's South Asia strategy before he makes a decision on how many additional troops to send to Afghanistan.

22 Aug 2017

Mattis - not decided on number of extra U.S. troops for Afghanistan

BAGHDAD U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday he was waiting for a plan from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that follows President Donald Trump's South Asia strategy before he makes a decision on how many additional troops to send to Afghanistan.

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