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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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24 May 2018

Pentagon uninvites China from major U.S. military exercise

WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Wednesday uninvited China from a major U.S.-hosted naval drill in response to what it sees as Beijing's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, a decision China called unconstructive. | Video

21 May 2018

Watchdog finds little progress in Afghanistan, despite U.S. military optimism

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's South Asia strategy has shown few signs of progress this quarter, a U.S. government watchdog report said on Monday, despite public assertions by the U.S. military that Taliban militants were on the back foot.

10 May 2018

Series of failures led to deadly Niger ambush - U.S. military report

WASHINGTON A series of individual and organizational failures, including a lack of training and situational awareness, contributed to a deadly ambush in Niger last year that killed four U.S. soldiers, a partial Pentagon report released on Thursday said. | Video

09 May 2018

U.S. troops in South Korea not 'on the table' in initial North Korea talks

WASHINGTON The U.S. troop presence in South Korea would not be part of initial negotiations with North Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday, ahead of expected talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

09 May 2018

U.S. troops in South Korea not 'on the table' in initial North Korea talks

WASHINGTON The U.S. troop presence in South Korea would not be part of initial negotiations with North Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday, ahead of expected talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. | Video

05 May 2018

With an eye on Russia, U.S. Navy re-establishing its Second Fleet

WASHINGTON The United States Navy is re-establishing its Second Fleet, responsible for the northern Atlantic Ocean, nearly seven years after it was disbanded as the Pentagon puts countering Russia at the heart of its military strategy. | Video

04 May 2018

U.S. says will be consequences for China's South China Sea militarization

WASHINGTON The United States has raised concerns with China about its latest militarization of the South China Sea and there will be near-term and long-term consequences, the White House said on Thursday. | Video

01 May 2018

Afghan security forces see drop in numbers as security deteriorates

WASHINGTON The number of Afghan security forces decreased by nearly 11 percent in the past year, the U.S. government's top watchdog on Afghanistan said on Tuesday, an indication of the difficulty Kabul will have in dealing with its precarious security situation.

27 Apr 2018

U.S. would 'probably regret' lack of holding force in Syria - Mattis

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday the United States would "probably regret" not keeping a holding force in Syria to ensure that Islamic State militants did not re-emerge, the latest sign that a total U.S. withdrawal was unlikely.

26 Apr 2018

U.S. would 'probably regret' lack of holding force in Syria - Mattis

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday the United States would "probably regret" not keeping a holding force in Syria to ensure that Islamic State militants did not re-emerge, the latest sign that a total U.S. withdrawal was unlikely.

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