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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

19 Apr 2018

As Macron heads to U.S., 'strong relationship' with Trump under test

PARIS When France's ambassador to Washington told American officials last July that he was heading to Paris and would shortly see President Emmanuel Macron, one of them handed him a copy of the New York Times.

18 Apr 2018

EU edges closer to new Iran sanctions ahead of Trump deadline, envoys say

BRUSSELS/PARIS European Union governments are showing more support for the idea of new sanctions on Iran proposed by Britain, France and Germany as a way of dissuading U.S. President Donald Trump from pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, diplomats say.

12 Apr 2018

Progress in Iran deal talks, but Trump stance uncertain

WASHINGTON/PARIS European officials are making headway toward an agreement to address U.S. concerns about the Iran nuclear deal, a European diplomat said on Thursday, but a second diplomat said it was unclear if U.S. President Donald Trump would embrace their work.

12 Apr 2018

France has proof Syrian government conducted chemical weapons attack: Macron

PARIS France has proof the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week and will decide whether to strike back when all the necessary information has been gathered, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

12 Apr 2018

France has proof Syrian government conducted chemical weapons attack - Macron

PARIS France has proof the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week and will decide whether to strike back when all the necessary information has been gathered, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

10 Apr 2018

France's Macron defends Saudi arms sales, to hold Yemen conference

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday defended French weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, but said he was concerned by the humanitarian situation and would host a conference on the issue before the summer.

10 Apr 2018

Give Saudi Arabia a chance, French president tells critics

PARIS France's President Emmanuel Macron took on critics of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, saying it was too easy to criticise the young leader's haste to reform and urged detractors to give him time.

10 Apr 2018

France's Macron defends Saudi arms sales, to hold Yemen conference

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday defended French weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, but said he was concerned by the humanitarian situation and would host a conference on the issue before the summer.

10 Apr 2018

Saudi minister doubts that U.S. and Europe can agree on Iran deal

PARIS Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday it was unclear whether talks between Europeans and the United States would be enough to fix the Iran nuclear deal's shortcomings, and that Tehran's "vision of darkness" had to be stopped.

10 Apr 2018

Yemeni rights group sues Saudi Crown Prince in France - lawyers

PARIS A rights group filed a lawsuit against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to France on Tuesday, accusing him of complicity in torture and inhumane treatment in Yemen, lawyers said.

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