Democrats accuse Trump of slow-walking hotel documents request

Reuters | March 07, 2019

Congressional Democrats said on Wednesday that a U.S. government agency was responding too slowly to their requests for documents about the Trump administration’s abandonment of a plan to move the FBI out of its headquarters near President Donald Trump’s downtown Washington hotel. Compliance with the requests has been “woefully inadequate,” said the Democratic chairs of five House of Representatives committees in a letter to Emily Murphy, chief of the General Services Administration (GSA), the federal property agency.

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The United States and Turkey have been NATO allies since 1952 and share some vital interests, but harmonizing their priorities has been particularly difficult in recent years. These priorities sometimes diverge irrespective of who leads the two countries, based on contrasting geography, threat perceptions, and regional roles.

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The United States and Turkey have been NATO allies since 1952 and share some vital interests, but harmonizing their priorities has been particularly difficult in recent years. These priorities sometimes diverge irrespective of who leads the two countries, based on contrasting geography, threat perceptions, and regional roles.

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