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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

May 25 2017

In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

May 23 2017

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': U.S. general

WASHINGTON An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of "not if but when," in a significant challenge to Iraq's stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday.

May 23 2017

North Korea, if left unchecked, on 'inevitable' path to nuclear ICBM: U.S.

WASHINGTON North Korea, if left unchecked, is on an "inevitable" path to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile capable of striking the United States, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

May 23 2017

North Korea says missile ready for mass production, U.S. questions progress

SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea said on Monday it successfully tested what it called an intermediate-range ballistic missile, which met all technical requirements and could now be mass-produced, although U.S. officials and experts questioned the extent of its progress. | Video

May 19 2017

U.S. says Iranian-directed convoy targeted by U.S. strike in Syria

WASHINGTON The United States said on Friday it believed forces in a convoy targeted by U.S. military aircraft in southern Syria on Thursday were Iranian-directed, in a possible sign of increased tension between Washington and Tehran in the Syrian war.

May 19 2017

U.S. - Military solution to North Korea would be 'tragic on an unbelievable scale'

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution.

May 19 2017

U.S.: Military solution to North Korea would be 'tragic on an unbelievable scale'

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution.

May 18 2017

U.S. strikes Syria militia threatening U.S.-backed forces: officials

WASHINGTON/AMMAN The U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S. and U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in the country's south, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday.

May 16 2017

U.S. signs new defense accord with Gulf ally UAE

WASHINGTON The United States has signed a new, updated defense accord with the United Arab Emirates that could allow Washington to send more troops and equipment there, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, in the latest sign of deepening ties with the close Gulf ally.

May 11 2017

U.S. tells Turkey it supports Ankara's fight against PKK

LONDON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis voiced strong support for Turkey's fight against PKK militants after talks with Turkey's prime minister on Thursday, as Ankara fumes over a U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria it equates to PKK allies.

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