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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

Jul 17 2018

Exclusive: Trump's defense chief open to first talks with Russian counterpart - sources

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is open to the possibility of the first talks since 2015 between the defense chiefs of the United States and Russia, a move that would deepen communication between Washington and Moscow, U.S. officials said.

Jul 14 2018

Norway renews NATO spending pledge as Trump's defense chief visits

OSLO Norway, described by U.S. President Donald Trump as NATO's "eyes and ears" in the north, recommitted itself to lifting its defense spending to meet NATO targets during talks on Saturday with Trump's defense secretary.

Jul 13 2018

Word 'Russia' goes unspoken as Mattis meets Balkan defense chiefs

ZAGREB Nobody at the meeting said the word "Russia" while the cameras were rolling. But Moscow was clearly on everyone's mind as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sat down on Friday in Croatia with Balkan defense chiefs who accuse Russia of trying to sow instability and division in this corner of Europe. | Video

Jul 09 2018

As Trump confounds, Mattis seen as quiet champion among NATO allies

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will only play a supporting role to President Donald Trump at this week's NATO summit - an event that by definition is focused on heads of state from the trans-Atlantic alliance. | Video

Jul 08 2018

U.S. warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid China tensions

WASHINGTON/TAIPEI Two U.S. warships passed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday on a voyage that will likely be viewed in the self-ruled island as a sign of support by President Donald Trump amid heightened tension with China.

Jun 29 2018

Mattis reassures uneasy Japan over U.S.-North Korea talks

TOKYO U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to reassure Japan on Friday that Washington was mindful of its interests in talks with North Korea, during a stop in Tokyo that underscored the close U.S. ally's concerns about the negotiations. | Video

Jun 28 2018

Mattis says U.S. troop commitment to South Korea is 'ironclad'

SEOUL U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday assured South Korea of an "ironclad" commitment to its security, including keeping U.S. troop levels unaltered, even as diplomats seek an agreement with North Korea on denuclearization. | Video

Jun 28 2018

Xi tells Mattis China won't give up 'even one inch' of territory

BEIJING China is committed to peace but cannot give up "even one inch" of territory that the country's ancestors left behind, Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday during his first visit to Beijing. | Video

Jun 26 2018

Mattis becomes first U.S. defense chief to visit China under Trump

BEIJING U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday became the first Pentagon chief to visit China since 2014, starting a three-day trip with a goal of improving security dialogue with Beijing despite increasingly fraught Sino-U.S. relations.

Jun 25 2018

Two U.S. military bases in Texas to house immigrants: Mattis

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska The U.S. military is preparing to house immigrants at two bases in Texas, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday, the latest sign of the military being drawn into a supporting role for President Donald Trump's immigration policies. | Video

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