"I can tell you that the president has a great deal of respect for acting Defense Secretary Shanahan, he likes him, and when the president is ready to make an announcement on that front, he certainly will," Sanders said.
The comments appear to signal a development in the president's thinking on the issue of pardoning figures in the Russia probe.
CNBC's Ylan Mui reports on the ongoing press briefing after the administration released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 earlier in the day.
WASHINGTON, March 11- White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday said a date for a trade summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping has not been set and negotiations are ongoing. Asked whether they had a date yet for a summit, Sanders said: "Not yet." She added that "we're continuing negotiations with China.
The six-week gap in official briefings marks the longest such lapse of President Donald Trump's administration.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will appear alongside acting budget director Russell Vought on Monday, the White House says.
The report comes days after Cohen told lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week that he never asked for a pardon from Trump, and that he would not accept one.
"Democrats are harassing the President to distract from their radical agenda of making America a socialist country," the White House says.
Nadler's committee sends requests for documents to 81 individuals and entities, including the president's sons.
President Donald Trump had "the absolute right" to order that his son-in-law Jared Kushner be given a top-secret security clearance over White House concerns — if that is in fact what happened — Trump's senior advisor Kellyanne Conway said.
TOKYO, Feb 28- Japan's Nikkei fell on Thursday as hopes for progress in U.S.- China trade negotiations receded and as data showed the biggest decline in Japanese factory output in a year, dragging down cyclical stocks. Japanese stocks widened their losses in late trade, with traders noting investors were closing their positions as they awaited more details...
A congressional aide says House Oversight Republicans are not interested in getting new facts from Cohen, who they don't consider credible.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump where they will try to reach an agreement on a North's Korean pledge to give up its nuclear weapons programme.
"I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them," Sanders told CNBC.
As President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to build a border wall, crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border are at their lowest levels in nearly 50 years.
Trump announced during the Rose Garden speech that he will declare a national emergency in order to fund his long-promised border wall.
Barr faced scrutiny from lawmakers over how he would handle special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian election meddling.
Congress is rushing to finalize legislation to avoid a government shutdown, but President Donald Trump has not yet committed to signing it.
Axios reports Trump often spends the first five hours of his day watching TV, reading newspapers and phoning advisers to discuss news items.
"Conservatives that actually have influence are still supporting the president throughout this process," Trump's press secretary responded.