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Trump news – live: President imposes 'hard hitting' sanctions on Iran as White House put on lock down

Chris Stevenson, Joe Sommerlad, Clark Mindock

Donald Trump is facing criticism on multiple fronts as the week begins, including escalating tensions with Iran and domestic outcry over the treatment of migrant children held in “filthy” border detention centres . Meanwhile, questions have been raised after documents were released showing the president's transition team "red flagged" the appointed of a senior general for a top administration post over his opposition to the use of torture.

After postponing the mass deportation of immigrants at the request of Democrats over the weekend, the president gave an interview to NBC’s Meet the Press in which he fielded questions about possible Russian election hacking in 2020, the state of the US economy, and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi .

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is meanwhile in Saudi Arabia this week to address tensions in the Middle East, threatening “significant” new sanctions against Tehran while expressing an interest in opening talks with the regime.

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