Trump returns to White House for 2018
President Donald Trump has returned to the White House to face a hefty legislative to-do list, critical mid-term elections and threats abroad.
Trump started his second year in Washington after a lengthy sojourn at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, capped by a New Year's Eve bash.
Before his departure for the capital, he fired angry tweets at Iran and Pakistan, slamming Islamabad for "lies & deceit" and saying the country had played US leaders for "fools", a reference to frustrations that Pakistan isn't doing enough to control militants.Hong Kong won't blindly obey Beijing: Lam
"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than $US33 billion ($AU46 billion) in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!"
The US has long accused Islamabad of allowing militants to operate relatively freely in Pakistan's border regions to carry out operations in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted that his government was preparing a response that "will let the world know the truth".UK thwarted nine terror plots in 2017
On Iran, Trump kept up his drumbeat in support of widespread anti-government protests there.
He tweeted on Monday that Iran is "failing at every level" and it is "TIME FOR CHANGE."
Meantime, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Monday the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a future threat, to which Trump only said: "We'll see."Low approval rating masks Trump support
The president is hoping for more legislative achievements after his pre-Christmas success on taxes.
He plans to host Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at Camp David next weekend to map out the 2018 legislative agenda.
Republicans are eager to make progress before attention shifts to the midterm elections.China will work for S.China Sea peace: Xi
The GOP wants to hold House and Senate majorities in 2018, but must contend with Trump's historic unpopularity and some recent Democratic wins.
The White House has said Trump will come forward with his long-awaited infrastructure plan in January.
Congress also has to deal with a backlog from 2017. It must agree on a spending bill by January 19 to avert a partial government shutdown.PM's one-on-one time with Trump canned