Tag Archives: diplomacy

LIVE VIDEO: Mike Pompeo Confirmation Hearing

CNN reports: Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, will face an uphill climb to win Senate confirmation. He will testify today during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Trump selected the former CIA director to run the State Department after he fired former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The announcement to replace the top ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Holds Presser With Baltic Leaders

NPR reports: President Trump meets at the White House on Tuesday with leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. The “U.S.-Baltic Summit” celebrates the 100th anniversary of independence for the three countries. Throughout the Second World War and the Cold War, the Baltic countries were dominated by the Soviet Union. They regained their independence in the early 1990s and joined NATO ...

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Moscow Retaliates: 60 US Diplomats To Be Expelled

The Associated Press reports: Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow will expel the same number of diplomats from the nations that have expelled Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain. Sergey Lavrov said U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, where he was given notice that Russia is responding quid pro ...

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US Expels 60 Russian Diplomats Over UK Poison Attack

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence and diplomatic officers in New York and Washington and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle in retaliation of the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. Twelve Russian diplomats at the United Nations in New York and 48 at the Russian ...

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Trump Agrees To Meet With Kim Jong-Un [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited President Trump to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program, an audacious diplomatic overture that would bring together two strong-willed, idiosyncratic leaders who have traded threats of war. The South Korean official, Chung Eui-yong, who conveyed the invitation told reporters that Mr. Trump had accepted it and would ...

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SURE JAN: Trump Denies “Shithole” Comment

The New York Post reports: President Trump on Friday denied using the words “shithole countries” to describe Haiti and African nations during a meeting with lawmakers in the White House. Trump used the slur during an immigration meeting with lawmakers Thursday, according to a report by the Washington Post. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come ...

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Trump Cancels London Visit, Blames Obama

The New York Times reports: President Trump said late Thursday that he had canceled a trip to London because of the cost and “off location” of the new United States Embassy in the city, where he had been expected to face protests. Nearly a year ago, Mr. Trump accepted an invitation to visit from Queen Elizabeth II, which was extended ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Holds Presser With Norwegian PM

Patch.com reports: President Trump will hold a joint press conference with Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg at about 3:20 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. Reporters will likely take the opportunity to ask the president about the ongoing negotiations to avoid a government shutdown and pass a bipartisan deal on immigration. On Tuesday night, the courts blocked Trump’s repeal of the Obama-era ...

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US Announces “Significant Reduction” In UN Budget After Vote To Condemn Trump On Jerusalem Move

Via press release from Nikki Haley: Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. ‎Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget. In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key ...

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Nikki Haley Threatens To End UN Funding If They Vote To Denounce Trump’s Jerusalem Move [VIDEO]

CNN reports: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a direct threat to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, saying that the US will think twice about funding the world body if it votes against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “The United States will remember this day in which it was ...

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Brain Abnormalities Found In Cuba Attack Patients

The Associated Press reports: Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. It’s the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the Americans, it led ...

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VIETNAM: Trump And Putin Wear Traditional Matching Outfits At Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit

Vanity Fair reports: For all the norms and traditions and basic standards of human behavior Donald Trump has broken in his 10 months as president, there is one pastime he couldn’t get away from. At the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, held this year in Vietnam, Trump donned an oversize, bright blue, traditional Vietnam shirt alongside his fellow world leaders ...

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US Tightens Economic Embargo On Cuba

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration on Wednesday tightened the economic embargo on Cuba, restricting Americans from access to hotels, stores and other businesses tied to the Cuban military. A lengthy list of rules, which President Trump promised in June to punish the communist government in Havana, came just as Mr. Trump was visiting leaders of the communist ...

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JAPAN: Trump Tells Diplomats He Never Knew There Were So Many Countries Until He Became President

Raw Story reports: Addressing how he first became acquainted with Japanese Prime Minister Abe — who Trump referred to by his first name, Shinzo — Trump made the off-hand comment, appearing to go off-script from his prepared remarks. “So my relationship with Shinzo got off to quite a rocky start because I never ran for office, and here I am,” ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Gives Joint Presser With Greek PM

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Tuesday held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden with visiting Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece. This was the president’s second such media briefing in two days. On Monday, Trump held a previously unscheduled press event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also in the Rose Garden. Trump on Tuesday ...

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LISTEN: What US Diplomats In Cuba Heard

The Associated Press reports: It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. But not quite. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: Some hear multiple, distinct tones colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana, part of the series ...

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Jimmy Carter Offers To Meet With Kim Jong-Un

The Guardian reports: Jimmy Carter has reportedly said he is willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a bid to defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes, and bring “permanent peace” to the Korean peninsula. In an intervention that is likely to irritate Donald Trump, the 93-year-old former president told a South Korean academic that he was ...

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CUBA: State Department Halts US Visas Indefinitely, Reduces Personnel Over Sonic Attacks On Diplomats

The Associated Press reports: The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of U.S. personnel to leave the island, senior officials said Friday, in a dramatic response to what they described as “specific attacks” on diplomats. The decision deals a blow to already delicate ties between the U.S. and Cuba, longtime enemies who only ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Addresses UN General Assembly

CBS News reports: President Donald Trump is delivering a major address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, where he is expected to discuss threats to global stability — including the Iran nuclear deal, nuclear-armed North Korea and global terrorism. A senior administration official said the president will deliver a message that “nations cannot be bystanders in history – ...

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Vladimir Putin: Trump Is Not My Bride

The New York Times reports: President Vladimir V. Putin seemed to be in top form during a news conference in China on Tuesday, answering a question about President Trump by saying the American leader is “not my bride, and I am not his groom.” While the comment could be interpreted as a subtle jab by a macho Mr. Putin against ...

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