Diplomacy

Saudi Prince Visits Trump To Deliver Concerns On Iran

Axios reports: Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister, Prince Khalid Bin Salman, revealed on Twitter that he delivered a message to President Trump yesterday from his brother, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Saudi Arabia is deeply concerned it could become engulfed in uncontrolled escalation between the U.S. and Iran following President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. That explains …

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Pompeo Postpones Ukraine Trip Due To Iraq Protests

CNN reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo postponed a planned trip to Ukraine to deal with the ongoing developments out of Baghdad, the State Department announced Wednesday. Following a second day of protests, a State Department spokesperson said Wednesday that “the situation around Embassy Baghdad has improved,” but that efforts by Iraqi government security forces “to clear militia members from …

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Trump To Iran: Back Off US Embassy, “This Is A Threat”

Raw Story reports: On Tuesday, just hours before the New Years celebration, President Donald Trump issued a self-proclaimed “threat” against Iran, proclaiming that they “will be held fully responsible” for the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Iraq, and adding that they will pay “a very BIG PRICE!” The U.S. Embassy in Iraq is, & has been for hours, SAFE! …

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Trump Already Looking For Next Secretary Of State

The Washington Post reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he isn’t running for Senate next year. Those close to him say he hasn’t made a final decision yet. But that hasn’t prevented a barely concealed competition from breaking out within the administration over who might replace him as the nation’s top diplomat. President Trump has fueled the fire by …

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China, Iran, And Russia To Hold Joint Naval Drills

Agence France-Presse reports:  China, Iran and Russia will hold joint naval drills starting on Friday in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman, China’s defense ministry said on Thursday amid heightened tension in the region between Iran and the US. China will send the Xining, a guided missile destroyer, to the drills, ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a monthly news …

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China Denounces US Space Force As “Direct Threat

The Associated Press reports: Rising space power China on Monday attacked the newly created U.S. Space Force as a “direct threat to outer space peace and security.” Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that China is “deeply concerned about it and resolutely opposed to it.” “The relevant U.S. actions are a serious violation of the international consensus on the …

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Wife Of US Diplomat Charged In Fatal UK Hit-And-Run

The Guardian reports: The wife of a US intelligence officer has been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of the 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced. Anne Sacoolas was flown out of the UK by the US embassy days after the fatal collision in late August, with the US claiming she was covered by …

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US Ambassador To Ukraine To Step Down In Weeks

ABC News reports: The veteran U.S. diplomat who was a key witness in impeachment hearings is departing his post in Ukraine, according to two State Department sources. Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Kyiv who was recruited by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to fill in after President Donald Trump abruptly recalled Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, will depart in early …

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Estonia Sorry For Mocking Finland’s “Sales Girl” PM

Reuters reports: Estonia apologized to Finland on Monday after Estonia’s interior minister mocked Finland’s new prime minister — the world’s youngest-serving government leader — as “a sales girl” and questioned her ability to run the Nordic country. Mart Helme, 70, Estonian interior minister and leader of the populist far-right party Ekre, on Sunday ridiculed Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 34, …

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Trump Calls PM Justin Trudeau “Two-Faced” [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “two-faced” on Wednesday after Trudeau was caught on an open mic with other world leaders discussing the NATO summit in London and making what may have been references to Trump. ‘Well, he’s two-faced,” Trump said of Trudeau alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. “And honestly with …

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Trump Bashes “Very Insulting” Macron At NATO Summit

The New York Times reports: President Trump began a two-day summit meeting on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO — strained, in part, by his own brash handling of overseas allies — by stepping into an unlikely role as defender of an alliance he once called “obsolete.” Mr. Trump said President Emmanuel Macron of France had been “very …

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US Warns About Israel Travel After West Bank Change

The Jerusalem Post reports: The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem late on Monday warned Americans about traveling in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, soon after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States was softening its position on Israel’s Jewish settlements. “The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in or considering travel to or through Jerusalem, the West Bank, or …

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North Korea: Trump Lied, There is No Coming Summit

The Independent reports: The leader of North Korea is not interested in another meeting with Donald Trump, even though the American recently signaled they would be coming together soon. That’s according to a statement from North Korean Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan, who told the state news agency that Mr Trump’s Sunday night tweet saying “See you soon!” was …

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Hillary Trolls Trump With Mock JFK Letter To Krushchev

Politico reports: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday trolled President Trump over his recent letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, tweeting a mock archival letter from former President Kennedy to former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev that originally appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “Don’t be a dick, ok? Get your missiles out of Cuba. Everybody will say …

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Turkey Dumped Trump’s Batshit Letter “Into The Trash”

The Middle East Eye reports: A leaked letter written by US President Donald Trump to Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning his Turkish counterpart not to be a “fool” has sent shockwaves around Turkey due to its lack of protocol and seriousness. Seemingly, the letter was leaked to confront those in the United States criticising Trump for waving through the Turkish offensive …

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Erdogan Refuses To Meet With Pence And Pompeo

NBC News reports: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will refuse to meet with Vice President Mike Pence, who is due to travel to Turkey to argue for a ceasefire in the ongoing Syria conflict. “I’m not going to talk to them. They will be talking to their counterparts. When Trump comes here, I’ll be talking,” he said …

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Hundreds Of ISIS Supporters Escape In Turkish Attack

The Associated Press reports: Turkish forces approached a key Kurdish-held town in northern Syria on Sunday, setting off clashes that allowed hundreds of Islamic State supporters to escape from a camp for displaced people and prompted U.S. soldiers to withdraw from a nearby base. A U.S. military official said the situation across northeastern Syria was “deteriorating rapidly” and that American …

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Turkey Won’t Bow To Trump’s Threat To Wreck Economy

The Associated Press reports: Turkey will not bow to threats over its Syria plans, the Turkish vice president said Tuesday in an apparent response to President Donald Trump’s warning to Ankara the previous day about the scope of its planned military incursion into northeastern Syria. Trump said earlier this week the United States would step aside for an expected Turkish …

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Wife Of US Diplomat Flees UK After Fatal Car Crash, Johnson To Ask Trump To Waive Diplomatic Immunity

Politico Europe reports: Boris Johnson has urged the U.S. to reconsider giving immunity to the wife of a diplomat who is a suspect in a fatal road crash in the U.K. — and will raise the issue with Donald Trump if that doesn’t happen. Teenager Harry Dunn died when his motorbike collided with a car near an RAF base in …

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Live Video: Trump Holds Presser With Finnish President

NPR reports: Finnish President Sauli Niinistö again meets his US counterpart Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Ahead of the meeting and joint press conference, press attention focused more on Ukraine than Finland. Before meeting Niinistö, Trump had not taken part in a press conference for more than a week, during which time Democrats in the House of …

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