Diplomacy

BREAKING: US Special Envoy To Ukraine Resigns

Politico reports: Shortly after being named the U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations in mid-2017, Kurt Volker attended an invitation-only strategy session at the Atlantic Council with a small group of foreign-policy hands. There, he encouraged the people gathered at the downtown D.C. think tank to publicly praise President Donald Trump for his handling of Russia and Ukraine. It may …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Addresses UN General Assembly

CNN reports: He mocked their marble. They laughed in his face. The United Nations and President Donald Trump are not, by most measures, easy friends. Nevertheless, Trump traveled for the third time this week to the UN General Assembly more intent than ever on promoting his America First agenda in the place that appreciates it least. It’s one presidential tradition …

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Trump Says Peace Talks With Taliban Are Now “Dead”

Axios reports: President Trump told reporters outside the White House on Monday that U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are “dead” after the group claimed responsibility for a bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week that killed an American service member. The big picture: Trump called off a secret meeting at Camp David this weekend as a result of the bombing, …

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Former Trump Official: Bomb Afghan Civilians [VIDEO]

“I would say that at this point, say to the Afghanistan government, say to the Taliban, we’re leaving. And here’s the deal: You don’t kill Americans, you don’t kill Americans in Afghanistan, you don’t kill Americans anywhere in the world, and you sure as heck don’t kill Americans in the American homeland. And if you do, you will not get …

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Irish Newspaper Shades Mike Pence On Everything

From an opinion piece in the Irish Times: To look at Mike Pence, with all smiles and handshakes, you’d hardly think he isn’t very keen on the gays at all. Brave Mike sat down to lunch with the Taoiseach and his partner Matthew and managed not to choke on his Dublin Bay prawns. The VP’s wife Karen, who recently took …

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US Deletes “Palestinian Territories” From Website

The Times Of Israel reports: The US State Department has removed the “Palestinian Territories” from its website’s list of countries and areas in the Middle East, sparking an uproar among Palestinian officials. The current version of the website only mentions Palestinians on its page for Israel, in the context of the Trump administration’s peace efforts. Archived versions of the State …

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Live Video: Trump Holds Joint Presser From G7 Summit

Reuters reports: U.S. President Donald Trump will participate in a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday at the conclusion of the G7 summit in France, the White House said on Sunday. The session will take place in Biarritz at 3:30 p.m. (1330 GMT), following the G7 closing session, the White House said in its daily press …

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Trump Attacks “Nasty” Danish Prime Minister: You Can’t Treat USA The Way You Used To Under Obama [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: President Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to postpone a state visit to Denmark, accusing the country’s prime minister of making a “nasty and inappropriate statement” in rejecting his desire to discuss possibly purchasing Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory. “I thought it was a very not nice way of saying something. They could have just told me …

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Danish PM “Disappointed And Surprised” By Trump, Former Foreign Minister: Trump’s “Throwing A Hissy Fit”

The Associated Press reports: Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says she is “disappointed and surprised” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to Denmark after she called Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Arctic territory of Greenland from Denmark “an absurd discussion.” Trump, who was scheduled to visit Denmark on Sept. 2-3 as part of a European …

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Denmark Furious After Trump Abruptly Cancels Visit Over Their Rejection Of Insane Plan To Buy Greenland

CNN reports: Less than two weeks before his scheduled trip to Denmark, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he has postponed his visit to Copenhagen after the Danish Prime Minister disputed his interest in buying Greenland as “absurd.” On Sunday, Trump confirmed his interest in buying the country, telling reporters that Greenland is hurting Denmark. “We are good allies …

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Danish PM: Selling Greenland Is An Absurd Discussion

The Associated Press reports: Greenland is not for sale and U.S. President Donald Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is “an absurd discussion,” Denmark’s prime minister said. Mette Frederiksen, who was visiting the world’s largest island to meet Premier Kim Kielsen, told reporters: “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope …

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Tlaib Rejects Israel’s “Oppressive Conditions” To Visit

The New York Times reports: A day after barring Representative Rashida Tlaib under pressure from President Trump, Israel said on Friday that she could visit her 90-year-old grandmother, who lives in the occupied West Bank, but only after she agreed in writing not to “promote boycotts against Israel” during her trip. But after being criticized by backers of a boycott, …

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Israel Reverses On Rashida Tlaib, Allows Limited Visit

NRP reports: Israel’s interior ministry announced Friday that it would allow Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan to enter the country as a private citizen to visit her aging grandmother, reversing an earlier decision to bar her amid pressure from President Trump. The about-face on Tlaib, whose parents are Palestinian immigrants to the U.S. and who has close relatives in …

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Israel Bars Entry For Dem House Reps Omar And Tlaib

The Huffington Post reports: Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), two of Israel’s sharpest critics in Congress, have been barred from entering the country ahead of their proposed visit to the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israel officials announced Thursday. Israel decided to ban the freshman lawmakers in response to their support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment …

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Countries Warn Against Travel To “Violent, Racist” US

The Huffington Post reports: The Venezuelan government blamed the “supremacist elite” in power in Washington, saying that violent acts had found “sustenance” in the “racial discrimination and hate” fueled against immigrants. It suggested avoiding crowded places, noting the “inexcusable” and “indiscriminate” possession of firearms by Americans. It also named several U.S. cities to avoid because of their rates of violence, …

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Afghanistan Is Unhappy About Trump’s Comment On Nuking Them: What Happened To “Mutual Respect”?

The New York Times reports: Afghanistan demanded a clarification on Tuesday of President Trump’s comments a day earlier that he could have had the country “wiped off the face of the earth” but did not “want to kill 10 million people.” In a sharply worded statement, the government of President Ashraf Ghani noted that Afghanistan expected its relationship with the …

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Israel Won’t Bar Omar And Tlaib From Entering Country

Politico reports: Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, both outspoken critics of Israel and its occupation of the West Bank, will be allowed into the country during a trip there in a few weeks, the Israeli ambassador said Friday, potentially heading off a diplomatic spat. “Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, …

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Brazil: President May Nominate Son As US Ambassador Because He’s “Friends With Donald Trump’s Children”

ABC News reports: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he’s considering nominating his son to be ambassador to the United States, raising a storm of complaints Friday alleging nepotism and questioning his qualifications. Eduardo Bolsonaro, who is currently a congressman, met with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo on Friday and told reporters that the minister “expressed support” for his nomination. The president …

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UK Ambassador Calls Trump “Inept And Dysfunctional”

The BBC reports: The Trump administration has been labelled “inept”, insecure and incompetent in leaked emails from the UK ambassador to Washington. Sir Kim Darroch said that the White House was “uniquely dysfunctional” and “divided” under Donald Trump. But he also warned that the US president should not be written off. The Foreign Office said the leak of the memos …

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#UnwantedIvanka Trends After Awkward G20 Video

Politico reports: Social media users are editing White House adviser and President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump into iconic photos using the hashtag “#UnwantedIvanka” after she was seen in a viral video trying to make conversation with leaders at the Group of 20 (G-20) meeting last weekend. The clip, released by the French presidential palace, appeared to show Ivanka Trump jumping …

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