US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

14 Oct 2019

Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, days after Pentagon downplays possibility

U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters announced late Sunday that the Syrian Army would deploy along the Turkish border to “liberate the areas that the Turkish army has entered with its mercenaries.”The agreement with forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, followed a Syrian government announcement that its troops were heading toward a confrontation with Turkey.
U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters announced late Sunday that the Syrian Army would deploy along the Turkish border to...
2 Jul 2019

Iranians describe hardships as Trump expands sanctions

Iran’s news media was filled with upbeat economic reports last week. Several tankers of oil had been exported to China, and the economy minister said tax collections were up 30 percent. Farm-raised shrimp production had expanded by 400 percent. “Summer is here!” one article exulted, and online vacation rentals in the country’s tourist spots were a potential growth market. But on the streets of Iran’s cities, as the United States’ “maximum pressure” sanctions took hold, the view was decidedly less sunny.
Iran’s news media was filled with upbeat economic reports last week. Several tankers of oil had been exported to...
18 May 2019

Trump risks credibility with policy that veers between threats and inaction

Trump has said that there is no inconsistency in his administration’s messaging but that the image of incoherence can be useful. “At least Iran doesn’t know what to think, which at this point may very well be a good thing!” he tweeted Friday. But as he moves more deeply into the second half of his term with major foreign policy issues unresolved, Trump’s credibility has suffered, and his options have narrowed.
Trump has said that there is no inconsistency in his administration’s messaging but that the image of incoherence can...
19 Jul 2018

As Russians describe ‘verbal agreements’ at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity

Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved. “Important  verbal agreements” were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements, major bilateral arms control treaties whose futures have been in question. Antonov also said that Putin had made “specific and interesting proposals to Washington” on how the two countries could cooperate on Syria.
Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, Russian officials offered a...
7 Oct 2017

Trump’s decision on Iran nuclear deal could cause major breach with allies in Europe

More than any other issue that has threatened transatlantic cohesion  this year, President Trump’s decision to decertify Iranian compliance  with the nuclear deal could start a chain of events that would sharply divide the United States from its closest traditional allies in the world.
More than any other issue that has threatened transatlantic cohesion  this year, President Trump’s...
2 Jun 2017

Trump administration moves to return Russian compounds in Maryland and New York

The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, that its officials were ejected from in late December as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. President Barack Obama said Dec. 29 that the compounds were being “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes” and gave Russia 24 hours to vacate them. Separately, Obama expelled from the United States what he said were 35 Russian “intelligence operatives.”
The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on...
16 May 2017

Syria using crematorium to hide executions, State Department says

The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison near Damascus to clandestinely dispose of the bodies of prisoners it continues to execute inside the facility, the State Department said Monday. Officials accused Russia and Iran of complicity in Syrian atrocities at a military prison.
The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison near...

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