US Politics in Trump era Public date: 19.09.2019 21:40:40

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20 Sep 2019

Trump’s promise to foreign leader prompts whistleblower complaint

Donald Trump’s promise to a foreign leader so troubled an official in the US intelligence community that it prompted the person to file a whistleblower complaint, according to multiple media reports. Speculation in Washington was at fever pitch on Thursday over which leader Trump was speaking to and what promise he made. The substance of the complaint remained a mystery.
Donald Trump’s promise to a foreign leader so troubled an official in the US intelligence community that it prompted...
1 Aug 2019

U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran’s Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in a dramatic step bound to further escalate tensions with Tehran. A senior administration official said Zarif had acted more as a “propaganda minister” than a diplomat, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Zarif was “complicit” in Iran’s support of terrorists, torture and other malign activity around the world.
The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in a dramatic...
9 Jul 2019

Donald Trump: we will no longer deal with the British ambassador

Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May and said the US would no longer deal with the British ambassador to Washington after the diplomat’s frank assessments of the president as “inept” and “dysfunctional” were leaked to the Mail on Sunday.
Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May and said the US would no longer deal with the British...

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18 May 2019

War With Iran? Count Us Out, Europe Says

With strong memories of the last catastrophic war in Iraq, Europeans are united in opposing what many consider the United States’ effort to provoke Iran into a shooting war. Yet, despite the strains in trans-Atlantic relations in the Trump years, flat-out opposition to Washington remains an uncomfortable place for European nations.
With strong memories of the last catastrophic war in Iraq, Europeans are united in opposing what many consider the...

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16 May 2019

Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea

The photographs fueled fears that Iran would fire missiles at U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon has not released the photograph. On its own, two American officials said, the photograph was not compelling enough to convince the American public and lawmakers, or foreign allies, of the new Iranian threat. But releasing other supporting images could compromise secret sources and methods of collecting intelligence, the officials said.
The photographs fueled fears that Iran would fire missiles at U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon has not...
15 May 2019

No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US

The top British general in the US-led coalition against Isis has said there is no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq or Syria, directly contradicting US assertions used to justify a military buildup in the region. Hours later however, his assessment was disowned by US Central Command in an extraordinary rebuke of an allied senior officer.
The top British general in the US-led coalition against Isis has said there is no increased threat from Iranian-backed...
14 May 2019

Pompeo crashes Brussels meeting of E.U. diplomats for Iran talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Brussels on Monday for an unplanned visit with European foreign ministers who fear that the United States and Iran are inching toward war. The last-minute decision, announced as he boarded a plane from the United States, set up a confrontation between Pompeo and European diplomats who have been scrambling to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Brussels on Monday for an unplanned visit with European foreign ministers who...

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17 Feb 2019

Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry

European leaders have long been alarmed that President Trump’s words and Twitter messages could undo a trans-Atlantic alliance that had grown stronger over seven decades. They had clung to the hope that those ties would bear up under the strain.But in the last few days of a prestigious annual security conference in Munich, the rift between Europe and the Trump administration became open, angry and concrete, diplomats and analysts say.
European leaders have long been alarmed that President Trump’s words and Twitter messages could undo a trans-Atlantic...

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20 Sep 2018

North and South Korea’s agreement is bad news for Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s agreement is bad for President Donald Trump’s denuclearization efforts. On the issue that matters most to the United States — the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear program — no one can claim much progress. Kim said he’d allow international inspectors into the country to watch as he destroys a missile engine testing site and a major nuclear facility, but experts say Pyongyang doesn’t actually need those specific sites anymore, which makes that a much less significant concession than it sounds.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s agreement is bad for President Donald...

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8 Aug 2018

Europe, Russia and China Defy Trump on Iran Sanctions

The European Union has signaled that it may impose substantial fines on European firms that pull out of Iran deals over fear of Trump’s unilateral U.S. Treasury Department sanctions. It is likely that smaller European companies that trade with Iran but have no relationship with the U.S. will continue their relationship with the Islamic republic, using euros and non-U.S. banks. But large firms, such as French oil giant Total S.A. and Renault, have signaled that they will get out of Iran to avoid American fines.
The European Union has signaled that it may impose substantial fines on European firms that pull out of Iran deals...

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12 Jul 2018

NATO Survives Trump, but the Turmoil Is Leaving Scars

NATO, a pillar of the global order, emerged from a two-day confrontation with President Trump on Thursday intact but distracted and shaken, a further challenge to the alliance as it faces an expansionist Russia and growing authoritarianism among some of its own members.
NATO, a pillar of the global order, emerged from a two-day confrontation with President Trump on...

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13 Jun 2018

Trump-Kim summit: Trump is killing America’s alliances

Trump’s betrayal of South Korea and eruption at Trudeau are not one-offs, or events you can write off as simple quirks of the president’s personality. It is part of a broader slate of Trump policies and diplomatic efforts that have, put together, fundamentally weakened America’s ties with its traditional allies — in ways that could have potentially disastrous consequences for the world.
Trump’s betrayal of South Korea and eruption at Trudeau are not one-offs, or events you can write off as simple...
9 Jun 2018

Trump calls for Russia to be reinstated to G-7, threatens allies on trade

Trump’s comments, made just hours before he arrived in Canada for the annual G-7 summit, have further scrambled talks with other leaders, most of whom were already fuming about the U.S. leader’s protectionist trade policies. But in a sign that European unity against Trump is cracking, new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he agreed with Trump and wanted Russia back in the fold.
Trump’s comments, made just hours before he arrived in Canada for the annual G-7 summit, have...

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16 May 2018

Allies at Cross-Purposes: Trump Puts Europe Into Damage-Control Mode

Nathalie Tocci, the director of Italy’s Institute of International Affairs and a senior adviser to Ms. Mogherini, said that Europe’s foreign and defense policy “has become more difficult now, not least because of the Trump administration efforts to undercut the E.U.” She warned that “if Europeans are serious about their strategic autonomy, now is the time to demonstrate it by standing united behind their shared interests.” And she said saving the Iran deal “is the place to start.”
Nathalie Tocci, the director of Italy’s Institute of International Affairs and a senior adviser to Ms. Mogherini,...

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9 May 2018

Europe, Again Humiliated by Trump, Struggles to Defend Its Interests

It is by now a familiar, humiliating pattern. European leaders cajole, argue and beg, trying to persuade President Trump to change his mind on a vital issue for the trans-Atlantic alliance. Mr. Trump appears to enjoy  the show, dangling them, before ultimately choosing not to listen.
It is by now a familiar, humiliating pattern. European leaders cajole, argue and beg, trying to persuade...

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1 Feb 2018

As Strongmen Steamroll Their Opponents, U.S. Is Silent

Across the world, autocratic leaders are engaging in increasingly brazen  behavior — rigging votes, muzzling the press and persecuting opponents — as they dispense with even a fig leaf of democratic practice once offered to placate the United States or gain international legitimacy.
Across the world, autocratic leaders are engaging in increasingly brazen  behavior — rigging votes, muzzling the...
23 Dec 2017

UN votes resoundingly to reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital

The United Nations general assembly has delivered a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump, voting by a huge majority to reject his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The vote came after a redoubling of threats by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, who said that Washington would remember which countries “disrespected” America by voting against it.
The United Nations general assembly has delivered a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump, voting by a huge...
14 Oct 2017

Iran nuclear deal: EU condemns Donald Trump’s decision to decertify agreement

The Iran nuclear deal  is working well and continues to prevent the country from developing  atomic weapons, the European Union's foreign policy chief has said.Federica Mogherini made the comments after Donald Trump announced he had chosen not to re-certify the agreement. Ms Mogherini said no one country could terminate the deal, which was signed onto by Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union. Instead, she called for a "collective process" to preserve the historic accord.
The Iran nuclear deal  is working well and continues to prevent the country from developing  atomic...
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...
22 Sep 2017

Did Trump Just Make Iran More Popular?

Trump’s tough talk and sophomoric antics may have had the opposite effect of what he intended, however. Across the board, the world’s other major powers, most of America’s closest allies, and the vast majority of governments at the United Nations this week made clear that they favor the deal. They are siding with Iran this time.
Trump’s tough talk and sophomoric antics may have had the opposite effect of what he...

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21 Sep 2017

Tillerson says Iran is not meeting ‘expectations’ of nuclear deal

A rift between the Trump administration and Europe, over whether to stick to a nuclear agreement with Iran, deepened considerably on Wednesday after a meeting on the deal’s implementation at the United Nations in New York. The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, emerged from the meeting conceding that Iran was abiding by the letter of the 2015 deal, but he still insisted Tehran was not fulfilling the “expectations” of the agreement.
A rift between the Trump administration and Europe, over whether to stick to a nuclear agreement with Iran,...

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14 Sep 2017

The Russia-China plan for North Korea: stability, connectivity

The United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote to impose a new set of sanctions on North Korea somewhat disguises the critical role played by the Russia-China strategic partnership, the “RC” at the core of the BRICS group.
The United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote to impose a new set of sanctions on...
17 Aug 2017

Theresa May condemns far-right views after Trump Charlottesville remarks

Theresa May has joined politicians from the main parties in the UK in criticising Donald Trump for suggesting there was a moral equivalence between the Charlottesville racist protesters and those campaigning against them. But the prime minister has not agreed to requests to cancel Trump’s planned state visit to the UK in the light of his latest comments,  despite renewed calls for the honour to be withdrawn.
Theresa May has joined politicians from the main parties in the UK in criticising Donald Trump for suggesting there...

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10 Jul 2017

G20: Does Donald Trump’s awkward performance indicate America’s decline as world power?

At G20, Donald Trump underlined he has neither the desire nor the capacity to lead the world and you got the strong sense some leaders were trying to find the best way to work around him. The G20 became the G19 as it ended. On the Paris climate accords the United States was left isolated and friendless. It is, apparently, where this US President wants to be as he seeks to turn his nation inward. Donald Trump has a particular, and limited, skill-set. He has correctly identified an illness at the heart of the Western democracy. But he has no cure for it and seems to just want to exploit it. writes .
At G20, Donald Trump underlined he has neither the desire nor the capacity to lead the world and you got the strong...

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31 May 2017

Can an Asian Ostpolitik ease tension on the Korean Peninsula?

Moon will take office at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea. To understand what kind of policy he will pursue requires familiarity with liberal foreign-policy thinking in South Korea  since the 1998-2003 presidency of Kim Dae-jung. Kim had watched the Cold War come to a peaceful end in Europe, and he wanted to bring his own country’s ongoing confrontation with the communist North to a similarly non-violent conclusion.
Moon will take office at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea. To understand what kind of...
20 Mar 2017

Germany rejects Trump claim it owes Nato and US ‘vast sums’ for defence

The German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, on Sunday rejected Donald Trump’s claim that Germany owes Nato and the US “vast sums” of money for defence. Ivo Daalder, permanent representative from 2009 to 2013, wrote: “Sorry, Mr President, that’s not how Nato works. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending Nato. This is not a financial transaction, where Nato countries pay the US to defend them. It is part of our treaty commitment.
The German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, on Sunday rejected Donald Trump’s claim that Germany owes...

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2 Feb 2017

U.S.-Australia Rift Is Possible After Trump Ends Call With Prime Minister

A phone call between President Trump and the Australian prime minister is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift between two stalwart allies after the two men exchanged harsh words over refugee policy, and Mr. Trump abruptly ended the call. The call turned contentious after the Australian leader pressed Mr. Trump to accept 1,250 refugees.
A phone call between President Trump and the Australian prime minister is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift...

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