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    • Trump’s easing penalties on a Chinese company that sold to North Korea and Iran. Republicans are letting him do it.
      Congressional Republicans are going to let Trump ease up on ZTE after all. Republicans are siding with President Donald Trump in easing penalties on Chinese telecom company ZTE. Negotiators in the Senate and the House of Representatives removed language from a must-pass defense bill that would have banned United States companies from selling parts or providing services to ZTE, which the Commerce Department says made illegal sales to Iran and North Korea in defiance of US sanctions. Here’s the back story: In March 2017, the Commerce Department hit ZTE with a $1.19 billion fine for its export violations to Iran ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-21By Emily Stewart
    • What we learned from Trump’s worst foreign policy week ever
      The five main takeaways from Trump’s disastrous Russia week. President Donald Trump just survived one of the most disastrous weeks of his presidency. In the process, however, he demonstrated just how poorly he handles foreign policy issues — and undermined our persistent, misplaced hope that he will somehow do better. Instead of defending US interests at his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16, Trump kowtowed to the dictator. He bought Putin’s denials that Russia didn’t interfere in the 2016 presidential election, even though Trump’s top intelligence officials have repeatedly stated that Russia did — and ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-20By Alex Ward
    • Trump wants Putin to visit Washington, DC, in the fall
      The White House said discussions are underway. Days after US President Donald Trump sparked bipartisan outrage for how he handled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, Trump has decided to do it all over again in Washington, DC. On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that Trump had asked National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to visit Washington in the fall. She also noted that both countries’ security council staff members were in contact. This invitation seems to be a sign that Trump is keeping to his goal to get along with Russia ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-19By Jen Kirby
    • Trump just contradicted America’s spy chief over Russia — again
      Trump responded “no” when asked if he thought Russia was still targeting the United States. On Wednesday, a reporter asked President Donald Trump if thought Russia was still targeting the United States. He responded with a terse, but clear, answer: “No.” The president’s response openly and directly contradicts the repeated statements of his spy chief and other top national security officials — and raises the question of how seriously Trump believes the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies. For example, Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, has warned Trump and the American people for months that Russia not ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-18By Alex Ward
    • Read the full transcript of the Helsinki press conference
      Standing next to Putin, Trump slammed US intelligence agencies, Democrats, and the Mueller investigation. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to discuss relations between the two countries. The press conference that followed was striking. Asked to denounce Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump changed the subject to Hillary Clinton’s emails. Trump refused, despite being asked multiple times, to criticize Putin, blamed the US for tensions with Russia, and repeatedly criticized the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia in 2016. A rush transcript of the press conference follows. VLADIMIR PUTIN: Thank ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-16By Jennie Neufeld
    • Trump-Putin meeting: leaders hold summit in Helsinki
      On the table for discussion is Russian meddling in the US election, among other topics. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, making US allies even more nervous about the growing closeness between Washington and Moscow. The meeting comes just days after Trump hurled insults at countries like Germany at the NATO summit. The two leaders are likely to discuss election meddling, the war with Syria, and the North Korean threat — but the most important outcome of the meeting may be something almost no one is talking about: the ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-16By Diana Elbasha
    • US-Russia summit: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki
      The meeting takes place on July 16. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, making US allies even more nervous about the growing closeness between Washington and Moscow. The meeting comes just days after Trump hurled insults at countries like Germany at the NATO summit. The two leaders are likely to discuss election meddling, the war with Syria, and the North Korean threat — but the most important outcome of the meeting may be something almost no one is talking about: the extension of the New Start nuclear treaty between ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-13By Diana Elbasha
    • Trump just got a “very nice note” from Kim Jong Un. But North Korea isn’t being very nice.
      Why Trump’s bragging about Kim Jong Un’s “very nice note” makes no sense. President Donald Trump just boasted about a letter he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It’s confusing, though, because there doesn’t seem to be much to brag about. The letter, dated July 6, does contain a warm message from Kim. “I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. president aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition,” Kim wrote, using the acronym for the country’s ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-12By Alex Ward
    • US-North Korea talks are faltering. Trump is blaming China.
      Trump thinks Beijing could be riled up over the US-Chinese trade war. The Trump administration is having trouble navigating talks with North Korea — and the president is suggesting that China might be to blame. On Monday, President Donald Trump attempted to minimize the wide gulf between the US and North Korea during their high-level negotiations last week. And he floated the theory that any problems might be due to Beijing’s meddling. “I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake,” Trump tweeted, referring to the denuclearization agreement ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-09By Zeeshan Aleem
    • Can the US-China trade war be stopped? 11 experts weigh in.
      There’s definitely a way out of this. The problem is, it’s not clear what Trump wants, or what China is willing to give. The burgeoning US-China trade war isn’t impossible to stop, it’s just that there’s no clear way of ending it — especially because it’s not obvious what President Donald Trump wants out of all of this in the first place, or what China is willing to give. The United States just after midnight on Friday made good on its threat to impose sweeping tariffs on Beijing, putting a 25 percent border tax on $34 billion worth of ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-08By Emily Stewart
    • Mike Pompeo called US-North Korea talks “productive.” Hours later, North Korea says they were “regrettable.”
      The US and North Korea are not on the same page over how the last couple of days have been going. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s latest North Korea trip didn’t go exactly as planned. At the end of two days of talks in Pyongyang, he said the discussion had been “productive.” North Korea offered up a different take: The talks were “regrettable,” as is the United States’ “unilateral” demand that the country abandon its nuclear weapons. Pompeo, who traveled to the North Korean capital this week to follow up on President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-07By Emily Stewart
    • Trump gifted Kim Jong Un an Elton John CD with the song Rocket Man
      This isn’t the first time Trump has called the North Korean dictator “Rocket Man.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in North Korea for further denuclearization talks with Kim Jong Un following his historic summit with President Donald Trump last month. It’s his third trip to meet with the repressive dictator. And this time, he brought Kim a gift: an Elton John CD featuring the hit song “Rocket Man,” personally signed by Trump. South Korean news outlet Chosun Ilbo reported that Trump provided Pompeo a recording of the soft rock song, released on Elton John’s 1972 album “Honky Château,” ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-06By Madeleine Ngo
    • We need to talk about the fact that Trump seriously considered invading Venezuela
      It’s a disastrous idea. Last year, President Donald Trump repeatedly asked aides and foreign leaders about the prospects for invading a foreign country. No, not North Korea. Trump wanted to invade the South American country of Venezuela. Because why the hell not. According to multiple reports, Trump continuously asked his top advisers last August about a military option for overthrowing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and quelling the growing political and economic crisis his mismanagement of that country has wrought. H.R. McMaster, then Trump’s national security adviser, and others pushed back hard on Trump’s idea, explaining to him that an ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-06By Alex Ward
    • China might have already begun the US-China trade war
      Beijing might be quietly meddling with US businesses in China ahead of the opening rounds of tariffs. The first shot in President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is about to be fired. On Friday, the Trump administration will initiate tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. China is expected to respond immediately with tariffs hitting the same amount of American goods. But ahead of those official opening salvos, it looks like Beijing may have already begun to quietly meddle with the way US businesses operate in China. According to the Washington Post, there are several recent ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-05By Zeeshan Aleem
    • The most important part of the Trump-Putin summit no one is talking about
      National Security Adviser John Bolton isn’t happy about it. President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on July 16 will likely feature discussions about election meddling, the war with Syria, and the North Korean threat. But the most important outcome of the meeting may be something almost no one is talking about: The extension of the New Start nuclear treaty between the United States and Russia. New Start, which stands for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, is an arms control deal that came into effect on February 5, 2011, during the Obama administration. The treaty’s goal, essentially, is to ... read more
      Source: VoxPublished on 2018-07-05By Alex Ward