Category Archives: Middle East

Xi muscles in on Trump-Kim 'love' affair

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Xi muscles in on Trump-Kim 'love' affair

US President Donald Trump once said there was “love” between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but Xi Jinping is intruding into the relationship to remind them that China is an indispensable chaperone in their nuclear dance. With his first trip to Pyongyang as president, Xi took another big step to patching up his tattered relations with Kim, whose nuclear tests prompted Beijing to join UN sanctions against its longtime ally. Xi’s two-day visit, which ended Friday, will also serve the Chinese leader in his complicated relationship with Trump, as they prepare to hold talks on …read more

Trump's sudden abandonment of Iran airstrikes prompts confusion over what prompted decision: 'Somebody obviously got to him'

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Questions are being asked about outside influence on Donald Trump after the US president called off air strikes against Iran at the last minute.Having initially said he believed Iran made an error when it shot down a US drone on Thursday in the Strait of Hormuz, the president nonetheless reportedly approved military strikes against the Islamic Republic later that day. The operation to hit targets such as radars and missile batteries was in its initial stages, the New York Times reported, and planes were in the air and ships had been moved into position. But before any missiles were fired …read more

Trump says he aborted retaliatory strike to spare Iranian lives

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he aborted a military strike on Iran because he it could have killed 150 people, a disproportionate response to Tehran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone. Trump said the plan was to hit three sites in response to the drone’s downing on Thursday, which Tehran said took place over its territory and which Washington said occurred in international airspace over the strategic Strait of Hormuz. In a sign that the United States is also open to diplomacy, Iranian sources told Reuters, Trump had warned them that a U.S. attack on …read more

Dem Groups Want to Make Kirstjen Nielsen a Post-Trump Pariah

Alex WongHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen may have been pushed out of her job by the president over the weekend. But a coalition of progressive groups now want to ensure that she finds no comfy landing in her career after Trump. The groups are readying a plan to shame any major news networks or large corporation that hires the soon-to-be former DHS Secretary, contending that her involvement in the Trump administration’s family separation policy inherently disqualifies her from a plum gig in the private sector. “If a corporation or university or speaking agency is going to bring her on board, …read more

Trump Abruptly Scraps New North Korea Sanctions

President Trump announced Friday that he had cancelled new sanctions on North Korea.> It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2019Trump said in a tweet that he had “ordered the withdrawal” Friday of “additional large scale sanctions” which would have been added to the existing heavy sanctions on North Korea. Neither the Treasury Department nor the Justice Department announced new sanctions Friday, leading to confusion …read more

'Kim knew': top Republican contradicts Trump over Otto Warmbier's death

Kevin McCarthy contradicted Trump who said he believes North Korean leader knew nothing about treatment of US student A senior Republican has contradicted Donald Trump about whether Kim Jong-un is to blame for the death of an American citizen, saying: “North Korea murdered Otto [Warmbier] … I think Kim knew what happened, which was wrong.” The House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, spoke on Sunday, a day after Trump, without withdrawing his support for Kim’s denial of knowledge of the incident, complained he had been put in “a horrible position”. Warmbier, a 22-year-old student at the …read more

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