Trump says he would consult with China’s Xi before speaking to Taiwan

April 28, 2017

… that Sino-US ties will witness more troubles in his early time in the White House than any other predecessor,” said an op-ed in the Global Times. Before the call, no US President or President-elect had spoken directly to the Taiwanese leader since the 1970s, and the then-Secretary of State said the Trump transition team had not contacted the Department of State ahead of the call. Despite being bullish on the future of the US’ official position on the matter, Trump eventually …

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Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin to work on special relationship

April 26, 2017

Berlin (CNN)It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, after all. In the wake of a mid-March White House visit characterized by awkward moments — President Donald Trump apparently declined to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand in the Oval Office and he made an uncomfortable joke about wiretapping on live television — his most trusted adviser, daughter Ivanka Trump, is on her way to Germany. Ivanka Trump’s Berlin trip features a jam-packed Tuesday, …

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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far.

April 24, 2017

Almost 100 days into Trumps tenure, the fears of environmentalists, scientists, public health advocates have been confirmed and then some. On the day Trump took office, a page devoted to climate change action on the White House website disappeared. Four days later, Trump signed executive orders reviving the controversialKeystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, a move that set the tone for a series of swift and sweeping changes to the nations climate and environmental policies that were soon …

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Will Trump follow his heart or his head on French election?

April 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sunday’s French election result sets up a battle between the heart and the head of the Trump White House. In the latest blow to establishment party politics in the Western world, two outsider candidates — centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen — advanced from a crowded field to a run-off for the Elysee Palace on May 7. Le Pen has risen on the same populist politics, rooted in anger over immigration policies, globalization and middle class …

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How Trump could make US a climate pariah over Paris pact

April 18, 2017

… American recklessness that Pruitt epitomizes. I happened to have been in the White House (discussing solutions to the AIDS epidemic) the day in early 2001 that George W. Bush Jr. pulled the US out of the Kyoto Protocol to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The move was a predictable disaster: it delayed effective global action on global warming for another 15 years. Yet Bush used an argument then that is utterly closed off today. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More …

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Trump may have to be patient about North Korea

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The United States has lost its strategic patience with North Korea. So what’s a had-it-up-to-here superpower to do to stop a pariah nation bent on putting its nuclear weapons on top of a missile that could reach America? Tough talk, for sure. Lean on China to turn off its life support to its neighbor, for another. But for all the warnings that Trump will fix the showdown with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it’s so far unclear whether at its foundation, his …

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Eating Korea: 10 of South Korea’s most delicious dishes

April 18, 2017

… Gomtang The White House restaurant in the town of Naju, in South Korea’s southeast, belongs to a disappearing, yet gloriously alive, breed of restaurants. It’s a stubborn old boot that has rejected change. Beef steam hisses from the entrance to the kitchen, where seven women in blue aprons work the gomtang soup vats, rice steamers, cutting boards, kitchen sink and serving trays. An ajumma (middle-aged woman) with rubber gloves, a perm, an uninviting glare and a shower cap ladles …

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Trump Administration Won’t Release Logs Of Visitors To The White House

April 15, 2017

The decision is a departure from the Obama administration, which did release the logs.Michael Dubke, the White House communications director, told Time that the White Houses decision was made out of concern for national security and privacy, and to protect President Donald Trumps ability to discreetly seek counsel. The White House says it will honor public information requests to parts of the White House legally classified as agencies, such as the Office of Management and Budget, according …

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Trump carves out tough commander-in-chief posture

April 14, 2017

… the pace of operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq and elsewhere. “What I do is authorize my military,” Trump said at the White House, before comparing the proactive use of force by his own White House with the way the military was handled under Obama. “Frankly, that is why they have been so successful lately, if you look at what has happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what has happened over the last eight years, you will see there has been a …

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VP Pence heads to Asia-Pacific amid North Korean posturing

April 14, 2017

… president’s tour will also include stops in Tokyo, Jakarta, Sydney and Hawaii. According to a White House foreign policy adviser, the trip is intended as a chance for Pence to lay out the administration’s policies to US allies in the region, and to offer an opportunity for him to develop personal relationships with government and business leaders. Kim Jong Un shows symbol of strength Nuclear test site ‘primed and ready’ What we can learn from NK military parades …

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Trump, shocked by Assad, discussed chemical weapons history at Mar-a-Lago

April 13, 2017

… White House around Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attack, sources with knowledge of the briefing told CNN. The briefing document, one source said, examined “the history of battlefield uses of chemical weapons” that was meant to “demonstrate the declining acceptability of these weapons.” The document showed the “trend line of acceptability of use of these weapons” and how they are only used by “the worst outliers.” …

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Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State

April 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has nominated attorney John Sullivan to serve as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s deputy, the White House announced Tuesday. Sullivan is a partner at Mayer Brown in Washington and co-chairs the law firm’s national security practice. His nomination to the No. 2 spot at the State Department would fill one of the key national security positions still vacant as Democrats slow-walk the President’s nominees. Sullivan previously served as …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… explicit religious commitments to holy Shiite sites. Their brutality is arguably religiously motivated in a way similar to that of ISIS. That Gabbard and her allies believe being secular is enough to grant Assad legitimacy is even more important. The unspoken argument here is that alleged war crimes, mass torture and decades of repressive one-family rule are acceptable, so long as they dont have a pesky Muslim tinge. The message is precisely what controversial Trump White House advisers like …

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House Republicans Were Handed A Historic Opportunity. They’re Blowing It.

April 7, 2017

… infrastructure bill. And a defense supplement. And 12 appropriation bills. Meanwhile, the White House already appears to be lashing out at Ryan, unable to accept that he and other congressional leaders cant just make Republicans pass the health care bill. For Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Republicans pumping the brakes on their health care legislation is a good sign. But theres still no evidence Republicans can bridge the divide in their conference on much of anything. Lawmakers appear no …

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Schiff: Trump promised documents, but WH staff is fighting release

April 6, 2017

(CNN)The top Democrat on the House Russia investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff, said Wednesday President Donald Trump personally promised documents at the center of “unmasking” allegations would be made available to all members of the House intelligence committee, but that White House staff is fighting those documents’ release. “The President, when I met with him, said that he is happy to have whoever we wanted review the documents. His staff has opposed that, they were …

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If Congress wants to put your browser history up for sale, why not buy theirs first?

April 5, 2017

Misha Collins needs to raise half a billion dollars. Or, at least, that’s what the “Supernatural” actor (and former White House intern) figures he’ll need in order to purchase the internet browsing data of every member of Congress who voted for a bill that get this makes selling people’s internet browsing data completely legal without having to get anyone’s permission. Wild, isn’t it? And while being a popular actor with steady work in TV and film …

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Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and the Mao factor

April 4, 2017

Beijing (CNN)When US President Donald Trump greets his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in person for the first time in Florida this week, the two men may find an unlikely historical figure looming large as they attempt to rebalance the world’s most important bilateral relationship. On the surface, and politics aside, Xi and Trump appear a world apart. A real estate mogul turned reality television star before winning the White House race in a major upset, Trump relishes the spotlight …

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Trump’s Secretary of Everything: Jared Kushner

April 4, 2017

… with’ Russia Speaking Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Kushner was working jointly with the State Department to manage the administration’s foreign affairs. “There’s a lot of relationships that Jared’s made over time — Mexico being one of them — that are going to continue having conversations with him,” Spicer said. “That doesn’t mean by any means it’s being done without the coordination with the …

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Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

… practices of previous administrations. “Our approach is to handle these types of sensitive issues in a private, more discrete way,” a White House official said Friday, previewing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to the White House on Monday. “We believe it’s the most effective way to advance those issues to a favorable outcome.” Trump’s executive orders bad news for China Trump himself has pledged to …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… adviser Michael Flynn, who also served as a top campaign aide, was offering his testimony to Congress in exchange for legal immunity signaled a potential turning point. Watch: Flynn likened immunity to guilt in 2016 If you’re arriving on the scene late, the Flynn news can be summed up this way: One of Trump’s highest-ranked and most-trusted campaign hands, who then scored one of the most powerful positions in the White House, is now saying he wants to answer …

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Hillary Clinton makes most political remarks since losing election

March 29, 2017

(CNN)Hillary Clinton took the stage at a diversity conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, making her most political comments since losing the 2016 presidential election. “There is no place I’d rather be than here with you,” Clinton said, before adding: “Other than the White House.” During her keynote address at the annual conference hosted by the Professional BusinessWomen of California, Clinton spoke largely about women’s equality and peppered in criticism …

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A huge sigh of relief on health care

March 29, 2017

… According to the GOP plan, “Our Step-by-Step Approach,” the first of three steps towards reshaping the American health care market was thwarted on Friday when the White House, recognizing that splits within the Republican Party could not be resolved to allow passage of the AHCA, instructed Ryan to pull the bill. Step two, led by Secretary Tom Price and his team at the Department of Health and Human Services, may still proceed: “going through every page of regulations and …

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For GOP on health care, there’s no ‘moving on’

March 29, 2017

(CNN)What a fiasco. On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn’t have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a “setback” and that Republicans are “moving on” from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won’t be pretty. “We will be living with …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… — effectively an allegation of criminal wrongdoing against the former administration — or to draw back the claims tied his White House in knots as it sought to explain and finesse the tweets while sparing the President embarrassment. But the effort stumbled as every key congressional figure associated with intelligence oversight said there was no evidence of wiretapping. Comey was “incredulous” about Trump’s tweets, sources familiar with the matter told CNN. The …

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