Tag: Diplomacy

Report: Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose Startup Stake

Senior adviser and son-in-law to the president, Jared Kusher, allegedly failed to note on a government financial-disclosure form $1 billion in loans and the fact that he is part-owner of real-estate finance startup called Cadre, The Wall Street Journal reports. Due to his stake in Cadre, Kushner is a business partner of Goldman Sachs, as…

Trump: ‘Major, Major’ Conflict With North Korea Possible

In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, President Trump said “there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” but he is hopeful that the U.S. can find other ways to work with the country regarding its nuclear and missile programs. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically,…

China, Russia Send Ships To North Korea

Chinese and Russian spy vessels have been sent to shadow the group of U.S. aircraft carriers that are heading toward North Korean waters, Japanese media outlets reported Monday. The move comes amid escalating tensions surrounding Pyongyang’s nuclear efforts. President Trump has described the vessels as an “armada” and said additional and more powerful submarines are…

Pence To North Korea: ‘Era Of Strategic Patience Is Over’

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over as he kicked off his 10-day Asia tour. Speaking from a joint U.S.-South Korean base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea on Monday, Pence said the White House is counting on China to help ease…

Trump Fox Interview: Assad Is An Animal [VIDEO]

Just a few weeks after sending 500 troops into Syria Trump claimed in his latest interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo that he would not send ground troops into Syria. “We’re not going into Syria, but when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons which they agreed not to use under the Obama administration…

FBI Obtained FISA Warrant To Monitor Ex-Trump Adviser Carter Page

Last summer, the FBI applied for and was granted a secret court order allowing agents to monitor the communications of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to candidate Donald Trump, “after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power,…

Eric Trump: Nepotism Is ‘A Beautiful Thing’

President Trump’s son Eric doubled down on recent comments, indicating he believes nepotism is a “beautiful thing” days after saying it was “kind of a factor of life.” Eric Trump, who took the reigns of the family business along with his brother Donald Trump Jr., said it made sense to trust family members to look…

Eric Trump: “I’m Sure” Ivanka Influenced Daddy To Launch Syria Strikes

Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria was influenced by his daughter, Ivanka, being “heartbroken and outraged” at the country’s alleged chemical weapons attack, one of the president’s sons told a British newspaper. The president launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian government air base he alleged was involved in a chemical weapons attack that killed…

Tillerson: Russia Must Choose Between Assad and U.S.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said Russia must soon choose between its relationship with the U.S. or its relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Tillerson, speaking at the Group of 7 conference, said it still is not clear if Russia failed to take its obligations to Syria seriously or just did a poor…

Trump Officials Tell Russia To Stop Supporting Assad

Trump Cabinet members are cautioning Russia to reconsider its relationship with President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of Syrian chemical attacks that killed more than 80 people last week, most of them civilians. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday on Fox News: “I think what we should do is ask Russia: How could it…

Air Base Hit By Trump Reopens Less Than 24 Hrs Later

New airstrikes have targeted a town in northwest Syria that was hit by a deadly chemical attack earlier this week, activists said. It wasn’t immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which hit on Friday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib province.…

U.S. Told Russia About Syria Strikes in Advance

Russia confirmed Friday that it received advanced warning from the U.S. about its strike on Syria, in which the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the first American assault on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Moscow condemned the strike and gave notice that Russia is pulling out of all agreements to minimize risk of…

Trump: I Think Susan Rice Committed Crime, Declines To Provide Proof

President Trump said in a Wednesday interview with The New York Times that he believes former national security adviser Susan Rice committed a crime in allegedly seeking to unmask the identities of Trump associates mentioned in intercepted communications. “I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” the president told the Times, though he declined…

Jared Kushner Makes Unannounced Visit To Iraq

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, made an unannounced trip to Iraq over the weekend with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. The official said that Kushner wanted to show his support for Iraq’s government, and get a better understanding of…

Report: Diplomats Told to ‘Avoid Eye Contact’ With Tillerson

President Trump’s secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has been so cut off from his own diplomats during his tenure that employees have been told not to speak directly to him or even make eye contact, according to a new report in The Washington Post. The former ExxonMobil chief executive reportedly takes a private elevator to…

Senate To Explore Trump/Russia Ties In Open Hearing

The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding open hearings Thursday on Russian interference in the U.S. election through technology and disinformation, with a slate of academic and cybersecurity experts scheduled to testify, including former NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander. The hearing will explore the various ways Russia tried to influence the U.S. presidential election and is…

Britain Formally Triggers Brexit

A letter signed by Prime Minister Theresa May has been delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk, formally triggering Britain’s exit from the European Union. The letter was handed over by Tim Barrow, Britain’s permanent representative to the EU. By invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, Britain now has two years to negotiate an…

Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White House’s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in “the national interest,” despite…

Former IRA Chief Martin McGuinness Dies at 66

Former Irish Republican Army chief of staff Martin McGuinness has died at the age of 66, after a short battle with a rare genetic disease, his family said. McGuinness became a key figure in establishing peace in Northern Ireland after years of involvement with the paramilitary organization. He stepped down as deputy first minister just…

Tillerson Plans To Skip NATO Meeting, Visit Russia In April

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs. Tillerson intends to miss…

Theresa May Will Trigger Article 50 On 29 March for BREXIT

Theresa May will trigger article 50 on Wednesday 29 March, the prime ministers spokesman has confirmed. The UKs permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU on Monday morning that a letter should be expected on that date. May, who was visiting Swansea on Monday, intended to visit Northern Ireland and…

Suicide Bomber Kills 30 In Damascus At Courthouse [VIDEO]

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives’ vest inside the main judicial building in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding many others, state media said. The official news agency, SANA, said another suicide explosion struck a restaurant in Rabweh district of Damascus, leading to an unknown number of casualties. The…

Report: FBI Probes Trump Organization, Russian Bank Ties

The FBI’s counterintelligence team is still looking into the potential ties between a Russian bank and the Trump Organization—despite a wide public dismissal of the possible connection several months ago, CNN reports. The same team that is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election is conducting the inquiry on the Trump company and an…

House Intelligence Chief: No Evidence For Trump’s Wiretapping Claim

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee said he has seen no evidence to support President Trump’s claim that his phones were wiretapped by the Obama administration during his campaign. “I have not seen that evidence,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said at a press conference Tuesday. “I think the bigger question that…

Al Franken: Sessions ‘Perjured Himself’[VIDEO]

Sen. Al Franken said he thinks Attorney General Jeff Sessions might have committed perjury during his confirmation hearing, the Minnesota Democrat told CNN on Tuesday. “It’s hard to come to any other conclusion than he just perjured himself,” Franken said. During Sessions’s confirmation hearing, Franken asked the then-senator “if there is any evidence that anyone…

North Korea Bars Malaysians From Leaving [VIDEO]

Tensions continued to escalate between North Korea and Malaysia on Tuesday over the investigation into the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Kuala Lumpur’s airport last month. After the two countries expelled each other’s ambassadors, Pyongyang barred Malaysians from leaving, and Malaysia responded with tit-for-tat…

Sessions Used Campaign Funds For Trip To Meet With Russian Envoy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he was acting in his capacity as a U.S. senator when he met with the Russian ambassador at the Republican National Convention, but The Wall Street Journal reports that he paid for related expenses with his political funds and that he spoke about President Trump’s campaign at the event.…

Kushner And Flynn Met With Russian Envoy In December

Michael T. Flynn, then Donald J. Trump’s incoming national security adviser, had a previously undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador in December to “establish a line of communication” between the new administration and the Russian government, the White House said on Thursday. Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated in…

Trump: Sessions Is Victim Of ‘A Total Witch Hunt’

President Trump admitted in a statement Thursday night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions could have responded to a question posed during his confirmation hearing “more accurately,” but blamed Democrats for bringing attention to the fact that Sessions said he never interacted with Russian officials during the campaign when he actually met the Russian ambassador to…