Trump Battling His Own Subordinates over Trade, Loyalty

President Donald Trump is growing frustrated with the “globalists” in his administration, and at one point this month, he ordered his staff to start bringing him tariffs on subsidized imports. Trump was apparently getting tired of excuses when it comes to trade policy, in an incident first reported by Axios on Sunday. Trump told the roomful… Please follow and like us:

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Russia is at a dead-end in Syria

The victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections last November raised the Russian leadership’ hopes of improving Russian-US relations in general and reaching a compromise on Syria, in particular. Now, five months after Trump took power, the chances of this happening seem meagre. Recent events in Syria, especially the incidents that took place in… Please follow and like us:

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Leaders and markets react to Gulf diplomatic rift

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, three out of six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), along with Egypt, announced on Monday they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar. Qatar’s foreign ministry reacted by saying it regretted the Arab countries’ “unjustified decision”. The move escalated a row following a recent hack of the… Please follow and like us:

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Trump: North Korea ‘A Particular Focus’ for G-7 Leaders at Summit

U.S. President Donald Trump says terrorism and North Korea are top items on the agenda for the leaders’ summit of the Group of Seven nations, which began Friday on Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island. Sitting alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the U.S. president said the meeting would have a “particular focus on the North Korea… Please follow and like us:

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President Trump Meets Pope Francis at Vatican

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday, underscoring the emphasis during the first presidential foreign trip on the three Abrahamic (monotheistic) faiths. The two men, meting for the first time, shook hands. The pope appeared somber. The president grinned. “It’s a very great honor,” Trump said to… Please follow and like us:

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Trumpcare Would Give Rich Republican Politicians A Tax Break

Republicans who support Donald Trump’s health care plan would be voting for what Democrats have slammed as a package of tax breaks for the wealthy. One of the new tax breaks in the GOP’s bill to repeal Obamacare could benefit Republican lawmakers and top officials in the Trump administration, an International Business Times review has found.… Please follow and like us:

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Lavrov: Russia Has Questions About Ambiguous US Policies

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that his government has had a lot of questions about what he said were ambiguous and contradictory ideas coming from the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Lavrov spoke at the start of a meeting in Moscow with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adding that it is… Please follow and like us:

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No Sanctions in Hand, Tillerson Heads to Moscow

U.S. Secretary State Rex Tillerson is headed to Moscow with less ammunition than Washington and London had hoped he would have in his bid to convince Russia to abandon Syrian President Bashar al Assad. G7 ministers meeting Tuesday in the Italian city of Lucca on failed to agree on targeted sanctions against the Russian and Syrian… Please follow and like us:

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Realizing America’s Offshore Economic Opportunity

It’s early days for the Trump administration, but we already know a few things. Our new president favors swift action to meet his campaign promises. He’s also shown himself to be a no-holds-barred cost-cutter. These two prongs create a dilemma. Mr. Trump pinned his reputation on job creation, but given recent events he will now lack… Please follow and like us:

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China Hopes Xi Trump Meeting Will Inject Stability Into Relationship

Chinese President Xi Jinping will be looking for signs that U.S. foreign policy is shifting more toward his own this week when he sits down for his first face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The two days of talks are seen as a high-stakes moment crucial to injecting stability into… Please follow and like us:

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US Secretary of State to Discuss Russian ‘Aggression’ With NATO 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he will discuss “Russia’s aggression in Ukraine” when he meets with NATO allies Friday. Upon arrival in Brussels, the top U.S. diplomat said he sees three important areas to discuss: NATO’s resources for its mission, the organization’s fight against terrorism, including Islamic State, and NATO’s posture in Europe, “most… Please follow and like us:

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Trump Trade Stance Turns U.S. Automakers Hawkish on China

Recent reports about the Trump administration’s plans to fight China’s protectionism in automotive trade matter in no less than three different respects — with the third being both the most neglected and potentially most important. For it makes startlingly clear how the emerging new Trump-ian trade policy could both remedy specific problems American producers have with… Please follow and like us:

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Air Force Adds China To F-35s’ Foreign Deployments

F-35As CLARIFIED: What MG Harris Really Meant CAPITOL HILL: The Air Force’s first operational squadron of F-35s will head to the Pacific, not to Europe as recently departed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said in December. The news came in the form of one sentence today in the written testimony today of Maj. Gen. Jerry… Please follow and like us:

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South China Sea, Not Trade First Point of Friction for Trump, China

Many thought trade would be the first area in which the administration of President Donald Trump could see tensions rising with China. On the campaign trail, Trump talked constantly about China and jobs, and pledged to label Beijing a currency manipulator and vowed to levy punishing tariffs to counter China’s cheating on trade. But on Trump’s… Please follow and like us:

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