US State Department Braces for Violent Fallout from Jerusalem Recognition

The State Department has issued security warnings at scores of U.S. embassies around the world, bracing for protests or violence from President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. At the United Nations, American diplomats are preparing for a meeting Friday called by eight of the 15 Security Council members, including close U.S. allies… Please follow and like us:

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US official: Crown Prince Salman ‘behaving recklessly’

US officials have expressed “growing alarm” at the moves made recently by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince saying they could “damage US interests”, the New York Times reported. US diplomats along with officials from the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency say Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “is behaving recklessly without sufficient consideration to the likely consequences of… Please follow and like us:

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Tillerson denies reports he plans to resign, pledges support for Trump

WASHINGTON — In an unusual statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson forcefully denied persistent reports Wednesday that he planned to resign over foreign policy differences with President Donald Trump, and instead pledged strong support for the president. “I have never considered leaving this post,” Tillerson told a hastily called news conference at the State Department. “My… Please follow and like us:

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US withdraws more than half of embassy staff from Havana over sonic attacks

MIAMI—Cuban Americans seeking to have their relatives join them from the island will not be able to do so — at least for the time being — as a result of the announcement Friday of a significant withdrawal of staff from the U.S. Embassy in Havana. It is not known how long the suspension of the… Please follow and like us:

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US Sanctions Iranians Even After Recertifying Nuclear Deal

The U.S. slapped sanctions Tuesday on 18 Iranian individuals and groups it accused of supporting Tehran’s ballistic missile program and weapons deals, a day after it again certified that Iran is complying with the 2015 international accord on its nuclear development program. “The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East,… Please follow and like us:

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Syria Likely to Dominate Tillerson-Lavrov Talks in Washington

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is welcoming Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the State Department Wednesday for talks expected to be dominated by the two countries’ differences over Syria and Ukraine. Later in the morning Lavrov will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House. This will be the first time Lavrov has… Please follow and like us:

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Trump Budget Plan Set to Spark Another Battle with Congress

U.S. President Donald Trump this week will unveil a budget expected to massively increase military spending while slashing other federal programs. The proposal, set to be released Thursday, will offer the most detailed look yet at how Trump intends to move ahead with his so-called “America First” policy. The budget will likely face significant opposition in… Please follow and like us:

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Media See Russian Conspiracies Everywhere

The by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he had met with Russia’s ambassador to the United States touched off a frenzy by major media organizations to link the two men to something nefarious. The New York Times put together a timeline demonstrating proximity in time between events involving Sessions and Russian covert activity. Axios published a… Please follow and like us:

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McCain, Thornberry Decry Trump Pentagon Budget Boost

President Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is pledging “an historic increase in defense spending” of $54 billion to $603 billion for the fiscal 2018 budget, but neither Congressional Republicans nor defense budgets experts were very impressed at first glance. “Such a budget request would represent an increase of $18.5 billion above… Please follow and like us:

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Trump Looks to Boost Pentagon Spending, Cut State Dept. Budget

U.S. President Donald Trump is kicking off the long federal budget process with proposals to increase defense spending, while making cuts to budgets for the State Department and other agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Administration officials say the White House is detailing its vision for federal spending in a memo to agencies on Monday.The… Please follow and like us:

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