He reiterated his call for more pressure from China, North Korea's main ally in the region, to clamp down on trade and back stronger enforcement of United Nations sanctions as a means to force denuclearization. Trump and Xi spoke by telephone Tuesday night, just days after their two-day gathering at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Secretary of Defense Gen.
The AEI's Scissors believes Trump's top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, formerly of Goldman Sachs, has probably helped move Trump to more mainstream business views on the Ex-Im Bank. "We'll see whether or not he does", Trump said. That led to last week's summit. In a separate interview with the New York Post , Trump repeated "Our policy is the same".
On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it would not be voluntarily releasing the names of White House visitors , reportedly due to "grave national security risks and privacy concerns", according to The Washington Post . The Obama White House also maintained the prerogative not to release records of particularly "sensitive" meetings, such as interviews with potential Supreme Court nominees.
The Trump administration had seemed ambivalent over whether it would push for regime change in Syria. "Part of the discussions when I visit Moscow next week is to call upon Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Russian government to fulfill the obligation it made to the worldwide community when it agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons; and why Russia has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me".
One senior intelligence officer acknowledges the "high stakes" of the situation, as well as the chance that U.S. preparations could provoke action by North Korea. "Washington does not fear North Korea, and another nuclear test increases the likelihood that the USA will use military force". About 200 foreign journalists are in Pyongyang for North Korea's biggest national day, called "Day of the Sun".
US President Donald Trump has described relations with Russian Federation to be at an "all-time low" following the US missile strike on a Syrian airfield last week. Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the USA position that Assad should leave power. Although most members of the council voted in favor of the resolution, which demanded that investigators be provided speedy access to relevant information on the attack, Russian Federation voted ...