President Trump announced Tuesday that Mike Pompeo, now the C.I.A. director, will become secretary of state, replacing Rex W. Tillerson, ending his short but tumultuous tenure as the nation’s chief diplomat. Mr. Tillerson found himself repeatedly at odds with Mr. Trump on a variety of key foreign policy issues.
President Trump has pardoned former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier who was convicted of breaking laws by taking a photo inside a nuclear submarine, the White House said Friday.
The case gained national attention because the prosecution of Mr. Saucier contrasted sharply with the Obama Justice Department decision not to bring charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified material on her secret email server.
Mr. Saucier’s attorney unsuccessfully used a “Hillary Clinton defense” that argued his client couldn’t be held to a higher legal standard than Mrs. Clinton.
A federal judge in August sentenced Mr. Saucier, former Navy machinist, to one year in prison and a $100 fine.
In announcing the pardon, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited Mr. Saucier’s otherwise exemplary service in the Navy.
US President Donald Trump has praised Chinese President Xi Jinping after the ruling Communist Party reportedly declared plans to eliminate a two-term limit for the presidency, paving the way for Xi to serve indefinitely.
In a closed-door fundraiser in the state of Florida on Saturday, Trump further expressed hope that the US may have a president for life some day, according to audio excerpts of his remarks carried by CNN.
“He’s now president for life, president for life. And he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday,” Trump said to cheers and applause from his supporters.
The US president also criticized his Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton in 2016, repeated his view about “a rigged system,” and called the military invasion of Iraq as “the single worst decision ever made.” He further referred to former President George W. Bush as “another real genius.”
During the remarks, Trump commended his Chinese counterpart as “a great gentleman” and added, “He’s the most powerful (Chinese) president in a hundred years.” He also said that Xi had treated him “tremendously well” during his visit in November.
This is while the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Saturday.
Trump has often praised Xi, but in January he stated that Washington was considering a big “fine” as part of a probe into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property. He has also been critical of China’s trade policies.
The US president told The New York Times in December that he had “been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war.”
President Donald Trump said Thursday that the administration will slap tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum and the prospects of a trade war sent the Dow plummeting nearly 600 points in mid-afternoon trading.
Trump, who has made no secret of his desire to implement more protectionist trade policies, tweeted that steel and aluminum manufacturing in the U.S. had been “decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy.”
“We’re going to be instituting tariffs next week,” Trump announced at a meeting of business leaders at the White House.
“People have no idea how badly our country has been treated by other countries,” the president added, blaming past U.S. negotiators for not having a “clue” about trade.
The announcement came after reports of infighting between free trade and protectionist factions in the White House. Free trade supporters warned that imposing the tariffs could lead to trade wars that would negatively impact American industries ranging from agriculture to technology.
Experts who support free trade agreed.
“It will open a Pandora’s box — protecting an industry based on national security concerns is a rarity,” said Dan Ikenson, director of the Cato Institute’s trade policy studies center.
Robert Scott, senior economist at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, said tariffs that failed to distinguish between America’s trade allies and countries like China, which the U.S. has accused of illegal trade practices, could make it more difficult resolve trade disputes.
“The best of options is higher tariffs on steel from unfair traders and quotas on everyone else,” Scott said. “The advantage to that approach is it would allows us to work with other countries to impose similar tariffs on these unfair traders.”
Analysts on both the right and left also warned that the tariffs would have unintended consequences that could hurt the same industries that Trump said during the campaign he would protect.
“Immediately, the steel and aluminum using industries in the United States are going to see their costs of production go up, and they’ll also have trouble competing with their foreign competition because foreign manufacturers will be able to charge lower prices,” Ikenson said. “This is disconcerting because there’s a lot at stake.”
Ikenson added that getting an international buy-in would help achieve better global price parity, but laying down a one-size-fits-all tariff would give the U.S.’s closest trading partners, such as Canada and Mexico — two major exporters of steel to the U.S. — little incentive to initiate trade actions at the U.S.’s behest.
US President Donald Trump proposed the candidacy of Patrick Hovakimian to serve as a member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Department of Justice.
The candidacy will be considered by the Senate. If the candidacy is approved, he will become a member of the Commission until September 30, 2020.
Patrick Hovakimian serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, where he investigates and prosecutes public corruption and white-collar crime. Previously, he practiced law with the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP, and clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. He holds a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, where he studied as a Truman Scholar and was a member of the Stanford Law Review.
President Donald Trump said he will support a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, according to a telephone briefing by the White House for Republican congressional staff members.
In exchange for relief for DACA recipients, the White House proposal calls for a $25 billion “trust fund” for a border wall, an end to family reunification, which conservatives call “chain migration,” and an end to the diversity visa lottery. Immigration activists blasted the plan for ending family reunification, and vowed to oppose it in Congress. “We are going to fight this tooth and nail,” said Frank Sharry, founder of America’s Voice, an immigration rights group.
The US president has told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rein in the offensive on Syria’s Kurdish enclave of Afrin, the White House says. Concerns the NATO allies may be brought into conflict are rising.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again been urged to “de-escalate” his military assault on Afrin, a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.
Following similar calls from other world leaders, US President Donald Trump spoke by phone to his Turkish counterpart on Wednesday, and called on the Ankara government to “limit its military action and avoid civilian casualties,” according to a White House statement.
Trump also warned Erdogan about “the destructive and false” anti-American rhetoric which he said was emanating from Turkey, as the two NATO allies find themselves at odds over territory close to the Turkish border which is controlled by the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Washington relies on the YPG, the major force within the alliance of Syrian Democratic Forces, to fight the “Islamic State” (IS) militant group in Syria.
Erdogan meanwhile accuses the YPG of being allied to a three-decade Kurdish insurgency in southern Turkey.
Together with aligned Syrian rebel fighters, Turkey began an air and ground operation in Syria’s Afrin district on Saturday to root out what Ankara says are Kurdish “terrorists” who are threatening security in the country.
The offensive has opened a new front in Syria’s multi-sided, seven-year war and complicated US efforts in Syria.
Amid rising tensions, Trump urged Turkey to “exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces.”
Erdogan urged Trump to halt Washington’s weapons support to the Kurdish militia, according to the White House.
Erdogan vows to press on
In separate comments, The Turkish leader wowed to extend the military operation to Manbij, a separate Kurdish-held enclave some 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Afrin, where some US forces are positioned alongside the SDF.
Kurdish leaders meanwhile have demanded that Washington rein in Turkey, and vowed to resist its cross-border operation.
Shervan Derwish, a spokesman for the Manbij Military Council, said his forces are on “full alert” in case Turkey moves on the city.
“We are in constant contact with coalition forces, who are conducting patrols on the front lines and aerial patrols — their troops are still in Manbij,” Derwish told the German news agency dpa by phone.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in its latest death toll report that some 125 people were killed over the last five days in the Afrin region, among them Turkish-backed Syrian rebels.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the advancing Turkish troops are facing stiff resistance in Afrin, while the SOHR reported Turkish airstrikes had been witnessed in nearly 20 villages.
On Wednesday evening, rockets fired from Syria killed two people and wounded 11 more in the Turkish border province of Kilis.
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President Donald Trump was unaware that Flynn, then his national security adviser, had spoken with the FBI until two days after the Jan. 24, 2017, interview took place, according to two people familiar with the matter. The first senior official to learn about Flynn’s interview with the FBI was White House counsel Don McGahn, who was told about it by then-acting attorney general Sally Yates.
Two people said Flynn did not include his own personal lawyer, speaking with federal agents alone. “No one knew that any of this was happening,” said another senior White House official. That meeting, a year ago today, would set off an unparalleled sequence of events that has involved the cooperation of many of the president’s top law and intelligence officials — including CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Yates — with the special counsel’s investigation.
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