Tag: Donald Trump

The Trump administrations starting to face reality in the Middle East

The statement the White House issued late Wednesday night following a more than two-hour meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump’s Mideast point man Jared Kushner was, at first glance, extremely innocuous. Kushner was joined by Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and the communiqué that followed […]

The Memo: Against the odds, Trump renews push on Middle East peace

President Trump is pushing for a historic breakthrough between Israel and the Palestinians, but the lack of specifics in his approach has left some foreign policy experts scratching their heads. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will travel to the region on Wednesday. The administration’s special envoy, Jason Greenblatt, arrived in Israel on Monday. The trip […]

Trump sends son-in-law Jared Kushner to Middle East to try and broker peace

Donald Trump is sending his top White House adviser, son-in-law Jared Kushner to the Middle East this week to discuss possible next steps for brokering peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah follow Mr Trump’s discussions in May with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Appearing […]

Palestinians Plan to Cheat Trump, Keep Paying Terrorists’ Families

The Reuters news agency has reported that the Palestinian Authority (PA) intends to continue paying stipends to families of terrorists, despite assurances that PA President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly made to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. According to Reuters, the PA intends to continue the payments, but to hide them under a different appropriation: Palestinian […]

Donald Trump dragging US ‘back to the past’ by promoting coal and ditching Paris climate accord, Vatican warns

Donald Trump is taking the US “back to the past” with his decision to withdraw the country from the Paris Agreement on climate change and efforts to revitalise the coal industry, a senior Vatican official has said. Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told Reuters that people should trust scientists […]

Trump gives Pentagon total authority over troop levels in Afghanistan

Donald Trump has given the Pentagon complete authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, hours after his Defence Secretary suggested the US was losing the war. Defence Secretary James Mattis told Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defence that the President had delegated him complete authority over the number of troops, as he had previously done for […]

Trump makes surprise visit to shot congressman in hospital

President Trump visited House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in the hospital on Wednesday after the No. 3 House Republican was critically wounded by a gunman. Trump was reportedly joined by first lady Melania Trump, according to a pool report. Reporters accompanying the president were asked to wait in vans outside the hospital. Upon entering […]

Israeli Ambassador to US: Trump will address problems of Iran deal in time

Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer said that those criticizing President Donald Trump’s lack of action on his campaign promise to “rip up” the Iran deal should be patient as the administration is working through how to address the deal’s flaws. Speaking at the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum in Washington on Monday, Dermer […]

Trump signs waiver delaying move of US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

President Trump signed a waiver Thursday that delays his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the White House said Thursday. Trump’s waiver suspends the move under the Jerusalem Embassy Act for six months. The law, passed in 1995, required the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem by the end of […]

Paris Agreement: Over a thousand US CEOs and mayors say they will continue to fight climate change despite Trump

Over a thousand mayors, businesses, investors, and academic institutions have signed a pact to continue fighting climate change in the US despite Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Last week, Mr Trump pulled out of the Paris accord, stressing that it puts American workers at an “economic disadvantage” and that it is “unfair” for […]