Tag: Donald Trump

Trump, Putin shake hands ahead of closely watched G20 meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a veteran businessman and a former spy, shook hands on Friday ahead of the most highly anticipated face-to-face meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit.   Trump has said he wants to find ways to work with Putin, a goal made more difficult by sharp […]

Trump’s EPA considers a new process to question climate change science

President Trump and the administration are discussing whether to undertake an initiative that would question the science of climate change through a debate process, according to a new report. The Washington Post said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is the driver behind the idea, which has “sparked a debate among top Trump administration officials […]

Trump is seeing how hard it can be to land the ‘ultimate’ deal between Israel and the Palestinians

President Trump boasted during the election that his real estate background could help him succeed where other U.S. presidents have failed in making what he calls the “ultimate” land deal — a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.Once he took office, he dived into the seemingly in­trac­table conflict immediately and personally, and named his […]

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 […]