Tag: United States International Relations

A Conflicted War: MS-13, Trump and America’s Stake in El Salvador’s Security

SAN SALVADOR — On a cloudy afternoon, Mayra Ayala shepherded her family along the winding footpaths of a hillside cemetery in Ilobasco, a town about 35 miles from the capital. The group of nine clambered over dozens of brightly painted mausoleums while descending to a purple tomb topped with three […]

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A Cold War Arms Treaty Is Unraveling. But the Problem Is Much Bigger.

WASHINGTON — After the United States delivered an ultimatum to Russia last week that it was preparing to abandon a landmark weapons treaty, drawing a combative response from President Vladimir V. Putin, the specter of a rekindled nuclear arms race was widely seen as a rewind of the Cold War. […]

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Is Mueller Building an Expansive Obstruction Case?

The court filings on Friday in the Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort cases require reading between the lines. Some lines, redacted, are missing altogether. However, what has been made public calls for reconsidering the longstanding assumptions about President Trump’s potential exposure to a charge of obstruction of justice. That discussion […]

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The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House

Senior American officials were worried. Since the early months of the Trump administration, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser, had been having private, informal conversations with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son of Saudi Arabia’s king. Given Mr. Kushner’s political inexperience, the private exchanges could make […]

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Huawei Arrest Shows Trump Has No Game Plan Against China

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at one of China’s most strategically important companies, on the same day that President Trump and China’s president, Xi Jinping, declared a 90-day “truce” in their trade war, is a diplomatic curveball that may fulfill some national security goals but could complicate […]

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Is This the Beginning of the End for Trump?

On Friday, federal prosecutors in Manhattan and the special counsel, Robert Mueller, delivered a potentially devastating one-two punch against President Trump. Coming late in the day, they made for bracing end-of-the-week reading. Calling on the court to impose a sentence of substantial imprisonment against Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal […]

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Europe and U.S. Agree on Chinese Threat, but Are Too Busy Feuding to Fight It

BRUSSELS — They are creating defenses to limit Chinese investment, accusing China of seizing technology from foreign companies and warning of Chinese efforts to undermine their political system. It may all sound like a game plan hatched by officials in Washington, but the agenda is straight out of Brussels. While […]

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Kara Swisher: Can the U.S. Stop China From Controlling the Next Internet Age?

Imagine, if you will (and you should), a big American tech executive being detained over unspecified charges while on a trip to Beijing. That is exactly what a number of Silicon Valley executives told me they are concerned about after the arrest this week of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial […]

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Trump Administration Defends Arrest of Huawei Executive

WASHINGTON — A senior administration official said on Friday that the United States had repeatedly warned Huawei, one of China’s flagship technology firms, about violating American sanctions on Iran before the arrest Saturday of one of its top executives. “We’ve warned them for quite some time of violating the Iranian […]

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o: U.S. Tax Dollars Help to Starve Children

ADEN, Yemen He is an eight-year-old boy who is starving and has limbs like sticks, but Yaqoob Walid doesn’t cry or complain. He gazes stolidly ahead, tuning out everything, for in late stages of starvation the human body focuses every calorie simply on keeping the organs functioning. Yaqoob arrived unconscious […]

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Trump Set to Name State Department Spokeswoman to U.N. Post

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to nominate Heather Nauert, the chief State Department spokeswoman, to become his next ambassador to the United Nations as he moves to reshape his team for the final two years of his term, a person familiar with the choice said on Thursday. Ms. Nauert, a […]

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In Blow to Haley, U.N. Rejects Measure Condemning Hamas

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday rejected a resolution proposed by the United States to condemn the Islamic militant group Hamas for violence against Israel. The rejection was a blow to the American ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, who had positioned the measure as a capstone of her tenure. In […]

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Chinese Executive’s Arrest Sets Trump Priorities on a Collision Course

WASHINGTON — The arrest of a top Chinese technology executive in Canada at the behest of the United States is setting two Trump administration priorities on a collision course: trade policy and national security. The detention is a boon to administration officials trying to limit the global spread of Chinese […]

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Saudis to Press OPEC for a Million-Barrel Cut in Oil Production

VIENNA — Saudi Arabia is poised to advocate that OPEC cut oil production by about a million barrels a day — roughly 1 percent of the global oil supply — as the group begins discussions on Thursday on ways to keep supply and demand in balance. Khalid al-Falih, the Saudi […]

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U.S. Gives Russia a Deadline on Nuclear Treaty

BRUSSELS — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would begin the formal process to scrap the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty within 60 days unless Russia returns to compliance with the treaty’s terms. “The burden falls on Russia to make the necessary changes,” Mr. Pompeo […]

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Trump, Self-Styled ‘Tariff Man,’ Issues China a Warning

WASHINGTON — President Trump warned China on Tuesday that if President Xi Jinping failed to make good on the trade promises reached during their weekend meeting, the United States would impose additional tariffs on Chinese imports. Referring to himself as a “Tariff Man,” Mr. Trump issued a series of tweets […]

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Steve Bannon and a Fugitive Billionaire Target a Common Enemy: China

Just months after being pushed out of the White House, Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, met with a fugitive Chinese billionaire at a suite in the luxurious Hays-Adams Hotel in Washington. The billionaire, Guo Wengui, who is also known as Miles Kwok, was living in New York […]

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C.I.A. Director to Brief Senators on Khashoggi Killing

WASHINGTON — The director of the Central Intelligence Agency briefed leading senators on Tuesday about the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi — an attempt to mollify lawmakers who last week signaled they might not continue military support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen without more information about the Saudi […]

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News Flash: No Major Damage Done at G-20!

Rarely might one expect much drama at the annual gathering of the Group of 20 leaders, except perhaps during a major global crisis, such as the financial meltdown of 2008 and 2009. Still these are important meetings at which American leadership normally yields significant outcomes that benefit the country’s economy […]

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Victims of War, and Now Victims of the Trump Administration

What is an appropriate punishment for a crime? The plight of thousands of Vietnamese refugees convicted of crimes in the United States and now threatened with detention or deportation demands an answer to this question. For most of the four decades since the Vietnam War ended, refugees fleeing the Communist […]

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Trade Truce by China and U.S. Gives Both Sides Political Breathing Room

The agreement reached by President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China to effectively pause their trade war and work toward a pact appears to be aimed at giving the two leaders some political breathing room after an escalating fight has begun inflicting economic damage on both sides of the […]

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Trump Says He Plans to Withdraw From Nafta

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced his intention late Saturday to quickly withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, a move intended to force House Democrats to enact a revised version of the pact despite concerns that it fails to protect American workers. “I will be formally […]

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