World Mike Pompeo Donald Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to answer on Thursday morning when pressed about whether he was aware of a counterintelligence investigation into Trump launched by former FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe. Pompeo appeared on NBC News TODAY on Thursday for an interview. Although the secretary defended Trump against allegations of colluding with Russia and pushed back against claims that invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president had been discussed, he refused to say whether he was aware of a probe launched by McCabe. “Did you know about the counterintelligence investigation into the president?” co-host Craig Melvin asked, pointing out that Pompeo was the director of the CIA at the time when the investigation would have been launched. “I haven’t probably followed this as closely as you have. I’ve been a bit busy,” Pompeo replied. “I find it sad, Andrew McCabe had the IG [inspector general] from … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo Refuses to Say Whether He Knew About Counterintelligence Investigation into Donald Trump and Russia
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World Donald Trump Vladimir Putin Benjamin Netanyahu Ali Akbar Velayati Mohammed bin Salman One major result of the Helsinki summit has been overlooked in the furore over Russian election meddling—Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin essentially agreed to an endgame to the Syrian civil war. The basic outlines of the deal are now clear, experts say. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will remain in power, there will be a permanent ceasefire between Syria and Israel (after seventy years in a state of war), Damascus will offer guarantees regarding the Jewish state’s security—first and foremost by moving Assad’s Iranian military allies away from Israel’s borders. “Trump will settle for living with Assad,” says Robert Ford, former US Ambassador to Syria. With mid-term elections approaching, Trump has been “pushing his advisers to make plans to get US forces out of Syria,” says Ford. “This is a time of retrenchment in US foreign … [Read more...] about Did Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Agree on Plan to End Syrian Civil War?
News / UK and world by Press Association July 3, 2018, 11:05 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump may meet in private during their upcoming summit in Helsinki, a Kremlin spokesman has said. Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday that, if both sides agree, Mr Putin and Mr Trump could meet without their aides before the start of the official meeting on July 16. Mr Peskov said: “President Putin feels absolutely comfortable in all formats that are comfortable for his interlocutors” and the Kremlin “does not rule out” such a meeting. A US congressional delegation was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian parliamentarians. Relations between Russia and the US have sunk to their lowest point in decades amid US sanctions over alleged Russian meddling in the US election and Russia’s actions in … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could meet without aides, Kremlin says
President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are to have their first official summit in Helsinki, Finland, on 16 July. Relations between the two countries have become strained over allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, as well as Moscow's support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad and its involvement in the Ukraine conflict.During the long-awaited meeting, Mr Trump and Mr Putin will discuss relations between their countries and "a range of national security issues", said the White House.The summit will take place after the US president attends a NATO meeting in Brussels and has a working visit to the UK, where he is expected to have talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and also meet the Queen.The Helsinki announcement by the White House and Kremlin comes a day after Mr Trump's national security adviser John Bolton held talks with Russian officials in Moscow to prepare the groundwork for the meeting.Mr Trump said "getting … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to have first summit in Helsinki in July
World Donald Trump Kim Jong Un approval ratings Summit President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have received their highest approval ratings ever in South Korea—even though they went back and forth this week on whether a historic summit to discuss denuclearization would go ahead. Related: Obama More Admired Than Trump in Every Country Except Russia: Poll Trump has gained eight percentage points in the past two months to achieve a 32 percent approval rating from South Koreans, according to a Gallup Korea poll released Friday. Only 9 percent of South Koreans approved of Trump a year ago. The United States president is only slightly more popular than his North Korean counterpart. Kim over the past two months gained 21 percentage points for a 31 approval rating, according to the poll that was conducted from May 29 to 31. Recommended Slideshows 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World 10 Stunning Photos … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Approval Ratings Reach Highest Ever Marks in South Korea, Poll Finds