WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he has a "very good relationship" with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis even though he thinks the Pentagon chief is "sort of a Democrat." Asked during a "60 Minutes" interview airing Sunday whether Mattis will step down, Trump says Mattis hasn't told him that. But Trump says: "It could be that he is. I think he's sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth. But Gen. Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves." Asked about Trump's remarks, a Pentagon spokesman says Mattis is "laser-focused on doing his job — ensuring the U.S. military remains the most lethal force on the planet." CBS News released a clip of the interview before Sunday's broadcast. … [Read more...] about Trump touts good relations with ‘sort of a Democrat’ Mattis
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Scott Kastner by Scott Kastner April 30 A Chinese armed helicopter engages in a live-fire exercise off the country’s southeast coast on April 18. (Li Shilong/Xinhua News Agency/AP) The complicated relationship between the United States, the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan has been heating up. In recent months, China flexed some muscle by sending strategic bombers to circumnavigate Taiwan. In March, President Trump signed the Taiwan … [Read more...] about China-U.S.-Taiwan relations are in choppy waters. Here’s what’s going on.
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen in Brussels earlier this month. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/Scanpix Denmark's prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said that reinforcing good relations with the United States will be a priority as he meets President Donald Trump Thursday. The PM, who arrived in Washington D.C. Wednesday, also said that he would look to promote Danish export interests during his meeting with Trump. “First and foremost I want to have a good meeting tomorrow in a good atmosphere that will allow me to keep in touch with the American president. I had a good telephone conversation with him in November, and I think that is one of the reasons why I am here so soon after he was inaugurated,” Rasmussen said at a press conference in the American capital, reports newspaper Politiken. Rasmussen is only the fourth European leader to visit Trump during his presidency so far, following British prime minister Theresa May, German chancellor Angela Merkel and … [Read more...] about Danish PM: ‘First and foremost I want a good meeting’ with Trump
"As Germans and Europeans, good transatlantic relations based on our values are very much in our interest," Merkel told reporters at a joint press conference in Warsaw with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo. The German leader also said that NATO members would meet to discuss the approach of new US President Donald Trump who has called the alliance "obsolete" in terms of fighting terrorism, but of "fundamental importance" to transatlantic security. "What the president, the defence and foreign ministers have said about NATO is important and in the future we will have the opportunity to meet within NATO to discuss this," Merkel said. Germany and Poland on Tuesday vowed to cooperate in the interest of European unity. The move signals a convergence of interests between Berlin and Warsaw as the EU faces a string of challenges this year including Brexit and several high-stakes national elections where populist parties with anti-EU agendas could make inroads. Ties between EU powerhouse … [Read more...] about Merkel calls for EU to maintain good relations with Washington
Burkhalter and Renzi are meeting in Rome. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP Switzerland's relationship with the EU is on the agenda today as Swiss President Didier Burkhalter meets Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on an official visit to Rome. The pair will discuss “various bilateral matters” between the two countries including tax, finances and Swiss-EU relations, according to a federal government press statement. “Swiss policy in relation to the European Union and their mutual interest in maintaining and consolidating bilateral approach” will be the main item up for discussion between Burkhalter and Renzi, after Italy assumed the EU Presidency on July 1st. The meeting will also “permit an exchange of views with the EU Presidency on cooperation with the OSCE, especially in relation to the crisis in Ukraine.” Burkhalter is the head of the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which is working to reduce … [Read more...] about Swiss-EU relations on discussion table in Rome