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Some have made progress, only to be set back by North Korean perfidy, by changes in policy direction and by cautious partners and allies in the region who wanted a different approach. [time-ad size=small align=right] We now know that for much of this time Pyongyang was working to preserve and even expand its nuclear program. North Korea has several nuclear weapons and is perfecting the missiles that are designed to deliver them. The North Korea challenge is, as President Obama reportedly told then President-elect Donald Trump, the most dangerous and difficult security challenge he will face. In exchange for a freeze in North Koreas programs, the U.S. has tried diplomatic inducements, including normalization of relations, security guarantees, economic and food aid, and more. Nothing has produced lasting results.
Voice Of America
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Farmers in the U.S. agricultural heartland who helped elect Donald Trump are now pushing his administration to avoid a trade dispute with Mexico, fearing retaliatory tariffs that could hit over $3 billion in U.S. exports. The value of exports at risk is based on a Reuters analysis of a tariff list that Mexico used in a trucking dispute six years ago and that Mexican officials have said could serve as a model if Trump sets new barriers to Mexican goods. Pork producers contacted Trump's transition team soon after the November 8 election to stress that tariff-free access to Mexico has made it their top export market by volume, said John Weber, president of the National Pork Producers Council. The council has sent the administration multiple letters, including one signed in January by 133 agricultural organizations, and is arranging for several hog farmers to fly to Washington next month to talk to officials.
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President-elect Donald Trump, center, listens to a member of the military in the stands as he watches an Army-Navy NCAA college football game at M&T Bank Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP/Andrew Harnik) In an Orwellian-sounding step, The White House has planted politically appointed aides in government agencies to monitor President Trump's Cabinet secretariesloyalty ( according to The Washington Post ). Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser, encouraged the embed strategy, however. “Especially when you’re starting a government and you have a changeover of parties when policies are going to be dramatically different, I think it’s something that’s smart,” Bennett told the newspaper. “Somebody needs to be there as the White House’s man on the scene. Because there’s no senior staff yet, they’re functioning as the White House’s voice and ears in these departments.
Voice Of America
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Although the United States agreed to sell Taiwan eight diesel electric submarines in 2001, the purchase never went through, beset by hurdles ranging from budget issues and lack of consensus in Taiwan to changing U.S. policy priorities. Washington has begun considering a big, new arms package for Taiwan, a move sure to anger China. This week, officials in Taiwan fretted that a planned summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could sacrifice Taiwan's interests. Tsai, who leads the independence-leaning ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has never conceded to Beijing's view that Taiwan is a part of China, although she has soft-pedalled the issue since taking office in May last year. In December, Taiwan briefly celebrated a diplomatic coup when Trump, then president-elect, took a congratulatory phone call from Tsai and raised questions about whether he would stick with the four-decade-old "one China" policy.
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* Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: Clapper served as the director of national intelligence under Obama, during the time Trump claimed the president wiretapped him. Clapper said that none of the agencies he oversaw engaged in such activity: For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign. * Former President Barack Obama: As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen, Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama, said in a statement. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false. * The British Government: Although Conway said that Trump knew more than the rest of us and therefore would be in a position to know about secret wiretapping, the White House has pointed to media reports ― which are available to everyone ― as evidence for the March 4 tweets.
Politico
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FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Monday that his agency has been investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials since last July. The newly revealed timeline — which Comey detailed in a much-anticipated House Intelligence Committee hearingmeans the FBI probe was occurring during the peak of an alleged Russian campaign to destabilize the presidential race and eventually help elect President Donald Trump. But Comey declined to comment on what kind of coordination or contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow officials the FBI was examining. He also wouldn't discuss whether the Trump team knew about any of the contacts various Trump aides have acknowledged. Comey said he didn't know how long the investigation would ultimately take. “There is no usually, he said. It’s impossible to say, frankly.
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People hold placards as they take part in an anti-racism protest against President-elect Donald Trump winning the American election, outside the U.S. embassy in London, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP/Matt Dunham) More people in the U.S. are worried about race relations now than in the past two decades, according to a Gallup poll released on Thursday. About 42 percent of respondents said they “personally worry” a “great deal” about race, a significant jump for the third consecutive year. The rate was lowest, at 13 percent, shortly after former President Barack Obama took office. Respondents were also asked the party they belong to; Republicans, despite being blamed for capitalizing on identity politics under Trump, polled the lowest and were the only to have the same numbers as last year. Democrats polled at 30 points higher – 59 percent who are concerned – while Independents were, for the first time, significantly above the Republicans.
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The rural voters who turned out in droves to elect President Donald Trump would be some of the biggest losers under the new White House budget. The spending blueprint calls for a deeper cut to the Agriculture Department21 percent — than to just about any other agency. Trump would slash programs that invest in rural infrastructure, target rural public radio and demolish food-aid programs that farmers rely on to buy their products. Rural voters flocked to Trump and his promises to roll back environmental regulations and overhaul Obamacare, block illegal immigrants and put blue-collar Americans back to work. They applauded his nods to farmers on the campaign trail. While many of those promises are in the budget, some are reading the cuts affecting farmers and rural communities as a sign from the White House that middle America isnt a priority.
TIME - Top Stories
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By the time the play premiered in New York, it had taken on new political relevance. The show opened on Broadway this week amid a debate over President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban , which sought to restrict travel from six majority-Muslim countries and cited the 9/11 attacks as justification. We clearly didnt have a crystal ball. We were telling a story that inspired us, and theres never a bad time to tell a story about human kindness, Hein told TIME. But particularly now, it feels important to us to tell a story about people being welcomed off a plane. Broadway shows have already stepped into politics this year. The cast of Hamilton , which tells the story of American immigrant and founding father Alexander Hamilton, addressed then Vice President-elect Mike Pence when he saw the show in November.
Voice Of America
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The State Department declined to comment on the matter and referred inquiries to Exxon. Tillerson resigned as chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. at year end, after then-President-elect Donald Trump picked him to become the nation's chief diplomat. Schneiderman said his investigators found the Wayne Tracker account on about 60 documents but that neither Exxon nor its lawyers ever disclosed that it was used by Tillerson. He said that Exxon has failed to give his office all documents covered by a court order in response to his investigation. Exxon disputed this. "The very fact the attorney general's office has these emails is because they were produced in response to the subpoena,'' Jeffers said in a statement. Tillerson would not be the first chief executive to use an alias in electronic communications. A notable case was John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc.
Voice Of America
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The State Department declined to comment on the matter and referred inquiries to Exxon. Tillerson resigned as chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. at year end, after then-President-elect Donald Trump picked him to become the nation's chief diplomat. Schneiderman said his investigators found the Wayne Tracker account on about 60 documents but that neither Exxon nor its lawyers ever disclosed that it was used by Tillerson. He said that Exxon has failed to give his office all documents covered by a court order in response to his investigation. Exxon disputed this. "The very fact the attorney general's office has these emails is because they were produced in response to the subpoena,'' Jeffers said in a statement. Tillerson would not be the first chief executive to use an alias in electronic communications. A notable case was John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc.
Deadline
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The President's intention right now is to donate his salary at the end of the year, and he has kindly asked that you all help determine where that goes, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told members of the press at today's briefing. After winning the election, President-elect Donald Trump told 60 Minutes he would take a $1 salary and give the rest to charity or turn it back to the U.S. Treasury. Before today's briefing, various media outlets had asked the White...
MintPress News
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Former Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn talks on the phone as he waits for the start of a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. (AP/Evan Vucci) Earlier this week, when we discussed Peter Navarro's jarring op-ed in the WSJ in which he alleged that the persistent US trade deficit would put US national security in jeopardy, we said that a better question than what is Navarro's purpose by writing it, is why he is writing it, and does his use of a public forum like the WSJ mean that there is friction between him and Trump camp, especially since in recent weeks it appears that a core pillar of Trump's trade policies, namely the border adjustability, appear to no longer be on the docket of actionable items. As it turns out, that was precisely the correct question , because as the FT reports, a civil war has broken out within the White House over trade, leading to what one official called a fiery meeting in the Oval Office pitting economic nationalists close to Donald Trump against pro-trade moderates from Wall Street.
China Daily
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Preet Bharara, the high-profile Manhattan federal prosecutor, said he was fired from his role as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York on Saturday. The move comes, Bharara said via a tweet on Saturday, after he refused to submit a letter of resignation following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' order to all 46 U.S. Attorney holdovers from Barack Obama's administration to step down. I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life, Bharara tweeted. I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life. Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017 In November, Bharara met with President Donald Trump following his election. Trump, who was then President-elect, asked Bharara to remain in his role as U.