Tag: Pompeo, Mike

The Swamp Is Coming From Inside Trump’s Campaign

WASHINGTON — The chief executive of the arms maker Raytheon, under pressure to overcome a congressional hold on major sales in the fall of 2018, wanted to sit down with one of the few people who could solve the problem — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. But the State Department would not schedule the meeting. […]

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Bounties Uproar Casts a Shadow Over a Rare Trump Foreign Policy Achievement

For a president with few tangible foreign policy accomplishments under his belt, Afghanistan had come to look something like a bright spot. His nuclear talks with North Korea have proved fruitless; his “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has produced no concessions from Tehran; Palestinians declared his Middle East peace plan dead on arrival; and a […]

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Trump’s New Russia Problem: Unread Intelligence and Missing Strategy

The intelligence finding that Russia was most likely paying a bounty for the lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan has evoked a strange silence from President Trump and his top national security officials. He insists he never saw the intelligence, though it was part of the President’s Daily Brief just days before a peace deal […]

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China’s National Security Law for Hong Kong, Explained

The sweeping new national security law that China imposed on Hong Kong, aimed at stamping out opposition to the ruling Communist Party in the former British colony, is as “devastating” as some critics feared, a human-rights activist said on Wednesday. Conceived in secrecy and passed on Tuesday without serious public input, the law sets up […]

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U.N. Security Council Rebuffs Pompeo on Iran Arms Ban

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Tuesday for an arms embargo on Iran to be extended indefinitely, but his appeal fell flat at the United Nations Security Council, where Russia and China rejected it outright and close allies of the United States were ambivalent. The embargo, which is set to expire on Oct. 18, […]

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U.S. Halts High-Tech Exports to Hong Kong Over Security Concerns

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration placed new restrictions on U.S. exports of defense equipment and certain high-technology products to Hong Kong on Monday, in response to a new Chinese law aimed at tightening Beijing’s control over the territory. The administration determined in late May that Hong Kong no longer had significant autonomy under Chinese rule, […]

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A Reckoning With Race to Ensure Diversity for America’s Face Abroad

WASHINGTON — Tianna Spears dreamed for years of becoming an American diplomat. She quit in January after two, and says she will never return to the State Department, given what she has described as its failure to protect her from racial discrimination — from the United States government — while on the job. Ms. Spears […]

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Trump Administration May End Congressional Review of Foreign Arms Sales

Senior Trump administration officials are quietly discussing whether to end a decades-old process for congressional review that has allowed lawmakers from both parties to block weapons sales to foreign governments over humanitarian concerns, according to current and former administration officials and congressional aides. The move could quickly advance sales of bombs to Saudi Arabia, among […]

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Pompeo’s Human Rights Panel Could Hurt L.G.B.T. and Women’s Rights, Critics Say

WASHINGTON — Inside the State Department, the definition of human rights is up for debate. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an evangelical Christian, created a commission last July to provide a new vision for human rights policy that would more closely align with the “nation’s founding principles” and uphold religious freedom as America’s most fundamental […]

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On North Korea and Iran, Bolton Blames ‘the Split Between Trump and Trump’

President Trump knew exactly what he was getting when he hired John Bolton in the spring of 2018 to be his national security adviser: An uber-hawk who made no secret of his belief that Iran and North Korea could be driven over the brink by extreme sanctions, and who told the president that attacking nuclear […]

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The Doom Where It Happened

Karl Popper once said, “A theory that explains everything, explains nothing.” John Bolton’s forthcoming memoir of his 17-month stint as Donald Trump’s national security adviser, “The Room Where It Happened,” offers a corollary: A book that tells all, yet somehow manages to tell nothing. Bolton writes that Trump’s Ukraine quid pro quo was “bad policy, […]

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Mike Pompeo Dishonors the State Department

McRAE, Ga. — It’s appalling to see the seal of the U.S. State Department desecrated. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, has no conscience, so I assume it did not occur to him that settling scores with John Bolton, the former national security adviser, beneath that seal was wrong, an affront to the honor of […]

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Top State Department Aide Resigns Over Trump’s Response to Racial Unrest

WASHINGTON — A senior State Department official has said she will resign over President Trump’s handling of racial unrest, according to a person familiar with the matter. The official, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, has been one of the highest ranking African-American officials in the Trump administration, and she […]

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China Slams Trump Over Uighur Law Amid Bolton Accusations

China lashed out at the United States on Thursday after President Trump signed into law a bill that would allow him to impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the mass incarceration of more than one million Uighurs and members of other largely Muslim minorities in the western region of Xinjiang. The rebuke came after […]

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Five Takeaways From John Bolton’s Memoir

John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, plans to publish a damning book next week depicting President Trump as a corrupt, poorly informed, reckless leader who used the power of his office to advance his own personal and political needs even ahead of the nation’s interests. The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” describes […]

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U.S. to Sanction I.C.C. Investigators in War Crimes Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will issue economic sanctions against international officials who are investigating possible war crimes by American troops in Afghanistan and bar them from entering the United States, senior officials announced Thursday. President Trump ordered the restrictions as a warning to the International Criminal Court, where investigators have collected evidence of crimes […]

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Pompeo Aide Who Pushed Saudi Arms Sale Said to Have Pressured Inspector General

WASHINGTON — A senior State Department official who helped Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bypass a congressional freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pushed the agency’s inspector general to drop an investigation into whether that effort was illegal, the former inspector general told lawmakers, according to a transcript released […]

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Demand Answers on Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

There are emerging glimmers that even some top Republican officials are growing weary of some of their president’s assaults on democracy. Last Thursday, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the longest-serving Republican now in the Senate, put the White House on notice. Known as an advocate of vigorous oversight of the executive, Mr. Grassley had for […]

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ISIS Attacks Surge in Iraq Amid Debate on U.S. Troop Levels

MAKESHIFA, Iraq — The assailants came at dusk, creeping on foot through the dusty palm groves near the Tigris River, armed only with a rocket-propelled grenade, a light machine gun and Kalashnikovs. They had laid roadside bombs to kill anyone who rushed to help the unsuspecting local guards, who were in their sights. When the […]

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U.S. Diplomats Struggle to Defend Democracy Abroad Amid Crises at Home

WASHINGTON — American diplomats who are the global face of the United States are struggling with how to demand human rights, democracy and rule-of-law abroad amid concerns overseas and criticism at home over the Trump administration’s strong-arm response to the protests across the country. Diplomats are being confronted by the unrest arising from the death […]

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Ousted Watchdog Says State Dept. Official Pressured Him to End Inquiry Into Pompeo

WASHINGTON — The former State Department inspector general who was ousted by President Trump told Congress on Wednesday that a top department official tried to “bully” him as he examined potential misconduct at the agency, according to top Democratic lawmakers. Steve A. Linick, who was fired as inspector general last month, testified that Brian Bulatao, […]

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As Virus Toll Preoccupies U.S., Rivals Test Limits of American Influence

WASHINGTON — With the United States preoccupied by the sobering reality of more than 100,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus, China has pushed in recent weeks to move troops into disputed territory with India, continue aggressive actions in the South China Sea and rewrite the rules of how it will control Hong Kong. At roughly […]

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Hong Kong’s Protest Movement, Faced with Beijing’s Security Push, is In Crisis

HONG KONG — Protesters have deleted their social media accounts, afraid that their messages could be used against them under China’s new national security laws. Young parents have scoured the internet for instructions on emigration. Organizers have planned rallies, only to cancel them at the last minute in the face of impenetrable police blockades. Hong Kong’s […]

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Trump Moves to Strip Hong Kong of Special U.S. Relationship

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced Friday that his administration would end almost all aspects of the American government’s special relationship with Hong Kong, including on trade and law enforcement, and that it was withdrawing from the World Health Organization, where the United States has been by far the largest funder. Speaking at a news conference […]

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Trump Moves to Strip Hong Kong of Special U.S. Relationship

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced Friday that his administration would end almost all aspects of the American government’s special relationship with Hong Kong, including on trade and law enforcement, and that it was withdrawing from the World Health Organization, where the United States has been by far the largest funder. Speaking at a news conference […]

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Congress Calls State Dept. Officials for Interviews in Expanded Pompeo Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in Congress announced on Friday that three committees were calling top State Department officials to be formally interviewed in an expanding investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his role in the sudden firing by President Trump this month of the department’s inspector general. At the urging of Mr. Pompeo, […]

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Pompeo Releases Letter Clearing Him of Violating Law With Kansas Trips

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday released a letter written four months ago from an independent federal investigative agency that said he did not violate the law when he explored a Senate run from Kansas, escalating a battle with a senator who accused him of using State Department resources to further his […]

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As the U.S. Lashes Out at China, Beijing Hardens Its Resolve

BEIJING — Step by step, the United States under President Trump has sought to intensify pressure on Beijing in hopes of making China change its ways. Each move has instead hardened the resolve of China’s leadership to resist, plunging relations to their current nadir. On Wednesday, the United States won an initial victory in a […]

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As the U.S. Lashes Out at China, Beijing Hardens Its Resolve

BEIJING — Step by step, the United States under President Trump has sought to intensify pressure on Beijing in hopes of making China change its ways. Each move has instead hardened the resolve of China’s leadership to resist, plunging relations to their current nadir. On Wednesday, the United States won an initial victory in a […]

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Will President Trump Stand With Hong Kong?

That China’s Xi Jinping is taking more steps to bring Hong Kong under the central government’s control should come as no surprise. President Xi has long made clear that he regards the enclave’s freedoms as a Western thorn in his side. With the world fixated on the coronavirus pandemic, with relations with the United States […]

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The Wonderful World of Trump Worsts

So hey, summer’s coming. Time for all Americans to get together and plan how to stay apart. And here’s a seasonal question: When we get to Labor Day, who do you think will get the award for Worst Political Person of the Summer? Well, yeah, I knew you’d say him. So negative about our president […]

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