John Fritze and Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY Published 2:53 PM EDT Mar 22, 2019 WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump overruled his own Treasury Department on Friday and withdrew new sanctions aimed at North Korea because, the White House said, the president "likes" the reclusive country's leader, Kim Jong Un. Treasury officials announced Thursday they were sanctioning two shipping companies based in China that have helped North Korea evade international sanctions. The U.S. has been increasingly pressuring Chinese firms doing businesses with Kim's regime. Less than 24 hours after those sanctions were announced, Trump abruptly announced on Twitter that he had ordered the withdrawal of those additional sanctions. “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. The stepped up sanctions followed a high-profile summit between Trump … [Read more...] about Donald Trump ends North Korea sanctions because he ‘likes’ Kim Jong Un
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President Donald Trump has left Vietnam without the nuclear deal he was hoping to strike with North Korean Kim Jong Un — a stinging result for a president seeking a foreign policy win to carry into 2020. The two sides appeared on the cusp of signing an agreement on some incremental nuclear disarmament vows, but scuttled those plans at the last minute. "It was about sanctions," Trump said in a press conference shortly after the White House announced the summit with North Korea would be cut short. "Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety," he added. "They were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn't give up all of the sanctions for that." It was an unexpected 180 degree turn at a summit that seemed to be moving toward a deal that Trump would portray as a major victory — another stump speech line for his rallies as the 2020 presidential race heats up. Instead, he found himself having to explain to the media … [Read more...] about Trump leaves North Korea summit without deal
DONALD Trump is set to meet with Kim Jong-un for their second historic summit this week in Vietnam. But when exactly is this highly-anticipated meeting taking place and what could be expected? Here's what we know. When is Donald Trump meeting Kim Jong-un in Vietnam? The Trump-Kim meeting is due to take place on Wednesday and Thursday in the Vietnamese capital. Kim Jong-un last night set off on a train journey for his second summit with Trump. The North Korean dictator, 35, was seen on state TV inspecting a guard of honour in Pyongyang station before waving from his lavish carriage. Later, the distinctive bulletproof green-and-yellow locomotive was seen crossing into the Chinese border city of Dandong on the nearly-3,000 mile journey to Hanoi. It is said to be stocked with vintage wines and will cater any cuisine Kim desires. It is expected to take more than two days for the train to make the epic journey through China to Vietnam. What's the latest news about the summit? Experts say Kim … [Read more...] about When is Donald Trump meeting North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Vietnam and what’s the latest news about the summit?
WASHINGTON – Directly contradicting President Donald Trump, U.S. intelligence agencies told Congress on Tuesday that North Korea is unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal, that the Islamic State group remains a threat and that the Iran nuclear deal is working. The chiefs made no mention of a crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border for which Trump has considered declaring a national emergency. Their analysis stands in sharp contrast to Trump's almost singular focus on security gaps at the border as the biggest threat facing the United States. FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats presented an update to the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday on their annual assessment of global threats. They warned of an increasingly diverse range of security dangers around the globe, from North Korean nuclear weapons to Chinese cyberespionage and Russian campaigns to undermine Western democracies. Coats did note that North Korean … [Read more...] about U.S. intel chiefs contradict Trump on North Korea, ISIS group threats
"Christmas Eve briefing with my team working on North Korea – Progress being made," Trump said in a Twitter message on Monday. "Looking forward to my next summit with Chairman Kim!" Christmas Eve briefing with my team working on North Korea – Progress being made. Looking forward to my next summit with Chairman Kim! pic.twitter.com/zPTtDbrP0o — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018 READ MORE: US Court Orders North Korea to Pay Family $500 Million Over Student's Death Trump has been considering a second summit with Kim to speed up the stalling denuclearization. Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton said the summit could take place in January or February. On June 12, Trump and Kim met in Singapore, where they committed to establish new US-North Korea relations. In the joint declaration, Kim pledged to work towards the complete … [Read more...] about Trump Says ‘Progress Made’ on North Korea, Looks Forward to Next Summit With Kim