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Trump backtracks on a meeting with Venezuela’s Maduro after chorus of criticism

June 23, 2020
Anne Gearan, Seung Min Kim, John Wagner | The Washington Post
President Trump backtracked Monday from remarks that had opened the door to a possible meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, whom the Trump administration brands a rapacious dictator and the illegitimate ruler of his country.
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Tensions rise after North Korea blows up liaison office

June 17, 2020
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
North Korea blew up a diplomacy office building in Kaesong, located at the border between North and South Korea. North Korea said those actions were provoked by South Korean activists who had sent leaflets critical of Kim Jong Un across the border.
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Trump officials try to enlist foreign allies in pressure campaign against China over coronavirus response

May 6, 2020
Vivian Salama, Jeremy Diamond, Kevin Liptak | CNN
With the general election just six months away, and the global economy in shambles because of the coronavirus, there is increasing urgency inside the White House and among President Donald Trump's Republican allies to blame China over its failure to stem the spread of the disease early on. Now, there's an effort underway to enlist foreign allies to do the same.
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In India, Trump hails no trade deal as a win

February 25, 2020
Anita Kumar | POLITICO
President Donald Trump will close out his 36-hour trip to India Tuesday without striking a long-coveted trade deal to ease tariffs — but that won’t stop him from selling it as a victory.
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Trump’s India trip mixes politics with policy, and offers the promise of his biggest rally yet

February 22, 2020
Anne Gearan, Seung Min Kim | The Washington Post
President Trump will almost certainly not complete a new U.S.-India trade deal during his two-day visit to the world’s most populous democracy next week. The trophy agreement has been repeatedly postponed amid trade tensions. Instead, the centerpiece of Trump’s brief trip is a massive rally in Trump’s honor that his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has billed as “Namaste Trump.”
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Trump Broke The Law In Freezing Ukraine Funds, Watchdog Report Concludes

January 16, 2020
Ayesha Rascoe | NPR
A federal watchdog concluded President Trump broke a law when he froze assistance funds for Ukraine last year, according to a report unveiled on Thursday. The White House has said previously that it believed Trump was acting within his legal authority.
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U.S. Looks at Cuts to Military Aid to Iraq if Troops Are Asked to Leave

January 15, 2020
Vivian Salama | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration is preparing possible cuts of $250 million in military aid to Iraq, funds already approved by Congress, if the government expels U.S. troops, and is reconsidering a broad spectrum of other economic and military assistance that isn’t yet committed.
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Exclusive: Trump tells Kim Jong-un he wants to resume talks

January 13, 2020
Jonathan Swan, Margaret Talev, Alayna Treene | Axios
White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien tells Axios that the Trump administration has "reached out to the North Koreans" to ask them to resume diplomacy that has been all but dead since October.
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3 Hours From Alert to Attacks: Inside the Race to Protect U.S. Forces From Iran Strikes

January 9, 2020
Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt, Lara Jakes, Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The New York Times
The early warning provided by intelligence helps explain in part why the missiles exacted a negligible toll, destroying only evacuated aircraft hangars as they slammed into the desert sand in barren stretches of the base. No Americans or Iraqis were killed or wounded, and Mr. Trump, who indicated to advisers he would prefer to avoid further engagement, was relieved.
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