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US Navy admiral visits Taiwan as Trump admin solidifies ties before exit

November 23, 2020
Vivian Salama, James Griffiths, Ryan Browne | CNN
A senior United States naval official visited Taiwan Sunday, as the outgoing Trump administration continued to strengthen ties with the self-ruled island in its last weeks, further riling Beijing and potentially helping to shape how Joe Biden deals with this issue as president.
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Trump Says He Wants All Troops in Afghanistan Home by Christmas, Going Further Than Security Adviser

October 8, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump tweeted late Wednesday that all American troops should be out of Afghanistan by Christmas, a new goal post for ending the long-running conflict that caught his own Pentagon flat-footed.
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Trump denies calling fallen soldiers "suckers" and "losers"

September 5, 2020
Weijia Jiang | CBS News
A news report alleges President Donald Trump privately referred to fallen American troops as "suckers" and "losers," but he has adamantly denied those claims.
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Military Newspaper Stars and Stripes in Budget Crosshairs

September 5, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Kristina Peterson | The Wall Street Journal
Stars and Stripes, the Pentagon’s independent newspaper, has been ordered by Pentagon officials to prepare to shut down as soon as the end of this month, a move that would end a history dating to the Civil War.
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To Get Tougher on China, Trump Needs U.S. Navy, Which Is Straining

August 15, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration’s escalating pressure campaign against China calls for a beefed up military presence to challenge Beijing’s claims in Asia, signaling a widening role for the U.S. Navy.
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Exclusive: Trump never raised Russia's Taliban bounties with Putin

July 29, 2020
Jonathan Swan, Dave Lawler | Axios
President Trump has never confronted Vladimir Putin with intelligence indicating Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops, he told “Axios on HBO” in an interview on Tuesday.
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White House does not plan any immediate response over intelligence reports on Russian bounties targeting U.S. troops

July 2, 2020
Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima, Karen DeYoung, Shane Harris | The Washington Post
The White House is not planning an immediate response to intelligence reports of Russian bounties given to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan because President Trump does not believe the reports are true or “actionable,” according to two senior administration officials.
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Trump calls reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops a “hoax”

July 2, 2020
Weijia Jiang | CBS News
President Trump called reports of alleged Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan a “hoax,” noting he was never verbally briefed on the supposed plot. National security adviser Robert O’Brien said the raw intelligence was worrisome enough to share with the military.
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Republicans signal to Trump to back down on defense bill veto threat over renaming Confederate bases

July 2, 2020
Karoun Demirjian, Rachael Bade | The Washington Post
President Trump is increasingly isolated over his staunch defense of Confederate symbols on military bases, as uneasy congressional Republicans signal to the White House that now is not the time to hold the Pentagon hostage to this one issue.
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