Inside the Oval: How Trump tormented Mattis – Axios

Of all the disagreements that drove President Trump and then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis apart, one of the most perilous had to do with blowing up Iranian boats. “Why don’t we sink them?” the president would ask. Acting on an obsession that went back to the campaign, Trump repeatedly asked his national security team for plans […]

Trump delivers defiant defense of his foreign policy approach to skeptical U.N. audience – The Washington Post

UNITED NATIONS — Declaring that the United States will “never apologize for protecting its citizens,” President Trump delivered a defiant defense Tuesday of a transactional worldview that is increasingly at odds with consensus-driven international bodies such as the United Nations. He used an address to the U.N. General Assembly to warn that his administration will […]

Trump Tells Macron the U.S. Will Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump told President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday morning that he plans to announce the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, according to a person briefed on the conversation. Mr. Trump’s decision unravels the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, isolating the United States […]

Mass Deportation Is a Lose-Lose Proposition – Bloomberg

In its zeal to deport unauthorized immigrants, the U.S. risks turning itself into a quasi-police state — all for little or no benefit to the native-born. First of all, net illegal immigration to the U.S. ended a decade ago: But there are still about 11 million to 12 million unauthorized immigrants remaining in the U.S. […]

Trump’s New Travel Ban Blocks Migrants From Six Nations, Sparing Iraq – The New York Times

President Trump during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House last week. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order on Monday blocking citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, the most significant hardening of immigration policy in generations, even with changes […]

Hundreds of thousands rally in Iran against Trump, chant ‘Death to America’: TV | Reuters

ANKARA Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on Friday to swear allegiance to their clerical leaders and reject U.S. President Donald Trump’s warning that he had put the Islamic Republic “on notice”, state TV reported.   On the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, marchers including hundreds […]

Press Secretary Sean Spicer Falsely Accuses Iran of Attacking U.S. Navy Vessel, an Act of War

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asserted at Thursday’s press briefing that Iran had attacked a U.S. naval vessel, as part of his argument defending the administration’s bellicose announcement that Iran is “on notice.” National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday said he was  “officially putting Iran on notice” following the country’s ballistic missile test and […]

Donald Trump press secretary Sean Spicer falsely accuses Iran of going to war with US | The Independent

  Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer falsely accused Iran of attacking a United States naval vessel, an incident which – if it had really happened – could constitute an act of war. Mr Spicer made the remarks during a press briefing called to explain a White House announcement that Iran had been officially “put on […]

Thanks to Trump, the Doomsday Clock Advances Toward Midnight – The New York Times

Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times It is now two and one-half minutes to midnight. Our organization, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is marking the 70th anniversary of its Doomsday Clock on Thursday by moving it 30 seconds closer to midnight. In 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to […]

Women chess players must wear hijabs to play in the world championships in Iran — Quartz

Top-ranked female chess players have been told that if they want to compete in next year’s world championships, they’ll have to wear hijabs—because the competition will be held in Iran. Grandmasters have accused the World Chess Federation’s Commission for Women’s Chess of ignoring the implicit sexual and religious discrimination, reports the Telegraph. US women’s champion […]