Donald Trump

  • Jul- 2020 -
    8 July
    Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump shaking hands at a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2017.

    China Says Would Join Nuclear Talks if US Reduces Arsenal

    Beijing said US pressure to include China in nuclear talks is "nothing but a ploy to divert world tension" and "create a pretext under which they can walk away from the New START."

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  • 2 July
    Hamas military wing members.

    Hamas Tests Rockets to Warn Israel Over Annexation Plan

    As protests flare across Palestinian territories against Israel's plan to annex a part of West Bank, Hamas has showcased its firepower, sending about 20 rockets into the Mediterranean Sea.

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  • 1 July
    US troops marching in NATO welcome ceremony in Orzysz, Poland on April 13, 2017.

    Trump Approves Cutting 9,500 Troops in Germany: Pentagon

    President Donald Trump has approved a plan to slash the US military presence in Germany by 9,500 troops, the Defense Department said.

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  • Jun- 2020 -
    2 June
    President Trump leaves after speaking at a news conference following the Senate Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on May 19

    Trump Threatens Military Mobilization Against Violent US Protests

    President Donald Trump vowed to order a military crackdown on once-in-a-generation violent protests gripping the United States, saying he was sending thousands of troops onto the streets of the capital and threatening to deploy soldiers to states unable to regain control. The dramatic escalation came a week after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed when a white police officer knelt on his neck, leading to the worst civil unrest in decades in New York, Los Angeles, and dozens of other American cities. In the Midwest, police were early Tuesday trying to bring the city of St Louis under control after a night of looting and violence in which four officers were shot, police chief Colonel John Hayden said, adding their injuries were not life-threatening. “Mr. Floyd was killed somewhere else and they’re tearing up cities all across the country,” a visibly emotional Hayden said. After being criticized for his silence on the worsening crisis, Trump struck a martial tone in a nationwide address Monday from the White House garden, as police fired tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the fence. “I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and …

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  • May- 2020 -
    28 May
    US soldiers in Afghanistan

    US Troop Pullout From Afghanistan Ahead of Schedule

    The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home. The developments came as questions loomed over the next phase of Afghanistan’s long war following a historic, three-day ceasefire that led to a major drop in civilian casualties. The truce, which the Taliban called to mark the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr, ended Tuesday night, leaving Afghans anxious about whether it would be extended, or when the war might come raging back. Violence levels remained low even after the end of the ceasefire, but Afghan security forces conducted airstrikes in the south that killed 18 “militants,” police said. Under a deal the US signed with the Taliban in February, the Pentagon was to bring troop levels down from about 12,000 to 8,600 by mid-July, before withdrawing all forces by May 2021. But a senior US defense official said the troop number was already at approximately 8,500, as commanders accelerate the withdrawal over fears of the coronavirus. “The drawdown was accelerated due to COVID-19 precautions,” the official told AFP, noting that the departure of anyone with health concerns or over a certain age …

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  • 21 May
    President Trump leaves after speaking at a news conference following the Senate Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on May 19

    Trump to Withdraw US From ‘Open Skies’ Treaty

    President Donald Trump announced Thursday he plans to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, the third arms control pact Trump has abrogated since coming to office. The U.S. leader said Moscow had not stuck to its commitments under the 18-year-old pact, which was designed to improve military transparency and confidence between the superpowers. “Russia did not adhere to the treaty,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “So until they adhere, we will pull out.” The New York Times reported that Trump plans to inform Moscow of the move on Friday, and that it could be a prelude to Washington also withdrawing from the New START Treaty, which limits the number of nuclear missiles the United States and Russia can deploy. The Open Skies agreement between Russia, the United States, and 32 other countries, mostly members of the NATO alliance, permits one country’s military to conduct a certain number of surveillance flights over another each year on short notice. The aircraft can survey the territory below, collecting information and pictures of military installations and activities. The idea is that the more rival militaries know about each other, the less the chance of conflict between them. But the sides also use the …

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  • Apr- 2020 -
    23 April
    IRGC Persian Gulf exercise

    Iran’s IRGC head vows ‘decisive response’ to any US hostility in Gulf

    The counter-threat came a day after President Donald Trump said he ordered the Navy to "shoot down" any hostile Iranian boat in the Gulf

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  • Mar- 2020 -
    2 March
    Afghan Taliban-US peace deal

    US to begin Afghanistan drawdown as Kabul, Taliban deadlock ahead of peace talks

    Afghanistan's government and the Taliban are deadlocked on a prisoner swap ahead of peace talks, but the US will start pulling out troops anyway

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  • Jan- 2020 -
    29 January

    Israel reinforces troops in West Bank ahead of US approval for partial annexation

    The IDF sent reinforcements into the West Bank to brace for Trump's declared support for Israeli plan to annex the Jordan Valley settlements

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  • 6 January
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

    NATO ambassadors to meet in Brussels over Iran concerns

    NATO ambassadors will meet at their Brussels headquarters as Middle East tensions mount after US forces killed a top Iranian general

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