Trump's reversals come after crash course on the issues

Apr 16, 2017, 00:24
Trump's reversals come after crash course on the issues

"We're not going into Syria", Trump said in an interview with Fox Business.

Sandy Pho, a senior program associate for the Kissinger Institute on China at the Wilson Center, said that Trump, like many new presidents, has been facing a learning curve on the ways of Beijing.

As The Washington Post reported this week, part of Trump's dissatisfaction stems from Bannon, the subject of numerous newspaper, magazine and television profiles, not just clashing with the president's most trusted adviser, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, but also pulling focus.

China - the North's sole major ally and economic lifeline - on Friday warned that war over North Korea could break out "at any moment".

"I will tell you, only because you've treated me so good for so long", Trump said confidingly to Bartiromo, whose giddy eagerness to lap up Trump's flattery recalled any number of junket hacks who have made the rookie mistake of confusing a movie star's faux intimacy with real-life friendship. This time, Russian Federation alone vetoed the measure. In February, China suspended imports of coal from North Korea - a key source of foreign currency for Kim Jong Un's hard-line Communist regime.

Trump and other United States officials have repeatedly called on China to leverage its status as North Korea's biggest economic partner and source of food and fuel aid to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

"We are obviously paying close to the environment in the wake of these strikes and remain appropriately postured to respond as necessarily", he said.

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It is moving closer to developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could threaten the US mainland.

Therefore, Cheng says, China still has many points of leverage over North Korea, from finance and tourism to the many North Koreans working in China. Even Chinese solar panels are flooding the US market, pushing domestic solar producers out of business, he said. The leaders ended their first meeting just as the first missiles were launched.

Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis spoke earlier in the day at a Pentagon news conference about the Syrian chemical weapons attack last week, which killed 86, and the subsequent US response.

"There's a view that China possesses the key to solving the peninsula problem, or that China has the faucet and that all China has to do is shut it off and the peninsula issue is solved", Ruan said.

This week, the USA president diverted an aircraft carrier toward the seas off the divided Korean Peninsula to deter North Korea from conducting another nuclear or missile test.

In August, he promised to direct his "treasury secretary to label China a currency manipulator".

Like House Speaker Paul Ryan has said after the GOP's failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Trump does not have much of an interest in following artificial deadlines. And he left open the possibility of re-nominating Janet Yellen for a second four-year term as Fed chair.