WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's secretary of State pick Mike Pompeo is likely to be rejected by a Senate panel after all its Democrats opposed his nomination, but he may still win final confirmation next week. Senator Chris Coons on Friday became the last Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to announce his position. The panel has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. With Republican Rand Paul joining all the Democrats in opposition, Pompeo is now expected to be reported unfavorably out of committee — a rare result — despite a full court press by the White House to get him across the line. "I do not make this decision lightly or without reservations," Coons said in a statement. While he was convinced Pompeo, who currently heads the CIA, would help improve conditions for career professionals at the State Department, "I remain concerned that Director Pompeo will not challenge the president in critical moments". Coons said he worried that Pompeo "will embolden, … [Read more...] about Senate panel likely to reject Pompeo for State as Democrats balk
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Kim made a surprise visit to Beijing from Sunday to Wednesday during which he reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization and showed willingness to hold a summit with the US, according to China’s Foreign Ministry. North Korea needed to repair long-strained ties with China -- its traditional ally and biggest trading partner -- to bolster its bargaining power ahead of summits with South Korea at the end of April and with the US by the end of May, experts say. “I think North Korea wanted to have ‘insurance’ against the upcoming summit with the US and check how much China is willing to protect North Korea’s interests,” said Shin Beom-chul, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. “North Korea probably wanted to show that it has an ally.” Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Dongguk University, shared the view. “Gven its traditional alliance with China, North Korea would have wanted to discuss the situation with … [Read more...] about What are the implications of NK leader’s China trip?
WASHINGTON: Despite threats of retaliation from China over US plans to impose tariffs on up to US$60 billion in Chinese goods, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday (Mar 25) said President Donald Trump had no intention of backing down and was not worried about a trade war."We are going to proceed with our tariffs. We're working on that," Mnuchin told Fox News Sunday. “So, as President Trump said, we're not afraid of a trade war, but that's not our objective.”Fears of a trade war between the United States and China have sent US stock prices tumbling. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both lost nearly 6 per cent by the end of last week.A presidential memorandum signed by Trump last week will target up to US$60 billion in Chinese goods with tariffs over what his administration says is misappropriation of US intellectual property, but only after a 30-day consultation period that starts once a list is published.Trump gave the Treasury … [Read more...] about Trump not afraid of a trade war with China: Mnuchin
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015
caption Trump and Turnbull. source Reuters President Donald Trump appeared to contradict his own State Department during a press conference on Friday by saying that the US is in Syria to defeat ISIS and then leave. “We’re there for one reason: to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS and to go home,” Trump said during a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “We’re not there for any other reason.” In January, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined five goals for the US in Syria – to defeat ISIS and al-Qaida, resolve the conflict between the Syrian regime and people, to curb Iranian influence, to create conditions so that refugees can safely return, and to create a Syria free of weapons of mass destruction. Tillerson also said that the US seeks to resolve the conflict between the Syrian regime and people through UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which works towards a free Syrian election that Washington … [Read more...] about Trump appears to contradict State Department by saying the US is in Syria to ‘get rid of ISIS and to go home’