Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald John Trump, born June 14, 1946, was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, after he defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the general election of 201

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Xi personally asked Trump to lift Huawei sanctions, Bolton claims
Chinese President Xi Jinping made a personal appeal to Donald Trump to remove sanctions on Chinese technology firms, according to a tell-all memoir by former American national security adviser John Bolton. In his book The Room Where It Happened, Bolton said Xi discussed the companies, ZTE and Huawei Technologies, in phone calls in May 2018 and June 2019, saying he would be indebted to the US President if the sanctions were eased. In talks on trade and Taiwan at the Group of 20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka in 2019, Xi lectured Trump on the humiliation that China experienced as a result of the Treaty of Versailles a century earlier, according to the book.  The treaty drafted in Paris
Here’s what Trump told China’s president behind closed doors, according to John Bolton
Over a dinner of grilled sirloin steak in Buenos Aires, Chinese President Xi Jinping, reading from his notes, was full of praise for his American counterpart, President Donald Trump. The US leader improvised his response, but nodded when Xi suggested the US had too many elections. It was a chummy scene at the banqueting table as the leaders of the world’s two largest economies sat down for trade negotiations on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina in December 2018, according to a new account by former US national security adviser John Bolton, who was ousted from the Trump administration late last year. “At dinner, Xi began by telling Trump how wonderful he was, laying it on thick,” B
US no longer deems Hong Kong autonomous. Here’s what to expect
US President Donald Trump has to decide what actions to take after the US state department told Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong was no longer considered autonomous from China, an assessment that could threaten the city’s long-standing special trading status. “It’s a one-two action,” said David Stilwell, assistant secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the state department, on Wednesday evening. “One being the state department making the assessment that Hong Kong no longer enjoys autonomy,” he told reporters, referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement earlier in the day. “And then, [the second action will be] the determination by the White House as to h
Inevitable war? China, America and their next battlegrounds
When thousands of China’s elites flock to Beijing for the delayed national legislative session starting on Friday, they will face a renewed debate about relations with the US. Specifically, can armed conflict between the two economic superpowers be avoided?  The question has taken a new urgency as acrimony escalates between Washington and Beijing amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The question is also known as the Thucydides trap: an ancient Greek analogy that Harvard professor Graham Allison has popularized. In his 2017 book, Allison argued that wars were often unavoidable when a rising power challenges a ruling power. While observers mostly agree that an all-out war between the nuclear-armed nati
How canceling debt to China could backfire for the US
China could cut the vast amount of US government debt it buys in response to speculation that the United States may not repay it, amid a war of words over the coronavirus and trade, analysts have said. US news reports indicated that White House officials had debated several ways to offset the cost of the coronavirus outbreak, including not repaying some or all of the nearly $1.1 trillion debt that the US government owes China. The discussion of China’s financial connection to the US government has come as President Donald Trump and other American officials have increased their criticism of Beijing over the origins and handling of the coronavirus, and threatened new import tariffs to penaliz
Two in three Americans think poorly of China, survey says
Americans’ views on China have fallen to their lowest level since an annual poll started asking the question in 2005, according to survey results released Tuesday. The poll last month by the Washington think tank Pew Research Center found 66% of respondents held an unfavorable view of China, up from 47% in 2017 when President Donald Trump took office. And a large majority of the 1,000 Americans polled said they lacked confidence in President Xi Jinping to do the right thing when it came to global affairs, a steep increase since last year. The results come as the relationship between the two economic giants has deteriorated rapidly during the coronavirus outbreak. The two countries are engage
China warns US cut to WHO funding weakens global coronavirus response
China has denounced Washington’s plan to suspend funding to the World Health Organization, saying it would weaken the coordinated effort needed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday that Beijing was concerned about the Trump administration’s announcement to withhold funding to the global health agency over alleged missteps it made in responding to the coronavirus outbreak in China.  “The decision of the US will weaken the WHO’s ability to handle the pandemic, especially the nations whose capabilities are not well developed,” Zhao said. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the US would suspend funding to the WHO for a planned 60-
Did Trump’s White House receive coronavirus intelligence in November?
US media reports that American intelligence officials had started tracking in November a rapidly spreading illness in China – now known as Covid-19 – have raised questions about what and when the White House knew about the gathering threat. CNN, ABC and NBC reported this week that an agency of the US defense department’s intelligence arm began holding meetings about the illness in China more than a month before Beijing notified the World Health Organization, on December 31, of the spreading contagion. The National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) tracked details of the apparent epidemic through “analysis of wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images,” according to ABC.
Does wearing a mask make you touch your face more often?
In warning against the universal use of face masks, American health authorities had made the argument that wearing the protective gear is not just unnecessary but potentially dangerous. A mask on your face, they said, could make you touch your face more often, hence increasing the risk of infection by transferring pathogens from your hand to your eyes or nose. But this argument appears to be giving way as a growing number of American officials have joined several European countries and much of East Asia in recommending broader use of face coverings amid the coronavirus pandemic. The US government on Thursday appeared ready to make a conditional endorsement of masks. “If people want to wear
Trump wants the US ‘open’ by Easter despite health experts’ warnings
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he aims to end strict social distancing measures intended to halt the spread of the coronavirus by Easter to avoid prolonged economic damage. “We’re opening up this incredible country — because we have to do that,” said Trump in a Fox News interview in the White House Rose Garden. “I’d love to have it open by Easter.” Easter is April 12 this year. “More people are going to die” unless businesses are allowed to reopen, the president said. “Our country has to get back to work, otherwise it’s going to be very hard to start it up again.” Trump has become increasingly vocal in the past two days about the need to end stay-at-home orders imposed on nearl