Former Secretary of State John Kerry says he was unable to persuade then-President Barack Obama that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "needed to be taught a lesson" for violating ceasefires and using chemical weapons on his own people during Kerry's time in office, telling "Face the Nation" that the U.S. ultimately "paid a price" for inaction. "We paid a price for the way it played out without the red line being enforced by the bombing," said Kerry, referring to Mr. Obama's warning in 2012 that use of chemical weapons would prompt a military response by the U.S., a threat that was not enforced a year later. Kerry explained his thinking at the time. "I put several ideas on the table. The president was not persuaded by my argument. I believed that we had several options we could have done at very low risk to be able to make it clear to Assad that when we had a ceasefire and when he said he was going to live by it, he had to live by it. And I thought we should have done … [Read more...] about John Kerry: U.S. “paid a price” for not enforcing Obama’s red line in Syria
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Socialist Democrat candidate for Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s 14th District is calling on left wing and open borders activists to “occupy” all United States airports, all borders in the U.S., and every office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. In a panel discussion with Democracy Now!, Ocasio-Cortez called for an uprising against President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the U.S.-Mexico border where all border crossers and illegal aliens are being criminally prosecuted.Ocasio-Cortez called on activists to hold all U.S. airports, the southern and northern border in the U.S., and every ICE office in occupation: I believe the moral character of the United States is at stake. So for me, it wasn’t a question of whether I should go down [to the border]. We have to have a rapid response. And I think every day that we go on — especially a day when something that heinous happens — we have to … [Read more...] about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Occupy All ICE Offices, Borders, U.S. Airports, ‘Occupy All of It’
WASHINGTON — Chinese officials are hoping to mollify President Trump’s oft-stated displeasure with America’s huge trade imbalance with China by pledging to import billions more of made-in-U.S.A. products.Whether Beijing’s promised shopping spree and other concessions, made during talks this week in Washington, will lead to a detente in what has been a simmering trade conflict is not clear. The latest round of talks conclude Friday.A person familiar with the discussions did not indicate the amount or timetable for the proposed purchases, but analysts doubted that China could boost imports fast enough or in the amounts needed to meet earlier demands by Trump to shave more than half of the $370-billion merchandise trade surplus with the United States by 2020.More importantly, they said, such purchases would do little to address systemic problems in the trading relationship and American grievances involving China’s aggressive industrial policies. Many U.S. … [Read more...] about China hopes to placate Trump with promise to buy billions more in U.S. goods
As a looming deadline approaches for the Iran nuclear deal, there may be a plan to prevent the United States from pulling out of the agreement -- essentially a workaround that would help President Trump deliver on a campaign promise of renegotiating the deal. "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan reports the U.S. and its European allies would create a proposal that addresses Mr. Trump's concerns about the agreement -- ballistic missiles, military site inspections and the sunset clause -- thus allowing Mr. Trump to claim he "fixed" the 2015 international agreement without actually altering a word of the agreement and without Iran's consent. It would be a workaround to help the U.S. and its allies promise to punish Iran for actions that were not included in the 2015 deal. This plan wouldn't include Russia, China and Iran. The U.K. ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, told "Face the Nation" Sunday that Mr. Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May there was no decision yet … [Read more...] about Could a workaround help the U.S. stay in Iran nuclear deal?
Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the United States, said that senior officials for the United Kingdom are "making progress" on negotiations with President Trump on the Iran nuclear deal as he continues to weigh whether the United States formally withdraws from the pact. "We have ideas we think that we can find some language, produce some action that meets the president's concerns," Darroch told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Darroch said that British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with the president and congratulated him on progress being made in North Korea but said messages were being heard from "all contacts in the administration" on where the Iran deal currently stands. The ambassador noted that the agreement is a "good deal" but "not a perfect deal." "The president is rightly concerned about Iran's regional activities, which are malign and damaging to security and stability. And he doesn't like the fact that ballistic missiles aren't covered. He's not happy about … [Read more...] about British ambassador to U.S. says U.K. “making progress” on Iran deal with Trump