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N. Korea Is Denuclearizing? Not According to These Images

Satellite pics shows possible new missile site near border with China

(Newser) - People lie, satellite images don't—hence why the US and South Korea are closely monitoring a new suspected missile site near North Korea's central border with China. The facility in Hoejung-ni, "one of the most likely sites for deploying intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United... More »

Chilling Words on Saudi Recording: 'Tell Your Boss'

Turkish officials think it implicates Saudi prince, though he is not named

(Newser) - "Tell your boss." Do those words implicate Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi ? Turkish intelligence officers think so, but the proof is not irrefutable because "the boss" is never named. As the New York Times reports, a member of the... More »

Bolton: These 3 Countries Are the 'Troika of Tyranny'

He slams leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

(Newser) - More than 16 years after arguing that George W. Bush should add Cuba, Syria, and Libya to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea in the "Axis of Evil," John Bolton has coined a new term. In a policy speech at a conference in Miami, the national security adviser dubbed... More »

In Call to White House, Prince Bad-Mouthed Khashoggi

Saudi prince accused him of belonging to Muslim Brotherhood, say reports

(Newser) - In public, the Saudi crown prince has condemned the killing of Jamal Khashoggi while the journalist was in Saudi hands. Specifically, Mohammed bin Salman called the death a "tragedy" and a "heinous crime that cannot be justified." But in private, the crown prince expressed a different view... More »

Putin Pokes Fun at Official US Seal During Bolton Meeting

He had a question about the eagle

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin poked fun at the official seal of the United States while hosting President Trump's national security adviser Tuesday, saying he wondered if the American eagle had plucked all the olives from the branch in its talon. While sitting down with John Bolton at the Kremlin,... More »

'Profanity-Laced' Blowout Startles West Wing Staffers

John Kelly and John Bolton have a loud disagreement about the southern border

(Newser) - There was shouting in the West Wing on Thursday, and it was even more intense than usual, sources tell CNN . The blowup—"profanity-laced," per Bloomberg — between Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton was related to an ongoing disagreement over how to handle... More »

Bolton Warns World Judges: US Troops Are Off Limits

National security adviser unloads on 'illegitimate' International Criminal Court

(Newser) - John Bolton gave his first major speech as national security adviser Monday, and it was a doozy. He unloaded on the "illegitimate" International Criminal Court and warned its judges they will pay a stiff price if they go after US troops in Afghanistan, reports the New York Times . “... More »

Secret Service Agent Suffers Fatal Stroke on the Job

42-year-old was protecting John Bolton in Scotland

(Newser) - A 19-year veteran of the Secret Service has died after suffering a stroke during President Trump's visit to the UK. The 42-year-old agent, identified as Nole E. Remagen, was on protection duty for national security adviser John Bolton during a Saturday midnight shift at the Turnberry golf resort in... More »

The Trump-Putin Summit Is Happening

The event is expected to take place before or after the NATO summit next month

(Newser) - The long-anticipated Trump-Putin summit is now official. The US president and the Russian president will meet, likely in July, according to the Wall Street Journal . The meeting was announced by US National Security Adviser John Bolton after he met with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday; the timing and location will be... More »

Odds of a Trump-Putin Meeting Just Got Better

National security adviser John Bolton is headed to Moscow to help prep

(Newser) - President Trump may have another high-profile summit to attend in the near future. National security adviser John Bolton will travel to Moscow next week to discuss a possible meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin, reports Politico . A National Security Council spokesperson tweeted that Bolton will first meet with US allies... More »

Trump Caught Between Pompeo, Bolton on Summit, Sources Say

He ultimately sided with Bolton

(Newser) - The summit between the US and North Korea is off , at least for now—and officials tell NBC News it's because President Trump wanted to nix things before Kim Jong Un had a chance to. "He doesn't want to be the bride left at the altar,"... More »

Trump: Kim Jong Un Could Suffer Same Fate as Gadhafi

But that's only if there's no deal, he says

(Newser) - President Trump and national security adviser John Bolton are apparently not on the same page when it comes to the "Libya model"—and the confusion led to what was seen as a stern threat to North Korea Thursday. When asked about Bolton's suggestion that the 2003 Libya... More »

US, Britain Issue Unusually Strong Warning About Russia

They warn of cyber threat, just as White House loses its cyber czar

(Newser) - Two big developments in the arena of cyber security: First, the US and Britain issued a joint warning, and an unusually strong one at that, about Russia. Second, the White House is losing its well-regarded "cyber czar," along with his boss. On the first development, the New York ... More »

On Bolton's First Day, a Huge Foreign Policy Decision Awaits

New national security adviser will have to help president shape response to Syria

(Newser) - Monday is the first official day on the job for John Bolton, President Trump's "hawkish" new national security adviser. Bolton takes over for HR McMaster just as the Trump administration is facing one of its biggest foreign policy decisions yet—how to respond to an apparent chemical attack... More »

Jimmy Carter Blasts Trump for Tapping John Bolton

The former president called Trump's choice for national security adviser 'a disaster'

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter sat down with USA Today to discuss his new book and the former president used the opportunity to address what he says may be one of the "worst mistakes" made by President Trump: John Bolton. Carter says he believes Trump's decision to name Bolton as national... More »

One Word Keeps Popping Up in Stories About John Bolton

New national security adviser is 'hawkish,' or perhaps 'ultra-hawkish'

(Newser) - President Trump made a big change in his foreign policy team Thursday by announcing that John Bolton would replace HR McMaster as his national security adviser. One word turning up in virtually every profile of Bolton is "hawkish," or sometimes "ultra-hawkish." Specifically, Bolton has argued for... More »

John Bolton Is Trump's New National Security Adviser

HR McMaster is resigning

(Newser) - President Trump is getting his third national security adviser in the first 14 months of his presidency, Reuters reports. Current national security adviser Lt. Gen. HR McMaster is resigning, to be replaced by John Bolton on April 9. "I am very thankful for the service of General H.R.... More »

Intelligence Officers Worry About Trump Payback

Bolton claims hacking could be 'false flag'

(Newser) - In a development that characters in a Tom Clancy novel would probably dismiss as far-fetched, intelligence figures fear that the next president might retaliate against the CIA and other agencies that have linked Russian hackers to election interference . "There is not just smoke here. There is a blazing 10-alarm... More »

Suddenly, It's a Campaign About Foreign Policy

Some in GOP see opportunity in storm around Romney attack

(Newser) - The violence at the US embassies in Libya and Egypt—and Mitt Romney's decision to try to make political hay of them—have thrust foreign policy to the forefront of a campaign that has until now been centered around the economy, the AP observes. Romney has been getting lambasted... More »

Why We Shouldn't Leave Iraq

Doing so will only strengthen Iran

(Newser) - In tonight's speech on the end of combat operations in Iraq, Barack Obama has a chance to show that he’s finally learned something about geostrategy. “Of course, if he did, it would mean abandoning much of what he advocated during his election campaign,” writes John Bolton for... More »

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