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20th April 2017 - US News and World Report

No More Kicking the Can

Anthony Ruggiero

Visiting the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that the Obama administration's policy of "strategic patience" towards Pyongyang had ended.

19th April 2017 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

The Trump administration just quietly admitted that the Iran deal is working

Jonathan Schanzer

In February, President Donald Trump said that the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran was “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” His comments were a direct echo of candidate Trump’s rhetoric: In one 2016 speech, he said, “My number one priority is to dismantle...

18th April 2017 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally's growing authoritarian ways. Trump's outreach...

17th April 2017 - The Hill

Trump’s Syria strategy must target Assad’s chief protector: Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The strikes ordered on April 6 by President Trump to respond to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack helped restore America’s credibility in the region after years of retreat.

13th April 2017 - Quoted by Katie Hunt - CNN

Trump and China: Master diplomat or paper tiger?

Anthony Ruggiero

When it comes to China, has US President Donald Trump played a diplomatic master stroke? Not so fast, say analysts who are quick to puncture hopes of budding bromance between the leaders of the two countries.

12th April 2017 - The Washington Times

The (limited) mission accomplished in Syria

Clifford D. May

If you’re still unsure about whether President Trump did the right thing when he launched 59 cruise missiles at Syria’s Shayrat air base last week, consider the alternative.

8th April 2017 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Foreign Policy Experts Praise Trump’s Decision to Strike Assad Airbase

Jonathan Schanzer

The American military strike on a Syrian government airbase Thursday was lauded by foreign policy experts as a necessary and proportionate response to Syrian leader Bashar al Assad's chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.

7th April 2017 - Fox News

America’s Newsroom

Tony Badran

FDD research fellow Tony Badran comments on US missile strike in Syria.

7th April 2017 - The Washington Post

How Trump can help cripple the Iranian regime

Reuel Marc Gerecht

A consensus has developed in Washington for some “push back” against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Democrats and Republicans would be well-advised to learn from the Cold War: Don’t compromise the battle on the ground for fear of compromising arms control. We should contain and roll...

7th April 2017 - Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

Missile attack on Syria might be ‘win-win’ for embattled Trump

Jonathan Schanzer

The impact globally likely won't be known for hours or days. Not until the sun comes up and the dust lifts near the Shayrat airbase in the civil war-scarred country's west, where more than 50 Tomahawk missiles struck Thursday night at the directive of U.S. President Donald Trump.

7th April 2017 - Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

“Believed to be sarin and chlorine”

Bill Roggio

At least 58 people, including 11 children, were killed in a suspected chemical gas attack believed to have been conducted by Syrian government jets in the rebel-held province of Idlib early Tuesday, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local health officials....

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Bill Powell - Newsweek

The Risks of Trump’s Strike on Assad in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

In light of President Donald Trump's decision to launch missiles at Syrian military targets on Thursday in response to a sarin gas attack on civilians, here’s a window into the complexity on the ground in Syria.

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

‘Beyond a red line’: Syria attack tests Trump’s changing foreign-policy attitude

Jonathan Schanzer

Donald Trump's words seemed to be spiked with an implicit threat, one that would signal a sharp turnaround for a president keen to keep America out of messy world affairs.

3rd April 2017 - The Hill

North Korea’s nuclear blackmail: Trump, make sanctions work again

Anthony Ruggiero

As North Korea reportedly prepares to conduct a nuclear test, the Trump administration is considering long-overdue sanctions against Chinese companies and banks that do business with Pyongyang.

3rd April 2017 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette, Kevin Liptak, Allie Malloy - CNN

Trump, Egypt’s leader bond over terror fight

Oren Kessler

President Donald Trump warmly welcomed his Egyptian counterpart to the White House on Monday in a visit that's meant to signal a shift in the US approach to Egypt, but could leave both Trump and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi disappointed.

3rd April 2017 - NPR

Morning Edition

Mary Beth Long

FDD nonresident senior fellow Mary Beth Long discusses Russia probes and the Trump administration.

1st April 2017 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter, Ed Stafford - The Hill

The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump

Tzvi Kahn

The way forward for the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump is to tighten enforcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, aka, the nuclear deal) and impose sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program rather than dismantle the JCPOA.

23rd March 2017 - Quoted by New York Post

Senate GOP should go nuclear now, Christie’s pension legacy & other comments

Jonathan Schanzer

The US Senate “is a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland,” says Grant Starrett at The Federalist. So with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer now calling for a filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Republicans should invoke the so-called “nuclear option” and confirm him with just 51 votes.

22nd March 2017 - The Washington Times

Trump’s pivot to North Korea

Clifford D. May

America can do anything but America can’t do everything, at least not within a four-year time frame. That suggests that the American president — any American president — needs to prioritize.

22nd March 2017 - Politico

What’s Really Behind Trump’s Laptop Ban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years after the September 11 hijackings, the U.S. government has issued yet another warning about airline security.

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