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08:14 [ Martin Ganslmeier, ARD-Studio Washington / tagesschau.de ]

Macron auf Staatsbesuch: Trump-Flüsterer und erste Adresse in Europa

Am Freitag kommt sie zu einem kurzen Arbeitsbesuch ins Weiße Haus. Vorher wird sie von Macron gebrieft, wo das Trump-Flüstern bereits geholfen hat und wo die Kanzlerin nachhaken muss.

Gut sieht es beim Thema Syrien aus. Trump ist bereit, auf einen sofortigen Abzug der US-Soldaten zu verzichten.

07:56 [ Asharq Al-Awsat ]

Macron in Washington: A Second Syrian War Takes Shape

According to sources in Paris, Macron has already scored one success with Trump by persuading him to take back his earlier pledge to withdrawn US forces from Syria.

Trump accepted a delay because Macron said he had “new ideas” on Syria.

To be sure, the delay was also encouraged by “strong advice” from several Arab allies, as well as Trump’s Defense Secretary James Mattis and the new National Security Adviser John Bolton.

02:41 [ WSWS ]

Macron sagt unbegrenzten Krieg in Syrien zu

Macrons Äußerungen belegen, dass das kapitalistische System eine tödliche Krise durchläuft. Ungeachtet der tiefen und zunehmenden Spannungen zwischen dem US-Imperialismus und seinen europäischen Pendants sind alle entschlossen, die Kriege auszuweiten. Nach einem Vierteljahrhundert imperialistischer Kriege im Nahen Osten und Afrika, die mit dem ersten Golfkrieg gegen den Irak und der Auflösung der Sowjetunion im Jahr 1991 einsetzten, streben Paris und Washington beide die neokoloniale Neuaufteilung der Welt an.

23.04.2018 - 20:05 [ Axios ]

Trump asked Netanyahu if he genuinely cares about peace

Trump was pressing Bibi on the importance of striking a „deal“ for Mideast peace. He’d read news reports about Bibi planning to build additional settlements to please his conservative base in Israel. Trump thought Bibi was unnecessarily angering the Palestinians. So, in the course of a longer conversation that was mostly friendly and complimentary, he bluntly asked Bibi whether or not he genuinely wants peace.

23.04.2018 - 20:01 [ Business Insider ]

Trump reportedly bluntly asked Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu if he really wants peace or not

„The President has great relationships with a number of foreign leaders but that doesn’t mean he can’t be aggressive when it comes to negotiating what’s best for America,“ Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the reported comment.

23.04.2018 - 10:31 [ Zeit.de ]

Atomabkommen: „Wir haben keinen Plan B für den Iran“

„Wir haben keinen Plan B für den Iran“, fügte er hinzu. „Meine Botschaft ist: Lasst uns den Vertrag jetzt nicht verlassen.“ Macron plädierte stattdessen dafür, den Vertrag um das Thema ballistischer Waffen zu ergänzen und Irans Rolle in der Region insgesamt zurückzudrängen.

20.04.2018 - 22:28 [ Washington Post ]

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign

The complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there.

19.04.2018 - 12:40 [ New York Times ]

Japan Fears Being Sidelined by Trump on Trade and North Korea

(18.4.2018) after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first day visiting President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., the Japanese public is wondering whether their leader, embattled at home by influence-peddling scandals, might return to Japan with the diplomatic equivalent of an “All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt.”

19.04.2018 - 12:35 [ Japan Times ]

Abe says he’s in contact with North about meeting Kim, suggests in Diet he’d be open to trilateral summit with U.S.

(26.3.2018) Japan is also increasingly being viewed as the odd man out as South Korean President Moon Jae-in has referred to the possibility of a trilateral summit involving Washington and Pyongyang.

Still, members of Abe’s ruling party on Monday were quick to dismiss this narrative, with Foreign Minister Taro Kono, for one, stressing that Tokyo is closely in touch with Washington and Seoul.

“The argument that Japan is being kept out of the loop completely misses the point,” he said.

19.04.2018 - 11:44 [ Freiheitsliebe ]

Der Luftschlag gegen Syrien war illegal – Trump, May und Macron sind Kriegsverbrecher

Ost-Ghouta ist die letzte größere Enklave des Widerstands gegen Syriens Präsident Bashar al-Assad, in der sich in erster Linie dschihadistische Terroristen (nach westlichem Mediennarrativ: Rebellen) einen erbarmungslosen Kampf gegen syrische Truppen liefern, in dem sich beide Seiten Kriegsverbrechen schuldig machten. Tausende Menschen wurden hierbei in den letzten Wochen getötet, Ärzte ohne Grenzen zählte allein in den von ihr betriebenen Krankenhäusern „mehr als 1.000 Tote und 4.800 Verletzte“.

18.04.2018 - 09:01 [ New York Times ]

Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled.

Administration and congressional officials said the hawkish Mr. Bolton is not expected to defer to the defense secretary; already, neoconservative members of the Republican foreign policy establishment have started to air concerns that Mr. Mattis is ceding strategic territory to Iran and Russia in Syria.

Mr. Mattis is widely viewed by global leaders as the strongest and perhaps most credible voice on foreign policy in an administration that has been rocked by firings and resignations among senior presidential advisers.

18.04.2018 - 08:07 [ Japan Today ]

Trump, Abe discuss N Korea, trade issues

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is engaged in direct talks at „extremely high levels“ with North Korea to try to set up a summit between him and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Trump made the comment as he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened two days of talks at the president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, meetings that are to include a round of golf.

17.04.2018 - 17:55 [ USA Today ]

Anderson Cooper rips Sean Hannity for not revealing legal ties to Trump lawyer

“He seems to be saying, ‘I wasn’t really a client of attorney Michael Cohen’s but our conversations were confidential because he is an attorney and I am his client,” Cooper said.
Cooper made reference to the Fox News motto in summing up his view of Hannity’s ethical conundrum. „Not disclosing a business or legal relationship with someone you reported on … doesn’t sound either fair or balanced,“ Cooper said.

17.04.2018 - 17:51 [ Blick.ch ]

«Selbst Instagram-Models haben höhere Ethik-Standards»: Trumps Anwalt vertritt auch Star-Moderator Hannity

«Das ist eine Kriegserklärung an den Präsidenten der USA!» So wetterte der konservative TV-Moderator Sean Hannity (56) letzte Woche in seiner Sendung auf «Fox News» – immerhin die meistgesehene Nachrichtensendung des Landes. Gerade war bekannt geworden, dass das FBI eine Razzia bei Donald Trumps (71) Anwalt Michael Cohen (51) durchgeführt hatte.

Nun kommt raus: Auch Hannity ist ein Klient von Cohen.

17.04.2018 - 09:09 [ Ray McGovern / Nachdenkseiten ]

Der Angriff auf Syrien: Wie man Verfassung und Recht verhöhnt

Die Verfassung der USA und das Völkerrecht erlitten letzte Nacht einen schweren Schlag durch die Hand einer seltsamen Koalition, die man als Goldlocke und die zwei moralischen Zwerge, die sich als Marinegeneräle ausgaben, bezeichnen könnte, zusammen mit der Schreckschraube aus “Right Dishonorable” (Satirewebsite, d. Ü.) und einem jungen französischen Pudel.

Wie vor 15 Jahren, als die USA und Großbritannien einen Angriffskrieg gegen den Irak vom Zaun brachen, wurden als Vorwand sogenannte “Massenvernichtungswaffen” (WMD) angeführt – und diesmal am 7. April auch der angebliche Einsatz von Chlorgas (und vielleicht auch des Nervengifts Sarin – wer weiß?) in Duma, einem Vorort von Damaskus. Und diesmal durfte der französische Präsident Emmanuel Macron als Juniorpartner mitspielen in dieser Bande, die nicht einmal überzeugend lügen kann.

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Times of Israel ]

At 10th J Street conference, Trump and Netanyahu seen as peas in a rotten pod

J Street was instrumental in 2015 in helping to pass the Iran nuclear deal. Trump appears ready to dismantle it next month. J Street’s operating credo when it was established in 2008 was to advance the two-state solution. Trump and Netanyahu have both retreated from commitment to a two-state outcome.

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Jerusalem Post ]

J Street: Trump and Netanyahu are a threat

‘We are here to call out—and to change—a right-wing, populist government, with a leader who thrives on hatred and division, who mocks and attacks the press, and who sees the strangers among us as a danger to be feared and mistreated, not as fellow humans,” said keynote speaker Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

“Hmm…about which country am I speaking?” she continued, to laughter.

16.04.2018 - 09:34 [ USA Today ]

Macron: France persuaded Trump to strike in Syria

Appearing in a two-hour live broadcast on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart, the 40-year-old leader said the U.S., Britain and France had “full international legitimacy to intervene” in order to enforce international humanitarian law.

The allies fired missiles early Saturday at three chemical-weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma.

“It was retaliation, not an act of war,” Macron said in justifying the operation a day before the French parliament was set to debate it.

16.04.2018 - 07:51 [ Donald Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

The big questions in Comey’s badly reviewed book aren’t answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?

15.04.2018 - 07:51 [ WashingtonExaminer.com ]

Chuck Schumer: US strikes on Syria ‚appropriate‘

(13.4.2018) “A pinpointed, limited action to punish and hopefully deter Assad from doing this again is appropriate, but the administration has to be careful about not getting us into a greater and more involved war in Syria,“ Schumer said in a statement Friday night.

Schumer supported the president’s strikes on Syria last April.

15.04.2018 - 07:47 [ washingtonexaminer.com ]

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi endorse Trump’s attack in Syria

(6.4.2017) „Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do,“ Schumer said in a statement released late Thursday. „I salute the professionalism and skill of our Armed Forces who took action today.“

„Tonight’s strike in Syria appears to be a proportional response to the the regime’s use of chemical weapons,“ Pelosi said in a statement.

15.04.2018 - 07:30 [ Reason.com ]

When Trump Loses Alex Jones‘ and Gains Elizabeth Warren’s Support, All Things Are Possible!

In the other direction, a wide variety of #NeverTrump conservatives and liberal interventionists—including John McCain and Elizabeth Warren—are praising the attacks. Hillary Clinton was calling for them a week ago and there are apologists for unbridled state power such as former Obama State Department official Anne Marie Slaughter, who writes:

15.04.2018 - 06:50 [ ThinkProgress.org ]

Republicans and Democrats blast Trump for bombing Syria without legal authority

In a briefing after Trump’s announcement, Secretary of Defense Mattis argued that the President relied on his Article II powers under the Constitution to authorize the strike. This is the same authority Trump claimed to authorize his 2017 attack.

15.04.2018 - 06:47 [ theAtlantic.com ]

The Unconstitutional Strike on Syria

“To see what is under one’s nose,” George Orwell wrote in 1946, “requires a constant struggle.” Orwell didn’t add that trying to point out what is under our noses can turn one into a kind of Ancient Mariner at whose approach both friend and foe are tempted to flee.

But here goes: Trump did not have the authority to order any kind of strike on Syria. Congressional authorization was needed before any use of force against Syria; Friday’s attack was unconstitutional.

14.04.2018 - 15:12 [ Daily Mail ]

‚Should we go back to 16 years?‘ Trump jokes about getting Congress to change the U.S. Constitution so he can serve more than two terms as president

(12.4.2018) – President Trump jested about a constitutional amendment that would allow him to serve more than two terms as president today
– Suggested that Congress repeal the Twenty-Second Amendment so he could rival Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four terms in office
– FDR was elected to four, four-year terms but he died in office after 12 years
– Trump joked last month at a closed-door fundraiser that he’d like to be ‚president for life‘ like China’s Xi Jinping, who’d just greatly expanded his powers
– Comment set off alarm bells, because he’s also praised multiple authoritarians

14.04.2018 - 14:37 [ Ted Lieu, Abgeordneter des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Use of force by @realDonaldTrump against Syria is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. This is not self defense & no AUMF covers it.

Use of chemical weapons is horrific. But our Constitution does not allow @POTUS to attack a country–which has not attacked the US–without Congressional approval.

14.04.2018 - 14:25 [ Elijah E. Cummings, Abgeordneter des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Finally, the Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power to declare war. The President must obtain congressional authorization to use military force in Syria, and it is unacceptable that he did not do so before ordering tonight’s military action.

14.04.2018 - 03:47 [ BBC ]

US and allies launch strikes on Syria chemical weapons sites

„A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway,“ President Trump said in an address to the nation.

Explosions were reported near the Syrian capital Damascus.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed British involvement, saying there was „no practicable alternative to the use of force“.

14.04.2018 - 03:45 [ CBS News ]

Trump says he has directed precision strikes in Syria — live updates

„A short time ago, I ordered the U.S. Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad,“ the president said from the White House.

„A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way,“ he continued.

13.04.2018 - 16:19 [ Yonhap ]

Trump says meeting with Kim will be ‚terrific‘

At a meeting with governors and lawmakers at the White House, Trump acknowledged the preparations were under way.

„Meetings are being set up right now between myself and Kim Jong-un,“ he said. „I think it will be terrific. I think we’ll go in with a lot of respect and we’ll see what happens, but China has really helped us at the border and we appreciate it.“

13.04.2018 - 09:10 [ Zeit.de ]

James Comey: „Dieser Präsident ist skrupellos“

„Dieser Präsident ist skrupellos und nicht an die Wahrheit und institutionelle Werte gebunden“, zitiert die New York Times aus dem Buch. Auch sei Trump eine „Art Mafiaboss“, der die Grenzen zwischen Polizeiarbeit und Politik habe verwischen wollen. „Donald Trumps Präsidentschaft bedroht vieles von dem, das in dieser Nation gut ist“, schreibt Comey laut US-Medien.

13.04.2018 - 08:56 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Gefeuerter FBI-Chef: Comey vergleicht Trump mit der Mafia

Trump lebe in einem „Kokon einer alternativen Realität“, in den er die Menschen in seinem Umfeld hineinziehen wolle, zitierte die Washington Post aus dem Buch. Treffen mit Trump hätten ihn an seine „frühere Karriere als Strafverfolger gegen die Mafia“ erinnert, schreibt Comey demnach und bezeichnet Trump der Nachrichtenagentur AP zufolge selbst als eine „Art Mafia-Boss“. „Dieser Präsident ist skrupellos und nicht an die Wahrheit und institutionelle Werte gebunden“, schreibt Comey laut New York Times.

13.04.2018 - 08:43 [ Bloomberg ]

Comey Likens Trump to Mafia Boss in Excerpts of Tell-All Book

ABC and other news organizations said they had obtained copies of the book, which does not go on sale until next week.
According to ABC, Comey writes that when Trump demanded loyalty from him at a White House dinner, “The demand was like Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony.” That was a reference to the mobster Salvatore “Sammy the Bull,” whose testimony helped convict John Gotti, the leader of New York’s Gambino crime family.

13.04.2018 - 07:20 [ Washington Post ]

Trump plans to talk to allies before Syria strike decision

Mattis said options would be discussed with Trump at a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday afternoon. That meant airstrikes, possibly in tandem with France and other allies that have expressed outrage at the alleged Syrian chemical attack, could be launched within hours of a presidential decision.

12.04.2018 - 06:20 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wag the Russki

(11.4.2017) Nach viel Gewimmer und Gebrumm rückt die russische Staatspresse endlich damit heraus:

Es gibt schlicht keine Vereinbarungen über eine Verteidigung syrischer „Militärobjekte“ durch die russischen Streitkräfte – also weder so etwas wie einen Verteidigungs-, noch einen Bündnispakt zwischen Syrien und Russland.

Und noch viel „besser“:

Russland weigert sich auch zukünftig einen syrischen Stützpunkt oder gar Syrien insgesamt zu verteidigen, ausdrücklich auch im Falle von neuen U.S.-Luftangriffen. Das bestätigte gestern der Vize vom Auswärtigen Ausschuss des Föderationsrates.

Nur die eigenen Stützpunkte in Syrien, die werde man natürlich verteidigen.

Damit gibt die Russische Föderation Syrien faktisch zum Abschuss frei. Alle aktuellen Warnungen seitens des russischen Generalstabs vor weiteren Angriffen der U.S.A., oder des russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin vor (vorhergehenden) neuen Angriffen mit Chemiewaffen, die abermals der syrischen Seite untergejubelt werden könnten, werden so zur Farce.

11.04.2018 - 06:10 [ Weißes Haus ]

Remarks by President Trump and Amir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of the State of Qatar Before Bilateral Meeting

AMIR AL THANI: I’m very happy and honored to be here, and thanks for this invitation. Our relationship between Qatar and the United States has been more than 45 years. It’s a very strong, solid relationship. Our economic partnership is more than $125 billion, and our aim and goal is to double it in the next coming years.

Our military cooperation is very solid, very strong. As everybody know, that the heart of fighting terrorism is from Al Udeid Base. And, thank God, it’s been a very successful campaign against the terrorist groups around our region.

Lately, before I come here, I was in Tampa. I visited the CENTCOM, and we met with the generals. And it was a very important visit, and it shows how strong our cooperation is between the armed forces.

Of course, we speak today and we see the suffering of the Syrian people. And me and the President, we see eye to eye that this matter has to stop immediately. We cannot tolerate — with a war criminal, we cannot tolerate with someone who killed more than half a million of his own people. And this matter should end immediately.

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

11.04.2018 - 06:07 [ Weißes Haus ]

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of The United Kingdom

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom. Both leaders condemned Syrian President Assad’s vicious disregard for human life. The President and Prime Minister agreed not to allow the use of chemical weapons to continue.

11.04.2018 - 06:03 [ New York Times ]

Trump Weighs More Robust Military Strike Against Syria

American officials expressed confidence that they would have the backing of France, which has been vocal about the need for a strong response, as well as Britain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, all of which called for Syria to be held accountable for the suspected chemical attack. It remained unclear, however, whether any of the allies would participate.

10.04.2018 - 14:23 [ Blick.ch ]

FBI-Razzia bei Trump-Anwalt Michael Cohen

Am Montag hat das FBI das Büro, die Wohnung und das Hotelzimmer von Trumps persönlichem Anwalt, Michael Cohen (51), gestürmt. Das berichtet die «New York Times». Die Beamten beschlagnahmten unter anderem Dokumente, die mit den Anschuldigungen von Porno-Starlet Stormy Daniels (39) zusammenhängen.

10.04.2018 - 12:59 [ KBS ]

US-Präsident Trump will Kim Jong-un im Mai oder Anfang Juni treffen

Beide Seiten würden bei dem Treffen großen Respekt zollen und hoffentlich eine Einigung erzielen. Er hoffe außerdem auf ein neues Verhältnis, das sich von dem viele Jahre zuvor unterscheiden werde. Schon andere Präsidenten hätten dies tun sollen, und es wäre vor fünf, zehn oder 10 Jahren um einiges leichter gewesen. Doch werde ein Treffen mit Nordkorea eingerichtet und dies werde für die Welt aufregend sein.

Es war das erste Mal, dass Trump das Stattfinden von Vorbereitungsgesprächen für den Gipfel zwischen Washington und Pjöngjang bestätigte.

10.04.2018 - 03:29 [ Washington Post ]

Trump’s tirade after the Michael Cohen raid, annotated

TRUMP: So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys — a good man. And it’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time. I’ve wanted to keep it down. We’ve given, I believe, over a million pages‘ worth of documents to the Special Counsel.

They continue to just go forward. And here we are talking about Syria and we’re talking about a lot of serious things. We’re the greatest fighting force ever. And I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now — and actually, much more than that. You could say it was right after I won the nomination, it started.

And it’s a disgrace. It’s, frankly, a real disgrace. It’s an attack on our country, in a true sense.

10.04.2018 - 01:29 [ CNN ]

FBI raids Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, seizes Stormy Daniels documents, bank records

One source familiar with the matter told CNN that included in the documents authorities seized was information related to Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 that the White House has denied. A source familiar with the matter said the search warrant was very broad in terms of items sought, and another source said the search included bank records.

09.04.2018 - 09:48 [ axios.com ]

Netanyahu couldn’t convince Trump to rethink Syria policy

The phone call between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump — which took place last Tuesday — has failed. Netanyahu could not convince Trump to rethink his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, an Israeli source briefed on the call told me.

09.04.2018 - 09:21 [ Elysee Palast (Präsident von Frankreich) ]

Communiqué – Entretien téléphonique entre le Président de la République Emmanuel Macron et le Président des États-Unis Donald Trump

(9.4.2018) Le Président de la République Emmanuel Macron s’est entretenu le dimanche 8 avril 2018 avec le Président des États-Unis d’Amérique à propos de la situation en Syrie. Le Président de la République française a condamné avec la plus grande fermeté les attaques chimiques le 7 avril contre la population de Douma dans la Ghouta orientale.

Le Président de la République et le Président des Etats-Unis d’Amérique ont échangé leurs informations et leurs analyses confirmant l’utilisation d’armes chimiques.

09.04.2018 - 09:12 [ Sputniknews.com ]

Paris: Macron, Trump Exchange Data ‚Confirming‘ Chemical Weapons Use in Douma

(9.4.2018) Elysee Palace announced that US Presient Donald Trump and French President Emanuel Macron have exchanged data that, according to the announcement, confirm use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma.

09.04.2018 - 03:43 [ jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com ]

Donald Trump wants out of Syria. Why Israel thinks that’s a problem

(5.4.2018) “We don’t have any limits on our action in Syria,” Netanyahu told reporters. “We see eye to eye,” he said of Israeli and U.S. policy.

A few weeks later, Middle East watchers are wondering which eye bears watching: Trump keeps saying he wants out of Syria, while U.S. defense officials and diplomats say the United States remains committed to its role in pacifying the country after seven years of a devastating war.

09.04.2018 - 03:36 [ New York Times ]

As Trump Seeks Way Out of Syria, New Attack Pulls Him Back In

Days after President Trump said he wanted to pull the United States out of Syria, Syrian forces hit a suburb of Damascus with bombs that rescue workers said unleashed toxic gas.

Within hours, images of dead families sprawled in their homes threatened to change Mr. Trump’s calculus on Syria, possibly drawing him deeper into an intractable Middle Eastern war that he hoped to leave.

09.04.2018 - 03:28 [ theHill.com ]

Trump national security spokesman to depart White House

This source insisted, “He completely flipped. He was brought in because of Flynn but he became the biggest cheerleader for the McMaster faction that fought against implementing the president’s policies.”

Whether that is true or not, his departure cleans the slate for Bolton to build his own team. Monday will be Bolton’s official first day on the job.

08.04.2018 - 20:24 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wag the Russki

(11.4.2017) Am Abend des 6. April streut die U.S.-Regierung höchstselbst Gerüchte über mögliche Luftangriffe gegen die syrische Regierung und ihr Militär.

Offensichtlich für diese ein Grund von den nun kommenden Ereignissen total überrascht zu werden, genauso wie die Russische Föderation.

Noch in der Nacht zum 7. April starten U.S.-Luftangriffe von Kriegsschiffen im Mittelmeer aus gegen den syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunkt Al-Shayrat. (Luftangriff: U.S.-Imperium nimmt Einladung Russlands und Syriens dankend an)

Von den vom Pentagon vermeldeten 59 Marschflugkörpern treffen bemerkenswerterweise angeblich nur 23 das Ziel und haben bei ihrem Einschlag nach Angaben vom russischen Verteidigungsministerium eine „extrem niedrige“ Effektivität, was Landebahnen, Zubringer und Stellplätze des syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunktes in Takt lassen.

Vor dem Angriff informierte das Pentagon den russischen Generalstab. Nach Angaben des syrischen Generalstabes, der nichts darüber sagt ob auch er vom Angriff vorab informiert wurde, sterben bei dem U.S.-Angriff sechs syrische Soldaten.

Anschließend sondern die Propagandaschleudern „Sputnik“ und „RT“ allerlei Erklärungen für ihre offensichtlich irritierte Kundschaft ab, was es denn mit der Vorabinformation vom „massiven“ Angriff der vermeintlichen Gegner im U.S.-Militär so auf sich hatte, warum keine russischen Soldaten getötet wurden, warum auf dem syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunkt nichts von Bedeutung zerstört wurde, warum von 59 Marschflukörpern nur 23 ihr Ziel getroffen haben sollen, etc, etc.

Nach viel Gewimmer und Gebrumm rückt die russische Staatspresse endlich damit heraus:

Es gibt schlicht keine Vereinbarungen über eine Verteidigung syrischer „Militärobjekte“ durch die russischen Streitkräfte – also weder so etwas wie einen Verteidigungs-, noch einen Bündnispakt zwischen Syrien und Russland.

Und noch viel „besser“:

Russland weigert sich auch zukünftig einen syrischen Stützpunkt oder gar Syrien insgesamt zu verteidigen, ausdrücklich auch im Falle von neuen U.S.-Luftangriffen. Das bestätigte gestern der Vize vom Auswärtigen Ausschuss des Föderationsrates.

08.04.2018 - 20:24 [ New York Times ]

Trump Vows ‘Big Price’ for Syria Attack, Raising Prospect of Missile Strike

(8.4.2018) President Trump on Sunday promised a “big price” to be paid for what he said was a chemical weapons attack that choked dozens of Syrians to death the day before, and a top White House official said the administration would not rule out a missile strike to retaliate against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

08.04.2018 - 19:25 [ CNN ]

Trump blames Putin, Obama for ‚Animal Assad,‘ tweets ‚big price‘ after reports of Syrian chemical attack

President Donald Trump called out Russian President Vladimir Putin by name on Sunday for backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and warned of a „big price“ after reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria almost a year to the day since the US struck a Syrian air field after a previous attack.

08.04.2018 - 03:26 [ Newsweek ]

Trump’s National Security Aides Unanimously Oppose His Syria Withdrawal Plan

(6.4.2018) President Donald Trump’s announcement that „it’s time“ to rapidly pull U.S. soldiers out of Syria within the next five to six months was met with opposition from every one of his top national security aides, according to the Associated Press.

06.04.2018 - 23:38 [ antikrieg.com ]

„Angespanntes“ Gespräch Trumps mit Netanyahu über Pläne zum Verlassen Syriens

Zusätzlich zu seiner eigenen Regierung, die sich seinem Impuls widersetzt, sich aus Syrien zurückzuziehen, scheint Trump mit dem Widerstand ausländischer Verbündeter konfrontiert zu sein. Neben Netanyahu sprach sich auch der saudische Kronprinz gegen die Beendigung des Krieges aus.

05.04.2018 - 13:13 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Trump schickt US-Nationalgarde an die Grenze zu Mexiko

Man hoffe, dass der Einsatz der Nationalgarde „sofort“ geschehen könne, sagte die Ministerin. Nach ihrer Darstellung sollen die Gardisten nach den bisherigen Plänen keine Menschen festnehmen, die die Grenze illegal überqueren. Demnach haben sie nur eine unterstützende Rolle.

Wie viele Mitglieder des Reserveverbandes an die Grenze geschickt werden sollen, konnte Nielsen nicht sagen. Auch zu den Kosten wollte sie sich nicht äußern.

05.04.2018 - 13:10 [ Washington Post ]

Trump instructs military to begin planning for withdrawal from Syria

Trump agreed that the military, as fighting continued against remaining militant pockets, could train local security ­forces.

But officials said he stressed that U.S. strategic goals in Syria do not include longer-term stability or reconstruction efforts. He said he did not want to be having the same conversation about withdrawal six months or more from now.

04.04.2018 - 10:31 [ Radio China ]

Trump bekräftigt baldigen Abzug aus Syrien

In Washington erklärte Trump am Dienstag, die US-Militärpräsenz in der Region sei „aufwendig und erfolglos“. Das wichtigste Ziel sei es gewesen, die radikalislamische IS-Miliz loszuwerden. Und diese Aufgabe sei nunmehr abgeschlossen worden, so Trump.

Die USA hätten in den vergangenen zehn Jahren sieben Billionen US-Dollar in den Nahen Osten investiert. „Und wir haben nichts als Tod und Zerstörung gesehen“, fügte der US-Präsident hinzu.

04.04.2018 - 04:26 [ antikrieg.com ]

Trump sagt: ‚Es ist Zeit‘, die US-Truppen aus Syrien abzuziehen

Trump argumentiert jedoch, dass die USA seit 2001 Billionen Dollars im Nahen Osten ausgegeben und nichts als Tod und Zerstörung dafür bekommen haben. Während also viele der Falken, mit denen er sich umgeben hat, aus irgendeinem Grund lautstark gegen einen Auszug vorgehen, scheint Trumps Position eine solide zu sein, indem sie auf finanziellen Belangen beruht.

01.04.2018 - 04:16 [ antikrieg.com ]

Trump hat sich privat seit Monaten für den Abzug aus Syrien ausgesprochen

Trump lieferte keinen genauen Zeitplan für das Verlassen Syriens, und andere Beamte meinten, es sei keine Entscheidung getroffen worden. Da die Möglichkeit jetzt in der Öffentlichkeit bekannt ist, kann es sein, dass es eine öffentliche Debatte über die Ziele der USA in Syrien geben wird, was bisher nicht der Fall war.

01.04.2018 - 04:13 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Trump Has Privately Talked Up Syria Pullout for Months

Pentagon and State Department officials feigned ignorance when President Trump told a rally Thursday that US troops could soon be leaving Syria. They really shouldn’t have, however, as officials have indicated that Trump has been talking to them about it for at least the last two months.

30.03.2018 - 16:14 [ CNN ]

Trump says US will withdraw from Syria ‚very soon‘

„We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria like very soon. Let the other people take care of it now,“ Trump told supporters at an Ohio event on infrastructure.
„We are going to have 100% of the caliphate, as they call it, sometimes referred to as land … But we are going to be coming out of there real soon. We are going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be,“ Trump added.

28.03.2018 - 15:32 [ New York Times ]

Trump Secures Trade Deal With South Korea Ahead of Nuclear Talks

But winning the deal may have had more to do with the geopolitical realities confronting the United States and South Korea as America embarks on tricky nuclear discussions with North Korea. The United States cannot afford a protracted trade standoff at a moment when it needs the South as an ally.

27.03.2018 - 22:58 [ Haaretz ]

Former Israeli Defense Chief Says Trump Adviser Bolton Pressured Him to Strike Iran

„I have known John Bolton ever since he was the U.S. ambassador to the UN,“ Mofaz said at a Yedioth Ahronoth conference. „He tried to convince me that Israel should strike Iran.“

Speaking on a panel of four former Israeli military chiefs, Mofaz noted that he thought this was a bad idea. „I don’t think this is a wise action – not on the part of the Americans but anyone else, until this threat becomes real.“