foreign-policy

Trump Adds N. Korea to Terror List, Readies ‘Very Large’ Sanction
President: Kim government is ‘a murderous regime’

A North Korean ballistic missile during “Victory Day” parade in 2013. President Donald Trump will add North Korea back to the U.S. government’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

President Donald Trump announced Monday that he is putting North Korea back on the U.S. government’s list of state sponsors of terrorism and plans to slap a “very large” sanction on Pyongyang.

Trump has mulling whether to put North Korea back on the list  for weeks. He and his senior aides decided to hold off until after his 12-day Asia swing, which ended last Wednesday. It was removed under a 2008 deal struck by the George W. Bush administration.

Trump Parched During Animated Defense of Asia Trip
America first trade message has resonated, president says

South Korean President Moon Jae-In shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during the joint press conference at the presidential Blue House on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump delivered a passionate defense Wednesday of the “America first” trade policy he sold during his recent Asia swing

At one point the president became so animated he ducked behind his podium in search of water.

Corker, Cardin See Little ‘Firm’ in Latest Trump North Korea Shift
President told of peaceful path, ‘maybe it sunk in,’ Cardin says

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, left, speaks with ranking member Ben Cardin during a hearing earlier this year. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senior Senate Foreign Relations Committee members aren’t quite sure what to make of the White House’s dramatic shift on North Korea during President Donald Trump’s recent Asia tour

Before the president departed on the 12-day trip, he and his senior aides ruled out negotiations with North Korea. But during the Asia swing, he invited the North’s government to the negotiating table, and Trump’s senior staff spoke openly about the president’s terms for the very talks he for months had said would not work.

Boastful Trump Ends Asia Trip Touting ‘Minimum’ $300B in Deals
Major trade announcement could slip to Thursday, president says

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One on Saturday. He did the same on Tuesday and is headed back to the United States. (Shealah Craighead/White House via Flickr)

President Donald Trump wrapped up his swing through Asia by boasting that he inked agreements to sell $300 billion in U.S.-made goods and predicting the total value of the deals could “quadruple.”

“I think the fruits of are going to be incredible,” Trump told reporters of his dealmaking during the 12-day trip just minutes before Air Force One lifted off from the Philippines.

Major Announcement on Trade Coming Wednesday, Trump Says
U.S. president praises Philippines’ Duterte despite hardline crackdown

\President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila on Monday. (Rolex dela Pena/Pool Photo via AP)

Updated at 7:54 a.m. | President Donald Trump plans to make a major announcement Wednesday on trade and North Korea following his 12-day swing through Asia.

“A lot of things are happening on trade. And I’ll be announcing pretty much what happened here, and also with other meetings, including China and South Korea and lots of other places,” Trump said during a meeting with his Australian and Japanese counterparts at a summit of Asian leaders in Manila, Philippines.

Analysis: Trump Pitches Every Country-For-Itself System in Asia
President urges Asian leaders to replicate his ‘America first’ approach

President Donald Trump, here arriving in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping, has defended his “America first” approach throughout his Asia trip. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead/Flickr)

Trump on Putin Election Meddling Denials: He ‘Means It’
Chinese President Xi Jinping described as ‘more powerful’ than Mao Zedong

Chinese and U.S. flags are displayed in front of the portrait of China’s late communist leader Mao Zedong outside the Forbidden City in Beijing during President Donald Trump’s visit. Trump described Chinese President Xi Jinping as “more powerful” than Mao. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said Saturday he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin “means it” when he denies meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. He also said Chinese President Xi Jinping is “more powerful” than Mao Zedong, one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Trump said he again asked Putin on the sidelines of a summit of powerful Pacific Rim countries if Russia meddled in the election. Putin again denied it — but the president did not tell reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One if he warned Putin to cease such tactics.

Unhappy With Asia’s Trade Tactics, Trump Delivers Stern Warning
President says his administration will punish ‘chronic trade abuses’

President Donald Trump waves to the audience Friday after speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

Updated 8:30 a.m. | President Donald Trump delivered a stern lecture to Asian leaders Friday, chiding them for profiting off an open U.S. market while taking advantage of America and its companies.

“The United States promoted private enterprise, innovation, and industry. Other countries used government-run industrial planning and state-owned enterprises,” Trump said during remarks at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam. “They engaged in product dumping, subsidized goods, currency manipulation, and predatory industrial policies.

Tillerson: China Sends ‘Unequivocal’ Message on North Korea
Xi wants to give sanctions time to further squeeze North, secretary of state says

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson appears on Capitol Hill earlier this year. He said on Thursday that Chinese officials say they will not stand for a nuclear-armed North Korea. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Chinese leaders have made an “unequivocal” declaration to U.S. officials that they will not tolerate a North Korea armed with nuclear weapons, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

U.S. and Chinese officials see evidence of “stress” on key North Korean figures, including members of its military, because of recent sanctions applied since the Trump administration took office, Tillerson said, citing intelligence reports.

Trump Gives China ‘Great Credit’ for ‘Unfair’ Trade Tactics
On Chinese soil, U.S. president blames his predecessors

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One upon their arrival at Beijing Capital Airport on Thursday in China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump stood on Chinese soil Thursday and gave his country’s top economic rival “great credit” for trade tactics he said allowed China to “take advantage” of the United States.

Instead, the former real estate mogul and reality television star put the blame on past U.S. presidents for what he called America’s “very one-sided” trade relationship with China. As he often does, Trump cast himself as the one man who can reverse the United States’ massive trade deficit with the Asian power.