STATEMENT BY McCAIN & REED ON SOUTH KOREA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS

WASHINGTON, DC -- Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the results of the presidential election in South Korea: "We congratulate Moon Jae-in on his election victory in South Korea. While South Korea has been through a difficult time over the past several months, we hope that the inauguration of a new president, popularly elected by the people of South Korea, will allow the country to emerge with renewed strength and vigor. With threats in the region escalating, it is vital that the…
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ONU: Embajadora de EE.UU. “preocupada” por Venezuela

Voz de América La embajadora de Estados Unidos ante las naciones Unidas, Nikki Haley, dijo estar “profundamente preocupada” por la situación en Venezuela. “Estamos profundamente preocupados por la violenta represión del gobierno de Maduro contra los manifestantes en Venezuela”, expresó la embajadora en un comunicado emitido por la oficina de prensa de la misión de Estados Unidos ante las Naciones Unidas. “El desprecio del presidente Maduro por los derechos fundamentales de su propio pueblo ha agudizado la crisis política y económica en el país”, agregó la misiva. Haley anotó que el régimen del presidente de Venezuela Nicolás Maduro, debe respetar…
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US TV Outlets Refuse to Air Trump Ad

Several national television news outlets - ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN - have refused to air advertisements from President Donald Trump touting the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office. The paid ads feature nationally recognized television anchors with a "fake news" graphic superimposed on their faces. Trump has used the term "fake news" largely for any reporting that is critical of him and his administration. The networks contend that the ad is inaccurate. CNN and NBC said they would run the ad if the "fake news" graphic was removed. CNN said in a statement, "The mainstream media is…
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Trump, Unorthodox as Ever, Offers Grand Bargain to Beijing

Peter Heinlein/VOA News WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump appears to be offering a grand bargain to Chinese President Xi Jinping in which each would get something he dearly wants -- an assurance of economic stability ahead of a critical Communist Party Congress in exchange for Chinese help in halting North Korea's nuclear programs. The offer has come in a burst of television interviews and social media posts. In a pair of Twitter posts this week, Trump suggested he would agree not to launch a threatened trade war with China, helping to ensure a strong domestic economy as China's ruling party…
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NATO No Longer Obsolete, Declares Trump

  Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “no longer obsolete,” three months after he said the alliance had outlived its usefulness because it had not defended against terrorist attacks. “The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism,” Trump said at a joint news conference with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. “I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.” Trump…
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Trump Adviser Page: ‘I Wasn’t a Foreign Agent’

William Gallo/VOA News Carter Page, an adviser to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump whose communications were reportedly monitored under an FBI-obtained court order, denied Wednesday that he'd worked for the Russians. "Of course, I wasn't a foreign agent," he said in an interview with CNN. Last month, FBI Director James Comey acknowledged that his agency was investigating whether members of Trump's campaign had colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. intelligence officials believe Moscow intervened to try to sway the election in favor of Trump. The FBI obtained a secret court order last year to monitor the communications of…
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Tensions High as US, Russia Call for Syrian Chemical Weapons Probe

The United States and Russia agreed Wednesday to call for an international investigation of the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria last week that prompted President Donald Trump to launch a retaliatory missile strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The joint bid for the United Nations and weapons experts to investigate the sarin gas attack that killed more than 85 people and sickened hundreds more came after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met in Moscow for hours of often contentious talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and later with President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson, the new top…
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EE.UU. endurece medidas contra delitos de inmigración

VOA News El secretario de Justicia de Estados Unidos, Jeff Sessions, anunció el martes una nueva estrategia de mano dura en los procesamientos judiciales de inmigración. Sessions, que hizo el anuncio durante una gira por la frontera sur de la nación, detalló varios cambios que dijo son el inicio de una nueva era para ayudar a las ciudades estadounidenses y a la frontera de lo que describió como "la inmundicia" que traen los carteles del narcotráfico. El secretario de Justicia estadounidense ha venido ampliando el rol de su agencia en la agenda de la administración Trump contra la inmigración ilegal.…
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Tillerson: Rusia debe decidir entre Assad y Estados Unidos

Voz de América El secretario de Estado de Estados Unidos, Rex Tillerson, advirtió este martes que Rusia tiene dos opciones de cara a la guerra civil en Siria: O se pone del lado de Estados Unidos y los países que piensan de manera similar sobre Siria, o se abraza a Irán, al grupo militante Hezbolá y al líder sirio Bashar al-Assad. Mientras se preparaba para embarcar hacia Moscú en su primer viaje como secretario de Estado a ese país, Tillerson dijo que no estaba claro si Rusia no había tomado en serio su obligación de asegurarse que Siria no tuviera…
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Mattis: “No es la primera vez que Assad usa armas químicas”

Voz de América El Pentágono ofreció su primera conferencia de prensa después del ataque con armas químicas en Siria y de la respuesta estadounidense que consistió en el lanzamiento de misiles dirigidos para destruir una base aérea en Siria. El secretario de Defensa, James Mattis, señaló que solo el presidente de Siria, Bashar Assad sabe por qué uso armas químicas, pero al mismo tiempo indicó que las autoridades estadounidenses creen que no fue la primera vez. Mattis dijo que confía en que Assad lamenta el ataque con armas químicas de la semana pasada, debido a las represalias estadounidenses. El Pentágono…
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