With China "It's much more aggressive economic competition that's taking place" per @southcomwatch's Adm Tidd, specifically with Panama
Russia making inroads also in Agentina and in Peru with sales of vehicles due to "some very unhelpful propaganda that came out of Russia" says @ADMKurtWTidd "It's competition that's going on and we've got to be on the field of play"
"China especially but also Russia are competing in that space to offer deals at prices that undercut the type of equipment that we would be interested in providing" says Adm Tidd on arms sales to LatAam "Everybody's got budget challenges"
Venezuela benefiting most from Russia military sales - hi-tech systems "that clearly are not warranted from the security threats in the area, says SOUTHCOM's @ADMKurtWTidd - high performance aircraft, air defense systems, also refurbished T-70 tanks to Nicaragua
Latin American countries watching out for Russia influence campaigns "They have very serious concerns" per @southcomwatch's Adm Tidd "Our partners throughout the region who have elections, very important elections, both recently and in the future, all are very concerned"
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Divided by Trump, NATO seeks unified front against Russia
"We also see very, very aggressive efforts to sell military hardware in the region" @ADMKurtWTidd says of Russia in Central/South America "Oftentimes those types of deals come without the sort of typical strings attached in terms of end use"
"We can't wage a trade war between friends," says @EmmanuelMacron, adding he'll try with other G7 members to convince @POTUS to normalize trade relations
Russia has "reestablished periodic presence in terms of intelligence collection platforms, bomber patrols, other sorts of things that periodically will come and pass through the region" says @southcomwatch's Adm Tidd
"Right here, far closer to home there is competition going on" @ADMKurtWTidd says of Russia China "It's competition for influence and the singlemost important thing we can do is compete ourselves"
US Southern Command worried about Russia-China across LatinAmerica "We can't just pay attention to what they're doing in Europe or in the SouthChinaSea" @southcomwatch Cmdr @ADMKurtWTidd tells reporters
US tariffs will have adverse effects on American workers: Trudeau and Macron
G7 leaders must not be afraid to reach agreements without US, Macron says
: Our Justice Department must not let Awan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook. The Democrat I.T. scandal is a key to much of the corruption we see today. They want to make a "plea deal" to hide what is on their Server. Where is Server? Really bad.
: Looking forward to seeing my friend Prime Minister @AbeShinzo of Japan at noon. Will be discussing North Korea and Trade.
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@USNATO: Important meeting on Ukraine today. Russia's illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea and its decapture campaign to destabilize Ukraine must stop. US welcomes Ukraine NATO membership aspirations and urges Kyiv to continue progress in its reform agenda
: How could Jeff Flake, who is setting record low polling numbers in Arizona and was therefore humiliatingly forced out of his own Senate seat without even a fight (and who doesn't have a clue), think about running for office, even a lower one, again? Let's face it, he's a Flake.
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US Secretary of Defense Mattis has arrived at NATO Headquarters for Defense Ministerial meetings. He will meet with Defense Ministers of other NATO countries and discuss critical issues related to Transatlantic security in preparation for the NATO summit
: When and where will all of the many conflicts of interest be listed by the 13 Angry Democrats (plus) working on the Witch Hunt Hoax. There has never been a group of people on a case so biased or conflicted. It is all a Democrat Excuse for LOSING the Election. Where is the server?
: Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor: "It all proves that we never needed a Special Counsel.All of this could have been done by the Justice Dept. Don't need a multi-million dollar group of people with a target on someone's back. Not the way Justice should operate." So true.
: Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor: "It all proves that we never needed a Special Councel.All of this could have been done by the Justice Dept. Don't need a multi-million dollar group of people with a target on someone's back. Not the way Justice should operate." So true.
ZTE to pay $1 billion fine
Wilbur Ross says the U.S. has struck a deal concerning Chinese telecom giant ZTE
1 week ago
France warns Donald Trump it won't sign a joint G-7 statement unless he backs down on several issues
: Isn't it Ironic? Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made), then off to Singapore to meet with North Korea and the Nuclear ProblemBut back home we still have the 13 Angry Democrats pushing the Witch Hunt.
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Somebody decided to ram the front gate of the US Embassy in Seoul tonight
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Police in Seoul arrest the driver who rammed his car into US embassy entrance The driver, claimed the reason for his actions are because he wanted political asylum in the US, having a complicated situation with North Korea
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United States will "honor the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ceasefire with the Taliban" per @USFOR_A
U.S. says diplomats in China hit by mystery illness
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly warns Pakistan's General Bajwa on "selective action" against terror groups like Lashkar and JEM
Abe to Trump: Things were so much better during those days of maximum pressure. Also, the abductee issue is "more important than anything else."
China does not want an escalation of trade frictions with US, and progress has been made in the latest round of talks that concluded over the weekend, a spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce said
South Korea's foreign ministry to send 10 officials to Trump-Kim summit
Pompeo and Pakistan army chief discuss Afghan peace, fight against terror
China says it does not want U.S. trade frictions to escalate
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Former South Korean envoy says Trump, Kim unlikely to produce comprehensive deal given short time for preparations
: "[@FLOTUS] went through a little rough patch but she's doing great and we're very proud of her. She's done a fantastic job as first lady." @IngrahamAngle
Ryan contradicts Trump's claim that the FBI planted a 'spy'
"We're in the process of briefings and discussions here," replies @larry_kudlow to question on apparent lack of a pro-active US agenda for G7 Charlevoix
"China has not behaved well," says @larry_kudlow. @POTUS wants to "see if China will play by the rules."
"We are bound by the national interests here more than anything else," says @larry_kudlow in response to my question on whether this administration will respect @wto decisions. "International multi-lateral organizations are not going to determine American policy."
"Don't blame Trump, blame the nations that have broken away from those conditions" set by GATT and @wto," says @larry_kudlow. "It was a good systembut that system has been broken in the last 20 years plus."
"I have no doubt the United States and Canada will remain firm friends and allies," says @larry_kudlow
"We're talking everything through. There may be disagreements. I regard this much like a family quarrel," says @larry_kudlow of upcoming G7 Summit
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he does not expect the dispute with European allies over US import tariffs to damage military and security relations:
"No decision has been reached by both sides as of now" on ZTE, replies @larry_kudlow to reporter's questions. China
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Briefing on G7 summit underway with @larry_kudlow.
Ryan says Trump "obviously" shouldn't pardon himself: "No one is above the law"
Administration official says Gorka is not going to Asia in an official capacity.
Contradicting Trump, @SpeakerRyan tells @mkraju he agrees with Trey Gowdy that the FBI did "exactly" what it was supposed to do in regards to confidential FBI source.
: Many more Republican voters showed up yesterday than the Fake News thought possible. The political pundits just don't get what is going on out there - or they do get it but refuse to report the facts. Remember, Dems are High Tax, High Crime, easy to beat.
: Four reporters spotted Melania in the White House last week walking merrily along to a meeting. They never reported the sighting because it would hurt the sick narrative that she was living in a different part of the world, was really ill, or whatever. Fake News is really bad.
: The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania. During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse. All Fake, she is doing really well.
: Great night for Republicans. Congratulations to John Cox on a really big number in California. He can win. Even Fake News CNN said the Trump impact was really big, much bigger than they ever thought possible. So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave. Working hard.
US is hoping to come up with a joint document with North Korea, drawing on a statement issued in 2005 at 6-party talks aimed at curbing the North's nuclear ambitions, according to gov't sources. summit
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expects a "contentious" G7 summit given differences with US President Donald Trump on trade, climate and security
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U.S. officials warn Congress on risks of drones, seek new powers
US military provides new equipment to Philippine marines
AP: Secret Obama-era license would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7B by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after 2015 nuclear deal.
On potential for weakening EU sanctions, "If we don't stand strong and Russia believes we are back to 'business as usual'," says @USAmbNATO Hutchison, Moscow will assume it can get away with taking land from Ukraine, meddling in Georgia, etc
Hutchison: US looking for more NATO support on counterterrorism at upcoming summit. Afghanistan/Iraq are big pillars, she says, but also "hardening our assets on cyber and hybrid as well as any information we can share about potential militants within our borders"
Asked whether US steel tariffs could endanger the unity needed for NATO strength, @USAmbNATO Hutchison says no, that she believes the result will be a "fair" trade relationship
The EU Commission says new duties on U.S. imports should apply from early July
China has warned the U.S. to stop "picking quarrels and provoking troubles" and held the U.S. responsible for the militarization of the South China Sea after the U.S. Air Force flew B-52 bombers over the contested Spratly islands on Tues, according to Chinese Min of Foreign Affairs
"Of course I'm concerned about the disagreements" between US and other allies, says @jensstoltenberg, as the majority of questions in press conference focus on transatlantic tensions, but "I believe it's possible to limit the repercussionswithout weakening NATO."
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Police has taken one person into custody for drunk driving after ramming a car through the front window of the Wendy's on NY Ave. in NE. No injuries reported
Europe seeks U.S. sanction exemptions for its firms in Iran
"These are serious differences between NATO allies," says @jensstoltenberg about steel tariff/Iran deal tensions, but notes (as he has been doing for some time since the list keeps getting longer) that allies can still "unite around NATO's core task" of mutual defense
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I expect we will agree that our new Joint Force Command for the Atlantic will be based at Norfolk in the US and that our new Enabling Command will be based in Ulm, Germany - NATO SG @jensstoltenberg
G7 likely to discuss global economy, concerns about U.S. trade policy: Japan's Suga
China's ZTE signed preliminary agreement to lift U.S. ban: sources
Japan PM seeks Trump's assurances over North Korea in latest two-way chat
Singapore to restrict airspace during U.S.-North Korea summit
: Mitch McConnell announced he will cancel the Senate's August Recess. Great, maybe the Democrats will finally get something done other than their acceptance of High Crime and High Taxes. We need Border Security.