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‘Another blow to allies’: Ex-ambassador stunned Trump sided with Kim against South Korea

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The former U.S. ambassador to South Korea was astonished at the concessions agreed to by President Donald Trump during his summit with Kim Jong-un.

Christopher Hill, who conducted negotiations with North Korea under the Bush administration, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Trump had sold out South Korea, where he served as ambassador from 1983 to 1985.

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“I’m a little worried about it, and I’d like to know how that all happened, but to me the most extraordinary news of this whole day was another blow to allies,” Hill said. “The president announced to a press conference that what he called war games, annual defensive exercises we have with South Korea, he considers it provocative and he’s going to stop them. I can understand the North Koreans taking that position, I’m a little surprised at our own president taking that position.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski said the president’s remarks were “quite stunning,” and foreign policy expert Richard Haass couldn’t believe Trump had sided with an adversary over an ally.

“That’s stunning, that comment,” said Haass, the longtime president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “That suggests this was not wired. The idea that the president would unilaterally go out there, portray this in terms like ‘provocative’ and ‘war games,’ surprise an ally whose very existence depends upon the 28,500 American troops and the backing behind it, that is a stunning shock to an ally.”

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Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf ‘insecurity’ — but doesn’t mention Trump by name

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President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will present a peace plan, after its arch-foe Washington ordered reinforcements to the tense region.

"Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region," Rouhani said before a military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq war.

Rouhani also said Iran would present a peace plan to the United Nations within days.

"In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them," he said.

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Trump holds mass rally with Indian Prime Minister that was more like a campaign event than official one

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US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared themselves united in a relentless fight against "terrorism," vowing a close, personal alliance in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans.

The two leaders, like-minded nationalists fond of fiery rallies and skeptical of traditional media, heaped praise on each other in an unusual joint appearance inside a football stadium in Houston.

To the bhangra beats of four drummers in saffron turbans, Trump in his dark suit and Modi in a yellow kurta and vest made a grand entrance with arms clenched together to ecstatic cheers from a crowd estimated by organizers at 50,000.

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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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