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Trump’s foreign policy will wreck international relations for years beyond his term: Former State Department officials

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On Tuesday, former State Department officials Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky penned a sober assessment in Politico of the damage President Donald Trump is doing to U.S. foreign policy. The president’s extreme stances aren’t just hurting U.S. standing, they warned, they are also creating a mess that will be nearly impossible for the next president to undo.

On Iran, the authors said, Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out a list of extreme demands that will make it hard for any future president to broker a nuclear agreement. The pointless decision to designate the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group and sanction countries making deals for Iranian oil will further isolate America.

Even worse, they noted, Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton are risking all-out war. “There is a growing risk that U.S. forces and Iranian IRGC units and Iranian-backed militias could stumble their away into an unintended conflict, especially in Iraq or Syria but also in Yemen, where the administration’s unstinting support for the Saudi Arabia’s inhumane and ineffectual military campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthis risks further provoking Houthi missile attacks on the Kingdom, creating a pretext for the Trump administration to come to the Kingdom’s defense.”

Iran isn’t the only issue on which the Trump administration is threatening peace for years to come, they argued — it is also wrecking any chance of a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“Over the past year the administration has waged a relentless campaign of economic and political pressure against the Palestinians — closing the PLO office in Washington, withdrawing U.S. assistance from the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees and cutting aid to the Palestinian Authority,” the authors say. They also note that the administration has abandoned the idea of a two-state solution, have no interest in a deal that will cede majority control of the West Bank to Palestine, needlessly declared Jerusalem the capital of solely Israel before any deal has been reached, and recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights — all of which essentially shatters decades of diplomacy and U.S. consensus on the issue.

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“In its own inimitable way, the administration is well on its way to hanging closed for the season signs on both improving relations with Iran and on a two-state solution and, sadly, irreversibly damaging American credibility and national interests in the process,” the authors conclude. And the next president will be faced with this reality.


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Trump ‘reached into the Genesis chapter of the bigot’s bible’ to attack the Squad: journalist

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On Tuesday, journalist Jamil Smith wrote a column scorching President Donald Trump's attacks on "The Squad," as an act of utmost bigotry — and narcissism.

"Trump would surely love to run against these four women in 2020 rather than an actual opponent, positioning them all as racial bogeymen," wrote Smith. "It's a royal flush for his racist campaign: two black women, including one who wears a hijab and is a Somali refugee; a boricua from the Bronx; and a first-generation Palestinian-American from Detroit."

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House of Representatives votes for resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s racism

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President Donald Trump was condemned by the House of Representatives on Tuesday for his racist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

The resolution was passed with the support of every Democrat. The final vote was 240-187.

The text said "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."

The resolved that the body "strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America."

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Kim Jong-un threatens to restart nuke tests as Trump’s efforts to talk to the regime fall apart again: report

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On Tuesday, CNN's Brian Todd reported that the North Korean regime is on the brink of rescinding what little they promised President Donald Trump, as the future of his efforts to continue talks appear uncertain.

"Kim Jong-un's regime is once again in negotiation by intimidation," said Todd. "Just two weeks after their historic meeting at the DMZ, and President Trump's short stroll into North Korea, North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un appears to be threatening to start testing his nuclear weapons again. In a new statement, Kim's foreign ministry calls the joint U.S./South Korean military exercises planned for next month a breach of the main spirit of what President Trump and Kim agreed to in Singapore, and says, 'We are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S."

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