FROM Douglas Paal
The US and China Try Personal Diplomacy The President came to California for fundraisers, a review of the state's implementation of the Affordable Care Act — and for his first meeting with China's new President, Xi Jing-ping. What's described as an "informal," "shirt-sleeve" summit will be held in Rancho Mirage, California. Sunnylands, the desert estate of the late Walter Annenberg, now provides a luxurious venue for elite convocations.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.