FROM John Hudson
Trump declines to endorse NATO's Article 5 In deference to President Trump, NATO leaders agreed not to focus on Russia during this week's summit. At today's opening session, they hoped he'd endorse the Alliance's Article 5 -- the principal that "an attack on one member nation is an attack on all.” Instead, he lectured about defense spending and "fairness" to the United States, even though the only time NATO's ever invoked Article 5 was after September 11. What are the consequences for Europe's trust in America as the leader of the free world since World War II? Thanks to Devan Schwartz for production assistance.
Kerry Testifies before Senate on Iran Deal The Obama Administration's sales pitch to Congress on the Iran nuclear deal began today. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee . Congress has less than sixty days to accept or reject the deal. Critics, including Republican Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, railed against the agreement as too soft on Iran. "With all due respect, you guys have been bamboozled and the American people are going to pay for that." John Hudson, senior reporter for Foreign Policy , has more.
Mexican Money, American Politics President Obama said back in 2010 that the Supreme Court’s Citizens’ United decision on political fundraising would "open the floodgates" for foreign cash into American politics. Now, a scandal in San Diego has his backers saying “told you so.” We hear about a Mexican businessman accused of trying to influence local politics through clandestine donations.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?