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 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?