2Early this week, two Senators—Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT)—announced that the government of Russia had blocked them from entering the country for a planned official visit. The snub represented an abrupt turn of events, especially for Johnson. Just last year, the Wisconsin Republican had visited Moscow and then worked to set up talks with members of the Russian Duma, people familiar with the outreach told The Daily Beast. Those efforts haven’t blossomed. And neither have U.S.-Russia relations more broadly. The Kremlin’s decision to withhold visas from both Johnson and fellow Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Murphy comes just days after President Donald Trump continued to try and warm relations between the U.S. and Russia, declaring that the latter should be allowed back into the G7 and insisting that Vladimir Putin had outsmarted former President Barack Obama by annexing Crimea in 2014. Trump’s remarks drew rebukes from … [Read more...] about This Senator Tried to Make Nice With Russia. It Shut Him Out.
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In the morning of April 21, 2016, a staffer at the Center for the National Interest, a Washington D.C., think tank, wandered into the office of Dimitri Simes, the group’s president. The staffer saw a pile of papers on the desk titled “FOREIGN POLICY AND DEFENSE OUTLINE.” The staffer realized the papers were the detailed outline, in bullet-pointed paragraphs, of a major foreign-policy address that then-candidate Donald Trump was set to deliver six days later as a guest of the center. The staffer used a cellphone to snap pictures of all five pages of the document. More than two years later, Maria Butina, who once wrote for the center’s magazine and occasionally emailed with Simes, was arrested as an accused Kremlin agent. Subsequently, the person provided the photos to The Daily Beast. The photos’ metadata confirm they were taken on a cellphone on the morning of April 21, 2016. A second former staffer told The Daily Beast that he saw the same documents on … [Read more...] about D.C. Wise Man Had Early Access to Trump’s Pro-Russia Speech
Trump’s opening volley at the NATO summit was a surprise attack on Germany, for its plan to increase natural gas imports from Russia via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Days before he is set to meet one-on-one with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Trump railed against Germany as a “captive of Russia,” directly tying gas imports from Russia to U.S. commitments to NATO and saying “we have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that’s being paid to the country we’re supposed to be protecting you against.” As with many of President Trump’s statements, there is a kernel of truth in it that.The US has long opposed Nord Stream 2, which would double the capacity of pipelines flowing directly from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany, arguing that it increases a key strategic vulnerability of Europe: it’s dependence on Russian gas. And this view is shared by many of Germany’s European neighbors. Proponents of the project … [Read more...] about Trump, Gunning for NATO, Pits Germany Against Russia
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 24 Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 24 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A Florida toddler who was born with a marking on her face that resembles a “Batman” mask will soon travel to Russia in the hopes of receiving an innovative treatment for a rare skin condition. Luna Fenner was born with a congenital melanocytic nevus, “a skin condition characterized by an abnormally dark, noncancerous skin patch (nevus) that is composed of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes,” according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Typically present at birth or soon after, the nevus — which can be anywhere on the body — grows at a similar rate as the child. Usually black in color, the nevus can be flat but can also be raised or bumpy. Excessive hair growth on the nevus is also common. MINNESOTA MAN CONTRACTS RARE FUNGAL INFECTION THAT KILLED HIS DOG LAST YEAR … [Read more...] about Florida toddler born with ‘Batman’ mask due to rare skin condition to seek treatment in Russia
James DeHart, U.S. Department of State's a senior advisor for security negotiations and agreements bureau of political-military affairs, speaks after a meeting with South Korean counterpart on the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) at the public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. less James DeHart, U.S. Department of State's a senior advisor for security negotiations and agreements bureau of political-military affairs, speaks after a meeting with South Korean counterpart on the Special ... more Photo: Lee Jin-man, AP Photo: Lee Jin-man, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 James DeHart, U.S. Department of State's a senior advisor for security negotiations and agreements bureau of political-military affairs, speaks after a meeting with … [Read more...] about US, South Korea cut short meeting over sharing defense costs