Boeing Execs Head to Iran as Congress Cracks Down on Tehran’s Use of Planes For Terror

An Airbus A321 bearing the logo of Iran Air

Executives from major airplane manufacturers Boeing and AirBus will reportedly head to Iran next week to hammer down multi-billion dollar deals to sell the Islamic Republic a new fleet of commercial planes amid a congressional crackdown on Tehran’s continued use of commercial aircraft to transport weapons and terrorist fighters across the region.

Turkey Places Bounty on Two Former U.S. Government Officials

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A wealthy ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has placed a bounty on the heads of two former U.S. military and intelligence officials as part of what U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon is an effort by the Turkish government to threaten and intimidate Americans who they believe are working to undermine Erdogan.

Pence Faces Down Arab Threats Ahead of First Official Trip to Israel

President Donald Trump signs a proclamation after he delivered a statement on Jerusalem as Vice President Mike Pence looks on

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Israel next week to reaffirm President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to White House sources who said Pence will strongly support the new recognition despite violence in the region and diplomatic protests by regional officials.

U.S. Still Won’t List Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital on Official Docs, Passports, Maps

Jerusalem

The United States still will not formally recognize Jerusalem as being located in Israel on official documents, maps, and passports, despite President Donald Trump’s announcement earlier this week that America is formally recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital, according to State Department officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the matter.

U.S. Bolstering Security, Bracing For Possible Violence, Ahead of ‘Historic’ Jerusalem Speech

A view of the Western Wall and the golden Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine on December 6, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel

The United States is working to plan for potential security situations in Israel and the Middle East ahead of President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday afternoon that he will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and begin the process to move the U.S. embassy there, a move that has already sparked violent rhetoric among the Palestinians and other Arab factions.

Congress Stalling Trump Ambassadors, Harming U.S. Effort to Combat N. Korea, Conduct Diplomacy

U.S. Capitol

Trump administration insiders are becoming increasingly concerned that a congressional holdup of key ambassador posts is beginning to interfere with critical American foreign policy efforts, particularly those to rally the international community against North Korea and its contested nuclear program, according to Trump administration insiders and congressional officials familiar with the situation.

Trump Admin Halts Taxpayer-Funded Purchases of Iranian Nuclear Materials

President Trump Meets With Congressional Leadership At The White House

The Trump administration has put a stop to U.S. purchases of nuclear materials from Iran, a policy that first began under the Obama administration in an attempt to ensure Iran remains in compliance with the landmark nuclear deal, according to U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.