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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has threatened to hold top Department of Justice and FBI officials in contempt of Congress for failing to provide lawmakers with key information relating to the probe into possible collusion between the Trump administration and Russia.