Conservatives in the Washington diplomatic community are expressing outrage that President Trump has not rescinded the nomination of a career foreign service officer who was a part of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle at the State Department to become U.S. ambassador to Colombia.
Four lawmakers have asked for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “urgent assistance” in securing the release of all American hostages in Iran after the Trump administration’s success in persuading North Korea to free three American hostages before official talks began on limiting Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) are urging President Trump to direct the Justice Department to review whether to indict former Cuban President Raul Castro for the illegal shoot down in 1996 of two American civilian aircraft that killed three Americans and a U.S. legal resident.
U.S. government officials on Monday denounced Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s declaration of victory in Sunday’s election as a fraud and issued new sanctions designed to prevent Maduro from selling off the country’s debt to U.S. entities and individuals.
The State Department abruptly postponed an internal forum on Cuba planned for this Friday following complaints from Republicans on Capitol Hill and conservative foreign-policy experts that it featured only Castro apologists and opponents of President Donald Trump’s stricter policies toward Havana.
President Trump blasted California’s sanctuary state law for providing safe haven for illegal immigrant drug dealers, gang members, and “some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth,” pledging to redouble his administration’s efforts to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes.
Democrats are so concerned about getting shutout of their chance to flip three GOP-held districts in Southern California in the state’s jungle primary system that they are pouring $1.5 million into three districts this week targeting top Republican candidates.
Sixteen Republican senators, led by Sen. David Perdue (Ga.), are giving their GOP leaders more leverage to cancel the August recess and force senators to work weekends if a long list of presidential nominations remain stalled and spending bills unpassed by the end of July.
The long-awaited Trump administration appointment of a hostage czar to coordinate its efforts to win the freedom of Americans imprisoned overseas is expected to be coming soon on the heels of the White House celebration of North Korea’s release of three American hostages.
Conservative senators and outside groups are asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to take a more confrontational approach with Democrats to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees and pass spending bills before they pile up and become bloated at the end of the year.