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Trump Foreign Policy Overtures Get World’s Attention


THIS HAS “KCAL 9 NEWS” AT 9. JEFF: THANKS FOR JOINING US I’M JEFF VAUGHN. LEYNA: I’M LEYNA NGUYEN. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS MAKING BOLD MOVES ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT AND HIS TOUGH TALK IS DRAWING STRONG REACTION WORLDWIDE. JEFF: A NEW LOOK AT HOW HE WILL TAP SOME OF THE BIGGEST FOREIGN CHECK POLICY CHALLENGES FACING U.S.. POLITICAL REPORTER DAVE BRYAN JOINS US WITH THE WORD THAT LEADERS DON’T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THESE CHANGES AND A LOT OF PEOPLE SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS. REPORTER: I THINK WE CAN SAY WITHOUT FEAR OF CONTRADICTION THAT DONALD TRUMP WANTED TO GET THE WORLD’S ATTENTION HE IS SUCCEEDED — SUCCEEDED. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN TALKING UP A STORM THIS WEEKEND TONIGHT THAT STORM APPEARS TO BE GROWING GROWING. FROM HIS INSISTENCE THAT NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE WHEN IT COMES TO RETALIATING IRAN’S BALLISTIC MISSILE TESTS TEST THIS WEEK TO A PRETTY SHARP CHANGE IN HOUSE STATEMENT ON ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS. DONALD TRUMP HAS CERTAINLY GOT THE WORLD’S ATTENTION. PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST IN WASHINGTON REPORTEDLY HELD A MEETING ON THE SIDELINES OF THE EVENT WITH JORDAN’S KING ABDULAH THE SECOND. A FEW HOURS LATER THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED A STATEMENT ON ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS IN THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK WARNING THE ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER NOT TO RUSH INTO NEW CONSTRUCTION. WHILE WE DON’T BELIEVE THE EXISTENCE OF SETTLEMENTS IS AN IMPEDIMENT TO PEACE THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SETTLEMENTS OR THE EXPANSION OF EXISTING SETTLEMENTS BEYOND THEIR CURRENT BORDERS MAY NOT BE HELPFUL IN ACHIEVING THAT GOAL. THE WHITE HOUSE SAID PRESIDENT TRUMP HASN’T TAKEN AN OFFICIAL POSITION ON THE SETTLEMENTS YET THAT DURING THE CAMPAIGN HE OFFERED HIS UNQUESTIONING SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL WITH NO LIMITATIONS. OKLAHOMA SENATOR JAMES LANGFORD HAD THIS REACTION TO THE WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT. NO ONE HAS ENGAGED IN THE DETRIMENT TO BE SPENT IN THE DAY ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS HAVE TO BE ABLE TO COME TO THE TABLE. HER. SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS INAUGURATED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO MORE THAN 3000 ISRAELI SETTLERS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR CONSTRUCTION. CBS NEWS REPORTS IT’S ILLEGAL UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW. HOW OPINION LEADERS LIKE — ARE HOPING THAT TRUMP’S REPUTATION FOR PRAGMATISM IS NOW PREVAILING. HE KNOWS THAT IF YOU ACTUALLY GO AND GET THE OTHER SIDE ALL THAT THEY WANT THEY WILL HAVE NO INTEREST FOR A DEAL. THE WORLD IS IN TROUBLE BUT WE ARE GOING TO STRAIGHTEN IT OUT, OKAY? THAT’S WHAT I DO. I FIXED THINGS. REPORT OF THE NATIONAL PRAYER BRICK IS PRESIDENT TRUMP PRESENTED HIMSELF AS THE FIXER THE NO-NONSENSE ANSWER FOR AMERICA’S INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS INCLUDING IRAN AGAINST WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOW CONSIDERING NEW SANCTIONS AFTER CARRIED OUT A VERY PROVOCATIVE BALLISTIC MISSILE TESTING. NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE. REPORTER: AND IRANIAN SECRET ADVISOR RESPONDED BY SAYING THE COUNTRY WILL VIGOROUSLY CONTINUE WITH ITS MISSILE ACTIVITY. NOW “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL” REPORTS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS SET TO IMPOSE FRESH SANCTIONS ON DOZENS OF IRANIAN COMPANIES INDIVIDUALS AND MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS AS EARLY AS FRIDAY. AND THERE WERE WIDESPREAD REPORTS ABOUT HARD FEELINGS AFTER A TRUMP PHONE CONVERSATION WITH AUSTRALIA’S PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL. THE PRESIDENT OBJECTED TO AN AGREEMENT MADE DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION UNDER WHICH SOME 1250 REFUGEES BEING HELD IN AUSTRALIAN DETENTION CENTERS WOULD BE MOVED TO THE U.S.. “CNN” REPORTS TRUMP CALLED IT A BAD DEAL AND ABRUPTLY HUNG UP. THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION DOES SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO RESPECT THAT BUT YOU CAN ALSO SAY WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? THAT’S WHY WE ARE IN THE JAMS WERE IN. MY REACTION IS ONE OF SORROW. AUSTRALIA HAS BEEN JUST GREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND IS A TREASURED RELATIONSHIP ERA. U.S. RELATIONS WITH MEXICO HAVE DETERIORATED OVER THE BORDER WALL AND MR. TRUMP’S PLEDGE TO REDO THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE-TRADE AGREEMENT NAFTA. BRAND-NEW NAFTA. WE HAVE TO MAKE IT THERE. THIS ELECTION AND WE DO NOT ALL FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT THE OUTCOME. REPORTER: IN WHAT MAY BE THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF YOUR SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON TRIED TO RALLY EMPLOYEES AT THE HEART PRESS STATE DEPARTMENT WHERE 900 PEOPLE REPORTEDLY SIGNED AN INTERNAL MEMO OR A TESTING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER IMPOSING A TRAVEL BAN ON IMMIGRANTS FROM SEVEN MUSLIM COUNTRIES AND REFUGEES. REPORTER: PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE U.S. AND IRAN. TONIGHT “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL” REPORTS SOME IRAN EXPERTS ARE CONCERNED THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S WORDS AND ACTIONS COULD TRIGGER A NEW CRISIS IN THE PERSIAN GULF. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS OFTEN CLAIMED AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED TO U.S. AND IRAN WOULD BE A SERIOUS RISK OF WAR. JEFF: PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A LOT OF TOUGH TALK ABOUT THE ALLIES AND ENEMIES A THINK THE STRATEGY IS? REPORT THAT THERE IS A STRATEGY HERE I THINK. THE POINT IS ONE OF TRUMP SUPPORTER SAID TODAY THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN AND YOU HAD BETTER UNDERSTAND THE THINGS THAT CHANGE INCLUDING U.S. FOREIGN-POLICY. THE DANGER THAT TOUGHER APPROACH IS THAT AT SOME POINT SOMEBODY OUT THERE WILL PROBABLY CHALLENGED TRUMP WHETHER IT’S NORTH KOREA OR CHINA OR IRAN TO NAME A FEW TO FIND OUT WHETHER THIS IS JUST LUSTER OR HOW FAR THE PRESIDENT WILL GO TO MAKE HIS POINT WHEN THE TALKING STOPS. IF IN THE PROCESS HE CONTINUES TO ALIENATE LONG-TIME ALLIES AS WELL AS ENEMIES HE MAY NOT HAVE

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