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Trump reluctant to blame Crown Prince Khashoggi assassination

President Donald Trump called a CIA assessment accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggivery premature” and said he will receive a complete report on the case in coming days.

On his trip to California, Trump said the killing “should never have happened.” The report on Tuesday, November 20, will explain who the U.S. government holds responsible for killed Khashoggi and what the overall impact of his assassination is, Trump added. It was unclear who is producing this final report.

Trump also said the CIA finding that Crown Price was responsible for the killing was “possible.” Trump made the remarks hours after the State Department said the government was still working on determining responsibility for the death of Khashoggi, a US based Washington Post columnist.

Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.

Trump-Juncker launched trade talks

President Donald Trump said the United States and the European Union were launching talks aimed at lowering trade barriers as officials looked to head off a trade war.

“This was a very big day for free and fair trade, a very big day indeed,” Trump told reporters at the White House after meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“We are starting the negotiation right now but we know very much where it’s going,” Trump said.

“We will also work to reduce barriers and increase trade in services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical products, as well as soybeans; soybeans is a big deal,” he said, adding that Europe would also step up purchases of liquefied natural gas from the United States, building relevant infrastructure.

Juncker’ goodwill visit to Washington

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will not arrive in the United States for talks with President Donald Trump with a specific trade offer, the Commission spokesperson said.

 

Juncker will travel to Washington for talks focused on trade tensions after the U.S. imposition of tariffs on EU steel and aluminum and Trump’s intends to extend those measures to European cars.

Trump has repeatedly complained about the European Union, pointing to the higher duties it applies for car imports.

Pinot Noir embellishes State dinner

Served at State dinner in White House Burgundy Pinot Noir wine has more qualities, than excellence in aromas and taste – it symbolises the dialogue and continuity between Old and New Worlds, narrating about a French tradition grafted in Oregon, the State ranked third among U.S. states with more than 300 wineries.

The Drouhin Family’s winemaking roots run deep, having taken hold in Burgundy’s best vineyards of France more than a century ago. Through the years, there has been a very clear link, a continuum, that inhabits Maison Joseph Drouhin, and now Domaine Drouhin Oregon, purchased  in 1987, the project extended the family’s passion for winemaking into the US, founding Domaine Drouhin there.

 

“Our estate winery in the Dundee Hills creates elegant, fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines forged from our family’s tradition of fine winemaking in France. For more than 25 years, the Drouhin Family has brought a wealth of hard-earned experience to their vineyards in the Willamette Valley, just southwest of Portland, Oregon” – the Drouhins say, commenting on the success of their American endeavour.

Served at dinner  Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir is named after Véronique Drouhin elder daughter, Laurène is the wineries flagship wine, and is produced entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the family’s estate in the Dundee Hills.

Moscow considers U.S. anti-Russian sanctions “unlawful”

Moscow considers sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine unlawful, Russia’s RIA news agency reports, referring to the Kremlin spokesman. The measures extended for one year were announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, in a letter dated March 2 and published on the White House website, in which he underlining that the sanctions against Russia were imposed for its role in the Ukrainian crisis and annexation of Crimea, and they should remain in place beyond March 6.

Dmitry Peskov (pictured), spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said Russia has never been the initiator of these sanctions.

“We consider them as unlawful and harmful not only for the people of our two countries but for the whole world,” Peskov said.

 

 

Scaramucci 10 days in White House

President Trump  removed Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, ending a tumultuous tenure in the West Wing that lasted just 10 days, according to The Hill.

The former hedge fund manager lost his job on the same day that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly assumed his new role as Trump’s chief of staff.

The White House cast the move as Scaramucci’s decision. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that “he felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.”

Scaramucci a new communications director of White House

 

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, 21 of July, ending a short but remarkable career as a White House spokesperson. Spicer’s departure was abrupt, and appeared along with changes in media and legal teams of President Trump.

Anthony Scaramucci has been appointed as the new White House communications director. Spicer had been communications director as well as press secretary following the resignation of Mike Dubke as director early last month.

A Republican close to the White House told Reuters that Trump settled on Scaramucci, 53, a political supporter and former Goldman Sachs banker, for the head media job on Thursday and met with him on Friday morning to formally offer it to him.

A White House official briefed on what happened next said Spicer was told of Scaramucci’s hiring and Trump urged Spicer to stay on. But Spicer, 45, said he did not want to stay on under the terms and conditions described to him and quit.

Strong NATO "good for US"

“We agree that NATO is a bedrock of security both for Europe and for the United States. Two World Wars and a Cold War have taught us all that peace in Europe is not only important for Europeans, but is also important for the prosperity and the security of North America,” – said Jens Stontenberg, NATO’s Secretary General in his addresse to US President Trump in the White House.

“So a strong NATO is good for Europe, but a strong NATO is also good for the United States.”

“And therefore I welcome the very strong commitment of the United States to the security of Europe.”

 

UK to walk away without a deal?

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The UK departure without a deal as a concept appears persistently in different contexts, approaching the date of the triggering Article 50, promised by Prime Minister Theresa May in March, likely before the Treaty of Rome celebrations on the 27th, but after the Dutch general elections on the 15th. The UK officials do not wish to harm the fragile ties with the EU27, and complicate the situation of one millions of compatriots, chosen the continental Europe as their home.

The hostile rhetoric of the EU high officials, especially the Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, and the veteran of the EU project, made many politicians and experts to consider the departure without any settlement as a viable option, shielded by the WTO rules.

The perspective of the free-trade agreement with the US, opened after the visit of the PM May to the White House, makes ‘no deal better than a poor deal’ approach a leading trend.

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Picture: US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May walking through White House gallery.

 

May bets on talks with Trump

 

Bmay-smileritish Prime Minister Theresa May  will be the first foreign leader to meet new U.S. President Donald Trump, launching talks on renewed ‘special relationship’ between two countries. Reportedly a free trade deal is high on the agenda,  allowing May to strengthen her position during Brexit at home and towards EU27, shifthing trade vector from the EU to the US.

Trump underlined a deal can be done “very quickly”, but he added that the US interest goes first . Trade experts wonder how the two leaders will overcome disagreements over GMO food, meat production and public-sector procurement, and fear that U.S. companies might want to buy into its prized public health service.

May will meet Trump in Washington on Friday after stopping off in Philadelphia to meet senior Republican leaders from Congress ahead of the meeting in White House. Even a warm welcome, and a promise on patching the differenced between two allies can give May a stong hand in Brexit talks with the EU.

 

 

 

 

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