Trump appoints "hawk" national security advisor

US President Donald Trump on Thursday named neoconservative John Bolton, a Fox News analyst, to the influential post of National Security Advisor White House .

] Appointed as he approaches historic negotiations with North Korea and is approaching a crucial deadline for the future of Iran's nuclear deal, including former US ambassador to the UN is a great slayer.

"I am pleased to announce that effective April 9, 2018, John Bolton will be my new national security advisor," tweeted Trump announcing, with the departure of HR McMaster, a new change in size in his team after a cascade of sackings and resignations in recent months.

Known for his mustache, his taste for provocation and his sometimes abrasive style, John Bolton, 69, was one of the most leaders of "hawks" at s George W. Bush and his Ambassador to the United Nations

A strong advocate of the use of force on the international scene, he does not agree with the 70-year-old president on all issues: he is especially a tireless defender of the war in Iraq that Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized in the field.

"I was not expecting this announcement this afternoon but it is obviously a great honor" , he reacted, on Fox News, shortly after his appointment.

One who has sometimes been criticized, especially at the United Nations, for his lack of diplomacy, does he intend to change his style when he arrives at the White House?

"I have my opinions and I will have the opportunity to present them to the President," he replied, defending the need for the White House tenant to have "a free exchange of ideas "with his various advisers.

Unlike the Secretary of State or the Secretary at Defense, the leader of the famous NSC (National Security Council) does not need to be confirmed by a Senate vote to take office.

"Courage, Jim Mattis"

Welcoming "extraordinary work" HR McMaster, Mr. Trump assured that he would always remain his "friend."

For several weeks, HR McMaster, three-star general, had seen his position weakened by the lack of obvious support of the American president and rumors on its possible dismissal.

This announcement comes ten days after the brutal dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will be replaced by current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, also a hard-line Republican on North Korea or Iran

The appointment of Mr. Bolton, the third to occupy this position since the arrival of Mr. Trump in power, has elicited mixed reactions.

Republican elected Lee Zeldin, Donald Trump's faithful, described a man "extraordinarily qualified" for the position. "There will be no more leaks at the NSC, those who remained from the Obama era will leave and the team will redouble their efforts," he said.

"With the appointment of John Bolton , Trump's foreign policy team will be the most conservative and ideological and the least pragmatic of recent memory, "said Aaron David Miller, a veteran diplomat who worked in Republican-style Democratic administrations.

" Courage, Jim Mattis ", he added in reference to the Pentagon leader seen by many analysts as the last voice of moderation within the Trump team, particularly on North Korea and Iran.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) research center, expressed his doubts about the ability of the former ambassador to slip into the dress of influential advisor to the leader of the world's leading power.

"A national security advisor must be an i honest intermediary who ensures that the president can examine all points of view. Then he is an advisor with his points of view (…) The question is whether John Bolton has the character and judgment for this position. "

HR McMaster, who left the Pentagon in February 2017 to replace at short notice Michael Flynn, forced to resign because of his contacts with Russian officials during the election campaign, will leave public life.

"After 34 years in the service of our country, I will retiring from the army as of this summer, "he said, in a brief statement.

(With AFP)

Imports Tax: Disagree, Trump Economic Advisor Resigns

New Shake in the White House: Gary Cohn, Donald Trump's chief economic advisor, announced his resignation Tuesday (March 6th) after the US president's controversial decision to tax steel and aluminum imports. A departure that pushed Wednesday the Asian stock markets in the red at the opening.

This former number two of the bank Goldman Sachs, wind up against the policy of the real estate mogul on this issue, joined the impressive list Mr. Trump's close associates have already left the ship.

The reaction of the markets was not long in coming, as the American president seems determined to unfold an isolationist policy that sows consternation across the board. the world and scares part of his own camp.

In China, stock markets have opened in decline, undermined by fears of trade war. The Tokyo Stock Exchange also started in the red, the announcement of the departure of Mr. Cohn taking the second plan of a historic summit between the two Koreas soon.

"Will soon make a decision on the appointment of a new chief economic advisor Many people want this job – will choose wisely! ", Donald Trump said on Twitter in the evening.

Openly disagree

This is not the first time Gary Cohn , 57, was openly disagreeing with Trump. In August 2017, he criticized the latter for his reaction to the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but had not taken the step of resigning.

"It was an honor to serve my country and to place pro-growth policies favorable to the Americans, with in particular the vote of a historical tax reform ", indicated in a terse statement, who directed the influential National Economic Council (NEC).

In a tweet Early in the morning, Mr. Trump challenged the idea of ​​a chaotic operation of the White House, assuring that the cascade of departures within his team was only the normal operation of the West Wing. "There is no Chaos, just a fantastic energy," he said, in an astonishing formula.

"Gary (…) did an amazing job putting our program in place, helping to get things done to a historic tax reform and to liberate once again the American economy ", he stressed after the departure of his close collaborator, without mentioning their disagreements of substance.

Situation tense

M. Trump threatened last week to impose tariffs of 25% for steel and 10% for aluminum on imports to the United States to protect these sectors deemed crucial for the national security. Receiving Tuesday at the White House Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, he attacked virulently Europeans who "make it virtually impossible for us to do business with them". "The European Union has not treated us well, and it's a very, very unfair trade situation," he said, adding that "

This new salvo from Donald Trump, who said a few days ago to the amazement of economists and historians that trade wars were "good and easy to win," should not help decisively. Most of Washington's trading partners have made it clear that they do not intend to sit idle.

The European Union has said it is preparing retaliatory measures against US imports including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi's jeans and bourbon whiskey. On Tuesday, Mexico, which is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Alena) with the United States and Canada, threatened to tax the "politically sensitive" American goods.

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde also said Wednesday that a "trade war", after the threats of Donald Trump to heavily tax imports of steel and aluminum to the States United States, would be "formidable" for global growth. "If international trade were challenged by measures of this type, it would be a transmission channel of a decline in growth, a decline in trade and it would be formidable," said Ms. Lagarde on RTL waves. "In a trade war that would be fueled by a reciprocal increase in tariffs, no one wins," said the IMF boss.

The main target of US taxes is China but several analysts have pointed out that this country does not accounted for only 2% of US steel imports. Trump challenged the assessment, saying part of the imports went through other countries. "We can see that a country that does not even have a blast furnace sends us 3% of steel and it comes from China," he said without citing which one.

But his inclinations to impose taxes arouse strong reluctance within its own Republican party, majority in Congress, traditionally in favor of free trade. Elected from Wisconsin, home of Harley-Davidson, House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday urged Donald Trump to give up his decision and to prefer "targeted" measures to avoid a risky trade war.

Admitting that 'There was clearly' dumping 'abuse, Mr Ryan told the press that the protectionist measures the White House wanted could lead to' collateral damage '.

(With AFP)

China Sends The Best Economic Advisor to Davos

China sends leading economic advisers and politicians to lead their biggest entourage so far to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

More than 130 members will join Liu He to attend the global economic meeting, where he is scheduled to spoke and outlined China's vision of the economy in 2018, analysts said. He was also expected to warn Washington of the dangers of a possible trade war.

When President Xi Jinping attended the meeting last year, he spoke of the importance of globalization while President Donald Trump became the new leader of the United States.

At that time, Xi also warned that "trade wars will only cause suffering on both sides."

President Trump has long promised to be tough on China and other exporters who he claims is unjustly competing with American producers, but the talks are now turning to action. Monday (22/1), the American government imposed tariffs on solar panels and washing machines.

Last week, Trump told Reuters in an interview that the United States is considering enforcing a large fine against China over alleged intellectual property theft. 19659002] Stronger measures from the Trump administration are expected to come into effect in the coming weeks and months of 2018.

What happens this week in Davos can be key in determining the direction of global economic policy. Unlike last year, President Donald Trump will attend a meeting in Davos this year. [lt]

Former Trump Advisor to Agree Help the Investigation of Russian Involvement

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has agreed to meet and cooperate with special investigator Robert Mueller in the investigation into the case of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

American news media reported the date of interview with Steve Bannon has not been set, but an agreement with a special investigator emerged following news on Tuesday that Robert Mueller had sent a summons to testify before a jury investigating the Russian intervention.

Steve Bannon could be an important figure in Mueller's investigation and determine was Donald Trump colluding with Russian elements during the campaign to win him in the presidential election.

Additionally, Steve Bannon could provide information investigators inside the White House whether Trump attempted to obstruct law enforcement by dismissing FBI Director James Comey, who it was leading an FBI investigation before Robert Mueller. [ps/jm]