Mattias official visit in Egypt has permitted to enforce Egypt-US relations, re-started with the official visit of Egyptian president to the White House. During the meeting with US Secretary of Defense James Matiss, attended by Egypt’s Defense Minister Sidqi Sobhi, US Deputy National Security Advisor for for Strategic Affairs Dina Powell, and US Ambassador to Cairo Stephen Beecroft, Sisi expressed his aspirations to continue negotiations over strengthening military cooperation between the two countries. At the centre of discussions, fighting terrorism in the region had been the main topic.
The White House has instructed the State Department and the US mission to the United Nations to cut their budgets for UN programs nearly in half, including US peacekeeping and development assistance. The dramatic cuts, which include a 37%, or $20 billion, slash in funding for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development, reflect a desire by the Trump administration to reduce US commitments to international organizations.
The speech that Trump held next Tuesday at the Congress will be an opportunity to restore in the agenda of the White House the economic issues, ie those that have allowed him to win the November election. The Congressmens hoping that the President decides to follow this path, in fact, despite the proclamations, only 44% of Americans viewed his job well, a record low. The hope of legislators is that Trump will present on Capitol Hill with a detailed plan of the measures to be taken regarding the tax cut and the replacement of Obamacare, it would be desirable that Trump would stop carrying out his “personal war” against the media, against the judiciary and the opposition, even if, regarding the dispute between the President and the Courts, seems that the administration has prepared a new travel ban that probably will be signed by Trump in the next week.
The resignation of National Security Advisor have brought to light the issue of unclear relationships between the new administration Trump and the Russian government, many Republican lawmakers claim that is made clarity on the subject, not only through the establishment of a bipartisan commission of inquiry but also through in-depth investigation by the Intelligence Agencies. The White House, with the help of the Department of Justice and loyalists of Capitol Hill, trying to ward off this possibility,the supporters of Trump are willing to initiate a parliamentary investigation as long as have lead it will be the existing Parliamentary Commitees led by the GOP. In this sense, the President has renewed yesterday, during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister, his esteem for the former Advisor Michael Flynn that,according to Trump,would be victim of “mistreatment by the media
President Trump has hosted yesterday the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House, the two have a busy work program that includes political and economic discussions. The most interesting thing is the line change that Trump has decided to do in relation to Israel, in fact, the President during the campaign he had said very close to the ideas of Netanyahu regarding the fight against terrorism, the iniquity of nuclear deal with Iran and the displacement of US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Excluding this last point, however, still without a concrete action, on the remaining issues Trump has not impressed the breakthrough announced remaining more or less in continuity with the line of Obama. Also regarding the resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestine it seems that the administration has decided to return to support the solution of “two states” unwelcome by Netanyahu, however, the Chief of Staff of the White House said that the administration will not impose to Israel “two states” solution.
Michael Flynn, Director of the National Security of the President Trump, has resigned, the official reason is his contact with the Russian Ambassador in the USA, Sergey Kislyak, began when Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for the events of hacking during the presidential election. Mark Jacobson, Director of the former Secretary of Defense, explained that Flynn violated the Logan Act, a law that prohibits private citizens to have diplomatic relations, at the time of the facts Flynn did not hold any position in the Cabinet but,despite this, had reassured the Russian Ambassador on the new approach that Trump would have had with Russia,it also seems that Flynn, before resigning, did not inform neither the President neither the Vice President of contacts with the Russian Ambassador. Russia’s reaction to Flynn’s resignation was not positive, both journalists and some senior administration officials do not seem happy, his successor should be Keith Kellogg, former General and chief of staff of the White House National Security Council.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, met President Donald Trump today at the White House. At the center of the debate, there were trade relations between the two countries but also the signature of a memorandum which foresees the foundation of the United States-Canada Council for the Advancement of women Business Leaders-female Entrepreneurs, an organization that should be addressed to encourage women wishing to start a business venture. Probably the two leaders discussed about the NAFTA, that Trump would change because he believes it’s unfair to both the US and Canada, but neither Trudeau made statements in this regard.
The White House says President Barack and European leaders focused their talks on Friday on the need to secure a diplomatic resolution to the conflicts in Syria and eastern Ukraine. On Syria, the White House says the leaders expressed grave concern about the humanitarian situation in Aleppo. They agreed that increased attacks by the Syrian regime and its supporters, including Russia and Iran, should be immediately halted. The White House says the leaders are also calling for humanitarian access to the city to be restored.