Trump casts early ballot in Florida in presidential election

President Donald Trump cast an early ballot Saturday, October 24, in the US election as he geared for another grueling day of campaigning ahead of the November 3 vote. Trump, who is trailing Democrat Joe Biden in the polls, voted at a library serving as a polling center in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has a home in that state and switched his residency there last year from his native New York. “I voted for a guy named Trump,” he said with a smile as he emerged. While voting, he wore a mask, which is rare…

South China Sea news: US pushes Beijing as Trump sends warships to disputed waters | World | News

The strike group travelled into the Taiwan Strait on Thursday led by the USS Ronald Reagan. Training included flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. The group also undertook maritime strike exercises and coordinated tactical training, the US Navy said in a statement. The US regularly sends warships through the disputed waterway, an action which China condemns. China claims nine-tenths of the South China Sea, through which some $4trillion (£3.06trillion) of trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have competing claims. The US Navy said the…

U.S.’s China Hawks Drive Hard-Line Policies After Trump Turns on Beijing

WASHINGTON—Since President Trump was inaugurated, many members of his national security team have been itching to confront a China they view as the greatest threat to the U.S. For three years their biggest roadblock, say current and former officials, has been a president who didn’t share their views and whose highest priority was negotiating a trade deal with Beijing. “The National Security Council said, ‘Give us your wish list of ways to f— with China,’ ” said one former national security official, recalling the early days of the administration. Proposals,…

Analysis: Trump threatens China with big price ‘for what they’ve done to the world’

“It wasn’t your fault that this happened, it was China’s fault,” Trump said in a video from the White House Wednesday, in which he touted his own recovery from the virus that has infected multiple top administration officials, and touted a supposed cure. “China’s going to pay a big price what they’ve done to this country.” China has been advancing its territorial claims in the South China Sea, the Himalayas, and over the self-ruled island of Taiwan, all areas where the US is already engaged militarily or could easily be…

A new Cold War: Trump, Xi and the escalating US-China confrontation

“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an ‘iron curtain’ has descended across the continent.” Winston Churchill’s speech in Fulton, Missouri, in March 1946 is remembered as a key moment in the outbreak of the cold war. If future historians are ever looking for a speech that marked the beginning of a second cold war — this time between America and China — they may point to an address by Mike Pence delivered at Washington’s Hudson Institute in October 2018. “China wants nothing less than to push…

Trump to maintain presidential duties: doctor

News / Trump to maintain presidential duties: doctor Trump to maintain presidential duties: doctor President Donald Trump is “well” and will continue to perform his duties “without disruption” while quarantining along with the first lady, after both tested positive for the coronavirus, the president’s physician said Friday. In this file photo taken on July 22, 2020 US President Donald Trump holds a facemask as he speaks to the press during the renewed briefing of the Coronavirus Task Force in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC.…

Trump vs. Obama: Let’s Compare Results

President-elect Trump and President Obama meet at the White House, November 10, 2016. (Reuters photo: Kevin Lamarque) We’ve gone from hard left, under Obama, to hard right, under Trump. Judge the ideologies by their results. Most new administrations do not really completely overturn their predecessors’ policies to enact often-promised ideologically driven change. The 18-year span of Harry Truman to Dwight Eisenhower to John F. Kennedy was mostly a continuum from center-left to center-right, back to center-left. Kennedy was probably as hawkish and as much of a tax cutter as was…

Exclusive: Trump administration weighs blacklisting China’s chipmaker SMIC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is considering whether to add China’s top chipmaker SMIC to a trade blacklist, a Defense Department official said on Friday, as the United States escalates its crackdown on Chinese companies. A Pentagon spokeswoman said the Defense Department was working with other agencies to determine whether to make the move against Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (0981.HK), which would force U.S. suppliers to obtain a special license before shipping to the company. SMIC did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. The Trump administration has…

China news: Don’t dare interfere, Xi says in veiled warning to Trump | World | News

Xi was speaking at an event to mark the 75th anniversary of his country’s victory over Japan in World War 2. In it, he singled out possible threats to the Chinese Communist Party, which has ruled the People’s Republic of China since its inception in 1949. He warned: “The Chinese people will never allow any individual or any force to separate the CCP and Chinese people, and to pitch them against each other. “The Chinese people will never allow any individual or any force to distort the CCP’s history, and…

Only President Trump can tackle China and its “predatory aggression”: Pompeo

By Lalit K Jha Washington, Aug 26 (PTI) President Donald Trump is the only person who can take on China and its “predatory aggression,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the American people. He also said that President Trump will not rest until he brings the Communist nation to justice for spreading death and economic destruction in America and around the world through the coronavirus.   Pompeo on Tuesday deviated from his own advice and broke the longstanding precedent of sitting US secretaries of state avoiding partisan politics…