Taliban warns of more US dead after Trump says he cancelled peace talks

President tweets that he called off planned Camp David meeting after Kabul attack killed US soldier Afghanistan scheduled for Sunday that would have brought him face to face with Taliban leaders at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the hills of Maryland state with the Islamist militant group warning on Sunday that the snub meant more American lives would be lost. The US president made the remarkable claim in a series of tweets on Saturday evening declaring he had called off the negotiations after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a blast in Kabul that killed 12 people including a US soldier on Thursday. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? Trump …

Trump lines up loyalist as Coats leaves US intelligence chief post

Dan Coats to go next month after turbulent two years of disagreements with president Dan Coats, one of the most senior national security officials willing to contradict Donald Trump, will leave the post of US director of national intelligence next month, the president has said. Trump said Coats would go on 15 August and that he will nominate John Ratcliffe, a Texas representative and staunch loyalist, to the post. The relationship between Coats and Trump was marked by turbulence. Coats public, and sometimes personal, disagreements with Trump over policy and intelligence included Russian interference in the US election and North Korean nuclear capabilities. Trump had long been skeptical of the nations intelligence agencies, which provoked his ire by concluding that …

Trump in North Korea: history as farce first time round | Michael H Fuchs

The president stepped over the DMZ to meet his favourite dictator. He came back with a mere promise of new talks Donald Trump had to publicly thinks Kim is his friend and a great leader. He even claims he defending Kims human rights abuses. He even wished the American people would treat him more like the North Korean people are forced, at gunpoint, to treat Kim. Trump has given away US leverage for nothing. His rush into a first summit was ill advised but tested a theory of top-down engagement. A second summit squandered an opportunity because Trump again rushed in without having a deal squared away in advance. This third meeting has proven just how easily Kim can extract …