Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he would not meet with US Vice President Mike Pence and State Secretary Mike Pompeo during their visit to Ankara to discuss a ground offensive by his country’s military forces and allied militants against Kurdish forces in the northern part of Syria.
US Democratic lawmakers pursuing an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump are due to hear testimony on Wednesday from a former senior diplomat who resigned his post last week as a top adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Turkey ignored US sanctions and pressed on with its assault on northern Syria on Tuesday, while the Syrian Army roared into one of the most hotly contested cities abandoned by US forces in President Donald Trump's retreat.
President Hassan Rouhani once again on Tuesday denounced the United States for unleashing a campaign of “economic terrorism” against the Iranian nation, saying Washington has committed “a crime against humanity” by imposing sanctions on food and medical supplies.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that an additional round of tariffs on Chinese imports will likely be imposed if a trade deal with China has not been reached by then, but added that he expected the agreement to go through.
Iran's top security official said Washington's "bitter confession" of back-to-back political and military failures in the Middle East despite huge US expenditures, has led its traditional allies to admit that the region is a safer place without America.
US Senator Bernie Sanders, a day before the next debate among the Democratic US presidential candidates, released a plan on Monday underscoring his left-leaning economic views aimed at curbing corporate tax avoidance, tightening antitrust enforcement and empowering workers.
The Democratic-led US House of Representatives will crank up its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump this week as lawmakers return after a two-week recess, with closed-door testimony from current and former administration officials looming.