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promise of all-out confrontation and a searing blast at his enemies.
”It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace to our country,” he said, accusing Democrats of being consu
med by anger at their loss in 2016, and framing the coming fight as an extension of his 2020 re-election campaign.
Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders, set the vituperative tone of a fight ag
ainst a Democratic majority seeking to expose the President as historically corrupt.
”Democrats have embarked on a fishing expedition because they are terrified that thei
r two year false narrative of ‘Russia collusion’ is crumbling,” Sanders said in a statement on Monday night. “The D
emocrats are not after the truth, they are after the President.”Sanders and everyone else inside the White House are about to end
ure the bitter, full-on misery of a multi-front oversight campaign. That means a blizzard of subpoenas, officials be
ing hauled up to Capitol Hill to testify under penalty of perjury and a mountain of legal bills.
But Trump has lived in the eye of such storms for much of his adult life, and he comes to the fight with certain advantages.
His clash with House Democrats will give him the foil in the form of his Democratic tormentors that he’s lacked ever s
ince his 2016 campaign. This President is always most effective with an enemy to define himself against.
ce because of his wide-ranging portfolio, which includes a Middle East peace proposal, and b
ecause of heightened scrutiny on Kushner’s inability to secure a clearance, sources said. His daughter’s portfolio did not require a high level secu
rity clearance, though as a senior adviser who sits in meetings with other senior officials, she is privy to sensitive inform
ation.On Tuesday, the White House rebuffed a request from House Oversight Com
mittee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, who asked for documents pertaining to the security clearance pro
cess. White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the committee’s request for the information was “without legal suppo
rt, clearly premature, and suggests a breach of the constitutionally required accommodation process.”The White House’s rejecti
on increases the chances of a subpoena from the House.CNN’s Gloria Borger and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.
mit in Singapore, the US President appeared to tout reports that North Korea had begun dismantling the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, another name for Tongchang-ri.
Dave Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies specializing in satell
ite imagery analysis, said that the more notable development is the work being done to the engine test stand, whe
re Pyongyang could theoretically improve the engines on its nuclear-capable missiles.
North Korea has already successfully tested two types of ICBMs on
mobile launchers, so it doesn’t necessarily need the launch pad to test-fire long-range missiles.
It’s also possible that the activity at the facility is a chess move in North Korea’s
negotiating strategy, Schmerler said, to ratchet up pressure on Washington.
Trump and Pompeo have touted as progress the fact that North Korea has not conducted any missile or nuclear tests in more than a year.
”The site itself, in the macro-sense, is very transparent. And the North Koreans know we are always watching,” he said.
”When they do something at Sohae, they know that this could very easily be in the public conversation for domestic American politics.”
It’s unclear if the recent developments will affect how the White House moves forward with North Korea.
Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, presiden
t, and chairman of the Central Military Commission, makes a visit to political advisers from the secto
rs of culture, art and social sciences who are attending the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chin
ese People’s Political Consultative Conference, March 4, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]
BEIJING – President Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed efforts to maintain strategic resolve in enhancing the bui
lding of an ecological civilization, and protect the beautiful scenery in the country’s northern bordering areas.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military C
ommission, made the remarks when attending a panel discussion with his fellow deputies from Inner Mongolia aut
onomous region at the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s national legislature.
up more sectors for equity investment, improving IPR regime, encouraging innovation and technological development.
Major reforms have been announced to boost market and investors’ confidence. The policy measu
res and programs announced today are considered as key drivers for continued economic growth of Ch
ina. China’s economic development is vitally important for the healthy development of world economy and for Nep
al it is more so as the economies of Nepal and China get increasingly inter-connected.
Moreover, China’s economic policies are more and more relevant for Nepal as we pursue our path of economic develop
ment in a faster pace by further strengthening economic ties with China. We are seeking expanded cooperation in inve
stment, connectivity (more specifically cross-border transport infrastructures including railways), to
urism, technology transfer, industrial development, agricultural development and development of digital technology, an
d we foresee greater investments, tourism and trade between Nepal and China in the year ahead.
Therefore, China’s continued growth, and stable socio-economic
development have paramount importance for Nepal. I wish a complete success in their end
eavor of developing China a moderately prosperous society in all respect by 2021.
The two sides of the Taiwan Straits must and will be reunified, Liu J
ieyi, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Co
mmittee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions.
Over the years, exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Straits ha
ve become more extensive and the bonds of affection between the two sides hav
e deepened, he said.Liu Jieyi, head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Com
mittee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, is interviewed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 5, 2019.
“Our compatriots in Taiwan now better understand that only when the cross-Straits relat
ions become better, will they have a better future,” he said, adding that “We are increasingly capable of pr
omoting the peaceful reunification of the country and bringing benefits to compatriots on both sides.”