AboutTrump.org

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A free searchable database containing over 35,000 curated and sourced quotes by and about Donald J. Trump, in timeline form with context, created in May 2017. We began adding quotes from Joe Biden soon after he became the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee on June 5, 2020. Therefore, searches on most topics will return more Trump than Biden quotes, but we are continuing to add quotes from both 2020 presidential election candidates through the November 3, 2020 election.

CHINA/HONG KONG/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill that requires sanctions on Chinese officials who crack down on the rights of Hong Kong residents to free speech and peaceful assembly, as well as the banks that do business with those officials. Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters in the White House Rose […]

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RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “My job was made harder by phony witch hunts, by ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ nonsense. I was tougher on Russia than any President that’s ever lived. Any President. Nobody has done what I’ve done with sanctions and all — exposing the pipeline deal going into Europe. Nobody did that. Nobody even talked about […]

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IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday [12-11-19] that the United States plans to impose new sanctions on Iran’s largest shipping company and a major airline for what he said were their roles in transporting material for the country’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs…He added that the sanctions on the shipping […]

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FOREIGN POLICY/HUMAN RIGHTS/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on at least 20 more people accused of human rights abuses, targeting government officials, businessmen and others in countries from Myanmar to Pakistan — but still avoiding penalizing some world leaders deemed critical partners. The new sanctions, announced Tuesday [12-10-19], are the latest in […]

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CHINA/HONG KONG/LEGISLATION/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Wednesday [11-27-19] signed tough legislation that authorizes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong, signaling support for pro-democracy activists and escalating tensions with Beijing as Mr. Trump tries to negotiate a trade deal with Chinese leaders. China’s Foreign Ministry was […]

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HOUSE OF REPS/KURDS/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday [10-29-19] to impose a series of sweeping sanctions on Turkey over its brutal assault on the Kurds in northern Syria, dealing its second bipartisan rebuke to President Trump this month for pulling back American forces to allow for the Turkish incursion. The measure drew […]

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KURDS/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “Turkey fully understands not to fire on the Kurds as they leave what will be known as the Safe Zone for other fairly nearby areas. I don’t have to repeat that large scale Sanctions will be imposed for violations. Going well! ISIS secured by Kurds with Turkey ready as backup…..” –Donald Trump, […]

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CONGRESS/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “Congress vowed two weeks ago to impose sanctions on Turkey and rebuke President Donald Trump for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria. But the Senate has struggled to make any substantial headway in condemning the Turkish government for its incursion into Syria and to convince the president to reverse course. Senate Majority Leader […]

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COMMERCE/SANCTIONS/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump on Monday [10-14-19] signed an executive order imposing ‘powerful’ sanctions against Turkey for its incursion into northeast Syria. The White House announced that tariffs on steel imports from Turkey will double, reverting to 50 percent from 25 percent. Trump imposed a tariff hike on Turkey last year after the […]

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EU/KURDS/SANCTIONS/TURKEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Kurds may be releasing some to get us involved. Easily recaptured by Turkey or European Nations from where many came, but they should move quickly. Big sanctions on Turkey coming! Do people really think we should go to war with NATO Member Turkey? Never ending wars will end!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October […]

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CONGRESS/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “Dealing with @LindseyGrahamSC and many members of Congress, including Democrats, about imposing powerful Sanctions on Turkey. Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought. There is great consensus on this. Turkey has asked that it not be done. Stay tuned!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 13, 2019 8:37 am

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MILITARY/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “….We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 10, 2019 3:07 pm

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ELECTION/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States issued new economic sanctions on Monday [9-30-19] against seven Russians linked to an internet troll factory in what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called a warning to foreigners who seek to interfere in American elections. The penalties were announced as Congress is investigating whether President Trump tried to enlist […]

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IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran wanted me to lift the sanctions imposed on them in order to meet. I said, of course, NO!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 27, 2019 8:23 am

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IRAN/OIL/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [9-20-19] shared details of his administration’s newest sanctions on Iran, targeting the Islamic Republic’s national bank over Tehran’s alleged involvement in a series of drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities last weekend. Trump claimed they would be the ‘highest sanctions ever imposed on a country,’ telling […]

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IRAN/SANCTIONS/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 18, 2019 7:53 am

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FRANCE/IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said on Tuesday [8-27-19] that he would not sit down for a meeting with President Trump until Washington had lifted all of its economic sanctions against Iran. His comment came a day after President Emmanuel Macron of France said he would try to arrange a meeting between […]

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SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “An international summit meeting on Tuesday [8-6-19] that was meant to break the political stalemate in Venezuela became a one-sided showcase for the United States’ toughest sanctions yet on President Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime. During the conference of more than 50 countries in Lima, Peru, the Trump administration rejected compromises proposed by […]

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INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Under pressure to confront Russia, President Donald Trump’s administration placed more sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s government over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy living in Britain. It’s the second round of sanctions over the 2018 attempt to kill former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the British town of […]

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EU/IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “George H.W. Bush led a coalition of some three dozen countries that kicked Saddam Hussein’s Iraq out of Kuwait in 1991. George W. Bush had his ‘coalition of the willing’ behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. But so far, Donald Trump’s coalition to protect oil tankers from alleged Iranian aggression […]

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RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Russia for its use of chemical weapons in the 2018 attack on the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, according to two U.S. officials. The Trump administration imposed a round of sanctions last year, as required by a 1991 […]

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IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States on Wednesday [7-31-19] imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, an extraordinary move that could vastly complicate President Donald Trump’s stated desire to launch new negotiations with Iran. The sanctions are sure to further escalate tensions between Washington and Tehran — strains that have grown since Trump pulled […]

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CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Guatemala’s refugee agency meets only sporadically and operates on a bare-bones basis, adding to doubts about how the crime-wracked, impoverished Central American country will cope with a surge in asylum-seekers under a deal signed with Washington. Guatemala’s shortcomings raise doubts about U.S. migration deal signed with Washington.Under Friday’s [8-2-19] accord, Guatemala […]

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IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration took the unusual step on Wednesday [7-31-19] of placing sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister, essentially cutting off the clearest avenue for talks with Iran by punishing the man who negotiated the 2015 nuclear agreement. Senior administration officials described the foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif — an American-educated diplomat who […]

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FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump confirmed Friday [7-19-19] that Sen. Rand Paul is involved in diplomatic talks with Iran, referring to the country as ‘nothing but trouble.’ The Kentucky Republican has long been an opponent of U.S. intervention in Iran. POLITICO reported earlier this week that he had asked for Trump’s blessing […]

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FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran’s foreign minister said on Thursday [7-18-19] that he was willing to meet with American senators to discuss possible ways out of the nuclear crisis with the Trump administration and, for the first time, floated an opening bid of modest steps that Tehran would be willing to take in return for […]

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IRAN/OBAMA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran has long been secretly ‘enriching,’ in total violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration. Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 10, 2019 9:14 am

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IRAN/MILITARY/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran will begin as early as Sunday [7-7-19] to enrich uranium ‘in any amount that we want,’ President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday [7-3-19], declaring that Tehran would exceed the levels specified under its 2015 accord with the United States and other global powers. Mr. Rouhani’s pledge to accelerate the country’s uranium enrichment […]

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ELECTION/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration turned up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday [6-28-19] by targeting his son Nicolas ‘Nicolasito’ Maduro with sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said. The new sanctions are the latest push in six months of efforts to oust Maduro, whose 2018 re-election has been deemed illegitimate by […]

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IRAN/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump arrived at a gathering of world leaders Thursday [6-27-19] searching for support for a new deal to curtail an increasingly aggressive Iran. He’s not likely to find any. Not only do other countries still support a 2015 nuclear pact, they’re skeptical Trump can strike a better agreement within the […]

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CHINA/CUBA/SANCTIONS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. sanctions on Cuba are deterring American firms from exploring its telecommunications sector even as Washington seeks to expand internet access on the Communist-run island, according to the final report of a U.S. government task force released on Tuesday [6-25-29]. Chinese companies dominate Cuba’s telecoms sector, a status quo ‘worth challenging given […]

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IRAN/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump warned on Tuesday [6-25-19] that any attack Iran might carry out ‘on anything American’ would result in the ‘obliteration’ of parts of Iran, responding angrily to comments by President Hassan Rouhani that the White House was ‘mentally handicapped.’ The sudden exchange of threats and insults was at least a temporary […]

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IRAN/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Monday [6-24-19] leveled new sanctions against Iranian leaders, intensifying the administration’s economic penalties on Tehran following a week of escalating tensions that nearly produced an American military strike against the Islamic Republic. Trump, flanked in the Oval Office by Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, […]

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IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again – The sooner the better!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 22, 2019 1:56 pm

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IRAN/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “One day after coming within minutes of military strikes on Iran, the Trump administration has backed off its threat and is now weighing imposing additional sanctions against Tehran. But the US has not announced new sanctions yet, despite President Donald Trump’s false claim otherwise…This official cautioned, however, that the President has not […]

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IRAN/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has portrayed Iran’s recent moves, including its threat to resume stockpiling low-enriched uranium in violation of the nuclear agreement, as proof that Iran is an implacable rogue state, bent on acquiring nuclear weapons, that can be contained only through the threat of military force. Iran has indeed often acted […]

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EU/IRAN/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As the Trump administration continues its hardline approach on Iran, the European Union — in a bid to preserve the Iran nuclear deal — is reluctant to impose sanctions for potential violations of that deal, two diplomatic sources told CNN. Federica Mogherini, the top EU foreign affairs official, has conveyed this sentiment […]

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IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The drumbeat of war between the United States and Iran grew louder on Friday [6-14-19] as President Donald Trump flatly rejected Tehran’s insistence that it had nothing to do with a pair of oil tanker explosions this week…The remarks are the latest instance of the Trump administration ratcheting up pressure on the […]

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NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korea launched short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday [5-9-19] for the second time in a week, prompting President Trump to acknowledge that ‘nobody’s happy’ about the implications for his diplomatic effort to denuclearize the country. Hours before the president’s comments, the United States said it had seized a North Korean ship […]

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DEMS/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees are accusing the Trump administration of violating a law requiring a report on human rights abuses in Russia. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Foreign Affairs panel, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the Financial Services chairwoman, on Monday [5-6-19] […]

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CUBA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba. Hopefully, all Cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 30, 2019 4:09 pm

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IRAN/OIL/OPEC/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Taking a cue from President Donald Trump, U.S. lawmakers could soon have a new message to foreign oil producers: NO COLLUSION! Trump regularly deploys his Twitter account to fight oil-price upticks, trying to browbeat the world’s oil-producing bloc — the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries — into boosting production so prices […]

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OIL/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Saudi Arabia and others in OPEC will more than make up the Oil Flow difference in our now Full Sanctions on Iranian Oil. Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Big violation of Logan […]

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NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In an Oval Office meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, President Donald Trump said Thursday [4-11-19] that he wants sanctions on North Korea to remain in place but doesn’t want to increase them…Trump’s mention of holding back on increasing sanctions appeared to be a reference to a tweet […]

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NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Moon Jae-in of South Korea will meet with President Trump in Washington on April 11, his office announced on Friday [3-29-19], as Mr. Moon struggles to salvage his role as a mediator between Mr. Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Mr. Moon has devoted his government’s diplomatic efforts […]

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NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said on Friday [3-29-19] that he decided not to put additional sanctions on North Korea last week because he wanted to maintain a good relationship with leader Kim Jong Un and because the North Korean people were already ‘suffering greatly.’ ‘I didn’t think that additional sanctions at this […]

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NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 22, 2019 12:22 pm

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MIDDLE EAST/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “North Korea has broken UN sanctions with a ‘massive’ increase of oil imports and coal exports, a UN report has found. The 400-page document released Monday [3-11-19] by the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea said that Pyongyang had also tried to sell weapons in the Middle East and […]

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NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korea acknowledged for the first time on Friday [3-8-19] that the summit meeting last week between its leader, Kim Jong-un, and President Trump ended without an agreement, claiming that people ‘in and outside’ the North were blaming the United States for the breakdown. Until now, North Korea’s state news media […]

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NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said Wednesday [3-6-19] he would be ‘very disappointed’ in Kim Jong Un if North Korea is rebuilding a rocket launch site just days after the two boasted of their strong relationship during a summit in Vietnam…Satellite imagery released this week suggested North Korea began rapidly rebuilding the launch site […]

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NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A senior North Korean official contradicted President Donald Trump on Thursday [2-28-19], denying that his country had insisted on the removal of all sanctions in return for dismantling a key nuclear facility. In a rare news conference addressing the reason why nuclear talks broke down in Hanoi early Thursday, North Korea’s […]

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NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korea asked for only a partial lifting of sanctions during a meeting this week with US President Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said during a rare news conference early Friday [3-1-19] morning. Pyongyang would be willing to allow US experts to witness North Korea permanently dismantle uranium and […]

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NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, meant to demonstrate his diplomatic gamble with North Korea is working, instead ended with no joint agreement after Kim insisted all US sanctions be lifted on his country. That was a bridge too far for the US President, who said Kim offered […]

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SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “Maduro willing to negotiate with opposition in Venezuela following U.S. sanctions and the cutting off of oil revenues. Guaido is being targeted by Venezuelan Supreme Court. Massive protest expected today. Americans should not travel to Venezuela until further notice.” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 30, 2019 6:02 am 

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SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Monday [1-28-19] ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro by slapping sanctions on the country’s state-owned petroleum company, his latest move against a regime he has deemed illegitimate. Shortly after the release of an executive order, the Treasury Department said PdVSA has ‘long been a vehicle for […]

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NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spoke highly of U.S. President Donald Trump, state media said on Thursday [1-24-19], and expressed satisfaction over the results of talks between officials from both countries about a second summit between Kim and Trump. Kim said he would trust Trump’s approach, the North’s official KCNA […]

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HOUSE OF REPS/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday [1-17-19] to block the Trump administration from lifting sanctions on a Russian oligarch with deep ties to Vladimir Putin. The effort, a joint resolution of disapproval, would overturn the Treasury Department’s December decision to ease sanctions on companies tied to Oleg Deripaska, […]

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DEMS/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In what was most likely a largely symbolic vote, 136 House Republicans joined with Democrats on Thursday [1-17-19] in an overwhelming show of disapproval of the Trump administration’s policy toward three Kremlin-aligned companies. The House voted 362 to 53 to block the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions against the companies, […]

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DEMS/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Republicans on Wednesday [1-16-19] narrowly staved off an effort by Democrats to deal the Trump administration’s Russia sanctions policy an embarrassing rebuke. Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in a vote to enforce sanctions against the corporate empire of an influential ally of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, but the effort fell […]

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DEMS/GOP/SANCTIONS/SENATE/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Eleven Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Tuesday [1-15-19] to on a measure intended to stop the Treasury Department from easing sanctions on an oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The 57-42 vote, following a GOP lunch briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, put a squeeze on Republicans torn between support for […]

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DEMS/GOP/LEGISLATION/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At least one Republican senator will join with Democrats on a bill that would reverse the Trump administration’s plan to ease sanctions on three companies with ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close Kremlin ally…A key vote on the measure, which Minority Leader Chuck Schumer can force under the 2017 Russia […]

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CANADA/CHINA/SANCTIONS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Canada’s foreign minister warned top Trump administration officials on Friday [12-14-18] not to politicize the pending extradition of Chinese technology executive Meng Wanzhou. ‘Canada understands the rule of law and extradition ought not ever to be politicized or used as tools to resolve other issues,’ Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign affairs minister, told […]

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CHINA/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/SANCTIONS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday [12-11-18] he would intervene with the U.S. Justice Department in the case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing…Trump expressed optimism that he could strike a trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the […]

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CHINA/IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A senior administration official said on Friday [12-7-18] that the United States had repeatedly warned Huawei, one of China’s flagship technology firms, about violating American sanctions on Iran before the arrest Saturday [12-8-18] of one of its top executives…The arrest, which was executed by Canadian authorities in Vancouver, has threatened to […]

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G20/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday [11-29-18] he will probably meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit in Argentina over the weekend, despite having expressed displeasure with Russian actions against Ukraine…He said he would get a final report during the flight on the tension in the region after […]

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MEDIA/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Thursday [11-15-18] imposed sanctions targeting 17 Saudi Arabian officials — but not the powerful crown prince — over the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi more than a month after the Saudi critic went missing. The Treasury Department designated the officials for sanctions over what it […]

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HUMAN RIGHTS/MEDIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The ‘America First’ Trump administration has surprised critics with its willingness to sanction human rights abusers around the world. But with the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, that willingness is facing its biggest test yet. Since taking office, President Donald Trump has permitted the use of a relatively new law, […]

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ECONOMY/IRAN/SANCTIONS/STEVE MNUCHIN/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday [11-8-18] that the financial messaging service that moves money around the global banking system will be cutting off Iran’s Central Bank..The decision by SWIFT means Iran’s Central Bank will be cut off from the international banking system and will cause significant economic pain, observers say. The […]

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RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration levied additional sanctions Thursday [11-8-18] on Russia for human rights abuses and illegal economic activity in Crimea, just days before President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin head to Paris for a gathering of world leaders. The move is another example of the Trump administration’s willingness to at […]

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MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said on Wednesday [11-7-18] he expects to meet with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un some time early next year and that an expected meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and officials from the reclusive Asian nation will be rescheduled. ‘We’re very happy how it’s […]

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IRAN/OIL/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP MEMORANDA: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday [10-31-18] in a presidential memorandum that he had determined there was sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products from nations other than Iran to permit a reduction in purchases from that country. The memorandum, addressing the secretaries of State, Treasury and Energy, comes days […]

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MEDIA/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said on Frida [10-19-18] that Saudi Arabia’s explanation for how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died at its consulate in Istanbul was credible. Speaking to reporters, Trump said Saudi Arabia’s announcement on the circumstances of Khashoggi’s death was a ‘good first step.’ He also said he prefers that any sanctions […]

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IRAN/MILITARY/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Tuesday [10-16-18] hit Iran with another round of sanctions, accusing the country of recruiting child soldiers as young as 12 to fight for the regime of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria. The sanctions primarily target the Basij Resistance Force, a domestic arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps focused […]

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IRAN/OIL/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran’s oil minister said on Tuesday [10-16-18] the oil market was suffering from short supply and the U.S. President Donald Trump would not be able to bring oil prices down by ‘bullying’ other nations. ‘The oil market is suffering from short supply and this cannot be resolved by words. Trump thinks he […]

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GUNS/MEDIA/SANCTIONS/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump says he doesn’t want a $110 billion arms deal he brokered with Saudi Arabia to unravel over allegations the Gulf kingdom murdered a journalist at its consulate in Turkey. But his comments are missing the mark on a key fact: Saudi Arabia has so far only followed through […]

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PRISONER/RELIGION/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “When a Turkish court released American Andrew Brunson after two years of confinement, it was a profound moment for Christian evangelicals, who had made the pastor a symbol of religious persecution worldwide. In Brunson’s case and others, they had prayed for deliverance. And President Donald Trump, they said, delivered. Trump on Friday […]

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INDIA/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “India could soon be faced with the threat of US sanctions following a controversial $5 billion weapons deal with Russia, a move analysts say poses more of a headache for Washington than it does Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalized the deal, which will see India take possession of a high-tech […]

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OIL/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday [10-3-18] that his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump was right that the current oil price was too high. Putin said at the Russian Energy Week forum that the price has risen because of the U.S. sanctions against one of the top OPEC producers, Iran. We would […]

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MIKE POMPEO/NATIONAL SECURITY/NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday [9-27-18] that the world is at ‘the dawn of a new day’ in confronting the threat posed by North Korea’s weapons programs but that sanctions against the country must continue for now. In a speech before the United Nations Security Council, Mr. […]

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CHINA/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned members of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that they must ‘set the example’ by enforcing sanctions on North Korea as China and Russia suggested the council consider easing the tough measures. China and Russia said the council should reward Pyongyang for […]

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ECONOMY/IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, visiting the United States for the first time since President Trump exited the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, said Monday [9-24-18] that the only way his country would consider new talks with Washington is for Mr. Trump to reverse himself and honor the agreement. Speaking to a group […]

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CHINA/MILITARY/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The US imposed sanctions Thursday [9-20-18] against China’s military for its purchases of Russian military equipment in a move US officials said is meant to punish Moscow for its ‘malign activities,’ including attacks on American elections…The penalties were applied under a law that requires the US to sanction anyone undertaking significant transactions with […]

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ELECTION/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is finally making moves against foreign election meddling – and Russia says it couldn’t care less. Trump’s executive order this week authorizing sanctions on foreigners who mess with American elections could herald new headaches for Moscow. But Russian officialdom shrugged it off as internal U.S. politicking, and analysts say […]

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2016 ELECTION/ELECTION/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Under fire over his handling of Russian election meddling, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday [9-12-18] meant to strengthen election security by slapping sanctions on foreign countries or people who try to interfere in the U.S. political process. The order, coming only eight weeks before congressional elections […]

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2016 ELECTION/INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order authorising sanctions against any countries or individuals found interfering in US elections. The order instructs the intelligence community to monitor and report on attempts to disrupt election infrastructure as well as propaganda. The directive itself is not a sanction, but imposes […]

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2016 ELECTION/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Under fire over his handling of Russian election meddling, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday [9-12-18] meant to make U.S. elections more secure by slapping sanctions on any foreigners trying to interfere in the political process. The order, signed by Trump only eight weeks before congressional elections […]

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ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PALESTINE/SANCTIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration ordered the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Monday [9-10-18] and threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it pursues investigations against the U.S., Israel, or other allies. The moves are likely to harden Palestinian resistance to the U.S. role as a peace broker. […]

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BRITAIN/EU/FRANCE/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Emmanuel Macron on Monday [8-27-18] said preserving European Union unity was more important than forging a close relationship with post-Brexit Britain, and hit out at what he called U.S. President Donald Trump’s ‘aggressive’ isolationism. As pressure mounts on Prime Minister Theresa May to agree terms for Britain’s divorce from the EU […]

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CYBERWAR/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Faced with new evidence that Russian hackers are targeting conservative American research groups and the Senate’s own web pages, key lawmakers from both parties signaled on Tuesday [8-21-18] that they were ready to move forward with punishing new sanctions legislation capable of crippling the Russian economy. And in three separate hearings on Capitol […]

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RELIGION/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday [8-17-18] said the United States was not going to take Turkey’s detention of U.S. Christian pastor Andrew Brunson ‘sitting down,’ a day after his Treasury chief said Washington could hit Ankara with further sanctions. ‘They should have given him back a long time ago, and Turkey […]

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IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/SANCTIONS/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday [8-16-18] named senior policy adviser Brian Hook as Washington’s special representative for Iran. The move came as the Trump administration prepared to increase economic pressure on Iran by restoring sanctions to force Tehran to end its nuclear weapons program and support for militant groups […]

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NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration announced new sanctions on Wednesday [8-15-18] against three organizations and an individual accused of facilitating illicit shipments to North Korea, keeping pressure on the government of Kim Jong-un amid ongoing negotiations over the dismantling of his nuclear program. The companies targeted by the Treasury Department are based in […]

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INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. unveiled a new series of sanctions on Moscow over a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the U.K., in a rare direct confrontation that could escalate into a broad series of diplomatic and economic measures between the two countries. The U.S. announcement Wednesday [8-8-18] included […]

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RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will impose sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law following the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the UK earlier this year, the State Department announced Wednesday [8-8-18]. In a statement Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US had made […]

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IRAN/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 7, […]

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MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday [-8-7-18] said North Korea has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearize despite an agreement between Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June. Bolton, in an interview on Fox News, said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]

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IRAN/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States will reimpose sanctions against Iran at midnight on Monday [8-6-18], restoring economic penalties that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord and ratcheting up pressure on Tehran while worsening divides with European allies and other world powers. The sanctions are a consequence of President Trump’s decision in May to […]

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IRAN/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House reimposed sanctions on Iran, targeting the country’s struggling economy as it seeks to pressure Tehran’s leaders to stop supporting Middle East militant groups and end enrichment of uranium, U.S. officials said. While President Trump—whose measures reflect the broadest economic action he has taken against Tehran since saying in May […]

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IRAN/NUCLEAR/OIL/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s top security adviser on Monday [8-6-18] urged Iran to take up an offer of talks with the United States or suffer more pain from economic sanctions, but Iran’s president said Washington needed first to prove it can be trusted. Hours before revived U.S. sanctions were due to kick in, […]

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IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/SANCTIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a tour of Southeast Asia on Thursday [8-2-18] with a plan to urge allied countries to maintain sanctions pressure against North Korea despite ongoing diplomatic efforts. North Korea and Iran are both expected to attend a summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, […]

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