President Donald Trump has reversed his position on at least six major issues this week, giving up pledges he made on the campaign trail and repeatedly touted to his base.
Among those heartened by the changes is Elliott Abrams, a former "Never Trump" Republican who had a change of heart but was rejected for a senior post in Trump's State Department because he was considered too much of an "establishment Republican". Stoltenberg said he was of the same mind as Trump on terrorism, a problem toward which North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has sought to adapt itself to address, and defense spending among member states, which both men agreed must increase.
It was accounted for Wednesday that the Trump organization won't assign China as a currency manipulator, a guarantee he had made earlier, and a stance he held against China on various circumstances. But the president's talk of "bonding" with Chinese President Xi Jinping could sow confusion in Asia, where USA allies are fearful of a rising China.
It is nearly as if President Donald's Trump's campaign never happened as the world continues to watch what else could go wrong in less than a 100days.
"The president's tough talk on a variety of subjects was to get results for the American people", Spicer said when pressed on China.
But at a White House news conference and in a newspaper interview on Wednesday, Trump offered starkly different views on those issues, saying his relationship with Moscow was souring while ties with Beijing were improving.
Trump was opposed to the Export-Import Bank at the beginning of 2017.
After meeting Trump, Xi refrained from blocking a United Nations vote condemning Assad, turned away North Korean coal ships and, according to officials, signaled market access may soon improve for U.S. auto and agricultural firms.
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Separately, law enforcement officials said on Thursday they were investigating a letter purportedly sent through the U.S. Authorities believe this manifesto was written by Joseph Jakubowski, a man who is now the subject of a national manhunt.
Economist Dean Baker of the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research says the timing of Trump's change of views was likely related to an annual report on trade manipulators that is due from the Treasury this weekend.
In late March, Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said that it was up to the Syrian people to determine the future of Assad, and his envoy to the UN Nikki Haley proclaimed that toppling the Syrian president was not the focus of U.S. policy in Syria.
But behind the scenes, he was reportedly telling Democratic senators in February that he would support the bank.
"I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power" over North Korea, he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Trump, in his remarks hours later, amplified that assessment, saying, "we may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russian Federation". He said one nice thing about me.
It turns out that, first of all, lots of small companies are really helped, the vendor companies [.] Instinctively, you would say, 'Isn't that a ridiculous thing, ' but actually, it's a very good thing.
During his campaign, Trump was critical of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, accusing her of keeping borrowing rates low to help rival Hillary Clinton and Democrats. "I like her. I respect her", Trump told the Wall Street Journal.
Asked whether she would be "toast" when her term ends, he said: "No, not toast".
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