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Trump seeks new momentum with pivot to foreign policy

President Trump Donald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller reports as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare Empire star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE one of the most difficult stretches of his presidency, has a chance to win some positive headlines and build some new momentum in the coming weeks on foreign policy. Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in a sequel to one of the high marks of his time in office so far, his historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last June. Separately, Trump faces a March 1 deadline to reach a deal with China in trade talks, or tariffs on imports from China will escalate – threatening to increase tensions between the two sides. On yet another front, Trump is pressing Venezuela's government to end its embargo on western aid from entering the country, giving the White House an opportunity to go on offense on the world stage. A change in the news cycle would be welcome to Trump, who started the year with a prolonged partial government shutdown that delayed his state of the Union address and sunk his approval rating. A week ago, he ended the fight with an emergency declaration at the border that looked like a political retreat and divided members of his own party. Trump won just a fraction of the money he had sought from Congress for his border, leading him to declare an emergency…

President Trump Donald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller reports as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare Empire star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE one of the most difficult stretches of his presidency, has a chance to win some positive headlines and build some new momentum in the coming weeks on foreign policy.

Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in a sequel to one of the high marks of his time in office so far, his historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last June.

Separately, Trump faces a March 1

deadline to reach a deal with China in trade talks, or tariffs on imports from China will escalate – threatening to increase tensions between the two sides.

On yet another front, Trump is pressing Venezuela’s government to end its embargo on western aid from entering the country, giving the White House an opportunity to go on offense on the world stage.

A change in the news cycle would be welcome to Trump, who started the year with a prolonged partial government shutdown that delayed his state of the Union address and sunk his approval rating.

A week ago, he ended the fight with an emergency declaration at the border that looked like a political retreat and divided members of his own party. Trump won just a fraction of the money he had sought from Congress for his border, leading him to declare an emergency to get more money. That fight is now headed to the courts

While Trump can be boxed in by Congress, and a Democratic-hero House in particular, he has more latitude to pursue his agenda abroad – starting with the second summit with Kim in Hanoi on Feb. 27 and 28.

Trump has projected confidence about meeting specific expectations, setting itself up to declare the number of successes last year following a summit in Singapore with few concrete commitments.

“We’ll be meeting with Chairman Kim for two days and I think we’ll accomplish a lot,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday during a meeting with the Austrian chancellor. “We started off with a very good meeting and I think we’ll continue that along. I don’t think this will be the last meeting by any chance, but I think that the relationship is very strong. ”

A day earlier, Trump customs reporters that his ultimate goal is denuclearization of the Korean peninsula Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association, said Trump will need to come away from next week’s meeting with a more tangible road map to denuclearization.

“The summit could be the last best opportunity Trump has to set the two countries on the right course. ”

While Trump’s goal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula took shape in the middle of his first term, his pledge to secure improved trade deals dates back to his time on the campaign trail . [19659004] The U.S. and China have until March 1 to come to a comprehensive trade agreement before tariffs on Chinese imports increase from 10 percent to 25 percent. But there is a lot of time, especially given Trump’s insistence that he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping before signing off on any arrangement. Trump has in recent weeks been positive about the prospects for a final deal, and top representatives from both countries are set to meet on Thursday in Washington, DC The president has also signaled a willingness to extend talks, saying Tuesday that the March 1 deadline is “not a magical date.”

A successful event would check off one of Trump’s cornerstone campaign promises and boost confidence in the economy that could help carry him into the 2020 election, Stephen Moore, an informal economic adviser to the president and a senior fellow with the heritage foundation, customs The Hill.

staked his presidency on, “said Moore, who is an opinion contributor for The Hill. ” 19659004 “” He knows that he’s got this deal done, “Moore added. “If he does get the deal done, I think he’s home free.”

While he must wait and see on China and North Korea, Trump has already earned bipartisan praise for his stance on Venezuela, where he recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate leader and has pressured Nicolás Maduro to step aside.

Trump denounced socialism and warned Maduro against clinging to power in a speech in Miami on Monday. a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open, ”Trump said.

It is unclear how shipments of food and medicine will cross the Venezuelan border amid a blockade set up by Maduro, but Trump’s firm stance has earned him backers at home and abroad.

Colombian President Iván Duque praised the coalition that has backed Guaidó in Venezuela, and pledged that his country would receive humanitarian from the US and other countries bound for Venezuela.

“We want to work together to put an end to the brutal dictatorship that has been affecting the Venezuelan people,” he said during a visit to the White House last week. “I am very happy that the diplomatic blockade is working like no time before, and I think the days for this dictatorship are about to end.”

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