Al-Raya Newspaper: Prominent Headlines of Issue 178
Worsening US-Russia relations are “similar, to a large extent, to what we lived during the Cold War,” said the United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres on the 29th of March, after the US announced that it was expelling 60 Russian diplomats. The expulsions were claimed to be in response to the poisoning in the UK of Sergei and Yulia Skripal on the 4th of March with a Russian military nerve agent called ‘novichok’,
President Trump dismissed his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, by a twitter message on the 13th of March and announced CIA director Mike Pompeo as his replacement. Then, just hours after Tillerson was fired, Steve Goldstein, the State Department’s undersecretary of public affairs was also fired by the White House for publicly contradicting the White House’s account of Tillerson’s removal
Recently Donald Trump announced via his Twitter feed that the US would be implementing new punitive tariffs on steel imports (at 25%) and aluminum imports (10%) to the US. Although highly unusual for a President to announce such policies via social media, Trump likes to see himself as different, and a master negotiator.
The visit was publicized by a senior State Department official as a follow-up to Secretary Tillerson's hastily-arranged and poorly-attended meeting with African foreign ministers in Washington in November 2017. Although the ministerial meeting covered trade, development and security issues.