Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington opposes any effort to unilaterally change the status quo on Taiwan and that the US policy has not changed.
The regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
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Ukraine's strike on Russian ammunition trains has rendered the rail link from Crimea to Kherson not operational, says the UK.
Former German Chancellor and friend to Vladimir Putin, Gerhard Schroeder said Moscow wants a "negotiated solution" to the war, with the possibility of a ceasefire.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell welcomed the decision by the Kosovo government to delay the requirement of Serbs in its northern area to register for license plates in the country.
US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said both countries are pursuing economic cooperation to counter China's growing influence in the area of semiconductors.
British foreign secretary Truss said the public wants the government to focus on other key issues instead of taxes on foods deemed unhealthy.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, who was implicated in the ongoing Jan. 6 probe, was revealed to have violated ethics rules in his previous government post.
US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
Senate Democrats are waiting for a go signal from the parliamentarian on whether to proceed with budget reconciliation on the energy, climate, and tax bill.
Donald Trump demanded to court-martial retired Navy SEAL who led Osama bin Laden raid over criticism, new book says
More revelations of what was taking place during Donald Trump’s presidency are coming to light due to former Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s memoir. In his book, Esper revealed that Trump once demanded to court-martial a retired Navy SEAL who criticized him.
In Esper’s book, “A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times,” Trump was furious with retired US Navy Admiral William McRaven for publicly criticizing him, according to a report by Business Insider.
Esper claimed that the now-former president demanded that McRaven be recalled back to active duty to be court-martialed.
McRaven is known for overseeing the raid on Osama bin Laden back in 2011 in Pakistan.
Esper wrote that he and General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have had to talk Trump out of demanding to recall McRaven and General Stanley A. McChrystal to be sent back to active duty to face a court-martial.
Esper told Trump, according to the report, that court-martialing McChrystal and McRaven would blow up in his face if he goes through with his demand.
The former president told Esper and Milley at the time that McChrystal and McRaven were “disloyal” because of what they did and their public criticism of him.
According to the now-former Pentagon chief, Trump was “spun up” by media reports that claimed McChrystal was advising Democrats on how to use artificial intelligence to track and counter supporters of the former president.
Trump ultimately stood down when Milley promised to personally call McChrystal and McRaven and “ask them to dial it back.”
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham’s private comments criticizing Trump after January 6 have surfaced in a new recording. Graham privately predicted that Trump would be defeated following the insurrection at the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.
According to New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin, speaking to CNN host Anderson Cooper, Graham’s comments at the time suggested a desire by the Republicans in Congress to move past the now-former president. Martin said that many longtime Republican lawmakers were ready to move forward without Trump at that time after the riots.
“A lot of people in the old guard thought that that would be the trigger,” said Martin, referring to Trump’s speech on January 6 at the rally that preceded the insurrection. “Finally it would be okay to walk away from Trump. The party would have had enough. It turns out that those leaders were wrong. They didn’t get their votes. They were not tired of Trump. They are still happily in his embrace.”