For the first time in nearly two decades, Ramadan has come and gone without the White House recognizing it with an iftar or Eid celebration, as had taken place each year under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. In recent weeks, several former White House staff members told The Post they would usually begin planning an iftar "months in advance" and didn't anticipate the Trump White House could pull something off before the end of Ramadan.. read more
The moves were the most recent example of an intensifying clash of words and interests between the two powers, which back different sides in Syria's civil war.
The Russian military has halted cooperation in the past -- notably after President Trump ordered the launch of missiles against a Syrian air base in April -- and it was not clear whether the latest action would be lasting.
Its announcement came in response to an American F/A-18 jet's shooting down a Syrian government warplane south of the town of Tabqah on Sunday, after the Syrian aircraft dropped bombs near local ground forces supported by the United States. It was the first time the American military had downed a Syrian plane since the civil war began in the country in 2011.
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"I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime. The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives"
Sen. John McCain -- who once called former President Barack Obama's foreign policy "feckless" -- insisted that his 2008 presidential rival still provided more American global leadership than the current president. The Arizona Republican was asked in an interview published Sunday if America's standing on the global stage was better under Obama than President Donald Trump. "As far as American leadership is concerned, yes," McCain told the Guardian.