Outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley gave the keynote address at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City on Thursday night. It was the first major appearance Haley has made since she announced her impending resignation last week.
The US remains highly concerned with China’s continued militarisation in the disputed South China Sea and its “predatory economic behaviour”, Defense Secretary James Mattis has said. Two US B-52 bombers flew near contested islands in the South China Sea Tuesday, according to a statement from Pacific Air Forces.
U.S. President Donald Trump called the Federal Reserve his “biggest threat,” again criticizing the central bank for endangering economic growth through interest-rate hikes.
Finance Minister of Japan Taro Aso said on Tuesday that the U.S. government had not spoken to Tokyo about including provisions against currency manipulation in free trade talks.
The new advisory council of Saudi Arabia could unravel quicker than Donald Trump’s. The U.S. president’s strategic and manufacturing panels, stocked with chief executives from companies like Blackstone, 3M , General Electric and Merck, lasted six months before being wound up in August 2017. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s 18-member group of foreign experts, brought in to advise on new super-city NEOM, may have an even shorter shelf life.
A senior White House adviser said that the President Donald Trump may hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a meeting of the Group of 20 nations at the end of next month to resolve the escalating trade dispute.