President Trump has consistently heaped scorn on the Iran deal achieved by his predecessor. But his announcement that the US was pulling out also presented an opportunity to tout his approach to talks with North Korea. Even as he defied critics and the advice of allies, he was saying: This is how to do a deal.
When Mike Pompeo was nominated as secretary of State he was touted as just the administrator the understaffed State Department needed to right the ship and improve morale. But from Day 1 the foreign-policy challenges have been historic and unrelenting. Can he handle both areas of responsibility at once? He may have to.
President Trump announces US exit from the 'one-sided' 2015 deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by saying that Iran will only negotiate for a short time with countries remaining in the accord before 'enriching uranium more than before.'
The White House says it still plans to meet with North Korea. Currently, a team of American diplomats are preparing for the summit with North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone.
President Trump canceled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un planned for next month. While diplomacy with Pyongyang had become Trump's top focus, he said a recent statement from the North had "tremendous anger and open hostility."
A crew member hugs a migrant child aboard the Aquarius rescue ship before disembarking in the port of Valencia, Spain, June 17.
Most foreign policy experts consider John Bolton, a piercingly intelligent uber-hawk, the exact wrong choice to guide an impulsive and untested president. But others note elements of realism Bolton has exhibited and look to the moderating influence of less-extreme voices, including the president himself.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced newly imposed sanctions on 19 Russian officials suspected of interfering in US elections. The move comes amid criticism of the Trump administration for acting too slowly on Russian hacking allegations.
Despite his unconventional remaking of the State Department, Rex Tillerson was otherwise too conventional a diplomat. The policy differences were many, not least on Iran, and he may have been insufficiently deferential to the president. Why Mike Pompeo may be more likely to develop a rapport with Trump.