Bond between Trump, Xi in meetings played role in China abstention

Fighter jets on board the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson off the disputed South China Sea on Mar. 3. The carrier was recently ordered to

The United States and China struck what appeared to be an unusual bargain Wednesday as President Donald Trump said he won't label China a currency manipulator and voiced confidence Chinese President Xi Jinping will help him deal with North Korea's mounting threat.

"Restoring confidence in the UN means all of the permanent five members (of the UN Security Council), working very closely together, sending their best people, doing research that lets the chips fall where they may".

"Both sides seem to have achieved some of the objectives they sought from each other's concessions", says Cheng Xiaohe, a North Korea expert at People's University in Beijing.

As late as November previous year, after his election victory, he told the New York Times: "I would love to be able to get along with Russian Federation and I think they'd like to be able to get along with us".

He also similarly expressed support for the Export-Import Bank, which provides loans and insurance to facilitate the exporting of American goods, an agency which Trump also opposed during the election.

"I will tell you only because you've treated me so good for so long, I have to tell you right?" he responded.

Donald Trump has described how he boasted about ordering a missile strike in Syria to the Chinese president while eating "the most lovely piece of chocolate cake".

Whether Chinese leverage on other issues, or naming the right price, might make these concerns go away, too, remains to be seen. This week, the USA president diverted an aircraft carrier toward the seas off the divided Korean Peninsula to deter North Korea from conducting another nuclear or missile test. If a crisis reached a flashpoint, North Korea watchers say there's no guarantee the US military could find and destroy all the missiles quickly enough to stop a launch.

"Yes. Heading toward Syria", Trump continued.

Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted USA claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference. CNN political pundit David Gregory says the shifts show Trump is willing to be a dealmaking president.

"He's [Kim Jong-un] doing the wrong thing", Mr. Trump said about the isolated state's recent threats to the US and its disturbing steps toward nuclear proliferation.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal this week, the former businessman said he'd had to adapt from his deal-making background to the presidency. He's also long boasted of his flexibility, describing his positions as starting points for negotiation - though many of his core ideas, including frustrations over the US trade imbalance, have held steady for years.

"We talked trade, we talked a lot of things", he said, and even recounted what he told the president. "I think it's probably unlikely", he said.

In the same interview, he said his administration wouldn't formally accuse the country of manipulating its currency to gain a trade advantage, retreating from a core campaign promise. That same day, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Syrians should pick their own leader - as if 400,000 of them had not died since 2011 in a civil war over that question.

Here's a roundup of Trump's recent flip-flops, most of which took place in the 24 hours leading up to this fact check.

Since Trump took office in January, he has been confronted by European allies who have fear his administration will go easy on Russian Federation.

The stakes, however, are higher than they've ever been: North Korea is building nuclear weapons and marching toward the ability to fit them atop its ballistic missiles. No one should forget that USA officials in 2003 presented fake "intelligence" evidence to the world claiming that Pres. Saddam Hussein possessed WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction), to justify the invasion of Iraq. He incorrectly posited even after we answered the chemical attack that we couldn't call for Assad's ouster because "We would look ... rather silly not acknowledging the political realities that exist in Syria".

He questioned Nato's objective, while repeatedly saying that the U.S. was paying an unfair share - all of which alarmed the other allies. I think it's unnecessary.

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