Overseas Headlines- February 07, 2020

February 07, 2020

United States:

Trump Impeachment Acquittal Leaves Diplomats Bracing for Impact

“President Donald Trump mostly stifled his fury toward the impeachment witnesses who detailed, over hundreds of hours of testimony, the turmoil wrought by his handling of Ukraine policy. Now that he’s been acquitted of two impeachment charges, they’re bracing for payback. It’s not just the witnesses — such as Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council analyst — who could face retribution for speaking out. The deeper anxiety among many career national security officials is that Trump, feeling vindicated by the Senate’s acquittal, will act on long-harbored suspicions that bureaucrats at the State Department and the NSC are out to undermine his agenda.”



Booming London Defies Weak Second Quarter for Britain’s Economy

“The London economy grew more than twice as quickly as its nearest rival in the second quarter, underscoring the challenge facing Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he seeks to “level up” poorer regions of the U.K. Financial services helped the capital city’s gross domestic product rise 4.5% from a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said Friday.”



Trump, Xi Reaffirm Commitment to Phase-One Trade Deal

“U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the phase-one trade deal signed between the two countries last month. The two presidents “agreed to continue extensive communication and cooperation between both sides,” the White House said in a readout of the leaders’ call on Friday, China time. “They also noted the great achievement of the recent United States – China Phase One Trade Deal and reaffirmed their commitment to its implementation,” it said.”


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