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TRUMP-RUSSIA

The former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page met with Hungarian officials during the 2016 election campaign, the meetings have drawn scrutiny due to the increasingly close ties between Hungary and Russia. Matthew Mosk reports at ABC News.

The court filing against the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort may “provide clues” for special counsel Robert Mueller’s approach to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, including possible charges relating to registration as a foreign agent and lobbying for a foreign government, or more “sensational” charges that may involve kidnapping due to Flynn’s alleged role in a plan to deliver the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen to the Turkish government. Josh Gerstein explains at POLITICO.

TRUMP ADMINSITRATION FOREIGN POLICY

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed regional security and “ways to combat terrorism” with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday, according to Saudi’s state S.P.A. news agency, Reuters reports.

It is possible that commentators have been unfair in their assessment of Tillerson: there have been many poor Secretaries of State, Tillerson has the difficult task of serving under a president who is “genuinely clueless about foreign policy,” and his efforts to reorganize the State Department have been long overdue. Stephen M. Walt writes at Foreign Policy, arguing that Tillerson’s ineffectiveness also reflect consistency “with trends that have been underway for some time.”

The Early Edition: November 21, 2017 Pouneh Ahari

The Early Edition: November 21, 2017

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