Trump increasingly weary of staff advice

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Gage Skidmore Flickr

A USA lawmaker urged President Donald Trump to stop blaming Barack Obama for failed policies and instead take responsibility as the leader of the White House.

The assault on civilians, already blamed by Trump on Bashar al-Assad, is raising the prospect of new USA military action, since the Syrian President was clearly not deterred by American missile strikes after a similar attack previous year.

"There'll be a little work to be done, but the farmers will be better off than they ever were", Trump told reporters Monday during a cabinet meeting at the White House.

A year ago, the president ordered a round of airstrikes while hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping at his private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago.

"Trump was handed a mess but also hasn't deterred Assad". Cohen has steadfastly denied wrongdoing in his payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and has publicly defended Trump, but he has confided in associates that he is fearful of being a fall guy, according to a person familiar with his thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions. But she also took a shot at Trump: "The Trump administration must finally provide a smart, strong and consistent strategy in Syria", Pelosi said in a statement.

That trust looked misguided a day later, when Trump - seemingly unbeknown to Kudlow - said that he had instructed an additional $100bn of tariffs to be imposed on Chinese goods. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said he and Trump "see eye to eye" on Syria. Such a search, he wrote, would have required "high-level approval" from the Trump-backed U.S. Attorney himself, an "elaborate" review process, and consultation with the Department of Justice, which is led by other Trump appointees.

US Vice-President Mike Pence will travel in President Trump's place for the Latin America trip, which begins in Peru for the Summit of the Americas.

He was supposed to give a sales pitch to make America the No. 1 trading partner for the rest of the hemisphere and kind of push back against China's economic activities in the hemisphere.

Under Justice Department regulations, only Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, can fire Mueller.

Emphatic in his condemnation of the apparent gas attack, Trump noted graphic pictures of the dead and sickened, calling the assault "heinous", "atrocious", "horrible" and "barbaric". They should get a life.

If Trump wields the ax against Rosenstein and then goes after Mueller, he would not only ignite a political storm but he also would raise doubts about the capacity of the U.S. system of governance itself to hold a strongman President in check.

Separately on Tuesday the president's new national security adviser, John Bolton, appeared to be making personnel changes as he remakes the staff following his arrival on Monday.

With rapid turn-about in the White House a regular occurrence, investors have made costly decisions based on the words of a rotating door of advisers and policymakers. Bossert had overseen the administration's response to the 2017 hurricane season and was credited by his colleagues for leading the administration's efforts to bolster cybersecurity resiliency across government and private industry. There, of course, are also trade developments going on around the world.

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