Vivian Salama
Vivian Salama
National Security reporter @WSJ. Member @CFR_org. Recovering White House & foreign correspondent. Esq. Proud Alum: @GeorgetownLaw @Columbia @RutgersUSource
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White House didn't receive heads up about Milley apology | CNN Politics

White House didn't receive heads up about Milley apology | CNN Politics

By , and , CNNLink Copied!Ad Feedback — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley did not give the White House a heads up before he admitting it was a “mistake” to appear in a photo-op last week with President Donald Trump, three administration officials told CNN.Milley’s apology – in which he declared unequivocally “I should not have been there” – was a remarkable admission for the four-star general, let alone from a top official in an administration led by a President known for his refusal to apologize.Before coming to his decision, Milley reached out to former Chairman of...

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June 11, 2020
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Bolton book bombshells: Trump asked China's Xi for reelection help and told him to keep building concentration camps

Bolton book bombshells: Trump asked China's Xi for reelection help and told him to keep building concentration camps

Washington (CNN)Former national security adviser has leveled a stunning accusation against his former boss, claiming in his new book that President Donald Trump personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help him win the 2020 US presidential election, according to a copy obtained by CNN Wednesday. Bolton also charged that when Xi told Trump last year that was building concentration camps for the mass detention of Uyghur Muslims, Trump said Xi should go ahead building the camps, "which he thought was exactly the right thing to do."At another meeting during last year's G-20...

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June 17, 2020
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Bolton says he won't be voting for Trump or Biden

Bolton says he won't be voting for Trump or Biden

(CNN)Former national security adviser he will not be voting for his former boss President Donald Trump or the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in this year's election. "I don't think he's fit for office," Bolton said of Trump in an interview with that aired Sunday. "I don't think he has the competence to carry out the job. I don't think he's a conservative Republican." "I'm not gonna vote for him in November. Certainly not gonna vote for Joe Biden either," he added.Instead, Bolton told ABC he will "figure out a conservative Republican to write in."After reported earlier Sunday...

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June 21, 2020
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EU mulls recommendation to bar Americans and other nationalities due to coronavirus

EU mulls recommendation to bar Americans and other nationalities due to coronavirus

Washington (CNN)European Union nations could block visitors from countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks, including the United States, according to officials involved in the talks.As European countries prepare to reopen their borders to international travel, officials at the European Commission have been working with member states on advising which visitors might be considered safe to visit from July 1. While multiple sources told CNN they had not seen lists of specific countries, officials said they were working on criteria that would be used to draw up guidance. Discussions were...

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June 23, 2020
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Pentagon chief on shaky ground with White House after breaking with Trump over protest response | CNN Politics

Pentagon chief on shaky ground with White House after breaking with Trump over protest response | CNN Politics

By , , , and , CNNLink Copied!Ad Feedback — Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is on shaky ground with the White House after saying Wednesday that he does not support using to quell the large-scale protests across the United States triggered by the and those forces should only be used in a law enforcement role as a last resort.Speaking from the Pentagon briefing room podium, Esper noted that “we are not in one of those situations now,” distancing himself from President Donald Trump’s to enforce order.“The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used...

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June 3, 2020
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Trump confirms US is withdrawing from another major arms treaty

Trump confirms US is withdrawing from another major arms treaty

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump confirmed the US will be exiting the , a pact designed to reduce the risk of military miscalculations that could lead to war, and said Russia's actions had prompted him to take the decision."Russia didn't adhere to the treaty, so until they adhere, we will pull out," Trump told reporters outside the White House Thursday. The President predicted that the US withdrawal would force Moscow back to the table. "There's a chance we may make a new agreement or do something to put that agreement back together," Trump said. "I think what's going to happen is...

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May 21, 2020
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Trump's deputy national security adviser resigns as other top officials consider quitting over Capitol riot

Trump's deputy national security adviser resigns as other top officials consider quitting over Capitol riot

Stay Updated on Developing StoriesView in AppBy Kaitlan Collins, Vivian Salama, Jake Tapper and Kylie Atwood, CNN(CNN) President Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger resigned Wednesday afternoon in response to Trump's reaction to a mob of his supporters breaching the US Capitol, a person close to Pottinger confirms to CNN.Pottinger told people there was very little for him to consider, the person said.Several of Trump's top national security aides -- including national security adviser Robert O'Brien -- are considering resigning in the wake of his response to a day...

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January 7, 2021
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Senior Biden administration officials to meet with Chinese counterparts next week in Alaska

Senior Biden administration officials to meet with Chinese counterparts next week in Alaska

Washington (CNN)Two top Biden administration officials will meet with their Chinese counterparts next week in what will be the first meeting of officials from both countries since took office in January, according to the State Department. Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will be meeting with counterparts Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi in Alaska Anchorage, Alaska next week. The meeting will be held in Alaska to allow Blinken to attend the meeting on his way back from his trip to Japan and South Korea, a statement from the department said. It also allows...

March 10, 2021
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Senior Biden administration officials to meet with Chinese counterparts next week in Alaska | CNN Politics

Senior Biden administration officials to meet with Chinese counterparts next week in Alaska | CNN Politics

By , CNNLink Copied!Ad Feedback — Two top Biden administration officials will meet with their Chinese counterparts next week in what will be the first meeting of officials from both countries since took office in January, according to the State Department.Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will be meeting with counterparts Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi in Alaska Anchorage, Alaska next week. The meeting will be held in Alaska to allow Blinken to attend the meeting on his way back from his trip to Japan and South Korea, a statement from the...

March 10, 2021
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Senior White House Official Involved in Undisclosed Talks With Top Putin Aides

Senior White House Official Involved in Undisclosed Talks With Top Putin Aides

President Biden’s top national-security adviser has engaged in recent months in confidential conversations with top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to reduce the risk of a broader conflict over Ukraine and warn Moscow against using nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction, U.S. and allied officials said. The officials said that U.S. national-security adviser Jake Sullivan has been in contact with Yuri Ushakov, a foreign-policy adviser to Mr. Putin. Mr. Sullivan also has spoken with his direct counterpart in the Russian government, Nikolai Patrushev, the officials...

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