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The president cited North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela as dangers but was largely silent on Russia and China.
The defense secretary has maintained an air of independence without directly provoking President Trump.
The president wants to win — but wonders why the U.S. is still stuck there — as H.R. McMaster tries to fashion a new strategy.
Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the NSC’s intelligence director, had previously been protected by Stephen K. Bannon and Jared Kushner.
Friends of Kelly expect him to bring order to an often chaotic White House.
Derek Harvey, a retired Army colonel and hard-liner on Iran, was removed after complaints about his management style.
The president hints that plans to send more troops to Afghanistan could be on hold.
Closing the secret program is an acknowledgment of the limits on Washington’s ability to oust the Syrian president.
He also served in the Gulf War as an infantry officer.
President Trump aims his fire at the news media as questions about his son and collusion with Russia grow.