With the battlefield stalemated, U.S. officials look to jump start a stalled peace process.
While the president courts Putin and attacks allies, the defense secretary often seems to be inhabiting a different world.
The president harshly criticizes them for what he sees as soft policies and then follows up with lavish personal praise.
The defense secretary has been a stalwart defender of the military alliance even as Trump derides it as a drain on taxpayers.
The president wants to slash U.S. defense spending in Europe if the partners don’t step up.
Overcoming resistance from his top aides, the president plans to meet with Putin next month, an administration official and diplomats say.
A Colorado family buries their son who was killed in action and ponders what he was fighting for in the 17-year-old Afghan war.
The fast-tracked summit came off the rails because of the rushed nature of negotiations.
What happened at an isolated U.S. base illustrates the ambivalence about taking on powerful groups backed by Iran. “It was a scary few weeks,” an official said.
He also served in the Gulf War as an infantry officer.