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NY Times: Trump Embracing Parts of Obama's Foreign Policy

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President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez-Monsivais)

By    |   Friday, 03 Feb 2017 08:32 AM

President Donald Trump might be adapting parts of his predecessor's foreign policy points on Israel, Iran, and Russia, after a campaign and opening weeks of of promising to make large changes upon taking office.

One of the largest breaks came Thursday, The New York Times reported, with an unexpected statement from White House Press Secretary Sean Spice concerning Israel and the construction of Jewish settlements past their current borderlines on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

"The construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful" in achieving peace, Spicer said, even though the Trump administration does not "believe the existence of settlements is an impediment."

Trump plans to take up the issue during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Feb. 15.

In December, the incoming Trump administration and supporters slammed then-President Barack Obama following a key United Nations resolution. The resolution condemned Israel for its West Bank settlements by abstaining, rather than voting against it. After Trump's inauguration, Israel announced more than 5,000 new homes in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, inside Trump's new administration:

  • Newly confirmed U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told an open Security Council session Thursday the United States does not plan to lift its sanctions on Russia unless it pulls troops out of Crimea and quits destabilizing Ukraine. "We do want to better our relations with Russia; however, the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions," Haley said.
  • The Trump administration is also planning economic sanctions, which could be announced Friday, against Iran similar to the ones imposed over a year ago by the Obama administration. Further, Trump has often railed against Obama's landmark nuclear deal with Iran, but according to the Times, so far has shown no concrete plans to tear it up.

However, Trump remained aggressive against Iran on Thursday, posting tweets the Middle Eastern nation had been "formally PUT ON NOTICE" for firing a ballistic missile" and accused the country of being "on its last legs, and ready to collapse, until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion."

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