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"To Assad: Don't use chemical weapons", he said.

And House Democrats held a conference call earlier this week to discuss their own strategy on a war authorization, in which Congress would vote to give Trump the authority to conduct military action but potentially limit the steps he could take, such as deploying ground combat troops. "It's a signal of willingness to cooperate more on the global stage, especially on North Korea's nuclear programme".

Trump regularly spends his weekends at his Mar-a-Lago resort, which his staff has nicknamed the "Southern White House". He said he looked forward to paying a state visit to China.

Just one week ago, U.S. President Donald Trump stood before a crowd of construction workers and made the same promise he did hundreds of times during his presidential campaign. Tensions are mounting amid evidence that North Korea is ready to conduct a sixth nuclear bomb test in defiance of United Nations sanctions. Then-candidate Trump said Putin had declared him a "genius", criticized the Obama administration's tensions with Moscow and said it would be better "if we got along".

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he'd told Xi a trade deal with the United States would be "far better for them if they solve the North Korea problem".

Trump's upbeat assessment of the relations with China contrasted with blunt talk about ties with Russian Federation, a country with which he had repeatedly vowed to start a new partnership. Still, he said during an appearance Sunday on ABC's "This Week", the Trump administration has "no objective to change the regime in North Korea".

Trump's threats to challenge China on trade, North Korea and Taiwan risked upending the sensitive diplomatic balance between the world's two largest economies.

Here's quite possibly the most head-scratching part of it, Trump on bombing "Iraq". That led to last week's summit.

Before his meeting with China's Xi, Trump had said in his interview with Financial Times that the U.S. is ready and able to deal with the North Korean problem "with or without China".

On North Korea, however, Trump maintained a hard-line stance, showing no intention of backing down.

And, to "our Sunni Arab allies, the Egyptians, the Saudis, the Jordanians, the Gulf States - and, of course, our ally Israel: America is once again the side you want to be on", he added.

Trump's action also sent this signal to North Korea and Iran, McConnell said: "This is a new more assertive American president".

"It is true that China is not a currency manipulator", Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement Thursday.

Reuters ID: 3175 (00:12~00:33) "We are sending an armada". Trump has accepted Xi's invitation to visit China later this year. In Korea, Kim Jong Un has many potential ways to respond quickly and savagely by lashing out at a close USA ally, South Korea, which hosts almost 30,000 US troops to help defend it.

And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded, what do you do?

Trump famously likes to "win", and he can probably claim one here after weeks of chaotic setbacks. He said he was looking forward to visiting China this year. "There's plenty of cooperative space between Washing and Beijing as long as Kim continues to pursue its nuclear programme".

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