Europe Set to Strike Back Against Trump Tariffs as Global Trade War Escalates

GOTEBORG, Sweden — The European Union is making good on its threats to retaliate against the Trump administration’s tariffs, moving to slap penalties on $3.2 billion of American products made by the president’s political base, like bourbon, motorcycles and orange juice. The European counterattack, a response to the administration’s measures on steel and aluminum imports, is expected to go into effect at midnight Brussels time and add another front to a trade war that has engulfed allies and adversaries around the world. China and Mexico have already struck back with…

John Bolton to Visit Moscow, Fueling Talk of Trump-Putin Meeting

MOSCOW — President Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton, will visit Moscow, a Kremlin spokesman said on Thursday, amid reports the White House is planning a meeting with Vladimir V. Putin. The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, took pains to emphasize that so far the sides had reached no agreement on a meeting that Russian news media outlets reported on Thursday may occur in Vienna in July. “When and if we are ready, we will make the announcement,” Mr. Peskov said in a conference call with journalists. The two…

Haley Blames Watchdog Groups for U.S. Withdrawal From U.N. Rights Council

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration rebuked human rights watchdog organizations on Wednesday, blaming them in part for its decision this week to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. In a scathing letter, Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, criticized the organizations for opposing her failed push last month for a General Assembly vote on changes to the council, the world’s most important human rights body. “You put yourself on the side of Russia and China, and opposite the United States, on a key human…

Trump Tells Republicans Not to Undercut Him on ZTE

WASHINGTON — President Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Wednesday not to scuttle his administration’s efforts to help the Chinese telecom firm ZTE, warning them that his reprieve for the company was part of a broader geopolitical negotiating strategy. Mr. Trump and Republican lawmakers met at the White House to discuss the fate of the company, which had been banned by the Commerce Department from buying American products this year as punishment for violating American sanctions. The administration has since lifted that ban at Mr. Trump’s request and over the objections…

As Kim Ends Beijing Visit, China and North Korea Craft New Messages

The agriculture academy specializes in machinery, animal disease prevention and seed production for hybrid rice and corn, according to its website. These are all things that North Korea badly needs. The infrastructure company, a state-owned enterprise specializing in tunnel construction and real estate development, recently won a contract under the Belt and Road initiative to build railroad tracks in China’s far western region of Xinjiang, its website says. North Korea experts in China have predicted that Beijing will try to extend the initiative to North Korea. The main question, they…

Opinion | Beyond Trump’s Korea Fantasies

With North Korea, there are two unique complications: It already has an arsenal of nuclear weapons and missiles, including an ICBM that can reach the United States, and the locations of many its nuclear sites are unknown, making verification hard if not impossible. And since Mr. Trump has denounced the Iran deal, with its uniquely intrusive inspections and strict requirements for significantly reducing nuclear fuel and other nuclear-related components, as the “worst ever,” he has set quite a high bar for an accord with North Korea. In fact, he says…

Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. From U.N. Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON — The United States withdrew on Tuesday from the world’s most important human rights body in protest of its frequent criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. It was the latest effort by the Trump administration to pull away from international organizations and agreements that it finds objectionable. It was the first time a member has voluntarily left the United Nations Human Rights Council. The United States now joins Iran, North Korea and Eritrea as the only countries that refuse to participate in the council’s meetings and deliberations. “Earlier this…

Governors Refuse to Send National Guard to Border, Citing Child Separation Practice

Governors from at least eight states have announced that they would withhold or recall National Guard troops from efforts to secure the United States’ border with Mexico, as the debate over the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the southern border seeped into state political battles in an election year. Many of the governors opposed to sending troops were Democrats, from states including New York, North Carolina and Virginia. But two Republican governors who face re-elections this fall in Maryland and Massachusetts also reversed their plans.…

Trump’s Trade War Spooks Markets as White House Waits for China to Blink

For weeks, the United States and China had appeared close to a deal that would have forestalled tariffs. Top advisers like Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, and Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, had advocated a deal that could avoid the devastating effects of a trade war, and spent hours in negotiations with Chinese officials. But after the Chinese refused to commit to a target for reducing their trade surplus with the United States or limit industrial subsidies, Mr. Trump rejected those proposals. And his resolve only hardened after lawmakers, including…

U.S. Protester Held in Vietnam Confesses on State Television

BANGKOK — An American citizen who was arrested at a peaceful demonstration in Vietnam this month said on state television that he regretted breaking the law and that he would not join such protests again. Will Nguyen, 32, an American graduate student in Singapore, has been held since June 10, when he was grabbed and beaten by the police at an anti-China protest in Ho Chi Minh City. Two videos posted on YouTube show him being dragged down the street by plainclothes officers holding his legs and an arm. One…