Conor Finnegan

Conor Finnegan


@ABC News State Dept reporter-producer. Hoya. New Yorker. Outrage is easy; nuance is hard. conor.j.finnegan@abc.com

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"..nuclear program, not Qaddafi's subsequent unpredictable demise. History showed that I didn't get through. ... Nonetheless, Trump ended the conversation by saying, 'Great job.'" 3/3

"..like my reference to the 'Libya model' for denuclearizing North Korea bc of Muammar Qaddafi's overthrow seven yrs later during the completely unrelated Middle East Arab Spring. I tried explaining that the 'model' for nonproliferation analysts was completely removing Libya's"2/

More Pompeo: "Once we're confident we have a shared understanding of the threat, then we can take action," says won't be another panel, but "catalyst for action...We'll work to make sure we have a shared set of facts + then create a set of proposals for things we can do together"

Pompeo says Trump's plan to withdraw US troops from Germany "is an outcome from a collective set of decisions about how we're going to posture our resources @ the world, " indicates more troops in Indo-Pacific to "posture appropriately to respond to " China's PLA #BrusselsForum 

More Pompeo: "It's often the case that the capacity to deter Russia or other adversaries isnt determined any longer by having a bunch of folks garrisoned some place "--calls on others to "step up and take responsibility for their own defense " in new ways, w/o naming #BrusselsForum 

In last wk, US shows heightened support for #Sudan —calls bt/ @SudanPMHamdok  & Treasury@stevenmnuchin1 , @SecPompeo , @SenatorRisch , and now new $$ from @USAID —$356M announced at donor conference, for elections, institutions, marginalized communities—a 10-fold increase in US funds

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That's not what deal said—it said Taliban wld "prevent any group or individual, including (AQ), from using the soil of AF to threaten the security" of US +allies But DOD rpt says AQ still presents "limited threat" to US +allies, "maintains an enduring interest in" regional attacks

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Quite the statement from the nation's top diplomat: Sec Pompeo responds to @NPR , saying @NPRKellyKelly  lied and... insinuating she misidentified Ukraine on that map. "This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt Pres Trump and this administration."

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WOW: Tillerson had "every intention of staying... did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason," according to Under Sec of State Goldstein.

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NEW: Trump admin further restricting US travel to Cuba: --Cruise ships, private yachts, even fishing vessels barred from travel --Group tours called people-to-people exchanges now banned, but if you've already booked flight/hotel, you're grandfathered in

CONFIRMED: Haiti summoned top US diplomat over Trump's "shithole" comments. Currently no ambassador, so Charge d'Affaires Robin Diallo met w/ Haitian president.

NEW: Mattis's resignation letter, via : "Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position."

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