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Newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that North Korean denuclearization is a nonnegotiable in upcoming talks. “We are committed to the permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantling of North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction program,” Secretary Pompeo said.
As crucial decisions loom on Iran and North Korea, President Donald J. Trump visited the State Department this week for the ceremonial swearing-in of Secretary Pompeo. “That’s more spirit than I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time,” the President said to loud applause.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) wrote an op-ed this week praising President Trump for going “further than any previous commander in chief to create an opportunity to rebalance our economic relationship with China.” Sen. Rubio adds that Congress should “further strengthen America’s position by making China’s unwillingness to deal on issues of substance as painful as possible."
A Reuters poll taken in late April shows that black male support for President Trump doubled in just one week last month. The findings came just days after rapper Kanye West posted a series of tweets in support of the President.
On Wednesday, President Trump congratulated National Teacher of The Year Mandy Manning of Spokane, Washington, on her honor. “To Mandy and all of the amazing educators here today, your tireless dedication doesn't just inspire your students. It inspires all of us,” the President said.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said this week that the President “wants to go further in lowering drug prices, an issue he campaigned on during the 2016 presidential race.” President Trump has argued that pharmaceutical companies are “getting away with murder,” Reuters reports.