- By Emily TamkinEmily Tamkin is a staff writer at Foreign Policy. She writes for FP’s The Cable, a real-time take on the news in Washington and the wider world. She has been at FP since the fall of 2016, before which she was an associate editor at New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington. She has a B.A. in Russian literature from Columbia University, an M.Phil. in Russian and East European studies from the University of Oxford, and studied Soviet dissidence in archival centers in Moscow, Tbilisi, and, on a Fulbright, in Bremen — all of which means that at FP, she writes when she can on Russia and Central and Eastern Europe.
While U.S. President Donald Trump was with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach residence (or, as he now calls it, the Winter White House), North Korea conducted a missile test.
The timing of Pyongyang’s provocative test likely wasn’t coincidence: Trump and Abe reportedly discussed defense and security issues amid rising tensions in East Asia.
Also while the president was golfing in Florida, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided homes and workplaces in at least six states, arresting hundreds of undocumented immigrants — including some without criminal records. The move, following Trump’s longstanding pledge to crack down on illegal immigration, is an apparent departure from raids conducted during former President Barack Obama’s administration.
Meanwhile, refugees are leaving the United States for Canada in record numbers, with some risking hypothermia and frostbite in the process. But that is unlikely to come up at the Monday meeting between Trump and his Canadian counterpart, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Their talks are expected to focus on trade. Trump repeatedly said he wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) binding the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican economies together. Trudeau’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, made clear during her visit to Washington last week that more than one North American country can negotiate.
The two leaders will also be discussing women in the workforce. Trudeau gave Canada its first half-female cabinet. Trump did not follow suit. But he did stand up for at least one working woman: his daughter, Ivanka, after Nordstrom’s dropped her clothing line from its stores.
Ivanka’s husband (and top White House adviser) Jared Kushner also has a full plate this week. Kushner is expected to be heavily involved in the Middle East peace process, a key agenda item for the White House this week as it prepares for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington Wednesday.
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