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China Consulate Fight Shows Trump’s Hardliners Are in Charge

  • Pompeo, aides increasingly winning battles over U.S. policy
  • Secretary of State to address China in speech at Nixon library
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Pompeo Says U.S. Will Protect American Interests From China
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Donald Trump spent the first three years of his presidency balancing the demands of hardliners who wanted a crackdown on China against his own desire to pursue a trade deal and cultivate a stronger relationship with Xi Jinping.

The unexpected order Wednesday to close the Chinese consulate in Houston made one thing clear: the hawks are now in charge.