Patrick Goodenough

“Begging” the Iranian regime to return to the nuclear deal just encourages its terrorism, former national security advisor John Bolton said on Wednesday, after the Department of Justice said it had uncovered an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps plot to kill him.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not answer directly when asked on Tuesday if the U.S. considers Crimea to be a legitimate target for Ukrainian attacks carried out with U.S.-supplied weapons. She did say that the U.S. supports Ukraine’s efforts to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Biden Department of Justice was “playing with fire” by sending the FBI to raid former President Trump’s home in Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Monday night, saying it was regimes like that of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua that target political opponents.

British conservative commentator Nigel Farage recalled on Saturday that German officials had laughed at then-President Donald Trump when he warned them against over-reliance on Russian energy.

For the second time in five months, the Pentagon is delaying a long-planned test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, this time to signal to China that the U.S. does not want to escalate even further the current tensions over Taiwan.

Finland and Sweden edged closer to NATO membership on Wednesday when the U.S. Senate in a 95-1 vote approved a resolution ratifying the move, a decision which one senior Republican called “probably one of the easiest votes” he will ever make. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), the lone "no" vote, argued that the U.S. can devote more military resources to Europe, or to Asia to deter China, but not both.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson called Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan an “ugly political stunt” and delivered some harsh commentary in response to Pelosi’s declared support for democracy in the self-governing island that China claims as its territory.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in Taiwan on Wednesday that she hopes China understands that, while it might restrict the island democracy’s participation in multilateral institutions, “they will not stand in the way of people coming to Taiwan as a show of friendship and support.”

Fielding questions on Tuesday about the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby rejected a suggestion that the Biden administration a year ago handed over Afghanistan to terrorists.

Ahead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, the White House declined to comment on travel plans that had not been officially announced, although President Biden said “the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now.” On Tuesday, NSC coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby said Biden respects her decision to go.