Ukrainian authorities say they have opened an investigation into whether Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Kyiv, was illegally spied on before U.S. President Donald Trump recalled her from her post last year. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the State Department have not replied to repeated requests for comment on the alleged surveillance and potential physical threats to the diplomat. VOA’s Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
The United States is hitting Iranian companies and eight senior officials with new sanctions, in response to Iranian missile attacks against bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq. Pressed for the rationale behind killing a top Iranian general last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted General Qassem Soleimani was plotting attacks on U.S. facilities. Pompeo is President Donald Trump's most powerful and influential national security adviser. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports
On this edition of the program—host Carol Castiel and VOA Diplomatic Correspondent, Cindy Saine, talk with Frances Brown, former senior staffer on the National Security Council under both the Obama and Trump administrations, now a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From Afghanistan to Syria, Brown shares her views about critical foreign and national security challenges facing the United States and the World.