President Trump Faces Foreign Policy Challenge After North Korea Tests Ballistic Missile

Source: Time

By Jill Colvin

(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — Already in a domestic battle over his immigration order, President Donald Trump now faces a fresh foreign provocation in his first weeks in office — an apparent ballistic missile test by North Korea.

After a stormy start on the diplomacy front, Trump has shown evidence of more traditional approach of closely cultivating a relationship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The countries’ long-standing ties were reinforced after word came Saturday night of the test-firing that would be North Korea’s first of the year and an implicit challenge to Trump.

The president, who was hosting Abe for a weekend visit at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, said he stood by Japan “100 percent.”

As the new administration assesses the threat from North Korea, the White House also is focusing on its options following a legal blow to Trump’s immigration order suspending the nation’s refugee program and barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

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