These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Trump administration crisis
The White House has been plagued by controversies since Republican President Donald Trump took office on January 20. Less than one month into his term, Trump now seems to be busy putting out one fire after another. The resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn earlier this week exposed the depth of the crisis.
Palestine in limbo
It was all smiles, hugs and handshakes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alighted from his limousine on the doorstep of the White House. The body language of both host and guest clearly showed that this state visit was more than just a professional one. These parties were long standing friends, and it was a display that they wanted everyone to see. As the press conferences got underway, Netanyahu was quick to praise the US President, and his extended family, stating there was no greater friend to Israel than Donald Trump. Pleasantries soon turned to politics, and the discussion was deliberately vague on trumps behalf.
Will the US stop Kurdish support?
A tit for tat battle continues between the Kurds and Turkey, as they try to push each other to the side. Ankara is making strong efforts to try to persuade Washington to give up its cooperation with the YPG. But Syrian Kurdish fighters are also pressing the new US administration for political and military support. During a recent trip to Washington, top Kurdish politician Ilham Ahmed said:” In order to eliminate Daesh, there will definitely be military aid” coming from the US.