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Heads Of Government Attend G7 Summit
France's President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump pose for the media as they meet for the first working session of the G7 Summit on August 25, 2019 in Biarritz, France. The French southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz is hosting the 45th G7 summit from August 24 to 26. High on the agenda will be the climate emergency, the US-China trade war, Britain's departure from the EU, and emergency talks on the Amazon wildfire crisis.
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Last week, President Trump named Robert C. O'Brien as his new national security adviser. He replaces John Bolton, who was fired by the president two weeks ago.

Prior to his appointment, O’Brien was an envoy for hostage affairs. Now the fourth national security adviser during the Trump administration, he will be play a key role in carrying out the president’s foreign-policy agenda.

With drama escalating between Iran and Saudi Arabia, China’s growing global power, and denuclearization negotiations with North Korea, what can we expect from O’Brien and the Trump administration?

MPR News Kerri Miller spoke with Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Ellen Laipson, who directs the Master's in International Security program at George Mason University.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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