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President Barack Obama and Ben Rhodes with Cardinal Jamie Ortega at La Catedral de la Virgen Maria de la Concepcion Inmaculada in Old Havana, Cuba, March 20, 2016.

Russia sent Obama a blunt message about Cuba, and now Trump is giving the edge back to Moscow

The Obama administration's initial contacts with Cuba in 2013 and 2014 were carried out in secret, but Russia apparently found out about the talks and made its displeasure known.
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast at a banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

A few days after the US election, China’s Xi Jinping gave an ominous warning to Obama — and to Trump

"We prefer to have a good relationship with the United States," Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Barack Obama. "That is good for the world. But every action will have a reaction."

Inside the most embarrassing foreign policy failure of Obama’s presidency — the Syrian ‘red line’

"Russia failed in its responsibility to deliver on this 2013 commitment," President Donald Trump's former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would say in April, 2017 after another devastating sarin gas attack in Syria.
Former President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Flashes of anger, tears, and a promise: How Obama and world leaders privately reacted to Trump’s election, as told by a former Obama adviser

Donald Trump's surprise electoral victory in the 2016 US presidential election sent half the country reeling, but some world leaders, including the man Trump would replace, President Barack Obama, were especially dismayed, according to a new memoir from the former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes.

After Trump was elected, Obama questioned whether his own presidency had come ’10 or 20 years too early’

One of President Barack Obama's close advisers, Ben Rhodes, wrote about an exchange between Obama and some of his aides shortly after Donald Trump was elected. During the conversation, Obama questioned whether he had overestimated his own legacy.
A woman cleans the entrance of a building next to a Cuban flag hung up to dry after Hurricane Irma caused flooding and a blackout, in Havana, September 11, 2017.

The response to ‘health attacks’ on US diplomats in Cuba suggests nobody knows what’s going on

There's little sign the US or Cuba knows who's attacked US diplomats on the island, but there are worries hardliners are exploiting the situation.

Someone in the State Department intentionally deleted footage of a huge Iran deal briefing

A request was made for the footage to be deleted, but it's not clear who requested it, nor were there rules explicitly prohibiting it.

Author of explosive New York Times profile: Ben Rhodes is ‘the bravest person I’ve ever met in Washington’

The interview received attention for its honest tone and Rhodes' willingness to share details about the foreign-policy narrative he has helped Obama construct.