D.C. Briefly

President Donald Trump escalated his trade fight with China, saying the administration would identify another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods that could face 10 percent tariffs, the latest volley in a dispute with a country that the president said was determined to keep the U.S. "at a permanent and unfair disadvantage." Trump said that he had directed Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, to pursue the additional tariffs in retaliation for Beijing's decision last week to place tariffs on $50 billion worth of U.S. goods. China threatened those tariffs after Trump on Friday said his administration would proceed with tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports.

The president has agreed to alter the 1953 armistice halting the Korean War if North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, revealing an apparent promise from Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un that wasn't announced at the time. "He has made very clear his commitment to fully denuclearize his country," Pompeo said of the North Korean leader during a speech in Detroit. "In return for that, the president has committed to making sure that we alter the armistice agreement and provide the security assurances that Chairman Kim needs."

Congress is headed for a likely showdown over Trump's recent deal to lift certain penalties against Chinese telecom giant ZTE, after the Senate overwhelming passed its version of an annual defense authorization bill that would reimpose those punitive measures.

The administration urged Russia to release what it called a growing number of political and religious prisoners, warning that President Vladimir Putin's government was turning to "old Soviet practices." The condemnation came as Trump considers holding a summit with Putin and faces continuing questions about whether his administration is sufficiently tough on Russia.

Federal prosecutors charged a former CIA employee with violations of the Espionage Act and related crimes in connection with the leak last year of hacking tools that the agency used for spy operations overseas. Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, was charged in a 13-count indictment in what is considered to be one of the most significant leaks in CIA history.

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