RT America - August 2, 2018

US Announces Sanctions Against Senior Turkish Officials

On Wednesday The Trump administration slapped economic sanctions on two senior Turkish officials over what they say are trumped-up charges on an American pastor being held by Ankara. The US Treasury Department targeted Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu marking the first time such sanctions have been levied against a NATO ally. RT’S Manila Chan reports.    

U.S.-China trade war gains momentum

China on Thursday called for the US to “return to reason” after the Trump administration sought to ratchet up pressure for trade concessions by proposing that tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports  be increased to 25%. RT’s Bart Chilton reports.

Iran Prepares For Military Exercises

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces are expected to begin major military exercises in the Persian Gulf aimed at demonstrating their ability to shut down the Strait of Hormuz. The move comes after the US has withdrawn from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and the Trump administration developing closer ties with Israel. Marjorie Cohn, Law Professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and former president of the Nation Lawyers Guild joins us for more.