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Venezuela's Maduro plans to gatecrash summit in Peru

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President Nicolás Maduro has said he will attend this year's Summit of the Americas in April, despite host country Peru claiming the Venezuelan leader is "not welcome," reports AFP.

The backdrop: The summit has brought together the 35 members of the Organization of American States seven times since 1994 to discuss shared policy issues and challenges. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski rescinded Maduro's invitation following his decision to hold Venezuela's presidential election in April, against the wishes of opposition leaders.

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Erica Pandey 2 hours ago
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Macron to Trump: "You need allies, we are the ally"

French President Emmanuel Macron criticized President Trump's foreign policy during an interview with Fox New Sunday's Chris Wallace, saying: "It's too complicated if you make war against everybody. You make trade war against China, trade war against Europe, war in Syria, war against Iran. Come on ... You need allies."

The timing: Macron will arrive in Washington on Tuesday for the first official state visit hosted by Trump.

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Trump tweets "only time will tell" on North Korea

In a morning tweet, President Trump again addressed yesterday's news that North Korea would stop its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile testing — and incorrectly claimed that the nation had also agreed to denuclearize.

Flashback: While it's possible that Trump knows something that we don't, a Bush 43 National Security Council official broke down yesterday's concessions for Axios: "Not a big deal to pause testing nuclear or missiles when summit is coming ... Totally reversible. Eye wash."