Paul McGeough

Paul McGeough is chief foreign correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping pause for photographs at Mar-a-Lago, on Friday.

US and Russia 'one step away from combat'

Trump's response to Tuesday's sarin gas attack was visceral, heartfelt and entirely understandable. But in contradicting his every tweet, it triggers alarms.

Donald Trump.

Human rights no big deal in Trump's Sisi meeting

Much is made these days of a Trump handshake, so all eyes will be on the meeting of hands, as much as of minds when Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is received at the White House on Monday.