President Trump’s Tariffs Were His First Big Break With the GOP

March 9, 2018 Admin3915 0

President Donald Trump on Thursday did something he has rarely done: He enacted a policy most Republicans oppose. In a hastily assembled White House ceremony, Trump signed orders imposing tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminum. The signing followed days of confusion — and months of intense infighting — in an Administration that has been sharply divided on trade policy. “Our industries have been targeted for years and years — decades, in fact — by unfair foreign trade practices,” Trump said. “It’s going to stop.” On one side of the President stood a group of steel and aluminum workers; on the other, a select group of his economic advisers — but, notably, not a single Republican lawmaker. The policy Trump issued Thursday READ MORE

Donald Trump signs order for metals tariff plan, prompting fears of trade war

March 9, 2018 Admin3915 0

Donald Trump pushed forward with plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports on Thursday, arguing the levies were necessary for national security and to stop the “assault on our country”. Flanked by steel and aluminium workers and key staff, Trump said he had to act to stop the “decimation of entire communities” and insisted there would be a very fair process as the administration used the next 15 days to negotiate exemptions with allies. Canada and Mexico will be exempted. “Steel is steel,” said Trump. “Without steel you don’t have a country.” Trump campaigned on saving US steel and aluminium jobs, which have been lost to cheap foreign imports. But the tariffs threaten to undermine decades of detente in international trade and have READ MORE

Trump says South Korea will make major announcement on North Korea

March 8, 2018 Admin3915 0

Trump told reporters Thursday that South Korea will make a “major announcement” concerning North Korea at 7 p.m. ET. The South Korean officials visiting the White House on Thursday talked to Trump, a person familiar with the matter said. They delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump inviting him to meet, according to a senior US official and a former US senior official. The senior US official said North Korea has offered to suspend their nuclear missile testing alongside their invitation for talks. The official also said there are no plans to suspend the upcoming planned military exercises with South Korea. It’s not clear if the South Koreans spoke to the President before or after his surprise pop-in to the White House briefing READ MORE

Elon Musk takes Donald Trump to task on US-China car trade as Tesla eyes factory in China

March 8, 2018 Admin3915 0

Tesla CEO Elon Musk raised the issue of US-China automotive import and export with President Donald Trump today in a series of tweets embedded below. The conversation is especially interesting amidst Tesla eyeing its own factory in China. As we recently reported, Tesla has been doing great in China. The California-based automaker doubled its sales to over $2 billion in China last year. That’s despite solely relying on exporting its cars from the US to China where they are subject to a 25% import tariff. Tesla has been working to establish local production in order to avoid import duties for years now. Last year, the company finally confirmed working with the Shanghai government to establish a manufacturing facility in the region.  However, actual production appears to still be a few years away as READ MORE

“Blurred Lines”: How the Trump-Russia Mess Could Nuke the White House Counsel

March 8, 2018 Admin3915 0

[unable to retrieve full content] “Blurred Lines”: How the Trump-Russia Mess Could Nuke the White House Counsel   Vanity Fair Donald Trump asked key witnesses if Russia investigators were ‘nice’   Telegraph.co.uk NYT: Trump asked witnesses about special counsel conversations   CNN Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit   New York Times Full coverage

Jeff Flake threatens bill to nullify Trump’s tariffs

March 8, 2018 Admin3915 0

“I’m going to — as soon as it comes out if it is anything approximating what he’s talked about — introduce legislation to nullify it. I’m assuming I won’t be the only one to do that,” the frequent Trump critic told reporters Thursday. Flake, like many Republicans, has expressed deep concerns about Trump’s plans to issue new tariffs on aluminum and steel and says he’s ready to fight legislatively if needed. Lawmakers have largely remained in the dark about the White House’s plans, but many senators said it’s a long shot at best to stop Trump. Even if Congress does act, it would likely need 67 votes to override an expected presidential veto in the Senate, a massive undertaking in a deeply divided body. Sen. READ MORE

Trump threatens veto over Gateway tunnel funding

March 8, 2018 Admin3915 0

President Donald Trump has threatened to veto a massive omnibus spending package if it includes money for the Gateway tunnel project in New York City, according to multiple sources. Trump’s threat has complicated the outlook for the $1 trillion-plus spending measure, which Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) want to pass before government funding runs out on March 23. Story Continued Below While it is highly unusual for a Republican president to threaten a veto on a funding bill coming from a GOP-run Congress — and risking a potential government shutdown — Trump is adamant in his opposition to the federal government underwriting the project, the sources said. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) has been leading the effort READ MORE

Trump says quitting adviser could return to administration

March 8, 2018 Admin3915 0

“He may be a globalist, but I still like him,” Trump said of Cohn, who was sitting in the room and announced earlier this week he is resigning as director of the National Economic Council. “He is seriously a globalist, there is no question. But in his own way he’s a nationalist because he loves our country.” Cohn received a hearty applause from the Cabinet. “I have a feeling you’ll be back,” Trump said. Trump said Cohn would not return in the same position, though, because he wasn’t “quite as strong” on tariffs. That doesn’t bode well for Larry Kudlow and other free-traders who are being considered to succeed Cohn. Cohn, who had been rumored just weeks ago as a potential next chief of staff, READ MORE

Why it’s ‘likely’ Stormy Daniels will get to tell her Donald Trump story

March 8, 2018 Admin3915 0

It’s complicated. To guide me through the legal brambles, I sought out the one and only Jeffrey Toobin . Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below. Toobin : She does have a chance to win, and her argument is pretty simple. She says she is not bound by the hush agreement — and its non-disclosure provisions — because Trump did not sign the agreement. Thus, because all parties did not sign, it’s not a valid contract. Acceptance of this argument might open her to the argument that she should return the money because, as she now argues, she received it pursuant to a non-valid contract. But if a court were to hold that the contract was invalid, she would not READ MORE

Kelly has warned Trump to be careful talking to Mueller witnesses

March 8, 2018 Admin3915 0

When asked about a New York Times report that Trump has spoken with former chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House counsel Don McGahn about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, a White House official said: “It’s pretty clear that Kelly admonishes him constantly and he’s not the only one.” This official described the President’s discussion with Priebus as appropriate. “There’s nothing wrong with talking someone and saying, ‘Did they treat you well?’ ” the official said. But this official made it clear that the President’s conversations about the investigation are making top aides inside the White House uncomfortable and potentially putting Trump himself in a legally precarious position. The special counsel’s investigation is currently one of several probes looking into Russian meddling in the READ MORE