President Donald Trump’s trade war officially launched Thursday, as tariffs were applied to $34 billion in Chinese goods.
“A trade war benefits no-one because it hurts free trade and the multilateral process,” China’s premier Li Keqiang told reporters from an economic summit in Bulgaria. “If a country wants to raise tariffs, China will respond to defend itself.”
Indeed, China almost immediately retaliated with tariffs on products ranging from soybeans to electric cars.
Even Fox News anchors seem flummoxed by Donald Trump’s plan, wondering about the impact on American manufacturing.
On Friday morning, Fox’s Leland Vittert pulled up a Wall Street Journal map to visualize the damage to the US economy—including in states like Tennessee, which went largely for Donald Trump in 2016. Speaking with Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black (R-Tennessee), Vittert wondered what would happen to industries as different as car manufacturing and whiskey.
“As we looked at it, every county in your state — nearly every county — was far more hurt by the tariffs than helped as you looked at the industries in the counties in Tennessee,” Vittert said.
Vittert then shared a statement from Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Haslam.
“The additional cost of a lot of manufacturers we have, particularly the automotive industry, could be harmful to us,” the governor said. “Second, you worry about a lot of reciprocal type tariffs coming back at us that would effect a lot of the different items that we export out of Tennessee.”
Vittert pointed out that whiskey distillers in the state are also concerned.
“Do you share their concerns?” Vittert asked Black.
“I do share their concerns,” Black replied.
Trump spends ABC interview trying to discredit Robert Mueller as ‘conflicted’
President Donald Trump spent most of his interview with George Stephanopoulos blasting Special Counsel Robert Mueller, while he incorrectly quoted the report he published.
"I don't care what he says. It doesn't matter," Trump said when Stephanopoulos cited the Mueller report. "He wanted to show everyone what a good counsel he was. Now, he may have gotten confused said with that fact that I've always said, 'Robert Mueller was conflicted. He had numerous conflicts. One of them was the fact that he applied for to job to be the FBI director -- the head of the FBI. And, by the way --"
Stephanopoulos stepped in to say that former top aide Steve Bannon said that it never happened.
Donald Trump: ‘My life has always been a fight’
The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.
Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.
"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.
"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."
Pete Buttigieg says ‘statistically’ we’ve already had a gay president — meet President James Buchanan
In an interview with Axios, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that "statistically" it makes sense that out of the 45 presidents in American history, one of them was LGBT. Statistics aside, the reality is that former President James Buchanan has prompted historians to question.
The moment came when the Axios HBO show questioned what the young mayor would do when he's attacked for being "too gay."
"Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim. If you were to win the nomination, they'll say you're too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?" asked Mike Allen.