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Trump’s new tariffs on Turkey are actually benefiting Russia: report

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President Donald Trump administration announced that it would higher the tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum over the detainment of American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested in 2016.

However, these new sanctions may have a reverse effect, and could end up being more beneficial to Russia. The sanctions are sending a loud and clear message to the NATO alliance, which President Trump routinely speaks out against.

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Timothy Ash, senior emerging markets strategist at Bluebay Asset Management told CNBC that Brunson’s detention proves how valuable the Christian vote is in America.

“It’s pretty remarkable how far the Trump administration is willing to go — putting at jeopardy the relationship with a NATO ally over a preacher. It just shows the importance of the evangelical vote in the U.S. as it heads to midterms.”

Axios reported that the Turkey is trying to lessen their dependence on Russia, and the increased sanctions will make their goal more challenging to reach.

Ash continued: “I don’t think you can understate the geopolitical significance. The U.S. has decided to sanction a NATO ally — absolutely remarkable. It will inevitably push Turkey towards the Russian and Iranian orbit and I think even raises questions over Turkey’s NATO membership.”

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Marcus Chenevix, Middle East analyst at TS Lombard said that Turkey’s economy is fragile.

“Normally, Turkey might be able to shrug off this kind of story; however, right now the Turkish economy is already in the terminal stages of a descent into crisis. To say the least, things are fragile right now.”


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Trump taps Mike Pompeo lieutenant as new national security adviser

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President Donald Trump has announced a new national security adviser.

The president abruptly fired John Bolton last week via tweet, and he tweeted out the announcement Wednesday morning of Robert O’Brien as a replacement.

"I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor," the president tweeted. "I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!"

O'Brien has worked alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had been considered for a dual role leading the national security council.

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GOP consultant shreds Trump for latest rant about ‘The Hispanics’: ‘Textbook definition of racism’

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President Donald Trump this week mocked one of his Hispanic supporters during a campaign rally by claiming that he looked white and then asking him, "Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics?"

In an interview with ABC News, Republican consultant Mike Madrid slammed Trump and said his remarks made it sound like he was trying to make "a distinction between Hispanics and true Americans."

Madrid added that the president seems to believe that Hispanics must renounce their heritage in order to be truly accepted as American citizens.

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South Carolina woman who told cops they can’t arrest a ‘white, clean girl’ pleaded guilty to DUI: report

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Last year, 34-year-old Lauren Cutshaw of South Carolina was arrested in Bluffton after running a four-way stop sign at 60 miles an hour. Her blood alcohol level was registered at 0.18 — more than double the legal limit — and she admitted to being high and had marijuana paraphernalia in her car.

According to police reports at the time, Cutshaw offered an unusual defense of her behavior to the arresting officer: she shouldn't go to jail because she's a "thoroughbred ... white, clean girl" who was a cheerleader and sorority sister who graduated with "perfect grades" from a "high accredited university."

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