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How China’s experience with Trump taught Mexico to derail his trade tariffs

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President Donald Trump has been going country by country attacking the trade agreements and working to unmake them. In the absence of those deals, costs are going up for companies, which are being passed along to consumers. Monday is the deadline for the deal with Mexico to be made, but the negotiations aren’t going well.

Bloomberg reported that the U.S. is being forced to reconsider the deadline since the Mexican negotiators don’t agree to Trump’s terms. One U.S. official said they’re still trying to negotiate a 5 percent tax.

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“If the 5 percent tariff is triggered, but Mexico follows through on promises to crack down on migration, the duties could be short-lived,” Bloomberg paraphrased the official said.

Ironically, Bloomberg also reported that China’s experience is to hold out as long as possible.

For two-and-a-half years, Beijing has watched Trump draw a red line, only to be willing to cross it, erase it, push it back, or pretend he never drew the line, to begin with.

“After negotiations fell apart last month, Trump hiked tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent and stepped up moves to kneecap Chinese companies like Huawei Technologies Co.,” Bloomberg reported. China retaliated, and now those trade taxes are being pushed off onto Americans.

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China’s experience can provide a path for Mexico: to hold out as long as they can.

“China can retaliate with blanket tariffs in a way that Mexico cannot because it would be shooting itself in the foot. We would be putting taxes on our own exports,” said Jorge Guajardo, Mexico’s former ambassador to China. “Mexico will have to be much more strategic in how they impose retaliatory tariffs than China.”

The two countries could also work out their own deal on the side, outside of the United States, and leave Trump standing alone at the negotiation table. Mexico could embark on a whole new industry of produce that could supply China the way the United States has as a more cost-effective solution.

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One report suggests if Trump issues the 5 percent tax on Mexico, Americans could lose 400,000 jobs.


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Judge rules against NC man who says lynching ‘threat’ to Muslim candidate is ‘free speech’

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A federal appeals court ruled this week that a North Carolina man must face trial after he allegedly threatened a Muslim candidate with lynching.

Attorneys for Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 52, argued that charges against their client should be dropped on the grounds of freedom of speech, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person. He allegedly used anonymous social media accounts to communicate lynching threats.

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BUSTED: Trump-loving sheriff tried to murder deputy who caught him on tape making racist remarks

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A North Carolina Sheriff and Trump supporter reportedly plotted to murder a man who had a tape of him making racially offensive remarks, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday, based on a recording of Brindell advising a man on how to kill a former deputy who accused him of racist language.

According to court records, the sheriff told another person to “take care of it” and “the only way you gonna stop him is kill him.”

He instructed him to get rid of the weapon. “You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on,” Wilkins said. “The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’t tell nobody, not a thing.” The conversation took place in 2014.

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Judiciary Democrats schedule Trump ‘corruption’ hearing on ’emoluments and profiting off the presidency’

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The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a "corruption" hearing on President Donald Trump's business practices.

The committee on Tuesday, which is controlled by Democrats, posted a notification about the hearing on its website.

The hearing is titled "Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting Off the Presidency." It is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 2 pm. A witness list was not immediately available.

Trump's opponents have argued that he has violated the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by profiting off foreign dignitaries who visit his hotels and restaurants.

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