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Large business will distance themselves from Trump after his fake ‘secret agreement’ with Mexico: Trump biographer

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President Donald Trump caused stock market turmoil with his threatened trade war with Mexico.

Trump called off his threats of tariffs on Friday, claiming victory. But on Saturday, The New York Times issued a devastating report that Mexico had already agreed to their concessions — before Trump even started his trade war threats.

The report, which Trump disputes, essentially showed that the harm caused by his threatened tariffs accomplished nothing.

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“President Trump this weekend taking a victory lap averting yet another crisis — of his own creation. He tweeted over and over again what he claimed was a successful negotiation to avoid tariffs on Mexican goods, but the whole situation was Trump’s idea and completely avoidable,” MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi reported.

According to Axios, Trump’s proposed tariffs so alarmed U.S. business leaders, many of whom have fully supported Trump to this point, that some have begun an effort to take away trade powers from the president, and the traditionally conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce just organized 140 agriculture businesses that oppose President Trump’s tariffs, a move that didn’t sit so well with the president,” he noted.

For analysis, Velshi interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston. Johnston has partnered with Raw Story for investigative journalism. He is the author of the 2016 book The Making of Donald Trump.

“In this case, Trump has created a problem by getting people from Central America to come now for fear the border will be closed forever. He has reached an agreement way back in December, which was a good thing that he got an agreement, and now claims this is all new. It’s nonsense,” Johnston explained. “And claims there are secret provisions out there to which the Mexican government says on the record, ‘What are you talking about?'”

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“And this is just classic Donald Trump. Make it up. People don’t know. Pull the wool over their eyes because he’s a grifter,” he continued.

“What is one of the principal things you don’t want in business? Uncertainty. And Donald is full of uncertainty,” he explained. “He’s doing this, no, he’s doing that. Oh, there is a secret agreement you never heard about.”

“This all breeds uncertainty and trouble. And I think you’re going to see more large businesses stepping back from Trump and looking at their own interests and whether he’s acting against them as Donald becomes more and more erratic,” Johnston predicted.

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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‘It was nutso’: Devin Nunes reportedly made himself look ridiculous by obsessing over the Steele Dossier in Ukraine hearing

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While the House Intelligence Committee is spearheading impeachment with its investigation into President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, it seems Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California can’t stop obsessing about the Steele Dossier.

According to the Daily Beast, the ranking member of the committee launched into an exchange during the closed impeachment inquiry hearings about the dossier on Thursday with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal. He was a point person in Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainians to announce an investigation into the 2016 election as well as former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for favorable treatment from the White House.

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Trump was ‘yelling and screaming’: Reporter says GOP source fears Trump is ‘not in control of himself’ — and getting even worse

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CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel reported Thursday that Republicans at the contentious White House meeting the previous day featuring President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were deeply alarmed by the GOP leader’s behavior and demeanor.

Citing a Republican source, who reportedly conferred with others who attended the meeting, said they were “completely shaken” and “shell shocked” by the president.

Pelosi and fellow Democrats had tried to make that point publicly on Wednesday, saying that Trump had a “meltdown,” went on a “diatribe,” and was insulting to the House speaker. Pelosi added that she was also concerned about the president’s “health.” But at least in public, some Republicans tried to turn the tables on Pelosi, saying it was she who behaved inappropriately by walking out of the meeting. However, even these Republicans didn’t really deny that Trump was acting bullying and insulting toward the speaker.

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