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Trump trade official calls President Xi ‘communist zealot’ — as his administration desperately tries to get a deal with him

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On Monday, Bloomberg News reported that Ted McKinney, President Donald Trump’s trade undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture and a former associate of Vice President Mike Pence, told a D.C. gathering of nearly 400 members of the National Farmers Union that the president of China is a “communist zealot.”

“Let me just tell you what: Mr. Xi Jinping is a communist zealot. He sees himself very much in the spirit of Mao Zedong,” said McKinney. He added that, “Chinese nationals are not allowed to go to church. No, no, no, no, no, no — off limits.”

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These remarks come as the president has mired the United States in an open-ended trade war with China that is costing American jobs, sending prices skyrocketing, and driving farmers around the country into bankruptcy. Xi’s government has shown little interest in cutting a deal with Trump, and some experts have suggested he is simply waiting out Trump’s term in office.

Even McKinney, though he expressed optimism a deal could be reached, admitted it isn’t certain.

“We were negotiating very well” early in the year, he told the National Farmers Union. “I hope to pick up where we last left off. But I’m only 50-50.”


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Trump betrays his promise to fight for America’s workers as he caves to pro-corporate zealots

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Campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”

Has he kept this promise?

When it comes to protecting workers’ health and safety, his administration has been a disaster. Once in office, Trump packed the leadership of U.S. regulatory agencies with pro-corporate zealots, leading to predictable results.  They repealed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule requiring employers to keep accurate records of injuries, repealed a rule requiring that federal contractors follow safety and labor laws, and withdrew an OSHA policy allowing workers to participate in OSHA inspections. In addition, as the AFL-CIO noted, the Trump administration targeted job safety rules for toxic chemicals, mine examinations, and child labor protections for destruction.  It also sharply reduced the number of OSHA inspectors. As of 2019, only 875 were enforcing health and safety regulations nationwide?the lowest level in the agency’s half-century of operation.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe nails it: Trump’s new spy chief did same foreign work ‘that got Paul Manafort sent to jail’

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ripped President Donald Trump's new spy chief -- who just got busted for apparently breaking the same law as Paul Manafort.

The "Morning Joe" host blasted Rick Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, for lacking any relevant experience for the job, and now he may not even get the security clearance he needs to do the job.

"So he's doing work for a foreign politician, but he didn't register," Scarborough said. "That sounds like a crime. Haven't people been arrested for doing that? Sure as hell he knows he's not going to be able to get a security clearance."

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‘Mind-boggling’: Trump accused of hiding Russia documents until they can be destroyed

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According to a report from NPR, the administration of Donald Trump is coming under increasing fire from historians and activists for keeping documents about his meetings with foreign leaders -- including Russian officials -- and immigration-related documents out of the public eye until they can be destroyed.

The reports states, "Historians and activists charge that the White House has failed to keep notes of the president's meetings with foreign leaders, including with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that other papers, including records of alleged abuses of undocumented immigrants, could be destroyed," before adding, "Immigration activists fear that records relating to the treatment of undocumented immigrants — including detainee deaths, complaints about medical conditions and alleged sexual assault and abuse of detainees — could be destroyed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)."

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