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Louisiana governor hammers Trump over tariffs after a steelmaker in his state goes bankrupt

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Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards hammered President Donald Trump on Tuesday after a steelmaker in his state filed for bankruptcy.

Bloomberg reports that hundreds of jobs are in jeopardy after the Bayou Steel Group filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. The bankruptcy filing has coincided with the shutdown of a plant employing roughly 400 workers near New Orleans.

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The company cited a “severe lack in liquidity” as its reason for going bankrupt, but Gov. Edwards was quick to point the finger at Trump’s trade war with China, which has resulted in American agricultural and manufacturing industries getting slammed by retaliatory tariffs.

“Louisiana is among the most dependent states on tariffed metals, which is why we continue to be hopeful for a speedy resolution to the uncertainty of the future of tariffs,” he said. “Meanwhile, we will do everything within our power to help those displaced workers.”

In addition to its plant near New Orleans, Bayou Steel also plans to shut down a plant in Harriman, Tennessee.

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‘Every word is a lie’: Pompeo gets shredded for extremely misleading claims about Trump’s policy in Syria

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced furious backlash for his defense of President Donald Trump's policy toward Syria.

The State Department tweeted out an interview Pompeo conducted with Nashville's WZTV-TV, where the secretary insisted the U.S. was "leading from the front" and building coalitions to handle Syria and other foreign policy challenges.

.@SecPompeo: We’re leading from the front, to build out coalitions that can effectively deal with some of the most difficult challenges facing the world today – and most importantly, the most difficult challenges that present risk to the American people. https://t.co/Dd6gGPs6hz pic.twitter.com/RTy2NPMZqF

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State Dept official testifying on Capitol Hill has warned for months about Giuliani’s ‘disinformation’ campaign: report

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George P. Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state in charge of Ukraine policy who is testifying on Capitol Hill as part of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, has reportedly been warning colleagues about Rudy Giuliani running a "disinformation" campaign since this past March.

The New York Times reports that Kent for several months has "raised concerns to colleagues early... about the pressure being directed at Ukraine by Mr. Trump and his private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to pursue investigations into Mr. Trump’s political rivals."

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Retired general tells Fox News: ‘We’ve already lost our reputation — we have abandoned an ally’

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A recently retired general lamented to Fox News this week that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria has already damaged U.S. national interests by abandoning the Kurds.

"The deed has been done," retired Army Major General Malcolm Frost explained to Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin. "So what's happening is we've already lost our reputation. We have abandoned an ally, and thirdly, those ISIS prisoners are going to escape."

Read Griffin's tweets below.

U.S. military is in the process of withdrawing nearly all of the 1000 or so US troops that helped stabilize northern Syria. A US military spokesman says it has pulled out of Manbij, Syria - to make way for Russian-backed Syrian forces who have taken over the abandoned U.S. base.

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