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‘If he can throw Kellyanne Conway under the bus, Trump can put tariffs on an ally’s companies’: Columnist

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Washington Post columnist Henry Olsen had a warning for corporations pretending everything will be fine after President Donald Trump ends his trade war. According to Olsen, the only people Trump treats worse than his enemies are his friends.

During a “Fox & Friends” interview last week, Trump was asked about anti-Trump Republican George Conway. The president casually said that his wife Kellyanne “must have done some bad things to him because that guy is crazy.”

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro got the same treatment. After running like Trump in his own election and praising the American leader, Bolsonaro’s rude awakening came when Trump tweeted he was reinstating tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Brazil and Argentina

Olsen explained it didn’t seem as if the Latin American countries knew it was coming.

Bolsonaro seemed “taken by surprise,” Olsen described when the press asked him about the decision. He said he’d “call Trump,” and he has “an open channel with him.”

Olsen went on to call Trump “far too obsessed” with the agriculture community, saying in his tweet that the tariffs were because Brazil and Argentina are weakening their currencies, “which is not good for our farmers.”

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Neither steel nor aluminum is grown by farmers. Such tariffs would impact builders and the manufacturing sector far more.

“But what about the U.S. firms that import steel or aluminum from these countries, in part because they had been exempted from prior tariffs while steel and aluminum from China was not?” asked Olsen. “They will now have a significant price hike in a key input material and might have to again switch their source countries, something that takes time and costs money. Don’t they deserve consideration, too?”

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It adds to the long line of strange policy announcements via tweet that the markets and allied countries must face when Trump wakes up each morning.

“Trump is flying to London today to meet with our 28 NATO allies. After this debacle, many world leaders are surely dreading his arrival, wondering whether a similar fate awaits them after he lands,” Olsen closed.

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Read the full op-ed at The Washington Post.


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Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report

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President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.

Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.

The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.

More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”

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Seattle mayor imposes emergency curfew — set to begin only 14 minutes after her announcement

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The mayor of Seattle announced on Twitter that she would be signing an executive order imposing a curfew.

"I will soon be signing an emergency order and the city of Seattle will be imposing a 5 pm curfew soon," Durkin tweeted at 4:46 p.m. -- only 14 minutes before the order was set to go into effect.

"Crowds need to disburse from downtown immediately," she ordered.

"While many individuals gathered peaceful, some individuals have started fires and are destroying buildings. There are multiple fires downtown and it is an extremely dangerous situation. @Seattelfire (sic) does not have access to buildings," she continued.

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‘Stop it! Stop it’: Shocking video shows young girl in Seattle crying after reportedly being maced by police

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Video posted to social media on Saturday reportedly shows the aftermath after a young girl was maced by Seattle Police.

The girl can be heard screaming as protesters attempted to deliver first aid.

"Stop it! Stop it," she screamed.

Here is a thread Twitter user Kayvon Behroozian posted to Twitter, tagging local media outlets, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.

Apparently Officer Campbell (see thread — mustache) of @SeattlePD maced the CHILD crying in this video. He did not provide his badge number upon request, unlike his colleagues. @seattletimes @Q13FOX @MayorJenny @carmenbest (posting on behalf of friend who took these videos/pics) pic.twitter.com/0ojb37RSJt

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