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Trump is Just Fighting Back in a Trade War that China Started Long Ago
New York Post
“China is up to its old tricks on trade, but it’s learning the hard way that there’s a new sheriff in town: President Trump,” the New York Post editorial board writes. “China has operated in bad faith not only in negotiations, but in its actual trade policies, time and again breaking promises to stop stealing intellectual property and trade secrets. Let’s be honest: It was Beijing that started this war. Yet until Trump, America declined to fight back.”“After 20 years of having their way with the US, China still appears to be miscalculating,” noted a private-sector Reuters source briefed on the talks.In the wake of Trump’s move, Beijing is threatening to retaliate with “necessary countermeasures.” But its options are pretty limited.Fact is, the US economy is strong, while China’s is slowing. And the US trade deficit with China, $419 billion last year, means Beijing has more to lose from escalations.You can see why New York’s own Sen. Chuck Schumer is urging the president to “hang tough on China.”Beijing tried this stunt because it thought it might work, as it has in the past. If a hardball US response is what it takes to force Chinese reforms, so be it. Americans will reap the rewards soon enough.

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Constitutional Crisis As Absurdist Theater
National Review
“Jerry Nadler has declared a constitutional crisis. The proximate cause is a couple of redacted lines, including one footnote, in a 400-page report. Let’s be glad for the sake of the republic that an entire page wasn’t withheld,” the National Review editorial board writes. “Nothing in the regulations required Attorney General Bill Barr to release any of the report, let alone release it in its entirety. He did anyway with minimal, entirely defensible redactions that the DOJ worked through with Mueller.”He then testified for hours in public before a Senate committee about his handling of the report, while declining to appear for more voluntary testimony before a House committee the next day over a process issue (the committee wanted a counsel to question Barr; the attorney general objected, likely because he didn’t like the optics).Collectively, then, and often working at cross-purposes, the Trump administration has done Congress an enormous favor the last two years. It appointed a special counsel; not only let him finish his work, but cooperated with him (despite Trump’s ineffectual scheming against the investigation); didn’t object to his writing a narrative for public and especially congressional consumption; and with only a brief delay handed the full report, signed, sealed, and delivered, over to Congress to potentially to use as a roadmap for impeachment. (And, oh yeah, the report has been published as a book and is being sold on Amazon.) Most of Jerry Nadler’s work has been done for him.

For the New York Democrat to turn around and have his committee vote to hold Bill Barr in contempt is truly bizarre. Barr’s alleged offense is the redactions. But he has made an almost entirely un-redacted report available to top Democrats to review. They have refused to do so, boycotting the further information that they say they so desperately need.

The redactions that Barr can’t undo relate to grand-jury material. These are extremely minor in the obstruction volume — now the most politically relevant part of the report — amounting to a few lines. The notion that they would change anything is absurd, and regardless, the rules written by Congress forbid their release to Congress (something Congress might have considered prior to the onset of this purported crisis).

Nadler also wants the underlying evidence from the Mueller report. This is a more plausible-sounding demand, although it is highly unlikely that Mueller and his team left any damaging facts out of the report. Also, some of this material, especially the testimony and notes of the former White House counsel Don McGahn, is highly sensitive and a natural for a claim of executive privilege by the White House, which, for now, is claiming privilege over everything.

Barr is clearly being targeted so Democrats can make a show of punishing someone in the administration, without taking the much more politically perilous step of impeaching the president. Although her statements have been a bit all over the map lately, Speaker Nancy Pelosi still must realize that impeachment would likely be a political mistake. But the more Nadler and others inflate the current faux crisis, the greater the likelihood that Democrats crab-walk their way to the impeachment proceedings they may think they are forestalling by scapegoating Bill Barr.

Mueller Cleared Trump — Now Get Over It
New York PostMitch McConnell
“It’s now been more than six weeks since special counsel Bob Mueller, the former FBI director, concluded his investigation into Russia’s interference in our 2016 election . . . It’s finally over,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) writes.Remember, Russia set out to sow discord. To create chaos in American politics and undermine confidence in our democracy. But, on that front, given the left’s total fixation on delegitimizing the president Americans chose and shooting any messenger who tells them inconvenient truths, I’m afraid the Russians hardly need to lift a finger. Well, the last stage of grief is acceptance. For the country’s sake, I hope my Democratic friends get there soon. There are serious issues the American people need us to tackle. There is more progress for middle-class families that we need to deliver.

“For two years, the Democratic Party held out hope that the legal system would undo their loss in 2016. They refused to make peace with the American people’s choice. But the American people elected this president. They did. The American people voted for change.”The American people sent us here to deliver results for their families. That’s what Republicans have been doing for the past two years and counting. It’s what Republicans will continue to do. And whenever our Democratic friends can regain their composure and come back to reality, we look forward to their help.

Trump’s Tariff Tactic is the Best Way to Finally Make China Stop Cheating
New York PostTrump’s tariff tactic is the best way to finally make China stop cheating
“The president held off raising tariffs on Chinese-made goods to 25 percent on March 1, as he had promised. The hope was that China, after decades of cheating on trade in every way imaginable, would finally agree to play by the rules,” Steven Mosher writes. “Then, [last] Friday, China attempted to rewrite a whole host of provisions it had previously agreed toTrump’s team”, seeing the hard-won gains of five months of nonstop negotiations slipping away, had had enough. White House ­advisers went to Trump and told him the bad news.

That’s why Trump on Sunday morning tweeted out a warning: “The Trade Deal with China continues, but too slowly, as they attempt to renegotiate. No!”

If Xi thought he could keep Trump happy with an occasional photo op, buy time with empty promises of better behavior or negotiate until a more pliable president took office, he woke up this past Sunday to a different reality. Beijing’s backpedaling proved too much even for Sen. Chuck Schumer who in a rare show of bipartisan unity urged the president to “hang tough on trade. Don’t back down. Strength is the only way to win with China.”

Most people in Washington now understand that there are bigger issues at play here than simply tariffs. The US and China are locked in a competition to decide which country will dominate the 21st century.

What will happen if we actually increase the tariffs on all $575 billion of Chinese imports to the US to 25 percent? The American economy, followed by much of the rest of the world, will begin to disengage from China’s economy. Companies will flee China for other countries — including our own — where it is cheaper to conduct business. Not only will American manufacturing continue its renaissance, our allies in the Asia-Pacific region, such as the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and India, will also benefit.

Yes, the American consumer will bear some of the cost of tariffs on Chinese goods. But China’s pain will be far more acute. What better way to confront what Vice President Mike Pence recently called China’s “empire and aggression” than by weakening its economy? Conversely, how long should Washington be expected to tolerate Chinese trade cheating and misconduct?

Unless China stops cheating, no deal may be the best deal of all. Trump understands this.

By Voting to Hold Barr in Contempt, Dems Defy Logic and Precedent
-Fox NewsHouse Judiciary Committee Democrats take first step toward holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt
“You can’t help but notice the phrase ‘Russian collusion’ has vanished from Democratic talking points and left a void in their narrative,” Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the top Republican lawmaker on the House Judiciary Committee, writes. Judiciary Democrats are moving more than 10 times faster than the Oversight Committee did with former Attorney General Holder. They have moved from request to contempt vote in only 43 days, and yet the Justice Department remained at the negotiating table – waiting for Democrats to arrive in good faith.Why this rush? Without any valid legislative reason, we can only assume Democrats have resolved to sully Bill Barr’s good name and reputation to accomplish at least two goals.First, Democrats are angry the special counsel’s report did not produce the material or conclusions they expected to pave their path to impeaching President Trump. You can’t help but notice the phrase “Russian collusion” has vanished from Democratic talking points and left a void in their narrative.Since Special Counsel Mueller did not make a prosecutorial determination on obstruction – even though it was his job to makes such a recommendation – the attorney general and deputy attorney general did so, according to their mandates as law enforcement officials. They did this without considering the Office of Legal Counsel opinions that sitting presidents can’t be prosecuted.As a result, Democrats are angry. They are angry that our nation’s chief law enforcement officer and his deputy had the audacity to decide the evidence didn’t support charges for obstructing an investigation into something the president didn’t do.

Second, Democrats are afraid of what the attorney general will find when he completes his ongoing review of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses at the Justice Department, including how the Russia investigation began.

So Democrats have resolved to neutralize Barr by attacking his integrity. Wednesday’s vote to hold him in contempt is another step to that end. What a cynical, mean-spirited, counterproductive and irresponsible step it is.

Meanwhile, our economy is surging. Unemployment is at a 50-year low. A recent Washington Post poll shows cratering support for impeachment of the president, but Democrats have no plans, no purpose and no viable legislative agenda beyond attacking this administration.

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee asked our friends across the aisle Wednesday to recognize that craven politics yield anemic dividends for Americans who sent us here to legislate. For the sake of all Americans, I hope Democrats will listen.

Border Crisis Worsens: 100,000 Border Crossers Arrested in April, Highest Since 2007
Washington ExaminerHasil gambar untuk Border Crisis Worsens: 100,000 Border Crossers Arrested in April, Highest Since 2007
“Nearly 100,000 people were taken into custody along the southern border in April after illegally crossing from Mexico into the United States, marking the highest number in one month since April 2007, according to new federal data,” Anna Giaritelli reports.Department of Homeland Security numbers show U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California apprehended 98,977 people who crossed between ports of entry in areas that do and do not have barriers.A total 109,144 people were encountered at the border in April. On top of the 99,000 unauthorized crossings, another 10,000 people attempted to pass through border crossings but were turned away.Roughly 60% of that figure — 58,474 — were families and 9% — 8,897 — were unaccompanied children. The remaining 31,606 people arrested were single adults, likely unable to claim a credible fear of return and apply for asylum like the families.

April’s numbers are up from 103,000 in March — 92,600 people who illegally crossed the southern border and nearly 11,000 people encountered by federal police approaching ports of entry but turned away, including asylum seekers.

The number of people who were taken into custody for attempting to enter between border crossings nearly doubled from approximately 46,000 in January. They had dropped significantly during the first few months President Trump was in office, down to less than 16,000 illegal entries and turn aways at ports of entry.

However, those numbers have shot up since October. Customs and Border Protection officials have blamed human smugglers for flooding certain parts of the border with migrants and said those paying up to $8,000 to get to the U.S., primarily from Central America, are doing so because they know they will not be held in federal custody for more than a few weeks, due to U.S. policies.

Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency to Border Patrol, said the number of people being turned away at official border crossings has remained consistent in recent months, but the number of families traveling to the U.S. from Central America continues to rise.

Hasil gambar untuk Border Crisis Worsens: 100,000 Border Crossers Arrested in April, Highest Since 2007

In the first six months of the 2019 fiscal year, the number of people who arrived at the border with a family member was up 370% from the same period a year ago. Around 60% of all people who illegally crossed in fiscal 2019 were families compared to the 1990s and 2000s when the large majority were single adult men from Mexico who re-entered several times in a year.

In fiscal 2019, more than 100 groups of 100 or more people have shown up at the border, crossing at spots of the 1,900 mile-long boundary that have little or no fencing.

In fiscal 2017, Customs and Border Protection documented two groups of 100 people or more. The number of group apprehensions jumped to 13 in 2018.The Rio Grande Valley of eastern Texas; the El Paso Sector, which includes all of New Mexico; and the Tucson region of Arizona have seen the most apprehensions since October.

🎬 Border Patrol Chief to Congress: “We need more than words.”

Melania Trump Announces Expansion of Her ‘Be Best’ Initiative with Focus on Child Welfare and Drug Abuse
-Fox NewsMelania Trump kicks off 'Be Best' tour to address the well-being of children
“First Lady Melania Trump marked the anniversary of her ‘Be Best’ campaign on Tuesday by announcing the expansion of the initiative and another international trip,” Andrew O’Reilly reports. The First Lady’s signature initiative “will now include children of all ages, not just babies born dependent on opioids and other addictive substances, and young mothers. The social media pillar will broaden to add online safety to the emphasis on bullying and good citizenship online.”“My hope is that together we can be the best at helping children and families find effective ways to educate themselves and become part of the solution to so many problems and issues,” she said during a speech in the White House Rose Garden. Mrs. Trump was joined by the president and several Cabinet secretaries who have worked with her and other guests.The first lady announced that she will embark in the fall on another international trip to promote “Be Best,” but did not reveal her destination; she said the “details are still coming together.” She promoted “Be Best” on a four-country African swing last October.Melania Trump slams media’s coverage of ‘Be Best’ speaking tour

Mrs. Trump said she has spent the past year listening to and learning from parents, medical professionals, teachers, leaders in the field of technology and social media and many others, and that she was ready for more. In a video reel that played before she spoke, the first lady said children have written to her with their concerns about drug abuse and online safety.

“I’m ready for all of the work that is still to be done,” she said in the video.

The first lady has traveled to 15 states to highlight programs aligned with the initiative, participated in children’s events, met with more than 30 foreign officials, attended 18 roundtables and policy briefings, and visited nine countries.

The first lady said the U.S. Agency for International Development, which partnered with her on the Africa trip, had appointed a “Be Best” ambassador, and she called on the federal government agencies that collaborate with her to follow suit.

Tiger Woods Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom in White House Ceremony
-CBS NewsPresident Trump Awards Medal Of Freedom To Golfer Tiger Woods
“President Trump honored Tiger Woods for his momentous golf career by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, at the White House on Monday,” CBS News reports. “The age of Tiger gave us moments that will live forever in sporting lore,” the President said as he stood next to Woods in the Rose Garden.Mr. Trump detailed Woods’ painful journey, including his fall from the top golfer in the world to among the lowest. The president, reading mostly from a teleprompter but also going off script, as he often does, recounted Woods’ many triumphs and failures in the last decade. Woods “fought through the terrible pain” from his many injuries, and began to reclaim his place, Mr. Trump said.

“Congratulations again on your amazing comeback and on your amazing life,” the president told Woods, who was stoic before offering a few remarks of his own.

Woods said his last Masters victory was the highlight of his career, and made a point to thank his mom and tell her he loves her. Woods’ family came on stage for pictures.

The crowd in the White House Rose Garden was an enthusiastic one, with high-profile guests including Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, Eric Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and more.

The president, who live-tweeted the Masters, had already congratulated the golf pro by phone.

“Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!” Mr. Trump tweeted last month.

Mr. Trump has called Woods a “truly great champion.” Mr. Trump has golfed with Woods in the past, and has tweeted about him for years. He’s also praised Woods for offering a diplomatic answer last year in response to a question about Mr. Trump’s relationship with the NFL and NBA. Woods has won the Masters five times.

“Tiger Woods showed great class in the way he answered the question about the Office of the Presidency and me. Now they say the so-called “left” is angry at him,” Mr. Trump tweeted in September 2018. “So sad, but the ‘center & right’ loves Tiger, Kanye, George Foreman, Jim Brown & so many other greats, even more…”

🎬 Watch: President Trump presents the Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

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