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Donald Trump has had a very productive weekend but only in terms of his Twitter output while the president ranted about quite a variety of subjects there is a clear front-runner something that is obviously very much on his mind right now and that is the trade war with China that the u.s. is currently involved in it was on Friday that the Trump administration announced an increase from 10 percent to 25 percent on two hundred billion dollars worth of Chinese goods and China retaliated quickly with plans to impose new tariffs on 60 billion dollars worth of goods imported from the US effective June 1st inevitably the stock market reacted to the tit-for-tat between the world's two largest economies and promptly took its deepest single-day plunge since January of this year meanwhile the actual negotiations for a trade deal between the United States and China seem to be going nowhere in particular which accounts for the increasing exasperation of the supposed deal maker in chief who went from calling the talks candid and constructive on Friday to eventually telling the Chinese that the deal would become far worse for them if negotiations were to drag on for very much longer it is expected that Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will get a chance to talk on the sidelines of the g20 summit scheduled to take place in Japan in late June and both Treasury secretary minuchin and US Trade Representative Robert light Iser have received invitations to come to Beijing for further negotiations but in the meantime more tariffs imposed by either side will come into effect and will eventually have economic consequences thus the question of who is going to pay for the ongoing trade war is being discussed with increasing urgency this question was at the center of an interview Larry Kudlow gave to Fox News Chris Wallace on Sunday in which Trump's top economic adviser had to concede that it is in fact US businesses and consumers who are going to pay the increased tariffs this admission coup de l'eau essentially exposed Donald Trump's claim the tariffs are paid for mostly by China by the way not by us as an inaccurate statement furthermore Kudlow admitted that it would most likely be American farmers that would be hit hard by retaliatory Chinese tariffs apparently Donald Trump has been made aware of the fact that alienating this part of the Republican voter base could become a serious problem in an effort at damage control Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that we're going to take the highest year the biggest purchase that China has ever made with our farmers which is about 15 billion dollars and do something reciprocal to our farmers so our farmers can do well in other words the Republican president is planning to use subsidies and redistribution to dampen the effects of his trade war Trump also referred to us farmers as great Patriot farmers in a tweet which prompted a number of biting comments from people familiar with the propaganda lingo of the former Soviet Union toil hard in the fields great patriot farmers of trumka Stan let this year deliver us a rich harvest so we exceed Chairman Trump's five-year plan one tweeter named at your web requite in a tweet

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we'll be coming in today they start at 5 o'clock and they'll see what they can do but our alternative is is an excellent one it's an alternative I've spoken about for years we'll take in well over a hundred billion dollars a year we never took in ten cents from China not ten cents and it'll be a I think it'll be a very strong day frankly but we'll see well it was their idea to come back well he just wrote me a beautiful letter I just received it and I'll probably speak to him by phone but look we have two great alternatives our country is doing fantastically well our numbers at 3.2 don't forget 3.2 the first quarter is always by far the worst quarter or at least almost always you look back over the years first quarter is always weekend we had 3.2 GDP our unemployment numbers are the best in the history of our country and we're doing well and our companies are really doing well even in Ohio the great state of Ohio yesterday General Motors at my very strong urging to put it mildly very strong urgent I wasn't even nice about it but I appreciate what they did they sold the beautiful plant Lordstown they sold that beautiful plant to a very very good company that's going to make electric trucks and that worked because that was the only thing they could say about our whole economy Lordstown they kept saying Lord star-lord Stan and when you had all of these great companies spending billions and billions of dollars coming into our country they couldn't talk about it they'd only mentioned the one plant that was a GM plant from a very long time ago and now we have a great company going and gonna make electric trucks very appropriate interesting idea actually electric trucks yes please well I'm going to leave that up to our very great Attorney General and he'll make a decision on that but I will say this look the Muller report came out it was done at I guess I'm hearing numbers now close to 40 million dollars with 17 or 18 very angry Democrats who hated Donald Trump and also everything that they could possibly have at their disposal there was nobody that was in the history of our country more transparent than me I said give them every document give them every person let the White House Counsel testify think he testified for 30 hours I guess they must have asked him the same question because it wasn't very much to testify about but I said let him testify and let him keep him as long as you want actually when I heard 30 hours I said that's a long time but I let him testify I didn't have to have presidential privilege I could have stuffed everything I didn't have to give them a document I gave them 1.5 million documents I gave them White House Counsel I gave them other Lord anybody you want you can talk to at the end of the testimony no collusion and essentially no obstruction of course a lot of people say how can you obstruct when there was no crime where there was no collusion how can you possibly accept I'll tell you but it's worse than that it's not only was there no crime but the crime was committed on the other side so we're protecting against the crime committed on the other side so after spending all of that money all of that time 2 years they come up with the report and Bob Muller's no friend of mine I had conflicts with him we had a business dispute we had somebody that is in love with James Comey I mean like James Comey there were very good friends supposedly best friends maybe not but supposedly best friends you look at the picture file and you see hundreds of pictures of him and combing and with all of that and other things he wanted the FBI job I don't know if anybody knows that but as you know he was considered for the FBI job wanted it and the day after he didn't get it he the special counsel that's a conflict and we had other things but that does a tremendous conflict listen to this your Judge Fullam a judge is has a business dispute with me your judge has a fantastic relationship with James call me well he's a part of this he lied to Congress he leaked he's a liar a leaker and your judge has a situation where he wanted to become the FBI director we chose director ray instead and told him I'm sorry that's does a tremendous conflicts those are tremendous conflicts and then he puts on his staff almost all Democrats many of whom contributed to Hillary Clinton none of them contributed to me that I can tell you and it started out of 13 it went to 18 that these were angry Democrats these were people that went to her in one case went to her was supposed to be a party it turned out to be a funeral on election evening and was going wild he was so angry and this man that was judging me you had other people made big contributions to Hillary Clinton's campaign they were angry Democrats in I think almost all cases one of the people worked on the Clinton Foundation as just about the top person at the Clinton Foundation with all of this they came back no collusion there's nobody in this room including you if they were that's huge if we looked at you with 40 million dollars 18 angry people that hated you and all of the other things I mentioned they'll find something I don't know maybe John Mutt go ahead finish the bar and as you're aware mr. told the lawmakers that even have a problem mr. Marquez I'm going to leave that up to the Attorney General as to whether or not I think to me it looks like a redo here's what's happened the report comes back it's perfect it's beautiful there's no collusion nobody ever talks about Fallujah you know I haven't heard the word Russia in a long time there's no more talk about Russia what happened to Russia the Russian witch-hunt they don't talk because it was so on collusion which by the way is by far that's the big deal because it was all about Russia so I haven't heard the word Russia they don't use the word Russia anymore so there's no crime they never was a crime it was a hoax it was a witch hunt so this comes back and it comes back totally exonerating Donald Trump had a lot of other people this was a terrible thing that happened to our country now I tell you what they are asking they are asking about how did this whole thing start that's what people want to know and I won't tell you I had a an event last night a lot of you were there thousands and thousands of people standing in a field they've never seen anything like it meaning even the press but it's always that way we've never had an empty seat thousands of people last night you know what they want to know how did this whole thing start it's gonna be hard for them to answer that when yeah please john is a his strong views on things but that's okay I actually temper John which is pretty amazing isn't it nobody that was good I'm the one that tempers him but that's okay I have different sides I mean I have john bolton and i have other people that are a little more dovish than him and ultimately i make the decision no I get I like John I get very good advice from John John mr. president as he saw the Senate Intelligence Committee as subpoenaed on junior that's the republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee what do you make of that well I was very surprised I saw Richard Burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago he went out side and somebody asked him no there's no collusion we found no collusion but I was very surprised to see my son my son's a very good person works very hard the last thing he needs is Washington DC they could rather not ever be involved remember he said to me a long time ago what I was thinking about running dead if I could help let me know it's not my expertise it's not something I really like but whatever I can do you're my father whatever I can do he's now testified for 20 hours or something a massive amount of time the Muller report came out that's the Bible the Muller report came out and they said he did nothing wrong the only thing is it's Oppo research if he did wrong that everybody standing with me probably except for John and Lamar I think Lamar is pretty okay did you ever do Oppo research or opponent I don't think so in Limerick and I know John Barrasso never did opposition research because he's a fine fine man but I would say 99% of the rest of the folks so they didn't but that what they didn't discuss is this woman that came in who I watched her in the Today Show when it all started oh I'm just an innocent well nobody even knows although the halls of Congress know very well because for years she's walked around all over Congress she came in and she left supposedly GPS fusion goes and meets for a short period of time with my son and some other people they talked about a subject as very well you know advertised and put up nothing it was a nothing meeting fact Jared left he said get me out of this meeting this is a waste of time she then went back to GPS fusion they were the ones that wrote the phony dossier why was she going to GPS fusion why did she go back then I heard that Don Puryear made three phone calls with an unmarked number they called it unmarked and this was a tremendous event because they all knew the fake news they all know you affair on that joke but they all knew that these phone calls these tremendous phone calls before the meeting and after the meeting there were I believe three right they all knew that it had to be to his father unmarked it's perfect so he reported about the meeting and then reported what happened at the meeting except after looking and spending a tremendous amount of time and money they were able to go back years and find out who made the calls one was a local real estate developer the other was a great person from NASCAR he did two of them and a friend of Don's this went on for a year and a half John you heard all about the phone calls to obviously the father where I knew I'd never knew about the meeting but the phone calls to the father turned out not to be the phone calls my son is a good person my son testified for hours and hours my son was totally exonerated by Muller who frankly does not like Donald Trump me this Donald Trump and frankly for my son after being exonerated to now get a subpoena to go again and speak again after close to 20 hours of telling everybody that would listen about a nothing meeting yeah I'm pretty surprised that subpoena we'll see what happens I'm just very surprised I really am but yeah you don't want to know about they were very threatening and we just want to have we have to have great security for this country and for a lot of other places always I don't want to say no but hopefully that won't happen we have one of the most powerful ships in the world that's loaded up and we don't wanna have to do anything what I'd like to see with Iran I'd like to see them call me you know John Kerry speaks to him a lot John Kerry tells them not to call that's a violation of the Logan Act and frankly he should be prosecuted on that but my people don't want to do anything that's only the Democrats do that kind of stuff you know if it were the opposite way they prosecute him under the Logan Act but John Kerry violated the Logan Act he's talking to Iran and has been has many meetings and many phone calls and he's telling them what to do that is a total violation of the Logan Act because what they should be doing is their economy is a mess ever since I took away the Iran deal they have inflation that's the highest number I've ever heard they're having riots every weekend and during the week even and what they should be doing is calling me up sitting down we can make a deal a fair deal we just don't want them to have nuclear weapons not too much to ask and we would help put them back the great shape they're a bad ship right now I look forward to day where we can actually help Iran we're not looking to her to run I want them to be strong and great and have a great economy but they're listening to John Kerry who's violated a very important element of what he's supposed to be doing he violated the Logan act plane that simply shouldn't be doing that but they should call and if they do we're open to talk to them we have no secrets and they can be very very strong financially they have great potential very much like North Korea North Korea has tremendous potential economically and I don't think he's gonna blow that I don't think so the Vice Premier is one of the most respected men one of the highest officials in China's coming you know you heard he wasn't coming he's coming I will say this once the tariffs went on them they up the meeting it was supposed to take place originally on Thursday then about five weeks ago they said how about Friday how about next week I said what's this all about and I said that's okay let's don't worry about it let's take in a hundred billion a year and we put the tariffs on we made the statement and then they upped the meeting how about let's go back to Thursday so I have no idea what's gonna happen I did get last night a very beautiful letter from President Xi let's work together let's see if we can get something done but they renegotiated the deal I mean they took whether it's intellectual property theft they took many many parts of that deal and they renegotiated you can't do that and I'm different than a lot of people I happen to think that tariffs for our country are very powerful you know with a piggy bank that everybody steals from including China we've been paying China 500 billion dollars a year for many many years China rebuilt their country because of us they couldn't have done what they're doing they're building a ship every three weeks they're building aircraft like you've never seen fighter jets I respect it I don't blame them I blame our past leadership for allowing this to happen what I'm doing now with China should have happened many years ago not just Obama long before Obama I always say you know if you look nefta is one of the worst deals ever made trade deal but the worst trade deal ever made is the WTO because China was flatlining for many many decades many many it was flat right here the WTO came along we allow China into the WTO and they became a rocket ship you got to take a look at a chart some time do it it'll be very interesting an economic chart they're here and they went up like a rocket ship well they did it with our money and others and they did it because they're very smart and they good people and I like the president a lot he's a friend of mine but I'm representing the USA and he's representing China and we're not going to be taking advantage of anymore we're not gonna pay China 500 billion dollars a year so we put very heavy tariffs on China as of Friday and we put them on also eight months ago and when people looked at the economic numbers they were shocked when they look at the import export numbers they were shocked they said wow how did they get to this point this was very good that was a very good report they'd never seen that for many years I said try looking at all of the tariffs that China has been paying us for the last eight months billions and billions of dollars and that's only because I gave him a break because we were negotiating goodwill we were negotiating I gave them a break and I said let's keep it at 10% instead of 25% so now what we're doing is we're raising it to 25% on Friday so it'll be 250 billion dollars at 25% and it'll be 325 billion dollars at 25% and we're starting that paperwork today so we'll see but you know what as president of our country had to do something about it and as president of our great country we're going to be taking in more money than we've ever taken in and all of these countries many of them have taken advantage of us including our allies they've taken advantage of us on trade they've taken advantage of us on military we defend all these countries for nothing or for a tiny fraction of what it costs we take care of NATO I'm all for NATO I'm all for NATO and I think it's just wonderful but it's different than it was 25 years ago and 40 years ago and I got NATO to put up an extra hundred billion dollars ask Secretary General Stoltenberg he's like Donald Trump's biggest fan because spending was going down that the contributions that the 28 countries were making it was heading like like a slope down like a very steep mountain and then I came and it went up like China it went up like a rocket ship okay but I don't like seeing people take advantage we pay for anywhere from seventy to a hundred percent of NATO so we protect that oh we protect two European countries and we protect him and we protect them beautifully with a power with the most powerful nation especially since we've redone our military redoing and done all of the nuclear never want to use it but you have to have it but we've spent and I thank Congress for this 700 billion and then 717 16 billion dollars on our military our military when I came to office was totally depleted we now have by far the strongest military in the world but we defend countries when you look at our budget so we're at 716 billion and Russia's at 68 billion how do you figure that because Russia doesn't go around defending every country in the world and not getting paid for it and you know what I don't mind not getting paid if there's a country that's been horribly treated and lots of bad things are happening and they're not a rich country but when we defend the richest countries in the world and they don't pay us for what we do and frankly they go back into closed meetings and they laugh at the stupidity of the United States for doing it these are countries with nothing but cash they could very easily I told the story last night I picked up five hundred million dollars with one phone call to a country and that's just the beginning and I've done it with many other countries anyway but just over the last very short period of time one phone call that lasted for a period of I would say five minutes I picked up five hundred million dollars because they said you're not taking care of us we're taking care of you but you're not taking care it's not fair so really the word is not fair NATO doesn't treat us fairly at all but now they're starting to pay and if you look at mr. Stoltenberg he will tell you he's never seen anything like it a hundred billion dollars and that's a low number they're paying a hundred billion dollars well but how do you feel about this Germany you're supposed to be paying two percent Germany's paying one percent they say 1.3 but call it one percent because it really is closer to 1 percent Germany pays to Russia billions of dollars a month for the pipeline and yet we're supposed to be defending Germany from Russia so Germany is giving the so-called enemy I don't call it an enemy I want to get along with Russia and I want to get along with China because I'm smart stupid people don't want to get along because I'm smart this witch hunt hurt us in our relationships with a lot of countries it was a very expensive horrible thing for our country and by the way should never ever happen again to a president two years I've been going through this nonsense and now we have a good report and now guys like Jerry Nadler who I fought for many years successfully I might add back in New York in Manhattan he was a Manhattan congressman I beat him all the time and I come to Washington and now I have to beat him again over nothing over nothing over a hoax and they know it's a hoax is smart that was a smart guy Schiff is a smart guy when Schiff goes to the microphone he's conning this whole country and he knows that and he goes back into a Roman he talks to his friends and he laughs because that's the way life is but our country is doing great we're gonna find out about China tonight and I think in the end you're gonna be very impressed with the kind of things we're doing and the reason they were so surprised with the numbers two three weeks ago not that three point to GDP which everybody was surprised that but maybe more importantly export numbers import numbers because we have billions of dollars coming to our country that our country never would have seen with a regular president they should have been done many years ago and I told President Xi of China and I tell Abby who's a good friend of mine Prime Minister of Japan doing a great job I tell him I tell everybody I said I don't blame you I blame the people that ran the United States and I blamed their trade representatives and frankly I blame our presidents because this should have never happened we've been losing for years close to 800 billion not million 800 millions a lot but we've been losing 800 billion dollars on trade 800 billion dollars we're gonna stop that and we've already started so we have a meeting tonight at five o'clock with the top people from China and we'll let you know what happens thank you all very much [Applause] just so you understand we gave Puerto Rico 91 billion dollars for the hurricane that's the largest amount of money ever given to any state talking about states in Puerto Rico a little different 91 billion dollars Texas got 30 Florida got 12 what a Rico got 91 billion dollars so I think the poor people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump now that money was given by Congress but they got 91 billion dollars now you remember how big the hurricane was in Texas the largest water dump in the history of our country they said three times and went in and went out went in Texas got 30 billion dollars Florida got actually anywhere between 9 and 12 Puerto Rico got 91 billion dollars and now the Democrats are trying to hold up the money from Georgia from South Carolina from Alabama to Florida they're trying to hold it up they're hurting Florida they're holding I mean what they're doing to North Carolina to Louisiana they're trying to hold relief aid because where do we go which got 91 billion have to love their president they want to get Puerto Rico more money so they're willing to sacrifice Georgia Alabama South Carolina North Carolina Florida Louisiana and other states the Democrats are doing that they are very divisive people thank you very much

Where Democratic Front-Runners Stand On 2020's Biggest Issues

with less than a year to go until the Iowa caucuses the 2020 presidential campaign is in full swing more than a dozen Democratic candidates now qualify for the debates and the pressure is on to stand out in a crowded field candidates are making their pitches to voters who have shifted further to the left in the Trump era progressive ideas have moved into the mainstream giving centrist candidates stiff competition leading the Democratic pack according to a recent CNN poll our former Vice President Joe Biden Vermont senator Bernie Sanders Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and South Bend mayor Pete Budaj former Texas Representative better–or Rourke has also made inroads in the Democratic Party along with Senator Kamala Harris but they clash on some big-ticket items like healthcare and the green New Deal here are their visions for America's future the candidates have different ideas on how to get more money into working in middle class wallets Sanders wants to put higher taxes on the 1% he introduced a plan to raise the estate tax including a 77 percent tax on inheritances worth more than 1 billion dollars that population that in hurts over 3.5 million dollars your taxes will in fact be going up and they should be Harris's plan would give $6,000 a year to families making less than $100,000 and $3,000 a year to individuals making less than $50,000 that would come in the form of a tax credit I am running to guarantee we will deliver the largest working and middle-class tax cut in a generation to $500 a month to help America's families make ends meet however people who aren't working such as retirees or stay-at-home moms wouldn't get anything under this new plan mayor Buda judge has said that he supports labor unions and that trade deals like NAFTA have resulted in Americans losing jobs proposal centered on wealth redistribution are gaining popularity among the left so candidates like O'Rourke who describe themselves as proud capitalists would face tough questions from voters senator Warren has made a name for herself as a ruthless opponent of big banks millionaires and growing income inequality and wants to raise regulations on these issues don't call me the polarizing figure they're the ones who want to take advantage of this country they're the ones who wanna cheat they're the ones who want to say that their personal wealth their power is more important than building an America that works for everyone you don't think capitalists are bad people Sanders is also known for railing against big banks and the 1% but he has recently come under scrutiny for his own wealth which he has earned through real estate investments and book sales and other candidates have a closer relationship to Wall Street in the industries big political donors Biden refers to himself as middle-class Joe but his high speaking fees into the hundreds of thousands of dollars could raise eyebrows Biden has also received a great deal of support from the credit card industry I know I'm referred to as middle class Joe because to talk about the middle class so much but you know and I know in that town and this town it's not a compliment say you're middle-class means you're not sophisticated raising the federal minimum wage is also a popular policy platform which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for a full decade as health care costs continue to rise and Republicans fight to dismantle Obamacare the progressive mantra of Medicare for all has gone from a longshot idea to a major Democratic policy platform Sanders introduced a medicare-for-all bill in 2017 the potential law would eliminate private insurance in favor of expanding to care to cover every American the senator Harris backed that plan Elizabeth Warren also co-signed to Sanders 2017 bill and has made it clear that she wants to make health care more accessible to women of color we will go further and we will say that in this country everyone everyone gets a right to basic health care that's what medicare for all is all about and that's why we're here the work on the other hand has thrown his support behind a more moderate plan known as Medicare for America it was introduced in 2018 by representatives rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and jan Schakowsky of Illinois unlike Medicare for all Medicare from America would preserve employer sponsored health insurance saving the government money compared to a single-payer system Budaj supports what's called an all pay rate system which sets a single nationwide price for a medical procedure insurers no longer have to negotiate discounts which he says makes insurance affordable for all the framework we're using is Medicare a lot of people who have Medicare also have Medicare supplements Medicare Advantage something like that there can be a role for the private sector Biden has been a strong defender of the Affordable Care Act created by former President Barack Obama and it remains unclear whether he'd support a bigger expansion of government health insurance while the candidates have endorsed popular ideas like legalizing marijuana and abolishing private prisons their records on criminal justice issues could tell a different story and it could come back to bite them Harris's time as California Attorney General and a district attorney in San Francisco has come under scrutiny by progressives who claims she promoted harsh policies those policies included jailing parents if their children miss too many days of school and defending California's death penalty system in court there are some people who just believe that prosecutors shouldn't exist and I and I don't think I'm ever going to satisfy them but I will also say that there is so much more work to do and do I wish I could have done more absolutely and as a senator from Delaware Biden supported President Clinton's 1994 crime bill with its three strikes rule and increased funding for police Madam President we have predators on our streets that society has in fact in part because of us neglect created that tough on crime approach promoted in the 90s is now widely viewed as a factor behind the country's mass incarceration boom but Biden says that his views have evolved there are things I would change I opposed for example the carjacking provision of the administration wanted and I put what so but by enlarge what it really did it restored American cities Sanders also voted for the Clinton crime bill although he criticized its approach to tackling crime O'Rourke has a criminal history of his own he was arrested twice in his 20s once for trespassing and once for drunk driving our work has acknowledged that he benefited from his identity as a white male and that other communities frequently face harsher sentences I understand now how exceptional my experience was and the fact that these mistakes didn't define me or my future my options over the course of my lifetime is right and now there are so many people in this country who because their families cannot post bail are unable to get out of jail all of the contenders have denounced president Trump's immigration policies they opposed the border wall and family separations at the border and support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants several candidates also have personal ties to the country's immigrations Harris is the child of Jamaican and Indian immigrants which she says shaped her identity and policy views O'Rourke hails from the border town of El Paso Texas and he is said that he supports tearing down the wall that separates his hometown from Mexico Sanders has argued in the past that more immigration would drive down wages for American workers and some criticized that his 2016 campaign didn't focus enough on immigration in favor of economic issues but Sanders appears to be making a renewed effort in his second go-around I'm running for president because we need to end the demonization of undocumented immigrants in this country and moved the comprehensive immigration reform while Biden was part of the Obama administration record numbers of undocumented immigrants were deported at levels not even matched by President Trump as the race continues and the candidates include more specific policy proposals their identities and path to the nomination will come into focus until then voters will be left to piece together where exactly the candidates stand on the issues that will shape America's future that is if one of them can be President Trump