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Trump tells Congress to ‘immediately’ approve Mexico-Canada trade deal, says US moving past ‘stupid years’ of trade policy

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President Trump on Friday pushed for Congress to “immediately” approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), arguing in a Wisconsin speech that his administration is moving the country past “stupid years” of trade policies.

WHY IS CONGRESS HOLDING UP TRUMP’S MEXICO-CANADA TRADE AGREEMENT?

Bashing the economic policies of previous administrations, saying they allowed factories to close, Trump said in Milwaukee: “Those days are over…I call them the stupid years. But now we’re back into the really smart years.”

Standing in front of a backdrop with the letters “USMCA,” Trump pushed Congress to approve the new trade deal “and send it to my desk immediately.” The president was visiting Derco Aerospace Inc., a subsidiary of aviation giant Lockheed Martin that provides parts, logistics and repair services to fixed-wing aircraft.

“We shouldn’t be playing around,” Trump said. “And every day that goes by, it gets more and more political, because we get closer and closer to the election.”

At Trump’s insistence, the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to an update of the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But the new agreement faces opposition from many House Democratic lawmakers and labor unions.

“NAFTA was a disaster for this country and we’re going to be replacing that very soon, hopefully with the USMCA,” Trump said.

Canada and Mexico are Wisconsin’s top two foreign export markets. Last year, the state exported $31 million worth of products to Canada and $15.2 million worth of products to Mexico, according to census data.

“Let it be a bipartisan bill,” Trump said Friday. “I don’t want credit for it. Let it be a partisan bill, the USMCA. For years, members of Congress have demanded a replacement to NAFTA. Now they finally have the best replacement that they could ever even imagine.”

In the end, it comes down to whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would bring a bill to the House floor that would implement the necessary changes to enact the new deal. Pelosi insists that changes are needed to generate Democratic support, and has appointed a working group to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on finding ways to ease Democratic lawmakers’ concerns.

Mexico last month became the first of the three nations to ratify the agreement.

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The White House recently moved to ease the passage of the agreement by lifting tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico.

Labor unions, a key Democratic constituency, are seeking assurances that Mexico will enforce enhanced labor standards for workers there because that would reduce the incentive for U.S. companies to move their plants and jobs south of the border. The new deal requires Mexico to encourage independent unions that will bargain for higher wages and better working conditions.

Democrats are also voicing concerns over language that would give pharmaceutical companies 10 years’ protection from cheaper competition in a category of ultra-expensive drugs called biologics, which are made from living cells. The need to curb high drug prices has become a rallying cry for voters of all political stripes.

Fox News’ Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Winning ugly? Media hit Trump style over Iran, but sometimes it works

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It’s a headline that captures the establishment’s disdain for the president’s unorthodox style of governing.

“Trump’s Erratic Policy Moves Put National Security at Risk, Experts Warn,” says The Washington Post.

Never mind that the first three critics quoted — after a defense from Mike Pence on CNN — were Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.

The other “experts” were two professors who were mildly critical and a lawyer who was supportive of Trump.

But the piece does get at a central question about this president in the wake of the aborted airstrikes against Iran, which he called off with 10 minutes to spare.

Does Trump preside over a messy and sometimes chaotic process? Of course. But sometimes that style gets results.

On Iran, for instance, many liberals liked that he pulled back on bombing over the downing of an unmanned drone, even as they say he extinguished a fire that he had started. (Maureen Dowd: “As shocking as it is to write this sentence, it must be said: Donald Trump did something right.”)

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In negotiations, the president often makes a dramatic demand or threat, sparking a media and diplomatic furor over whether this time he’s gone too far — then hammers out a compromise and claims victory. It’s the style of a blustery New York real estate developer who’s always one minute from walking away from the table, transferred to the staid, tradition-bound world of Washington.

Over the weekend, Trump called off a wave of ICE arrests that was to begin on Sunday, which he said would begin deportations of “millions” of illegal immigrants. That set off the predictable uproar.

Trump, after a reported call with Nancy Pelosi, said he was delaying the arrests for two weeks to allow time for negotiations with the Democrats. Nobody seems to think a deal can be struck in so short a period, but Trump won points with his base by threatening the mass arrests and again drove the news agenda.

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The Post’s take: “Three policy turnarounds by President Trump this month have underscored his freewheeling governing style, an approach that some experts warn sends mixed messages and puts U.S. national security at risk …

“The results of Trump’s strategy on policy have been mixed at best — and few issues offer as complete a picture of the president’s habitual brinkmanship as his effort to overhaul U.S. trade policy.”

Remember when Trump threatened to close the Mexican border? The Beltway went ballistic. He didn’t.

PELOSI SAYS ‘VIOLATION OF STATUS’ NOT A REASON TO DEPORT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Then he threatened to slap tariffs on all Mexican products, beginning at 5 percent, if the country didn’t crack down on migrants fleeing Central America for the U.S. border. Lo and behold, Trump got a last-minute agreement. It’s hard to judge how concrete these steps are, and The New York Times said most of them had been previously agreed to, but the perception — or perhaps the reality — is that he got Mexico to move.

Trump even used the tough-talk tactics against Canada before finally hammering out a trade deal. Whether the tariffs imposed on China ultimately lead to an agreement is another question.

The point is that while Trump’s approach horrifies the traditionalists, he rarely carries out the well-publicized threats.

I see a link between the zig-zagging negotiating style and the repeated failures of Trump’s vetting operation. Rather than wait for full-fledged inquiries and background checks, the president announces who he wants to nominate — and often has to pull back.

That was painfully on display when acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan had to withdraw over a violent family past that would have made clear he would be impossible to confirm. The same was true when the president had to drop his planned nominees to the Fed, Herman Cain and Steve Moore.

Axios obtained nearly 100 Trump transition vetting documents that clearly show the RNC and others were overwhelmed in trying to check on potential nominees. The documents show that ethical and management questions were raised about Scott Pruitt and Tom Price, who later had to resign their posts at EPA and HHS.

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As president, Trump has far more resources available to vet nominees, yet still rushes to name them before any real investigation.

This president isn’t going to win any awards for a tidy management process. But when it comes to military action and trade talks, he sometimes wins ugly.

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Trump tries to build momentum for NAFTA replacement at Trudeau meeting

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President Trump met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday as part of the ongoing effort to secure a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

At Trump’s insistence, the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to an update of the 25-year-old agreement. But the agreement faces opposition from many House Democratic lawmakers and labor unions.

“I hope politically they can do what they have to do,” Trump said of Democratic lawmakers. “Now, the day after the election it would win with tremendous support, but we have an election coming up.”

TRUDEAU ‘RUNNING OUT OF TIME’ TO MAKE UP GROUND AHEAD OF CANADIAN ELECTIONS

In the end, it comes down to whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would bring a bill that implementing the changes necessary to enact the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Pelosi insists that changes are needed to generate Democratic support, and has appointed a working group to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on finding ways to ease Democratic lawmakers’ concerns.

“My hope is that over the course of the next couple of weeks we can make substantial progress,” Lighthizer told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

“I think Nancy Pelosi is going to do the right thing,” Trump predicted as he met with Trudeau in the Oval Office. He went on to describe USMCA as “great for the farmers, manufacturers. It’s really great for everybody.”

Trudeau told reporters he had a “frank conversation about the path forward” Thursday with Pelosi but said he would not get involved in the U.S. ratification process.

However, the Canadian prime minister later rejected the idea of reopening the deal in order to make changes.

MARYSCOTT GREENWOOD: TRUDEAU WANTS TWO THINGS FROM THE US THIS WEEK

“We are concerned that any reopening of [the trade pact] could lead to not just lengthy, further negotiations, but also may lead to worse outcomes for Canadians and for Canada,” he said during a press conference at the Canadian embassy Thursday afternoon.

Mexico this week became the first of the three nations to ratify the agreement.

The White House recently moved to ease passage of the agreement by lifting tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico. The Trump administration also took steps that would allow the administration to submit legislation necessary to implement the trade deal in time for lawmakers to vote before the August recess if they so choose.

Labor unions, a key Democratic constituency, are seeking assurances that Mexico will enforce enhanced labor standards for workers there because that would reduce the incentive for U.S. companies to move their plants and jobs south of the border. The new deal requires Mexico to encourage independent unions that will bargain for higher wages and better working conditions.

“If the president insists on a premature vote, we’ll have no choice but to oppose it,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this week at a union event in Pittsburgh.

Democrats are also voicing concerns over language that would give pharmaceutical companies 10 years’ protection from cheaper competition in a category of ultra-expensive drugs called biologics, which are made from living cells. The need to curb high drug prices has become a rallying cry for voters of all political stripes.

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Trump and Trudeau have had a rocky relationship but tensions have eased since a low point last summer when the U.S. president called Trudeau “weak” and “dishonest.” Trump was furious after Trudeau said at a Group of Seven summit that he wouldn’t let Canada be pushed around in trade relations with the U.S.

Trudeau said that he and Trump have been able to maintain their focus on the “things that matter in this relationship.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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GOP lawmakers avoid Mexico tariff drama with D-Day ceremonies in France

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The Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches in 1944 enabled some lawmakers to escape the U.S. Capitol 75 years later.

Reporters swarmed the Senate wing of the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, peppering every GOP senator they could find about President Trump’s plan to slap tariffs on Mexico. Most Republicans worry about how such a maneuver could imperil the U.S. economically. But many Republicans are also concerned about challenging the President and drawing his ire. So everyone was searching for a convenient escape hatch.

Buses would line up on the Capitol tarmac later Wednesday to escort senators to the airport so they could fly to France for ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Republican senators were more than happy that Congress made it a short week so lawmakers could flee to Europe and avoid questions by pesky scribes.

Many senators responded to reporters’ questions with vanilla bromides. Remarks like “that’s a hypothetical” and “we’ll see” pocked many conversations.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa faces what could be a competitive re-election race in a battleground state. President Trump won Iowa in 2016, but Democrats flipped two House seats there last year. The tariffs would be brutal for Iowa farmers, but Ernst didn’t directly answer when asked if she could oppose the president on the issue.

“It’s certainly harmful for Iowa,” Ernst said as she headed for the Senate chamber.

“I think there is reluctance to long-term, enforced tariffs,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, suggested that the tariff question “won’t be an issue,” adding “there will be some things to preclude that from happening.”

“We’re all hoping this [tariff] plan doesn’t get executed,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. But Thune conceded that if Trump keeps his word, “then it becomes real.”

“There’s a point where tariff fatigue sets in,” said Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind. “If it starts at five [percent], it will end up with 25 [percent] very quickly.”

TRUMP WARNS ‘NOT NEARLY ENOUGH’ PROGRESS MADE DURING MEXICO NEGOTIATIONS, TARIFFS IMMINENT

Braun said implementing tariffs “would put the USMCA [the proposed trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada] in peril.”

When asked by Jared Halpern of Fox News Radio if everyone was searching for an “exit ramp,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., conceded that “exit ramp” was the appropriate term to use when describing the conundrum.

Like Ernst, Perdue faces re-election in 2020 and Georgia is a state which could move into the “swing” column by then. The Peach State has shown some Democratic energy of late, and that could have consequences for Perdue’s re-election effort. Still, the senator is standing foursquare behind Trump when it comes to tariffs.

“He has to use a hammer,” said Perdue when describing the President’s approach with Mexico. Perdue asserted he’d even endorse 25 percent tariffs on America’s southern neighbor because “we’re being invaded now.”

But not every Republican feels that way. There are divisions among GOPers about how to pursue the tariff quandary. Back the President and you may be standing against the economic interests of your state. That’s why some congressional Republicans may try to engineer a vote to block or possibly rebuke President Trump if he imposes tariffs on Mexico.

Any action on such a measure will hinge on one thing: the math. Everything on Capitol Hill boils down to the math. And if Republicans don’t think they can command a veto-proof supermajority to override a presidential veto, why would they want to get on record over such a controversial issue and risk drawing the ire of the president?

Lawmakers first want to see what Trump might do – as well as examine a possible executive order itself. Most Republicans don’t want to be on the hook for something which may never see the light of day.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., noted Wednesday that previous efforts to override presidential vetoes had fallen short.

“We haven’t been too successful in getting to a number that’s even close to a veto-proof piece of legislation,” he said.

A successful veto override requires a two-thirds vote by both bodies: 67 in the 100-member Senate and 289 in the 433-member House (there are currently two North Carolina seats vacant). There have only been 111 successful veto overrides in U.S. history.

In March, the House failed to override Trump’s veto on a resolution to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency for the southern border. The House voted 248-181 to override the veto but fell 38 votes short of the override threshold.

In May, the Senate voted 53-45 to override Trump’s veto of a measure to bar the U.S. from helping Saudi Arabia-backed forces in Yemen’s civil war. But with 98 senators casting ballots, the Senate needed 65 ‘yea’ votes for an override.

So, here is what could happen if the President implements tariffs on Mexico:

Lawmakers from both sides would have to first study the executive order to understand exactly what it says.

THE POLITICS OF TRUMP’S TARIFF AND IMMIGRATION POLICIES

Then, lawmakers would likely develop a “resolution of disapproval.” Sources tell Fox the statute in play here is the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). The resolution would argue that Trump is abusing his powers when it comes to trade and his emergency declaration is out of alignment with IEEPA.

Adopting the resolution of disapproval requires a simple majority in the House and Senate. Such a resolution would most likely originate in the House.

Trump would then have to veto the resolution, the third veto of his presidency. The White House would then return the package to Capitol Hill for a prospective override attempt. The resolution would first go to the House, the body which originated the resolution of disapproval. If the House overrides the veto, the measure then goes to the Senate for its shot. If both chambers secure a 2/3 vote, the veto is overridden.

Where are the votes to block the president?

“It’s hard to know,” Thune said Wednesday. “We haven’t whipped it.”

But all of this may be moot if the tariffs never go into effect. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has expressed doubt that Trump will actually impose the tariffs.

“The President has a tendency for bluster,” Schumer said. “There are many examples of the President taking a maximalist position before eventually backing off.”

Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Erbrard visited the Capitol on Tuesday to talk with Grassley and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Ebrard noted that the Mexican Senate was already debating the USMCA.

Won’t the tariff threat jeopardize passage of the USMCA?

“We are going to have our best effort in order to avoid complications,” said Erbrard at the Capitol.

When asked if he thought Trump was bluffing, Erbrard replied: “Friday I can tell exactly what is going on.”

But if Trump isn’t bluffing, there will be repercussions for lawmakers, who are struggling with their own political calculus.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., captures the quintessence of this puzzle. Peterson is one of the most moderate Democrats in the House. He represents a conservative, rural district and won re-election to a 15th term in 2018 with 52 percent of the vote. However, President Trump carried Peterson’s district in 2016 by 30 points.

Peterson says the USMCA is “dead in the water” until issues are resolved with Mexico. Yet Peterson says farmers in his district “are still with Trump.”

Why?

“It’s a good question,” said Peterson, who noted that farmers back home already voted against the interests of their wallet. “I can’t explain it. I think they just don’t like Democrats that much.”

Yet, those voters seem to like Peterson.

“Well,” he said, “I’m not normal.”

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This crystalizes the predicament facing lawmakers. Side with the president, even if it flies in the face of economic benefit to their district? Or oppose Trump out of fear of protecting their voters?

Most lawmakers didn’t have to make that choice this week.

It’s little wonder so many would rather have been elsewhere.

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Lee Edwards: Are Americans really going crazy for socialism? Don’t abandon all hope, freedom lovers

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A new Gallup poll confirms what other surveys have reported: a disturbingly high percentage of Americans, about four in 10, now look favorably on socialism. Forty-seven percent of Americans even say they would vote for a socialist candidate for president.

What’s going on here? Is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that persuasive? Are that many Americans ready to abandon the free enterprise system that has made America the most prosperous nation in human history?

Far from it. The same poll revealed that a majority of Americans, 62 percent, continue to endorse the free market rather than government when it comes to decisions affecting the economy. A majority also favor free enterprise rather than government control over health care and higher education.

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These seemingly contradictory results, Gallup said, reveal that Americans are divided on how to describe the current state of the U.S. economy and determine its future direction. I believe they are divided for the following reasons:

  • Many Americans are still hurting from the Great Recession of 2008 when they lost confidence in the free market and began looking for alternatives like socialism.  
  • There is a generational gap with younger Americans accustomed to government playing a major role in their lives and older Americans still quoting Barry Goldwater, “Any government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.”  
  • A powerful trifecta of politicians, educators and media elite have stepped up their campaign to promote socialism as the answer to America’s economic woes. It is not coincidental that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., almost won the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination backed as he was by the political-academic-media complex.

The truth is that planning leads inevitably to tyranny while free enterprise leads to the American Dream.

This trifecta has been working to turn America into a socialist state since Franklin D. Roosevelt said in a 1932 campaign address: “The first obligation of government is the protection of the welfare and well-being, indeed the very existence of its citizens.” No president had ever before promised such a sweeping responsibility of the federal government.

At the same time, John Dewey and his colleagues at Columbia University were turning out educators committed to “democratic socialism,” an effort reinforced by the same 1960s radicals who are tenured university professors today. And all along a media elite evolved that endorsed a central place for government.

However, all is not lost. There is a powerful counter-establishment committed to the preservation and protection of our free market system and the checks and balances of the Constitution. Groups including the National Rifle Association, the Right to Work Committee and the Right to Life Committee exist to counter our politicians. To counter the academy, we have groups like the Heritage Foundation and 65 state think tanks from Maine to California. To counter the media elite, we have Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the Wall Street Journal and a burgeoning presence on social media.

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The freedom movement has one more priceless asset — the truth. Socialism has been tried in some 40 countries over the past century, and it has failed every time and everywhere. The United Kingdom, India, Denmark and Israel all tried socialism, and after decades of misery, rejected it.

The truth is that planning leads inevitably to tyranny while free enterprise leads to the American Dream.

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Why the US-China trade war could settle the 2020 election in 2019

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It’s possible that the 2020 presidential election could hinge on the past few days.

The scrap with China over tariffs and the stock market plunge could reshape the presidential sweepstakes. A post-mortem of the 2020 presidential election could focus on events of May 2019 as pivotal to President Trump’s success or failure at the polls, to say nothing of other races down ballot.

The economy is sizzling now, as the president is quick to remind everyone. But staggering stock market dips from the trade war with China could erase economic gains. The U.S. slapped China with $200 billion in tariffs after failed trade talks last week. China retaliated with $60 billion in retaliatory tariffs of their own.

Yet Trump asserts that the U.S. “is in a great position” on tariffs and says farmers will be “very happy” with his efforts.

“I love the position that we’re in,” the president said Monday.

Even so, National Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow conceded Sunday that China won’t pay all of the tariffs. Rather, American consumers and families will bear much of the burden.

The average American household could pay an extra $800 a year. Manufacturers of big farm equipment are already taking a hit. Soybean farmers are exhausted by the grim outlook for their commodity. Many farmers were willing to stand behind the president last year when the U.S. and China struggled to iron out an accord. Now agriculture and stock prices are in a freefall and people wonder how long those voters – the core of President Trump’s coalition – are willing to stand behind him this time.

“China has been taking advantage of the United States for many, many years,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Monday. He’s right. There’s a reason why Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. urged the President to “hang tough” against Beijing last week.

“China will take advantage of us decade in, decade out, unless we are strong with them,” Schumer said. “That is what we have to do, and it will help America in the long run.”

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But a lack of progress will paralyze the farm economy. Just last year, the Trump administration offered farmers $12 billion to cover trade losses. Now the President is pushing for a $15 billion handout to make up the difference in new financial erosion.

“Trump shouldn’t give up on securing an enforceable agreement that holds China accountable for its abusive trade practices. Stalling, bullying tactics and threats to completely block American products from entering Chinese markets shouldn’t be rewarded,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in a statement Monday. “There’s no doubt Americans will be harmed, including farmers, businesses and consumers in my home state of Iowa, if the additional tariffs take effect. Americans understand the need to hold China accountable. But they also need to know that the Administration understands the economic pain they would feel in a prolonged trade war.”

So much for Republicans historically backing the marketplace and free enterprise. Don’t forget how conservatives assailed then-President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats in 2009 for the $700 billion economic stimulus package to jumpstart the economy after the financial collapse.

These days, the markets are in a tailspin as the trade war mushrooms. On Monday, the Dow dipped to its lowest close since Feb. 11. Both the Dow and the S&P 500 suffered their steepest losses since Jan. 3. The NASDAQ declined to its lowest ebb since Dec. 4.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is nowhere near any trade deal with China – let alone one which Congress would ratify.

The administration talks repeatedly about a new trade pact between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, called the USMCA. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the top GOPer on the House Ways and Means Committee, recently declared there’s growing support for the new deal, but there is nothing close to moving through the House and Senate.

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Still, Brady defended President Trump when it came to pressuring China.

“We need to take them head-on. I think a good, solid agreement with China could actually create a new era of fair trade with China for our farmers, our workers and our businesses,” said Brady. “This is leverage. So keep everyone at the table.”

Of course, fortunes could change for everyone if the sides actually secure an international agreement along with bipartisan buy-in for passage on Capitol Hill. The fight and the market plummet will all be worth it. And heretofore, no one has been willing to take on China in quite the same way as Trump. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have long complained about exploitive Chinese practices with little retribution from the U.S. A big win could alter the playing field for everyone.

That said, most Republicans who support the president are trying to stay clear of the battle.

“I’m not going to make a comment right now,” Senate Banking Committee Chairman Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, said Monday when asked about how the trade fight roiled the market.

Others, like Sen. Kevin Cramer R-N.D., backed a second rescue package for farmers, even if it flies in the face of conservative values.

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“When the government creates the problem, they’re responsible for solving the problem,” said Cramer. “If it was a free market, we wouldn’t be issuing tariffs.”

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., wasn’t so sure.

“We’ve done that before but it never worked out very well,” said Blunt. “Farmers don’t want payments in lieu of selling crops at a fair price.”

Still, it’s unclear how long farmers and others will march in lockstep with Trump.

“There’s still a number of them who are patient with him,” said Cramer.

“They have a lot of confidence in the President,” agreed Blunt.

Despite their faith, Cramer noted that the current impasse between Washington and Beijing can’t go on forever.

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“This is the make or break growing season for many of them,” said Cramer. “This might be their last season with the banks.”

And if the shockwaves from the trade war rattle the economy and the Trump coalition, it’s possible analysts could point to the past few days as the most pivotal moment of the 2020 campaign.

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Larry Kudlow fires back at Cory Booker’s claim Obama deserves credit for economic recovery

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National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow denounced Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sunday after the 2020 White House candidate said President Trump was “taking credit for a recovery that started under [former President Barack] Obama.”

“What Mr. Booker and some others are saying is simply not true factually,” Kudlow told Fox News’ “America’s News HQ”.

Kudlow spoke two days after the publication of the April jobs report, which showed that the American economy added 263,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent, the lowest since 1969. Despite the rosy numbers, Booker insisted that the boom’s effects were not being felt across all economic levels.

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“You have people on my block – I’m the only presidential candidate that lives in a low-income inner-city neighborhood. Talk to folks, and they’ll tell you: ‘I have to work two jobs just to try to keep myself in housing. And, by the way, that housing isn’t reflected in any of my family,'” Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Americans are struggling. Their wages are too low … for the last four decades, I don’t think they’ve budged that much … We’ve got to make sure that this is a shared recovery, because, right now, it definitely is not.”

Kudlow emphatically begged to differ.

“I’m just gonna use the damn facts,” he told Fox News’ Leland Vittert. “On the wage front, [average hourly earnings are] rising 3.2 percent overall. The bottom [poorest] quarter [of workers], 4.4 percent increase, the top quarter, 3.5 percent [increase].”

“First of all, both are good and a rising tide is lifting all boats,” Kudlow added. “But the point I’m making is, it’s the blue collar people that have the fastest job expansion and it’s the blue collar people that have the best wage growth.”

Kudlow reacted to the April jobs report in a video posted on the White House’s Instagram page Friday afternoon.

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“Wow! Low unemployment, high jobs, high wages, big consumer confidence, major productivity and no inflation,” said an enthusiastic Kudlow while gesturing toward the camera. “It’s totally awesome. We’re killing it on the economy.”

“I don’t know how I had the energy to do that,” Kudlow said Sunday. “I just walked out and, I don’t know, man, let her rip. These are blowout numbers. The economy is going great guns and POTUS’ [Trump’s] policies, to be perfectly honest, his policies to rebuild this economy have entered us into a tremendous prosperity cycle. And I don’t see any end to it right now.”

Fox News’ Leland Vittert contributed to this report.

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Democrats struggling for pocketbook message as roaring economy helps Trump

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The economy is on fire right now, and that, more than anything, could be a major boost to President Trump’s reelection chances.

And the Democrats are having a hard time figuring out how to run against this steamroller at a time of 4 percent unemployment and soaring stocks.

Of course, things could cool off before the election, as many economists predict a sharp slowdown in growth over the next two years.

But for now, the S&P and the Nasdaq just hit all-time highs, and the newly announced rebound in first-quarter growth, to 3.2 percent, trounced the market’s all-important expectations.

I’ve always felt that a president presiding over strong growth is far more likely to win a second term, even if other hot-button issues are dominating the news. The flip side is that strong economic anxieties can derail a reelection campaign, even if the economy is recovering from a recession, as happened when George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992. And the Wall Street meltdown in the fall of 2008 helped put Barack Obama in the White House.

The nettlesome challenge for the Democratic candidates is to avoid appearing that they’re talking down a good economy or getting traction when most people are satisfied with their personal situation. During the 1982 midterms, Democrats privately hoped the jobless rate under Ronald Reagan would top 10 percent, which it did, but couldn’t say so publicly on their way to picking up 27 House seats.

Joe Biden is touted for his ability to connect with white, working-class voters in such industrial states as Michigan and Pennsylvania. But if those workers, except in certain fields, are generally doing well, that clearly undercuts the pitch.

But don’t take my word for it — ask Celinda Lake.

She’s a veteran Democratic pollster who told Politico that “we really don’t have a robust national message right now” on the economy. “We will tend to talk about things like paid leave and equal pay,” which are popular but “don’t add up to an economic message that is robust enough to win the presidency.”

Lake also said that people may not agree with Trump, but they know what his message is. “And Democrats, you don’t know what it is. And that’s a recipe for disaster in 2020.”

Look, many things will be at play in this election: Immigration. Health care. The Mueller report. Terrorism. Race relations. And Trump is underwater with key groups and has a 54 percent disapproval rating in the latest ABC/Washington Post poll.

And even on the economic front, not everything is Rosy Scenario. By the administration’s own projections, we’re looking at federal deficits over $1 trillion for the next four years. That’s what you get when you combine only modest spending restraint with tax cuts, which many Americans feel didn’t help them.

As the Politico piece notes, some Democratic candidates are taking broad swipes at the Trump economy, particularly on the subject of inequality.

Kamala Harris: “We have an economy in this country that is not working for working people.”

Elizabeth Warren: “Let’s make the zillionaires pay a fair share.”

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Beto O’Rourke would undo the “worst excesses” of the GOP tax cuts.

One of the reasons that no economic message is breaking through is that there are 20 Democratic candidates, each vying for a share of the spotlight. That would matter less in hard times, but the Democrats don’t have that luxury.

If “it’s the economy, stupid” is as true today as when James Carville coined it a quarter-century ago, beating Trump will be harder than many Democrats think.

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White House cancels Major League Baseball’s Cuba deal

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The Trump administration is moving to end an agreement allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball clubs, a change that appears to require Cuban players to once again defect from the Communist nation before signing a major league deal.

Last year, 25 Cuban-born players played in at least one major league baseball game.

The Treasury Department told MLB attorneys in a letter Friday that it was reversing an Obama administration rule allowing the major leagues to pay the Cuban Baseball Federation a release fee equal to a percentage of each Cuban player’s signing bonus. In exchange, the Cuban federation had agreed to release all players aged 25 and older with at least six years of professional experience.

In the letter, which was made public Monday afternoon, the Treasury Department told MLB that the payments to the Cuban Baseball Federation constituted illegal business with the Cuban government. That reverses a ruling made by the Obama administration that said the federation was not part of the Cuban government.

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“The U.S. does not support actions that would institutionalize a system by which a Cuban government entity garnishes the wages of hard-working athletes who simply seek to live and compete in a free society,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said in a statement. “The Administration looks forward to working with MLB to identify ways for Cuban players to have the individual freedom to benefit from their talents, and not as property of the Cuban State.”

Major League Baseball had no immediate comment on the letter, which came days after the Cuban federation released a list of 34 players authorized to sign with major league clubs.

Fox News’ John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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