The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump defends tariffs as China retaliates

The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump defends tariffs as China retaliates

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Tit for tat:

Via Bloomberg News, “China announced that it will impose additional tariffs on some American goods in retaliation for the latest increase of U.S. duties on $200 billion of Chinese imports.”

The new Chinese tariffs will be at different levels: “25% tariffs on 2,493 items, 20% tariffs on 1,078 items, 10% tariffs on 974 items, 5% tariffs to continue on 595 items.” 

When China’s new tariffs will take effect: June 1

The White House contradicted itself over the weekend:

Yesterday, White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE contradicted President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules Authorities investigating shooting near Trump resort in Florida Trump: ‘China is dreaming’ Biden, other Dems get elected MORE by arguing that China isn’t paying for tariffs on goods coming into the United States.

Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump aims to temper concern over China tariffs: ‘We are right where we need to be’ White House expects retaliation from China, stresses ongoing talks Kudlow contradicts Trump, says China isn’t paying tariffs on goods going into US MORE: “It’s not China that pays tariffs. It’s the American importers, the American companies that pay what in effect is a tax increase and oftentimes passes it on to U.S. consumers.”

Larry Kudlow: “Fair enough. In fact, both sides will pay in these things, and of course it depends.”

Wallace cut in: “If it’s a tariff on goods coming into the country, the Chinese aren’t paying.”

Kudlow: “No, but the Chinese will suffer [gross domestic product] losses and so forth with respect to a diminishing export market and goods that they may need.”  

Watch the back and forth on “Fox News Sunday”:

Reaction from Trump — say it louder for the people in the back:  

President Trump doubled down on his assertation that China pays for the newly imposed tariffs.

Trump tweeted: “Their is no reason for the U.S. Consumer to pay the Tariffs, which take effect on China today,” Trump wrote in post on Twitter. “This has been proven recently when only 4 points were paid by the U.S., 21 points by China because China subsidizes product to such a large degree.” Gah, he meant “there” not “their.” 🙁

Read Trump’s full series of tweets:

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For example: O’Rourke will appear on MSNBC’s “Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowMueller’s facts vs Trump’s spin Ocasio-Cortez joins calls for Barr to resign Clinton jokes: ‘China if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns?’ MORE Show”  tonight and ABC’s “The View” tomorrow. 

What to expect:


Via The New York Times’s Shane Goldmacher:


LGBTQ discrimination: “House Democrats are set to move forward with legislation to expand the Civil Rights Act–a top legislative priority that faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The bill, which would expand the 1964 law to ban discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender, is set to get a vote in the House as soon as Thursday.” 

Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinNadler says Mueller will not testify next week Klobuchar on Barr: ‘He has shown a complete disrespect for the law’ Rosenstein leaves Justice after eventful tenure MORE‘s replacement: “The Senate is expected to vote on Trump’s nominee to succeed former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who stepped down from his post on Friday.” Who:  Jeffrey Rosen

Prescription drugs: The House is expected to work on the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act this week.

Tribal bills: “House Democrats are slated to place two bills related to Native American land rights on the floor this week after pulling them at the eleventh hour after President Trump tweeted encouraging Republicans to vote against one of the measures.”

Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s report: House Democrats are still negotiating to have special counsel Robert Mueller testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Keep in mind: Mueller is still an employee of the Justice Department, meaning Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump lashes out at Dem talk of ‘constitutional crisis’ Dems warn of ‘constitutional crisis’ but wary of impeachment Schiff dismisses Trump’s threat to investigate Biden MORE can still prevent him from testifying.        

Context and details for each: Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke:


Carry on, iPhone users:

The Supreme Court just ruled that iPhone users can sue Apple over app store prices, a blow to the tech company.

Back story: “A group of consumers had sued Apple, claiming that the company’s monopoly over its App Store led to inflated app prices. Apple disputed the legality of the suit, arguing the consumers could only sue the app developers.” 

The deciding opinion was a surprise: “Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMichael Bennet must find a way to stand out in the crowd Michael Bennet a welcome addition to the 2020 Democratic field Suspense builds for Supreme Court moves on abortion, LGBT cases MORE wrote the opinion for the 5-4 decision, surprising many by breaking with his conservative colleagues and siding with the court’s liberal justices.”  

Context and details:

It’s decision time:  

Via The Hill’s Jacqueline Thomsen, the Supreme Court is returning today to start issuing some of its biggest decisions of the year.


Census citizenship question: “The Trump administration’s efforts to add a question about citizenship landed in front of the justices last month, just weeks before the deadline to get the query added to the census.”

Partisan gerrymandering cases: “The justices appeared to be divided in their approach to a pair of partisan gerrymandering cases, pointing back to their past struggles to address the issue.”

Race’s role in jury selection for a death penalty case: “The justices have signaled that they are willing to rule in favor of an inmate who claims that racial discrimination during the jury selection process tainted his murder trials.” 

Separation of church-state: “The court is again tasked with taking up a case over the separation of church and state, this time over a state commission’s caretaking of a large cross as part of a memorial for veterans.”

Context and details for each of the big cases:


I wouldn’t say a friendship is forming:

This morning, President Trump accused Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDems warn of ‘constitutional crisis’ but wary of impeachment Tlaib, Green to deliver petition from over 10 million calling for Trump’s impeachment Dem candidates complicate Pelosi’s handling of impeachment MORE (D-Mich.) or harboring “tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”

What sparked this: “Tlaib said in a recent interview that she has a ‘calming feeling’ when she thinks about the genocide because her Palestinian ancestors ‘lost their land’ and ‘lost their lives’ amid an effort ‘to create a safe haven for Jews’ in the Middle East, even though it was ‘forced on them’ and took away their ‘human dignity.'”


I know the pain of Gate 35X all too well:

Presidential candidates, they’re just like you: Sen. Warren piling onto the bus — Dunkin’ in hand — to the plane at DCA’s Gate 35X.

— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) May 9, 2019

A sweet tidbit from the White House:

a personal note for a gesture that doesn’t often make it onto WH twitter but should be recognized: a dear family friend is battling brain cancer — she received this letter from @realDonaldTrump and @flotus today and her mom says it brought her much joy after a very tough week

— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) May 10, 2019


The Senate meets later today. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

Today: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSchumer urging Pompeo to warn Putin of consequences if Russia interferes in election The threat of Iran is in our backyard Calling out Code Pink’s ignorance and hypocrisy MORE canceled his planned trip to Moscow and is heading to Brussels instead. He will still travel to Sochi, Russia, tomorrow to meet with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinAnother kindred spirit comes to Trump’s White House Schumer urging Pompeo to warn Putin of consequences if Russia interferes in election Pompeo faces myriad challenges in Putin meeting MORE

11: 30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing. 

12: 15 p.m. EDT: President Trump signed an executive order on the economic empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

12: 30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the prime minister of Hungary.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate returns. The Senate’s full schedule:

5: 30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes to invoke cloture on a nomination.


12: 30 p.m. EDT: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTrump: ‘China is dreaming’ Biden, other Dems get elected A more disciplined Biden learns not to take the bait  Kamala Harris says she wouldn’t have voted for NAFTA MORE campaigns in Hampton, N.H. Livestream:

8: 30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in the White House iftar. Livestream:

9 p.m. EDT: Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) will appear on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

11 a.m. EDT Tuesday:  Beto O’Rourke will appear on ABC’s “The View.” 


Today is National Apple Pie Day. It’s also National Crouton Day

How to play with pups for a few hours:

Via Washingtonian’s Mimi Montgomery, the Human Rescue Alliance introduced a new program in Washington, D.C., to let volunteers take shelter dogs for a few hours at a time. How it works

And because you made it this far, here’s a Met Gala attendee rocking her outlandish outfit at the airport. I mean, she is getting good use out of the coat…:


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