The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump takes gamble on new China tariffs

The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump takes gamble on new China tariffs

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The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: New Trump tariffs take effect | Trump defends move: ‘No need to rush trade deal’ | US, China talks resume in DC | Tariffs pose economic risk for Trump | GOP divided over Trump Jr. subpoena | McConnell tells Trump not to worry | Giuliani pushes Ukraine on probes that could help Trump | How an alliance with Ocasio-Cortez could boost Sanders | New dinosaur with bat-like wings discovered


So hike them up, up, up, hike them up, up, up

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Trump serenades the crowd with the altered Fall Out Boy hit song. 😉

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Comey after CNN town hall: ‘He brought the FBI down’ White House says US, China trade talks to continue Friday Giuliani traveling to Ukraine to push for probes that could be ‘very helpful’ to Trump MORE followed through on his threat to hike tariffs on Chinese goods, effective at midnight last night.

The tariffs: “U.S. Customs and Border Protection raised duties from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of imports from China despite Chinese negotiators beginning talks in Washington on Thursday.” 

Happening in Washington: Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinWhite House says US, China trade talks to continue Friday China warns of ‘necessary countermeasures’ if US imposes tariffs Dems say NYT report on Trump’s business losses boosts need to see president’s tax returns MORE negotiated in Washington yesterday. They are scheduled to meet again today.




Via Reuters’ David Lawder and Yawen Chen, China has vowed to retaliate against the tariff hikes.

This morning from Trump — OK, hear me out:

This morning, President Trump defended the new tariffs on China, saying there is “no need to rush” a trade deal.

The first of Trump’s tweets: “Tariffs will bring in FAR MORE wealth to our Country than even a phenomenal deal of the traditional kind. Also, much easier & quicker to do. Our Farmers will do better, faster, and starving nations can now be helped. Waivers on some products will be granted, or go to new source!”

Read Trump’s full explanation:

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This is totally how the season of the Netflix drama would end:

President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is traveling to Ukraine in the next few days to meet with the president-elect.

Why: To push for investigations that could help President Trump

^ Which investigations:

— “One is the origin of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.” 

— “The other is the involvement of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.‘s son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.” 

Why this is pretty crazy to think about: “Giuliani’s plans create the remarkable scene of a lawyer for the president of the United States pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that Mr. Trump’s allies hope could help him in his re-election campaign. And it comes after Mr. Trump spent more than half of his term facing questions about whether his 2016 campaign conspired with a foreign power.”

Giuliani told The New York Times: “We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do.” 

Giuliani elaborated: “There’s nothing illegal about it. Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy — I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”

Read the full report from The New York Times’s Kenneth P. Vogel:


So many people are fighting over Don Jr.:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney, “Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTrump Jr. unlikely to comply with Senate Intel subpoena: report Ted Cruz: There’s no need for another subpoena for Donald Trump Jr. The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Dems raise stakes with talk of ‘constitutional crisis’ MORE‘s surprise decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. unlikely to comply with Senate Intel subpoena: report Ted Cruz: There’s no need for another subpoena for Donald Trump Jr. McCarthy: GOP-led Senate Intel panel ‘wrong’ to subpoena Trump Jr. MORE has set off an internal fight among Senate Republicans, some of whom are now pressing the North Carolina Republican to back off the request.”

What Republicans against the subpoena argue:  They argue that Trump Jr. has spent enough time testifying before Congress and the Russia investigation should be closed after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s report. 

Reaction from President Trump: Trump said yesterday that he was “very surprised” by the subpoena. In Trump’s words: “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 surprised.”

This morning from Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump tells Congress to ‘keep working’ on disaster aid bill Warner: Campaigns should start reporting foreign contacts to FBI Overnight Health Care: Trump urges Congress to take action on surprise medical bills | New bipartisan drug pricing bill introduced | Trump gambles in push for drug import proposal MORE — fah-get about it:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged President Trump “not to worry” about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.

McConnell told WHAS Radio in Kentucky: “I know the president’s upset about that, but I think he ought not to worry about it. The chairman of the Intelligence Committee has already said the committee when it reports will find no collusion.”


“Eight of the 22 Democrats we reached out to responded to BuzzFeed News; some say they’ve read the entire report, while others say they’ve read summaries and that they’re waiting for the release of the unredacted report before they read it.” 


Smart move, Bernie. Smart move:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez talks Warren, Sanders and possible endorsement On The Money: New tariffs on China pose major risk for Trump | Senators sound alarm over looming budget battles | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders team up against payday lenders Ocasio-Cortez says bill would ‘destroy’ predatory payday loan industry MORE (D-N.Y.) joined with Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOcasio-Cortez talks Warren, Sanders and possible endorsement On The Money: New tariffs on China pose major risk for Trump | Senators sound alarm over looming budget battles | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders team up against payday lenders Castro campaign staffers announce unionization MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday to propose new restraints on predatory lenders — and she may boost his 2020 prospects, too.”

Keep in mind: AOC was an organizer for Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign.

How this could play out:

AOC has harsh words for the House subway:

Cold hard truth from @AOC.

— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) May 10, 2019


Red Socks. Makes sense:

I know there are bigger issues to focus on than clerical errors by WH staff, but a trifecta today:

1. “The Red Socks”

2. Massachusetts “Instutution” of Technology

3. The “World Cup Series Champions”

— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) May 9, 2019

Wow, this is pretty cool:

Timelapse footage captures storm moving over Atlanta on Thursday amid severe weather warnings.

— ABC News (@ABC) May 10, 2019



The House is in. The Senate is out until Monday. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

11: 15 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House.

11: 45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with representatives from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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

Sunday: Mother’s Day. 


1 p.m. EDT: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandAuthor Marianne Williamson qualifies for Democratic primary debates Booker, Ayanna Pressley introduce bill taking aim at black maternal death rates Maxine Waters, Stacey Abrams among political stars in demand for graduation speeches MORE (D-N.Y.) campaigns in Goffstown, N.H. Livestream:

4: 15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJohn Kelly: Trump ‘both sides’ comments might have not been ‘articulated properly’ Melania Trump expands mission of ‘Be Best’ on its one-year anniversary The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: White House plays hardball over McGahn subpoena MORE participate in the celebration of military mothers in the East Room of the White House. Livestream:

7 p.m. EDT: Presidential candidate John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyAuthor Marianne Williamson qualifies for Democratic primary debates 2020 Dem says Trump should fire John Bolton 2020 Democrats show off labor cred at union event MORE campaigns in Hollis, N.H. Livestream:

8 p.m. EDT Monday: A server from the D.C. restaurant Stoney’s will be on the Bachelorette. Details from PoPville:


Today is National Shrimp Day.

Omg the photo on this story:

Via CNN’s Katie Hunt, “A new species of dinosaur with bat-like wings has been discovered in China, shedding light on the origin of flight and how dinosaurs evolved into birds.”


Via ABC News, a man captured video of two black bears fighting in his back yard. Watch — yikes

And to get your weekend off to an entertaining start, here’s a puppy trying to figure out the mechanics of playing with a tennis ball:


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