Thu Oct 17, 2019 AT 12:19 PM EDT
It’s truly amazing to see how passionately Democrats are suddenly supporting the idea of American Empire: a worldwide presence of U.S. troops, with a focus on the Middle East. For decades, Democrats said they opposed endless wars, but from the very moment Donald Trump became president, the party’s leaders have become more hawkish than George W. Bush (of all people).
President Trump has noticed this, too. “I am the only person who can fight for the safety of our troops & bring them home from the ridiculous & costly Endless Wars, and be scorned,” he writes on Twitter. “Democrats always liked that position, until I took it. Democrats always liked Walls, until I built them. Do you see what’s happening here?” Read Full Story
Fri Oct 11, 2019 AT 4:42 PM EDT
President Donald Trump on
Friday said he and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He had agreed on a limited trade
deal that would ease the ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest
economies and potentially set the stage for a more significant deal down the
“We’ve come to a very substantial phase one deal,” Trump told reporters following the meeting.
The principles of the deal, which Trump said would be written over the next three weeks, cover financial services, agriculture and some intellectual property issues. Trump suggested he could sign the deal next month when he and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in Chile for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. Negotiations on a second phase, he added, would continue after the signing of the first phase. Read Full Story
Tue Oct 1, 2019 AT 1:17 PM EDT
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that five current and former State Department officials would not show up for depositions scheduled by House Democrats in connection with their impeachment inquiry.
Pompeo asserted that the committee’s demand for testimony from five current and former State Department officials beginning this week raised “significant legal and procedural concerns” and questioned the committee’s authority to compel an appearance by officials for a deposition through the letters sent last week, according to a letter that the secretary of State released on his Twitter feed.
“Based on the profound legal and procedural deficiencies . . . the Committee’s requested dates for depositions are not feasible,” Pompeo wrote, adding that the State Department “will be in further contact with the committee in the near future as we obtain further clarity on these matters.” Read Full Story