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Trump threatens 20% tariff on all car imports from the EU

Source: CNBC

President Donald Trump tweeted another tariff threat Friday, this time targeting imported autos from the European Union.

The president said on his feed that if the EU does not removed duties on U.S. cars, then the U.S. will have no choice but to act.

The threat comes just two days after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said no decision had been made on whether the U.S. would extend the volley of tariffs it has imposed on other goods to the automobile industry.

The 20 percent tariff actually would be a bit smaller than the 25 percent levy Trump had previously threatened. The president has railed against unfair tariffs slapped on U.S. goods in other countries and has vowed to reduce the trade deficit the country has with other nations, particularly China.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/22/trump-threatens-20-percent-tariff-on-all-car-imports-from-the-eu.html


New Pruitt question: Where are his emails?

Source: Politico

An examination of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s government email accounts has uncovered only one message he wrote to anyone outside EPA during his first 10 months in office — a number that has watchdogs questioning whether he is communicating in private.

EPA says Pruitt mainly holds discussions in person or over the phone, which would explain the meager electronic trail for his external communications. But Pruitt’s critics remain suspicious — especially in light of all the steps the agency has taken to conceal his activities, from refusing to release his meeting calendars to installing a $43,000 soundproof booth in his office.

Oversight groups said it seems implausible that someone as active as Pruitt, who meets frequently with political and industry allies, would have sent only a single email to someone outside EPA. Agency records also include evidence that Pruitt has used text messages at least once to set up a meeting with an Oklahoma lawyer.

“The emails, if they exist, could show what these people want and then those emails could be compared to what the EPA does,” said Melanie Sloan, a senior adviser at the watchdog group American Oversight. “Americans should know what the EPA is doing, why it’s doing it and who’s influencing those decisions.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/22/scott-pruitt-where-are-his-emails-664285

NYC Hospitals Are Treating Children Separated From Parents at Border for Mental Illness

Source: Slate

The Trump administration used the welfare of other people’s children as a deterrent, a bargaining chip in an immigration policy debate, and there has been a real cost in human terms. The psychological and health damage done by forcibly separating children from their parents is clear. And now that the country is paying attention to the conduct of its government on the border, we’re starting to see the damage that has been inflicted by this policy. The head of public hospitals and clinics in New York City on Thursday announced the city’s facilities have treated 12 children over the past couple of weeks separated from their parents at the border for a range of physical and mental illnesses, including one child that was suicidal.

Health and Hospitals CEO Mitchell Katz addressed the issue in an open letter Thursday, as well as the “distraught physicians, social workers, and other health care providers in our health system” that “are seeing first-hand the serious health impact to children of immigrants.”

After separation, some of these children have ended up in our Emergency Departments accompanied by their government-appointed guardians who are often unfamiliar with the children, have no access to medical records, and have no way of getting in touch with a family member to get a medical history. We have seen children as young as five and have treated teenagers who have presented with signs of anxiety, trauma, and stress-related illness, including one extreme case of a teen with suicidal ideations after being separated from his mother. We know the health risks associated with tearing apart children from their families are very real, including an increased risk of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and attention-deficit disorder. And the demand on health care professionals in NYC and across our country will undoubtedly continue to grow.

Read more: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/nyc-hospitals-are-treating-children-separated-from-parents-at-border-for-mental-illness.html

Trump tells Republicans to 'stop wasting their time' on immigration

Source: The Hill

President Trump on Friday told Republican lawmakers to "stop wasting their time" on immigration legislation, even as the House grapples to reach a compromise.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November," the president wrote on Twitter. "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!"

The tweet comes after the House rejected a hardline immigration bill and Republican leaders delayed the vote on a separate, more moderate bill to next week.

"Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world," Trump said Friday.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/393595-trump-tells-republicans-to-stop-wasting-their-time-on-immigration?__twitter_impression=true


Chinese media says U.S. has 'delusions' as impact of trade war spreads

Source: Reuters

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. protectionism is self-defeating and a “symptom of paranoid delusions” that must not distract China from its path to modernization, Chinese media said on Friday as Beijing kept up with its war of words with Washington while markets wilted.

President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to hit $200 billion of Chinese imports with 10 percent tariffs if China retaliates against his previous targeting of $50 billion in imports.

Investor fears of a full-blown trade war have weighed on markets, including Chinese shares, which posted their worst weekly loss since early February. Even ordinary Chinese people aired their unhappiness on social media.

China’s commerce ministry accused the United States on Thursday of being “capricious” over trade issues and warned that the interests of U.S. workers and farmers would ultimately be hurt, vowing to hit back with “quantitative” and “qualitative” measures.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-delusion/chinese-media-says-u-s-has-delusions-as-impact-of-trade-war-spreads-idUSKBN1JI025?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=twitter

Our newest fear at the border: A children's choir

Source: WaPo

Got some outrage left for our dysfunctional immigration policy?

Because a group of smiling, wiggly kids — dimpled ones as young as 6 — are helping blow open the real fears simmering in the White House.

These kids — the Nai Kids Choir of Toronto — were supposed to be on stage at the Kennedy Center as part of the grand finale of next week’s D.C. international choral festival.

They are an adorable group and have been delighting Canadian audiences — chubby-cheeked 6-year-olds and joking tween boys, all in yellow polo shirts who snap to attention and sing about grief, love and the YMCA.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/our-newest-fear-at-the-border-a-childrens-choir/2018/06/21/c77eb948-7571-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html?utm_term=.944a4ccde665&tid=sm_tw

India imposes retaliatory tariffs on U.S., widening global trade war

India had notified the World Trade Organization on June 14 of its decision to increase tariffs on more than two dozen goods from the United States. It is a $241 million measure that matches the amount of steel and aluminum import duty expected to be collected from India by the United States through the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration earlier this year. More than a third of the figure comes from almonds; India is the world’s biggest buyer of U.S.-grown almonds.

India finalized its decision during a week when the global trade war escalated, with the United States enacting $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods and the European Union imposing $3 billion in levies on such products as U.S.-made bourbon, peanut butter and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Trump has erroneously called out India for its “100 percent” tariffs on Harleys; in fact India lowered its tariffs on high-end motorcycles from a range of 60 to 75 percent to 50 percent. The new tariffs will go into effect Aug. 4.

Economists noted that the amount of money involved with India’s levies dwarfed in comparison with that of China — U.S.-India trade was $114 billion in 2016, while U.S.-China trade was $648.5 billion — but that the gesture had important symbolism and could presage further strain between the two friendly democracies at a time when their diplomats are working to deepen military ties.


Emotional scenes as migrant mother and son from Guatemala, who were separated crossing the U.S...

Heartbreaking, just heartbreaking.

John Dingell: Boy did I pick an awkward day to wear my jacket with "Be Best" scribbled on the back.

He cracks me up!
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