I’ll withdraw from NAFTA if we don’t get a ‘fair deal for all’, Trump says

President Donald Trump said Thursday that his willingness to renegotiate NAFTA came with a warning to the leaders of Mexico and Canada: that he is fully prepared to back out of the trade pact “if we do not reach a fair deal for all.”

Still, Trump sounded an optimistic tone in a pair of Thursday morning posts to Twitter.

“I received calls from the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada asking to renegotiate NAFTA rather than terminate,” Trump wrote. “I agreed, subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA. Relationships are good-deal very possible!”

The White House’s initial announcement that Trump would not quickly initiate the removal of the US from NAFTA came Wednesday in a readout of the president’s calls with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. Trump, who railed against multi-nation trade deals like NAFTA on the campaign trail, promised in his 100-day contract with voters to either renegotiate the agreement or remove the US from it.

Before Wednesday’s announcement, the Trump administration had been considering an executive order that would start the process of withdrawing the US from NAFTA, alarming news for pro-trade Republicans on Capitol Hill. At least four influential Republicans, among them Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) all urged the White House to pump the brakes on the order.

Source: http://www.politico.com

North Korea Fires Rockets And Torpedos, Look What Trump Immediately Shot Back From California

North Korea just marked the military anniversary with the country’s “largest ever” live-fire artillery drills. Kim Jong Un saluted the army and then fired 300 large-calibre artillery pieces along the Wonsan coast.

Then a day later South Korea and the US shot back and conducted military live-fire drills near the North Korean border.

Donald Trump isn’t playing around. He says that Jong-Un isn’t as strong as he claims and he is mad that the global community hasn’t been reining him in. Then Trump just recently shot a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from California. The missile lifted off at 12:03 on Wednesday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

This is absolutely a show of force. Tensions are rising. North Korea better watch out before it wakes up the American beast. The Minuteman III missile that we launched can travel up to 4,000 miles.

Pyongyang in North Korea is 3,300 miles away. They have been warned.

Source: http://hotpoliticalnews.com

Trump Is Expected To Sign Orders That Could Expand Access To Fossil Fuels

After moving last month against Barack Obama’s efforts to limit fossil fuel exploration and combat climate change, President Trump will complete his effort to overturn environmental policy this week, signing two executive orders to expand offshore drilling and roll back conservation on public lands.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump will sign an executive order directing his interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, to review national monuments designated by previous presidents under the Antiquities Act of 1906, aiming to roll back the borders of protected lands and open them to drilling, mining and logging.

The president is then expected to follow up on Friday with another executive order aimed at opening up protected waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans to offshore drilling. The order would direct Mr. Zinke to revisit an Obama administration plan that would have put those waters off limits to drilling through 2022. Friday’s order is also expected to call for the lifting of a permanent ban on drilling in an area including many of those same waters — a measure Mr. Obama issued in December 2016 in a last-ditch effort to protect his environmental legacy from his drilling-enthusiast successor.

The moves — just before Mr. Trump’s 100th day in office — would start to fulfill a central campaign promise to unleash a wave of new oil and gas drilling and create thousands of jobs in energy.

The reality is more complicated, experts in the law, policy and economics of energy said. The orders are not likely to lead either to significant new energy development or to job creation in the near future. With oil prices around $50 a barrel and production already glutting world markets, a several oil companies are making plans to expand into costlier, riskier offshore drilling.

And the process of undoing Obama-era regulations will take more than a flick of Mr. Trump’s pen. The legal challenges that the orders will face could take years to resolve. And without additional action from Congress, they could be reversed by Mr. Trump’s successor.

“You don’t create jobs by signing a piece of paper if those jobs rely on a combination of economics and technology that the president doesn’t control,” said Kevin Book, a managing director at ClearView Energy Partners, a Washington analysis firm.

That does not mean that both sides of the energy production debate are shrugging off the president’s moves. Oil and gas companies and Mr. Trump’s political supporters are cheering, even as they concede that this week’s signing ceremonies will not produce new oil rigs in the next few years.

Environmental groups warn that just opening the door to future drilling in pristine federal lands and waters could lead to more disasters like the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which sent millions of barrels of oil to the shorelines of coastal states, killing wildlife and destroying fragile ecosystems.

“These might not necessarily result in near-term oil and gas production, but it could expand our opportunities in the future,” said Erik Milito, the director of upstream issues for the American Petroleum Institute, which lobbies for oil companies.

Jacqueline Savitz, a vice president of Oceana, which campaigns aggressively against the drilling, declared, “Offshore drilling in the Atlantic and the Arctic is still dirty and dangerous.”

“The Arctic is the most dangerous place you can be drilling offshore: It’s dark, icy and far away from disaster response teams,” she said.

Environmentalists were no more receptive to the review of the Antiquities Act.

“It is clear that this ‘review’ is a thinly veiled attempt to appease special interests and sell off our national parks, public lands, oceans and cultural heritage to the highest bidder,” said Christy Goldfuss, vice president of energy and environment policy at the liberal Center for American Progress and a former environmental policy official in the Obama White House.

She added: “Our monuments — from the Grand Canyon to Zion to Papahanaumokuakea and Stonewall National Monument — are majestic, historic and uniquely American. No president has ever attempted to revoke a national monument, and to mark his 100th day, President Trump is entering a legal, political and moral minefield.”

In the century since Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, presidents have utilized the law to put hundreds of millions of acres of land and waters off limits to development, and no president has undone a predecessor’s designations.

But Mr. Trump’s supporters say that in recent years, presidents have overused and abused that authority. Mr. Obama designated about 553 million acres as national monuments, more than any other president.

Mr. Zinke said the review of those monuments would include only designations made since 1996, stretching over 100,000 acres.

“I can tell you as a kid who grew up in Montana, the West, where much of those monument designations took place, this review is long overdue,” Mr. Zinke, a former Montana congressman, said in a conference call with reporters.

Still, Mr. Zinke, who is a lifelong hunter and fisherman, said that his love of the land would play into his review: “I’m a Teddy Roosevelt guy. You can’t love public lands more than I do.”

Legal experts say it will still be a heavy lift for the Trump administration to change the designations. “The Antiquities Act language does not include any authority for presidents to rescind or modify a national monument created by predecessors,” said Mark Squillace, an expert on natural resources law at the University of Colorado Law School. “That authority is limited to Congress.”

Mr. Trump will likewise run into legal hurdles in some of his efforts to roll back Mr. Obama’s offshore drilling protection. Just before leaving office, Mr. Obama invoked an obscure provision of a 1953 law, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which he said gave him authority to act unilaterally to create a permanent drilling ban on portions of the ocean floor from Virginia to Maine, and along much of the Alaska coast.

“We’re in uncharted waters,” said Jason B. Hutt, a lawyer with the firm Bracewell who represents fossil fuel companies. “There is precedent for a president to narrow or modify drilling restrictions, but not to undo a ban, because there’s never been a ban.”

Mr. Trump is within his rights to overturn Mr. Obama’s ban on drilling in portions of the Arctic and southeastern Atlantic Coast through 2022. In any case, even his allies noted that such a move would be unlikely to lead to rigs in the water for several years, and that it could easily be reversed by Mr. Trump’s successor.

“It’s certainly not going to happen tomorrow. No one is saying, all of a sudden, there’s going to be drilling everywhere,” said Thomas J. Pyle, an adviser to the Trump transition and the president of the Institute for Energy Research, an organization partly funded by the billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch. “It will involve a lot of effort by agencies. It will involve lawsuits. And hopefully it will involve Congress, so they can cement these changes in place.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com

President Trump Just Revealed A Special Treat For Every Trump Supporter…This Is NICE!

President Donald Trump has had a huge amount of success since he took office, although the mainstream media would rather you not know about it.

That why today he unveiled a special treat for all his supporters to enjoy that the media will hate…a brand new website that sets the record straight!

The First 100 days website by Trump tells all of his amazing, historic achievements so we the people can see the kinda president he actually is.

Trump lists all the biggies, including:

  • Creating over 500,000 new American jobs
  • Approve Dakota Access Pipeline
  • A 60% drop in illegal immigration
  • Hold Sanctuary cities accountable
  • Increased Military Budget
  • 5-year Lobbying ban and Lifetime Foreign lobbying ban
  • Got Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court

And many, many more…

Source: http://hotpoliticalnews.com

Donald Trump Set To Offer Massive Tax Cuts For US Businesses

Corporations and small enterprises both set to benefit from one of the biggest rate reductions in country’s history, according to President.

President Donald Trump plans to propose massive tax cuts for businesses big and small as part of an overhaul that he says will provide the biggest tax cuts in US history.

In addition to big tax cuts for corporations, Trump additionally wants to cut taxes for small business owners from a top tax rate of 39.6 percent to a top rate of 15 percent, said an official with knowledge of the plan.

The top tax rate for individuals would be cut from 39.6 percent to the “mid-30s,” the official said.

The official, who talked on condition of anonymity, was not authorised to discuss the plan openly ahead of Trump’s announcement, scheduled for Wednesday.

White House officials had already revealed that Trump’s plan would reduce the top corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. The plan will likewise include child-care benefits, a cause promoted by Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

Republicans who slammed the growing national debt under Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday they are open to Trump’s tax plan, even though it could add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.

Echoing the White House, Republicans on Capitol Hill argued that tax cuts would spur economic growth, reducing or even eliminating any drop in tax revenue.

“I’m not convinced that cutting taxes is necessarily going to blow a hole in the deficit,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Finance Committee.

“I actually believe it could stimulate the economy and get the economy moving,” Hatch added. “Now, whether 15 percent is the right figure or not, that’s a matter to be determined.”

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk

Donald Trump Announces 20% Tariff On Canadian Softwood Lumber

President Donald Trump told reporters to expect a 20% tariff on softwood lumber going into the US from Canada.

Talking with members of the US conservative media, he said, “We’re going to be putting a 20% tax on softwood lumber coming in — tariff on softwood coming into the United States from Canada,” according to Charlie Spiering of Breitbart Media.

Trump told reporters, “Canada has treated us very unfairly,” and also threatened a tax on Canada’s dairy industry, according to Trey Yingst of OANN.

US trade secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed the number while talking with Reuters on Monday evening. He said that the duties would affect $5 billion worth of softwood lumber imports from Canada.

Text source: http://globalnews.ca

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Donald Trump Has Inspired More Than 11,000 Women To Consider Running For Political Office

Organisation that recruits female political hopefuls calls surge in interest ‘unprecedented’.

An “unprecedented” number of women have expressed a desire to run for political office in response to Donald Trump becoming President.

Since the turn of the year more than 11,000 women across the US have been in touch with Emily’s List, a body that recruits and trains women for political positions, president of the organisation Stephanie Schriock told The Washington Post.

“Over ten thousand women isn’t a ripple, it’s a wave,” Ms Schriock said in a statement following the biggest surge of interest in Emily’s List’s 30-year history.

“The thousands of women who have reached out to Emily’s List since the election are a testament to the energy, determination, and resistance we’ve seen from day one of Donald Trump’s presidency,” she said.

Before the election of Mr Trump, the organisation had only spoken to around 900 women throughout 2016 who were interested in running for school boards, state legislatures, or Congress.

In December, Emily’s List revealed it had raised £770,000 in only two months as Hillary Clinton’s loss motivated women across the country to become more involved in politics.

More than 400 women are likewise going through a six-month training programme tailored to create successful politicians by Emerge America, an organisation that supports the Democrats in the US.

 

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk

Trump Boasts Of Highest TV Ratings Since ‘The World Trade Center Came Down’

Donald Trump has long been television ratings gold, and, even as president, he has kept his eye squarely on the small screen as a gauge of his popularity, a barometer for his governing plan and his ability to dominate the airwaves, as The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker and Robert Costa reported Monday.

Now, in an interview with the Associated Press released Sunday, Trump set a new standard of hubris even for himself — comparing his ratings prowess to one of the darkest days in US history: Sept. 11, 2001.

“It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation,’ ” Trump told the AP’s Julie Pace, referring to the CBS News Sunday political talk show. “It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center — since the World Trade Center came down.”

Trump said that he helped the CBS Sunday morning political talk show score 5.2 million viewers, although it was not clear which appearance he was referring to. Trump’s appearance in January 2016 registered 4.6 million viewers, according to TV Newser. His subsequent appearances on “Face the Nation” during the campaign last year got lower ratings, including after a Republican primary debate in February 2016.

As a New York real estate promoter, Trump certainly would have had a unique perspective on the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the twin towers. But his choice of utilizing that moment, considered one of the most-filmed events in history at a time of emerging technology, as a measuring stick could strike many as tin-eared and inappropriate.

Trump made the comparison during a long, boastful interview in which he touted his ability to bring viewers. He said he scored 9.2 million viewers on Fox News when he spoke to anchor Chris Wallace last fall.

“It had 9.2 million people,” Trump said. “It’s the highest they’ve ever had.”

At the same time, Trump utilized the opportunity to denounce, as he has repeatedly, the press corps again as “fake media” that treats him “very unfairly.” Trump, who has elected to skip the White House correspondents’ dinner Saturday, has announced that he will hold a campaign rally in Harrisburg, Pa., to mark his 100th day in office on the same evening, in a bit of counterprogramming.

Some of the media, Trump stated, “bears no relationship to the truth.”

Still, the president can’t quite quit the mainstream press that he has so long been obsessed with. The White House announced that Trump will grant an exclusive interview to “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson to mark his 100th day, set to air this weekend.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com

Trump Calls Paris Attack What It Is – Islamic Terrorism

Shortly after news broke Thursday that that an assailant armed with an AK-47 had opened fire on a police cruiser in Paris, France, killing one officer before being shot to death while fleeing, US President Donald Trump made a highly educated guess based on past experience, predicting that the attack had been motivated by radical Islam.

“Again, it’s happening, it seems,” he said during an afternoon news briefing at the White House alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. “I just saw it as I was walking in, so that’s a terrible thing. And that’s a very, very terrible thing that’s going on in the world today.”

“But it looks like another terrorist attack,” he added. “And what can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong, and we have to be vigilant, and I’ve been saying it for a long time.”

As indicated by the UK Daily Telegraph, the shooter was identified as Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old man who first “appeared on the (nation’s) counter-terrorist services radar last December” after authorities were tipped off that he wanted to “kill police officers to avenge Muslims killed in Syria.”

Also, the Islamic State group has since reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, describing Cheurfi as a “soldier” whose Islamic name was “Abu Yousif al-Belgiki.”

There were additionally reports that he had been caught making threats on an “online messaging service favored by Islamist extremists because of its encrypted communications,” trying to purchase weapons to attack police and seeking contact with combatants in the Middle East, as noted by The Telegraph.

This disturbed and radicalized man was clearly a terrorist, meaning the president’s prediction — note that he said the attack “looks like” terrorism; he didn’t state it as a fact — was right, not that the liberal media cared.

As reported by LifeZette, “several mainstream media figures were positively apoplectic” following the president’s remarks Thursday: The Associated Press pretended in a Twitter headline that the “motive” was mystery; MSNBC’s Brian Williams said his network had “not been comfortable” calling the attack what everyone knew it was immediately; NBC’s Chuck Todd said the president was getting ahead of the story.

Source: http://conservativetribune.com

Trump Says Mexico ‘Eventually’ Will Pay For Border Wall

President Donald Trump said on Sunday he expected Mexico to pay for the wall he has promised to build along the southern border, resuscitating a campaign promise that roiled US relations with Mexico in the first week of his presidency.

“Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall,” Trump said in a Twitter post.

Trump returned to his Mexico demand on a morning in which he simultaneously tried to pressure congressional Democrats to include funding for the border wall in must-pass spending legislation needed to keep the US government open beyond Friday.

A spokesman for the Mexican president’s office said President Enrique Pena Nieto has repeated that Mexico will not pay for the wall.

The Republican president’s demand that Mexico pay for the border wall triggered a diplomatic crisis with the southern US neighbor during the first week of his presidency. Pena Nieto on January 26 scrapped a planned trip to meet with Trump and the White House floated the idea of a 20 percent tax on goods from Mexico to pay for the wall.

The two leaders agreed the following day not to speak publicly about payment for the wall, the Mexican government said. The White House said the two recognized they had differences over the proposed wall but agreed to “work these differences out.”

Trump sought the wall, projected to cost more than $20 billion, as part of his effort to curb illegal immigration. Mexico has rejected payment for the construction project as out of the question.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday the wall would get paid for one way or another.

“I don’t expect the Mexican government to appropriate money for it but there are ways that we can deal with our trade situation to create the revenue to pay for it, no doubt about it,” Sessions said.

Source: http://www.reuters.com