Trump thanks Iran for releasing American grad student: ‘We can make deal’

Wang was released in Switzerland in exchange for Iranian citizen Massoud Soleimani, who was being held in an Atlanta jail over charges of violating American trade sanctions against Iran. Wang was among at least four other Americans being held in Iran. The swap comes amid growing tensions between Iran and the U.S. and massive protests in Iran. Trump has placed significant economic sanctions on Iran and withdrew from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal. The White House confirmed the trade on Saturday


Wang was released in Switzerland in exchange for Iranian citizen Massoud Soleimani, who was being held in an Atlanta jail over charges of violating American trade sanctions against Iran.
Wang was among at least four other Americans being held in Iran.
The swap comes amid growing tensions between Iran and the U.S. and massive protests in Iran.
Trump has placed significant economic sanctions on Iran and withdrew from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.
The White House confirmed the trade on Saturday
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Trump thanks Iran for releasing American grad student: 'We can make deal'

U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a roundtable discussion with small business owners and members of his administration in the Roosevelt Room at the White House December 06, 2019 in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump on Saturday thanked Iran for releasing an American graduate student who had been imprisoned in Tehran for over three years on charges of espionage in exchange for a prisoner held in the U.S.

“Taken during the Obama Administration (despite $150 Billion gift), returned during the Trump Administration,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to Iran on a very fair negotiation. See, we can make a deal together!”

Xiyue Wang, 38, was a Princeton University doctoral student doing research in Iran when he was arrested there in August 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison over suspicion of being a spy.

U.S. officials have repeatedly denied that Wang, who was held in Evin Prison on two counts of espionage, was a spy.

Wang was released in Switzerland in exchange for Iranian citizen Massoud Soleimani, who was being held in an Atlanta jail over charges of violating American trade sanctions against Iran. Soleimani was expected to be released as early as January under a plea agreement.

Wang was among at least four other Americans being held in Iran.

The swap comes amid growing tensions between Iran and the U.S. and massive protests in Iran. Trump has placed significant economic sanctions on Iran and withdrew from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.

The protests erupted across Iran in November in response to a 50% increase in gas prices. U.S. officials believe the demonstrations have left as many as 1,000 people dead and 7,000 imprisoned, drawing widespread global criticism.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that “The United States will not rest until we bring every American detained in Iran and around the world back home to their loved ones.”

The White House confirmed the trade on Saturday with a statement from Trump, and Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, also confirmed the deal on twitter.


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Limited-time offer ending soon: Earn up to 100,000 bonus points with Amex Business Platinum Card

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The top 10 college majors American students regret the most

College is a significant investment that comes with the hope of a better, richer life. Starting salaries for new college graduates have grown less than 1% over the past two years, remaining at around $50,000. Worse yet: A decade after leaving school, more than 1 in 5 graduates are working in a job that doesn’t even require a degree. However, obtaining a diploma is almost always worth it in the long run, according to “The College Payoff,” a report from the Georgetown University Center on Educatio


College is a significant investment that comes with the hope of a better, richer life.
Starting salaries for new college graduates have grown less than 1% over the past two years, remaining at around $50,000.
Worse yet: A decade after leaving school, more than 1 in 5 graduates are working in a job that doesn’t even require a degree.
However, obtaining a diploma is almost always worth it in the long run, according to “The College Payoff,” a report from the Georgetown University Center on Educatio
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The top 10 college majors American students regret the most

College is a significant investment that comes with the hope of a better, richer life. It doesn’t always work out that way.

Some experts say the value of a bachelor’s degree is fading. Starting salaries for new college graduates have grown less than 1% over the past two years, remaining at around $50,000.

Worse yet: A decade after leaving school, more than 1 in 5 graduates are working in a job that doesn’t even require a degree.

However, obtaining a diploma is almost always worth it in the long run, according to “The College Payoff,” a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Bachelor’s degree holders generally earn 84% more than those with just a high school diploma, the report said — and the higher the level of educational attainment, the larger the payoff.

When broken down by areas of study, however, the difference is striking. Students who pursue a major specifically in science, technology, engineering and math — collectively known as STEM disciplines — are projected to earn the most overall.


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8 celebrity-endorsed gifts under $200 to impress everyone on your holiday list

All eight gifts in this holiday roundup were recommended by some very influential people, including Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and Mindy Kaling — and every one of them costs under $200. Barack ObamaBarack Obama Getty ImagesBarack Obama is known for sharing his favorite movies and music with the public, and in 2018, he also shared his top reads on Facebook. Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey Getty ImagesEach year, Winfrey releases her annual list of “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” where she shares a wide arr


All eight gifts in this holiday roundup were recommended by some very influential people, including Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and Mindy Kaling — and every one of them costs under $200.
Barack ObamaBarack Obama Getty ImagesBarack Obama is known for sharing his favorite movies and music with the public, and in 2018, he also shared his top reads on Facebook.
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey Getty ImagesEach year, Winfrey releases her annual list of “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” where she shares a wide arr
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8 celebrity-endorsed gifts under $200 to impress everyone on your holiday list

Shopping for the holidays is a lot more fun with a little inspiration. Rather than wandering the aisles at Target, why not take some tips from A-list celebrities about the products they know and love? All eight gifts in this holiday roundup were recommended by some very influential people, including Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and Mindy Kaling — and every one of them costs under $200. Scroll through to see which of these celeb-inspired items end up grabbing your attention.

1. Barack Obama

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Barack Obama is known for sharing his favorite movies and music with the public, and in 2018, he also shared his top reads on Facebook. In second place on his long list of favorites is “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones, which landed just behind his wife’s book, “Becoming” by Michelle Obama, which naturally came in first. Given that the former president is known to be an avid reader, you can bet “An American Marriage,” which was a New York Times best-seller, is going to be a good one. Set in the 1980s, this novel tells the story of a young African American couple, Celestial and Roy, who are ripped apart after Roy is wrongly convicted of a crime.

Source: Workman Publishing

2. Oprah Winfrey

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Each year, Winfrey releases her annual list of “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” where she shares a wide array of gifts she endorses. Products range from cosmetics to high-end food to tech gadgets, fashion items and more. For her 2019 list, Winfrey included this stylish winter coat by Orolay, which was very on trend of her. This fan-favorite style garnered so much popularity and attention in 2018 that it fondly became known as “the Amazon coat.”

Source: Orolay

3. Venus Williams

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When Venus Williams isn’t training for her next tennis match, she’s on top of her skincare routine. During a recent American Express Travel event in New York City, she told CNBC Make It: “I bought an ultrasonic skin cleanser, so that was a great investment. It was like … $39. Such a deal! I use it a few times a week.” The purpose of using an ultrasonic cleanser, like the MiroPure Sonic Facial and Body Cleansing Brush, is to exfoliate away dead skin cells, dirt and oil.

Source: MiroPure

4. Serena Williams

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This celeb-inspired gift guide wouldn’t be complete without including Venus’ sister, Serena Williams. Williams, the tennis star who’s been playing tennis since she was just 3, has to eat well in order to fuel her lifestyle as a professional athlete. Her go-to kitchen device? A toaster oven, reports ABC News. To start cooking like Williams, consider this toaster oven by Black and Decker, which was named an Amazon’s Choice product.

Source: Black + Decker

5. Mindy Kaling

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When actress Mindy Kaling gave birth to her first child, Katherine, in Dec. 2018, she received a pretty epic congratulatory gift from Oprah Winfrey: “A hand-carved bookcase, prettier than any professional dollhouse you had ever seen that contained a hundred of the classic essential books in children’s literature,” Kaling told USA Today during a 2018 interview alongside her “Wrinkle in Time” co-stars Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. Although this dollhouse bookcase may not be as luxe as the one Winfrey gifted Kaling, what’s better than giving a small child a dreamy bookcase to then fill with imaginative reads? This model from Wayfair makes a great holiday present.

Source: Wayfair

6. Gwyneth Paltrow

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When Goop CEO Gwyneth Paltrow travels, she makes sure to apply a face mask. In a 2017 interview with Elle, she specifically pointed to the Juice Beauty Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask, which she applies mid-flight. It costs just $10 and has high quality, organic ingredients, such as cucumber and white tea, which are designed to calm puffy skin.

Source: Juice Beauty

7. Jimmy Fallon

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If you thought Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show” was a hoarder (or a book-enthusiast), think again. “I don’t need to finish any books, and I don’t have to feel guilty about all of my books piled up,” Fallon joked in an interview with Parade in 2017. “No one has to see how much of a procrastinator I am. I’m not saying I’m well-read — I’m not!” If you have the same problem — or if you genuinely like reading, but still don’t want piles of books lying around — consider the all-new Kindle model, available via Amazon.

Source: Amazon

8. Kim Kardashian

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It wouldn’t really be a 2019 gift guide roundup without including the Kardashians in some capacity. After all, Kim Kardashian-West has her hand in most every area of business these days. Since she and her sisters are considered beauty gurus, here’s Kardashian-West’s secret to getting great brows: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil, which comes in eight different shades.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-12-05  Authors: anna hecht
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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin warns of new global taxes, opposes digital services duty

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned one of the globe’s largest economic organizations of the consequences new international taxes could have on American business and voiced opposition to the recent introduction of digital services taxes. In a letter to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mnuchin said the U.S. objects to digital services taxes because they “have a discriminatory impact on U.S.-based businesses.” The French tax imposes a 3% tax on revenues tech companie


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned one of the globe’s largest economic organizations of the consequences new international taxes could have on American business and voiced opposition to the recent introduction of digital services taxes.
In a letter to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mnuchin said the U.S. objects to digital services taxes because they “have a discriminatory impact on U.S.-based businesses.”
The French tax imposes a 3% tax on revenues tech companie
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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin warns of new global taxes, opposes digital services duty

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned one of the globe’s largest economic organizations of the consequences new international taxes could have on American business and voiced opposition to the recent introduction of digital services taxes.

In a letter to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mnuchin said the U.S. objects to digital services taxes because they “have a discriminatory impact on U.S.-based businesses.”

“We have serious concerns regarding potential mandatory departures from arm’s-length transfer pricing and taxable nexus standards — longstanding pillars of the international tax system upon which the U.S. taxpayers rely,” Mnuchin wrote in a letter obtained by CNBC on Wednesday.

“We urge all countries to suspend digital services tax initiatives, in order to allow to OECD to successfully reach a multilateral agreement,” he added in the letter to OECD Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurria.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump exchanged barbs with French President Emmanuel Macron for the country’s new digital-services tax, which was signed into law in July.

The French tax imposes a 3% tax on revenues tech companies generate in France, including targeted advertising and digital marketplaces. In response, the White House on Monday said it could impose duties of up to 100% on $2.4 billion in imports of Champagne, cheese and other French luxury goods.

“Look, I’m not in love with those companies — Facebook and Google and all of them, Twitter. Though I guess I do well with Twitter,” Trump said Tuesday from a NATO summit in London. “But they’re our companies, they’re American companies. I want to tax those companies. They’re not going to be taxed by France.”

“I’m not going to let people take advantage of American companies. Because if anyone’s going to take advantage of the American companies it’s going to be us,” he added.

— CNBC’s Kayla Tausche contributed reporting.


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White House claims Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug-pricing bill would result in 100 fewer drugs over a decade

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s sweeping drug-pricing bill would result in as many as 100 fewer drugs hitting the U.S. market over the next decade, the White House claimed in a report Tuesday. The White House, citing an analysis from the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the executive office, also said Pelosi’s bill would lead to worse health outcomes and cost the U.S. economy $1 trillion per year over that time period. In October, the Congressional Budget Office, an indepen


Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s sweeping drug-pricing bill would result in as many as 100 fewer drugs hitting the U.S. market over the next decade, the White House claimed in a report Tuesday.
The White House, citing an analysis from the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the executive office, also said Pelosi’s bill would lead to worse health outcomes and cost the U.S. economy $1 trillion per year over that time period.
In October, the Congressional Budget Office, an indepen
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White House claims Speaker Nancy Pelosi's drug-pricing bill would result in 100 fewer drugs over a decade

The U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks over impeachment inquiry two days after the formal request during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s sweeping drug-pricing bill would result in as many as 100 fewer drugs hitting the U.S. market over the next decade, the White House claimed in a report Tuesday.

The White House, citing an analysis from the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the executive office, also said Pelosi’s bill would lead to worse health outcomes and cost the U.S. economy $1 trillion per year over that time period.

The report from the administration, which has some health policy analysts scratching their heads, suggests far greater consequences than other estimates for both the drug industry and American consumers if the bill is enacted.

The main thrust of Pelosi’s plan will allow the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower prices on the costliest drugs each year.

In October, the Congressional Budget Office, an independent agency that reviews congressional spending, estimated Pelosi’s bill would produce $345 billion in savings if enacted. It also said the bill would lead to a reduction of eight to 15 new drugs entering the U.S. market. That’s because pharmaceutical companies would make less revenue under the rules, resulting in them cutting R&D spending for new drugs, the CBO said.

However, the White House suggested Tuesday that the CBO was wrong in its analysis and said other studies may show that Pelosi’s bill may have far greater consequences for American consumers.

Pelosi’s bill “may share the Trump Administration’s first goal of lowering prices, but the threat it poses to continued medical innovation will harm American patients in ways that far outweigh any benefits,” the White House said in a blog post.


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China’s latest tactic: Call America racist

Of all the angry responses to President Trump’s decision to sign bills supporting the Hong Kong protest movement, the oddest one of all is an online campaign to label America as racist. But what really stands out is the timing, coming just a few hours after President Trump’s signing of the Hong Kong bill. It’s just too hard for them to retreat from any position that decries racism in America. When you think about the racism debate in America Zhao isn’t clutching at a wedge issue, he’s tapping in


Of all the angry responses to President Trump’s decision to sign bills supporting the Hong Kong protest movement, the oddest one of all is an online campaign to label America as racist.
But what really stands out is the timing, coming just a few hours after President Trump’s signing of the Hong Kong bill.
It’s just too hard for them to retreat from any position that decries racism in America.
When you think about the racism debate in America Zhao isn’t clutching at a wedge issue, he’s tapping in
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China's latest tactic: Call America racist

Of all the angry responses to President Trump’s decision to sign bills supporting the Hong Kong protest movement, the oddest one of all is an online campaign to label America as racist.

It’s coming straight from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the form of Lijian Zhao’s Twitter feed. Zhao is the deputy director general at the ministry’s Information Department, so this is obviously an officially sanctioned move by Beijing.

Early Thanksgiving morning, Zhao launched into a six-part tweet thread listing accusations and data about racial disparities in the U.S., with a shot at President Trump for added measure.

Zhao’s personal reflections stand out strongly in the midst of his usual heavy flow of retweets of official Chinese government statements. But what really stands out is the timing, coming just a few hours after President Trump’s signing of the Hong Kong bill. It couldn’t be much clearer that Beijing is hoping to dilute the impact of a rare bipartisan effort by Congress and the Trump administration to highlight China’s human rights abuses.

On first glance, this may seem like a pretty brilliant plan. Zhao’s twitter comments very closely mirror the American left’s long-running complaints about racism in this country. He was even shrewd enough to add references to mass shootings and President Trump’s controversial comments against the so-called “squad” of four freshman female congresswomen who are each members of racial minority communities.

Choosing racism as the wedge issue seems wise. While it would be foolish for anyone to discount the still very strong currents of racism in American society, there is a strong debate among respected leaders of both sides of the aisle about just how severe the racial divide is.

Anyone who doubts the perception of racism in this country isn’t very strong just needs to look at the still-developing Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. Even after the evidence showed that Smollett staged a purported racial attack against himself, most politicians who supported him haven’t rescinded their public comments in support of Smollett that were filled with angry arguments about racism and President Trump. It’s not that those politicians still believe Smollett was really attacked. It’s just too hard for them to retreat from any position that decries racism in America. When you think about the racism debate in America Zhao isn’t clutching at a wedge issue, he’s tapping into a live wire.

But will it work?

The tactic has a mixed and disputed record of success. When the U.S. started a massive military buildup under President Reagan in the 1980s, the USSR promoted videos of homeless people in America as a way to tap into the left’s opposition to defense spending at the perceived expense of spending to help the poor. But none of that stopped the Reagan policy and that U.S. military buildup that Moscow couldn’t keep up with was a key factor in ending the Cold War.

Going further back in history, imperial Japan adopted a campaign that mixed promoting Depression-era complaints about U.S. economic inequality along with a healthy dose of 1930s American isolationism in hopes of discouraging U.S. troops during World War II. The most notorious mouthpiece for that effort was a woman nicknamed “Tokyo Rose,” who was actually an American-born citizen of Japanese descent who was living in Japan during the war. The Japanese quickly recognized her and her American accent as an invaluable propaganda resource, and she eventually became the host of a radio show broadcast across the Pacific that mixed taunts, anti-war commentary, and popular music. The effort backfired, as most historians found that American GIs simply found her show to be a welcome diversion from the monotony of wartime duty.

Despite these past failures, Zhao can be forgiven for thinking this effort to bring the racism divide into the mix could tilt the U.S.-China human rights and trade disputes in Beijing’s favor. A key wildcard now is that the U.S. is much more divided on partisan lines than it was in the Reagan era or World War II.

It’s also a presidential election year, where two of President Trump’s Democratic rivals have already sent multiple signals that they’d be more dovish with China. Joe Biden has repeatedly slammed the Trump trade policy and has even said that China is not in competition with the U.S. Mike Bloomberg recently said that China is not a dictatorship and its Communist Party is “listening to the people on matters like environmentalism. If Biden and Bloomberg want to improve their poll numbers with minority Democrats, clinging to complaints about the racial divide could be a winning formula.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-11-29  Authors: jake novak
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Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to US troops in Afghanistan in his first trip to country

U.S. President Donald Trump eats dinner with U.S. troops at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. Trump landed at Bagram Airfield and served Thanksgiving dinner to service members before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Trump’s visit to Afghanistan is his first to the country, but the second time he has visited U.S. troops in a warzone during his presidency. At this point in his presidency, President Barack Obama had


U.S. President Donald Trump eats dinner with U.S. troops at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, November 28, 2019.
Trump landed at Bagram Airfield and served Thanksgiving dinner to service members before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Trump’s visit to Afghanistan is his first to the country, but the second time he has visited U.S. troops in a warzone during his presidency.
At this point in his presidency, President Barack Obama had
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Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to US troops in Afghanistan in his first trip to country

U.S. President Donald Trump eats dinner with U.S. troops at a Thanksgiving dinner event during a surprise visit at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

President Donald Trump traveled to Afghanistan for the first time to visit U.S. troops during the Thanksgiving holiday, where he met with the Afghan president and raised hopes of a ceasefire with the Taliban.

Trump landed at Bagram Airfield and served Thanksgiving dinner to service members before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He then addressed 1,500 troops representing all services in a hanger.

Trump said the U.S. is “substantially” drawing down its troop numbers in the country, though he did not provide specifics. The president said the Afghan Taliban wants to make a deal and he believes they want a ceasefire.

Trump has repeatedly said he wants to reduce troop numbers in Afghanistan, where the U.S. has fought the longest war in its history. American service members first deployed to Afghanistan in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

The conflict has spanned three administrations, cost the lives of at least 2,218 U.S. service members and left 20,091 wounded in action, according to the Defense Department.

The president’s visit comes one week after the Taliban freed two Western hostages, American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks. The American University professors had been held for more than three years.

In September, Trump abruptly cancelled peace talks with the Taliban after the insurgent group claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people. The president had planned a secret meeting with the Taliban’s major leaders at Camp David before calling it off.

Trump’s visit to Afghanistan is his first to the country, but the second time he has visited U.S. troops in a warzone during his presidency. He and first lady Melania Trump made an unannounced post-Christmas visit to Iraq to meet with political and military personnel last year.

The president’s Iraq trip came on the heels of his sudden decision to withdraw American ground forces from Syria, which prompted then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis to hand in his resignation. Mattis’ shock departure was mourned by lawmakers of both parties who saw him as a stabilizing figure within the Trump administration.

At the time, Trump said he had “no plans at all” to remove the more 5,000 U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq. But he defended his decision to withdraw the nearly 2,000 troops in Syria, saying, “A lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking.”

At this point in his presidency, President Barack Obama had visited troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. President George W. Bush visited Iraq eight months after the start of the war in 2003.


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Yale’s Stephen Roach says US manufacturers won’t move out of China so easily

SINGAPORE — U.S. companies aren’t likely to pack up their manufacturing operations in China and move them back home amid the trade war between Washington and Beijing, according to a prominent economist. That’s because supply chains are “very difficult to put together, and equally difficult to disentangle,” said Stephen Roach, a senior fellow at Yale University. Still, several American firms have made plans to diversify their production beyond China since the trade war started last year. But few


SINGAPORE — U.S. companies aren’t likely to pack up their manufacturing operations in China and move them back home amid the trade war between Washington and Beijing, according to a prominent economist.
That’s because supply chains are “very difficult to put together, and equally difficult to disentangle,” said Stephen Roach, a senior fellow at Yale University.
Still, several American firms have made plans to diversify their production beyond China since the trade war started last year.
But few
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Yale's Stephen Roach says US manufacturers won't move out of China so easily

SINGAPORE — U.S. companies aren’t likely to pack up their manufacturing operations in China and move them back home amid the trade war between Washington and Beijing, according to a prominent economist.

That’s because supply chains are “very difficult to put together, and equally difficult to disentangle,” said Stephen Roach, a senior fellow at Yale University.

Still, several American firms have made plans to diversify their production beyond China since the trade war started last year. But few have said they intend to completely leave China – or move all of their manufacturing back to the U.S. as President Donald Trump often says will happen.

“Clearly some components … part of the source can be pulled out of China and into other countries. But to take an iPhone and bring the iPhone back home, forget it, just not going to happen in a way that would provide affordable product for American users of that device,” Roach said at the Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific Summit in Singapore last week.


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American Express announces new reservation booking tool for Platinum and Centurion members

American Express is introducing a new reservation booking tool in the Amex mobile app. The new feature will allow Platinum® Card and Centurion members to search, book and manage reservations in one streamlined mobile experience. This new reservation booking tool is now available to a portion of Platinum Card® members and will be available to the broader Business Platinum®, Platinum® and Centurion card members in early 2020. When you dine at a restaurant booked through this tool, you’re not requi


American Express is introducing a new reservation booking tool in the Amex mobile app.
The new feature will allow Platinum® Card and Centurion members to search, book and manage reservations in one streamlined mobile experience.
This new reservation booking tool is now available to a portion of Platinum Card® members and will be available to the broader Business Platinum®, Platinum® and Centurion card members in early 2020.
When you dine at a restaurant booked through this tool, you’re not requi
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American Express announces new reservation booking tool for Platinum and Centurion members

American Express is introducing a new reservation booking tool in the Amex mobile app. The new feature will allow Platinum® Card and Centurion members to search, book and manage reservations in one streamlined mobile experience.

According to Amex, dining is the number-one request through the Platinum concierge and a top spending category for cardholders. As a result, the company has been rolling out numerous dining initiatives, such as the ongoing expansion of the Global Dining Collection and recent acquisitions of Resy, Pocket Concierge and Cake Technologies.

“Knowing how integrated digital is in our card members’ lives, we’re excited to provide our Platinum Card members access to reservations at more than 10,000 restaurants through this new capability in our mobile app. Our card members love to dine out and we’re constantly looking for new ways to connect them with restaurants they love, whether in their local city or across the globe,” Chris Cracchiolo, SVP of global loyalty and benefits at American Express tells CNBC Select.

This new reservation booking tool is now available to a portion of Platinum Card® members and will be available to the broader Business Platinum®, Platinum® and Centurion card members in early 2020.

Eligible cardholders can access reservations at over 10,000 restaurants worldwide from the Global Dining Collection, Resy platform, BookTable and SevenRooms. Participating restaurants include Gramercy Tavern (New York), STK (Los Angeles) and Chiltern Firehouse (London).

Card members can make multiple bookings per day, but will not be able to make multiple bookings at the same restaurant for the same day within the Amex mobile app. If you want to book additional reservations at the same restaurant, contact the Platinum Concierge via phone or mobile chat for assistance.

When you dine at a restaurant booked through this tool, you’re not required to pay with your American Express card. Some restaurants may require a credit card to hold the reservation, and you’ll be prompted to opt into linking your American Express card to the reservation.

Do you love dining out? Check out the best dining rewards credit cards and ways to maximize the rewards and perks you can earn on dining.


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