Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton — but Bolton says he ‘offered to resign’

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he fired national security advisor John Bolton, saying on Twitter that Bolton had “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” But minutes later, Bolton in his own tweet said he “offered to resign” Monday night — and that Trump told him, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.” “I offered to resign last night. NBC News, citing a White House spokesman, reported that deputy national security advisor Charles Kupperman has been appointed acting national security advi


President Donald Trump said Tuesday he fired national security advisor John Bolton, saying on Twitter that Bolton had “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” But minutes later, Bolton in his own tweet said he “offered to resign” Monday night — and that Trump told him, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.” “I offered to resign last night. NBC News, citing a White House spokesman, reported that deputy national security advisor Charles Kupperman has been appointed acting national security advi
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Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton — but Bolton says he 'offered to resign'

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he fired national security advisor John Bolton, saying on Twitter that Bolton had “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.”

But minutes later, Bolton in his own tweet said he “offered to resign” Monday night — and that Trump told him, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”

“I offered to resign last night. He never asked for it, directly or indirectly,” Bolton said in a later text to NBC News.

“I slept on it, and resigned this morning.”

Either way, the departure of Bolton, a hawk on Iran and North Korea, shocked Washington. The news sent crude oil future prices lower.

NBC News, citing a White House spokesman, reported that deputy national security advisor Charles Kupperman has been appointed acting national security advisor.

Bolton, who was named national security advisor to succeed H.R. McMaster in March 2018, is a harsh critic of Iran, and has advocated military strikes against that oil-rich nation.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told CNBC, when asked if Trump’s once-secret invitation to the Afghan Taliban to meet at Camp David for peace talks was the breaking point of his relationship with Bolton, said: “No — it was many, many issues.”


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Watch: Trump set to award Medal of Valor to officers who stopped Dayton gunman

L Brands’ ties to Jeffrey Epstein aren’t its only troublesOver the past year, the company has grappled with falling sales at Victoria’s Secret, as its board has been thrust into the spotlight following an activist campaign and…Retailread more


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‘Hundreds of other people could be implicated’ in Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell court documents

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors The 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising, with a Performance by Rod Stewart at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City. Still-secret court filings related to sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell could implicate “hundreds of other people,” Maxwell’s lawyer said Wednesday during a hearing. Preska asked the lawyers in federal court in Manhattan when she


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'Hundreds of other people could be implicated' in Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell court documents

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors The 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising, with a Performance by Rod Stewart at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2005 in New York City.

Still-secret court filings related to sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell could implicate “hundreds of other people,” Maxwell’s lawyer said Wednesday during a hearing.

But finding out who they are will take some time.

Maxwell’s lawyer and an attorney for women who claim Epstein, a financier, sexually abused them told U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska they have not agreed how the documents should be unsealed.

Preska was clearly irritated with their lack of progress on the documents, which are part of a defamation lawsuit that one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, filed several years ago against Maxwell, a British socialite.

The case files are known to contain claims by Giuffre that she was sexually abused by “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister and other world leaders.”

“Did you people not talk about this?” Preska asked the lawyers in federal court in Manhattan when she was told there was no plan in place for reviewing the documents.

Preska ended the hearing with a tentative plan to have the attorneys take the next two weeks to hash out a process for categorizing the thousands of pages of sealed documents.

After that, the lawyers would have a week to designate which group of documents should be unsealed first, with a rolling week-to-week process thereafter to evaluate the material and argue over how much or how little should be disclosed publicly.

There could be up to 10 categories for the documents.

Jeffrey Pagliuca, a lawyer for Maxwell, said the sealed documents include “literally hundreds of pages of investigative reports that mention hundreds of people.”

“There are hundreds of other people who could be implicated” in the documents, Pagliuca said.

Pagliuca said he wanted a month or so to determine which documents go in which categories.

Preska rejected that idea.

“You know we got to get this done,” the judge said.

The hearing came nearly a month after Epstein killed himself in jail while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges related to his alleged abused of dozens of underage girls from 2002 through 2005 at his luxurious properties in New York City and in Palm Beach, Florida.

The financier was a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, and Britain’s Prince Andrew. He had pleaded not guilty in the case, in which prosecutors had claimed his abuse was abetted by unidentified conspirators who helped provide him with a stream of young girls and women to satisfy his sexual obsessions.

Prosecutors have said they are continuing to investigate the case, leaving open the prospect that others could be criminally charged.


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Former Defense Secretary James Mattis says he’ll ‘speak out’ about Trump policies ‘when the time’s right’

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Former Defense Secretary James Mattis says he'll 'speak out' about Trump policies 'when the time's right'

US President Donald Trump speaks as Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) looks on during a meeting with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on October 5, 2017.

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who has declined numerous opportunities to criticize President Donald Trump’s policies since leaving his Cabinet post, said Tuesday he may not stay silent forever.

In a conversation with Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, Mattis said that “when the time’s right to speak out about policy or strategy, I’ll speak out.”

Mattis stepped down in December. His letter of resignation cited his disagreements on policy grounds with the president, explaining his “core belief” that “our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships.”

Trump has “a right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned” with his own, Mattis wrote.

On Tuesday, Mattis unpacked his commitment to keeping mum on the Trump administration.

“I don’t believe that if you leave an administration over a matter of policy — and I made that clear in the letter — that you then get out and start talking,” Mattis said, “and what we commonly call a ‘kiss-and-tell’ now, I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.”

He added that he didn’t want to make things “more difficult” for officials still in the administration by commenting from “the cheap seats, not responsible for anything.”

And he pushed back on the the president’s detractors, who have pressured Mattis to speak out against Trump as a matter of responsibility or principle. “I’ve led a responsible life. I know what responsibility is,” Mattis said.

He continued: “It’s not the right place for the defense establishment to be dictating or somehow influencing, I think, the political associations, the political qualifications of people.”

“I’ve got a lot of trust in the American people. I don’t lose sleep over the American people,” he said.

The general’s new book, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,” released Tuesday, also does not include any attacks on the president. Mattis said the book had been in the works years before he joined Trump’s Cabinet.

“I’ve frustrated everyone so far,” Mattis joked at one point.

In a clip from an interview with CNN, to be aired Tuesday evening, Mattis made a similar argument.

“They have big responsibilities right now,” Mattis said, “and I don’t believe that I add anything to it by representing contrary views or something like that.”

But “there’ll come a time when it’s right for me to talk about strategy and policy,” he added. Asked when that might be, Mattis said, “I will know it when I see it.”

When pressed to say if that time might come before the 2020 presidential election, Mattis said, “I can’t say that.”

Before he retired as a four-star general in 2013, Mattis had led U.S. Central Command, which directs military operations and oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Trump says the US wasn’t involved in apparent launch pad explosion in Iran

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing the White House en route West Virginia in Washington, July 24, 2019. VIENNA — President Donald Trump on Friday insisted that the U.S. had nothing to do with the apparent launch pad explosion of an Iranian rocket. Trump’s denial also included what looked to be an aerial photograph of the launch site, complete with graphics and annotations describing the scene. “The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident du


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Trump says the US wasn't involved in apparent launch pad explosion in Iran

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing the White House en route West Virginia in Washington, July 24, 2019.

VIENNA — President Donald Trump on Friday insisted that the U.S. had nothing to do with the apparent launch pad explosion of an Iranian rocket.

Trump’s denial also included what looked to be an aerial photograph of the launch site, complete with graphics and annotations describing the scene.

A U.S. defense official told CNBC that the picture in Trump’s tweet, which appeared to be a snapshot of a physical copy of the satellite image, was included in a Friday intelligence briefing.

Experts told CNBC that the shot was likely never meant for public view.

“The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran,” Trump said in a tweet Friday afternoon.

“I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One,” he added.

Speaking to reporters before departing the White House Friday, Trump said he had the right to release the photo.

Trump’s comments on Twitter came on the heels of what appeared to be a failed rocket launch at a space center in northern Iran a day earlier.

It wasn’t clear whom the president was responding to, or whether the U.S. had otherwise been accused of having a hand in the seeming blow-up at the launch site. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon immediately provided a response to CNBC’s inquiries.

“I think it is extremely unlikely that the U.S. had anything to do with the explosion. And it’s a monumentally bad idea to hint that we might have,” said Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear weapons expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.


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Trump says tariffs on Chinese goods are still set to go into effect on Sunday

President Donald Trump on Friday said that tariffs on Chinese goods are still set to go into effect Sunday despite facing backlash from a number of companies. The U.S. government will begin collecting 15% tariffs on $112 billion in Chinese imports starting Sept. 1. Speaking to reporters before departing the White House Friday evening, Trump said a meeting on trade between U.S. and Chinese officials set for September was still scheduled. Trump also said U.S. officials are currently having convers


President Donald Trump on Friday said that tariffs on Chinese goods are still set to go into effect Sunday despite facing backlash from a number of companies. The U.S. government will begin collecting 15% tariffs on $112 billion in Chinese imports starting Sept. 1. Speaking to reporters before departing the White House Friday evening, Trump said a meeting on trade between U.S. and Chinese officials set for September was still scheduled. Trump also said U.S. officials are currently having convers
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Trump says tariffs on Chinese goods are still set to go into effect on Sunday

President Donald Trump on Friday said that tariffs on Chinese goods are still set to go into effect Sunday despite facing backlash from a number of companies.

The U.S. government will begin collecting 15% tariffs on $112 billion in Chinese imports starting Sept. 1.

Speaking to reporters before departing the White House Friday evening, Trump said a meeting on trade between U.S. and Chinese officials set for September was still scheduled. Trump also said U.S. officials are currently having conversations with their Chinese counterparts on trade.

Chinese and U.S. trade negotiating teams are maintaining effective communication, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The tariff war now involves hundreds of billions of dollars of each country’s goods and threatens global economic growth. Uncertainty about when or how it could end has roiled markets and complicated corporations’ long-term investment plans.

More than 160 industry groups have written a letter to the president, asking him to postpone the tariff increase on Chinese goods scheduled to take place this year.


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Trump reportedly promised pardons to aides who break the law to build border wall by 2020 election

Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along America’s southern border was a defining feature of his 2016 presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. In a July tweet, Trump said it was “Fake News” to suggest no “new” wall had been built. CNN reported months earlier that Trump told Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan that he would be pardoned if he were found to have broken immigration laws. An anonymous White House official told the newspaper that the presid


Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along America’s southern border was a defining feature of his 2016 presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. In a July tweet, Trump said it was “Fake News” to suggest no “new” wall had been built. CNN reported months earlier that Trump told Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan that he would be pardoned if he were found to have broken immigration laws. An anonymous White House official told the newspaper that the presid
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Trump reportedly promised pardons to aides who break the law to build border wall by 2020 election

New bollard-style U.S.-Mexico border fencing is seen next to vehicle barriers in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, March 5, 2019.

President Donald Trump has told his officials to take new measures in a redoubled effort to build his long-promised border wall before the 2020 election — and has assured that he will issue pardons if his aides have to break laws to get the project done, according to The Washington Post.

Current and former officials involved in the project told the newspaper that Trump has directed his officials to seize private land along the U.S.-Mexico border, ignore environmental regulations and quickly approve billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts.

Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along America’s southern border was a defining feature of his 2016 presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. He repeatedly claimed that Mexico would pay for the entire infrastructure project, and maintained that stance as president — even as he allowed the government to shut down in December after Democrats pushed back on a $5.7 billion proposal to fund it.

Those funds would have only built about 234 miles of wall, according to a Jan. 6 letter from the Office of Management and Budget — far less than Trump has said he wants to build.

At that time, Trump claimed the wall would be finished in two years. But experts have said that the project could take more than a decade to complete, and could cost tens of billions of dollars.

The president has asserted as recently as this month that the wall “is under major construction.” But of the nearly 2,000-mile border, only about 60 miles of barrier have been built, and all as a “replacement” for aging structures that had already been built, the Post reported.

In a July tweet, Trump said it was “Fake News” to suggest no “new” wall had been built.

“When an old Wall at the Southern Border, that is crumbling and falling over, built in an important section to keep out problems, is replaced with a brand new 30 foot high steel and concrete Wall, the Media says no new Wall has been built,” he complained. “Building lots of Wall!”

Trump has held regular meetings to try to speed up the project, and has waved off worries about possible legal violations, suggesting he would pardon officials who pushed forward regardless, according to the Post.

“Don’t worry, I’ll pardon you,” he reportedly said in response to legal concerns about the use of eminent domain and contracting procedures.

CNN reported months earlier that Trump told Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan that he would be pardoned if he were found to have broken immigration laws. McAleenan is scheduled to travel to El Salvador on Wednesday to discuss immigration issues, according to a Homeland Security Department press release.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the Post’s report. But deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley, in a statement to the newspaper, said Trump “promised to secure our border with sane, rational immigration policies to make American communities safer, and that’s happening everywhere the wall is being built.”

The reported criticisms, Gidley said, are “just more fabrications by people who hate the fact the status quo, that has crippled this country for decades, is finally changing as President Trump is moving quicker than anyone in history to build the wall, secure the border and enact the very immigration policies the American people voted for.”

An anonymous White House official told the newspaper that the president is just joking when he makes such statements about pardons.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper reportedly approved the construction of 20 more miles of border wall Tuesday.

Read the full report from The Washington Post.


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Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race

Gillibrand had positioned herself as a progressive and the strongest advocate for women’s issues among the Democratic field, which at its peak included two dozen presidential candidates. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., dropped out of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday, ending a campaign weighed down by fundraising problems and a lack of public support. She sold her 2006 win in a Republican-held district as evidence that she could garner bipartisan support in a presidential election. Though Gi


Gillibrand had positioned herself as a progressive and the strongest advocate for women’s issues among the Democratic field, which at its peak included two dozen presidential candidates. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., dropped out of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday, ending a campaign weighed down by fundraising problems and a lack of public support. She sold her 2006 win in a Republican-held district as evidence that she could garner bipartisan support in a presidential election. Though Gi
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Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race

Senator Kristen Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, listens during a news conference on the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., July 18, 2019.

She also touted her staunch opposition to President Donald Trump, having voted against more of Trump’s nominees than any Democrat in the Senate.

Gillibrand had positioned herself as a progressive and the strongest advocate for women’s issues among the Democratic field, which at its peak included two dozen presidential candidates.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., dropped out of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday, ending a campaign weighed down by fundraising problems and a lack of public support. Gillibrand’s decision to drop out of the race comes after she failed to qualify for the third Democratic debate on Sept. 12 in Houston.

But the contrast between Gillibrand’s progressive platform and her past conservative views as a U.S. representative in upstate New York gave her critics ammunition.

She sold her 2006 win in a Republican-held district as evidence that she could garner bipartisan support in a presidential election. But at the time, she ran as a fiscally conservative, pro-gun Democrat who was reportedly against “amnesty for illegal immigrants.” In 2018, she said she was “embarrassed ” about her past positions and that they were “wrong. ”

Gillibrand didn’t officially launch her campaign until March, but she announced in January on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that she would run for the White House.

“I’m going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own,” she told Colbert.

Gillibrand received national attention when she became the first Democrat in the Senate to call on former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to step down amid allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women. More than two dozen Senate Democrats followed suit, and Franken quickly vacated his seat while denying most of the allegations against him. Some in the party later resented Gillibrand’s outspoken condemnation of her colleague.

Though Gillibrand had $10 million left over from her 2018 Senate run, she struggled to raise money for her presidential campaign.

The list of donors she had amassed evaporated following her announcement in January, The New York Times reported. And despite her head start on outreach to big-money donors, her quarterly fundraising numbers were lackluster: Gillibrand posted $3 million in the first fiscal quarter, placing her near the bottom of the pack. She raised $2.3 million in the following quarter.

Gillibrand’s campaign never gained traction, according to national polls. The RealClearPolitics rolling average, for instance, show Gillibrand mostly below 2% support throughout 2019.


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Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers highly ‘skeptical’ of suicide ruling, say he wasn’t ‘despairing, despondent’ before death

Weingarten told the judge that when he and other defense attorneys spoke to Epstein shortly before his death “we did not see a despairing, despondent, suicidal person.” “We’re skeptical of the certitude” of the finding of suicide by hanging by the New York City medical examiner, the lawyer said. There are “significant doubts” regarding “the conclusion of suicide,” Weingarten said. But Maurene Comey, a federal prosecutor, told Berman that Epstein’s death was already the subject of “an ongoing and


Weingarten told the judge that when he and other defense attorneys spoke to Epstein shortly before his death “we did not see a despairing, despondent, suicidal person.” “We’re skeptical of the certitude” of the finding of suicide by hanging by the New York City medical examiner, the lawyer said. There are “significant doubts” regarding “the conclusion of suicide,” Weingarten said. But Maurene Comey, a federal prosecutor, told Berman that Epstein’s death was already the subject of “an ongoing and
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Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers highly 'skeptical' of suicide ruling, say he wasn't 'despairing, despondent' before death

A defense lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein on Tuesday expressed deep skepticism that the wealthy financier died by hanging himself in a Manhattan federal jail while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges, as a medical examiner has ruled.

The injuries suffered by Epstein are “far more consistent with assault” than suicide, the lawyer, Reid Weingarten, told Judge Richard Berman in U.S. District Court in Manhattan during a hearing.

Weingarten cited the defense’s own medical sources. Broken bones were found in Epstein’s neck during an autopsy after he died Aug. 10.

Such fractures are somewhat more common in cases of strangulation than in hanging.

Weingarten told the judge that when he and other defense attorneys spoke to Epstein shortly before his death “we did not see a despairing, despondent, suicidal person.”

Weingarten’s comments came during a proceeding where prosecutors were seeking the dismissal of child sex trafficking charges against the Epstein as a result of his death.

More than 20 alleged victims of Epstein spoke or had statements read during the hearing.

Another Epstein lawyer, Martin Weinberg, told Berman that the defense team had prepared a “significant” motion to dismiss the case, and that the lawyers were not approaching the case with a “futile, defeatist attitude.”

Weingarten said Berman had a “pivotal role to find out what happened.”

“We want the court to help us find out what happened,” Weingarten said.

“We’re skeptical of the certitude” of the finding of suicide by hanging by the New York City medical examiner, the lawyer said.

There are “significant doubts” regarding “the conclusion of suicide,” Weingarten said.

But Maurene Comey, a federal prosecutor, told Berman that Epstein’s death was already the subject of “an ongoing and active grand jury investigation.”

“It is not the purview, respectfully, of the court to conduct an investigation into uncharged matters,” Comey said.

The focus of the hearing, she added, should be to allow Epstein’s accusers to be heard “and to bring this case to a close.”

However, Epstein’s lawyers argued that there was legal precedent for the court to investigate Epstein’s death.

And some of the victims’ lawyers also suggested that a court-led investigation might be appropriate.

“If there is jurisdiction … it would increase the confidence” to have the court “oversee the investigation,” said Gloria Allred, the high-profile attorney who introduced new alleged victims of Epstein at the hearing.

Epstein, 66, was a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and other celebrities, whom he entertained at his luxurious residences on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Palm Beach, Florida, and on a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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Trump says he’s ordering American companies to immediately start looking for an alternative to China

President Donald Trump on Friday said he was ordering U.S. companies to “immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.” Trump also said he was ordering all U.S. postal carriers, including FedEx, Amazon, UPS and United States Post Office, “to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!).” And Trump said he will respond this afternoon to China’s newest round of tariffs on U.S. good


President Donald Trump on Friday said he was ordering U.S. companies to “immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.” Trump also said he was ordering all U.S. postal carriers, including FedEx, Amazon, UPS and United States Post Office, “to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!).” And Trump said he will respond this afternoon to China’s newest round of tariffs on U.S. good
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-08-23  Authors: kevin breuninger
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Trump says he's ordering American companies to immediately start looking for an alternative to China

President Donald Trump on Friday said he was ordering U.S. companies to “immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

Trump also said he was ordering all U.S. postal carriers, including FedEx, Amazon, UPS and United States Post Office, “to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!).”

And Trump said he will respond this afternoon to China’s newest round of tariffs on U.S. goods.

The White House did not immediately respond when asked if the announcement, delivered in a four-part Twitter thread Friday morning, constituted an official order from the president.

It was not immediately clear how, or under what authority, the president could implement these declared orders, or whether he had already done so.

Stocks sank to session lows shortly after Trump’s tweets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 435 points, or 1.6%, while the S&P 500 slid 1.7% and the Nasdaq Composite dove 2%.

In a statement, UPS said that it “follows all applicable laws and administrative orders of the governments in the countries where we do business. We work closely with regulatory authorities to monitor for prohibited substances.”

FedEx also responded: “FedEx already has extensive security measures in place to prevent the use of our networks for illegal purposes. We follow the laws and regulations everywhere we do business and have a long history of close cooperation with authorities.”

Amazon and the Postal Service were not immediately available for comment.

Trump’s tweets followed another missive against Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell, who had just pledged to “act as appropriate” to sustain the U.S. economy amid the “deteriorating” global economic outlook.

In an apparent response, Trump tweeted: “Who is our bigger enemy,” Powell or Chinese President Xi Jinping?


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-08-23  Authors: kevin breuninger
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