Donald Trump threatens $267bn more tariffs on Chinese goods

Fresh package is ‘ready to go’ as $200bn batch nears and Apple warns the trade war will make its products more expensive

Donald Trump has warned that he has a new tranche of tariffs covering virtually all Chinese goods entering the US ready to go, as Apple warned that the US-China trade war will make its products more expensive for American consumers.

A package of tariffs worth $200bn is close to being imposed on Chinese imports to the US and Trump’s latest suggested round – which would be worth $267bn – would sharply escalate Trump’s trade war with China.

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How Cory Booker’s Failed “Spartacus” Moment Made Brett Kavanaugh Look Like A Star

During Thursday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker held the proceedings hostage with a dramatic display over the release a 12-page email conversation between Kavanaugh and several other people with the subject “racial profiling.” 

The email in question was part of a massive Monday night document dump from a Bush administration lawyer, hours before Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings began. 

The Democratic Senator huffed and puffed and blew hot air all over the chamber – claiming “this is the closest I’ll get to an “I am Spartacus’ moment” – adding “I am right now before your process is finished, I am going to release the email about racial profiling and I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate.”

Booker’s bloviating frustrated other Senators – as Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked him: “How many times you going to tell us that?” 

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) admonished Booker as well, telling Booker – a 2020 Democratic hopeful: “Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate,” adding “This is no different from the senator deciding to release classified information. … That is irresponsible and outrageous.”

This was Booker’s moment, where he would reveal Judge Kavanaugh as a conservative racist… except Booker apparently didn’t read, or understand the email.

After Booker released the emails, pundits and politicians alike rushed to digest the 12-page “bombshell” – only to discover that booker chose an incredibly stupid hill to die on.

In the 2002 email discussing airline security after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Kavanaugh wrote that he “generally favored” race-neutral security measures, adding that his colleagues would need to “grapple” with “the interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented” in order to prevent another terrorist attack. 

Kavanaugh wrote that the “interim question” is of “critical importance to the security of the airlines and American people in the next 6 months or so, especially given Al Qaeda’s track record of timing between terrorist incidents.”

As the Washington Examiner noted Thursday, the emails were a “total dud,” as they “don’t show Kavanaugh cheerleading racist tacticsQuite the opposite, actually.”

As Booker considers his 2020 run for President, he might consider having competent attorneys review and translate any complicated emails with dog-whistle titles before he cuts off his nose to spite his face.

Mattis To Spicer: “I’ve Killed People For A Living. Call Me Again, I’m Going To F**king Send You To Afghanistan”

We previously chronicled a number of the more explosive of Washington Post editor Bob Woodward’s strategically “leaked” excerpts from his upcoming book about the Trump administration earlier this week. 

In response to the allegations, Trump unleashed a string of tweets Tuesday and Wednesday slamming the allegations as false and libelous. Woodward’s book – titled “Fear” – includes a number of wild and seemingly tailor-made to fit the headlines type anecdotes. 

But amidst some of the more bombshell claims currently driving national media attention are some hidden and “minor” nuggets which nevertheless reveal hilarious interactions between current and former administration officials and staffers. 

A notable one that stands out is now subject of this hilarious viral tweetMattis to Spicer: “I’ve killed people for a living. If you call me again, I’m going to fucking send you to Afghanistan”.

The passage was revealed by White House Associated Press journalist Zeke Miller, who got an early glimpse of the book. 

The passage details a particular moment in which Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis unleashed on former White House press secretary Sean Spicer after the latter badgered the general to appear on more television shows

Mattis is said to have an aversion to TV appearances, and has only made a single appearance on a network show since Trump took the oval.

That one appearance, in a May 2017 Face the Nation segment resulted in prior Mattis one-liners such as when he told the host John Dickerson that nothing kept him awake at night, but that “I keep other people awake at night.”

Perhaps Mattis did manage to scare a somewhat pesky Spicer who apparently kept urging him to go on Sunday morning talk shows. Mattis said “no” a number of times prior to the moment his patience wore thin. 

“Sean,” Mattis said, according to the excerpt of the book, Fear“I’ve killed people for a living. If you call me again, I’m going to fucking send you to Afghanistan. Are we clear?”

Meanwhile Mattis has adamantly denied some of the more scandalous alleged incidents detailed in the book: “The idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true,” said Kelly, who stated further that Woodward’s book is “another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes.”

While it could be that much of the book will be subject of thorough debunking, especially when the public gets their hands on copies, the Mattis “I’m going to fucking send you to Afghanistan” is definitely a keeper.