The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes gamble on new China tariffs

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Trump tariffs take effect | Trump defends move: 'No need to rush trade deal' | US, China talks resume in DC | Tariffs pose economic risk for Trump | GOP divided over Trump Jr. subpoena | McConnell tells Trump not to worry | Giuliani pushes Ukraine on probes that could help Trump | How an alliance with Ocasio-Cortez could boost Sanders | New dinosaur with bat-like wings discovered

  

TALK OF THE MORNING

So hike them up, up, up, hike them up, up, up

--> http://bit.ly/2PZmUHp ;)

 

 

Trump serenades the crowd with the altered Fall Out Boy hit song. ;)

 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE followed through on his threat to hike tariffs on Chinese goods, effective at midnight last night. http://bit.ly/2PYAYkl

The tariffs: "U.S. Customs and Border Protection raised duties from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of imports from China despite Chinese negotiators beginning talks in Washington on Thursday." 

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Happening in Washington: Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinGOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown Schiff blasts DOJ over memo on withholding Trump tax returns MORE negotiated in Washington yesterday. They are scheduled to meet again today. http://bit.ly/2vMvH6m

 

HERE'S A LIST OF AFFECTED PRODUCTS:

http://bit.ly/2Jv6TYA

 

HOW THE NEW TARIFFS POSE A RISK FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP:

http://bit.ly/2Hd8EYR

 

REACTION FROM CHINA -- GAME ON:

Via Reuters' David Lawder and Yawen Chen, China has vowed to retaliate against the tariff hikes. https://reut.rs/2VXYC61

This morning from Trump -- OK, hear me out:

This morning, President Trump defended the new tariffs on China, saying there is "no need to rush" a trade deal. http://bit.ly/2Hc374F

The first of Trump's tweets: "Tariffs will bring in FAR MORE wealth to our Country than even a phenomenal deal of the traditional kind. Also, much easier & quicker to do. Our Farmers will do better, faster, and starving nations can now be helped. Waivers on some products will be granted, or go to new source!" http://bit.ly/30bQaPW

Read Trump's full explanation: http://bit.ly/2vS59Rg

 

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

This is totally how the season of the Netflix drama would end:

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiPelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report Pelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report Giuliani evokes Joseph McCarthy in criticism of Pelosi MORE is traveling to Ukraine in the next few days to meet with the president-elect. https://nyti.ms/2E0EO83

Why: To push for investigations that could help President Trump

 

^ Which investigations:

-- "One is the origin of the special counsel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election." 

-- "The other is the involvement of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch." 

Why this is pretty crazy to think about: "Giuliani's plans create the remarkable scene of a lawyer for the president of the United States pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that Mr. Trump's allies hope could help him in his re-election campaign. And it comes after Mr. Trump spent more than half of his term facing questions about whether his 2016 campaign conspired with a foreign power."

Giuliani told The New York Times: "We're not meddling in an election, we're meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do." 

Giuliani elaborated: "There's nothing illegal about it. Somebody could say it's improper. And this isn't foreign policy -- I'm asking them to do an investigation that they're doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I'm going to give them reasons why they shouldn't stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government."

Read the full report from The New York Times's Kenneth P. Vogel: https://nyti.ms/2E0EO83

  

LATEST WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION

So many people are fighting over Don Jr.:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney, "Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Tillis dodges primary challenge in NC MORE's surprise decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Lieu trolls Trump with 'warning' to foreign powers on office door MORE has set off an internal fight among Senate Republicans, some of whom are now pressing the North Carolina Republican to back off the request." http://bit.ly/2JE7APx

What Republicans against the subpoena argue: They argue that Trump Jr. has spent enough time testifying before Congress and the Russia investigation should be closed after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report. 

Reaction from President Trump: Trump said yesterday that he was "very surprised" by the subpoena. In Trump's words: "Frankly for my son, after being exonerated, to now get a subpoena to go again and speak again after close to 20 hours of telling everybody that would listen about a nothing meeting, yeah I'm surprised." http://bit.ly/2VeKfpu

  

This morning from Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown Jon Stewart slams McConnell over 9/11 victim fund MORE -- fah-get about it:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged President Trump "not to worry" about the Senate Intelligence Committee's decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. http://bit.ly/2WvLl1A

McConnell told WHAS Radio in Kentucky: "I know the president's upset about that, but I think he ought not to worry about it. The chairman of the Intelligence Committee has already said the committee when it reports will find no collusion."

 

TIDBIT -- WHICH 2020 DEMS SAID THEY'VE READ THE FULL 448-PAGE MUELLER REPORT:

"Eight of the 22 Democrats we reached out to responded to BuzzFeed News; some say they've read the entire report, while others say they've read summaries and that they're waiting for the release of the unredacted report before they read it." http://bit.ly/2VWFm8Y 

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Smart move, Bernie. Smart move:
Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Trump cites Ocasio-Cortez to defend himself against impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.) joined with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday to propose new restraints on predatory lenders -- and she may boost his 2020 prospects, too." http://bit.ly/2Jv04Gs

Keep in mind: AOC was an organizer for Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign.

How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2Jv04Gs

AOC has harsh words for the House subway:

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Red Socks. Makes sense:

 

 

Wow, this is pretty cool:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2vV0vBH 

 

ON TAP

The House is in. The Senate is out until Monday. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

11:15 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House.

11:45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with representatives from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

3 p.m. EDT Monday: The Senate returns. The Senate's full schedule: http://bit.ly/2VSCABx

Sunday: Mother's Day. 

  

WHAT TO WATCH

1 p.m. EDT: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Trump steadfast in denials as support for impeachment grows MORE (D-N.Y.) campaigns in Goffstown, N.H. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2VenG4l

4:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report White House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report Trump compares Melania to Jackie Kennedy: 'We have our own Jackie O' MORE participate in the celebration of military mothers in the East Room of the White House. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2VymyxH

7 p.m. EDT: Presidential candidate John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE campaigns in Hollis, N.H. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2vOp1EG

8 p.m. EDT Monday: A server from the D.C. restaurant Stoney's will be on the Bachelorette. Details from PoPville: http://bit.ly/2DZcdQs

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Shrimp Day.

 

Omg the photo on this story:

Via CNN's Katie Hunt, "A new species of dinosaur with bat-like wings has been discovered in China, shedding light on the origin of flight and how dinosaurs evolved into birds." https://cnn.it/2WFxSoc

  

Bears.:

Via ABC News, a man captured video of two black bears fighting in his back yard. Watch -- yikeshttp://bit.ly/2Ha3Ovk

 

And to get your weekend off to an entertaining start, here's a puppy trying to figure out the mechanics of playing with a tennis ball: http://bit.ly/2VZgI7C