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



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President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE followed through on his threat to hike tariffs on Chinese goods, effective at midnight last night.

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." 


Happening in Washington: Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerOn The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports Chinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week Democrats push judge for quick action on Trump tax returns lawsuit Five key players in Trump's trade battles MORE negotiated in Washington yesterday. They are scheduled to meet again today.







Via Reuters' David Lawder and Yawen Chen, China has vowed to retaliate against the tariff hikes.

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.

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!"

Read Trump's full explanation:


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

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump doubles down on Jewish controversy Trump retweets baby elephant video Epstein death sparks questions for federal government MORE is traveling to Ukraine in the next few days to meet with the president-elect.

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:



So many people are fighting over Don Jr.:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney, "Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role Trump withdraws Ratcliffe as Intelligence pick MORE's surprise decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpPETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report House chairman warns foreign governments to 'cease and desist' spending money at Trump properties 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."

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 MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony 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."


This morning from Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump 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.

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."



"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." 



Smart move, Bernie. Smart move:
Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez blasts Electoral College as a 'scam' Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears Scaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' MORE (D-N.Y.) joined with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday to propose new restraints on predatory lenders -- and she may boost his 2020 prospects, too."

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

How this could play out:

AOC has harsh words for the House subway:



Red Socks. Makes sense:



Wow, this is pretty cool:




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:

Sunday: Mother's Day. 



1 p.m. EDT: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Sanders unveils plan to double union membership in first term The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll MORE (D-N.Y.) campaigns in Goffstown, N.H. Livestream:

4:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE participate in the celebration of military mothers in the East Room of the White House. Livestream:

7 p.m. EDT: Presidential candidate John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyDelaney shakes up top campaign staff Poll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE campaigns in Hollis, N.H. Livestream:

8 p.m. EDT Monday: A server from the D.C. restaurant Stoney's will be on the Bachelorette. Details from PoPville:



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."



Via ABC News, a man captured video of two black bears fighting in his back yard. Watch -- yikes


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: