On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump suggests China is easing pressure on North Korea because of trade fight | Mulvaney taps top aide as No. 2 at consumer bureau | House Republican to offer bill to curtail Trump's trade powers

On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump suggests China is easing pressure on North Korea because of trade fight | Mulvaney taps top aide as No. 2 at consumer bureau | House Republican to offer bill to curtail Trump's trade powers
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THE BIG DEAL: President Trump on Monday suggested that China might be interfering with the denuclearization of North Korea because of the rising trade tensions between Beijing and the United States.

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake," Trump tweeted. "We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!"

Trump's comments come three days after the U.S. and China imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each other's exports, the latest escalation of a burgeoning trade war. The Trump administration targeted $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, while Beijing fired back with reciprocal tariffs on American agricultural imports.

Beijing's tariffs on U.S. foodstuffs such as soybeans and lobsters could lead to steep losses for American farmers dependent on business from China, and U.S. consumers are expected to pay higher prices for Chinese imports due to Trump's levies.

Trump is locked in two critical showdowns with Chinese President Xi Jinping: Getting Beijing to cut off economic support for the Kim regime to push North Korea into giving up its nukes, and fighting back against Chinese trade violations and intellectual property theft.

Increasing trade tensions between the U.S. and China could complicate Trump's efforts to push Xi away from supporting the Kim regime. Economic aid from China is critical to sustaining North Korea's fragile economy, which faces severe sanctions from the U.S. and its allies. The Hill's Jordan Fabian has more on that struggle here.

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ON TAP TOMORROW

 

LEADING THE DAY

Mulvaney appoints top aide as consumer bureau acting No. 2: Acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFauci says positive White House task force reports don't always match what he hears on the ground Bottom line White House, Senate GOP clash over testing funds MORE on Monday promoted a top aide to be the agency's acting deputy chief.

The CFPB announced Monday that Mulvaney had appointed Brian Johnson to be the agency's acting deputy director. Johnson had previously served as the CFPB's principal policy director. He had been hired by Mulvaney last year to rein in and rebrand the controversial regulator.

Mulvaney said Johnson, the first person he hired to the bureau, has been an "indispensable advisor," who "knows the Bureau like the back of his hand."

"He approaches his role as a public servant with humility and unsurpassed dedication," Mulvaney said in a statement. "His steady character, work ethic, and commitment to free markets and consumer choice make him exactly what our country needs at this agency."

Johnson, once a top aide to Rep. Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingLawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank House passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell Has Congress lost the ability or the will to pass a unanimous bipartisan small business bill? MORE (R-Texas), steps into the role vacated Monday by Leandra English, the former CFPB deputy director, who had sued President Trump and Mulvaney for control of the bureau.

Mulvaney said in a statement that "I really cannot comment on Leandra English's work at the Bureau, as I never actually met her." I explain here.

 

Study: Paid family leave proposal would accelerate Social Security's insolvency: A paid family leave proposal supported in concept by some Republicans would speed up the insolvency of Social Security trust funds by about six months, according to a study released Monday by the right-leaning American Action Forum (AAF).

"The proposal … would not work so well in practice because of Social Security's troubled financial outlook," AAF's Ben Gitis and Gordon Gray wrote in the report.

The report comes ahead of a Senate hearing Wednesday on paid family leave, in which Sens. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstWill the next coronavirus relief package leave essential workers behind? Hillicon Valley: Facebook bans ads from pro-Trump PAC | Uber reports big drop in revenue | US offers M reward for election interference info Senate passes legislation to ban TikTok on federal devices MORE (R-Iowa) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.) are slated to testify. Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election US intelligence says Russia seeking to 'denigrate' Biden MORE (R-Fla.) is also expected to release a bill on the issue.

Rubio and Ernst have expressed interest in a proposal from the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) that would allow people to choose to get paid family leave through Social Security in exchange for deferring the collection of Social Security retirement benefits for a short time period to offset the cost. The Hill's Naomi Jagoda has more here.

 

GOP lawmaker to offer bill to curtail Trump's trade powers: Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherCongress has a shot at correcting Trump's central mistake on cybersecurity Cheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future House-passed defense spending bill includes provision establishing White House cyber czar MORE (R-Wis.) is slated to introduce a bill on Monday that would limit President Trump's authority to impose certain tariffs.

Under the legislation, the president would be required to obtain congressional approval before levying tariffs "in the interest of national security."

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Lawmakers would be provided with a 60-day window to review the president's proposals. Legislation aimed at approving the requests would also have the ability to be fast-tracked through both chambers, ensuring an opportunity for debate and passage.

The measure -- which already has a companion bill introduced by Republican Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans Cheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama MORE (Tenn.) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyDunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show MORE (Pa.) that has garnered bipartisan support -- would be retroactive for the past two years and apply to all tariffs that fall under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke tells us what to expect here.

 

France calls for 'united and strong' European response to US tariffs: France's finance minister called on Sunday for a "united" response to U.S. tariffs from Europe, taking a decidedly harder line on the duties than German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"If tomorrow there is an increase in tariffs, like in the car industry, our reaction should be united and strong to show that Europe is a united and sovereign power," Bruno Le Maire said, according to Reuters. 

His comments came days after Merkel warned against the prospect of a full-blown trade war between Germany and the U.S. and insisted that her country make "every effort to try to defuse this conflict."

 

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MARKET CHECK: From Bloomberg: "U.S. equities rose to the highest in almost a month as investors set aside concern about escalating trade tensions and rising political tension abroad to focus on the coming earnings season. The dollar gained versus major peers and Treasuries retreated."

 

 

 

 

GOOD TO KNOW

  • President Trump on Monday attacked Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies for raising prices in recent weeks, despite his promise that costs to consumers would be declining.
  • Many U.S. states have been slow to improve their finances nine years into the economic expansion, raising the risk they won't be prepared when another downturn hits, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Politico looks at the major makeover of U.S. megabank Washington lobbying efforts.
  • FINRA is encouraging investment firms to notify the group if they're involved in any trading of or investment in cryptocurrencies.
  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell visits most frequently with lawmakers, White House officials, according to Reuters.
  • China will reimburse the buyer for the cost of the 25 percent tariff on soybean imports from the U.S. if the cargoes are for state reserves, according to Bloomberg.

 

ODDS AND ENDS

  • Citigroup is hoping to win a greater share of the retail banking market with a new digital-focused presence, according to Reuters.

 

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