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The art of the deal? Courtesy of JB.

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US Says No Trade Talks At G-20 Unless China Makes Early Concessions: FT
October 10, 2018

In accordance with what has become a time-honored Trump Administration tradition, officials from within the administration – and presumably speaking on behalf of President Trump – told reporters at the Financial Times that the US won’t talk trade with China at the G-20 summit unless Beijing produces a detailed list of possible concessions as gesture that his side is serious about finding a resolution that CEOs, the IMF and, increasingly, investors worry could dampen economic growth and finally trigger a correction in US stocks. The report comes four days after Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic advisor, said talks at the G-20 were being discussed. “We have been negotiating on and off and it has been unsatisfactory thus far…maybe, I want to underscore maybe Jonathan, there might be a meeting between Trump and Xi down in Buenos Aires”.

Kudlow said he doubted there would be any talks before the meeting (China canceled what would have been the fifth round of talks last month). But since he spoke, the US-China relationship has only further unraveled as Vice President Mike Pence accused China of “meddling in American democracy” and blasted China’s supposed “debt diplomacy”, “currency manipulation” and “IP theft.”

And one day after a press conference with China’s foreign minister morphed into an “unprecedented confrontation” when President Xi decided to snub Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his latest visit to Beijing, Chinese officials reportedly said that, while they have a list similar to the one that the US has requested, they don’t want to share it with the Trump administration until “a stable political climate” returns to Washington. This could be a reference to the Trump administration’s chaotic approach to the trade dispute or possibly the upcoming midterm elections (or both). And in a sign that the Chinese have grown tired of Trump undercutting efforts by both Kudlow and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to revive talks, Beijing is also asking that Washington appoint a “point person” who has the authority to negotiate on behalf of the president.

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Typical, she accuses the opposition of what she has done herself! Prison!

GG

Hillary Clinton Cheers Mob Attacks On Republicans: ‘You Cannot Be Civil With A Political Party That Wants To Destroy What You Stand For’
October 9, 2018

Defeated 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave her approval to the mob attacks on Republicans, saying in a CNN interview that aired Tuesday, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for…” Republicans have been shot, beaten, doxxed, run out of restaurants and harassed at their homes by Democrats since being elected to control all three branches of government by voters in 2016.

Clinton was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Oxford, England. CNN’s New Day aired excerpts of the interview. In this excerpt Amanpour’s question was not shown.

Transcript via CNN:

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CLINTON: You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength. And you heard how the Republican members led by Mitch McConnell, the president really demeaned the confirmation process.

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