Aug 2, 2018

Ivanka Trump: American farmers are going to thrive long-term

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White House adviser Ivanka Trump defended the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and other products as a "temporary pain" at an Axios event Thursday, claiming that farmers will "thrive" long-term as NAFTA and other trade deals are renegotiated in the coming weeks.

"They're patriots and they know that there's some temporary pain, but that the president's fighting for them and that he's going to fix it — and that long-term, they're going to thrive...at some point you do have to right the ship. And we're not looking for — to create an uneven playing field for other countries. They're looking for fair and reciprocal trade deals."

Go deeper with more from the interview: Ivanka breaks with her dad on media as "enemy of the people."

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Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

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The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

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In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.

Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

Nancy Pelosi, Feb. 16. Photo: Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

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