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McConnell says "unlikely" Senate will upend Trump's tariffs

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that it is “highly unlikely” lawmakers in the Senate will approve legislation to rollback President Trump’s recent move imposing heightened tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

“The thought that the president would sign a bill that would undo actions he’s taken strikes me as remote at best, and I like to use floor time in the Senate for things that actually have a chance to become law. So I think it’s highly unlikely we’d be dealing with that in a legislative way.”
— McConnell told reporters at his weekly news conference

He did, however, highlight that Republicans — who largely lambasted Trump's move — are still concerned about the tax implications and will continue engaging the White House with hopes that “in the end this will be a narrowed process rather than a broad application.”

The backdrop: Trump's announcement that the U.S. is imposing tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum has triggered outcry among GOP lawmakers and industry officials. He later decided to exempt Canada and Mexico, for now. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a retiring Trump critic, has introduced a bill seeking to nullify the tariffs.

Jonathan Swan 6 hours ago
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Bolton bombshell: the clashes to come

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John Bolton speaks at CPAC in 2016. Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sources close to President Trump say he feels John Bolton, hurriedly named last night to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, will finally deliver the foreign policy the president wants — particularly on Iran and North Korea.

Why it matters: We can’t overstate how dramatic a change it is for Trump to replace H.R. McMaster with Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush.

Erica Pandey 7 hours ago
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How China became a global power of espionage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

As China’s influence spreads to every corner of the globe under President Xi Jinping, so do its spies.

Why it matters: China has the money and the ambition to build a vast foreign intelligence network, including inside the United States. Meanwhile, American intelligence-gathering on China is falling short, Chris Johnson, a former senior China analyst for the CIA who's now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Axios: "We have to at least live up to [China's] expectations. And we aren't doing that."