🌞 Happy Friday! Breaking ... This morning, following President Trump's National Guard deployment to the border, the Justice Department will announce what an official calls "a zero tolerance policy for criminal illegal entry violations," directing U.S. attorneys along the border to prosecute any referral from Homeland Security.
President Trump boards Air Force One on a windy day at Andrews Air Force Base yesterday. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images)
With his announcement yesterday that he's considering $100 billion more tariffs on Chinese goods, President Trump created confusion within his administration and abroad because of a negotiating style you could call "governing by bluffing":
How Trump views negotiating, based on conversations by Jonathan Swan and me:
So the bluff is really just his extreme, gambler’s negotiating style: Make a maximalist ask, frame the debate around that, and go from there, improvising all the way.
A source close to Trump tells me: "Being a 'bluffer' only works when you have a history of actually following through. Trump has followed through on his threats enough that it's impossible to determine what he's really thinking."
Be smart: Trump is right that his wild unpredictability gives him leverage and keeps people guessing. But his style stirs wild uncertainty and market volatility daily.
How to think about Trump's threat of a $100 billion increase in China tariffs:
Trump has a blunt understanding of leverage, and believes the worst thing he can show is weakness:
All this is Trump the loose cannon. The president tossing up his papers during an appearance yesterday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. — saying it was the “boring” speech he was supposed to give on tax cuts — was the perfect metaphor.
Here's the ending to a gaggle in the Air Force One press cabin yesterday, en route from West Virginia to Andrews Air Force Base, as released by the White House:
P.S. Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' attorney, to MSNBC's Ari Melber:
Tim Cook talks to Kara Swisher and Chris Hayes. (MSNBC photo)
A sneak peek for Axios readers at a comment Apple CEO Tim Cook makes on “Revolution: Apple Changing the World,” premiering at 8 tonight on MSNBC:
"Wary of charges of hypocrisy ... after criticizing former President Obama for the same thing, the White House has ordered Trump's national security team not to speak of a 'timeline' for withdrawal" from Syria, AP's Matt Lee and Josh Lederman report:
He’s threatening to light American agriculture on fire. ... This is the dumbest possible way to do this.— Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), in a press release on President Trump's consideration of $100 billion in additional China tariffs
"The number of women running for the U.S. House of Representatives set a record [yesterday], most of them Democrats motivated by angst over President Donald Trump and policies of the Republican-controlled Congress," AP reports:
Buying into turbulence ... "Now that stocks, bonds and other assets are moving in strange ways, many investors view continued volatility as one of the year’s most dependable bets," the Wall Street Journal reports on A1:
"The planet has rarely been so peaceful. Even with terrible fighting in such places as Congo, Syria and Yemen, wars between and within countries are becoming less common and less deadly. But a dark menace looms. Some of the developing world’s cities threaten to be engulfed by murder," The Economist reports in its cover editorial:
"The Ping-Pong tables have given way to long work tables, beanbag chairs to straight-backed couches, beer taps to cold-brew coffee," the Boston Globe's Andy Rosen writes:
👏 Thanks for reading. Enjoy the weekend, and I'll see you on Axios.com ...