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President Trump's plan to turn threats against China into actual tariffs could turn a trade spat into a trade war, and sources familiar with his thinking say he has no hesitation about potentially disrupting the world economy.
A source with long exposure to Trump's tirades about trade said:
The frenetic reaction to the plan to pull the trigger on tariffs "shows how thoroughly the political elites misunderstand President Trump," said an informal adviser to the West Wing:
Be smart ... The adviser told me: "Turns out these moves were totally predictable but only to those with eyes, ears and memory."
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One of President Xi Jinping’s most powerful tools for increasing China’s global influence is Hollywood.
What to watch: China could threaten the film industry with quotas in response to U.S. tariffs, per Axios media trends reporter Sara Fischer.
"Economic Growth in U.S. Leaves World Behind," The Wall Street Journal reports in its lead story (subscription):
Queen Elizabeth II (age 92) laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (age 36) yesterday as Prince Harry's new wife learns the drill for royal engagements.
Yesterday's "report from the Justice Department’s inspector general gave new and potent ammunition to President Trump and his allies in their ongoing efforts to undermine special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation," the WashPost's Bob Costa reports:
But, but, but ... Matt Miller, Obama Justice Department alumnus, told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell:
"After arriving in Singapore on Sunday, an antsy and bored Trump urged his aides to demand that the meeting with Kim be pushed up by a day," the WashPost reports:
Following complaints about censorship of conservatives, Facebook execs will meet today with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), RNC chair Ronna McDaniel and Trump reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale.
Facebook will be represented by Joel Kaplan, Kevin Martin, Greg Maurer and Katie Harbath.
The departure of Facebook’s policy and communications czar, Elliot Schrage, comes as the company navigates scandals over foreign election meddling and consumer data privacy, Axios' David McCabe, Ina Fried and Kim Hart write:
As betting on pro sports became legal in New Jersey yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while hoops legend Julius "Dr. J" Erving bet that the Philadelphia Eagles will repeat as Super Bowl champs, AP's Wayne Parry reports:
"Republicans and Democrats put aside the sectarian hostilities that have increasingly defined this town and came together on the baseball diamond [last night, a year to the day] after bullets from a would-be mass assassin shook Congress," AP's Bill Barrow reports:
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