Apr 12, 2017

Trump on Bannon, Xi and United Airlines

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President Trump has sparked another round of palace intrigue by telling the Wall St Journal that Steve Bannon is just "a guy who works for me," and that he is his own strategist. Other highlights from the 70-minute interview:

  • North Korean-Chinese relations are "not what you would think": Xi Jinping explained the shared history of China and Korea, and "after listening for 10 minutes, I realized it's not so easy…I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power over North Korea…But it's not what you would think."
  • On United's passenger removal: "Horrible." Trump thinks carriers should remove ceilings on voucher limits, saying there's even a point at which billionaires like him will give up their seats.
  • On Spicer: He "made a mistake" by making comments about Hitler in relation to Syria's chemical weapons.

Money updates:

  • On the dollar: "I think our dollar is getting too strong."
  • But China's not a currency manipulator: "They're not currency manipulators."
  • On interest rates: "I do like a low-interest rate policy, I must be honest with you."
  • Policy reversals: Trump will support the U.S. Export-Import bank despite campaigning against it, and is now open to re-nominating Fed chief Janet Yellen.

Foreign policy updates

  • On China, trade, and North Korea: Trump told Xi on trade, "'You want to make a great deal? Solve the problem in North Korea.' That's worth having deficits."
  • On solutions for Syria: He said it is "possible" to imagine a solution with Assad in power, breaking with U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, but said he still thought Assad would go.

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Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules. The company said it was leaving the tweet up in the public interest.

Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and Trump over the company's authority to label or limit his speech and, conversely, the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.

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Trump threatens to "assume control" of Minneapolis over unrest

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.