Trump draws on populist campaign roots as 100th day nears

April 19, 2017

… Trump championed on the campaign trail. While he held China responsible for the loss of tens of thousands of US factory jobs since it joined the World Trade Organization, Trump has thus far shown no signs he plans to follow through with the massive tariffs he threatened to impose on the Asian powerhouse during the campaign and this month declined to label China a currency manipulator. “Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean …

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White House: Federal hiring freeze over, ‘surgical’ cuts begin

April 12, 2017

… jobs. A 2015 report by the Office of Personnel Management, found that veterans made up 44% of all full-time hires in the federal government. In the counties around Washington — some of the richest in the country — there are also concerns at how sweeping federal government cuts will impact the local economy. Mulvaney said federal employees shouldn’t be depressed, but noted that some people “need to recognize that there are bigger issues at play.” “We are trying …

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Hard-line anti-illegal immigration advocates hired at 2 federal agencies

April 12, 2017

(CNN)Two hard-line opponents of illegal immigration have obtained high-level advisory jobs at federal immigration agencies in the Department of Homeland Security. At Customs and Border Protection, Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, has been hired as an adviser to Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, said Lapan. CIS and FAIR are think tanks based in Washington that advocate restricting …

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Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and the Mao factor

April 4, 2017

… terrible,” said He. “Trump may be …illogical or clueless about politics, but he knows that things have to change — and the only way to do so is through unconventional means.” “As he turns the world upside down, China must feel nervous.” Giant gold Mao statue torn down Hands off Despite Trump’s fiery attacks on the campaign trail — accusing China of “raping” the US economy and stealing millions of American jobs, among other …

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It’s plausible Trump incited violence, federal judge rules in OK’ing lawsuit

April 4, 2017

… seeing a loss of their jobs,” he said. “I see it. There is some anger. There’s also great love for the country. It’s a beautiful thing in many respects, but I certainly don’t condone (violence) at all.” Presented with some of his own remarks that seemed to condone violence at the rallies — including one in which he said to hit a protester and promised to pay for the legal fees — Trump turned the blame on the protesters. “We have some …

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