Trump’s trade tweets not only threatened Asian markets this week but invited China to come save the day with a surprising and unorthodox message of trust

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images China’s reticent Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) intervened in declining Asian markets Wednesday, with a surprise message of trust, during the increasingly opaque trade war truce supposedly delivered at the G20 leaders summit in Argentina. That stands in pretty stark contrast to the volley of Tuesday tweets from President Donald Trump that smacked […]

Trump’s truculence on trade paying off? G20 backs WTO reform, sometime down the road

Despite criticism for the trade war with China, the US president appears to have backing of other world leaders seeking to overhaul the World Trade Organization, although WTO reform won’t necessarily go according to Trump’s plan. Hammered out by diplomats behind the scenes as the leaders went for photo opportunities, the relevant section starts off […]

Trump’s ‘lousy high-school diplomacy’ will backfire & isolate the USA – Ron Paul

Donald Trump’s statesmanship skills could leave the US isolated on the global stage, former congressman Ron Paul told RT, noting how the American head of state marked his G20 appearance with “high school” tantrums. Such an amateurish approach to diplomacy wherever “threats” are still involved, even when the US leader seemingly makes an effort “to […]

What Paul Manafort’s highly unusual move to brief Trump’s team on his discussions with Mueller reveals about his strategy

Reuters Justice Department veterans are flummoxed that lawyers representing Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, are still in touch with Trump’s lawyers following Manafort’s guilty plea. “It is absolutely not normal for a convicted felon and now cooperator to continue to loop in a potential target’s attorneys on the relationship with […]

New report reveals the behind-the-scenes battle between Trump’s team and Mueller over a possible interview on the Russia investigation

Alex Wong/Getty Images A new report from the Associated Press details the back-and-forth between President Donald Trump’s lawyers and the special counsel Robert Mueller over the terms of a potential interview with Trump. Their compromise? Written answers to questions, which were delivered on Tuesday. Logistics for an interview at Camp David on January 27 this […]

Sen. Chuck Grassley has some thoughts about Trump’s attacks on federal judges

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he had reservations about Chief Justice John Roberts’ response to President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about a federal judge. In a tweet, Grassley, the Judiciary Committee Chairman, referenced Roberts’ previous interactions with the executive branch during President Barack Obama’s administration. Grassley suggested Roberts was curiously […]

Trump’s sanctions are crushing Iran’s job market and potentially destabilizing the regime

Susan Walsh/AP Reuters interviews with dozens of business owners across Iran show hundreds of companies have suspended production and thousands of workers are being laid off because of a hostile business climate mainly caused by new U.S. sanctions. The Iranian rial has fallen to record lows and economic activity has slowed dramatically since U.S. President […]

Trump’s appointment of Whitaker is almost exactly like one of Nixon’s most brazen acts before Watergate, only worse

Steve Pope/Getty Images The interim appointment of a man unknown and unqualified, except for his open loyalty to the president, to one of the top law enforcement jobs in the federal government has happened before. In May 1972, President Richard Nixon elevated Patrick Gray III to the directorship of the FBI a month before the […]