President Trump says U.S. doing well in trade negotiations with China

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States was doing well in trade talks with China,” Reuters reports. “‘I like where we are right now,’ Trump said in response to a question about trade negotiations with China by reporters at a White House event.”

“Trump has vowed to increase tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports on March 2 unless China takes steps to protect U.S. intellectual property, end policies that force American companies to turn over technology to a Chinese partner, allow more market access for U.S. businesses and reduce other non-tariff barriers to American products.,” Reuters reports. “China ‘very much wants to make a deal,’ Trump said. ‘We’ll see what happens. But we’re doing very well in our negotiations with China,’ he said.”

Reuters reports, “Earlier on Wednesday, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said he believed the United States and China could reach a trade deal by March 1.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, a U.S.-China deal would be hugely positive for Apple!

I’m cognizant that in both the U.S. and China, there have been cases where everyone hasn’t benefited, where the benefit hasn’t been balanced. My belief is that one plus one equals three. The pie gets larger, working together. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, March 24, 2018

China’s 2018 growth slows to 28-year low, more stimulus seen – January 22, 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook: I’m very optimistic about U.S.-China trade talks – January 8, 2019
Advisor to President Trump: Apple’s sales should pick up when U.S.-China strike trade deal – January 3, 2019


      Individual-1 is the most incompetent, corrupt MF to ever inhabit the White House, and the current tRump Shutdown is his greatest diversion yet to keep the focus off of Mueller’s investigation

      1. What you will not hear from the biased and tainted mainstream media:

        IGNITING A HISTORIC ECONOMIC BOOM: President Trump’s pro-growth policies are unleashing economic growth and providing opportunities to workers across the country.

        • Due to President Trump’s pro-growth policies, real gross domestic product (GDP) growth exceeded 3 percent over the last four quarters.
        – Real GDP grew at annual rates of 3.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018 and 4.2 percent in the second quarter.

        • More than 5 million jobs have been created since President Trump’s election and the unemployment rate remains below 4 percent.
        – This is the eighth time this year that the unemployment rate has been below 4 percent.
        – Prior to this year, the unemployment rate had fallen below 4 percent only five times since 1970.
        – The unemployment rate for African Americans in May fell to 5.9 percent, which is the lowest rate on record.
        – Asian and Hispanic-American unemployment rates have reached record lows this year.
        • Initial weekly jobless claims have hit a nearly 50-year low under President Trump.
        • Under President Trump, job openings outnumber the unemployed for the first time on record.
        • Recently, more than two-thirds of Americans rated “now” as a good time to find a quality job, tying a record high in a poll by Gallup.
        • Americans are seeing more money in their pockets thanks to the booming economy.
        – In recent months, workers have seen their largest nominal year over year wage growth in nearly a decade.
        – In 2017, real median household income rose to a post-recession high.
        • President Trump’s policies are helping to lift Americans out of poverty.
        – African-American and Hispanic-American poverty rates reached record lows of 21.2 percent and 18.3 percent, respectively, in 2017.
        – Since the election, 4.6 million Americans have been lifted off of food stamps.
        • Consumer confidence has soared under President Trump, recently reaching an 18-year high.
        • President Trump is delivering on his promise to bring back American manufacturing.
        – The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Index had the highest annual average in its history over the past year.
        – Manufacturing added 284,000 jobs in 2018, the most added in a year since 1997
        • Small Business optimism jumped to a record high under President Trump, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
        – The NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index broke a 35-year record in August.
        • President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, ushering in the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history.
        • These tax cuts are delivering real results for American families and workers.
        – More than 6 million workers received tax cut bonuses and benefits.
        – More than 100 utility companies have announced lower rates.
        • President Trump is ensuring American workers receive the training and education they need to compete in today’s economy.
        – President Trump signed an executive order establishing the National Council for the American worker.
        – More than 185 companies and associations have signed our “Pledge to America’s Workers,” promising more than 6.4 million new training and career opportunities.
        – The President signed legislation that reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, making more than $1 billion available for career education programs.
        • President Trump has prioritized the economic empowerment of women.
        – The women’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest rate in 65 years.
        – The Small Business Administration lent approximately $500 million more in capital to women-owned businesses in 2017 compared to 2016.
        – The Administration helped launch the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, which could leverage more than $1 billion to support women entrepreneurs.

        ROLLING BACK RED TAPE: President Trump is rolling back costly regulations that have burdened hardworking Americans and stifled innovation.

        • President Trump has followed through on and exceeded his promise to roll back two regulations for every new one created.
        – President Trump’s Administration surpassed the 2:1 ratio in 2018, eliminating 12 regulations for every new one in 2018.
        – In 2017, the Trump Administration eliminated 22 regulations for every new one.
        • Since taking office, President Trump’s deregulation efforts have achieved $33 billion in regulatory savings.
        – In 2018, these efforts alone delivered $23 billion in benefits to American families and business owners.
        • President Trump has signed 16 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, eliminating burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations.
        • President Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, which would have harmed America’s economy and cost American workers millions of jobs.
        • President Trump signed an executive order to streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects with a goal of cutting approval time from up to 10 years to an average of 2 years.
        • President Trump signed legislation to roll back burdensome Dodd-Frank regulations that harmed community banks.

        NEGOTIATING BETTER DEALS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump is negotiating fair and balanced trade deals that protect American industries and workers.

        • President Trump negotiated a new trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to replace the disastrous and outdated North American Free Trade Agreement.
        – Once enacted by Congress, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) will better serve the interests of American workers and businesses.
        – USMCA will incentivize billions of dollars in auto and auto parts production in the United States and create a freer and fairer market for American agriculture.
        – USMCA also includes the strongest-ever provisions on labor, environmental, digital, and intellectual property protections to reflect the realities of the 21st century economy.
        • The President renegotiated the United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement to preserve and grow jobs in the American auto industry and increase American exports.
        • The United States and Japan are set to begin negotiations on a United States–Japan Trade Agreement.
        • President Trump is establishing a new trade relationship with the European Union (EU), working toward the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to transatlantic trade.
        • President Trump has established a Trade and Investment Working Group to lay the groundwork for post-Brexit trade with the United Kingdom (UK) and has notified Congress of his intent to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK.
        • This year, President Trump filed a withdrawal notification with the Universal Postal Union, launching a one-year negotiation to secure fair international postal rates for American mailers.
        • President Trump has expanded market access for American agricultural producers.
        – Argentina has opened to American pork and beef, Brazil to American beef, Japan to lamb and Idaho chipping potatoes, South Korea to American poultry, and more.
        – The Administration authorized $12 billion to aid farmers affected by unfair retaliatory tariffs.
        – The Trump Administration has begun the process to expand the sale of E15, or gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, to year round.
        • Under President Trump, the United States will no longer accept bad trade deals and unfair trade practices that harm American workers and industries.
        – One of the President’s first actions after taking office was withdrawing the United States from the terrible Trans-Pacific Partnership, which incentivized outsourcing.
        – In 2017, the Administration oversaw 82 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
        • President Trump is holding China accountable for its unfair trade practices, such as the theft of intellectual property, by imposing tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods.
        – Following President Trump’s successful meeting with President Xi in Buenos Aires, both agreed to conduct negotiations over 90 days to address the United States concerns.
        • American steel and aluminum jobs are coming back following President Trump’s tariffs to protect domestic industries that are vital to national security.
        • President Trump imposed tariffs to protect American-made washing machines and solar products that were hurt by import surges.

        UNLEASHING AMERICAN ENERGY: President Trump is rolling back costly and burdensome regulations to unleash America’s incredible energy resources.

        • After years of stifling regulation under the last Administration, President Trump is unleashing America’s energy potential.
        • America is the largest crude oil producer in the world and production has hit a record high.
        • President Trump’s policies are helping to boost American energy exports.
        – The Administration has streamlined Liquefied Natural Gas terminal permitting.
        – In 2017, the United States became a net natural gas exporter for the first time in 60 years.
        – American coal exports increased by more than 60 percent in 2017.
        • President Trump is expanding access to our country’s abundant natural resources.
        – The President signed legislation to open up energy exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
        – In July 2018, the Department of the Interior announced it would hold the largest oil and gas lease sale in history.
        • In 2017, the Administration approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and the cross border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
        • The Administration issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will export American petroleum products to Mexico.
        • The President has ended the war on coal, cutting Obama-era regulations such as the “Stream Protection Rule” which was estimated to cost industries $81 million a year.
        • President Trump is replacing the Clean Power Plan, a flawed Obama-era regulation that the Supreme Court ordered halted.
        • President Trump rescinded the hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the oil and gas industry $32 million per year.
        • The Trump Administration curbed the burdensome Obama-era rule on methane, saving American energy developers hundreds of millions of dollars in regulatory costs.

        EXPANDING OPTIONS FOR QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE: President Trump is expanding access to affordable healthcare choices and taking action to lower drug prices.

        • President Trump’s Administration is working to provide Americans with affordable alternatives to Obamacare.
        • The Administration expanded short-term, limited duration health insurance plans that are expected to be nearly 50 percent cheaper than unsubsidized Obamacare plans.
        • President Trump has expanded association health plans, allowing more employers to join together across State lines and affordably offer coverage to their employees.
        • The Administration proposed a reform to Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) regulations that will give consumers more freedom to purchase benefits that fit their needs.
        – Roughly 800,000 employers are expected to provide HRAs for more than 10 million employees once the rule finalized.
        • Americans have more healthcare freedom thanks to the President signing legislation that ended Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty.
        • While healthcare premiums had been steadily increasing as a result of Obamacare, the average benchmark exchange premium will decline for the first time in 2019 thanks to President Trump’s policies.
        – Next year, Americans will benefit from more insurer participation on the exchanges.
        • Medicare Advantage plans offer more benefit options than ever before, and average premiums in 2019 will be 6 percent lower than in 2018.
        • President Trump launched an unprecedented campaign to drive down drug prices, leading more than a dozen drug manufactures to enact price freezes, reductions, or rollbacks.
        – In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a record number of generic drugs, breaking the previous record set by the Administration in 2017.
        – The FDA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 generic drug approvals are expected to bring nearly $9 billion in savings in 2017 alone.
        – President Trump signed legislation eliminating contractual gag clauses that stopped pharmacists from informing patients about lower drug prices.
        • The President put forth an initiative to stop global freeloading that drives up prices for American patients.
        • The Administration provided Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans with new negotiating tools to drive down drug costs for American patients.
        • The Administration implemented reforms to the amount Medicare pays hospitals for drugs that are purchased under the 340B program, saving seniors $320 million in 2018.
        • President Trump signed “Right to Try” legislation to expand access to experimental treatments for terminally ill patients.

        FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE CRISIS NEXT DOOR: President Trump mobilized his entire Administration to combat the opioid crisis that has devastated communities across the country.

        • President Trump launched an Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to confront the driving forces behind this crisis.
        • The President signed the landmark SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, the largest and most comprehensive legislative package addressing a single drug crisis in history.
        • The President helped secure a record $6 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
        • The Administration provided more than $2 billion in grants in 2018 to help States, territories, tribes, and local communities prevent and treat opioid abuse.
        • The Administration pursued scientific solutions to prevent and treat addiction through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative.
        • The President launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction and youth opioid usage.
        • Last year, President Trump created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which recommends ways to tackle the opioid crisis.
        • The Administration declared the opioid crisis a nationwide Public Health Emergency in 2017.
        • President Trump is working to cut off the flow of deadly opioids into our country and to disrupt the networks that distribute them to our communities.
        – The Administration secured first-ever indictments against Chinese nationals for fentanyl trafficking.
        – The Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a surge to target fentanyl and heroin dealers in the districts with the most severe overdose death rates.
        – The DOJ formed a Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement team and shut down the biggest Darknet distributor of drugs.
        • Last year, the DOJ announced the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history, arresting more than 120 defendants with opioid-related crimes.
        • The President launched a Safer Prescribing Plan that seeks to cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years.
        • The Administration has led four National Prescription Drug

        Take-Back Days, collecting a record-breaking 1,837 tons of expired and unneeded prescription drugs.
        STANDING UP FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AND PROTECTING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: The President is committed to defending the right to life and religious liberty.

        • Shortly after taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy.
        • President Trump defunded a United Nations (UN) agency for colluding with China’s brutal program of forced abortion and sterilization.
        • The Administration withdrew guidance that constrained State’s ability to exclude family-planning providers that provide abortion services from the Medicaid program.
        • The Trump Administration proposed new regulations to ensure Title X family planning funding does not go to projects that perform, support, or refer patients for abortion.
        • The Trump Administration issued regulations establishing new or expanded exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate based on religious beliefs or moral convictions.
        • In 2017, the President issued an executive order to promote free speech and religious liberty.

        KEEPING AMERICAN COMMUNITIES SAFE: President Trump has made clear that his first responsibility is to protect the safety and security of Americans.

        • Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows violent crime decreased under President Trump’s watch in 2017, following two consecutive years of increases.
        • United States Attorneys indicted the most violent criminals on record last year.
        • Last year, the DOJ announced nearly $100 million in grant funding to hire hundreds of additional law enforcement officers.
        • President Trump is cracking down on the vile MS-13 gang that has brought violence to communities across the country.
        – In 2017, the DOJ worked with international partners to arrest and charge approximately 4,000 MS-13 members.
        – Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations arrested nearly 800 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
        • President Trump signed an executive order to restore State and local law enforcement’s access to surplus equipment that can be used to help keep our communities safe.
        • President Trump enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.
        • The DOJ announced the creation of the National Public Safety Partnership in 2017, launching a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crime.
        • President Trump signed legislation to improve the Federal firearm background check system and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.
        • President Trump signed the First Step Act, which includes bipartisan reforms to make our Federal justice system fairer and our communities safer.
        – The First Step Act will help prepare inmates to successfully rejoin society, reducing recidivism and improving community safety.
        – This legislation includes commonsense sentencing reforms that will make our Federal justice system fairer while keeping violent criminals and sex offenders off our streets.

        ENFORCING OUR LAWS AND SECURING OUR BORDERS: From the first day of his Administration, President Trump has worked to uphold the rule of law and secure our borders.

        • President Trump released an immigration framework that would fix our broken immigration system through merit-based reform and provide the resources needed to secure our border.
        – This includes closing the legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, ending chain migration, and eliminating the visa lottery.
        • President Trump secured funding to begin building the wall and construction has already begun in areas along the southern border.
        • President Trump deployed the military to assist in securing the southern border.
        • President Trump and his Administration took action to require aliens seeking asylum to go to a port of entry to make their claim.
        • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 17,256 criminals and 1,019 gang members in FY 2018.
        • ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 158,581 aliens in FY 2018, an 11 percent increase from FY 2017.
        – 90 percent of those arrested had criminal convictions, pending charges, or had been issued final orders of removal.
        • ICE ERO increased removals by 13 percent in FY 2018 to 256,086, the majority of whom were convicted criminals.
        – Removals of convicted criminal aliens increased by 14 percent from FY 2017.
        – Nearly 6,000 known or suspected gang members were removed in FY 2018, a 9 percent increase from FY 2017.
        • The Department of Justice prosecuted a record number of criminal immigration offenses in FY 2018, and increased the number of prosecutions for illegal entry by 84 percent over FY 2017.
        • Immigration courts are now completing more cases than at any point since 2011
        • President Trump kept his promise by launching the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) within the Department of Homeland Security.
        • The Administration has more than doubled the number of jurisdictions participating in the 287(g) program, which enables State and local law enforcement to aid immigration enforcement.
        • President Trump has made our country safer by ordering the enhanced vetting of individuals entering from countries that do not meet our security standards.
        – These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court ruling.

        REBUILDING AMERICA’S MILITARY FORCE: President Trump is rebuilding our military and defending America’s interests across the world.

        • President Trump ended the devastating defense cuts of the past Administration and has secured historic investments to rebuild our military.
        – President Trump signed legislation providing $700 billion for defense in FY 2018 and $716 billion in FY 2019.
        • President Trump is supporting America’s men and women in uniform, securing the largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
        • The President issued a new National Security Strategy to keep America safe from all threats.
        – The Administration has also released new strategies specific to cybersecurity, biodefense, counterterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction terrorism.
        • President Trump directed the first whole-of-government assessment of United States manufacturing and defense supply chains since the Eisenhower Administration.
        • President Trump initiated the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, improving United States deterrence policy and existing capabilities to counter nuclear threats.
        • President Trump empowered our military commanders with broad authority in order to take the fight to ISIS, and the results are clear.
        – ISIS has lost nearly all of its territory, more than half of which has been liberated since President Trump took office.
        – All of ISIS’ territory in Iraq was successfully liberated.
        ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city Raqqah has been recaptured.
        – ISIS’ territorial caliphate has been defeated and President Trump has announced that he is bringing America’s troops in Syria home.
        • President Trump announced a new Iran strategy to confront all of Iran’s malign activities and withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran nuclear deal.
        – All sanctions that had been lifted or waived under the Iran deal have been reimposed.
        – The Administration has sanctioned more than 160 individuals tied to the regime’s support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, human rights abuses, and more.
        • President Trump took decisive military action to respond to the barbaric use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.
        – President Trump directed strikes in response to the regime’s chemical weapons attacks in April 2017 and April 2018.
        – The Trump Administration has also rolled out sanctions targeting those tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
        • President Trump is strengthening America’s cyber defense and directed the elevation of the United States Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.
        • The President announced that the Department of Defense will work to create a Space Force to serve as an independent branch of the United States military.

        RESTORING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ABROAD: President Trump is restoring American leadership on the world stage and advancing an America first agenda.

        • President Trump held an historic summit with Chairman Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.
        – Since the summit, the leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both countries have met.
        – Because of the President’s actions, North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
        – The remains of POW/MIA service members from the Korean War are being returned to the United States.
        Prior to the summit, President Trump’s leadership helped secure the passage of historic UN sanctions on North Korea.
        • President Trump followed through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy there.
        • President Trump withdrew the United States from the UN Human Rights Council due to its bias against Israel.
        • The Administration made clear that it does not accept the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over Americans and will continue to protect America’s sovereignty.
        • President Trump has successfully advocated for cutting waste at the UN.
        – Changes made to the organization’s structure allowed the UN to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from their budget, while making the organization more efficient.
        • The President’s leadership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has encouraged members to increase their defense spending and realign the Alliance’s priorities.
        – In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending among NATO allies.
        – President Trump convinced the Alliance to strengthen counterterrorism activities, and NATO formally joined the coalition to defeat ISIS.
        • President Trump’s Administration is working to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific through investments and partnerships.
        • President Trump has imposed tough sanctions on the corrupt regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
        • President Trump has taken tough action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including Russia’s efforts to undermine United States elections.
        – The Administration has imposed sanctions on more than 200 individuals and entities related to Russia’s destabilizing activities.
        – The Trump Administration has enhanced support for Ukraine’s defense by stepping up sales of weapons to its military.
        • The Trump Administration has secured the release of numerous American citizens held abroad, including Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey, Josh Holt from Venezuela, and more.
        • President Trump attended G20 summits in Argentina and Germany, where he promoted American First policies and encouraged closer cooperation.
        • In 2017, President Trump conducted tours through Asia to promote America’s interests.

        HONORING AMERICA’S COMMITMENT TO OUR VETERANS: President Trump is honoring America’s commitment to our veterans by ensuring they receive the quality care they have earned.

        • President Trump secured a record $73.1 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide quality medical care for our veterans.
        – This funding included $8.6 billion for mental health services, $400 million for opioid abuse prevention, $206 million for suicide prevention, and more.
        • The President signed the VA MISSION Act, revolutionizing that VA healthcare system and reforming numerous services for our veterans.
        – This legislation will consolidate and reform existing programs to give eligible veterans better access to healthcare providers in their communities.
        – Thanks to this legislation, eligible veterans will have access to walk-in community clinics that offer immediate, local care.
        • President Trump and his Administration have expanded access to telehealth services for veterans, including through the “Anywhere to Anywhere” VA health care initiative.
        • President Trump issued an executive order requiring the Administration to improve access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for veterans.
        • President Trump signed the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to fire failing employees and protect whistleblowers.
        – Under President Trump, the VA has removed, demoted, or suspended more than 4,300 employees for poor performance.
        • President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, streamlining the process used by veterans when appealing benefits claims.
        • President Trump fulfilled his promise to create a new White House VA Hotline to provide veterans with 24/7 support.
        • The VA is providing veterans with online access to wait time and quality of care data.
        • The President signed the Forever GI Bill, providing veterans, service members, and their families with enhanced education benefits.
        • Last year, programs at the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development helped more than 51,000 veterans find permanent housing and access supportive services.

        TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT: President Trump has followed through on his pledge to transform the Federal Government and increase accountability and transparency.

        • President Trump’s Administration submitted a plan to reorganize the executive branch in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
        • In a historic show of transparency and accountability, the Trump Administration completed the Department of Defense’s first ever audit.
        • The President implemented a five-year ban on lobbying for White House employees and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.
        • Each quarter since taking office, President Trump has donated his salary, fulfilling a promise he made to the American people.
        • President Trump is reshaping our Federal judiciary, appointing judges who will follow the Constitution as written.
        – The President has appointed Circuit Court judges at a record pace.
        – President Trump has appointed two Supreme Court justices, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

        1. What you will not hear from a biased Russian Agent:

          Cherrypicking a few GDP index value provides an incomplete picture: the useful indicator is the Annual GDP, whose value is scheduled for release next week (Jan 30th).
          Forgetting “Promise Made” … because it hasn’t been kept: the GDP promise was for 4%, which wasn’t met.
          Bait and Switch detected: sure, the ‘sugar rush’ of the tax cut did help cut unemployment a little, but it also increased core inflation (see next) and what got lost (conveniently!) was that there wasn’t the promised Infrastructure bill to assure long term growth.
          Context Matters: what’s not as important as GDP is the net GDP growth after Inflation, as well as wage growth (also, after inflation). Odd how neither of these were mentioned – apparently, they’re not things to brag about.
          More Context: 5 million new jobs in 2 years sounds good .. until you check the numbers and find that that value is half of his predecessor’s second term’s performance.
          Misplaced Credit: if there’s extra money in taxpayer’s pockets today, it isn’t because of a “booming” economy, but because of the tax cut which has added to the National Deficit: $779 billion was added in FY18, which is $6000 increase per household (at only a 4% interest rate is a $243/household annual increase in debt service costs…forever).
          Consumer confidence – – hasn’t soared. In Oct 2016, iIt was at 101 … and that ‘record high’ was 102 in March 2018 … yeah, bragging about one whole point.
          Consumer confidence — But Wait, There’s More!: not only did the CCI slide since March 2018, but the latest number is just out: Jan 2019 reported an eight point drop to 90.7
          And the shutdown isn’t over yet.


          Stuff is simpler now? You clearly haven’t read the finally-released IRS guidance on Section 199A from the 2017 tax bill. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
          Notice how these claims are now measured in “millions” instead of “billions”? And that the metric is money saved to a Corporation, not how the Public is served?


          Oh, so the North Korea deal is done?
          And China tariffs?
          And EU’s tariffs too?
          The post TPP deal (that we’re not in) has left us out in the cold and at a long term disadvantage.
          Yes, a NAFTA deal was closed, but it wasn’t significantly any different than planned. A total Nothingburger performance.


          No, because Fracking was changing the industry before Trump was even nominated, let alone elected.


          Spending less to get less is a dodge. Where’s been the no-BS bottom line of actually lower costs for same services?


          Opioids are indeed a problem, as ODs killed 45,000 in 2017, which is 100x worse than those “murders and rapists” of illegal immigrants we’ve been so hung up on. Congress did make a FY19 appropriation, but at only $2.4B makes the whole current shutdown is for $5.7B for a Wall a bad joke and worse policy.
          FYI, Opioid importation into the USA is 90% via “Not Mexico”, and of the 10% that does come through Mexico, it comes smuggled in legal shipments, which means that through gates in the walls of official border crossings – – and Customs only has enough resources to inspect only 3% of shipments.


          With the rate of Illegal immigration at a 38 year low without building more walls, the data shows that a new wall just isn’t needed.


          Except for how more than half the DoD got a functional pay cut this year. Oops.

          And so on.

        2. You forgot to mention that the chump is keeping Guantanamo on the Bay Resort still open, showing the world that Apple’s home nation embrace torture and denying justice to others.
          You also forgot to say that the search for that weapons of mass destruction program is still going on, showing the world the geographical ignorance and war mongering of Apple’s home nation.

        3. “President Trump is supporting America’s men and women in uniform, securing the largest military pay raise in nearly a decade”

          That is flat out false (you really need to start getting your facts from a more reliable source that Trump)
          He lied to you, and far more important, he lied to the men and women in uniform when he said that lie to their faces.

    2. He thinks talks are doing well? Combine the fact that Trump is the worst deal maker, ever, with the fact that he is incapable of putting two words together without it being a lie, means the country is in REAL trouble.

  1. A sociopath never accepts responsibility and blames everything on others (Cook blames China for all Apple’s woes, completely ignoring his extortionate pricing).

    A sociopath has no remore for his or her actions/impulses (Cook has never apologized for ruining the Mac line by failing to update it, botching lauches, creating shoddy products that are designed to break when dropped, throttling older phones to boost new unit sales, extortionate pricing, and removing necessary ports then double charging us for dongles to replace said functionality).

    A sociopath manipulates the means of others to their own end (for 8-years Cook has targeted and gouged Apple consumers, consistently overcharging them whenever and wherever he can).

    A sociopath is inherently narcissistic (Cook feels as though it’s his duty to tell us how to live our lives and we should listen, because he’s the CEO of Apple).

    Finally, a sociopath has no conscience (Cook couldn’t care less that millions of investors have financially gotten their asses handed to them, solely because of his incompetence and chicanery).

    1. The right wing in this country (or any other, for that matter) wouldn’t recognize reality under any circumstances. You guys like to live in the fantasy world you create around yourselves.

  2. Our best president yet! Sticking up for America and not selling it out to China or Mexico/Canada or any others! No one is taking advantage of the U.S. anymore and that is a good thing!

    1. Not to mention the fat check for $5.7 B he’s getting from Mexico…. eventually. The with the new Village People Agreement not only will Mexico be paying for the wall, so will Canada, and since the money is going to the Treasury they both will also be paying towards Secret Service accommodations at Mar-a-Lago!

      Meanwhile… anyone who stiffs his workers is a first class douchebag. The shutdown is not his first, and he didn’t have Pelosi the other times.

    2. I still prefer Trump over Clinton. But its hard to give him the benefit of the doubt after he raised the cap on H-2B worker visas by 15K in 2017; and Trump properties asked for 76 of them.

    3. Cashxx,

      The problem with Mr. Trump’s policies is that he thinks that sticking up for America requires sticking it to everybody else. This is not a game that can only have one winner. Trade is either mutually beneficial or it just does not happen.

      I’m visiting family in El Paso, Texas, which has a local economy based largely on trade with Mexico. Clearly, we are getting and have been getting the better end of that deal. The average El Pasoan is much better off than the average resident of Juarez, Mexico, just across a narrow river. Still, those folks are probably better off than people living in interior Mexico. The trade benefits both communities. We should be encouraging contacts across the border, not trying to stifle it based on rumors rather than facts.

      El Paso has perhaps the largest immigrant population of any large US city and one of the lowest rates of violent crime. So much for the anti-immigrant crime argument.

      The vaccination rate in Mexico is comparable to the US. So much for the disease argument.

      Almost all of the drugs coming into the country in this sector are coming through legal ports of entry, like a third to a half of the undocumented alien population in the entire country. So much for that argument.

      As for the effectiveness of The Wall, which is already built through the city and for miles on either side, here’s what is happening: The wall is not built on the border itself, which is the middle of the river. It is not even right at the edge, because the engineers need access to maintain the concrete channel and the Border Patrol needs clear sight lines. In places, it is well away. The planned route in South Texas is out of the flood plain, so a quarter mile or more from the actual border, cutting existing farms, ranches, and park areas in half.

      So, Central Americans who are seeking political or humanitarian asylum are just crossing the border, walking up to the steel slats, and surrendering to the Border Patrol agents on the other side. US law specifically allows anybody on US soil to claim asylum. They cannot be removed without due process. The agents have to let them through The Wall so they can be processed.

      Perhaps there are better ways to defend our borders than that. You can buy a lot of electronic sensors and drones for $5 billion.

      For a start, we might think about paying the employees in agencies like the Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI Counterterrorism, the Coast Guard, and the TSA, rather than expecting them to protect our lives by risking theirs for free.

    1. The right wing in this country (or any other, for that matter) wouldn’t recognize reality under any circumstances. You guys like to live in the fantasy world you create around yourselves.

    2. @TT,
      I see that you have drunk the kool-aid and are now a complete Trumpian stooge vs a normal Republican conservative. One can start rebutting Cashxx’s long list but it would be too tiresome. The North American free trade act with Canada is a joke. We gave up a bit of Dairy which was of low priority to us but in return got a better deal that we have in place before. Some negotiator you have there!!!
      Tariff’s on steel hurts both Canada and US automakers and other industries…nice! Now the shutdown is damaging your economic outlook, reducing consumer confidence which means less goods are bought and further damaging the economy.
      Notice we have excluded the terrible toll on families form the shutdown— over a dumb and useless wall. Its not the wall, it his ego. And you have his followers thinking he is wonderful because Trumpian sycophants do not care about others. Only themselves. I’m ok Jack. Let some other sap pay the price, just not me.
      That latter sentiment, my friend, is the cancer that destroys a country. Recognize it before it is too late.

            1. At 62 years old, I guess I am no longer hip – hell even saying hip tells you that I am over 60. 😉

              Thanks applecynic. I appreciate the compliment (and the explanation).

    1. Simple economics. MDN deliberately chose political grandstanding promotion of both stories and commentary in their typical reactionary fashion. At some stage alt-right nutcases took over and long standing posters who posted factual rebuttal to all the bullshit got moderated then banned/ unbanned/rebanned etc etc. To the point where any article that didn’t promote Trump/guns/climate change denial and antisocial thuggery….or denigrate Tim Cook…got fewer than 10 comments as opposed to the 100 plus for the MAGA crew. Folk got fed up and left in droves, lots of really funny, informed and intelligent folks gone for good. MDN ….hoist by their own petard whilst actively pursuing an anti Apple agenda, they have scared away the faithful for site hits. Even their jokes fall flat now.

  3. Trump will destroy America. Case in point. The ridiculous shutdown. Already destrying Americans lives. Not to worry, he can move to Russia and be next door neighbors to his butt buddy Putin. Make Russia great again!

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