Technically he reinstated tariffs that had been waived to allow time to negotiate. There's some method to his madness here, in that both countries have been significant beneficiaries of the escalating trade war between the US and China in that China has redirected soybean and other agricultural purchases to these two countries that had previously gone to the US, so presumably Trump is looking to hit them for that. That said... It's still kind of a stupid idea, and there's no causal mechanism that should make China start buying agri products from us instead, just because they now have steel tariffs. I'm not sure what Trump's end game is, maybe that he's hoping they'll agree to not sell to China if we roll back the tariffs...? That seems awfully hard to accomplish.So Trumps refusing to partake in the impeachment to defend himself, and just put tariffs on Brazil and Argentina for steel and aluminum.
And it's only Monday.
Let's be real here, putting Trump on any stand or hearing would be a total disaster for him and the GOP.
The undeniable truth is that Trump is a shitty liar, and that he instinctively lies about anything he's unsure of, or things he sees as a weakness. This is not political - it's just who he is . And he's been like that forever.
Even hardcore Trump followers see that he's frequently embellishing stories, or just making shit up as he goes.
And hell, even if he doesn't manage to incriminate himself, he's surely going to throw someone under the bus - which just creates more stress and division in his own camp.
There are no good outcomes for Trump in a situation where he's under heavy scrutiny. Either he manages to screw himself over, or someone else.
Dropped way more than 100 points (also, points are kind of irrelevant because it depends on the base - a 1,000 point drop would be nearly unprecedented in a day, but would only be about a 3.6% drop. Still big, but a thousand point drop isn't what it used to be.And now he's saying he'd prefer to hold off trade talks with China until after 2020. And the DOW dropped 100 points thusly.
In the Republican-majority Senate, yes.