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‘Literally How an Economy Doesn’t Work’: Economic Experts Mock Trump’s Early AM China Tariffs Tweetstorm

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“The President’s been lying, non-stop, saying that China would pay for the tariffs – just like Mexico would pay for the wall.”

President Donald Trump followed up his weekend of nearly 100 tweets with an early Monday morning tweetstorm starting at 6:09 AM.

Most of the President’s tweets were in defense of his tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods imported from China into the U.S. – the vast majority of which increase costs to Americans because the tariffs are paid for by the companies that import the goods, who generally pass them on to consumers via higher prices.

And the president was widely mocked for these tweets, by an informed general public and many experts.

One set of Trump’s defensive tweets garnered a great deal of attention, for being wholly false.

“The President’s been lying, non-stop, saying that China would pay for the tariffs – just like Mexico would pay for the wall,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough noted.

Politico’s Chief Economic Correspondent also weighed in:

But it was this totally false Trump tweet that drew total mockery:

Here’s a noted American development economist:

A CNN Business economy reporter:

Editor-in-chief, SAIS Observer. Freelance journalist:

London Bureau Chief for The Street:

Professor, Washington University in St. Louis:

Senior Writer, Bloomberg Economics:

Wall Street financier, Morning Joe Economic Analyst:

Bloomberg News economics editor:

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Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis

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Concern is quickly growing on news the Trump administration has ordered U.S. Military Police to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis after four nights of protests. Federal law, specifically the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, makes it illegal in many cases to use the U.S. Military within the borders of the United States, especially for law enforcement.

Early Saturday morning the Associated Press reported “the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.”

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.

President Donald Trump in a 1 AM Friday morning tweet threatened to call up the National Guard and shoot “thugs” in Minneapolis if state and local officials did “bring the City under control.”

Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”

Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”

National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:

Online many are referring to the Posse Comitatus Act to support their belief Trump’s actions might be illegal.

Former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, now a law professor, fired off such a warning on Friday before the AP’s report:

The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:

ABC News adds: “Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.”

 

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Watch: Protester Scales DC Federal Government Building to Spray-Paint Profane Anti-Trump Message

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On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.

Watch below:

 

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One of Four Fired Police Officers Taken Into Custody in Killing of George Floyd

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Derek Chauvin, one of the four now-fired police officers involved in the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, has been taken into police custody, according to multiple reports.

It is unclear if he has been arrested and charged, and if so with what violations.

It’s unclear why the other three officers involved were not taken into custody as well.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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