President Trump spoke prior to the National Association of Realtors Friday afternoon, starting his speech by revealing that the U.S. would be raising steel and aluminum tariffs.
” We’ve simply reached an arrangement with Canada and Mexico and we’ll be selling our product into those countries without the imposition of tariffs or significant tariffs,” Mr. Trump said. He expressed hope that Congress will authorize the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Contract.
He did, however, say that his boost on tariffs on Chinese products and China’s retaliatory tariffs was “worth it,” to guarantee that China would stop cheating the U.S. through trade. Acknowledging that these tariffs have had a negative result on farmers– a lot of whom supported Mr. Trump in 2016– Mr. Trump called them patriots, saying “we’re taking care of our farmers” and he has “never ever heard a problem.”
” Farmers are incredible. I don’t know. They may even be much better than the realtors!” Mr. Trump cracked.
Mr. Trump, who has a background as a property mogul, invested much of his speech splitting jokes to laughs and applause from the audience. He acknowledged that his speech was “all off-cuff,” because he understood more about how to talk with real estate agents.
The president also spoke extensively about the economy. Bragging about low joblessness amongst women, Mr. Trump joked that “males need to sue the ladies for discrimination.”
Mr. Trump likewise criticized the press for reporting on the recent escalation of stress between the U.S. and Iran, saying that there was no dispute in the administration over whether to go to war with Iran. He condemned using confidential sourcing in reporting.
” There is no source. The person does not exist. The individual is not alive. It’s bullshit,” he declared without basis.
He also insulted the numerous Democratic candidates running for president in 2020: “A few of these individuals are stone cold crazy.”
The president spent much of Friday morning preoccupied on Twitter with Attorney General Of The United States William Barr’s assertion that the Trump project was surveilled.
” My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Absolutely nothing like this has actually ever happened in American Politics. An actually bad scenario. TREASON indicates long prison sentences, and this was TREASON!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter Friday early morning.
In 2 different interviews, Barr maintained that unlawful spying did occur, a claim he made in Senate testimony last month. In a conversation with Fox News’ Expense Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom,” Barr suggested that he wished to get to the bottom of whether “federal government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale” during the Russia investigation. He criticized unnamed officials as providing “inadequate” explanations for what took location.
In a separate interview with the Wall Street Journal, Barr appeared more specific, asserting, “Federal government power was used to spy on American residents.”
The attorney general of the United States’s assertion of spying, however, has been twice rejected by existing and former FBI officials. When asked directly about Barr’s claims before Congress, FBI Director Christopher Wray affirmed to the Senate Appropriations Committee that he wasn’t conscious of any prohibited “spying” on the Trump campaign in 2016.
Previous FBI Director James Comey also maintained that he had “no idea” what Barr was talking about when he raised the claim of unauthorized spying.
On Thursday, Mr. Trump presented his strategy to prioritize high-skilled immigrants and restrict family-based migration a proposition that would significantly alter the composition of immigrants to the U.S. However, the president’s strategy won’t consist of any defenses for undocumented immigrants who showed up as kids. It’s unclear if a single Democrat has been consulted on the plan up until now, and some Republican politicians have used lukewarm reactions to the proposal.
Asked Wednesday how stopping working to very first consult Democrats or include anything on so-called “Dreamers” amounts to anything more than a reelection strategy, the official stated, “If they don’t want to engage then it would become part of the election. If they wish to engage, it might be part of the settlement. That’s going to depend on them.”
Kathryn Watson, Emily Tillett and Grace Segers added to this report