A Continued Confirmation and Tensions in the Trade War

The Senate Judiciary Committee has pushed back the vote to possible confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. News broke last week that Senator Dianne Feinstein(CA-D) received a letter on July 30th, which contained an allegation of sexual abuse against Kavanaugh. For most of last week the letter was simply a rumor and the accuser remained nameless. As reports began floating around Feinstein brought the letter to the FBI and the accuser revealed herself to be University professor Christine Blasey Ford. Her accusation states that a  "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh, while being watched by an equally intoxicated buddy of his, held her down on a bed, grinded his body against her and tried to rip off her clothes in what she later described to a therapist as a "rape attempt." Kavanaugh has denied this account ever happened and the two are scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, September 24th. Trump has not wavered in his support for the Supreme Court nominee stating; "Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known...Never had even a little blemish on his record."

The trade war with China is being escalated with the latest announcement from Trump. Trump will impose 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, and those duties have the potential to rise to 25 percent at the end of the year. China has already threatened to retaliate against new duties. The White House removed about 300 goods from a previously proposed list of affected products, including smart watches, some chemicals, and other products such as bicycle helmets and high chairs. In response to China Trump said; "if China takes retaliatory action against our farmers or other industries, we will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports."  This new trade ‘agreement’ is being made public amid complaints about alleged theft of intellectual property by Chinese companies and concerns about the U.S. trade deficit with China. The two sides have failed to reach a deal to resolve the White House's concerns with China's trade practices despite a series of talks. "We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly," Trump said in the statement. In a statement on Monday, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons said imposing the tariffs risked undoing the results that manufacturers have achieved in the past year because of tax and regulatory reforms; "With every day that passes without progress on a rules-based, bilateral trade agreement with China, the potential grows for manufacturers and manufacturing workers to get hurt. No one wins in a trade war, and manufacturing workers are hopeful the administration's approach will quickly yield results," Timmons said, in the statement. Larry Kudlow, White House economic advisor issued a statement claiming Trump “ "has not been satisfied with the talks with China on this."