Trump keeps saying there’s an ‘illegal immigration crisis’ at the border — but that’s not what the numbers show

July 16, 2018

Getty Images/John Moore The Customs and Border Protection agency released data showing that its agents arrested just 34,114 people at the border in June — an 18% drop from May. It’s unclear exactly what caused the plunge, but CBP noted in a statement that it’s common for agents to make fewer arrests between May and June. While President Donald Trump often speaks of a “crisis” in illegal immigration at the…

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The Trump administration reportedly drafted a bill to abandon key World Trade Organization rules

July 15, 2018

Associated Press/Evan Vucci The Trump administration has reportedly drafted a bill that would abandon the US’ commitment to the World Trade Organization’s rules. Trump has recently been angling to withdraw the US from the WTO altogether — though Congress is unlikely to approve such a measure. Administration officials involved in drafting the legislation told Axios it was “insane.” The Trump administration has drafted legislation that would empower the president to…

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US businesses and consumers could be the ‘prisoners’ of Trump’s trade fight with China

July 13, 2018

Getty Images/Pool A trade war has been brewing between the US and China. The White House has said the US would have an edge over China in a trade war. But economists think China has more room to negotiate.  The White House has asserted the US has the whip hand in a tariff fight between the world’s largest economies — with a senior economic adviser saying “it’s clear China has…

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The Trump administration and its critics are going to war over whether his staffers should be able to eat in peace

July 11, 2018

Getty Images President Donald Trump’s top officials are being accosted or ejected from restaurants. It’s the latest battleground between the administration and its critics. The confrontations come as Trump’s controversial border policy dominates the news. Within a week, three of President Donald Trump’s top staffers were confronted as they ate in restaurants.  The confrontations began when Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to the president and a huge force behind the…

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Trump jokes that a North Korean TV anchor who heaps praise on Kim Jong Un should work on cable news in the US

July 8, 2018

Win McNamee/Getty Images President Donald Trump noticed how positively North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was being portrayed by the regime’s news anchor on North Korean television. While in Singapore for his summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump compared the TV anchor, whose name is Ri Chun-hee, to someone who could work for Fox News in the US. The joke is a nod to Fox News’ coverage of Trump, which…

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Video captures the moment Alice Johnson was freed from prison, rushing toward her family after Trump commuted her life sentence

July 4, 2018

Courtesy of Amy Povah and Clemency for All Nonviolent Drug Offenders (CAN-DO). Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence for non-violent drug offenses was commuted by President Donald Trump, was released from prison Wednesday afternoon. Footage from local news crews showed Johnson racing toward her family and friends who had arrived at the Aliceville correctional facility in Alabama to greet her. Johnson told Business Insider just 24 hours ago that she…

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Kellyanne Conway: ‘Nobody likes’ policy separating families at the border

July 4, 2018

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway told NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd Sunday “nobody likes” separating families at the border. Almost 2,000 children have reportedly been separated from their families at the border over six weeks under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. Conway called on Democrats to develop immigration reform. Trump has falsely blamed them for the policy. Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said on Sunday that…

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The West will die so Trump can win: Business as usual is over for the G7 countries

July 2, 2018

Business Insider Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead President Trump has make it clear that America will no longer be “a bank” for G-7 countries. While Trump has hit Canada the hardest with increased steel tariffs, he has targeted only $3.5 billion of China’s goods — less than half that of the EU. The Trump administration is sending a message to long-standing allies that business as usual is over. Trump…

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Melania Trump snipes at ‘rabid press corps’ as her public absence fueled rumors and conspiracy theories

July 1, 2018

Associated Press/Manuel Balce Ceneta First Lady Melania Trump downplayed the speculation that stemmed from her extended public absence over the last few weeks. In a statement, Melania said she was “confident” in her role, and was not going to be affected by what she called the “rabid press corps.” The first lady had what her spokespeople called a minor kidney procedure in mid-May, but she soon became the subject of…

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See all the products that will cost you more because of Trump’s trade war

July 1, 2018

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Trump’s import taxes are meant to help US manufacturers by making foreign products more expensive, but this will hurt likely American consumers.  A new wave of tariffs targeting hundreds of Chinese industrial goods is set to take effect on July 6th. According to Labor Department estimates, the average cost of washing machines shot up by 17% in the past three months. Many other goods, such as the computer chips that power…

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