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How Cohn is undermining Trump’s ‘America First’ trade policy

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“America First” was the cornerstone of President Trump’s campaign, and remains at the core of his trade policy today. Unfortunately, not all of the president’s closest advisors support America First principles, and are even working to actively undermine them.

Gary Cohn, the current Director of the National Economic Council and former Goldman Sachs banker, is chief among these individuals.

Leading up to the July 2017 G-20 summit, Cohn reportedly pushed Trump to refrain from placing tariffs on steel and other goods, a position directly at odds with Trump’s America First agenda. “I think the president is pretty clear on what he wants. It’s the staff that is on different pages,” one senior administration aide told Politico.

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As recently as Tuesday, Trump reaffirmed his position on implementing tariffs in key areas to lawmakers at the White House.

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“They are dumping and destroying our industries,” Trump stated, adding that, “You may have a higher price, but you have jobs.” The president also cited national defense as a key reason for want to implement tariffs.

“I want to keep prices down, but I also want to make sure that we have a steel industry and an aluminum industry, and we do need that for national defense,” Trump proclaimed.

Cohn’s assessment of the coal industry represents another battlefield where he and the president differ. During the 2016 presidential race, Trump repeatedly expressed he wished to save the industry.

In a May 2016 speech, Trump reaffirmed coal miners crushed by burdensome regulations, stating, “For those miners, get ready because you’re going to be working you’re asses off.” Trump even bolstered clean coal technology in February by including a tax credit for carbon capture projects.

However, in May 2017, Cohn painted an entirely different picture of the coal industry, reportedly stating, “Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” while aboard Air Force One.

Cohn’s view on coal stands in stark contrast to the president’s America First agenda, and even prompted false speculation of a shift in Trump’s energy and environmental policies, effectively undermining him in the press.

Not only has Cohn routinely undermined the president’s policies—he’s also been directly insubordinate, criticizing the president’s reaction to the Charlottesville controversy and allegedly faking bad reception to end a phone call with Trump during tax reform negotiations.

Moreover, Cohn is a registered Democrat, and clearly can’t identify with American workers. On almost all of the president’s major trade policy decisions, such as washing machine and steel tariffs and NAFTA negotiations. In fact, Cohn blocked two separate attempts to withdraw from NAFTA.

Now is the time for President Trump to stand up to the global elitists and keep his America First promise. He should continue to implement trade policies that protect American workers and corporations, consistent with his America First agenda.

By standing with the millions of hard working Americans that voted him into office, the president can bring about real change and Make America Great Again.

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SHAME: Democrats Are Blocking Stimulus Legislation That Includes Second $1,200 TrumpBux Check

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Democrats in Congress are blocking a bipartisan $1.5 trillion stimulus package that includes a second round of $1,200 TrumpBux payments to Americans.

Leading House Democrats are saying the bill isn’t big enough of a giveaway, but they favor stimulus measures that would divert funds away from the pockets of everyday Americans to institutions. They want to bail out Democrat state and local governments, and are willing to block TrumpBux payments to Americans if they aren’t allowed to.

The House passed a $3.4 trillion stimulus package in May that was shot down by Senate Republicans. The latest $1.4 stimulus legislation has been presented as a compromise, after House Democrats in turn rejected a thin $500 billion stimulus package proposed by Republicans last week. That package did not include a second round of $1,200 payments, and Republicans are now willing to sign off on another TrumpBux payment in order to pass another round of stimulus.

The $1.5 trillion stimulus legislation emerged from the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats who emphasize bipartisanship and common ground. Aside from TrumpBux 2, it features $500 billion for cities and states, unemployment insurance of $600 a week, increased SNAP benefits and rental assistance.

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Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi are claiming the legislation doesn’t go far enough and that it “leaves too many needs unmet.”

Pelosi and House Democrats are insisting that Congress will remain in session until a second stimulus agreement is met, but in rejecting the Problem Solvers Caucus legislation they’re already shown they’re not open to a generous compromise.

Try asking everyday working Americans of all stripes and walks of life if they’re willing to wait or even go without a second $1,200 stimulus payment in order to provide a bigger bailout to states and cities that already engage in questionable budgetary practices to begin with. The Democrats are resolutely determined to avoid making people the priority in  a stimulus package, and will block stimulus legislation to do so.

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