"China Has Agreed To Reduce, Remove Tariffs On US Cars": Donald Trump

Washington: China has agreed to scale back tariffs on imported US cars, President Donald Trump said Sunday, one day after agreeing with Xi Jinping to a ceasefire in the trade war between the world's top two economies.

Asia stocks had rallied on the news that Washington and Beijing would not impose any new tariffs during a three-month grace period, during which the two sides are meant to finalize a more detailed agreement.

"China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S. Currently the tariff is 40 percent," Trump said on Twitter.

On Saturday, Trump and Xi agreed to put a stop to their tit-for-tat tariffs row, which had roiled world markets for months.

The Republican president called their agreement -- which Washington hopes will help close a yawning trade gap with the Asian giant and help protect US intellectual property -- an "incredible" deal.

Trump agreed to hold off on his threat to slap 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from January 1, leaving them at the current 10 percent rate.

In return, China is to purchase "very substantial" amount of agricultural, energy, industrial and other product from the US

The US president did not send any subsequent tweets Sunday explaining which auto tariffs would be removed, and which would be reduced.

In July, China reduced auto import duties from 25 percent to 15 percent, a boon for international carmakers keen to grow sales in the world's largest auto market.

But as trade tensions ratcheted up with the US this summer, Beijing retaliated by slapping vehicles imported from the US with an extra 25 percent tariff, bringing the total tariff rate to 40 percent.

Many US automakers build their cars in China, but for some the tariff hikes have hit sales.

US company Tesla saw its sales drop with the higher prices this fall and recently said it would absorb some of the higher tariff costs and no longer pass them on to consumers.

German carmaker BMW and Ford's Lincoln brand have also been hit hard by the tariffs with some of their cars made in the US for the Chinese market.

The news comes as Trump mulls a tariff hike on vehicles imported from the European Union.

Top executives from German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW are to meet Tuesday with senior US officials at the White House to discuss the situation, the German news agency DPA reported, citing unnamed sources.

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Bolsonaro Calls Meeting with Trump's Security Advisor Productive

Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro called the meeting held Thursday in Rio de Janeiro with United States National Security Advisor John Bolton a productive one. A very pleasant and productive meeting with the US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, the right wing politician wrote on Twitter and posted a photo of the meeting, in which he appears with Donald Trump's advisor, together with General( r) Augusto Heleno, future minister of Institutional Security, and Foreign Minister to be Ernesto Araujo.

For his part, Bolton said: 'I handed over an invitation from President Trump to Bolsonaro to visit the United States... We expect dynamic cooperation with Brazil.'

Before flying to Brazil Bolton told the press on Tuesday in Washington Bolsonaro's election was a historic opportunity for both countries to work together.

Last week he wrote on Twitter: 'Anxious to meet with the next president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, in Rio de Janeiro, on November 29, we share many bilateral interests and will work closely to increase freedom and prosperity in all the Western Hemisphere. '

For Bolton, the far-right politician is an ally in the region against progressive governments and movements.

As part of preparations for this meeting, Senator Eduardo Bolsonaro, son and adviser to the president-elect, traveled to the US capital this week and met with officials from the Trump administration.

On Monday, the lawmaker met with Undersecretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Kimberly Breier, a meeting he described as good, since they spoke about steps that Brazil is taking 'together with the United States on international issues.'

According to analysts, Bolsonaro and Trump have similar personalities and agree in many ways on how to approach politics and its communication strategies.

The Brazilian ex military won the October 28 election with more than 55 percent of the vote. He will take office on January 1.

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Over 150 Migrant Children Still in US Far from Their Parents

Washington, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Almost 150 immigrant children are still in the United States away from their parents as victims of the criticized practices of President Donald Trump's government on this issue, according to official data.

A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services pointed out that exactly 147 minors are in federal custody almost five months after a court order for family reunification.

Due to the rejected policy of 'zero tolerance' towards undocumented immigrants, 2,667 children were separated from their parents.

The administration initially identified 2,654 affected by the situation, but it recently increased that number by 13.

The source stated that 30 of the parents had been declared ineligible for the union considering their criminal record, although some, according to civil organizations, committed minor offenses without affecting their ability to care for their descendants.

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US Congresswoman to Trump: Stop Being 'Saudi Arabia’s Bitch'

Gabbard previously clashed with former President Barack Obama on Syrian policy, commenting that the United States was hastily pushing for change in the country but ignoring the potential consequences.

Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who has been criticized for opposing U.S. interference in Syria, had harsh words for President Donald Trump, regarding Washington’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. 

RELATED: Khashoggi Killing: Trump Will Remain Saudi Arabia 'Partner'

Gabbard tweeted that the U.S. president was “Saudi Arabia’s bitch,” after Trump said Washington will remain allies with Riyadh regardless of the Kingdom being implicated in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi - who was killed on the Saudi consulate in Turkey.  

Trump doubled down, saying the United States Government will not dissolve any partnership with Saudi Arabia despite a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) investigation concluding that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered Khashoggi's killing.

“...we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi... the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region."

On Tuesday, Trump highlighted that Saudi Arabia was a key ally against Iran as well as an important oil supplier. The U.S. president added that, though Khashoggi’s murder was an “unacceptable and horrible crime” and “it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event,” Washington will not sever ties with the middle eastern country.

“I’m not going to destroy the world economy, and I’m not going to destroy the economy for our country by being foolish with Saudi Arabia,” Trump told reporters. "If we abandon Saudi Arabia, it would be a terrible mistake."  

Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower! 

Similarly, Gabbard, who is a two-tour veteran, previously clashed with former President Barack Obama on Syrian policy, commenting that the United States was hastily pushing for change in the country but ignoring the potential consequences of that action, and hitting out against Washington arming anti-government fighters in Syria.

Republican senators Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham have both made remarks against Trump’s stance on the Saudi Kingdom. Paul has urged the U.S. head of state to suspend the arms deal with Riyadh, while Graham noted that the Crown Prince is responsible for Khashoggi’s death.
 
"They are an important ally but when it comes to the Crown Prince, he's irrational, he's unhinged and I think he's done a lot of damage to the relationship (between) the United States and Saudi Arabia. And I have no intention of working with him ever again," Graham told NBC.
 

The President indicates that Saudi Arabia is the lesser two evils compared to Iran and so the US won’t punish Saudi Arabia for the brutal killing and dismemberment of a dissident journalist in their consulate. I disagree.

"I'm pretty sure this statement is Saudi Arabia First, not America First," Paul posted on his Twitter page. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker also tweeted displeasure, "I never thought I'd see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.”

Last week, anti-interventionist Gabbard also called for an end to U.S. involvement with the Saudi-led war in Yemen. "It is long overdue that we end U.S. complicity in Saudi Arabia's atrocities. We must end all U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen now."

Gabbard had began her political career with more conservative views on several issues. “I began to realize that the positions I had held previously regarding the issues of choice and gay marriage were rooted in the same premise held by those in power in the oppressive middle east regimes I saw,” the Hawaiian Democrat said, referencing her tours of duty.

The congresswoman, who supported Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic primary, is being considered a potential presidential candidate for 2020.

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Iran: New European Initiatives for Non-Dollar Trade to Come

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini announced, in September, the establishment of a legal entity that would facilitate business between Iran and international trading partners.

On Wednesday, Iran praised European efforts to maintain business with Tehran despite U.S. sanctions, citing discussions to conduct non-dollar trade. "We had constructive meetings with British and French officials and nuclear negotiators in Tehran," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said, in a tweet, on the occasion of the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's visit.

RELATED: US: Sanctions on Russia, Iran to Curb Oil Shipments to Syria

In May, U.S. President Donald Trump's Administration reimposed sanctions on Iran in an attempt to prevent the entry of financial resources for the country. As a reaction to the sanctions, the European Union’s (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini announced, in September, the establishment of a legal entity that would facilitate business between Iran and international trading partners.

The “Special Purpose Vehicle” (SPV) system was conceived of as a barter-based system to avoid handling dollars by keeping "credit" records.

“If Iran exports crude oil to a French company,” according to an Al Bawaba report, “[that] company would register an agreed amount of “credit” with the SPV. Iran could then arrange to import goods from an Italian company, and that company could claim back the credit from the SPV as payment. Technically, this translates to no dollars changing hands with Iranian companies.

A French delegation was also in Tehran, on Wednesday, to meet with Araghchi, who commented that "the EU and the three European countries are still determined to save the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) [nuclear deal]. New initiatives are being designed for the SPV."

The Iranian foreign ministry's spokesman said that Iran had not yet given up hope on the mechanism.

"We have not been able yet to finalize the (SPV) issue to facilitate Iran's purchase of essential goods, and business with small and medium-sized enterprises," Bahram Qasemi said.

However, the United States' stance has not changed.

Recently, U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, threatened to sanction European banks and companies that are or become associated with the SPV.

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Jim Carrey calls Donald Trump a 'melanoma', says Republicans are 'raping our system'

Actor Jim Carrey has called Donald Trump a “melanoma” and said that the current administration is “raping our system”.

In a strongly worded attack reported by the Hollywood Reporter during a panel discussion at the Vulture festival in Los Angeles, Carrey denounced Republicans while speaking about his interest in politically oriented painting.

Carrey called Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell “incredibly dangerous, a threat to homeland security. And now he has the nerve to come out a couple of days ago and ask for bipartisanship.” During the discussion, Carrey posted a painting of McConnell on social media, depicting the politician as a turtle waving a white flag on which is written the word “Bipartisanship” while a wave – an allusion to the Democratic “blue wave” in the 2018 mid-term elections – threatens to swamp him.

Carrey reportedly added, “These are not people you can deal with. You cannot be bipartisan with a criminal. A rapist needs to be removed, not negotiated with. These people are raping our system, they’re destroying it right in front of us … This corrupt Republican Congress that was … These people have to be removed from our system because they’re bad for us. Trump is a melanoma, and anybody that covers for him, including Sarah Sanders, is putting makeup on it. It shows that there’s a deeper problem in this country, and that problem is greed.”

Carrey also had harsh words for the Christian right, saying: “I think they’re going to find out once and for all that the Christian right has never been about morality, it’s been about holding on to power and using morality to do so.”

Carrey has produced a stream of artworks in the last few years, to less than resounding acclaim. He has recently posted pictures of Trump and vice president Mike Pence in space, Trump crucifying Jesus, and former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt vomiting oil.

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'Bus driver from heaven' rescued children from California wildfire

Paradise, California (CNN)--Kevin McKay drove the school bus along gridlocked, dark roads as pockets of fire burned all around. Nearly two dozen elementary school children were on board with him.

Smoke began to fill the bus, so McKay took off a shirt. He and two teachers on the bus tore it into pieces and doused them with water. The children held the damp pieces of cloth to their mouths and breathed through them.
 
He had been on the job, driving the bus for Ponderosa Elementary School in the northern California city of Paradise, only for a few months. Now, McKay was ferrying the 22 stranded children to safety as the Camp Fire scorched everything in its path. It would take five hours for them to reach safety.
 
The fire had broken out early November 8, forcing many to evacuate Butte County.
 
Video of Paradise before and after Camp Fire
Video of Paradise before and after Camp Fire 01:05
 
McKay, 41, grew concerned early. He had seen wildfires before, he said.
 
"But the fact that it was coming down in 1,000 places, it was unheard of," McKay told CNN in an interview Sunday in a park in Chico, a city southwest of Paradise.
 
His son, mom and girlfriend had already evacuated to a hotel in Chico that morning.
 
"That freed me up to focus completely on this terrifying situation," McKay said.
 
Family members of other students had already picked up their children.
 
But nearly two dozen students were stranded because their family members hadn't made it to the school. McKay discussed evacuating the students with Ponderosa's principal.
 

'It felt like Armageddon'

Abbie Davis, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher at Ponderosa, and Mary Ludwig, 50, who teaches second grade, evacuated with McKay and the students.

Ludwig recalled the "the sky was really menacing."

The view from the bus as the teachers and students evacuated.
"It was very scary. It felt like Armageddon," she said Sunday.
 
"It just kind of looked like we'd be headed into Mordor," McKay recalled, referring to the realm of the evil lord Sauron in "The Lord the Rings" books and films.
 
As McKay drove away from the school on roads thick with smoke, the bus became stuck in the gridlock of vehicles trying to leave Paradise. Should they abandon the bus, they wondered?
 
Davis and Ludwig walked the bus aisle, comforting students.
 
As the smoke intensified, young lungs filled up. One student complained of being tired. Davis saw other kids dozing off.
 
The adults had to improvise. There was only one water bottle on the bus. McKay took off his shirt. They tore it up and doused the strips of cloth with water, so the students could use them to breathe properly, they recalled.
 
The bus was caught in the gridlock of hundreds of other vehicles trying to evacuate.
"That seemed to help," McKay said.
 
During the journey, McKay and the teachers also created their own emergency plan: Pair little kids with the big kids. Take roll. Get phone numbers. Review how to operate the emergency exits, first aid kit and the fire extinguisher.
 

'Paradise is lost'

Fourth-grader Charlotte Merz, 10, said she tried to stay calm and recalled "going to my happy place" on the journey.
 
The smoke made it hard to see. "It was so crazy, and there were fires left and right everywhere you looked," she said.
 
Search for remains continues after wildfire
Search for remains continues after wildfire 02:01
 
McKay said: "That's when we realized -- it's a silly statement, but Paradise is lost."
 
At one point, a car sideswiped them, McKay recalled. It sounded like someone was punching the bus, Davis said. They saw other traffic collisions.
 
Along the way, they picked up a passenger. She was a preschool teacher from an elementary school in the nearby city of Biggs whose car had broken down.
 
Davis said she thought she was going to die several times along the journey. At one point, they prayed, Ludwig said.
 
Hours later, parents and children were reunited. McKay said Davis' husband hugged him so hard, he "damned near lifted me off the ground."
 
The Camp Fire is now the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, killing 77 people and leaving nearly 1,000 people unaccounted for. The blaze had seared 150,000 acres as of Sunday evening, and was 65% contained.
 
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Nurse in fire told husband she was going to die 03:22
 
Recounting their escape Sunday, McKay was modest. Safety is an important part of a bus driver's role, he said, and he must have paid attention to those classes.
But Davis and Ludwig said McKay was a true hero.
 
"We had the bus driver from heaven," Ludwig said.
 
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Trump, after the elections

As we all know, the so-called midterm elections were held in the United States on Tuesday.

They took place in a normal labor day, because US authorities do not give them great importance.

When they closed, Donald Trump branded them “a tremendous success” for his candidates.

In this kind of elections, characterized by the indifference of a large number of voters, the average turnout has been about 40 percent.

Although a clear victory of Democrats was foreseen, the high turnout did not prevent the polls to reflect again the existing deep polarization in the country.

Washington Post columnist Dan Balz said on Wednesday that “the general rules of the voting in the House and the Senate, as well as the polls, reflected that the differences, which have defined United States during the presidency of Trump, remain and seem to strengthen”.

He added “That lays the foundations for very competitive presidential elections within two years”.


According to the analyst, Trump will seek his reelection in 2020.

New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser wrote “Democrats yet haven’t left Trump’s 2016 victory behind” and added that many believed the current polls would dilute the image that follows them since that year”.

But a few hours ago, Trump’s opponents won control of the House, in addition to picking two governor seats in such states as Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Both were key for his election in 2016.

For their part, Republicans along with Trump, spread out an alarmist discourse on immigration, its caravans and Democratic plans.

Glasser thought that both parties should do a soul searching before the new Congress takes over in January.

Bruce Miroff, American Presidency expert at the University of Albany, told EFE last week: “Trump would take no responsibility if his party loses the majority in the House of Representatives. For him, winning is always his business, losing is never his fault”.

Everything takes place amidst the widespread crisis that hits U.S. and that they will fail to solve not even with the mountain of dollars allocated for their military spendings in the current budget.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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