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Trump announces 'substantial' trade deal with China - but it's weeks from being final
U.S. won't raise some existing tariffs to 30 percent, Mnuchin says

A container ship sits docked at the Port of Oakland on May 13, 2019, in Oakland, California. Chinese and U.S. officials, after trading tariffs and barbs for months, are again negotiating toward a potential trade pact. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Friday announced his administration has reached a “substantial” trade pact with China that includes some backing off of tariffs, but he signaled work remains to finalize the elusive pact.

The Trump administration has agreed to keep existing tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese-made goods at current levels rather than raising them to 30 percent, as Trump had threatened to when talks previously stalled.

Trump says he no longer views Pelosi as speaker. He can’t take anyone’s gavel
Trump denies Ukraine ‘pressure,’ tries to demote Pelosi over impeachment inquiry

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has again gotten under President Trump’s skin — this time with an impeachment inquiry he calls a “witch hunt.” (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Refusing to back away from a major political scandal, President Donald Trump undermined Speaker Nancy Pelosi while lobbing new allegations of corruption at one of Democratic 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden’s sons.

The president told reporters Wednesday there “was no pressure” during a July call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy to force him to investigate the Bidens. He also denied asking Pelosi during a Tuesday phone call to cool the impeachment push, saying, “She’s been taken over by the radical left.”

Amid impeachment inquiry, Trump again publicly contradicts a senior aide
President, top trade rep disagree on U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact's fate

President Donald Trump, facing an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats, shot down his trade representative Robert Lighthizer’s optimism that the House would vote on a proposed trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump openly disagreed with his top trade representative after Robert Lighthizer expressed confidence the House would vote on a proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact even while Democrats conduct an impeachment inquiry.

“I don't know if Nancy Pelosi is going to have time to sign it,” Trump said of the speaker, according to a pool report. “I don't know whether or not [we] have time to do any deals.”

Still confused about Trump’s demands of Congress? Maybe it’s you
President ‘always lays it right out there,’ but Hill slow to ‘adjust,’ Eric Ueland says

President Donald Trump — here in January 2018 with Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and John Thune of South Dakota and Vice President Mike Pence — has clear legislative goals despite confusion at times on the Hill as to what they are, legislative affairs director Eric Ueland says. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

ANALYSIS — If you’re a Republican lawmaker or congressional aide who struggles to understand what Donald Trump wants in legislation, take a long look in the mirror.

Because it’s you. Not him.

Democrats need rural voters to put Iowa in play in 2020
Party hopes to build on midterm gains, but hasn’t settled on the right approach

John Olsen from Des Moines, Iowa, wears a vest with presidential buttons as he listens to former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Aug. 8. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GREENFIELD, Iowa — The sunlight sparkled on Greenfield Lake on a hot Sunday in August as the Democrats passed around a paper bowl, tossing in a few dollars they had in their pockets.

It was a scene that could easily have taken place in a church earlier that day, when parishioners offer donations as baskets are passed through the pews.

UK’s Boris Johnson to White House: Buy our shower trays and Scottish haggis
Prime minister tells Pence his country’s National Health Service is off the table

Then-British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meets with then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in the Capitol. Johnson is now the British prime minister and Corker has left the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday offered some cheeky — but pointed — criticism of the United States and its trade practices, telling Vice President Mike Pence he wants to rip down “barriers” that keep British goods out of the massive American market.

Johnson also echoed his predecessor, Theresa May, by stating clearly that any potential U.S.-U.K. trade agreement would not include changes to his country’s National Health Service.

Trump again signals gun background checks bill is not a top priority
Congress should pass ‘something having to do with mental illness,’ president says

President Donald Trump is signaling that legislation to mandate background checks for gun purchases is not a priority for him. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled he is poised to defy public support for stronger background checks for firearm purchases in the wake of several deadly mass shootings.

He also again reverted to a pessimistic outlook for his long-promised trade pact that China that has devolved from rounds of talks into a tariff “battle,” as he described it Wednesday. Trump late last month described himself as the “chosen one,” picked by a higher power to get tough on China over what he calls its “unfair” trading tactics.

The Emmanuel Macron approach to Donald Trump
Biarritz G7 summit showed approach of the French president to his elder counterpart

President Trump (center left) and other G7 leaders listen Sunday as French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during working session at a G7 summit in Biarritz, France. (Jeff J Mitchell - Pool /Getty Images)

ANALYSIS | All eyes were on Donald Trump during his G7 summit stay in a French resort town, but no one kept closer tabs on the mercurial “America first” president than Emmanuel Macron. 

The U.S. chief executive arrived in chic Biarritz during one of the most chaotic and strange weeks of his presidency. Macron might have given Trump, who was liberally lashing foes foreign and domestic, a wide berth.

Trump signals he’s open to Macron’s idea of a high-stakes meeting with Iran
U.S. president says regime change in Tehran is off the table because ‘it doesn't work’

President Donald Trump attends the first working session of the G7 Summit on Sunday in the French southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz. (Jeff J Mitchell/Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said Monday he would agree to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over his country’s nuclear arms ambitions and actions in the Middle East — but he again threatened Tehran with “violent force.”

“I think we’re going to do something. It might not be immediately,” Trump said during a joint press conference in Biarritz with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is trying to broker the high-stakes meeting amid tensions between Trump and Rouhani that almost led to American strikes on Iran after Rouhani’s military downed a U.S. military drone aircraft.

US, Japan move closer to limited trade deal
Trump, Abe outline possible deal that could open Japanese markets to $7 billion in U.S. goods

President Donald Trump, pictured at a political rally in May, said he hoped to sign the final agreement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when the U.N. General Assembly meets in September. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The United States and Japan have reached a tentative agreement that could give President Donald Trump a trade win for his farm constituency and could protect Japan against steep auto tariffs that the administration is threatening to impose on imported vehicles.

Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined the agreement in principle on agriculture, industrial tariffs and digital trade Sunday during the G-7 summit in France. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the agreement, if finalized, would open Japanese markets to an additional $7 billion in U.S. products.