Podcast: Trump's Tangled War on Trade
CQ on Congress, Episode 88

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump pose for photographs at the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently engaged in renegotiating the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson looks at whether President Donald Trump will impose more tariffs and withdraw from more international trade agreements in 2018, or pursue a more moderate path.


Capitol Ink | Davos 2018

Trump Dismisses Nuclear Buildup Report, Reverses Stance
‘Let it be an arms race,’ candidate Trump said

A nuclear-capable U.S. Minuteman III missile in its silo. President Trump reportedly told his team in July he wanted an eightfold hike in nuclear weapons, which he is denying. (Defense Visual Information Center photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Updated at 4:43 p.m. | President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed his position on the need for a massive buildup of the American nuclear weapons arsenal, calling such a move “unnecessary” after a report emerged alleging he told his team he wanted just that.

Trump dismissed as “fake news” a NBC News report that he signaled in late July to senior national security officials his desire for a major increase in the number of American nuclear weapons.

Trump’s Week to Include Trudeau Visit, Health Care Executive Order

Podcast: U.S, Mexico and Canada Start Work on the Trade Deal That Trump Put at Center of His Campaign
The Week Ahead, Episode 66

President Donald Trump arrives for a rally on June 21, 2017 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump spoke about renegotiating NAFTA and building a border wall that would produce solar power during the rally. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Trump Says U.S. Will ‘Terminate’ NAFTA if Talks Fail
President has stipulations about talks with Mexico and Canada

President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from NAFTA if he, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, shown here, and their Mexican counterpart are unable to renegotiate the pact. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Ep. 48: Why Trump is Slow-Walking His Trade Policy
The Week Ahead

President Donald Trump is taking his time reshaping his trade policies, says CQ Roll Call's trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson. She provides valuable insight on where things stand with the president’s campaign pledges to rip up NAFTA and officially label China as a currency manipulator — neither of which has happened.


Ep. 37: NAFTA, Consumer Regulations on Trump's Undo List
The Week Ahead

By Shawn Zeller and Ellyn Ferguson

President Donald Trump is likely to use executive orders to repeal Obama administration regulations and address long-standing concerns about the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, says CQ Roll Call's Trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson. Amit Narang, with the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, talks about what his group and others will do to challenge Trump's orders, particularly ones involving financial regulations.

McCain: ‘We Will Not Waterboard’
Former POW breaks with Trump on torture and trade

“What does it say about America if we’re going to inflict torture on people?” Arizona Sen. John McCain asked at a security conference on Saturday. (Daniel A. Anderson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a passionate address Saturday, Sen. John McCain promised that the U.S. would not reinstate waterboarding as an acceptable interrogation technique under any circumstance.

The Arizona Republican made it clear that any attempt by the new Trump administration to bring back waterboarding, a procedure which simulates drowning, would be immediately challenged in court, according to The Associated Press.