Impeached President Donald Trump has tweeted 7 times and retweeted 8 times for Friday Eve, so far.
The U.S./China Trade Deal Phase One tweets.
One of the greatest trade deals ever made! Also good for China and our long term relationship. 250 Billion Dollars will be coming back to our Country, and we are now in a great position for a Phase Two start. There has never been anything like this in U.S. history! USMCA NEXT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2020
Cryin’ Chuck Schumer is saying privately that the new China Trade Deal is unbelievable, which it is, but publicly he knocks it whenever possible. That’s politics, but so bad for our great Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2020
The farmers are really happy with the new China Trade Deal and the soon to be signed deal with Mexico and Canada, but I hope the thing they will most remember is the fact that I was able to take massive incoming Tariff money and use it to help them get through the tough times!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2020
On Wednesday the President along with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the U.S./China Phase One Deal.
LIVE: POTUS Signs the Phase One Trade Agreement! https://t.co/teqGqjdgeZ— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 15, 2020
The Financial Times broke down the 80 plus page deal that was revealed for the first-time on Wednesday.
Intellectual Property. (chapter one. pg. 6 of the PDF)
China has agreed to make it easier for U.S. companies to seek “recourse in both civil and criminal proceedings for the theft of trade secrets, without disclosing confidential business information. The deal also includes stricter measures related to patents, trademarks and geographical indications to prevent piracy and counterfeiting.” Critics of chapter one say China has not made “sweeping commitments to combat cybertheft.”
U.S. Good Purchases. (chapter six. pg. 54 of the PDF)
China has agreed to buy $200 billion more in U.S. goods than it did in 2017, over the course of two years.
The purchases broken down include $32 billion in farm goods, including oilseeds, meats, grains, and seafood.
Farmers for Free Trade spokesperson Michelle Erickson-Jones, a Montana wheat farmer issued the following statement regarding the U.S./China trade deal.
While Phase One makes incremental progress, it remains to be seen whether it will deliver any meaningful relief for farmers like me. This deal does not end retaliatory tariffs on American farm exports, makes American farmers increasingly reliant on Chinese state-controlled purchases and doesn’t address the big structural changes the trade war was predicated on achieving. The promises of lofty purchases are encouraging but farmers like me will believe it when we see it.
In the months ahead, we will be closely scrutinizing the purchase promises in this agreement. We will see whether Phase One takes steps to dig out from the hole the trade war created or whether like previous ag purchase promises it is all talk. In the meantime, the Administration should waste no time in returning to the negotiating table and reaching an agreement that ends the trade war for good.Michelle Erickson-Jones 01/15/2020.
Reuters reported that the deal will “roll back only some of tariffs that the two sides have been imposing on each other. The rest remain in place for what looks to be another tricky phase of talks.”
Minority Senate Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded to President Trump’s tweeter attack.
I’m getting under @realDonaldTrump’s skin on China trade issues because he knows I’m right:— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 16, 2020
I’ve been consistent in public and in private that his new trade deal with China is unbelievably bad for American workers and businesses. https://t.co/XZd7FJNNuK
The president is watching TV again — both tweets probably about the same segment, which discusses Schumer's public criticism of the "deal."— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) January 16, 2020
Left, Fox & Friends, 7:42 a.m.
Right, Trump, 8:41 and 8:59 a.m. pic.twitter.com/M5jlKur3SI
The Impeachment Tweets with a side of bribing jurors.
“There is no crime here. I just think this whole thing should be rejected out of hand. I wouldn’t waste a minute of taxpayer dollars or time on this. Entertaining this Impeachment is a joke.” Laura Ingraham @IngrahamAngle @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2020
Looking at this strongly! https://t.co/Giw8UknN3m— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2020
On Wednesday as the News Blender reported Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the House Impeachment Managers that will present the House’s findings that President Trump abused his power, in his attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival and that he Obstruction Congressional oversight by refusing to turn over documents relating to Ukraine military aid.
It's official. Speaker Pelosi announces the impeachment managers:— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 15, 2020
• Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
• Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
• Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
• Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
• Rep. Val Demings (D-FL)
• Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO)
• Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)
House clerk: "Mr. President, I have been directed by the House of Representatives to inform the Senate the House has passed H. Res. 798, a resolution appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, president of the United States." Via ABC pic.twitter.com/WKsH7hndlB— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 15, 2020
“There is no crime here.”
On Thursday the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan agency that reports to Congress found that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) violated the Impoundment Control Act (ICA) by withholding funds from Ukraine.
According to their report in the summer of 2019:
OMB withheld from obligation approximately $214 million appropriated to DOD for security assistance to Ukraine. OMB withheld amounts by issuing a series of nine apportionment schedules with footnotes that made all unobligated balances for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) unavailable for obligation. As explained below, we conclude that OMB withheld the funds from obligation for an unauthorized reason in violation of the ICA. (See 2 U.S.C. § 684.)
We also question actions regarding funds appropriated to the Department of State (State) for security assistance to Ukraine.GAO Report 01/16/2020.
This morning, the Government Accountability Office confirmed that the President’s actions at the center of our impeachment articles, withholding Congressionally-approved military aid from Ukraine, were illegal. #DefendOurDemocracyhttps://t.co/i0wLqgoN8f pic.twitter.com/HQv0HDaFyZ— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 16, 2020
“Looking Strongly Into This.”
In a real trial we call this jury tampering.
As to the book the President is promoting according to Breitbart.com Amazon Charts (the link they use goes to most read and most sold not pre-ordered) said that the new Peter Schweizer book “Profiles in Corruption,” was the most anticipated book on the list.
The Other Tweet.
This is a total disgrace, but just another reason that I’m going to win Michigan again! https://t.co/XrqveOvYcG— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2020
From the Daily Caller article:
“The Flint Registry gives anyone exposed to Flint water from April 2014 until October 2015 — an estimated 150,000 people — access to services and programs,” the Flint Journal reported in 2019. “The Registry is funded in part by a $14.4-million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”The Daily Caller 01/15/2020.
The registry increased the “thank you check” amount from $25 to $50 in December.
Happened on the Hill. (I’ll attempt to have a feed for Chief Justice Roberts swearing in and the Senators. Which takes place at 2 p.m. eastern.)
Earlier on Thursday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for handing out engraved pens after she signed the Articles of Impeachment heading to the Senate.
.@Senatemajldr: "The Speaker distributed souvenir pens to her own colleagues emblazoned with her golden signature that literally came in on silver platters. The pens literally came in on silver platters. Golden pens on silver platters. A souvenir to celebrate the moment." pic.twitter.com/rw2JMoSc6W— CSPAN (@cspan) January 16, 2020
In the Clinton impeachment, every senator took a black and silver souvenir pen after they signed their oath for the Senate trial.— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 16, 2020
The original pens had a typo on them, though, so Gillette created a second batch of souvenir pens for them to keep instead. https://t.co/D4KtoBPoFJ pic.twitter.com/NNxHmy4t00
This post will be updated within reason.