President Donald Trump boasted Sunday without providing evidence that China had "already begun" making large purchases of U.S. agricultural products as part of last week's tariff deal with Beijing. Trump announced the partial agreement on Friday, calling it a "substantial phase-one deal" that would take three to five weeks to write. He offered no details on Sunday to support his assertion that China had already begun making purchases weeks before terms of the deal are codified. The United States had planned to raise tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports from 25 percent to 30 percent on Tuesday, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that the increase wouldn't take place. The United States is China's biggest export market, but U.S. purchases of Chinese goods have plummeted since the punitive U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods went into effect over the summer, targeting China's growing strength in the technology sector. Business China reported Monday that exports to the United … [Read more...] about China already snapping up U.S. farm goods, Trump claims
Politicians across France have taken to social media to call for Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Turkey in Paris to be cancelled. It comes after Turkish players performed a military salute gesture in Friday's victory over Albania following Cenk Tosun’s last-minute goal in Istanbul. The gesture came just days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched military operations in northeast Syria against Kurdish forces. After the match, the official Twitter page for the Turkish national team uploaded a photo showing the playing squad and coaching staff making the same gesture in the changing room. The photo was accompanied with a caption saying the team had “dedicated their victory to our brave soldiers and fellow martyrs." #AnnulationMatchFranceTurquie trending On Monday, a number of politicians used the hashtag #AnnulationMatchFranceTurquie to call for the match between France and Turkey to be called off. Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of France's populist … [Read more...] about France v Turkey: Politicians call for match to be cancelled
The fast-moving impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, stemming from the president's dealings with Ukraine, involves numerous hearings, depositions and subpoenas of present and former top administration officials and other figures — and more than a few presidential tweets. Follow us here for all of the latest breaking news and analysis from NBC News' digital politics reporters as well as our teams on Capitol Hill and at the White House. 22096 … [Read more...] about Trump impeachment inquiry: Live updates and the latest news
The level of pomp likely to be displayed on Monday ahead of the Queen's Speech is second to none, even by British standards. But it's not all gold crowns and tradition — it marks the State Opening of Parliament, which was previously closed for three days. Here's what you need to know about the event and its possible consequences. What is the Queen's Speech? The Queen will come to parliament and read out an address that was prepared for her by the government. Put together in the centre of Whitehall by ministers, it provides the government with the opportunity to put forward its priorities for the parliamentary session. The monarch will deliver the speech from a throne in parliament's gilded House of Lords debating chamber and not in the House of Commons due to the chamber's traditional independence from the monarchy. In fact, a ritual involving the Queen's representative, called "Black Rod", will shut the doors to the Commons their face before they can enter to further symbolise … [Read more...] about What is the Queen’s Speech and what happens if MPs reject it?
DES MOINES — Seeking to turn the page from what he called this week the most corrupt administration in American history, former Vice President Joe Biden is set to roll out a new comprehensive ethics plan that includes a constitutional amendment to publicly finance elections. It also calls for a ban on lobbying by foreign governments and stricter protocols to ensure a firewall between the White House and prosecutorial decisions at the Justice Department. The suite of proposals to be announced Monday would "ensure that no future president can ever abuse the office for personal gain," the campaign tells NBC News in advance of the formal unveiling. For Biden, the plan to champion an amendment to eliminate private dollars from federal elections echoes legislation he proposed in his earliest days as a U.S. senator nearly a half century ago, but comes as he has faces criticism from his Democratic rivals for his dependence on traditional high-dollar fundraising events to fund his third … [Read more...] about Biden’s new ethics plan calls for publicly financed elections