If Donald Trump becomes president of the United States, Carl Icahn may be his ambassador or chief negotiator to China. Trump made the revelation in an interview this morning on MSNBC:
"We have to negotiate great trade deals. I would get the best guys," said Trump. "Carl Icahn is a friend of mine. I'd say, 'Carl, congratulations, handle China.' I'd get other guys like Carl. I'd say, 'Good luck, here's Japan.' Believe me, we will do so well."
So we once again have a functioning senate, no longer a prisoner of Harry Reid’s theory of government – if you do not like a bit of legislation, you can keep it – keep it from the floor, keep it from debate, keep it from a vote. That proved to be a ticket to the minority, as disgusted voters decided in favor of a change they can believe in.
The top Republican in the Senate is applauding President Obama after the passage of the trade bill.
“A new Congress that’s back to work for the middle class just notched another win for everyone who cares about strengthening American paychecks, American jobs, and the American economy. Achieving this positive outcome was never going to be easy, but it proves that the power of a good idea, no matter where it comes from, can win out over the stasis of gridlock," Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says in a statement.
Senator Jeff Sessions will release this statement in response to Senate's vote to advance the fast-track trade bill:
“Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan vote of Congress that will transfer congressional power to the Executive Branch and, in turn, to a transnational Pacific Union and the global interests who will help write its rules.
Senator Jeff Sessions is worried that the adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would lead to an "historic international regulatory Commission" that would eoncmpass 90 percent of the world's GDP. He's concerned that it would "[create] a self-governing and self-perpetuating Commission with extraordinary implications for American workers and American sovereignty."
Hillary Clinton has taken a very nuanced position on the trade debate. But none would call it outright support of the president. Which, even if you don’t understand exactly where she is today, is not where she was in the recent past. Forty-five times.
The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is whacking Hillary Clinton today for not taking a firm stand on critical issues in her speech today in New York City.
" Today, Hillary Clinton spoke about her vision for America's future. But here's what she didn't say: she didn't say that she would take any substantive actions to hold Wall Street CEO's accountable for reckless behavior. Nor did she weigh in on the secretive TPP deal that could depress American wages and cost American jobs," team O'Malley writes in an email to supporters.
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is rallying the opposition against President Obama's proposed "fast track" trade law. O'Malley, unlike his rival Hillary Clinton, has voiced strong opposition to the plan.
"Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)," O'Malley writes in an email this morning to supporters.
House majority leader Kevin McCarthy laid out the Republicans' game plan for trade votes this week. In short, the memo sent out late last night details the rule votes will be held today, Thursday, and final vote is slated for Friday.
Speaker of the House John Boehner is praising the Senate's passage of the trade bill and calling on Democrats to join with Republicans to pass the law in the House.
“Trade helps create good-paying American jobs, so it’s good news that the Senate has put us one step closer to eliminating trade barriers. These reforms have the support of farmers, manufacturers, small business owners, and Americans from all walks of life, and it’s not hard to figure out why," Boehner says in a statement.