Issa: Trump ‘Using Levers’ Against China

Monday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” while discussing President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets about China and his phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said Trump was “using levers” of power against China. Issa said, “I think a better way to put it is President Obama announced and began a pivot to Asia. That was really about Japan and other countries seeing China as an emerging power that was beginning to threaten a status quo, that had military and economic reach intent, and nothing has changed as a result that declaration by Obama.” “With President-elect Trump what you are seeing is he is using levers,” he continued. “We can disagree if they are wrong or they are right but he is clearly using levers. The meeting with Japan’s leader, the call from Taiwan’s leader, and a recognition that China is not the only place there are levers of power in Asia, and I’ll tell you, I would rather use the levers he just used than a military lever.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rush Limbaugh: ‘We Are on Offense With Donald Trump’

Monday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh commented on President-elect Donald Trump’s departure from norms, including his use of Twitter to communicate to the American people. According to Limbaugh, Trump’s use of social media is an example of him playing by a new set of rules, which has upset many of those in the media and that it suggests that Trump is on offense, unlike other Republicans in positions of power in the past. Partial transcript as follows (courtesy of The media’s also writing of their outrage over the frequency with which Donald Trump tweets.  Leftists, Democrats, communists alike are all saying that what Trump is doing on Twitter is an outrage. It’s not presidential, it’s beneath the dignity of the office, it’s embarrassing, it’s humiliating, we are becoming a laughingstock.  A president who gets up at five in the morning and starts tweeting. You know what Trump says about it?  Trump sent a tweet out just a little while ago this morning.  He said: “If the press would cover me accurately and honorably, I would have far less reason to tweet.  Sadly, I don’t know if that’ll ever happen.”  He’s exactly right about that. 
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