Chuck Schumer: I’m Closer to Trump on Trade Policy Than With Obama

Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told John Catsimatidis on his New York AM 970 radio show “The Cats Roundtable” that he is closer now to President Donald Trump than he ever was with former President Barack Obama. “Trade is the thing [China cares] most about, and they’ve been treating us very badly on trade for a long time, frankly,” said Schumer. “I was closer in trade views to Donald Trump than I was to either George Bush or Barack Obama, on China anyway. I think we were much too easy on them. But if we got tough on them now, maybe they would relent, but we have to real tough. So far, the administration has not been as tough as they should be, as far as I’m concerned.” Schumer also said in the interview that Republicans and Democrats in Congress are “working together in a pretty good way.” He added, “Our Republican friends, I think, want to work with us. I think sometimes the president gets in the way of that. But I think you’re going to see us working together more and more.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Dershowitz: Trump Has More Credibility on North Korea Than Obama

Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz gave his critique on how President Donald Trump was handling the threat from North Korea. He noted that at this point Trump has more credibility than his predecessor Barack Obama given how Obama handled the Syria situation. “One hopes that the president is not doing what President Obama did years ago when he created a red line with Syria, and then it failed to comply,” he said. “I think that probably President Trump at this point has more credibility. I suspect he’s believed because he’s so unpredictable. We saw it today that the North Koreans responded in kind. So, it’s hard to second guess. Some presidents have taken the position of speak softly and carry a big stick. That was Teddy Roosevelt. Other presidents have spoken forcefully and loudly. It really depends on the situation.” “So, I’m going to wait and see how it plays out before trying to second guess. What I don’t like is Congress coming in now and trying to pass legislation precluding the president from taking military action if necessary. That actually blunts any presidential impact and I think it interferes with the
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2020: Julian Castro Creates ‘Opportunity First’ PAC

Julian Castro
Julian Castro—the ex-San Antonio mayor who was former President Barack Obama’s Housing and Urban Development secretary, created a political action committee this week, signaling that he may be positioning himself for a 2020 White House run. The “Opportunity First” group, as the San Antonio Express-News reported on Thursday evening, can oppose or support federal candidates but has yet to list any fundraising activity. Castro, who is reportedly working on a memoir that will tell “his family’s story and put that in the context of the American dream of the Latino community in the Southwest,” keynoted the 2012 Democratic National Convention and eviscerated Mitt Romney, showing he has the ability cut good “promos,” which are becoming more important for presidential candidates. The Stanford graduate who went to Harvard for law school may appeal to urbane coastal liberals in addition to left-wing “salad bowl” activists much like Barack Obama did. Like Obama at the 2006 Steak Fry in Iowa, Castro was very well received by Iowa Democrats when he attended then-Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) annual event in 2013 with then-Vice President Joe Biden. If Castro can win one of the first three primary states or finish in the top three in each state
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