Today is Aug 6, and here are the stories I am watching.
1-Trump plans trip to El Paso
President Trump is planning to visit El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, the city’s mayor says, as some Democrats continue to blame the president for the mass shooting there and have urged him to stay away. News of Trump’s planned appearance teed up a potentially bitter national political moment just four days after suspected gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, allegedly opened fire at a Walmart and killed 22 people while injuring more than two dozen others. El Paso, Texas Mayor Dee Margo said he is “already getting the emails and the phone calls” from individuals “with lots of time on their hands,” but that his focus remains on his community, not politics.
2. Trump calls for mental health reform
In the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Trump on Monday called for reforms at the intersection of mental health and gun laws — including so-called “red flag laws” to take guns from those deemed a public risk. In unequivocal terms, he also condemned white supremacy, responding to reports that the shooter in El Paso wrote a racist manifesto ahead of the violence. The manifesto specifically said that Trump’s rhetoric was not to blame for the shooting, and said the shooter’s views “predate” Trump’s presidential campaign.
DML: Until the media accepts mental health as a real issue connected to mass killings, there will be no changes made.
3-Wall Street hating Trump’s tariffs
The Treasury Department on Monday officially declared China a currency manipulator, after the yuan fell to a more than 10-year low against the U.S. dollar. Secretary Steven Mnuchin, with the support of President Trump, determined that China is in fact unfairly influencing its currency – allegations that had been made by the president multiple times throughout the day. The yuan’s movement on Monday combined with the administration’s announcement that it plans to impose 10 percent tariffs on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese goods coming into the U.S. next month, sent markets spiraling, leading to their worst day of 2019. U.S. stocks went into freefall on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 900 points at its low before curbing some of those losses, ending the session 767 points lower.
DML: Wall Street will look to recover Tuesday but a rocky road may lie ahead if Trump and China don’t find a happy ground.
4-China vows response if US deploys missiles in region
A top Chinese military official on Tuesday said Beijing would “not stand idly by” if the U.S. goes forward with deploying intermediate-range missiles in the Indo-Pacific region, raising new fears an arms race. Last weekend, Mark Esper, the U.S. defense secretary, said that he “would like to” place these missiles in Asia, while in Sydney. Australia’s defense minister has said that country will not be a base for the missiles. It was not clear when these missiles would be put into place, but one senior official from the U.S. told Reuters that it would be years away. Esper made the comments after the U.S. withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces arms control treaty with Russia last Friday.
DML: The US has very few friends anymore, or so it feels.
5-California sued over law blocking Trump from ballot over tax returns
Four voters in California, along with the conservative transparency group Judicial Watch, announced Monday they have filed a federal lawsuit against the left-wing state, alleging its new law aimed at strong-arming President Trump into releasing his income tax returns is patently unconstitutional. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law known as the “Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act” last week. Its provisions would require Trump and other presidential primary candidates to file their tax returns for the most recent five years to the California secretary of state by November 26 or be excluded from the March 3, 2020 presidential primary ballot. The law does not apply to the general election, so Trump would still appear on the November 2020 California presidential ballot if he secured the national Republican Party nomination.
DML: California is disaster. No other way to say it. We will discuss this today at 10:30am on TeamDML.com
6-Last day for TeamDML raffle.
Your chance to win two free tickets to the First Annual TeamDML Meet & Greet in West Palm Beach, Florida ends tonight. We are also giving away two flights to West Palm Beach from anywhere in the continental US for the TeamDML event on October 26. How to enter? If you buy a DML PURE product from DMLcbd.com today you are automatically entered into the raffle. Drawing is on Friday morning.