Today is July 1, and here are the stories I am watching.
1-Trump says he is optimistic about trade deal with China.
President Trump expressed optimism about a possible trade deal between his administration and Chinese President Xi Jinping, during an interview with Tucker Carlson set to air Monday night on Fox News. Trump had met with Xi during the G20 summit in Osaka and described the meeting as “excellent” before saying the two countries were “back on track.”
DML: In order for the markets to believe this true, they’ll need to see more than they hear. Trump has been blowing the same tune for a while now without results.
2-Trump rips alleged biases from Big Tech.
The president tells Fox News that Facebook, Google and Twitter are totally against him. “I won … They fought me very hard. I mean, I heard that and they’re fighting me hard right now.”
DML: The social media Gods are working hard to ensure the pro-Trump message is silenced, or so our web traffic shows.
3-Trump and Kim agree to revive talks on nuke problem.
President Trump made history this weekend by becoming first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea when he took 20 steps into the Hermit Kingdom. The event in the Demilitarized Zone also included a roughly 50-minute meeting behind closed doors, the first face-to-face sit-down between the two since their failed summit in Hanoi in February. The two leaders have agreed to revive talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, with Trump saying “speed is not the object” and “we’re looking to get it right.”
DML: I trust Kim as much as I would trust Hillary with my emails.
4-Democrats slam Trump over meeting with Kim.
Some 2020 Dems referred to the historic meeting as an elaborate photo-op and accused the president of “coddling” dictators. Other critics have wondered whether Trump will ever reach an actual deal with Kim, noting that nothing of substance was achieved in their previous two meetings.
DML: He could solve hunger and even still, they’d complain about the food he’s serving.
5- Many 2020 Dems on the chopping block.
The Democratic Party’s crowded field of 2020 presidential candidates could quickly shrink as more than half of the contenders are in real danger of failing to meet tougher requirements to participate in the fall round of debates. Short on support and money and bound by tough party rules, of the 20 candidates who qualified for the first round of debates in June and July, just six right now are sure to appear in the September-October round, when the Democratic National Committee requires participants to hit 2 percent in multiple polls and 130,000 individual donors. They are Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete, and Beto O’Rourke.
DML: Wow, so many having issues raising money, this problem must tie to climate change.