USA TODAY Published 11:28 AM EDT Oct 17, 2018 WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday threatened to pull the United States out of a 144-year-old postal agreement that it says has disadvantaged domestic shippers by giving China and other countries discounts on postal rates. The Universal Postal Union, created in 1874, sets shipping rates for 192 member countries. Administration officials said Chinese shippers pay roughly 20 cents for every $1 domestic companies pay to move a package within the United States. The imbalance amounts to a subsidy for foreign businesses in China and elsewhere that compete with U.S. companies, administration officials said. The move comes as the Trump administration is engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war with Beijing. Senior officials said the State Department would formally begin the process of withdrawing from the treaty Wednesday, but noted that process can take a year to finish. The administration is leaving open the possibility … [Read more...] about Donald Trump: Administration moves to pull out of postal treaty
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The US government has announced a new plan to detain illegal immigrant children indefinitely with their parents. It proposed a termination of the so-called Flores Agreement, a court ruling that requires it to release minors after a maximum 20 days in detention. The move was the latest twist in a saga which saw 2,900 children separated from their families at the Mexican border earlier this year under Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. Immigration advocates oppose any effort to detain children longer than the current agreement allows, and will almost certainly challenge the latest development in court. The Flores Agreement came about in 1997 and resulted from a legal case involving a girl from El Salvador who was detained. The 20-day limit led to a situation in which illegal immigrants crossing the border with children were generally released from custody after a short period of time. Under Mr Trump's "zero tolerance" policy children were separated from their parents, so … [Read more...] about Donald Trump administration seeks to detain illegal immigrant families indefinitely
Axios news and information website said it had obtained a leaked draft of a Donald Trump administration bill—ordered by the US president himself—that would declare America’s abandonment of fundamental World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. The bill essentially provides Trump a license to set US tariffs on imports, and without congressional consent. The draft legislation would give Trump unilateral power to ignore the most basic principles of the WTO, and to negotiate one-on-one with any country. “It [the passing of this bill] would be the equivalent of walking away from the WTO,” said a source familiar with this proposed law. Armenia News - NEWS.am ! This text available in Հայերեն and Русский Print … [Read more...] about Trump administration plans to disregard WTO rules
Donald Trump is spending the week in Florida recharging the batteries at Mar-a-Lago, and who could begrudge him a rare golfing break? The last few days have been action-packed even for him. Many leaders of the free world would be content with either a) celebrating a gesture bombing raid on Syria as “mission accomplished”, in absolute ignorance of that phrase’s resonance; b) repeatedly calling the former FBI director he sacked a “slimeball”; c) humiliating his UN ambassador by letting her announce that new sanctions against Russia were imminent, and reneging on that within hours; or d) implying that the Feds’ raid on his lawyer’s office is up there with Pearl Harbour in terms of days that forever live in infamy, by identifying it as “an attack on our country”. For Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, any of the above might have sated the appetite for traditional statesmanship. For the titan who with God’s … [Read more...] about Is it me or is Donald Trump’s administration becoming less like The Sopranos and more like Breaking Bad?
MOSCOW, Apr 6 (PRIME) -- The U.S. President Donald Trump administration is set to sanction some of Russia’s ruling elite on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday, citing people familiar with the planned announcement. The “oligarch” sanctions were planned before the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in the U.K. last month, but the new measures are likely to fuel rising diplomatic tensions between the West and Moscow. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other top officials have signaled since January that the administration would levy new sanctions based on a confidential list of Russian oligarchs, corrupt politicians and the ruling elite close to President Vladimir Putin that was drafted earlier this year by U.S. officials. “This extensive report…is being used to inform future targeted sanctions,” Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, told … [Read more...] about Report: Trump administration set to sanction Russian elite on Fri