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Trump outpaces Obama, Bush in naming ex-lobbyists to Cabinet

Sep. 17, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating. The Cabinet choices are...

US, Brazil hold talks on trade, Amazon protection

Sep. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Brazil deepened a new era of closer cooperation Friday with their first high-level strategic dialogue in seven years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said both countries will seek to increase binational trade that already surpasses $100 billion a year and plan to...

China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, pork

Sep. 13, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two sides ahead of negotiations. China will suspend tariff hikes on soybeans, pork and some other farm goods, the Xinhua...

US, China exchange goodwill gesture ahead of trade talks

Sep. 12, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China traded conciliatory gestures, raising hopes they can deescalate a standoff over trade that has shaken financial markets and cast gloom over the global economy. In Beijing, China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday that Chinese importers are asking U.S. suppliers...

US, Chinese envoys to meet in October for tariff war talks

Sep. 5, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese envoys will meet in early October for more talks aimed at ending a tariff war that threatens global economic growth. Stock markets rose on Thursday's announcement but there has been no sign of progress since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed in June to resume...

Global shares rise amid optimism on US-China, Brexit

Sep. 5, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks turned higher Thursday on the news that U.S. and Chinese officials will meet in October to try to end a tariff war and as British lawmakers sought a less chaotic exit from the European Union. The U.S. and China agreement on a date for talks came in a phone call conducted by the...

Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates

Aug. 24, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating his trade fight with China, President Donald Trump has raised retaliatory tariffs and ordered American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there. He also blamed his appointed head of the U.S. central bank, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, for the state...

Trump delays tariffs on some Chinese goods until December

Aug. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to pressure from businesses and growing fears that a trade war is threatening the U.S. economy, the Trump administration is delaying most of the import taxes it planned to impose on Chinese goods and is dropping others altogether. The announcement Tuesday from the Office of the...

US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods, drops others

Aug. 13, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday that it is still...

Trump says new agreement with EU will boost beef exports

Aug. 2, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated a new agreement Friday that is projected to increase beef exports to the European Union by more than $270 million a year once it is fully in place. Trump portrayed the agreement as standing up for farmers and ranchers. Producers have been hurt by...