NATO Summit: Trump Doing What He Does Best

Ahead of their meeting later Tuesday, the President took aim at the French President, calling his previous "brain death" comments "very nasty."

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How NATO went from calling this gathering a “summit” to a “leaders’ meeting”

To an outsider, the differences between a “summit” and a “meeting” might appear negligible. In the context of a NATO gathering, wording has a huge effect.

NATO is not calling this week’s leaders’ meeting, a “summit,” in order to avoid putting out a communique at the end, which President Trump may not sign, a NATO source has said.

Given the difficulty of getting Trump to agree to the language of a communique and sometimes with him not signing at all, such as the G7 in 2018, the alliance made the decision to just avoid one altogether. 

Or at least, that’s the wording they’re opting for now.

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron
Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron

Markets shudder after Trump warns China trade war could go beyond 2020 election

US President Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed “Tariff Man,” is back in action.

Trump told reporters in London that the signing of a US-China trade deal is entirely at his discretion. “I have no deadline,” he said. “In some ways I think it’s better to wait for after the election, if you want to know the truth.”

US stock futures turned negative after Trump’s comments, and yield on the benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond plunged. The VIX, a measure of market volatility, shot up more than 6%.

Trump says NHS is not on the table. So what is?

Melania Trump and Donald Trump
Melania Trump and Donald Trump

President Donald Trump’s claim that even if the US were handed Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) on a “silver platter we would want nothing to do with it,” doesn’t chime entirely with US trade policy.

While it’s true that American companies are not interested in running NHS hospitals, they are very keen to win NHS drug procurement contracts.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he could “categorically rule out” that “any part of the NHS will be on the table in any trade negotiations” including pharmaceuticals.

“This is pure Loch Ness Monster, Bermuda Triangle stuff,” he added, according to PA news agency.

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