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Donald Trump Threatens To Block China Trade Deal

In the lead-up to this weekend's leaders meeting, Trump aides have continuously warned Beijing negotiators that threats by the President should be taken seriously

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US President Donald Trump has said that it was “highly unlikely” he would accept an offer by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping aimed at averting Trump’s plan to raise tariffs on over $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25 per cent in January 2019.

Trump in a Wall Street Journal interview published on Monday, also warned once again that he was poised to slap a third round of tariffs on Chinese goods if the two leaders fail to broker an end to the trade rift when they meet later this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the sidelines of the G20 summit, CNN reported.

“If we don’t make a deal, then I’m going to put the $267 billion additional on,” said Trump in the interview, adding the tariff level could either be 10 or 25 per cent.

Trump said in the interview that could include tariffs on Apple products imported from China, including iPhones and laptops.

Apple’s stock fell 1.5 per cent in after-hours trading, erasing earlier gains from the day.

“Maybe. Maybe. Depends on what the rate is,” the President said. “I mean, I can make it 10 per cent, and people could stand that very easily.”

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The tariffs have drawn complaints from American businesses, who are responsible for paying the import duties.

It’s also spurred concerns about renewed inflation, just as the Federal Reserve is set to raise interest rates in December.

More than 100 S&P companies have already pre-emptively telegraphed during the third quarter earnings calls the damage further tariffs would impose on the US economy, CNN said.

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Multiple companies including Walmart, the country’s biggest retailer, have warned that prices on everyday goods like shampoo, detergents and paper goods will get more expensive for consumers.

In the lead-up to this weekend’s leaders meeting, Trump aides have continuously warned Beijing negotiators that threats by the President should be taken seriously.

Vice President Mike Pence said earlier this month that Trump wasn’t in any rush to end the trade war and was willing to “more than double” the tariffs it has already placed on $250 billion in Chinese goods. (IANS)

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Googling ‘idiot’ Bringing up Donald Trump Pictures Drags Google in Trouble

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing "examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices" on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

US Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, asked its CEO Sundar Pichai why so many pictures of President Donald Trump appear when she does a Google search for “idiot”.

“Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that,” the California Democrat told Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday here.

“How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?” Lofgren asked Pichai, according to the Washington Post.

The Google CEO — who was at the hearing to address allegations of political bias in his company’s widely used search engine — said the results were based on billions of keywords ranked according to over 200 factors such as relevance, popularity, how others were using the search term, to determine how to best match a query with results.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user?” Lofgren asked. “It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating.”

Republicans have long accused Google of political bias, which the company has strongly denied.

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In August, Trump said in a tweet that a Google search for “Trump News” showed only reports from “Fake News Media.” He concluded it was “rigged” against him so “almost all stories and news was bad.”

House Republicans said they wanted to hold the hearing — entitled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices” — to make sure the search giant was being impartial.

“Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honour freedom of speech and champion open dialogue,” Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said in a statement before the hearing.

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech.

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In response to Republicans who complained about Google searches, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said: “If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things.”

“And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.” (IANS)