1600 Daily: Everything White House 05/30/2018
Driving The Day
- President Donald J. Trump will sign the Right to Try Act, which will give terminally ill patients greater access to experimental treatments. Watch live at 12:15 p.m. ET.
- The White House will host a celebratory “field day” to encourage youth sports participation and introduce intended appointees to the Presidential Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Watch live at 3:30 p.m. ET.
China has consistently taken advantage of America’s economy
For many years, China has used unfair trade and industrial practices—including “dumping,” discriminatory barriers, forced technology transfer, over capacity, and industrial subsidies—that champion Chinese firms and make it impossible for many U.S. firms to compete on a level playing field.
The costs of these policies to American industry keep piling up:
- China’s intellectual property theft costs U.S. innovators billions of dollars each year
- China accounts for 87 percent of the counterfeit goods seized coming into America
- Beijing has banned imports of U.S. agricultural products such as poultry, cutting off America’s ranchers and farmers
- The United States charges a 2.5 percent tariff on Chinese cars, while China maintains a 25 percent tariff on cars from America
President Trump has taken long overdue action to address the source of the problem. Part of the solution includes imposing a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China that contain industrially significant technology, including those related to the “Made in China 2025” program. The Administration is also implementing specific investment restrictions and enhanced export controls.
Video: Welcome home, Josh Holt!
Over Memorial Day weekend, President Trump greeted another released American. Late Saturday, the President welcomed Josh Holt to the Oval Office following Holt’s return from a Venezuelan prison.
With Holt home, 17 Americans held abroad have been released during the Trump Administration. “The United States thanks the Maduro regime for releasing the unjustly detained United States citizen, Joshua Holt, and his Venezuelan wife,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. His return “does not change United States policy” toward Venezuela.
Federal employment must be earned, not given
Firing bad Federal employees is prohibitively difficult. It takes 6 months to a year to remove a tenured Federal employee for poor performance—plus an average of 8 more months to resolve appeals. Such employees are 44 times less likely to get fired or laid off than private-sector workers.
Through an Executive Order, President Trump is making changes to strengthen the merit system and streamline the removal of poor performers. As part of the new policy, agencies will be required to report information on the disciplinary actions and management of poor performers to the Office of Personnel Management for publication.