Prez Trump’s impeachment trial is purely partisan: U S VP Mike Pence

As the U.S. Senate takes up a purely partisan impeachment, and the mainstream media focuses on what Republican senators may do, it may be time to consult Kennedy’s definition of political courage and why he considered one statesman in particular worthy of admiration,” Vice President Mike Pence writes. In 1868, it was Republicans who tried to impeach a President they didn’t like on “dubious constitutional grounds.” In what one historian called “the most heroic act in American history,” Sen. Edmund Ross of Kansas ignored political pressure and voted to acquit President Andrew Johnson.“Who, among the Senate Democrats, will stand up to the passions of their party this time?” “The Senate can now do better by the Constitution by holding a trial that Judges President Trump without validating the partisan House process and its weak case . . . The House hearings blocked GOP witnesses and limited cross-examination. Despite selective leaks and a pro-impeachment media, they failed to move public opinion,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. The Senate, meanwhile, in a landslide vote on Thursday passed a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, giving President Trump his second high-profile trade win in as many days,” Mark Moore reports. USMCA will replace the Clinton-era, job-killing NAFTA and “passed by a 89-10 vote, sending it to the president’s desk for his signature. President Trump, impeached by the U S House of Representatives, has also signed an initial trade deal with China ending the first chapter of a protracted and economically damaging fight with the world’s second largest economies. The pact is intended to open Chinese markets to more American companies, increase farm and energy exports and provide greater protection for American technology and trade secrets. China has committed to buying an additional $200 billion worth of American goods and services by 2021 and is expected to ease some of the tariffs it has placed on American products, says The New York Times. But the agreement preserves the bulk of the tariffs that Mr. Trump has placed on $360 billion worth of Chinese goods, and it maintains the threat of additional punishment if Beijing does not live up to the terms of the deal. China has agreed to buy hundreds of billions of dollars worth of products from the United States as part of their “phase one” trade deal.CNN says  The agreement will have Beijing purchase an additional $200 billion of US goods and services over the next two years. The increase in purchases will be compared to 2017 before the trade war started. China imported over $185 billion in total US goods and services that year. In exchange, Washington has agreed to reduce tariffs on $120 billion in Chinese products from 15% to 7.5%. I n addition to the purchases announced on Wednesday, the initial deal provides better protection to American companies that have long complained about thefts of their intellectual property and trade secrets. It also loosens up requirements for banks wanting to operate in China and imposes anti-counterfeiting measures that, if broken, would lead to penalties (edited by PK Chakravarty with inputs from CNN).

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