FROM Shawn Donnan
Do Brexit and America First mean a new world order? President Donald Trump held a joint press conference today at the White House with Theresa May. The British Prime Minister's visit to Washington today was the first White House meeting between President Trump and a foreign leader. They talked trade and other ways to strengthen the so-called "special relationship." Trump has even referred to May as "my Maggie," a reference to the close ties between President Ronald Reagan and then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. So this visit has been seen as a chance to refresh what the two close allies have called "the special relationship" ever since World War II. Then again, these two new leaders are promising to exit the European Union and put "America First" so what are the real prospects for a new trade deal, and a close alliance in the fight against terrorism?
EU orders Apple to pay billions in back taxes It's big money even for Apple. A ruling by the European Union says it owes $14.5 billion in back taxes for exploiting a loophole in Irish law. Both Apple and Ireland say they'll appeal. In the US, it's drawing attention to the profits of US companies being held overseas. Shawn Donnan, World Editor for the Financial Times , says the basis of the decision is fair competition between member states.
China and US Strike Tech Deal The US and China have announced an agreement to eliminate tariffs on electronic goods ranging from video-game consoles to medical equipment and semiconductors. The deal was reached during President Obama’s visit to Beijing, and it’s expected to jump-start an information technology pact being negotiated in Geneva by more than 50 countries. Shawn Donnen is World Trade Editor for the Financial Times .
The Economics of Ebola Before Thomas Eric Duncan died from Ebola last week in Dallas, he’d spent nine days in intensive isolated care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital at an estimated cost of half a million dollars. The U.S. is facing bigger bills for sending troops to West Africa and implementing airport screenings to fight the disease. But the biggest economic impact will be felt in West Africa, where Ebola could cost more than $30 billion. We look at the economic tolls of a deadly virus.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.