FROM Shawn Donnan
How would Trump re-negotiate NAFTA, "the worst trade deal ever"? During his campaign, Donald Trump called NAFTA "one of the worst trade deals ever made." Yesterday, his staff said he was ready to pull America out. But after talking last night with Canada’s Prime Minister and Mexico’s President, today said, "So they asked me to renegotiate I will and I think we'll be successful in the renegotiation which frankly would be good because it would be simpler. But we have to make a deal that's fair for the United States ...they understand that." Shawn Donnan, world trade editor for the Financial Times , reports on Trump's change of heart.
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?