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White House files Ethics Documents with Senate Ag Committee on Perdue

The White House has sent the Senate Agriculture Committee financial disclosure documents for Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump’s Agriculture Secretary nominee. By sending the information to the committee, the White House has now opened a path to holding a confirmation hearing for Perdue. However, a committee spokesperson told the Hagstrom Report it is unlikely a hearing will be held until the week of March 20th because the committee will need a few days to review the paperwork, and the Senate will not be in session on Thursday and Friday.

The Environmental Working Group claims that as Georgia’s governor, Perdue was “mired in ethical lapses” that “raise troubling questions about his fitness to run” the Department of Agriculture. A spokesperson for Perdue says that “political gamesmanship” was behind complaints of missteps by Perdue during his time as Georgia’s governor.

 

Trump to Host China’s President Next Month at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping in April at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The two-day meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 6th and 7th. Reuters says the planned summit would follow a string of other recent U.S.-China meetings, and conversations seeking to reaffirm ties following months of strong rhetoric from Trump against China.

During his presidential campaign, Trump accused China of unfair trade policies, among other claims. Trump has yet to take any action regarding trade with China, including his promise to formally label China as a currency manipulator on his first day in office. China has warned of a trade war with the U.S., should the Trump administration ignore World Trade Organization rules by implementing new tariffs. The meeting is seen as a potential step to calm some trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

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