President-elect Donald Trump doubled down on his threat against U.S. businesses that send jobs abroad on Sunday, declaring it an "expensive mistake" and warning of a massive tax if companies try to sell foreign-made goods in the U.S.
Trump said he would impose a 35% tariff on goods produced overseas as he encouraged businesses to consider looking for better deals by moving state to state.
"The United States is open for business," he tweeted.
The U.S. is going to substantialy reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country,
In a series of telephone calls with foreign leaders apparently eager to congratulate the president-elect, Trump has broken many of the rules that govern delicate matters of international relations, leaving State Department diplomats shocked and confused.
President-elect Donald Trump's surprise phone call with Taiwan’s president left many in China reeling over a perceived assault on the country’s sovereignty and questioning their assumptions about America’s future leader.
Although Trump repeatedly denounced China’s trade policies as unfair during the campaign, many here thought that his “America first” rallying cry might spare their country from lectures on human rights, territorial disputes and other diplomatic sore points.
“This is a message that their predictions were too optimistic,” said Shi Yinhong, director of the Center on American Studies at People’s University in Beijing. “China leaders will be quite prudent in their response, but this naturally increases worries in their minds about Trump’s possible attitudes and policy towards China.”
The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election. It had wanted to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.
The decision came Saturday, two days before a court hearing in the case. Lawyers for the Green Party-backed voters who filed the case say they can't afford the $1-million bond ordered by the court by 5 p.m. Monday. However, Green Party-backed efforts to analyze election software in scattered precincts are continuing.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has spearheaded recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states where Republican Donald Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump and the Pennsylvania GOP had opposed the recount.
Following his appointment as the next Treasury Secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, California banker Steven Mnuchin has resigned from his board position at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner and onetime co-chairman of the troubled Relativity Media studio, joined the Board of Trustees of the museum in December 2009. He cited a new workload as the reason for his resignation.
Mornings have been a little more somber for Mario Calderon and his family since Nov. 8, when he came home from school and told his mother what another kid had said on the bus — that because he was a Mexican he’d have to start sitting at the back now that Donald Trump would be president.
Mario had never felt a sting like that before — he was born in Idaho, just like his sisters. His stomach churned. He was confused. Lonely. Anger muscled its way forward too. The bus driver reprimanded the kid, and Mario didn’t sit in the back. But the seed was planted. He worried that it would happen again.
All summer long, I celebrated the California coast, marking the 40-year anniversary of protections built into the Coastal Act.
Now winter is coming on, and I’m scared of what could happen to the greatest 1,100-mile beach on the planet.
We have a president-elect who said he’d like to bulldoze the Environmental Protection Agency, thinks global warming is a fairy tale and has surrounded himself with knuckle-draggers who would frack in marine sanctuaries and drill in Yosemite if they could get away with it.
Heather Spohr of Thousand Oaks has been blocked from Donald Trump's Twitter account since she called the president-elect "repulsive" on the social media platform last year. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)
Heather Spohr didn’t vote for Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean she’s not interested in keeping up with what her soon-to-be president has been saying.
That hasn’t been so easy for the Thousand Oaks mother of two ever since she tweeted during a Republican primary debate last year that she found the celebrity businessman “repulsive” because of his feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
Spohr is now one of an untold number of people who are blocked from following the president-elect on Twitter — a distinction that ordinarily wouldn’t matter except that Trump, who hasn’t held a news conference since July, uses the social media platform as his primary tool for communicating with the American public.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign — a bloodbath that has taken the lives of nearly 5,000 suspected drug dealers and users — in a phone call on Friday night, Duterte said.
Trump told the Philippine leader that he was conducting his drug war “the right way” and invited him to the White House, Duterte said, according to the Philippine Inquirer.
“The President-elect Trump wishes to extend his warmest regards to the Filipino people,” Duterte recounted, according to the newspaper. “And in just a few minutes, we were talking [about] a lot of things. He was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs.”