The most important thing people missed from yesterday's trade agreement with the EU is that Trump's end goal is elimination of all tariffs

The most important thing people missed from yesterday's trade agreement with the EU is that Trump's end goal is elimination of all tariffs

Politics and geo-politics are anything if not ironic.  And we saw this play out again yesterday following the positive outcome and remarks made between the EU's Jean-Claude Junker and President Trump after three hours of trade talks.

Heading into yesterday's discussions, both the U.S. and the European Union were prepared to immediately institute tariffs on automobile exports as analysts and pundits continued to ignorantly promote a trade war scenario as a means to try to vilify the President.  However the reality that appears to have been overlooked by the mainstream propaganda media is that from the beginning, Trump's end goal has always been the elimination of all tariffs, not the implementation of them.

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Pompeo Testifies, Affirms No Crimea Recognition, Neocon Senators Push Sanctions on Russian Sovereign Debt

Pompeo Testifies, Affirms No Crimea Recognition, Neocon Senators Push Sanctions on Russian Sovereign Debt

Those who watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s testimony to the Senate on Wednesday about the content of the President’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin could be forgiven for thinking nothing has changed in U.S.-Russia relations. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who is co-authoring legislation with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to increase sanctions against Russia including targeting investors in the Eurasian country’s sovereign bonds led the questioning of Pompeo.

To the Secretary of State’s credit, Pompeo defended Trump’s prerogative to meet one on one with Putin and just their translators in the room as hardly unprecedented for great power summits. He also emphasized that U.S. policy with regards to non-recognition of Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation and the Ukraine sanctions had not changed as a result of the Trump-Putin meeting. What has changed is the deep state’s recognition of defeat in Syria and constructive talks between Moscow, Washington and Tel Aviv on ending the conflict in that country — despite the provocative Israeli shoot down of a Syrian Air Force jet along the Golan Heights.

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After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

A week has passed since the Trump-Putin summit, and a RogueMoney reader asked me for my thoughts on the outcome. Rather than give the stock answer of ‘it’s too soon to say’, I thought I’d do what analysts do and emphasize the knowns, then contrast those with the greater part that remain ‘known unknowns’ in the ongoing negotiations to defuse Cold War II (or more accurately, to revive the USA’s geoeconomic fortunes because Kissingerian realists in Washington realized by 2016 fighting Russia, China and Iran all at once while dominating the EU, Japan and the Koreas was no longer feasible). The problem with this traditional analytical framework including labels like ‘realism’ vs. neo-conservativism, is that Trump defies easy characterization.

On the one hand, Trump appears to sincerely want to improve U.S.-Russia relations because he has taken more heat for this than any other aspect of his platform, culminating in this week’s insane allegations that he has committed ‘treason’ by questioning the ‘intelligence community’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections in support of his candidacy. On the other hand, on Sunday night Trump escalated his anti-Iran rhetoric, hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered a speech in southern California calling for a 1980s Reaganesque policy of rollback against the Islamic Republic.

Screen shot from: Russia’s Vesti News/First Channel

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Fireworks Begin At NATO As Trump Prepares For Putin Summit

Fireworks Begin At NATO As Trump Prepares For Putin Summit

President Trump continued his demands on the NATO countries to pay their agreed share for the defense of Europe, but the question should be: defense against whom? Trump has not, as yet, repeated his charge issued during the election campaign in 2016, when he said NATO was "obsolete" and "disproportionately" too expensive, and that terrorism was the primary concern. But he has insisted, repeatedly, that "it is a good thing to be friends with Russia and China." Certainly being friends with Russia and China should render NATO obsolete.

Trump recognizes that Russia is no threat to Eastern or Western Europe, nor any other nation, and refused to characterize Russia as a "foe" on his way to the NATO summit. He has also repeatedly noted that Russia is playing a crucial part in countering terrorism, especially in Syria.

Trump's effort to establish friendly relations with Moscow, starting with the historic summit with Putin next Monday in Helsinki, is driving the British and British assets nuts.

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Are Trump's Trade Wars truly aimed at China and Europe, or are they really being instituted to kill the globalists and central bankers?

Are Trump's Trade Wars truly aimed at China and Europe, or are they really being instituted to kill the globalists and central bankers?

The North Korea gambit provided us with a very acute insight to how President Trump operates.  On one hand he publicly insulted and vilified North Korea and their leader Kim Jung-Un, but behind the scenes he proved that this was all just Kabuki Theater for the masses since he was not only able to achieve what the last few Presidents could not in formulating a denuclearization of the peninsula, but also in potentially ending a war that had been ongoing for almost 70 years.

So with this in mind we must look well below the surface when it comes to the Trade War that President Trump has initiated across the globe, and try to determine whether his motives are truly directed at China and the European continent, or if they are really focused towards destroying the central banker dream of achieving globalism and a new world order.

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De-dollarization reaches Europe as France, Germany, and UK to defy U.S. in continuing trade with Iran

De-dollarization reaches Europe as France, Germany, and UK to defy U.S. in continuing trade with Iran

Unlike a decade ago when the world as a whole was in lockstep for the sanctioning of Iran over its nuclear program, that is no longer the case following President Trump's decision to scuttle the 'Iran Deal' negotiated by his predecessor in the White House.  And as the U.S. has begun implementing new sanctions against the Middle Eastern OPEC nation, France, Germany, and even the UK have decided not only to defy Washington in continuing trade with Iran, but are also planning to do so outside the dollar.

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The Sirius Report with London Paul 07-09-2018

The Sirius Report with London Paul 07-09-2018

The Sirius Report’s London Paul returns to the RogueMoneyRadio program for a discussion with V and CJ of Brexit turmoil (Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation was announced minutes before the show), the death of a British woman from alleged novichok nerve agent poisoning, and other news of the week. — JWS

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Trade wars have begun as U.S. triggers global event through initial salvo of $34 billion in tariffs

Trade wars have begun as U.S. triggers global event through initial salvo of $34 billion in tariffs

On July 6 the rhetoric finally ended and the Trade Wars have begun.

At the start of Friday trading over in Asia, a series of tariffs were kicked off by the United States against China to the tune of $34 billion.  Shortly after, China retaliated with their own tariffs of the same amount, suggesting that for now escalation will be done on a case by case or tit for tat basis.

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