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    Trump’s Louisiana rally highlights preliminary China trade deal; President fetes Little League World Series champions

    By Michael Hernandez

    LAKE CHARLES, LA—President Donald Trump celebrated a preliminary China trade deal at his Friday campaign rally which includes an agreement “in principle” to prevent intellectual property theft and for China to buy $40-50 billion of U.S. agricultural goods.”

    President Trump called it a “great deal” that he pushed to help farmers.  “I love my farmers.”   The deal which was brokered after talks between the president and Chinese Vice premier Liu He will ease the ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest economies and set the stage for talks between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Chile during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in November.

    The President agreed to suspend a scheduled five percentage point tariff increase on $250 billion Chinese imports due to go into effect Tuesday (Oct. 15) but the deal must still be written and signed by both parties.  The Chinese delegation arrived in Washington to begin high-level negotiations with the Trump administration Thursday (Oct. 10).

    Friday’s agreement marked a turnaround in the negotiations after months of discord and tariffs.  Over the past several weeks, China has bought U.S. soybeans and the administration has delayed further tariff increases on Chinese imports.

    At Friday’s campaign rally, President Trump called the House impeachment inquiry a “con job” pushed by those upset by his election.  Trump said he was targeted during the Russian investigation into influence in the 2016 election and when that failed on his contact with the Ukranian government.

    “They know they can’t win on Election Day, so they’re pursing an illegal, invalid and unconstitutional (bs) impeachment,” said Trump.

    President Donald Trump welcomed the winners of the Little League World Series—the Louisiana Eastbank All Stars—onto the stage (calling each player by name) at his “Keep America Great” rally.  The baseball players had been surprised after their visit to the White House Friday to return back to their home state on Air Force One.  “You have the world champion Little League from Louisiana..  They won 8-0 their last game.  They don’t choke.   We don’t like chokers,” said President Trump.

    President Trump was in Lake Charles to urge voters to oust Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwrds on the eve of the Louisiana governor’s election by voting on Saturday for either U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham or Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone.  Any voting amount below 50 percent would force a Nov. 16 runoff.

    “Tomorrow (Saturday) you will head to polls and vote to replace a liberal Democrat who has sold you out in John Bel Edwards with a great new Republican governor” said President Trump.   “I’m really angry at John Bel Edwards.  He hasn’t done the job.  You’re going to fire your Democratic governor” because he broke a campaign promise not to raise taxes.

    No Louisiana governor in modern history has survived a runoff election.  Under Louisiana’s jungle primary system, all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party and voters may vote for any candidates, regardless of their party affiliation.  Also in attendance at the campaign rally was Republican Louisiana U.S. Sen. John Kennedy.

    Republicans controlled 33 of the 50 governor’s mansions before the 2018 midterms when they lost six governor races.  Amber Phillips of the Washington Post has reported (Sept. 6) that the five governor’s races to watch include:

    • New Hampshire (Gov. Chris Sununu-Rep) 2020 election;
    • North Carolina (Gov. Roy Cooper-Dem) 2020 election;
    • Kentucky (Gov. Matt Bevin-Rep) 2019 election;
    • Louisiana (Gov. John Bel Edwards-Dem) 2019 election; and
    • Montana (Gov. Steve Bullock-Dem) 2020 election*;

    (Editor’s Note:  See Citizens Journal story posted  Oct. 11:



    Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected]

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