Daily American Buzz: Politics

Bloomberg has revealed in its recently published report that a nation-state has launched a significant supply chain attack. It is believed to be one of the largest corporate spying and hardware hacking campaigns ever launched by a nation-state. The espionage campaign is launched through a very small surveillance chip, which is only the size of a grain of rice. This chip is hidden in the servers currently in use by about 30 US firms including the bigwigs Apple, Amazon, and Elemental.

According to Bloomberg, these chips weren’t part of the server motherboard originally. These have been designed by Super Micro, a US-based firm. Reportedly, the malicious chips were inserted when the server motherboards were undergoing manufacturing process, which was carried out in China by their subcontractors.

Amazon notified the US authorities about the discovery, which sent shockwaves across the intelligence fraternity since these servers are also in use at the Department of Defense data centers, the Navy warships’ onboard networks, and the drone operations from the CIA.

The probe has been active for over three years and investigators believe that the chips have been inserted to let the attackers get an entry to any network that is connected to the servers. This attack is a lot more serious and severe than other software-based attacks identified so far considering that hardware attacks are quite difficult to identify immediately, and by the time these are, a lot of information has been leaked. Spy agencies are the most important beneficiaries of such campaigns and are keen on investing into such a campaign.

The report suggests that Chinese-government sponsored groups infiltrated the supply chain for installing tiny surveillance chips. The devices then were deployed by mainstream US firms as well as the US military, US intelligence agencies, and many other important organizations. Apple, however, discovered the chips installed in Super Micro servers in 2015 after identifying firmware issues and suspicious network activities.

Although the chips were tiny these are capable of performing two key tasks; firstly, the chips can force the device to communicate with an anonymous computer anywhere on the internet, which may be loaded with complex code. Secondly, the chips can prepare the device to accept the new code.

Naturally, the Chinese government is believed to be involved in this campaign, and the primary objective seems to be to spy on US firms and the military.

However, after the report was published, Amazon, Apple, and Super Micro all denied the claim from Bloomberg. Apple stated that it hasn’t ever identified malicious chips on the server motherboards from Super Micro or any other hardware manipulations resulting from the planting of tiny chips. The company also denied contacting the FBI or any other investigation agency regarding finding tiny surveillance chips.

Amazon also claims that the story from Bloomberg is untrue and denied anything related to identifying a supply chain compromise or hardware hack. It also denied contacting the FBI for investigation of the incident.

Super Micro and Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry also denied the findings of the report.
Trump's  allies and authorized consultants confronted new questions on Sunday concerning the authorized ramifications of the revelation that the president dictated a letter a few 2016 assembly between his marketing campaign aides and a Russian lawyer, whilst his legal professionals argue he cannot hinder justice within the particular counsel’s probe.

Jay Sekulow said time and time again directly into the faces of the American Individuals on tv -Sarah Sanders did the same thing, and said in no uncertain terms... they said the president had nothing to do with that statement by Donald Trump Jr. and didn't draft it, didn't sign off on it," former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said on CNN's "State of the Union."

And it turns out that is completely untrue," he said.
"You have the lawyer of the president of the United States Jay Sekulow - and, on separate occasions, you have had Rudy Giuliani do this - basically lie to the American people repeatedly," Bharara said

Bharara - who was fired by Trump last year - added that, when looked at in full context, the events surrounding the Trump Tower meeting and subsequent fallout may put the president or some of his allies in legal jeopardy.

"And if you are going to take the position, like they do in the sweeping letter about executive authority, that the president is in a special position in various ways, then I think the lawyers to the president have a special responsibility not to come on television and lie."

The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump's lawyers wrote to special counsel Robert Mueller in January arguing that the president cannot commit obstruction of justice in the special counsel's probe because of his constitutional authority over the investigation.

The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump’s lawyers wrote to special counsel Robert Mueller in January arguing that the president cannot commit obstruction of justice in the special counsel’s probe because of his constitutional authority over the investigation.

The letter also confirms that Trump dictated a statement to The New York Times about a now infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., other Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Jay Sekulow, one among Trump’s attorneys who wrote the letter to Mueller, beforehand denied that the president had any involvement with the assertion. 

White Home Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated final August that Trump could have given recommendations on the assertion “as any father would,” however denied that he dictated it.

The assembly, and any coordinated cover-up, has been one level of focus in Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling within the 2016 presidential election. The altering narrative surrounding these occasions is prone to increase new authorized questions, regardless of the president’s lawyer’s assertions about obstruction of justice.

Giuliani, who joined Trump's legal team in April, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that Sekulow was "uninformed" when he originally denied Trump had anything to do with crafting the statement.

In appearances Sunday morning on NBC and ABC, Giuliani also used the shifting explanation surrounding the Trump Tower meeting to bolster his argument for why the president should not agree to an interview with Mueller.

"That's the wisdom of not having a president testify," he said. "It's one thing to do it with a lawyer, it's another to do it with your client."

For months, Mueller's team has sought a sit-down interview with Trump for his investigation. Trump's legal team has sought to quell the possibility, fearing that he could be charged with lying to investigators or that prosecutors could seek to use the president's personal phrases opposite to him.

Corey Lewandowski, who worked as Trump's campaign manager at the time of the meeting - though he did not attend - was not asked about the statement during an interview on "Fox information Sunday

Republican Majority Chief Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) averted the topic fully when requested whether or not he is bothered that the White Home lied about Trump’s involvement within the aftermath of the assembly.

Instead, he renewed calls for an expedited conclusion to Mueller's probe if no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is found.

"What I am really concerned about is, look at what our economic numbers are. Look at North Korea's meeting going through. Look at the trade discussions we are having. And this is the number one question we are following through?" McCarthy said on CNN.

“Allow them to stroll by means of their investigation,” he added. “However I feel, if there isn’t any collusion, it is time to wind this down,” he added. 

U.S President Donald Trump says the scheduled June 12 summit with North Korea in Singapore will go ahead.

After a period of time of  hard-nosed  bargaining, diplomatic gamesmanship and no shortage of theatrics, President Donald Trump announced   Friday that the historic nuclear-weapons summit he had canceled with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is back on.

The June 12 meeting in Singapore, the first between heads of the technically still-warring nations, is meant to begin the activity of ending North Korea’s nuclear program, and Trump said he trust Kim is committed to that goal.

 The announcement puts back on track a high-risk summit that could be a legacy-defining moment for the American leader, who has matched his unconventional deal-making style with the mercurial Kim government.

We are going to deal and we are really going to start a process, Trump told reporters on Friday. “Remember what I say, we will see what we will see.

The Kim Yong-chol was greeted at the White House by chief of staff John Kelly and then whisked into the Oval Office. He is the most senior North Korean to visit the White House in 18 years, a highly symbolical  sign of easing tensions after concern of war escalated amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests last year.

Trump said to reporters he had not  yet read the letter from the North Korean leader and added with a smile, “I may be in for a big surprise, people .” But minutes earlier, he had described the note as “a very interesting letter,” and teased journalists about revealing its contents.

Trump has promised that he will provide security for Kim and his government in return for giving up the nuclear program. He also indicated that South Korea, China, and Japan would be prepared to invest in the North to boost its besieged economy.
The first lady was last seen in public on 10 May, four days before she was hospitalised to treat a kidney condition.
The White House says Melania Trump won't join her husband when he heads to the Camp David presidential retreat for the weekend.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to head to the Maryland retreat on Friday afternoon, but his wife won't be seen boarding the presidential helicopter with him.
Her unavailability  will mark 22 straight days without a public appearance by the first lady following a recent hospitalisation.
On May 14, she was checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for what her spokesperson  Stephanie Grisham described in a news release as “an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.

The treatment was “successful and there were no situation ,” per Grisham, but Trump stayed in the hospital for nearly a week.
She hasn't  been seen publicly since the premature hours of May 10, when she joined the President at Andrews Air Force Base to welcome three American detainees home from North Korea.
She has, however, posted on social media multiple times since the procedure.

The White House announced four days later that Mrs Trump had been hospitalised to treat a kidney condition. She stayed five days before returning to the White House.

I see the media is working overtime wonder where I am & what I’m doing.
On Thursday night, she tweeted: “I’m here at the White House with my family, feeling good, & working hard on behalf of children and the American people !

It’s unclear when Trump will make a public appearance, but Grisham insisted Friday, “She is good, she is doing great.

Minnesota businessman spends weekend at Mar-a-Lago talking politics.

MyPillow founder Mike Lindell took a break when he chatted with the Supreme Commander of Mar-a-Lago with an F-rating from the Better Business Bureau on the Easter weekend.

Trump told Lindell to use one of the Minnesota company's products

"The President shook my hand and said to me, 'You're doing a wonderful job, Michael.'
Donald Trump at the White House.

MyPillow had to settle a case of nine lawyers in the California district for a million dollars.

The pillows that are mostly online or sold through TV commercials were also the subject of a lawsuit alleging that the headrests had health benefits.

Lindell went from super  addict to slumber millionaire whose cushion empire was upgraded by h eavily advertising on Fox News – one of the President's favorite networks.

Lindell himself was a staunch advocate of the network and its personalities.

Lindell, seen with Trump in July, said he chatted with the president in Florida over the weekend.

Lindell, founder of Chaska-based MyPillow, joined the president and other supporters for dinner Saturday.

While other guests at the Florida estate reportedly spent the weekend pressing the president to take a harder stance on issues like immigration, Trump and Lindell focused on softer topics.

Lindell was a guest of the President at a July 2017 White House event for US-American makers, during which the businessman put one of his pillows on the table.

The Better Business Bureau of Minneapolis and North Dakota think differently.

In January 2017, the Trade Supervisor revoked MyPillow accreditation – categorizing his rating to an "F" that still exists.

"Michael was a supporter of ours right from the beginning, which I really appreciate," Trump said in July. "It's good to see you here. It's fantastic. And I actually bought a couple of pillows, and they're very good."

Lindell also took to Twitter to say that he, unlike some other advertisers, would not be yanking MyPillow ads from Fox host Laura Ingraham's program after she taunted a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

Lindell said he and his girlfriend, who asked not to be identified, traveled to the Trump estate for dinner Saturday. The food, he said, was "awesome.

MyPillow had misunderstood the sale in a "buy-one, get-one-free" bid, the consumer rights group said.

WASHINGTON—A federal judge Judge Peter Messitte Wednesday allowed Maryland and the District of Columbia to proceed with their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of accepting unconstitutional gifts from foreign interests, but limited the case to the president's involvement with the Trump International Hotel in Washington,  but will not include visits to Mar-a-Lago in Florida or other Trump properties.
[A] large number of Maryland and District of Columbia residents are being affected and will continue to be affected when foreign and state governments choose to stay, host events, or dine at the Hotel rather than at comparable Maryland or District of Columbia establishments, in whole or in substantial part simply because of the President's association with it," Messitte writes.
Messitte also notes that one of Trump's argument in the case, that only Congress can approve or bar the president from receiving emoluments, is "particularly concerning," because Congress can be controlled by the same party as the president and choose to do nothing.

secretary of white house press Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during her daily briefing that she "can't comment on ongoing litigation."

A spokesperson for the Trump Organization answered to Wednesday's order saying that the court has yet to rule on additional arguments, "which we believe should result in a complete dismissal."

In December, a federal judge in New York ruled that plaintiffs in two other emoluments suits lacked standing, so dismissed the case.
President Trump is signing a memorandum to impose about $60bn in tariffs on Chinese goods and limit the country's investment activity in the US as payback for what it alleges is years of unfair intellectual property theft.

An administration official said the administration's 301 investigation identified Chinese efforts to steal or coerce US companies into disclosing their intellectual property.
The White House said the actions come after years of failed talks about the issue.The move is the latest effort by Washington to grapple with competition from China's state-led economy.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised China for hurting America's economy.
Deputy director of the National Economic Council Everett Eissenstat, who was also on the call, said that USTR will publish a "long list" of proposed Chinese imports within 15 days. A notice and comment period will then open up for stakeholder input. 

The Treasury department has until 60 days from memorandum's signing to submit recommendations for a final list of tariffs.

The tariffs, senior officials say, will be designed to offset "the gains that the Chinese have received through unfair trade practices."

The memorandum will also direct the Treasury department to make recommendations on restrictions to Chinese investments to the President within 60 days. While the tariffs will be imposed unilaterally, Eissenstat also said that Trump will direct the World Trade organization to "address China's discriminatory licensing practices."

Beyond the threat of a far-reaching trade war, economists have warned US consumers are likely to bear the cost of the tariffs and worries about Chinese retaliation are mounting.

"A trade war does no good to anyone. There is no winner," China's Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference in Beijing in anticipation of the Trump administration's tariff action.
The Trump administration, though, has said it is simply taking long-overdue action following years of unfair Chinese trading practices that they argue previous administrations have insufficiently countered.


China: We will hit back
According to the Wall Street Journal, China is preparing to hit back with tariffs aimed at President Donald Trump's support base. Beijing has renewed a warning that it will retaliate if President Donald Trump goes through with plans

"China will certainly take all necessary measures to resolutely defend its legitimate rights and interests," if the United States imposes new restrictions, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on Thursday.

This would include levies targeting US agricultural exports from Farm Belt states.

China is also the biggest creditor of the United States: It owns more US government bonds than any other country. It recently cut some of its US debt holdings, though investors don't expect China to immediately dump its US debt. China has repeatedly said that it doesn't want a trade war but warned that it would take "firm and necessary" countermeasures if necessary.

"It's unrealistic and unreasonable to demand complete equality in trade," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Thursday. "We hope that both sides can sit down and talk calmly."

"China’s countermeasures will be extraordinary and unconventional," said Gao Zhikai, a former Beijing-based diplomat and former vice president of crude oil giant CNOOC Ltd. "The reported $50 billion of tariffs against China are weapons of mass destruction for trade. They will violate WTO rules and leave no way out for China."

"China will absolutely not sit back watching its rights and interests be damaged," said an unnamed official in charge of the ministry's treaty and law department, Xinhua reports.
Former vice president Joe Biden took recent dig at President Donald Trump on Tuesday while speaking at an anti-sexual assault rally, telling students at the University of Miami that he most likely would have "beat the hell out" of Trump if they'd attended school together.

"A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, 'I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'" Biden said. "They asked me if I'd like to debate this gentleman, and I said 'no.' I said, 'If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'"

"I've been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life," Biden continued. "I'm a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room."

The forty seventh vice president additionally talked about progress country made in battling sexual assault, mentioning the success of the #MeToo movement, however he also said there was still plenty of work to be done.

"Sexual assault is about power and the abuse of power more than it is about sex," he said, before going on to tell women in the audience that they should arm themselves with more resources.

"It's not just on the men. It's on you women, as well, on campus," Biden said. "All the studies show that 95 percent of young women who are abused -- the first person they tell is their roommate, their friend, someone on campus. You've got to inform yourself as to what facilities are available, what help is available, not just empathize, hug and say, 'I'm so sorry.' You have an obligation to be informed."

Biden, who also headlined a political fundraiser with Latino leaders throughout his time in South Florida on Tuesday, complete the speech by encouraging students to participate in the sexual assault Awareness Month next month and the Day of Action april three.

The University of Miami thanked Joe Biden in a Tweet, sharing pictures from his appearance, as well as his selfies with students.

"Today's @itsonus rally reminded us that we are responsible for creating an environment where sexual assault and gender-based violence is unacceptable," the university said in a tweet. "Thank you @joebiden for bringing us your legacy of ending violence against women and empowering our students to take action."

Why Don't They Hold Hands Often?

Many people have noticed that Donald and Melania Trump do not hold hands in public and rarely show signs of physical affection.

They Hold Hands Sometimes.

It would be ridiculous to say that the two never hold hands. There are plenty of times we see them in public embracing each other and giving each other a kiss.

For The Most Part, They Don't.

For the most part, the couple remains physically separated in the public eye. Take a look at the photos that have been taken of them and you will notice it too.


Body Language.

Patty Wood, a credible body language expert, analyzed the First Couple's body language and has some of her own opinions about why they don't hold hands.

Who Is Patty Wood?

According to the Washington Post, "Patti Wood is the Babe Ruth of body language experts, the gold standard of body language experts."

Patty's Opinion.

Patty says Donald is a powerful man and likes to exude his power and be seen as a leader when he is in public. Holding hands typically shows two people working as a unit.

What Else Could It Be?

She also says he is avoiding being judged about his relationship and it is simply a preference. "Holding hands can communicate so much about an individual and a couple, depending on the position of the hands, who reaches in first, who breaks it first."

Regime-run newspaper says US president is ‘hideous criminal’ after he said North was a ‘cruel dictatorship’ and Kim ‘short and fat’

North Korea’s state media has criticised Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border.

An editorial in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun focused its anger on Trump’s visit to South Korea last week, during which he denounced the North’s “cruel dictatorship” in a speech to legislators in Seoul.

Trump says he'd never call Kim 'short and fat' in response to 'old' barb
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The visit was part of a marathon five-nation Asia tour by the US president aimed largely at galvanising regional opposition to the North’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,” the editorial said.

“He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,” it added.

He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people
Rodong Sinmum
Since becoming president, Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with Kim Jong-un, trading personal insults and threats of military strikes and raising concerns about an outbreak of hostilities.

Towards the end of his Asia tour, he sent a tweet from Hanoi that took the verbal jousting to a new level, taunting the North Korean leader over his height and weight.

“Why would Kim Jong-Un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat’?” he tweeted.

The members of the ruling Kim dynasty – past and present – enjoy near god-like status in North Korea, which has demonstrated extreme sensitivity to any remark that might be seen as mocking or disrespectful of the leadership.

The editorial also took a dig at Trump’s failure to tour the demilitarised zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas – a traditional stop-off for senior US officials visiting the South.

Trump’s helicopter taking him to the DMZ had turned back after just five minutes due to bad weather – an explanation the newspaper dismissed.

“It wasn’t the weather,” the editorial said: “He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.”
CBS has parted ways with one of the organization’s top attorneys after she said she is “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting due to the fact “country music lovers often are Republican,” when discussing the tragic mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas late Sunday night. 

“This individual, who was with us for about 12 months, violated the standards of our organisation and is no longer an employee of CBS. Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to anyone at CBS. Our hearts exit to the victims in Las Vegas and their families,” a CBS spokeswoman advised Fox news.

Hayley Geftman-Gold, the network's now-former vice chairman and senior counsel, took to facebook after a gunman opened fire at the route ninety one Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, killing at the least fifty eight people and sending more than 520 others to hospitals.

“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs [sic] will ever do the right thing,” Geftman-Gold wrote in a now-deleted message that was first reported and captured by The Daily Caller.

Geftman-Gold continued: “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc [sic] country music fans often are Republican gun toters [sic].”

Geftman-Gold is presumably referring to Sandy Hook, which occurred in Newtown, Conn. back in 2012. A 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza, killed 20 kids and 6 adults during the tragic occasion that sparked extreme political debates concerning gun control.

Geftman-Gold did now not work directly with the network’s news department. in line with her LinkedIn bio, Geftman-Gold worked at CBS since September 2016 and graduated from the distinguished Columbia college law school in 2000.
Following giant public grievance for his frequent use of taxpayer-funded personal jets, consisting of from President Trump himself, Secretary of health and Human services Tom price plans to individually pay back the government for his travelling charges, he announced Thursday. price also said that he's going to formally stop his excessive use of charter flights to conduct each respectable and private enterprise across the united states.

In a statement released on Thursday, Price noted, "Today, I will write a personal check to the US Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes. The taxpayers won't pay a dime for my seat on those planes." He will pay about $52,000 for the travel costs of one person, NPR reported. The flights he chartered reportedly cost $400,000.

in line with an investigation performed with the aid of Politico, that take a look at may need to cover the hefty sum of $400,000. The research located that price has traveled on charter flights at the least 24 instances since may, even though plenty less expensive commercial options were available. price's choice to pay the federal government returned for his high priced taxpayer-funded tours comes simply one day after President Trump hinted that he may be thinking about getting rid of price from his position within the cabinet due to his actions.
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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got the thing he wanted most on Wednesday (after several hours’ delay wrangling over rules): a vote on a "clean" repeal of Obamacare. It was telling that Democrats didn't even bother to raise a rules objection on this vote, instead moving it forward to a straight passage vote which, of course, lost 45-55 with seven senators voting against it. Those senators were Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Dean Heller of Nevada, Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, Rob Portman Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.show 
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First Ladies Michelle Obama and Melania Trump stand with Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama

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Fifa president Gianni Infantino was greeted in China this week with the pomp and circumstance of an official state visit, even afforded the honour of being allowed to lean uncomfortably towards president Xi Jinping in the overstuffed chairs of Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

China’s state media gave the meeting massive prominence – although to be fair, any time Xi opens his mouth it dominates their headlines.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday that the crisis in Qatar could be a sign of Russia “trying to break any kind of multilateral alliance ... that is a stabilizing influence in the world.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during a hearing Tuesday said she didn't want to risk Mattis revealing classified information, but asked him to assume that news reports about Russia hacking Qatar’s state news agency and planting a fake news story are true and to comment on Russia’s possible motivations.

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It's the hit US drama charting the Machiavellian scheming of a fictional president.

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The Trump administration appears to be providing the New York Times with fake news, after Donald Trump accused the news organisation of peddling false information.

Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for the The Times, suggested that Mr Trump’s team had tried sending reporters false material for stories, but that their efforts had been in vain because journalists “actually vet” the information. 

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Chinese consumers are a finicky bunch. Plenty of American businesses have attempted to break into China, but a mixture of cross-cultural flops, unpredictable and rapid changes in tastes, and tight government regulation has brought down the likes of Home Depot and Best Buy, and thwarted the global do

But when Nicole Meyer, who is a sister of Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, played up her relationship with her brother—a flagrant wink-wink-nudge-nudge using the the cachet of the White House—she was tapping into China’s strange Trump love, and something more.

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