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Robert Namer
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August 16, 2019

     Trump should keep the tariffs in place and even build on them.   As financial markets tumbled again Wednesday over concerns about a trade war with China and unrest in Hong Kong, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to request a one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

     The tweet appeared to be the latest effort by Trump to get a hold of jittery markets in which investors are concerned about the administration's relationship with China and an ongoing trade dispute that shows little sign of ending. 

      "I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it," Trump said of escalating unrest in Hong Kong over Beijing's threat of a crackdown on protests there. "Personal meeting?"

     Trump's offer of a private meeting capped a string of efforts by the administration on Wednesday to separate the stubborn trade talks from the plunging market and blame it instead on the Federal Reserve. The remarks came after markets plunged for the second time this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 800 points, or 3.05%, Wednesday. The numbers represented the worst percentage drop for the Dow this year.

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