China fills a void, while Trump wants more Scandinavians immigrating instead of people from ‘shithole countries’

We kick off a series of weekly posts that collect some of the most interesting news stories about President Donald Trump. Between tweets this past week, he attended a bipartisan meeting, where he wondered aloud why the U.S. can’t have more immigrants from Norway instead of places such as Haiti.

Keeping up with news about President Trump and his administration is daunting, even for the most committed political watchers. This was a typical week full of fire and fury.

This week in Trump

This is one in a continuing series of weekly posts that collect some of the most interesting news stories about Trump. Let us know what you think.

Trump directed his social media ire at a California senator and contradicted himself in the span of two hours on Twitter. He again waded into the politicization of the national anthem at the college football national championship and addressed a gathering of the nation’s farmers in Tennessee while his is administration issued guidance to states that want to impose Medicaid work requirements.

Not to be lost in the yuge amount of tweet reading and hot takes on the 45th president was a piece titled “Making China Great Again” in last week’s New Yorker. Evan Osnos examines China’s growing influence as Trump embraces U.S. isolationism with actions backing his “America First” mantra. The article is packed with chilling, eyebrow-raising quotes about how China uses flattery, charm and manipulation to work Trump over. Shen Dingli, a foreign-affairs specialists at Shanghai’s Fudan University, told Osnos that, “China knows Trump can be unpredictable, so we have weapons to make him predictable, to contain him. He would trade Taiwan for jobs.” Not what the Taiwanese, China’s other neighbors and U.S. allies want to hear.

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