Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2019

Trump visit to Louisiana today: President Trump in Louisiana to speak at an LNG export facility — live updates

President Trump treated a taxpayer-funded trip to Louisiana to tour and speech at a liquefied natural gas export facility like a campaign-funded rally, blasting his Democratic opponents as he touted the importance of American energy independence. 

The president treated some of the event like a campaign rally, trashing the “fake news” and alluding to Louisiana voting for him in the 2016 presidential election. 

“It was one of the highest rated days in the history of television,” the president told the crowd of Election Day 2016. 

“I’ve got Boot Edge-Edge!” the president said, incorrectly pronouncing the name of Democrat Pete Buttigieg. Mr. Trump also asked “what the hell” happened to Texas’ Beto O’Rourke. 

“I don’t know what the hell happened to Biden,” Mr. Trump said of former Vice President Joe Biden. 

“Bernie’s crazy,” he added of Bernie Sanders. 

“Pocahontas I think is probably out,” the president said of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. 

Before the speech, two police officers in the president’s motorcade crashed their motorcycles and were injured on a highway after leaving the airport in Louisiana. The circumstances of the crash were not immediately clear, but Mr. Trump’s vehicle was not involved. The officers were seen on the side of the road with bloody arms and were being tended to by fellow officers.

Police officers move a police motorcycle involved in an accident while escorting a motorcade with President Trump from Chennault International Airport on May 14, 2019, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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The president’s trade war with China has rattled markets, as both the U.S. and China threaten to further hike tariffs. 

“We’re having a little squabble with China,” the president told reporters on the White House South Lawn Tuesday morning, adding that the U.S. has been treated very unfairly for years. The president said he’s looking “very strongly” at additional tariffs. The Trump administration listed $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes while Beijing vowed Tuesday to “fight to the finish” in an escalating trade battle. The stock market may experience more volatility in response to fears about damage to global economic growth, analysts said.

Mr. Trump, who in the past called himself a “tariff man,” insists that increasing tariffs will put the pressure on China, although U.S. consumers pay the cost in the form of more expensive goods. 

“China will be pumping money into their system and probably reducing interest rates, as always, in order to make up for the business they are, and will be, losing,” the president tweeted Tuesday morning. “If the Federal Reserve ever did a ‘match,’ it would be game over, we win! In any event, China wants a deal!”

Mr. Trump also shot down a New York Times report claiming his administration is considering sending up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to handle Iran if necessary, decrying the report as “fake news.” The president said he would “absolutely” potentially send troops to the Middle East, but if he did, it would be a “hell of a lot more” than that. 

“I think it’s fake news, OK?” the president told reporters. “Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we are not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that. But I think it’s just – where was that story, in the New York Times? Well the New York Times is fake news.”

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