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West Wing Reads for 8/14/17

Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share them with you.

West Wing Reads

"China must stop forcing U.S. firms to share intellectual property"

- Peter Navarro in USA Today

Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council argues in USA Today that President Trump is “firmly committed to pursuing trade and investment relationships that are both fair and reciprocal and that promote America’s leading role in global innovation.” The Trump administration, however, “will not tolerate the forced transfer and theft of America’s IP and technologies.” The President today will sign an executive action directing the United States Trade Representative to determine whether to investigate any of China’s acts, policies, or practices that may be harming American companies and workers.
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In The Wall Street Journal, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vow they’re “holding Pyongyang to account” and the “U.S., it’s allies and the world are united in our pursuit of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.” The Trump administration is “applying diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a dismantling of the regime’s ballistic-missile programs,” they write.

In the New York Post, Monica Crowley describes UN Ambassador Nikki Haley as the President’s “velvet hammer,” saying she “has shown intrepid leadership” and “proven a fearless champion of US interests and Western values.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune outlines how President Trump’s decision to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency could lead to more resources being supplied to fight this epidemic.

In improving care for our veterans, Stars and Stripes reports President Trump “signed a $3.9 billion funding deal for the Department of Veterans Affairs that will shore up the nearly bankrupt Veterans Choice Program and allow the VA to open 28 new clinics and implement new hiring programs.”