The Cost of the Office? Trump’s Billion-Dollar Loss
A new investigation by Forbes magazine finds the president’s net worth has dropped significantly since he took office.
 
Nearly 20 years ago, Donald Trump told Fortune magazine that he could run for president and make money doing it.
 
“It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it,” he said in an interview in 2000.
 
But now that he’s president, the story is looking a bit different. A new report from Forbes concluded that the presidency has not enriched Trump overall: Measuring Trump’s net worth before he announced his run for the presidency in 2015 to the last two years, Trump’s fortune has dropped from $4.5 billion to $3.1 billion.
 
In a statement to the magazine, Eric Trump, who is co-managing the Trump Organization, said: “My father made a tremendous sacrifice when he left a company that he spent his entire life building to go into politics. Everything he does is for the good” of the American people.
 
In this “Trump, Inc.” extra, Charlie Herman talks with one of the Forbes reporters who looked into Trump’s finances, Dan Alexander, and how Trump could have saved millions (and prevented a lot of headaches as well).
 

 
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    Trump says he has 'great' relations with Modi, India will cut tariff
    United States President Donald Trump said on Monday that he has a "great" relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has told him that India is going to reduce substantially the tariffs on imports from the US.
     
    He said that "tariff king" India on its own has reached out to the US to make a trade deal, without Washington calling New Delhi for negotiations.
     
    He was speaking at a White House news conference on the revised North American Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico -- a landmark deal that fulfills one of his election promises.
     
    Answering a question from a reporter, he said, "I have spoken Prime Minister Modi and he is going to reduce them (tariffs) very substantially."
     
    He added, "My relationship with India is great, with Prime Minister Modi is great. And they are going to start doing a lot."
     
    Scoring a domestic political point, he asserted that as in the case of the NAFTA and and other trade issues, none of the previous presidents or trade representatives had spoken to India about the high tariffs.
     
    He quoted Modi as telling him, "Nobody every spoke to me" about the high tariffs.
     
    "They (India) have called us to make a deal, we didn't even call them; they called us to make a deal, which is like shocking to people," he added.
     
    Trump explained that he called India a "tariff king" because "it charges us tremendous tariffs."
     
    He cited the example Harley Davidson motorcycles, which would resonate with bikers who are a section of his electoral base, saying that India charged 100 per cent duties on it.
     
    He said, "That is so high that it is like barrier, in other words who is going to buy it if it costs you so much."
     
    "Now they have reduced that substantially, but it is still too high," he asserted.
     
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    Trump slaps tariffs on USD200 bn of Chinese goods, Beijing to hit back
    US President Donald Trump has stepped up his trade battle with China by slapping 10 per cent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, which Beijing said it will retaliate against.
     
    The new wave of tariffs will go into effect on September 24 and will climb to 25 per cent on January 1, 2019, the Trump administration announced on Monday. These will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far.
     
    Trump showed no sign of backing down from the type of full-blown trade war between the world's two largest economies that rattled financial markets, saying he was prepared to "immediately" place tariffs on another $267 billion worth of imports "if China takes retaliatory action against our farmers or other industries", the New York Times reported.
     
    The additional tariffs were on top of penalties enacted earlier in July on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. Taken together, it means roughly half of the products that China sells to the US each year will be hit by American tariffs.
     
    Unlike the first round of tariffs, which were intended to minimize the impact on American consumers, this wave could raise prices on everyday products including electronics, food, tools and housewares.
     
    In response, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said that "Washington's move will force Beijing to take countermeasures" and warned that the action would add more uncertainties to the trade talks.
     
    "We feel deeply regretful over the decision. China will be forced to take synchronous countermeasures to safeguard our legitimate rights and interests as well as the global free trade order," the Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
     
    "The US additional tariffs have brought new uncertainties for bilateral consultations."
     
    The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that "what the US has done shows no sincerity and no good faith at all".
     
    "We have been stressing that talks need to happen on the basis of parity, equality and good faith to resolve the relevant issues between the two sides. This is only way out," Ministry's spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
     
    Asked what kind of retaliatory action will China take, Geng said Beijing will take countermeasures in due time.
     
    The list slated for tariffs originally included more than 6,000 items, but US officials later removed about 300 types of items, including smart watches, bicycle helmets, play pens, high chairs and baby car seats.
     
    Trump said the latest round of tariffs was in response to China's "unfair trade practices".
     
    "The tariffs are designed to force China to change a range of unfair trade practices, including compelling American companies to surrender their technology in return for access to the Chinese market.
     
    "We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly. But, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices," he said.
     
    After opening lower, the Shanghai stock market ended the day 1.8 per cent higher, while Tokyo was up 1.4 per cent and Hong Kong gained 0.6 per cent.
     
    US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had invited the Chinese negotiators to Washington this week to resume talks. But Beijing said that "the US insistence on imposing tariffs brings new uncertainties" to those negotiations.
     
    White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow on Monday said that the US was still willing to continue its dialogue with China.
     
    "We stand ready to negotiate with China anytime, if they are willing to engage in serious talks," she said at the Economic Club of New York.
     
    European Union's Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said that the new tariffs will increase downside risks to the world economy.
     
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