In other news, the Senate has voted to approve a temporary government funding measure to keep the government running, at least until Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, says they're not willing to "play Game of Thrones" with Trump and that he can't secure a trade deal by threatening their sovereignty.
He warned that the United States should not try to force China to change its development model nor de-couple the two economies, saying such efforts were unworkable.
“Negotiation cannot take place under threat or at the expense of China’s legitimate right to development,” Wang added. [...]
At the same time, Wang said the two countries need to stick to the principles of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, respect each other’s territorial sovereignty, and not attempt to impose their will on each other.
Finally, the State Department has imposed travel sanctions on former Cuban President Raul Castro and his family.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says in a statement released Thursday that Castro and his four children will be hit with the ban. He says it is in response to “gross human rights abuses” in Cuba and supporting Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro in his crackdown on the opposition.
Castro is no longer president of Cuba but remains at the top of the Cuban Communist Party, which Pompeo says is guilty of arbitrarily detaining thousands of people, including more than 100 political prisoners.
It's difficult to square actions like this, specifically the allegation that Cuba arbitrarily detains thousands of people, while the Trump regime does the same thing on a much, much larger scale to brown immigrants.
The tens of thousands of immigrants being shuffled through Trump's camps have been detained for political purposes.
Programming note... I have some errands to run tomorrow so I may be late or offline for the weekend.