President Donald Trump on Monday called on China to shoulder the responsibility for protecting a key waterway and is expected to sign an executive order on pricing in the healthcare sector later in the day.
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Incorrectly spelling “Strait” as “Straight,’ Trump over two tweets said China and Japan should either pay or actually patrol a key Middle Eastern waterway, the Strait of Hormuz, that has been the source of recent tension between the U.S. and Iran.
MarketWatch columnist Paul Brandus explored this subject in a column, arguing that China’s lack of involvement in the Middle East also allows the country to pursue its priorities in the Western Pacific and South China seas.
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The U.S. meanwhile is planning to impose major new sanctions on Iran.
Trump also made another round of Federal Reserve criticism, saying over Twitter that the central bank “doesn’t know what it is doing.” Last week the Federal Reserve held interest rates unchanged though it positioned itself to cut rates as early as July.
In the afternoon, Trump is scheduled to sign an executive order on improving price and quality transparency in healthcare. The measure could force hospitals, insurers and drugmakers to disclosed negotiated or discounted prices.
The order, and related rulemaking, is expected to prompt a flood of industry lawsuits. “The impact of today’s order will likely not be felt soon because the rulemaking process will be time consuming and legal challenges are expected. It is our understanding that if rules are finalized and upheld in court, the healthcare industry could face serious disruption,” said analysts at Height Securities.