Trump fields calls with foreign leaders amid tariff decision

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This week, Trump ramped up his charade of a crusade, despite the fact that no link between video games and violence has ever been established.

President Trump apparently commented on how violent the scenes he was seeing were, while the rest of the room was silent, one attendee told Kotaku (the meeting itself was closed to press).

Trump was apparently open-minded during the meeting.

The UK's worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox has announced that he will have a meeting with the White House next week in a bid to win an exemption from President Trump's trade tariffs.

"We dodged a bullet", said McMaster University business professor Marvin Ryder.

The meeting on Thursday brought multiple industry leaders together to discuss the issue.

According to The Washington Post, Trump has invited CEO of ZeniMax (Bethesda's parent company) Robert Altman, Chief Executive of Take Two Interactive (Rockstar and 2K's parent company) Strauss Zelnick, and Michael Gallagher, the leader of the Entertainment Software Association.

The decision to potentially replace a former Goldman Sachs director with a conservative economic analyst comes amid the White House's attempts to minimize the importance of Cohn's departure, which happened during a reported feud between him and the president over soon-to-be-imposed tariffs. This debate has led to games being censored, the introduction of the industry regulated ESRB (Electronic Software Ratings Board), and much more.

Both Germany and France backed the European Union position, with German government spokesman Georg Streiter telling reporters in Berlin that "The exact nature of the (EU) steps will be decided after a close analysis of the American measures", according to Reuters.

At the meeting on Thursday, to thrash out any potential connection between video games and actual violence, the above video was shown.

"Unproven and emotionally driven gun control legislation is a common and simplistic response to gun-related tragedies, but such lawmaking usually fails to address the underlying problem", she wrote in a 2013 Politico op-ed. "The conversation centered on whether violent video games, including games that graphically simulate killing, desensitise our community to violence".

Mr Liddell joined the administration in January 2017 and now serves as the White House's director of strategic initiatives.

Following the White House summit on March 8th, 2018 where anti-gaming activists and some of the CEOs from the AAA game publishing studios met to discuss the role violent video games have on shaping the youth of America, the official White House website updated the public about the briefing. That scenario, Tom Donohue said, would endanger the economic momentum from the GOP tax cuts and Trump's rollback of regulations.

The tariffs would "seriously impact the normal order of worldwide trade", the ministry said. The video game segment starts at around 12:25 in the video above.

Given the generous overlap between those who use the internet and those who play video games, it was all but inevitable that President Donald Trump's call to dial back the blood and gore, expressed in a meeting with major game developers Thursday, would provoke strong online reactions in the life-imitating-violent-art debate.