Sunday: Ernst, Coons, Hutchison, Pegues

Chinese officials blasted new Trump administration tariffs Friday, blaming the White House for starting the "biggest trade war in economic history." The White House hopes the import taxes will level the playing field for American companies, satisfying a campaign promise not to let the United States be "taken advantage of anymore" by unfair trade practices. But economists warn the escalating tit-for-tat could result in disaster for both nations, if neither country backs down.

On Thursday, critics of embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt celebrated after President Trump accepted his resignation, after months of scrutiny over a litany of ethical scandals. Environmentalists had also long decried Pruitt's policy moves as antithetical to the agency's mission, criticism that is likely to continue under the tenure of Pruitt's replacement Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist.

On Capitol Hill, the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees are gearing up for a hearing with FBI agent Peter Strzok, scrutinized for suggesting in an August 2016 text conversation that "we'll stop" then-candidate Donald Trump from reaching the White House.

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is bracing for a confirmation battle over President Trump's replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy. The president has reportedly narrowed his list of top contenders to nominate for the seat, which is set to be announced Monday night.

And ahead of President Trump's summit next week with leaders of NATO, President Trump this week renewed his demand that allies contribute more to the alliance's defense budget. The move is the latest in a growing list of frustrations that have irritated America's allies, from tariffs to President Trump's suggestion that Russia be readmitted to the G-7.


This Sunday, don't miss "Face the Nation" (@FaceTheNation) moderator Margaret Brennan (@margbrennan) discuss all this and more with this week's blockbuster lineup.

We'll hear from key Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst). Ernst was among the Republicans who had called for now-resigned EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to step down.

We'll also question Delaware Democrat Sen. Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons). Coons sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is gearing up for hearings on President Trump's looming Supreme Court pick.

America's Ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison (@kaybaileyhutch), will join us from Brussels ahead of President Trump's summit next week with leaders of the alliance.

Jeff Pegues (@jeffpeguescbs), CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent, will stop by to discuss his new book "Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy."

And as always, we'll sit down with our panel for perspective on the week that was, this Sunday with:

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