Posts Tagged ‘ Trump ’

Off with his head

Jun 12th, 2018 4:31 pm | By

I bet Trump was really jealous of Kim’s relationship with the press. He wishes he could shut up those pesky reporters who ask him questions he doesn’t like.

President Trump’s campaign manager on Tuesday called for a CNN White House correspondent to have his media credentials pulled for asking questions while Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were signing an agreement at their Singapore summit.

Brad Parscale, who in February was named manager of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, took to Twitter to condemn the actions of Jim Acosta.

“Jim @Acosta should immediately have his press credentials suspended,” Parscale wrote. “He is an absolute disgrace!”

Why? Because he asked Trump a question, duh.

As Trump and Kim were

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To drum up business from foreign governments

Jun 12th, 2018 11:20 am | By

Then there’s that emoluments case.

A federal judge on Monday sharply criticized the Justice Department’s argument that President Trump’s financial interest in his company’s hotel in downtown Washington is constitutional, a fresh sign that the judge may soon rule against the president in a historic case that could head to the Supreme Court.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland, charge that Mr. Trump’s profits from the hotel violate anti-corruption clauses of the Constitution that restrict government-bestowed financial benefits, or emoluments, to presidents beyond their official salary. They say the hotel is siphoning business from local convention centers and hotels.

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Arrive late, poke him in the chest, call him a mofo

Jun 11th, 2018 3:34 pm | By

Trump is living the dream.

President Trump has imagined himself at the center of high-stakes nuclear negotiations since at least the mid-1980s, when he tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade the Reagan administration that it needed a New York real estate deal maker to lead arms-control talks with the Soviet Union.

When, in 1989, he ran into the man who filled that job for President George H.W. Bush, he had a bit of negotiating advice: Arrive late, poke your finger into your adversary’s chest and swear at him with a vulgar insult, he told Richard R. Burt.

So his time at the G7 was rehearsal for all that. Good to know.

For Mr. Trump, the looming question now is whether his

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Under the Presidential Records Act

Jun 10th, 2018 2:45 pm | By

Ugh this is so repulsive. It may seem comparatively minor but the attitude behind it is…hideous.

Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out in front of him.

Lartey, who earned an annual salary of $65,969 as a records management analyst, was a career government official with close to 30 years under his belt. But he had never seen anything like this in any previous administration he had worked for. He had never had to tape the president’s papers back together again.

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Guest post: Take Trump being elected as a warning

Jun 10th, 2018 11:23 am | By

Originally a comment by Bruce Gorton on A declaration of ignorance and policy insanity.

It is one of the things I keep saying: We in Africa need to take Trump being elected as a warning that we cannot rely upon the West.

We need to boost our funding for the sciences, boost our spending on developing our own economies, and cut all reliance on American goods and services, because America is fundamentally headed by a madman.

The American market is always talked up as if servicing American demand is this path to wealth, yet it is remarkably rare when an outside player can actually make any headway in it. The demand economy just isn’t there anymore, it is all … Read the rest



Digging the hole deeper

Jun 10th, 2018 9:35 am | By

Trump’s people are running around echoing his tweets bashing Trudeau, no doubt in hopes of making Trump look less deranged and backstabby.

President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of undermining the US and its allies with comments he made at the G7 summit.

“It was a betrayal,” Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Kudlow was speaking following the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday. As Trump flew from the summit with US allies to a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, he lashed out at Trudeau for what he said were his “false statements” at a news conference and said the US

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A declaration of ignorance and policy insanity

Jun 9th, 2018 4:47 pm | By

Paul Krugman on the summit frolics.

[T]here has never been a disaster like the G7 meeting that just took place. It could herald the beginning of a trade war, maybe even the collapse of the Western alliance. At the very least it will damage America’s reputation as a reliable ally for decades to come; even if Trump eventually departs the scene in disgrace, the fact that someone like him could come to power in the first place will always be in the back of everyone’s mind.

That’s why I keep saying we’ll never live this down. He got selected, he got elected, and he trashed the joint. Not a sign of health.

He didn’t put America first; Russia first

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Angela and Emmanuel and Justin

Jun 9th, 2018 4:34 pm | By

Trump did a press conference before he hopped on the plane to Singapore to meet that nice Mister Kim.

Q As you were heading into these G7 talks, there was a sense that America’s closest allies were frustrated with you and angry with you, and that you were angry with them and that you were leaving here early to go meet for more friendlier talks with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. And I’m wondering if you —

THE PRESIDENT: It’s well put, I think.

Q — if you view it the same way. And do you view the U.S. alliance system shifting under your presidency, away —

THE PRESIDENT: Who are you with, out of curiosity?

Q CNN.

THE PRESIDENT:

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Get ready for that boot

Jun 9th, 2018 12:34 pm | By

Tritler wants to lay waste to all the rules, throw out all the treaties and accords, tear up all the agreements, pull the US out of all the deals. He wants to break everything, so that he can make his mark, and also so that he can make America safe for crooks and thugs like him.

As he pursues his America First agenda, Mr. Trump has driven a wedge between the United States and its allies by imposing aggressive tariffs, abandoning the Paris climate change accord and pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal that the Western democracies negotiated along with President Barack Obama.

And with no warning on Friday, Mr. Trump deepened that rift by directly challenging the

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Really, really bad

Jun 9th, 2018 11:22 am | By

Tritler goes full crazy.

President Trump said on Saturday that he had brought up with America’s closest allies the dramatic prospect of completely eliminating tariffs on goods and services, even as he threatened to end all trade with his counterparts if they didn’t stop what he said were unfair trade practices.

Speaking to reporters at the end of a contentious weekend meeting of the Group of 7 nations in a resort town outside of Quebec City, Mr. Trump said that eliminating all trading barriers would be “the ultimate thing.” But he railed about what he called “ridiculous and unacceptable” tariffs on American goods and vowed to get rid of them.

“It’s going to stop. Or we’ll stop trading with

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I won’t I won’t I won’t!

Jun 9th, 2018 11:00 am | By

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No rules in a knife fight

Jun 9th, 2018 10:57 am | By

Well you see it’s like this: it turns out the US doesn’t like rules. Rules are for sissies and Democrats and women, and we all hate all three. We like violence and force and power.

President Trump aggressively confronted America’s closest allies on Friday as they convened their annual summit meeting, calling for Russia’s readmission to the Group of 7 nations and refusing to ease his assault on the global trading system.

The response from the leaders of Europe, Canada and Japan was swift and angry. Most rejected the return of Russia, which was ousted from the diplomatic forum after President Vladimir V. Putin violated international norms by seizing parts of Ukraine in 2014. And they assailed Mr. Trump’s

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It was just a woman talking

Jun 9th, 2018 10:07 am | By

Trump is, of course, making himself as obnoxious as he possibly can at the G7 meeting.

A tardy Donald Trump created a distraction Saturday when he showed up late for a G7 meeting on women’s empowerment.

The U.S. president arrived several minutes after the start of the breakfast meeting between G7 leaders and the gender equality advisory council that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created for this year’s summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.

Hey – the meeting was on women’s empowerment. What’s he going to do, show up on time? Sit down and shut up and listen politely? Don’t be silly! He has nothing but contempt for women, so obviously he’s going to disrupt that meeting by turning … Read the rest



Invite Russia to the party or else

Jun 8th, 2018 10:17 am | By

In case the summit wasn’t going to be acrimonious enough, Trump poured in a new ingredient:

President Trump on Friday said Russia should be readmitted to the Group of Seven leading economies, breaking with other world leaders who have insisted that Moscow remain ostracized after its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

“Now, I love our country. I have been Russia’s worst nightmare . . . . But with that being said, Russia should be in this meeting,” Trump said Friday as he left the White House. “Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run . . . . They should let Russia come back in.”

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What’s shaping up to be an acrimonious summit

Jun 8th, 2018 10:02 am | By

The CBC reports a slight disagreement between Trudeau and Macron on the one hand and Trump on the other.

Canada and France plan to take what their leaders describe as a polite, persuasive but firm approach to Donald Trump at the G7 summit, warning the U.S. president that his punishing trade tariffs will backfire and harm America’s economy and workforce.

But as he prepared to travel to Canada, Trump’s Twitter feed suggested Thursday night that the president is in a mood to push back.

“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things,” Trump tweeted.

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A particular specialty was insulting other monarchs

Jun 7th, 2018 5:01 pm | By

Apropos of nothing Miranda Carter at the New Yorker asks what happens when a bad-tempered distractable doofus runs an empire.

One of the few things that Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled Germany from 1888 to 1918, had a talent for was causing outrage. A particular specialty was insulting other monarchs. He called the diminutive King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy “the dwarf” in front of the king’s own entourage. He called Prince (later Tsar) Ferdinand, of Bulgaria, “Fernando naso,” on account of his beaky nose, and spread rumors that he was a hermaphrodite. Since Wilhelm was notably indiscreet, people always knew what he was saying behind their backs…

…One of the many things that Wilhelm was convinced he was

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It’s about attitude

Jun 7th, 2018 11:18 am | By

Yes sure enough – Trump is supposed to be “preparing” for his meeting with Kim, and he doesn’t want to go to Canada for the G 7 because it will take time away from his “preparation,” but if you ask him he will promptly say that he doesn’t need to prepare because it’s not about preparation, it’s about attitude.

During a White House pool spray with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe on Thursday, President Trump said he doesn’t think he has a lot of preparation to do ahead of a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in which the two leaders will discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

“I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think

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The darkness at Trump’s core

Jun 7th, 2018 10:47 am | By

Charles Blow starts his essay on Trump’s passionate love for hatred by noting that we get exhausted by him and by the torrent of terrible news he creates.

When my enthusiasm for resisting this vile man and his corrupt administration starts to flag, I remember the episode that first revealed to me the darkness at Trump’s core, and I am renewed.

He then tells the story of the Central Park 5 – the forced “confessions” after more than 24 hours of interrogation without food sleep or water, and the exoneration via DNA evidence years later.

A few days after the attack, long before the teenagers would go on trial, Donald Trump bought full-page ads in New York newspapers — you

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Skip the lectures

Jun 7th, 2018 9:41 am | By

Trump is having a sulk about his boring homework of going to stinky old CANADA when he hates Canada and would much rather watch tv and eat ice cream.

The president has vented privately about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as their trade tensions have spilled into public view. He has mused about finding new ways to punish the United States’ northern neighbor in recent days, frustrated with the country’s retaliatory trade moves.

To…punish Canada? For what? For Trudeau not saying “how high?” when Trump says “jump”?

And Trump has complained to aides about spending two days in Canada for a summit of world leaders, believing the trip is a distraction from his upcoming Singapore summit with North Korean

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So unfair, and vicious

Jun 6th, 2018 10:26 am | By

Today:

A year ago:

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