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  #1788881 26-May-2017 18:31
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A bull in a NATO china shop:

 

Watch President Trump push a prime minister aside

 

Washington (CNN) While walking with the NATO leaders during his visit to the alliance's headquarters Thursday, President Donald Trump pushed aside the prime minister of Montenegro, as he moved to the front of a group of the leaders.

 

Trump pushes around NATO

 

Washington (CNN) When President Donald Trump lectured NATO members on their contributions to the trans-Atlantic alliance, he demonstrated a lack of understanding about how the group works and potentially alienated the US' closest allies, analysts said.

 

 





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  #1788891 26-May-2017 18:56
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I think you'll find the alternative fact is that the PM of Montenegro tried to block the President from his photo op. The President skillfully negotiated his way round this impediment using only his hand. :-)




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  #1788907 26-May-2017 19:37
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We all know what happens when a President gets deeper in the sh**...

 

War.

 

 

 

Giving Duterte the heads up on sub positions and praising his "control" of drug dealers, then the Saudis, NATO, the Pope, and now to his son-in-law being under investigation by the FBI. 

 

He's circling the drain towards war in ever decreasing circles.

 

 

 

 


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  #1788957 26-May-2017 21:48
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Sideface:

 

A bull in a NATO china shop:

 

Watch President Trump push a prime minister aside

 

Washington (CNN) While walking with the NATO leaders during his visit to the alliance's headquarters Thursday, President Donald Trump pushed aside the prime minister of Montenegro, as he moved to the front of a group of the leaders.

 

Trump pushes around NATO

 

Washington (CNN) When President Donald Trump lectured NATO members on their contributions to the trans-Atlantic alliance, he demonstrated a lack of understanding about how the group works and potentially alienated the US' closest allies, analysts said.

 

 

 

 

Good to see. He has been lagging with his fails, this one was great. The next will be ignoring the script and fudging how he changed his stance. 


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  #1789018 27-May-2017 08:58
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I don't think Trump is acting alone on his NATO comments, it's not sounding "off the cuff" to me, but prepared.  (incidentally, he seems to have altered the way he talks - to try to sound like Ronald Reagan).

 

I have no doubt that the stance toward NATO is being driven by Steve Bannon who's convinced Trump that it is about money, when for Bannon - it isn't about money at all, but about destabilising Europe as part of the apocalyptic world views he holds.  Bannon sees war as inevitable - and worse - he wants war.


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  #1790337 27-May-2017 18:02
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BBC reports, based on Washington Post: 

 

 

The most recent reports - which cited US officials as sources - said Mr Kushner had spoken with Moscow's ambassador, Sergei Kisylak, about setting up a backchannel using Russian diplomatic facilities in America.

 

 

Let this bit sink in: "using Russian diplomatic facilities in America"

 

 





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  #1790387 27-May-2017 19:28
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freitasm:

 

BBC reports, based on Washington Post: 

 

 

The most recent reports - which cited US officials as sources - said Mr Kushner had spoken with Moscow's ambassador, Sergei Kisylak, about setting up a backchannel using Russian diplomatic facilities in America.

 

 

Let this bit sink in: "using Russian diplomatic facilities in America"

 

 

 

 

It seems like Trumps are anti american..its all so weird or incredibly dumb.


 
 
 
 


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  #1790388 27-May-2017 19:32
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The dumb Americans voted for this guy and his family and friends because they disliked the idea of a woman President after a black President.

Trump is the President of choice of idiots.




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  #1790508 28-May-2017 08:51
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Trump is also dicking the rest of the world around WRT the Paris Accord.

 

He and his band of delusional deniers clearly don't want to commit to pull out, as they fear the backlash - the spineless lying cowards.  

 

 


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  #1790512 28-May-2017 09:07
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I expect he will back down on Climate Change. He either makes a law that fails, or he backs down. Its a legacy if doing nothing since Jan 20.

 

But, he may be doing the world a favour. There are now ample reasons to distance themselves from the US. And that he is doing nothing except to alienate the US, the effects of him are a lot lower than many expected. Plus, he will be gone next election, maybe sooner. 

 

I love his stance on trade deficits. Its his people buying the goods that cause a deficit. If he wants Buy American, get them to make American then buy it. But they wont as that will cost them part of their take home income, the trade issue is caused by his country and and his people, not anyone else. 

 

The upshot is that he was a grave risk to the world, but its more a show of incompetence and nothing. IMHO we dodged a bullet, and the show will continue then be gone.


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  #1790617 28-May-2017 13:27
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Potus: POLTROON Of The United States.

 

Anyone else notice that he stood in front of the Pope, instead of beside? And then, sat himself down before the Pope was seated?

 

Not only a POLTROON, but an ignorant BOOR.

 

Gawd only knows what he'll do if he ever meets the Queen. Maybe this is why Phil has withdrawn from public appearances. So he can quietly slip away for a spot of grouse-shooting while the POLTROON is fingering the family heirlooms.





TREXIT - Vote him out. Drag him out. Take him out. Either way, Trump's gotta go.


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  #1790892 29-May-2017 09:05
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tdgeek:

 

But, he may be doing the world a favour. There are now ample reasons to distance themselves from the US. And that he is doing nothing except to alienate the US, the effects of him are a lot lower than many expected. Plus, he will be gone next election, maybe sooner. 

 

 

 

 

So it's happening, unsurprisingly from Merkel.

 

I guess if you exclude personal factors (Trump's rudeness to Merkel) and other issues like the environment, then Trump's threat to Germany is destabilisation of Europe - Germany has more to lose if Europe falls apart under a nationalist agenda than from US threats and posturing over trade imbalance.  Probably also reading the mood, the alt:right of course getting plenty of media and strong support in France, Holland  - despite Trump and the alt:right, nationalist candidates were soundly thumped, there's a level of support of course, but at lower levels than in the inward-looking US - yet where Trumpism is still a minority view.


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  #1790905 29-May-2017 09:19
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Fred99:

 

tdgeek:

 

But, he may be doing the world a favour. There are now ample reasons to distance themselves from the US. And that he is doing nothing except to alienate the US, the effects of him are a lot lower than many expected. Plus, he will be gone next election, maybe sooner. 

 

 

 

 

So it's happening, unsurprisingly from Merkel.

 

I guess if you exclude personal factors (Trump's rudeness to Merkel) and other issues like the environment, then Trump's threat to Germany is destabilisation of Europe - Germany has more to lose if Europe falls apart under a nationalist agenda than from US threats and posturing over trade imbalance.  Probably also reading the mood, the alt:right of course getting plenty of media and strong support in France, Holland  - despite Trump and the alt:right, nationalist candidates were soundly thumped, there's a level of support of course, but at lower levels than in the inward-looking US - yet where Trumpism is still a minority view.

 

 

The world is distancing itself from the US. Not sure the Republican party will like this at all.


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  #1790947 29-May-2017 09:55
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Fred99:

 

despite Trump and the alt:right, nationalist candidates were soundly thumped, 

 

Perhaps even because of Trump?


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  #1792102 31-May-2017 07:45
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The world is distancing itself from the US. Not sure the Republican party will like this at all.



The republican party is split about the US role in the world.

The old-time conservatives are isolationists, to the point where they believe all US bases outside the US should be shut down, and the Navy should be restricted to US waters.

The newer republicans are pro-international corporations.

Even US corporations are split.

If you're multinational consumer product producer, you want stability at any cost, even if it means dictators run most countries.

If you're an arms manufacturer, you love enough instability to keep police forces and countries buying arms, but not so much that the money stops flowing.

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