At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a “nationalist” stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.
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George W. Bush saw a “thumpin’.” Barack Obama saw a “shellacking.” Donald Trump sees a “Big Victory.” Never one to admit defeat, even in the face of a major setback, President Trump wasted little time on Wednesday morning trying to frame his party’s election losses as a win even though Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives.
But even as he claimed victory, he quickly went on the offence against the newly elected Democratic House, threatening to retaliate if the opposition uses its new subpoena power to investigate him for corruption and obstruction of justice in an early foreshadowing of the bitter partisan warfare that could dominate the next two years.
The embarrassing exchange came when Trump boasted that his administration had accomplished more over two years than “almost any administration” in US history, eliciting audible guffaws in the cavernous chamber hall.
The President appeared startled. “Didn’t expect that reaction,” he said, “but that’s OK.”
Members of the audience chuckled again – perhaps this time in sympathy.
Let me do just that, while exploring five key economic sallies of the Trump White House since he took office and the bleakness and chaos that may lie ahead as the damage to the economy and our financial future comes into greater focus.
What if Adolf Hitler had come to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1934 with a request for security personnel of the Geheime Staatspolizei sent over to the DC Germany embassy to interrogate Edgar Mowrer, the Chicago Daily News reporter who was kicked out of Germany in 1933 for reporting critically on the National Socialists. Would FDR have lifted his cigarette holder high and taken a slow toke, and said, “Let me think about it, Wolfie”? I am not saying Putin is Hitler, but remember in 1934 the US and Germany were not at war and he was just another European leader who had not yet committed his major monstrosities.
The bizarre episode is causing outrage in Washington, D.C., where there are a lot of officials who have served overseas and who would be in trouble if their enemies over there felt as though the White House no longer had their back. Clearly, simply making the request and publicizing it is Putin’s way of pressuring his critics in the US, like Mike McFaul and Bill Browder. It is like when goons from organized crime visit you and leave behind a bullet on your coffee table.
The episode is also to my knowledge unprecedented. I tried to think of historical analogies.
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Nato is both a rip-off and very strong. Theresa May’s Brexit plan is both pathetic and terrific. Trump’s interview with the Sun was both fake news and generally fine. Trump has all the consistency of Katy Perry’s Hot N Cold, except when it comes to two things: immigrants and Vladimir Putin.
Immigration is where Trump’s journey begins and ends: the message running all the way through this stick of rock. Trump told the Sun that immigration in Europe was “a shame”. Why such concern? “I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way.”
But just in case anyone had any doubts, Trump took his explicit nativism several steps into more sinister territory on Friday while standing next to the British prime minister. When asked about his “fabric of Europe” comments, Trump began by talking about terrorism, before explaining his thinking.
“I just think it’s changing the culture. I think it’s a very negative thing for Europe. I think it’s very negative,” he said, as if we didn’t hear him the first time with the foghorn. “And I know it’s politically not necessarily correct to say that. But I’ll say it and I’ll say it loud. And I think they better watch themselves because you are changing the culture.”
Among the key findings:
Respondents are most likely to say that issues related to violent conflict require urgent response, namely usage of weapons of mass destruction (64%) and politically motivated violence and conflict leading to war (61%);
Seven adults in ten (69%) think that a new supranational organisation needs to be created to respond to global risks, similar to 2017 (71%). Issues relating to conflict and war are seen as most warranting the creation of a new organisation – 30% for weapons of mass destruction and 20% for politically motivated violence – both issues traditionally considered to be the remit of the UN. 16% of respondents think that a new supranational organisation is needed to fight climate change, with 23% in Sweden agreeing; and
74% of respondents agree that politicians are not doing enough to combat climate change, with two in five (42%) strongly agreeing. Respondents in India (84%) and South Africa (82%) are most likely to say that they are not doing enough, and respondents in Australia and the US are the least likely (both 68%
What did Donald Trump claim?
In an early morning (US time) tweet on Monday, the president said:
“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition.
“Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!
1)What do the crime figures say?
2)The latest official crime figures we have from Germany show that 5.76 million crimes were reported in 2017. As a percentage of the population, this means crime is now at its lowest level for 30 years.
3)What about crime by foreigners?
Crime by foreigners specifically is also down significantly – and even more sharply. The figure of crimes by non-German nationals fell by 23 per cent since last year, from 950,000 to just over 700,000.
Jeff Sessions, reached for a biblical verse to defend his department’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the Mexican border, suggesting that God supports the government.
Sarah Sanders, I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is repeated throughout the Bible.”
use of religion to justify its laws is another step in an alarming direction . The government is not only unaccountable: it is doing God’s will. There should be no focus on the brutality of law, only on obedience to the sovereign. Sessions, the grand mufti, had pronounced his fatwa.
Empathy a needed reminder for the Don 5- “I hear you”
And the image Donald Trump chooses to project to the world in the wake of the horrible massacre this week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is one of smiles and a signature thumb’s up.
During Donald Trump’s speech at the FBI Academy graduation ceremony, he bashed former President Barack Obama while calling for militarized police forces. He told the crowd, “The president of the United States has your back 100 percent,” just after bashing the FBI to reporters earlier while on the White House lawn.
“Just as I promised, we are allowing our local police to access surplus military equipment,” Trump said, “something the previous administration for some reason refused to do. Explain that one. Explain it to me, please. Never understood that one. Somebody out there can explain it. Anybody want to stand up and explain it?”
Trump also called for the execution of anyone who kills a police officer even though the death penalty is not legal in many states.
He elaborated to reporters on Thursday: “I didn’t say what that congresswoman said; didn’t say it all. She knows it. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who was – sounded like a lovely woman. Did not say what the congresswoman said, and most people aren’t too surprised to hear that.”
One winner in the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, John Agre, told Times Higher Education that “Trump could play a villain in a Batman movie – everything he does is wicked or selfish.” The professor at Johns Hopkins University added that it was a particular concern that Trump “flaunts his ignorance” to appeal to Americans who are happy to dismiss the opinions of scientists.
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Donald Trump did not hesitate to compare U.S. intelligence officers to Nazis “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany”
but after white nationalists waving the Nazi flag erupted in violent clashes throughout downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, the president failed to call out racists and chide white supremacists — even after a car plowed into a group of anti-racists protesters, killing at least one person.
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Trumpie will get the hang of this President thing eventually, apparently.
US President Donald Trump’s push to rejuvenate coal puts him and his America First policy at odds with the course of the rest of the world, writes Ian Verrender.
Syria and Nicaragua are proud to accept the United States into their league of third-world nations for whom climate change is neither a priority nor a concern.Meanwhile, the President of the United States has now informed the world that he is willing to cede leadership on climate change to China, preferring to bow before the Kochs and other oligarchs instead.
Trump should be afraid of his lousy poll showing, Albert R. Hunt
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Why would they do that?
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The White House sends journalists a list of terror attacks it believes did not receive adequate attention from Western media — including five incidents in Australia, one of which was determined to be a murder case. That list is an obvious case of fake news being used to boost what’s a case of “confirmation bias”. Searching for information to prove a conclusion you want drawn is trying to squeeze marshmallows into a money box. It’s purely the Art of the Deal.
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