Tag: The President

Donald Trump: There’s good news, bad news and worse news

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He came i shook the tree calle the fruit that fell his never the persons who planted the tree. He stole it. He’s still intent on shaking that tree not nurturing it so if no fruit comes he’ll just walk away. That’s Donald Trump not a President. (ODT)

And that is? Trump’s America is a nation with “no permanent friends and no permanent enemies”, says Wright. “It takes a transactional approach with all nations, places little value in historical ties, and seeks immediate benefits ranging from trade and procurement to diplomatic support.”

Wright has emphasised in his writings from the outset of the Trump candidacy that the President has held a core of visceral, unchanging views for decades now: deeply suspicious of US allies, attracted to authoritarians, hostile to the open world trading system, uninterested in human rights. “His most controversial positions – questioning NATO, seeking to pull out of Syria, starting trade wars – are all consistent with the worldview he has publicly espoused since the 1980s,” he argues in the journal Foreign Affairs.

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Trump lied to me about his wealth to get onto the Forbes 400

This was a model Trump would use for the rest of his career, telling a lie so cosmic that people believed that some kernel of it had to be real. The tactic landed him a place on the Forbes list he hadn’t earned – and led to future accolades, press coverage and deals. It eventually paved a path toward the presidency.

“The largest portion of Mr Trump’s fortune, according to three people who had had direct knowledge of his holdings, apparently comes from his lucrative inheritance. These people estimated that Mr Trump’s wealth, presuming that it is not encumbered by heavy debt, may amount to about $US200 million to $US300 million. That is an enviably large sum of money by most people’s standards but far short of the billionaires club.”

The opacity persists. In 2016, Trump’s presidential campaign put out a statement saying the candidate had a net worth “in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS”. But he has never released his tax returns, and he has said that the core Trump Organisation asset is the ownership of his brand – an ineffable marketing claim that is impossible to substantiate or refute.

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