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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:14 am    Post subject: It's embarrassing to be American... Reply with quote

White House 'Humiliated' Over Trump's Inability To Grasp Trade
Help us cover the political revolution: http://www.patreon.com/TYTNation "When President Donald Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House in March, the face time between the two world leaders grabbed headlines in part because of one awkward exchange photographers captured during the meeting. Trump and Merkel did not shake hands, even as people in the room verbally prodded them. But White House officials reportedly said another moment between the US president and the German chancellor was "humiliating" to Trump. When he asked Merkel about negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with Germany, Merkel had to explain multiple times to Trump that such an agreement was not possible with Germany alone, according to a New York Times report published Thursday."

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:17 am    Post subject: Merkel Had To Explain EU Trade To Trump ELEVEN TIMES Reply with quote

Merkel Had To Explain EU Trade To Trump ELEVEN TIMES
Trump has been bragging about what great chemistry he has with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/go "It turns out that Donald Trump is bad at making deals. Yes, the guy who once said “you can’t leave the White House, go to Hawaii and play golf for three weeks and be a real deal-maker. It doesn’t work that way,” is the very same guy who tried to circumvent the European Union and cut a bilateral trade deal with Germany and when refused the first time, he asked 10 more times, according to the Times of London.

During his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month, Trump insisted on to negotiating a trade deal between the U.S. and Germany, only to be shut down numerous times. ‘You can’t do a trade deal with Germany, only the EU,'” a senior German official told the Times of London.

“On the eleventh refusal, Trump finally got the message, ‘Oh, we’ll do a deal with Europe then,'” the official added. Merkel explained to Trump that he must instead negotiate with the EU in its entirety after his administration’s efforts to reach out to the nations individually had been denied.

Merkel also said to her own cabinet members that Trump only had “very basic misunderstandings” regarding the “fundamentals” of the EU and multinational trade agreements.”

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:19 am    Post subject: British Politicians Take Turns Blasting Trump Reply with quote

British Politicians Take Turns Blasting Trump

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:17 pm    Post subject: Trump gives Russia a pass Reply with quote

How surprising! Rolling Eyes another case of his double standard

Trump Slams China for Trading w/ NKorea, Ignores Russia Doing Same
Donald Trump tweets he is "very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea," yet Russian tankers have supplied North Korea with fuel on at least three separate occasions, and we've heard nothing from Trump on the matter.

https://youtu.be/mhzXrzdWLNQ


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:03 pm    Post subject: Trump's UN Bullying Backfires BIGLY Reply with quote

Trump's UN Bullying Backfires BIGLY
Trump’s incompetence is mind-boggling.

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Did you see who voted against the UN General Assembly resolution? Apart from the US and Israel, which was to be expected? It's actually hilarious! Some are minuscule countries lost in the Pacific, which you have to use a magnifier to find on a map. super grin
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:04 pm    Post subject: Trump’s Enormous Button Reply with quote

Satire from The Borowitz Report
Tillerson Caught Under Trump’s Desk Disconnecting Button

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was caught crouching under Donald J. Trump’s Oval Office desk on Wednesday, in an attempt to disconnect Trump’s newly installed nuclear button.

The button, reportedly measuring a massive eight inches in diameter, has been a subject of considerable alarm for Trump’s national-security team since he had it installed on his desk, earlier in the week.

According to White House sources, Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and the national-security adviser H. R. McMaster drew straws late Tuesday night to determine who would carry out the high-stakes disconnection mission.

After Tillerson drew the shortest straw, he decided to enter the Oval Office surreptitously Wednesday morning while Trump took a bathroom break.

The Secretary of State had crawled under the desk and was on the verge of disconnecting the gigantic button when he was surprised by the sudden entrance of Vice-President Mike Pence, who had arrived to deliver his daily praise of Trump.

Flustered, Tillerson muttered something about “looking for my glasses” and quickly exited.

Tillerson, who suffered a gash to the head when he bumped it on Trump’s desk, was resting comfortably at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he was heard repeatedly mumbling the words “button” and “moron.”

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:23 pm    Post subject: Trump Sabotaging HIS OWN Peace Negotiations Reply with quote

Trump Sabotaging HIS OWN Peace Negotiations
A month after declaring US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Donald Trump is threatening to cut US-Palestinian foreign aid, sabotaging his stated goal of brokering a peace deal in the Middle East.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:54 am    Post subject: Russia Will Pay 'Huge Price' for Backing Iran Reply with quote

Russia Will Pay 'Huge Price' for Backing Iran, says Trump Adviser McMaster
Over 20 people have died in a week of protests in Iran and Moscow's support for the regime's "nefarious designs" is a problem, the White House's top security adviser said.
by Damien Sharkov

Russia is going “to pay a huge price” for supporting Iran’s regime and its vision for the Middle East, President Donald Trump’s top security adviser said.

The White House’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke out, calling for the global community to jointly “confront Iran’s behavior that is causing so much suffering,” around a week after anti-government protests erupted across the Islamic republic.

The protests began as demonstrations against corruption and high prices and have since adopted a wider anti-government stance, and summoning turnouts unseen for almost a decade. At least 22 people have died since protests began last Thursday. Russia is one of the Iranian regime's most powerful allies, a bond reinforced ever since Moscow and Tehran joined forces to fight for the survival of their mutual ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in 2015.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:26 am    Post subject: Trump Heats Up Feud With Iran Reply with quote

Donald Trump Heats Up Feud With Iran By Praising Anti-Government Protests
The Iranian government denounced President Donald Trump on Saturday after he escalated his support for the anti-government protesters who have been holding demonstrations in the country for three days.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-heats-feud-iran-021552260.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_14
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:13 am    Post subject: Trump Aide Floated Withdrawing U.S. Forces to Please Putin Reply with quote

Trump Aide Floated Withdrawing U.S. Forces to Please Putin
A member of Trump’s National Security Council staff had a radical notion: to pare back American troops in Europe as a way to curry favor with the Kremlin.
BY Spencer Ackerman

A senior National Security Council official proposed withdrawing some U.S. military forces from Eastern Europe as an overture to Vladimir Putin during the early days of the Trump presidency, according to two former administration officials.

While the proposal was ultimately not adopted, it is the first known case of senior aides to Donald Trump seeking to reposition U.S. military forces to please Putin—something that smelled, to a colleague, like a return on Russia’s election-time investment in President Trump. The White House did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.

The official who offered the proposal, a deputy assistant to Trump for strategic planning, mused in February 2017 about withdrawing U.S. troops close to Russian borders as part of a strategy proposal to “refram[e] our interests within the context of a new relationship with Russia,” the former official told The Daily Beast, who heard this directly from the official, Kevin Harrington.

Harrington is the NSC’s senior official for strategic planning. He had neither military experience nor significant government experience before joining the White House. But he had an influential credential: As a managing director for the Thiel Macro hedge fund, he was close to Trump patron and ally Peter Thiel. Trump’s first national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, announced Harrington’s arrival in early February as part of a “talented group” ready to bring “fresh ideas to the table.”

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“It’s the first known case where senior Trump aides sought to reposition U.S. military forces to please Putin.”

Among Harrington’s ideas were a fervent belief that economic sanctions, particularly those on Russia, were ultimately harmful to the United States. Early on in his tenure, Harrington prepared a paper for Flynn fleshing out those ideas into something approaching a grand strategy—and then going further than any gesture toward Russia thus far reported.

With a large map showing Europe hanging on a wall in a White House office, Harrington was dismissive of U.S. interests in the Baltics and wondered aloud about their importance in the context of U.S.-Russian relations. American forces have remained on the continent for 70 years to deter the Soviet Union and, later, to reassure allies nervous about a resurgent Russia near their borders. The map did not show those U.S. troop positions—but it did provide a symbolic backdrop to what Harrington’s one-time associate believed was a most disturbing proposal.

Harrington’s former colleague told The Daily Beast that Harrington asked about the prospect of withdrawing or repositioning U.S. forces from the Baltics—nations once part of the Soviet Union and periodically swallowed up by Russia ever since Peter the Great shattered Swedish hegemony in northern Europe in the early 18th century. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania gained NATO accession in 2004 to guarantee their independence, a measure stridently opposed by Vladimir Putin, who saw the transatlantic military alliance not only enlarged but encroached within what Russia considers its sphere of influence.

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