Last November, when James Mattis traveled to Bedminster, New Jersey, at the behest of the president-elect, his close friends were shocked. They couldn’t believe Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, would consider working in the new administration as secretary of defense. “Jim,” his friend Peter Robinson asked him, “Donald Trump?”
Now Russia is again public enemy No. 1 in the United States, and Putin is on offense around the world. He is the primary backer of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, thanks to his audacious deployment of Russia’s military to combat the anti-Assad Islamic rebels.
One month ago, Donald Trump spoke to Fox Business about FBI Director James Comey, “I have confidence in him,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. You know, it’s going to be interesting.” So it has been. Trump’s firing of the FBI director on May 9 left official Washington stunned.
In early April, President Trump stood in the Rose Garden with King Abdullah II of Jordan, a strong ally of the United States, and someone who had been dismayed by America’s Middle East policy under Barack Obama.
The 1980s became known as the “Super Dollar era,” as the dollar appreciated significantly against both the Japanese yen and the German deutschemark, then the U.S.’s most significant trading partners. Not surprisingly, the U.S. trade deficit skyrocketed, as imported goods became more price competitive and U.S. exports suffered abroad.
Economists are calling for the use of a stiletto in trade (especially with China), but Donald Trump seems more inclined to use a blunderbuss.
For the first time since 1949, the presidents of Taiwan, Ma Ying Jeou, and the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, will meet for a summit meeting Saturday in Singapore.