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Thursday, May 24, 2018

America’s Clown Show Negotiations Are Not Funny

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

When bluster ends in capitulation, what do other negotiating partners see? Blood in the water.

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, surely absorbed the lesson from the Trump administration’s recent dealings with China. He saw how rashly President Trump waged trade war against China and how rapidly he retreated at the first sign of serious resistance.

Kim thus took the administration’s implied threats to his life in stride. He waved aside Trump’s demand that North Korea agree to give up its nuclear weapons before talks even commence. All Kim had to do was say he might cancel the planned summit with the president, and the president took it all back.…

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Deep State Conspiracy? Mike Pompeo Doesn’t Believe It

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

Trump’s minions are willing to go pretty far to support his lies. But that doesn’t always extend to doing so under oath, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo showed Wednesday.

At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) pressed Pompeo about Trump’s latest unhinged Twitter declarations.

“He said there is a ‘criminal deep state.’ And as you know, Representative Nunes has said he’s also going to investigate the state department,” Lieu said. “Do you believe there is a criminal deep state at the State Department?”

Pompeo said he hadn’t seen the comments, but he was clear as to his thoughts on the matter.…

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EU Official On Trump: ‘With Friends Like This’

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Under Trump, the United States has become more of an enemy of the European Union than an ally. That’s the frank assessment of Donald Tusk, one of the EU’s top officials.

Tusk, the European Council president and a former prime minister of Poland, characterized the recent diplomatic bumbling by the Trump administration in no uncertain terms.

“Looking at latest decisions of @realDonaldTrump someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies,” he tweeted. “Thanks to him we got rid of all illusions. We realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.”

The European Council represents the heads of state of the European Union.…

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