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Fifty Shades of Trump

Posted by hkarner - 17. April 2018

Elizabeth Drew

Elizabeth Drew is a contributing editor to The New Republic and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.

For all of his many other legal and political problems, is it possible that Donald Trump could be brought down by a porn star? His lawyer’s payment to her to buy her silence about a one-time liaison with the US president may not be the only issue at stake.
WASHINGTON, DC – Last week was a most unusual one for President Donald Trump’s administration. There was no high-level firing: the only dismissal of any note was that of the White House aide in charge of homeland security, who was forced out at the behest of John Bolton, who had just taken over as Trump’s third national security adviser in 15 months. Nonetheless, it may well have been the most turbulent week yet of Trump’s presidency.

Bolton’s appointment was enough to set much of Washington trembling with fear that he would reinforce Trump’s most pugnacious views, for example, that the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement should be scrapped. Still, it has been widely speculated that Bolton, reportedly a bureaucratic whiz, was outmaneuvered by Defense Secretary James Mattis on the question of how far to take the military attack on Syria in retaliation for the latest use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad’s government against its own people. In the end, the attacks by the US, the United Kingdom, and France were restricted to targets believed to be chemical weapons and storage facilities. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump, Comey Duel Over Book

Posted by hkarner - 17. April 2018

Date: 16-04-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

On Twitter, president writes, ‘I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty. I hardly even knew this guy. Just another of his many lies.’

President Donald Trump had more to say Sunday about the book penned by James Comey, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

WASHINGTON—Friction between President Donald Trump and James Comey resurfaced this weekend after details from the former FBI director’s book reopened the debate over Mr. Comey’s firing.

In an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday night, Mr. Comey said his decision to tell Congress 11 days before the 2016 presidential election that the FBI was again examining Hillary Clinton’s emails was influenced by his belief the Democratic nominee would defeat Mr. Trump.

“I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor,” Mr. Comey told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in the exclusive interview, according to excerpts released by the network.

Mr. Comey, who is promoting the book due in stores Tuesday, also called Mr. Trump “morally unfit” to be president.

“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds,” Mr. Comey said, according to a transcript of the entire interview released by ABC.

Mr. Comey’s memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” is critical of Mr. Trump, according to a copy reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. He writes that the president is a “deeply flawed person and leader,” compares him to a Mafia boss and characterizes his presidency as a “forest fire.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Coordination on Syria Strikes Belies Simmering Tensions

Posted by hkarner - 16. April 2018

Date: 15-04-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Assault involved careful planning between the U.S., France and the U.K. despite divisions over other issues

The Trump administration’s close coordination with France and the U.K. to plan the strikes on the Syrian regime underscores an alignment between the U.S. and its European allies despite deep divisions over other issues.

The three countries launched airstrikes late Friday against Syrian regime targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical-weapons attack near the capital, Damascus, a week ago that killed at least 43 civilians and injured hundreds more.

The move was aimed at crippling President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical-weapons arsenal, targeting a research center and two production sites. The strikes also targeted a former missile base 15 miles west of the Syrian city of Homs.

U.S. and U.K. submarines armed with missiles moved within strike range of Syria, while a U.S. destroyer and a French frigate were in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Three more American cruisers and destroyers are deployed in the Middle East.

French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump emphasized that the strikes on Syrian targets were designed not to escalate tensions with Russia.

The assault capped a week of careful planning between the U.S., French and British militaries, despite tensions that have sowed divisions between the allies in recent months.

French President Emmanuel Macron has slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, pledged to push Europe to retaliate over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, and staunchly defended the Iranian nuclear deal against U.S. criticism.

Relations between the U.S. and Britain were tested when Mr. Trump called off a planned trip to London earlier this year to attend the official opening of the new U.S. Embassy in London. And in November last year, Prime Minister Theresa May criticized Mr. Trump when he retweeted messages from a British far-right group.

Further, Britain and France are on opposing sides over Brexit, with Mrs. May’s government seeking a clean break from the European Union and Mr. Macron having pursued a deeper union since his election victory last year. With two-year negotiations just past the midway point, critical issues over the U.K.’s divorce remain unsolved.

Mr. Trump was full of praise for the U.S.’s allies on Saturday, tweeting: “Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result.”

At a press conference in Downing Street, Mrs. May said the strikes were aimed at degrading Mr. Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons to attack his own people. A full assessment of the strikes is ongoing, but Mrs. May said the U.K. and its allies are confident they were successful.

“I believe that this action was necessary. I believe it was the right thing for us to do,” Mrs. May said. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The US never had a „commander in chief“ as dumb as this one!

Posted by hkarner - 13. April 2018

Date: 12-04-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: Trump Tweets Raise Questions About Military Planning

President’s messages about possible strike in Syria stir concerns about opponents’ response

The U.S. has one guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, in the Mediterranean, where it could take part in any strike on Syria.

WASHINGTON—In a series of tweets and pronouncements in recent days, President Donald Trump has outlined a military operation still in the planning stages, spelled out a decision timetable and pointed to the kinds of weapons he may use.

“Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” he tweeted on Wednesday, referring to advanced weaponry at least 24 hours before any operation in Syria is likely to begin. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Xis starkes Blatt gegenüber Trump

Posted by hkarner - 12. April 2018

Bill Emmott is a former editor-in-chief of The Economist.

LONDON – Die Welt wird in Kürze Zeuge eines historischen Kräftemessens zwischen China und den USA werden, zwei Supermächten, deren Staatsoberhäupter sich selbst als unangefochtene Führer betrachten. Im unmittelbaren Sinne wird dies ein Kampf über den Handel sein. Zugleich jedoch geht es um die strategische Führung Ostasiens und, letztlich, der internationalen Ordnung. Und beim gegenwärtigen Stand der Dinge steht China stärker da als vielen bewusst ist. Die Frage ist, ob der chinesische Präsident Xi Jinping selbstbewusst oder dreist genug ist, dies unter Beweis stellen zu wollen.

China wird dieses Kräftemessen kaum gewollt haben; zugleich jedoch ist es keine große Überraschung. US-Präsident Donald Trumps jüngst angekündigte Einfuhrzölle auf Stahl, Aluminium und andere in China hergestellte Waren stehen im Einklang mit der von ihm propagierten Form des Wirtschaftsnationalismus. Und seine Entscheidung, Nordkoreas Einladung zu bilateralen Verhandlungen über dessen Nuklearprogramm anzunehmen, spiegelt dieselbe Art von „Na, komm doch“-Einstellung wieder, mit der er den früheren Kriegsdrohungen des Landes begegnet ist. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Slammed by Trump, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Chooses Silence

Posted by hkarner - 10. April 2018

Date: 09-04-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Amazon’s chief executive has refrained from public criticism of the president since the election

Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man.

For years, Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has meticulously crafted his public image, largely shunning the spotlight while carefully making donations that only hint at his political agenda.

But over the past week, the billionaire has been cast into the limelight thanks to a string of attacks by President Donald Trump.

Mr. Bezos’s response? The silent treatment.

In six tweets over a week, Mr. Trump lashed out at Amazon repeatedly over taxes, its use of the U.S. Postal Service and its effect on other retailers. He also called the Washington Post, which Mr. Bezos owns personally, a lobbying arm. He criticized Amazon at a press conference on Tuesday, too, and aboard Air Force One on Thursday.

The tweets and remarks stem largely from Mr. Trump’s growing unhappiness with coverage of his administration by the Washington Post as well as with its owner, say the president’s advisers and people close to the White House. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Inside the White House Bible Study group

Posted by hkarner - 9. April 2018

  • 8 April 2018

For the first time in at least 100 years, the US Cabinet has a bible study group. What do they learn? What does Donald Trump make of it? And why aren’t women allowed to teach?

Every Wednesday, some of the world’s most powerful people meet in a conference room in Washington DC to learn about God.

The location can’t be revealed – the Secret Service won’t allow it – but the members can.

Vice-President Mike Pence. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The list goes on.

In total, 10 cabinet members are „sponsors“ of the group. Not everyone attends every meeting – they are busy people – but they go if they can. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump’s Trade Confusion

Posted by hkarner - 9. April 2018

Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, is University Professor at Columbia University and Chief Economist at the Roosevelt Institute. His most recent book is Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump.

US President Donald Trump’s recently announced import tariffs on steel, aluminum, and $60 billion in other goods that the US imports from China each year are in keeping with his record of responding to nonexistent problems. Unfortunately, while Trump captures the world’s attention, serious real problems go unaddressed.

NEW YORK – The trade skirmish between the United States and China on steel, aluminum, and other goods is a product of US President Donald Trump’s scorn for multilateral trade arrangements and the World Trade Organization, an institution that was created to adjudicate trade disputes.

Before announcing import tariffs on more than 1,300 types of Chinese-made goods worth around $60 billion per year, in early March Trump unveiled sweeping tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum, which he justified on the basis of national security. Trump insists that a tariff on a small fraction of imported steel – the price of which is set globally – will suffice to address a genuine strategic threat. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Absolutely UNREAL – bullies like Putin act like this

Posted by hkarner - 8. April 2018

Date: 07-04-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: What’s Driving Trump’s Attacks on Amazon? It’s Personal

President’s attacks on e-commerce company stem from its CEO Jeff Bezos’s ownership of the Washington Post, which Trump says covers him unfairly, say people close to the White House

Early in President Donald Trump’s term, when White House officials heard him complain vociferously about Amazon.com Inc. they arranged private briefings in the Oval Office to make sure that he would talk knowledgeably about the company.

Gary Cohn, his top economic adviser, and other officials gave PowerPoint presentations and briefing papers they believed debunked his concerns that Amazon was dodging taxes and exploiting the U.S. Postal Service.

It made little difference. Mr. Trump persisted in attacks that ran counter to the material they had showed him.

“It’s not the narrative he wants,” one person familiar with the matter said of the White House briefings.  “He clearly didn’t find it persuasive because he keeps saying it’s untrue.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Punishing America First

Posted by hkarner - 8. April 2018

Date: 07-04-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Trump to Iowa: You’ll have to suffer while I force Xi Jinping to give in.

Donald Trump and his advisers spent much of Friday telling everyone that the U.S. is not in a trade war with China, but investors weren’t buying it. Equity markets took a major header, falling by more than 2% across the board. Maybe investors are starting to look at the damage Mr. Trump may do to the Farm Belt states and to the GOP’s chances of holding Congress.

Mr. Trump raised the stakes late Thursday in his tariff showdown with Beijing, vowing to impose another $100 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods in light of its “unfair retaliation” after his initial $50 billion in tariffs. The latest target list still hasn’t been drawn up, and the silver-lining crowd is hoping that Mr. Trump was merely popping off as part of his negotiating strategy. Maybe that’s right. But then China popped off in return, saying it is ready to “forcefully” strike back if the new tariffs are imposed.

That’s the problem with protectionism. The other side can strike back, and businesses and markets don’t know when the politicians will decide to stop pounding their chests. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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