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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #120 on: March 14, 2018, 06:44:08 AM »

Prior to her appointment as CIA deputy director, Haspel controversially ran a secret CIA prison in Thailand used to house, question, and allegedly torture detainees during the second Bush administration’s War on Terror.

Haspel’s tenure as “Chief of Base” at the prison–and what she did while serving in that role–is the subject of the arrest warrant request.
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #121 on: March 14, 2018, 08:24:08 AM »

Apparently Tillerson is the 20th member of Trump's Admininstration to be sacked in 14 months.
Maybe Tillerson having failed to deny having called Trump a 'moron' in October, didn't help . . .

Tillerson's replacement, Mike Pompeo, is more hawkish about Iran, N.Korea and foreign policy.

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« Reply #122 on: March 14, 2018, 10:14:59 AM »

i was talking to donald trump today,, he told me,prior to his coronation, he would like nigel farage to become an american national,, so he could elect him to vice president of the U.S.A.            ha ha ha        LOL             E.F.M.
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #123 on: March 17, 2018, 01:48:00 PM »

No. 21  ???

''US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, who has frequently been accused of political bias by President Trump. In January Mr McCabe stepped down from his position as deputy director. He had been deeply involved in the FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of email and Russia's alleged meddling in the presidential campaign.

The sacking comes two days before his 50th birthday, when he was expected to retire with pension rights. President Trump welcomed Mr Sessions' decision in a tweet
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43439066
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #124 on: March 18, 2018, 07:58:52 AM »

Don't mess with the Donald or you will pay the price.....................

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/17/17134142/trump-lawyer-stormy-daniels-lawsuit-michael-cohen

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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #125 on: March 23, 2018, 05:28:12 AM »

No. 22 and 23 ?  ???  It's been obvious for some time that Pres. Trump will in effect be a ''solo act'. It seems that NO dissenting views or even different nuance will be accepted inside his Administration. Just MO but it seems a very dangerous state of affairs. I guess we have to hope that Trump is right about everything and then we'll be OK  ;)

''Donald Trump has ousted HR McMaster as his national security adviser and will appoint hardliner John Bolton in his place, it emerged on Thursday. The US president announced the news in a tweet, with the change set to take place on April 9.  The move comes despite repeated rebuttals from the White House that Mr McMaster would be removed from office. It also continues a tumultuous period that has seen a string of major staff departures from the White House and the cabinet. Mr McMaster, who had never met Mr Trump before being interviewed for the role, clashed with the president over the Iran nuclear deal and Afghanistan policy.

Mr Bolton, who served as George W Bush's UN ambassador, is known for his hawkish foreign policy views that are more in line with Mr Trump's stances. Last month he wrote a an article headlined “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First". He reportedly held talks with Mr Trump on Thursday.

Mr Trump tweeted: "I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend." Mr McMaster is expected to retire rather than be fired, with reports that the pair had been discussing his departure for weeks.

In the last month Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, Gary Cohen, Mr Trump's top economics adviser, and Hope Hicks, his communications director, have all left the administration. The changes have raised claims that Mr Trump is getting rid of 'no men' and putting people more in line with his policy preferences in place instead. It was the second staff change to emerge on Thursday after John Dowd, Mr Trump's lawyer, quit amid reports he feared the president was no longer following his advice.

The New York Times reported that Mr Trump wants his new top foreign policy advisers in place before his face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. Mr Bolton's appointment, taken together with Mr Tillerson's replacement with Trump ally Mike Pompeo, the CIA head, hints at a change in foreign policy approach.

Mr Trump has called for the Iran nuclear deal to be torn up - something over which Mr McMaster and Mr Tillerson urged caution on behind the scenes. Mr Bolton has been a vocal critics of the deal, writing a piece last October headlined: "Mr. President, don't put America at risk with flawed Iran deal." The appointment also marks a return to the frontline of politics for Mr Bolton, 69, who served as Mr Bush's representative at the UN from 2005 to 2006
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/22/trump-ousts-mcmaster-makes-bolton-national-security-adviser/
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« Reply #126 on: March 23, 2018, 05:44:28 AM »

Never a dull moment with The Donald - momentous steps ? An interesting note about the EU near the end of this long article !

Donald Trump's 'shock and awe' trade bomb on China risks a superpower conflict - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

''The phoney trade war of the last year is over. President Donald Trump has dropped a dangerously real cluster bomb on China. “The first of many,” he growled with defiant satisfaction as he signed off on the most dramatic trade sanctions since the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930.

The dispute centres as much on who will control the technology life-blood of the 21st century as it does on China’s $375bn (£265bn) trade surplus with the US – almost half of America's $800bn trade gap and patently "out of control" in Mr Trump's words. He says it must be reduced by $100bn immediately.
 
What makes this so menacing is that the world’s two dominant superpowers are in a state of escalating hostility over both trade and the bigger issue of dominance in Asia, a toxic geo-strategic cocktail. President Trump’s sweeping penalties on $60bn of Chinese hi-tech and manufacturing imports are unprecedented  in modern times. The White House has dusted off a Cold War instrument under US law allowing it to take “all protective action”, the nuclear option in trade policy. “The word that I want to use is reciprocal. If they charge us, we charge them the same thing,” said Mr Trump, complaining that China imposes 25pc tariffs on US car imports while the US charges 2.5pc on Chinese cars. “It is not fair and those days are over.” 

The White House said months of investigation and a review of 10,000 cases had confirmed a systematic pattern of “forced technology transfer” and “cyber theft” by the Chinese regime, a policy it described as "economic aggression". The sanctions target 1300 products. They hone in on aerospace, robotics, electric vehicles and biopharma, tracking the ten strategic sectors announced by the Communist Party in its “Made in China 2025” technology plan. The previous tariffs on solar panels, washing machines, steel and aluminium are almost trivial by comparison.

The move comes against a poisonous diplomatic background. The Trump Administration openly talks of China as a predatory regime that uses national champions to subvert the world trading system. The latest US National Security Strategy Report has for the first time named China as a strategic rival that seeks to “challenge American power, influence and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.”

The US has tolerated big trade deficits over the years with Germany, Japan, and Korea – up to a point – because they are close military allies. China is deemed an adversary. US and Chinese naval vessels are in latent conflict over free navigation in the South China Sea. The early signs are that China will react with caution, playing the long game. “There will be no lashing out. They will go for the high ground and present themselves as the new defenders of global free trade,” said Geoffrey Yu, a strategist at UBS with close ties to the Chinese leadership.

“They may throw open markets to other countries like Canada, or to the EU, and perhaps Britain will be first in line now that it will be able to negotiate trade deals,” he said. The EU has complicated this strategy by seeming to gang with Mr Trump against China in the steel dispute. China’s veiled threats of “asymmetric warfare” against the US bond market have been dropped. Officials at the Chinese central bank have patiently explained that any move by Beijing to dump its $1.17 trillion holding of US Treasuries and notes would backfire, devaluing China’s residual holdings and risking an Asian-wide credit shock.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has to craft an artful strategy to deal with a US president who almost seems to want a tit-for-tat spiral of escalating retaliation, convinced that surplus states have the most to lose in a full-blown trade war – a truism as far as it goes. Mr Trump concluded long ago that the entire structure of global commerce is hostile to the US national interest, and has no compunction about bringing the edifice crashing down if that is what it takes. “He won’t back down. He’s like a dog with a bone,” said former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Global Times, voice of hardline nationalists within the Communist Party, has called for counter-sanctions on US soya beans and agricultural products to hit Mr Trump’s electoral base in the farm states. This is a blunt tool in a fungible global commodity markets. Surgical measures against John Deere tractors or Boeing aircraft would be more effective. Mark Williams from Capital Economics said China has an arsenal at it disposal if it so chooses. It can use stringent regulatory, phytosanitary, or compliance checks to paralyse companies operating in China. It can instruct Chinese firms to cancel orders. It can orchestrate consumer boycotts as it did to Japan over the Senkaku islands dispute.

If the US then responded with tariffs across the board, it would in effect be imposing a tax on its own consumers. The three biggest US imports from China are mobile telephones, laptops, and network equipment. In each case China is the dominant global supplier with around 70pc of the world market. Alternative sources are scarce.

Yet so far, China is holding back. Although plans emerged this evening for reciprocal tariffs against the US, it does appear, on the whole, to be pursuing a softly-softly policy despite the insults from Washington and is trying to calm its own hotheads. Premier Li Keqiang vowed this week to keep cutting import tariffs and to throw open China’s economy. “I hope both China and the US will act rationally, and not be led by emotions,” he said. “China’s aim is to ensure that both domestic and foreign firms will be able to compete on fair terms in China’s large market. We will open up the manufacturing sector, with no mandatory technology transfers required,” he said.

The Communist leadership has over-promised before, and its claim to be the white knight of the open trading system must be taken with a fistful of salt. China has for decades pursued a mercantilist export strategy to conquer foreign markets, backing its champions with subsidised credit and energy. Foreign companies operating in China have been obstructed. It runs a command system with Communist Party officials lodged inside private companies. Foreign investment is systematically used to acquire technology secrets. The country has in the past run a "dirty" currency peg, suppressing the yuan to gain competitiveness. 

Yet China is changing. Currency manipulation has been abandoned. China’s current account surplus with the US has dropped from 6pc to 2pc of Chinese GDP over the last decade. The country is switching from a catch-up model of industrial-led growth to a more mature service economy that is closer to trade balance. China is no longer the world’s chief trade violator. It has been displaced by the eurozone. Edward Alden from the Council on Foreign Relations said we have reached a perilous moment. China is seething with fury over America’s new national security doctrine, and over Washington's equivocation on Taiwan and the "One China" policy.

“The new tariffs are a high-stakes gamble that economic shock and awe can succeed where negotiations have failed. There is a serious danger that events could spiral out of control,” he said
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/03/22/trump-drops-shock-awe-trade-bomb-china-risking-superpower-conflict/
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #127 on: March 26, 2018, 04:42:20 PM »

President Trump in trouble again  ;)  In the link below, at 2mins 45secs - days before the 2016 election, it's alleged that Trump's personal attorney paid Daniels $130,000 !!

Apparently Daniels performed well in a lie detector test - unless this payment came from campaign funds, it's just a problem for Trump and Melania.

I wondered why Daniels has broken the non-disclosure, but now see in the Guardian, ''Her team claims the agreement is null and void because Trump never signed it''. MMMMmmm but she took the money . . .

(CNN)''A primetime dish by Stormy Daniels about her alleged affair with Donald Trump is a reminder that there are some things even a president can't control. The "60 Minutes" interview Sunday slammed into the White House just at the moment that Trump is acting to stamp his dominance on his administration and wider political story by removing officials who tried to tame him. But the porn actress' decision to break her silence on their alleged relationship ensures that the President -- however he might try to change the subject -- will face more questions about his behavior and personal morality.

The second television interview of a female Trump accuser in three days makes it clear that even if he does not sustain immediate political damage, he faces months of litigation and public relations blows from motivated opponents
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https://us.cnn.com/2018/03/26/politics/trump-stormy-daniels-storm-analysis/index.html

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/26/stormy-daniels-interviewed-anderson-cooper-the-full-transcript
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #128 on: March 29, 2018, 06:23:48 PM »

Somebody else has left the Trump fold. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has resigned. He will be replaced by Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, the presidential doctor apparently.
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #129 on: April 16, 2018, 01:50:06 PM »

James Comey, fired by President Trump as the Director of the FBI, says that DT is morally unfit to be President. There's an excellent 3 minute video inside this link.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/16/james-comey--donald-trump-morally-unfit-president-abc-interview

Will DT dare to fire Robert Mueller ? You cannot rule ANYTHING out with this Guy  :o
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #130 on: April 18, 2018, 06:43:48 PM »

A review of James Comey's book, 'A Higher Loyalty' :-

''Comey cannot disguise his loathing for the man, and the portrait he paints could not be uglier. He has Trump speaking in monologue, leaving no space for anyone else to say a word, a silence the new president takes as assent and complicity.''

''He offers some fascinating observations on presidential humour. Bush could crack a joke, but it was usually at someone else’s expense. Obama laughed easily and never once used humour as a putdown. Trump, meanwhile, never laughs, not even once: to do so would require acknowledging the existence, and successful conversational play, of another person.''

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/17/higher-loyalty-james-comey-jonathan-freedland-review
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« Reply #131 on: April 28, 2018, 08:49:00 AM »

President Donald Trump is being mooted for the 'Nobel Prize for Peace'. There's a twist  ::)  But who would want to follow Aung San Suu Kyi ?

''The Nobel Committee has something of a fetish for awarding the Peace Prize to centre-Left American politicians, regardless of merit. At least former president Jimmy Carter had involved himself in decades of peace initiatives, however futile most proved to be, when he received the prize in 2002. Former Vice President Al Gore, on the other hand, won the 2005 prize for his celebrity endorsement of climate-change doom-mongering.

In Barack Obama’s case in 2009, the rationale was weaker still: he had not even been in office a year and had achieved virtually nothing for the cause of peace during that time. But he was a symbol of hope to centre-Left types around the world, who could not yet imagine the anarchy he would bring to Libya or the ceaseless wars he would wage with drones.

This year’s prize should go to an American leader who for once has earned it: Donald Trump. But will the Nobel Committee free itself from its ideological straitjacket to give it to him? President Trump is everything that Obama was not. He is a man of the Right rather than the Left. He is brash and intensely disliked by much of world opinion, especially elite opinion. Obama had a soft touch and was loved almost as greatly as Trump is despised. Yet the only thing that should matter is what Trump has achieved, in contrast to what Obama did not.
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IF Trump can sort out Korea, Iran (and Myanmar) - I'd agree - give him a Nobel or two.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/27/donald-trumps-korea-triumph-should-earn-nobel-peace-prize/
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #132 on: May 03, 2018, 03:11:43 PM »

''Stormy weather, there's no sun up in the sky,
 Stormy weather, since my Gal and I ain't together,
 Keeps rainin' all the time.''  ::)

As the World does a 'group shudder' about what President 'Stormy' Trump does next re. the Iran nuclear agreement, the appointment of Rudy Giuliani two weeks ago, his latest masterstroke, seems to have hit the rocks already. Oh to be a 'fly on the wall' when those two next meet !

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2018/may/03/giuliani-trump-repaid-stormy-daniels-money-to-attorney-video

It gets worse :-

''Two weeks ago, President Trump finally found a new attorney to lead the understaffed team handling his response to the Russia probe: his old friend Rudy Giuliani. Through public statements, apparent leaks, and the exit of White House lawyer Ty Cobb (who advocated for cooperation with Robert Mueller), the former New York mayor signaled that he was cleaning up Trump’s legal team. From now on, they would be a unified force making aggressive, carefully calculated moves to undermine the special counsel.

Then in his very first TV interview as Trump’s attorney, with Trump shadow adviser Sean Hannity no less, Giuliani contradicted the president’s stories on potential obstruction of justice, the Stormy Daniels affair, and even his relationship with fixer Michael Cohen
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2018/may/03/giuliani-trump-repaid-stormy-daniels-money-to-attorney-video

Worth listening to Michael Avenattii, Ms. Daniel's attorney inside this link below :-

https://www.yahoo.com/news/michael-avenatti-stunned-rudy-interview-063620840.html

These 'Tweets' are fun :-

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/05/giuliani-hannity-tweets.html

And this, you couldn't make it up :-

''A 2015 doctor’s note describing Donald Trump’s health as “astonishingly excellent” was dictated by Trump himself, according to the doctor who signed the note. Trump made public the letter from Dr Harold Bornstein on the eve of the presidential primary contests to allay concerns about his fitness. Two days before the letter was released, Trump tweeted: “As a presidential candidate, I have instructed my long-time doctor to issue, within two weeks, a full medical report – it will show perfection.” The letter said Trump had shed 15lbs in the previous 12 months, said “his cardiovascular status is excellent” and concluded: “If elected, Mr Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”''

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/01/trump-dictated-doctors-note-harold-bornstein

No disrespect to K-F's from the USA. No disrespect to the USA.
But this is laughable stuff.
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Re: President Trump - capricious ?
« Reply #133 on: May 17, 2018, 05:58:43 AM »

I saw Donald Tusk say this on TV and was 'taken aback' ::) On climate change, trade (steel) and the Iran nuclear deal - Europe including the UK and the USA, are standing apart.

How long before Trump brings havoc to our NATO defences ?   :-\

''The threat posed by Donald Trump’s administration has been likened to that of China and Russia by Donald Tusk as he condemned the US’s withdrawal from the Iran deal and threat of a transatlantic trade war. At the start of an EU summit in Bulgaria, the European council president offered a withering condemnation of Trump’s White House. He said: “We are witnessing today a new phenomenon: the capricious assertiveness of the American administration. Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, some could even think, ‘With friends like that, who needs enemies?’”

Trump’s decision to walk away from the nuclear deal with Iran – to which the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China are co-signatories – is being linked by the EU with the US administration’s refusal to exempt the bloc from steel and aluminium tariffs. It was clear, Tusk suggested, that Washington could no longer be relied upon
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And : ''But, frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful by President Trump, because thanks to him we have got rid of old illusions. He has made us realise that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.''

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/16/donald-tusk-condemns-donald-trump-transatlantic-trade-war
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« Reply #134 on: May 18, 2018, 04:47:46 PM »

As a non gambler, I find it hard to forecast the future. But this is my take on this:

- the UK will call another referendum over withdrawal. The result will be 'remain'. The EU will celebrate.
- with work done, and no routemap, the result of a UK 'stay' will throw the future of the Commonwealth into doubt UNLESS the UK negotiates a clever option that allows it to be a conduit for Commonwealth goods and services to allow Commonwealth countries access to EU markets. At a national level, most EU countries want to foster the Commonwealth as an important trading block, and France looks to this development as a model for future relations with its former colonies.
- the consequence of the Brexit process is the transfer of power from Brussels to the 'core three' powers in the EU (Germany, France, UK) who will dismantle the federal structure in Brussels and replace with a pragmatic, economically focused directorate. Brexit will turn out to be a clever ploy to neuter a federalist EU.

Rose tinted glasses? Probably.
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #135 on: June 08, 2018, 06:54:54 AM »

As we leave the EU, (?) we also lack the unencumbered support of our other special partner, the USA . . .

''Donald Trump has grown frustrated with Theresa May’s “school mistress” tone, allies of the president have told The Telegraph, as it emerged the pair will not hold formal talks at the G7 summit in Canada. The US president is said to bristle at the Prime Minister’s approach during phone calls, with Mrs May quick to get into policy details rather than wider conversation.

One senior US diplomat said Mr Trump had expressed annoyance at Mrs May’s frequent demands, which are seen as taking advantage of the UK-US relationship.''

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/07/donald-trump-tired-theresa-mays-school-mistress-tone-may-turn/
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« Reply #136 on: June 10, 2018, 08:32:58 AM »

''It was always slated to be a tense and awkward G7 summit and an Instagram post from the official account of German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to have captured one of those moments.'' A great pic !

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44426442

Trump IS a serious problem in World affairs, but the Guy is pure entertainment too !
In that pic he is seen arms folded, not giving give a damn what the others think  ???

On trade imbalance - IMO he has a point. Why should the USA keep borrowing to pay for imports to keep other Countries happy ? But Trump doesn't need to bring the whole house down to improve the situation - on steel and aluminuim, why not impose tariffs on China but limit imports from EU to current levels ?

Surely the USA's main focus should be China, China and China with maybe, Germany re. auto imports ?
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #137 on: June 10, 2018, 09:49:36 PM »

It was more concerning to see Trump actively pushing for Russia to rejoin and a restoration of the G8. The truth of the dossier and the existence of compromising material seems more certain every time Trump needlessly cheerleads for Putin. And the mystery disappearance of Melania for a month suggests all is not well 'behind the scenes'.
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« Reply #138 on: June 11, 2018, 06:12:08 AM »

'How to make Friends and influence people'' - Donald Trump's version ;) from CNN. And 'that' picture again - Merkel and Co standing over DT feeling they'd like to punch him no doubt ::) Theresa May is there too - standing tall near left, (CK the second quote here backs up your concern about DT and Putin).

Environment, Climate change, Iran Nuclear deal, the G7 - what's for the 'chop' next ?
NATO ? 

''Trump reversed his decision to sign a closing communiqué carefully crafted by his six fellow members, tweeting from Air Force One, "I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"''

And ''The question, which must remain unanswered, is whether this weekend has left America a step closer to embracing or professing preference for autocracy itself. Certainly, with Trump leaving an empty chair Saturday afternoon as the G-7 discussed climate change, sustainable energy and renewable fuels, America has abdicated its onetime leadership position on these critical issues.''

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/10/opinions/trump-g-7-bad-taste-opinion-andelman/index.html
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Re: The President Trump thread . . .
« Reply #139 on: August 22, 2018, 08:32:41 AM »

President Trump is still trying to write these matters off as a ''witch hunt''. It looks more like a bag of Trump made worms to me  ???  In this news clip, suggestions that on the 'Cohen' front, Trump may yet be subjected to more pressure by new admissions from Cohen :-

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/21/michael-cohen-admits-violating-campaign-finance-laws-in-plea-deal-agrees-to-3-5-year-sentence.html

And Paul Manafort - found guilty on 8 counts with declared miss-trial on another 10 counts - these may be subject to retrial :-

https://newschannel20.com/news/nation-world/paul-manafort-found-guilty-on-8-of-18-counts

I daresay both may be given Presidential pardons after sentencing but that'll cause a stir.

Come on Robert Mueller -  >:(
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