Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Trump openly threatens military war on North Korea, trade war on South Korea

Source: Reuters

"U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. 'There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,' Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday. … He also said he wants South Korea to pay the cost of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system, which he estimated at $1 billion, and intends to renegotiate or terminate a U.S. free trade pact with South Korea because of a deep trade deficit with Seoul." (04/28/17)


Donald Trump is bad, not mad

Source: spiked
by Benedict Spence

"It shouldn’t surprise us that this has happened: frustrated that the oft-repeated argument 'Donald Trump is bad' isn’t working, the next logical step in rhetoric was always going to be 'Donald Trump is mad.' That doesn’t make it any less outrageous, though, and it reveals a damning weakness in his opponents. They either don’t want to make political arguments against him, or they can’t. As well as essentially throwing in the political towel, painting Trump as a lunatic, deprived of sense and reason, does two things. Firstly, it patronises his supporters …. Secondly, by painting him as unhinged, these experts absolve The Donald of responsibility for his actions. To claim madness is to claim diminished responsibility, an escape route that history should not afford him." (04/27/17)


Trump tells Canada and Mexico he won't terminate NAFTA, will seek renegotiation instead

Source: Business Insider

"US President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Wednesday that he would not terminate the NAFTA treaty but seek to renegotiate it with them, a White House statement said. The announcement came as White House officials disclosed that Trump and his White House advisers were considering issuing an executive order to withdraw the United States from the trade pact with Canada and Mexico. The White House said Trump spoke by phone with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and that he would hold back from a speedy termination of NAFTA, in a 'pleasant and productive' conversation." (04/27/17)


Are American voters actually just stupid? A new poll suggests the answer may be "yes"

Source: Salon
by Chauncey DeVega

"Are tens of millions of Americans really this stupid? If the findings from a new poll are any indication, then the answer is yes …. 'Among those who report having voted for [Trump] in November, 96 percent today say it was the right thing to do; a mere 2 percent regret it. And if a rerun of the election were held today, the poll indicates even the possibility of a Trump victory in the popular vote among 2016 voters.' This is despite all the lies Donald Trump has told and all the campaign promises he has betrayed …" (04/26/17)


Candidate Trump: "I love Wikileaks." President Trump: "Arrest Assange!"

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Ron Paul

"There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy. The Trump Administration’s declaration of war on whistleblowers and Wikileaks is one of the greatest disappointments in these first 100 days. Donald Trump rode into the White House with promises that he would 'drain the swamp,' meaning that he would overturn the apple carts of Washington’s vested interests. By unleashing those same vested interests on those who hold them in check — the whistleblowers and those who publish their revelations — he has turned his back on those who elected him." (04/25/17)


Trump learns the reality of governance

Source: Mises Canada
by Taylor Lewis

"April is the cruellest month, said the poet. And for supporters of the president, no month has been crueler. Donald Trump has not only foregone his skepticism toward foreign military intervention, he’s veered away from the nationalist instincts that made him a stand-out among a crowd of stilted, suited pull-string dolls that was the Republican presidential field. For his moderation in recent days, the press has praised the businessman-cum-commander of the armed forces. But that’s only because the reality of governing has caught up, as it always does, with campaign rhetoric. Trump was never going to be immune to the flow of administrative democracy. He only won the vote of the people by convincing them, and perhaps himself, otherwise. The shock to his fans has to be as big as the shock to himself. The Trump of a year ago would hardly believe the actions of the Trump of today." (04/22/17)


Donald Trump: Ruling class president

Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Street

"One of the many irritating things about the dominant United States corporate media is the way it repeatedly discovers anew things that are not remotely novel. Take its recent discovery that Donald Trump isn’t really the swamp-draining populist working class champion he pretended to be on the campaign trail. … You don’t say! Gee, who knew? Anyone who’s paid serious attention to American electoral politics and policy over the course of history, that’s who. Seventeen years ago, the then still left Christopher Hitchens usefully described the 'essence of American politics' as 'the manipulation of populism by elitism.'" (04/21/17)


Why Trump's words matter

Source: Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall & Erik Goepner

"President Trump owes the nation — and the world — more careful language. Trump’s empty words may thrill his supporters, but they will not defeat the Islamic State or bring peace to a troubled region. If the American public is to trust him and intelligently support his foreign policies, especially with lives on the line, he must communicate coherently." (04/20/17)


Trump vs. Kim Jong Un: Two loose cannons, a monumental nightmare in the making

Source: OpEdNews
by Michael Payne

"The entire world is watching with a sense of foreboding as North Korea and the U.S. head toward a potentially catastrophic military confrontation. This is a time bomb that could go off at any given time when Kim Jong Un, the slightly deranged leader of North Korea, squares off against Trump, the highly reactionary U.S. president. These are leaders who may look totally different but are quite similar otherwise; both have quick tempers with short fuses, not the characteristics that one would want to be present in leaders of countries that possess very powerful military forces." (04/20/17)


This Earth Day, defeating Trump is job one

Source: Our Future
by Libero Della Piana

"This Earth Day, we face a climate threat greater than ever before. And he lives in the White House. On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump consistently mocked climate science and promised to gut policies protecting our communities, natural resources and the environment. He called climate change 'a hoax' invented by the Chinese government. In and out of office, Trump has been consistently at odds with scientific evidence and consensus on climate change. His is also at odds with public opinion, which increasingly acknowledges and understands the threat of global climate crisis." (04/20/17)