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President Trump puts NATO on notice
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TRUMP TESTS THE TURNING CIRCLE IS ON THE SHIP OF THE STATE
The President offered some tough talk to an important international allies. And while the political demands were not much of a departure from those of his predecessors, the dirty tone, and the emphasis on the weaknesses of our foreign friends drew shocked responses.
The President of the political rivals said he had thrown, an important ally “under the bus” and undermine its fragile coalition government. The President had made a “dangerous request” in what amounted to a “betrayal” of loyal supporters of the US policy in a crucial region.
This is what some of Barack Obama‘s potential 2012 opponents had to say about Obama’s may 2011 speech calling for Israel to return to the borders before the 1967 Six-day war.
American presidents had previously suggested that a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict to deliver much of Israel, and these buffer zones as part of a peace deal. But Obama did so in a public manner and in such a way that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ceded Israel’s negotiating position.
Obama’s conservative critics went bonkers and made, Obama is obviously a strained relationship with Netanyahu is part of the GOP effort to oust the incumbent next year. And in the year 2015, if the Obama-said campaign officials were part of an effort to unseat Netanyahu in the Israeli elections, many Republicans, it is another proof that America is its most important regional allies in a time of crisis.
Then Iran came moved to the nuclear deal, and many Republicans, to argue all the way that Obama is “hostile” to the interests of Israel. Conspiracy theorists, in the racist right wing fever swamps, suggested that Obama’s secret Muslim faith and the alleged Kenyan birth were behind his break-up with Israel.
But while the Republicans, mainstream and fransiger alike, were on the verge of a stroke – some of the base was even sincere, as Obama, very satisfied.
Liberal Democrats, including a significant number of American Jews who believed that Netanyahu was a war-monger, whipped the local fears for the purpose of obtaining and maintaining power. And many Democrats believed that the generous support of Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bushhad in Israel, the cause of anti-US sentiment in the Muslim world.
Why should subsidise the Americans, the Israel, as Israel would not help America by reasonable concessions to the American plans for the regional realignment? Good for Obama, she said.
If Obama clapped Netanyahu and made nice with Tehran, the howled Republicans, but Obama’s base cheered. Down with neo-conservative ” nation-builders; with a rental in the Middle East go its own way and “nation-building here at home.”
And it has helped (or at least not hurt) Obama’s chances in 2012. Republican claims of Obama’s foreign policy misconduct were at least compensated for by the enthusiasm of the voters who were happy that Obama is undoing the Bush doctrine was.
As we know, Obama’s policy aims, broke in 2016, if Donald Trump won the presidency. Trump has been not easy to undo Obama make the harsh treatment of Israel, and the encouragement, in Iran, but they still had more than Bush ever.
Trump’s own, ambitious foreign policy agenda is his approach against the traditional American allies in Western Europe. The Alliance is born, the suffering of the two world wars and marked by the Marshall to Trump the Plan, as Israel was for Barack Obama. We can still be friends, he says, but things will have to change.
In the meantime, Trump is on a quest to remake America’s relationship to Russia, a global malefactor, and nuclear energy on a scale far beyond Iran’s fiery fantasies. Bush and Obama both had goals to be a useful ally of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, but by the end of 2016, strong majorities in both parties had concluded, what will the future junior senator from Utah, said in 2012: the Putinist Russia is America’s “number one geopolitical foe.”
After 18 months in office, though, Trump has never stinted in its admiration for Putin. And is now on the way to a summit with the Russian rulers as the European allies are only too aware of the dangers of Putin ‘ s goal for the regional dominance, nervous.
Trump met with the other leaders of the Western Alliance today. He opened with a public scolding from Germany and concluded with a request that the American colleagues are only spending directly fulfilling their unmet defense needs, but to double their commitments.
How Obama’s upbraiding of Israel seven years ago, is not Trump, the proposals are so different from those of his predecessors. It is about the fact that he does this in a blunt, insulted and publicly embarrassing fashion. Trump, like Obama, means disgrace, an ally in the support of a broader U.S. policy shift. And, like Obama, a former member of Trump’s political team is perceived as working to undermine a key ally of the United States.
And to Trump the response of Democrats not seagull-style in Brussels was different than what the Republicans said about Obama the 1967 borders.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Trump the “cheeky insults and slurs from one of America’s allies, Germany, is an embarrassment. His behavior this morning is a deeply worrying signal that the President is more loyal to President Putin, as our NATO allies.”
There is a lot more where that came from, but it captures the broad insight into the democratic answer. And, like the Republicans, who believed that Obama had to contend with a secret agenda to favor of Arabs and against Jews, some Democrats, Trump is undermining the traditional American allies, at the behest of the Kremlin ‘puppet master’.
And since Putin’s intervention in the swamps of the 2016 US election on Trump’s name, the claims take on additional intensity beyond the fever.
What the Democrats and the remaining number of Republicans, the big forget against Trump’s foreign policy gambit, however, is that Trump’s insult to Europeans, while praising Putin has a choice circle, maybe as big as the Obama was satisfying to renew its own mission, the global Affairs.
At the ceremony, which had in Brussels today before the big dinner for the heads of state, organizers of an acrobat in the air, a bouquet of balloons lifts to perform for the dignitaries. Think “Up” – meets-Cirque du Soleil. It was a delicate, strange and very avant – garde things, the right-wing American populists are likely to hate.
If Trump had taken, from a pea-shooter and started diving the performers balloons, there would have been many of his followers would be thrilled, in fact. If Trumpism an attack on the elites, globalists, bleeding hearts and cultural change, then Western Europe is its antithesis.
Democratic leaders, it may not know, but Trump’s scolding of the same Continentals that they adore, sounds in the ears of his followers, much as Obama’s upbraiding of Netanyahu. Good for him, you think.
Now, fully a quarter of the Republicans – and probably rising – maintains a positive image of Putin, it is less of a result for trump to get in contact with Moscow. Putin’s emphasis on power, nationalism, cultural traditionalism and machismo is a better fit for Trumpism as the effetes of the West and their balloon ballet flats.
And as for Putin’s human rights violations, murders, international crimes, well… “you think our country is so innocent?”
Our own political instability leads to a wild-increasing fluctuations in American foreign policy. But whatever these upheavals on the world and the hope for a continuation of the Pax Americana, never forget that they trace back to our own domestic policy.
THE GAME RULE: ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE
“The difference between a Federal and national government, as to the OPERATION of the GOVERNMENT, consist in this, that in the former the powers operate the compose to the political bodies of the Confederacy, to write, in their political capacities; in the latter, on the individual citizen, the nation, in their individual capacities.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 39
TIME-OUT: SPEAKING OF COURTESY…
Story: “a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day. … Hamilton came to detest Burr, whom he regarded as a dangerous opportunist, and he often spoke ill of him. … Affairs of honor were commonplace, in the America of the time, and the complex rules that led for you to a honor solution before the actual firing of weapons. In fact, were bluntly been Hamilton pulled in, in several Affairs of honor in his life, and he most of had made of them peacefully. No such recourse was found with Burr, however, and on 11. July 1804, the enemies met at 7 a.m. at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the same place where Hamilton had a son, died defending his father’s honor in 1801. … Few Affairs of honor actually led to cases of death, and the nation was outraged over the killing of a man as eminent as Alexander Hamilton. Charged with murder in New York and New Jersey, Burr, still vice president, returned to Washington, DC, where he finished his term immune from prosecution.”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 41.2 Percent
The average of the rejection: 52.6 percent
Net Rating: -11.4 Points
Change from a week ago: 0.8 points
[On average contains: Gallup: 41% approve – 56% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 40% approve – 55% lean; IBD: 41% approve – 54% lean; CNBC: 41% approve – 47% disapprove; USA Today/Suffolk University: 43% approve – 51% oppose it.]
Control of the house
Republican Average: 41 Percent
Democratic Means: 48.2 Percent
Advantage: Democrats plus 7.2 points
Change from a week ago: no change
[On average contains: Quinnipiac University: 50% Dems 41% GOP; IBD: 48% Dems and 40% GOP; USA Today/Suffolk University: 45% Dems, 39% of GOP; CNN: 50% Dems 42% GOP; Gallup: 48% Dems, 43% of GOP.]
I’LL TELL YOU WHAT: PICK OF THE LITTER
This week, Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt discuss President Trump’s pick to replace justice Anthony Kennedy and the path to confirmation. Plus, Chris uses the term “LARPer,” and Dana replies to questions from the compilation. LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE
WISCONSIN DEMOCRATS ARE SOUNDING THE ALARM
Politico: “Sen. Tammy Baldwin would like everyone to know that you could lose. It is an unusual message for each of the candidates, but the liberal Democrat from Wisconsin, the alarm sounds according to Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer effectively explains the first term senator a favorite, keep your seat in the November exit from the list of top-tier Senate race. According to their pronouncements, large outside groups in both parties in Wisconsin skipped in your original $120 million of expenditure planned for the autumn of this year — triggering fears among the state’s Democrats, the party’s victory for granted. But there are palpable concerns among Democrats and Baldwin, especially, is that Wisconsin is ripe for a repeat in 2016, when Donald Trump , carried the state by less than a percentage point, and GOP Sen. Ron Johnson surged to a surprise re-election behind a flood of late spending from conservative groups.”
GOP candidate Arrington back to the election campaign after car accident – Fox News: “Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington is ready to hit the election campaign after surviving a horrific head-on collision – and despite their severe injuries, says it would be “a lot more than a car accident to break her. “I can’t explain why I lived. If someone does not believe in God, look at me,’ Arrington Fox News in a phone interview on Wednesday. … Arrington was pushed into the background by accident only a few days after the occupation of an upset primary victory over Rep. Mark Sanford last month in South Carolina. But she is now out of the hospital and wants to. back on the trail in the next week with fundraisers and meeting with supporters Arrington, now with a red, white and blue hard cast on her left leg, told Fox News that their campaign back on the road.'”
Republican officials complete Charlotte for the year 2020 Convention – WSJ: “Republican officials were finalizing details Tuesday on a business to bring, the party is 2020 convention in Charlotte, N. C., a southern city in a battleground state, the site for President Donald Trump expected nomination for a second term, people familiar with the selection process said. Officials are also on the discussion of the selection of a Convention Chairman David Bossie and Ronald Kaufman among the top choices, according to people familiar with the talks. The decision is Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. Mr. Bossie was Deputy campaign Manager for Mr. Trump in 2016, and Mr. Kaufman, the party’s national committeeman from Massachusetts. The two longtime Republican activists don’t call back looking to comment on your potential selection.”
Pence heads to the Midwest to help house candidates – Politico: “Vice President Mike Pence begins a campaign swing through the Midwest on Wednesday, designed to fire on the base in three of the battleground house districts. But there is also a secondary task: damage control. In the face of a trade war, reinforced only four days, Pence is calm, the establishment of one-on-one meetings, with large mid-West of the encoder, where he is ready to provide stump of the situation, that at the beginning of a devastating impact on the markets, farmers and employers in the region as a whole. prior to escalation … Of the Vice President’s trip, announced Monday, just days after the United States, a 25 per cent fare rises to $ 34 billion of Chinese goods, and China equivalent retaliation tariffs adopted him. to Kansas City, Cedar Rapids and Chicago, where he will meet privately with the big donors and fundraisers for the three fighting Republican house incumbent Pence also to the planning of public events with an America First policy, a group, the reductions for the trump tax.”
W. Va.’s Richard Ojeda continues to rise – appeal: “Richard Ojeda, has become one of the stars of the 2018 midterms. First of all, the national media latched on to this Trump-Democrat vote, and now the national party to back him up. A recent independent survey, found him here, in the southern West Virginia coal-mining 3. District, President Donald Trump, carried by almost 50 points in 2016. But it was not always so. … The democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently Ojeda added to his Red and Blue in the program, which should promote his fundraising. Within elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, a rating of his race against GOP state Del. Carol Miller Is Likely To Be A Republican.”
TRADE WAR HEATS UP
Fox Business: “The United States is pursuing a new set of tariffs. 200 billion dollars in Chinese goods, according to senior administration officials A list of late Tuesday, the US released trade said officer, the 10% of the tariffs would be imported to the opponent a variety of products from China, as well as the clothing, baseball gloves, bicycles, refrigerators, fish and seafood. The additional US tariffs, which will go through a two-month approval process, including a public hearing, come to China retaliated in a tit-for-tat trade skirmish last week. The United States imposed a first round of 25% of the rates application to $ 34 billion in imports, as part of a $50 billion plan. China responded with charges of its own targeting the $34 billion in U.S. products such as pork and Whisky. “As a result of China, retaliation and failure to change its practices, the President ordered USTR and begin the process of imposing tariffs of 10 percent on an additional $ 200 billion of imports from the PRC, the US trade representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.”
Brady calls for Trump to meet with Xi over trade war – Bloomberg: “representative Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican who heads the powerful ways and means Committee, urged Trump to meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and the drafting of an agreement for the settlement of their trade differences. Brady warned that a further escalation, on how to collect the administrative move is the latest tariffs on $ 200 billion of Chinese goods, risking a multi-year struggle ‘, which devours more and more of the world.’ “Despite the severe economic consequences of the rising rates, there are today no serious trade discussions between the United States and China, no plans for the trade negotiations, at any time, quickly, and seemingly small action in the direction of a solution, the’ Brady said in a statement late on Tuesday.”
Kavanaugh met with the GOP leaders in swing-vote senators, under pressure – Fox News
Lisa page is not displayed for the Capitol Hill-interview in spite of a subpoena, lawyer says – Fox News
Deadlines pile up, the management for the separate child – Bloomberg
Senate Republicans are not in a hurry to replace Pruitt – Politically
AUDIBLE: AARON BURR, SIR
“Richard took a step back, and said,” Angus, I know, if you want to quote, on the ‘Hamilton’ for me, since my great, great grandfather shot him.'” – Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, retelling of a story in which he quoted, “Hamilton” of the musical sen. , Richard Burr, R-N. C.
FROM THE STANDS
“Freudian slip of the tongue in today’s mid-term Report? Or maybe here I am missing something, if ‘Jew Jersey’ is something else than a clerical error. NRCC dumps Jew Jersey nominee on racist tirades – WaPo: “The National Republican Congressional Committee has withdrawn its recommendation for a congressional candidate in New Jersey . . . Seth Grossman.’ Either a thorough proof-reading or some soul-searching seems to be in order.” – Dave Riley, Kasilof, Alaska
[Ed. Note: you can not imagine my insult, Mr. Riley! To make use of all of the places that you have to do is always unfortunate typos, so an item about a racist candidate is just about my editor nightmares. I’m so sorry for any offense we caused by our sloppy editing. The item has been corrected online, and we will redouble our efforts to read more carefully. Otherwise, all we can say is “Oy vey.”]
“I take exception, however, (and this is probably an expression of their inner feelings), when you say,” No project was more focused, or more, for the Americans in the last 40 years, so this victory is sweet for you in fact.’ You go out expressly that only the conservative ‘Americans.’ I consider myself a true American and find the way we select judges to the Supreme court, not sweet, in fact.” – John Harper, Of Vancouver, Wash.
[Ed. Note: We were really having a banner day on Tuesday, as it seems. The omitted word “conservative” I hope that my meaning would be clear. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to point out the slip of paper.]
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IMAGINE HIS INBOX!
Telegraph: “An official in the Spanish province of Valencia was, turned out to be a nine-year ban from public contributions, he was handed over to his as a of €50,000-a-year job for more than a decade. Each day of the week in the morning, Carles Recio, a archive-Director in Valencia, the provincial government, would be in his office just to clock in and go directly out again, before coming back at 4 o’clock, to the watch. It was a routine that he managed to keep, for ten years, until last summer, when they began to colleagues, suspicions arouse, he was finally released. The wrath of the local authorities, the attempt to pursue him, was shelved by prosecutors, considered that his chronic and well-paid absence will not be considered a crime.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“The way I see it, dogs had this big meeting, oh, maybe 20,000 years ago. A huge meeting—an international Convention with delegates from all countries. And that’s when they decided that people were up-and-coming species and dogs are going to throw their lot with them. The decision was obviously not unanimous. The wolves and dingoes walked in the protest. Cats had an even worse reaction.” – Charles Krauthammer writing in time, June 16, 2003.
Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. FOX News mid-term report in your Inbox every day wants? Sign up here.
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