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 on: Today at 02:20:12 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The Washington Post…

‘Everybody wants to make a deal’: Struggling to negotiate,
Trump often claims countries are eager to talk

As the president campaigns up for reelection, his boasts about eager negotiating partners could
face scrutiny from voters who expected more results from the self-described master dealmaker.

By TOLUSE OLORUNNIPA | 5:02PM EST — Tuesday, December 03, 2019

President Donald J. Trump listens as French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a meeting at Winfield House during the NATO summit on Tuesday. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.
President Donald J. Trump listens as French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a meeting at Winfield House during the NATO summit on Tuesday.
 — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.

IN President Trump's telling, everyone he's negotiating with has something in common: They're all dying to make a deal with him.

Whether it's Iran, China, Japan, Russia or the Taliban — Trump claims there's a mad rush by foreign friends and foes alike to sit at the table with him and negotiate on his terms. He has repeated the same boastful talking point even as he's struggled to finalize major deals.

“Let me tell you, the China trade deal is dependent on one thing: Do I want to make it?” Trump said Tuesday during a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance in London. The Chinese, he added, “want to make a deal now.”

Minutes later, Trump said Saudi Arabia was “very happy” to agree to pay the United States for military protection and that Russia “very badly” wanted to strike an arms control agreement.

“Russia wants to make a deal as recently as like two weeks ago,” he said.

But as Trump campaigns for re-election, he has abandoned more deals than he has struck, and his boasts about eager negotiating partners could face scrutiny from voters who expected more results from the self-described master deal-maker, said Barbara Perry, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.

“Three years into his term, are there going to be people who say, ‘He promised me X, and I didn't get it, and now I'm not voting for him’?” she said. “It's certainly a high-wire act.”

In some cases, other countries have flatly contradicted Trump or expressed surprise about his assertions, indicating that some of his claims of favorable negotiating conditions are more wishful thinking than reality.

During a Thanksgiving Day visit to troops in Afghanistan, Trump said the Taliban “wants to make a deal” and that “tremendous progress” had been made.

“They didn't want to do a cease-fire, but now they do want to do a cease-fire,” Trump said of the militants.

But the next day, neither the Taliban nor the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani indicated that a cease-fire was even under discussion.

More than 100 times over the past two years, Trump has claimed that China was anxious to end the trade war by capitulating to his demands. In one case this summer, he claimed he had received high-level phone calls from Chinese officials pining for a deal — something that China immediately denied.

“China is dying to make a deal with me,” Trump told reporters on July 30.

Months earlier, China was also desperate to strike a deal — at least in Trump's telling.

“China wants to make a deal very badly,” Trump said on November 20, 2018. “They might not say that to you, but they want to make it very badly.”

But Trump has not secured such a deal, and the trade war has only escalated with both sides imposing tariffs on imported goods. Trump has repeatedly hailed some intermediate steps, including Chinese pledges to purchase American agricultural goods, while the broader negotiations have failed to sustain momentum.

On Tuesday, Trump indicated the long-awaited deal with China may not happen for another year, but said he's fine with that despite his boasts about Beijing's desperation to get a deal done.

“I have no deadline,” he told reporters. “In some ways, I think it's better to wait until after the election, if you want to know the truth.”

While Trump previously has pointed to his “great friendship” with Chinese President Xi Jinping as a reason for optimism about a trade agreement, on Tuesday he said the relationship has soured.

“I don't think he likes me so much anymore,” Trump told reporters.

The shift from ambitious claims about soon-to-be-announced deals to more realistic assessments about their slim prospects has become a familiar one in the Trump administration.

The president has claimed that the Palestinians want to make a deal with Israel; that Iran was eager to meet with him to renegotiate the nuclear agreement he abandoned; that North Korea's Kim Jong Un wanted to abandon his nuclear program; and that Japan was ready to capitulate to his demands to avoid car tariffs.

But deals with all of those actors have been elusive, and in some cases, Trump has lost ground after touting progress.

“We're getting close. And they want to make a deal,” Trump said in August when asked about France's digital services tax. “And we'll see if we can make a deal. We're getting close.”

On Tuesday, Trump said he would slap tariffs on French wine and other products as retaliation for the digital services tax, which hits American technology companies. Trump's administration said on Monday that the French tax should be met with tariffs on $2.4 billion in imports, a significant escalation that indicated a deal with France had become unlikely.

In his 1987 book “The Art of the Deal”, Trump encouraged aspiring deal-makers to “use your leverage,” advocating a high-pressure approach to forcing a competitor's hand. Trump continues to embrace the themes of his book as he tries to strike deals from the White House, Perry said.

The president often credits himself with creating favorable negotiating conditions, asserting he has forced other countries to the table by pressuring them with drastic moves.

Trump said Russia wanted to strike an arms deal only because he had pulled out of the existing treaty. He said China wanted to make a deal because his tariff campaign had tanked its economy. He said the Palestinians would be eager to negotiate a peace deal with Israel because he had moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, taking that contentious issue off the table. He claimed the Taliban was ready to agree on a cease-fire only because he increased military pressure on the militants after a potential agreement fell through in September.

“Everybody wants to make a deal,” Trump told WITN-TV in Greenville, North Carolina, in July.

There's little proof any of that has actually worked to secure the deals Trump seeks. In many cases, his moves have angered the other party or pushed it to consider new alternatives.

Trump has repeatedly highlighted the victories from his un­or­tho­dox negotiating strategy, including Mexico's willingness to deploy troops to stop migrants from crossing the border and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that's pending before Congress.

And Trump's showmanship has worked with his core supporters, who continue to believe in his deal-making abilities, said Perry.

“As he sees the clock running out on the final year of his term, now he will turn to the next argument,” she said. “Which is: ‘Well, I haven't gotten the best deal that I wanted … so of course you need to re-elect me to make sure that great deal that I assured you would happen, will happen’.”Karen DeYoung and Susannah George contributed to this report.


Karen DeYoung and Susannah George contributed to this report.

Toluse “Tolu” Olorunnipa is a White House reporter for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2019, after five years at Bloomberg News, where he reported on politics and policy from Washington and Florida. Olorunnipa has covered the White House since 2015, reporting from five continents and more than 20 countries as part of the presidential press corps. He started his career at the Miami Herald, where he covered real estate, natural disasters and crime — sometimes all at once. Olorunnipa is also an on-air contributor to CNN. Olorunnipa was educated at Stanford University where he earned a BA and a MA in Sociology.


 on: Today at 02:18:14 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The Washington Post…

France threatens strong ‘riposte’ to Trump's
proposed tariffs on French goods

The U.S. tariffs would come in response to a French tax on American tech firms.

By JAMES McAULEY | 2:41PM EST — Tuesday, December 03, 2019

A cheesemonger at Paris's Beaufils cuts a large piece of Comte cheese on March 27, 2019. — Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters.
A cheesemonger at Paris's Beaufils cuts a large piece of Comte cheese on March 27, 2019. — Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters.

PARIS — The French government fired back on Tuesday against the Trump administration's threats to slap hefty tariffs on dozens of popular French products, insisting that the European Union would retaliate if the White House went through with its proposal.

Later in the day, President Trump suggested that some kind of compromise might be achievable, and French President Emmanuel Macron indicated his willingness to work toward one. This came hours after Bruno Le Maire, France's finance minister, vowed what he called a “strong European riposte” to Trump's proposed tariffs.

“This is not the behavior we expect from the United States vis-a-vis one of its principal allies, France, and, in a general manner, Europe,” Le Maire said, speaking on France's Radio Classique. He called the proposed tariffs — as much as 100 percent on about $2.4 billion in imported goods, including wines, cheeses and certain designer clothes — “unacceptable”.

Agnès Pannier-Runacher, a junior economy minister, was even more unflinching in her remarks. “We need to be pugnacious,” she said Tuesday, speaking to France's Sud Radio.

The Trump administration's proposal, announced late on Monday, comes in retaliation to a French tax on certain U.S. tech firms, including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. (Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and chief executive, owns The Washington Post).

Known as GAFA, the tax will take 3 percent of the annual revenue that those four behemoths earn in France. It has long been a point of contention between Trump and Macron, who initially enjoyed a relatively drama-free relationship. They have butted heads, however, ever since Macron failed to persuade Trump to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, a signature policy achievement of the Obama administration. Trump pulled the United States out of the deal last year.

“They're our companies, they're American companies,” Trump said on Tuesday. “If anyone is going to take advantage of the American companies, it's going to be us. It's not going to be France.”

He, however, appeared to retreat from his tough stance a little later, suggesting that it would probably be possible to achieve a compromise with France on trade.

“We do a lot of trade with France and we have a minor dispute. I think we'll probably be able to work it out,” Trump said. “But we have a big trade relationship, and I'm sure that within a short period of time, things will be looking very rosy, we hope. That's usually the case with the two of us, we work it out.”

Macron also expressed confidence that both sides would resolve their dispute over the digital tax.

Trump had earlier disparaged controversial remarks about NATO that Macron made last month as “very, very nasty”. In an interview with the Economist, the French president described what he called NATO's “brain death”, which he couched largely as a function of diminished U.S. support for the alliance under Trump.

Macron had struggled to find broad E.U. support for his digital tax, so how France would follow up on its threat of a “strong European riposte” to the United States on its behalf is unclear.

“In this, as in all other trade-related matters, the European Union will act and react as one,” Daniel Rosario, the European Commission's spokesman for trade and agriculture, told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday.

Rosario said the E.U. would “seek immediate discussions with the United States on how to solve this issue amicably.”

The Trump administration's announcement had an immediate effect on the markets on Tuesday morning. Shares in Hermès, the French luxury brand known for handbags and silks, dropped by roughly 2 percent; those of the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH fell by 1.5 percent.


James McAuley is Paris correspondent for The Washington Post. He holds a PhD in French history from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar and is a fluent French speaker.


 on: Today at 12:59:05 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

The only cocks sucked are those of Putin and Kim Jong-un and Trump not only sucked their cocks, but he swallowed too!!

 on: Today at 12:57:44 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Would that be those same “fucken stupid royal inbreds and self-serving corrupt elite trash” who Trump is so desperate to ingratiate himself with in a desperate attempt to be accepted?

Look at the way Trump sucks up to the British royals. He is soooooo desperate to be part of the “in” crowd.

Naturally, the “in” crowd laugh at Trump because he is such a stupid dickhead who allows himself to be played like a fiddle by the likes of Putin and Kim Jong-un.

 on: Today at 10:45:08 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

you think your team scored a point
fucken stupid royal inbreds and self-serving corrupt elite trash
you sure they were not laughing at Andrew the paedophile

you should read this you dumbo white trash commie


 on: Today at 05:33:37 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Did you see the footage of Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Princess Anne and others laughing at Trump behind his back?

Faaaaaaarking hilarious ... that's what happens when a country like America elects a stupid clown as their president.

They get mocked by the rest of the world.

But even funnier ... Trump spat the dummy, chucked his toys out of the cot and stormed out of the NATO meeting and headed home early when he found out about that footage of him being laughed at.

Good fucking riddance, I say. NATO should expel America from the organisation.

 on: Today at 05:27:40 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

 on: Today at 01:33:18 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

more left lies

 on: Yesterday at 09:43:25 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
I wouldn't worry too much about the debt Obama doubled it and the money system is fake

apart from giving Iran planeloads of cash and arming ISIS what the fuck has that black trash loser Obama ever done

and where did he get all his money? I guess he's a sell-out with a magic wand he's a fairy

bet he sucked a lot of cocks

 on: Yesterday at 01:44:56 pm 
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