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 on: January 08, 2019, 07:33:27 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
The Washington Post owner richest man in the world and his number one arse licking fan is ktj the part-time male white trash commie
with more fake news and conspiracy theories

 on: January 08, 2019, 07:27:49 am 
Started by Im2Sexy4MyPants - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
Los Angeles Times Fake news

I hope he brings the troops home
let the other bastids fight their own fake wars

 on: January 08, 2019, 07:19:13 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
hahaha why don't you show me some proof your not a trash-talking white pussy

 on: January 07, 2019, 09:37:46 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Hahaha … for the idiot residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the lift (elevator, if you prefer that term) doesn't quite reach the top floor.

from The Washington Post…

While Trump wallows in the White House,
America's allies are left on their own

His conduct gives Putin and other bad actors room to step up their aggression.

By JACKSON DIEHL | 6:51PM EST — Sunday, January 06, 2019

President Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office on January 23, 2018. — Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press.
President Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office on January 23, 2018. — Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press.

WHILE President Trump was all by myself in the White House over Christmas, watching the “guys out on the lawn with machine guns,” Russia's Vladimir Putin seemed to be contemplating another war with Ukraine. While his top aides issued threatening statements, the Ukrainian government and some Western observers warned of suspicious movements of Russian aircraft and equipment. The Institute for the Study of War reported on December 23 that “the data suggests Putin is preparing to attack.” Analyst Michael Kofman of the Wilson Center judged an invasion unlikely but concluded that “Moscow is looking to bloody Ukraine at the first available opportunity.”

So far, nothing has happened, though Russia continues to hold the two dozen sailors it captured when it assaulted three Ukrainian ships near Crimea on November 25, and it is still hindering shipping to several Ukrainian ports. But Putin's maneuvering points to how the United States' adversaries are likely to react to the steadily increasing chaos of the Trump presidency. They will spend 2019 testing how much they can gain at the expense of a U.S. president who has sidelined most of his national security team and has been making a display of his ignorance of and disregard for U.S. interests.

If there is to be no U.S. response — and so far, there hasn't been — Putin has reason to step up military attacks on Ukraine ahead of its presidential election in March, which he hopes will unseat pro-U.S. incumbent Petro Poroshenko. Now that Trump has declared that Iran “can do what they want” in Syria, expect Tehran to entrench more forces and missiles near the border with Israel. While the government of Benjamin Netanyahu won't be happy with that, it has taken its own advantage of Trump's passivity, launching what the Associated Press described last week as “what could be the largest construction binge in years” in the occupied West Bank.

The leader whose calculation of Trump's weakness may matter most is China's Xi Jinping, who reacted to Barack Obama's retreat from enforcing U.S. red lines by taking over much of the South China Sea. Xi and Trump are engaged in a trade negotiation that could be crucial to the fortunes of both countries this year. China starts at a seeming disadvantage: U.S. tariffs already have helped induce a sharp slowdown in consumer spending and a 25 percent drop in the Shanghai stock market, the largest decline in the world in 2018.

But Xi no doubt has been listening as Trump has revealed an obsession with U.S. stock prices and anxiety over their decline. Last week, Trump predicted the markets will rebound “once we settle trade issues”. Xi's most likely conclusion: He can wait Trump out. Beijing will offer to settle the trade war for token measures, such as a promise to buy more U.S. products. Xi will bet that Trump won't seek to truly break Chinese mercantilism if it means more plunges in the Standard & Poor's 500.

Meanwhile, China's step-by-step bid for hegemony over East Asia will continue. Xi will quietly encourage North Korea's Kim Jong Un to continue resisting any denuclearization deal with Trump that doesn't include a withdrawal of U.S. forces and assets from the region. After all, he would have heard Trump say that Patrick Shanahan, the inexperienced former Boeing executive he appointed to fill in for departed defense secretary Jim Mattis, agrees with him that “we're giving military protection to countries that are very wealthy, and they're not doing anything for us.” In Trump's mind, that means South Korea.

Putin was no doubt listening to that rant in front of the Cabinet, as well. He would have heard Trump defend, of all things, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan while dumping on the performance of U.S. commanders there. He would have heard him describe Syria as “sand and death.” And he would have noted that there was not a word about Ukraine, despite Russia's unprovoked attack on the Ukrainian ships, illegal restriction of commercial shipping and deployment of forces capable of initiating a new ground offensive.

Any other U.S. president would have by now taken common-sense steps to deter Putin from further aggression, in conjunction with allies such as Germany, Britain and France. Allied ships would be appearing in the Black Sea and stopping at Ukrainian ports, and teams of observers from NATO would be deploying in eastern Ukraine to monitor Russian activity. U.S. diplomats would be negotiating with the European Union on a new round of sanctions on Russia, specifically in response to its naval belligerence.

But Trump has no interest in such matters, and he has driven off or stopped his ears to the advisers who might explain them to him. He wallows in his ignorance and his prejudices, all alone in the White House. Ukraine, and all other nations that used to depend on the United States, are on their own.


Jackson Diehl is the deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post. He is an editorial writer specializing in foreign affairs and writes a bi-weekly column that appears in print on Mondays. Diehl joined The Post in June 1978 as a reporter on the Metro staff. He joined the foreign desk in 1981, working as a correspondent from January 1982 until July 1992 in three of The Washington Post's bureaus: Buenos Aires, Warsaw and Jerusalem. From October 1992 until November 2000, Diehl worked in several newsroom management positions, including assistant managing editor/foreign and assistant managing editor/national. He became deputy editorial page editor in February 2001. Jackson Diehl holds a BA in English from Yale University.


Related to this topic:

 • Jennifer Rubin: Trump doesn't understand his leverage is gone

 • Mitt Romney: The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump's character falls short.

 • Jackson Diehl: Trump gives American hostages held abroad hope — and also takes it away

 • The Washington Post's View: Russia's escalation against Ukraine shows how little Putin worries about the West

 • Anne Applebaum: Putin's war is transforming Ukraine


 on: January 07, 2019, 09:13:47 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Yep, President Dumb is being totally out-foxed by the Chinese. Hilarious, eh?

from The Washington Post…

China is trying to woo U.S. allies.
The White House's response contains glaring failures.

Trump's unwillingness to listen to reason is driving away our allies.

By JIM HOAGLAND | 6:50PM EST — Sunday, January 06, 2019

Employees sort boxes at the logistics center of an express delivery company after an online shopping festival, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, on November 12, 2015. — Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters.
Employees sort boxes at the logistics center of an express delivery company after an online shopping festival, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China,
on November 12, 2015. — Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters.

EMBOLDENED by the Trump administration's denigration and threatened abandonment of traditional U.S. allies in Europe and other regions, China has launched a strategic campaign to woo, gain control over or otherwise undermine nations that have long supported U.S. goals and alliance management abroad.

The campaign was outlined in barely veiled terms in a recent speech delivered by China's defense minister to a closed-door meeting in Beijing with U.N. Security Council representatives. The Chinese effort is having growing influence, say experienced diplomats who attended the meeting.

“The Chinese have correctly assessed that American allies now doubt they can ever rely on the U.S. again in many areas,” said one senior Western diplomat. “President Trump seems to represent enough of American public doubts and distrust of foreign nations that we all have to re-examine our place in the international order.”

The Trump White House is clearly aware of China's newly stoked ambitions. National security adviser John Bolton devoted much of a December 13 speech at the Heritage Foundation to accusing China of using “bribes, opaque agreements and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing's wishes and demands.” He singled out China's “One Belt, One Road” economic initiative as being a tool to advance “Chinese global dominance”.

But the White House response to China's diplomatic and economic campaign contains two glaring failures.

It does not recognize or seek to correct its own role in creating the conditions that cause allies to doubt U.S. resolve and support. And it has missed the expansion of Chinese strategic aims into undermining American leadership in the transatlantic and global institutions that have helped preserve global stability since World War II. White House staffers are either asleep at the switch or, more likely, deliberately looking away from the impulsive, vindictive and frequently childish behavior of a president who treats his partners as cheats, liars or fools.

Trump makes no secret of his intentions. With startling and ill-advised candor, he has told at least one leader of a NATO ally that his campaign to break China's unfair trade practices is a prelude to an effort he will then lead to “destroy” European Union practices that have created trade imbalances with the United States. The comment was taken by this leader as the nail in the coffin of transatlantic cooperation during the Trump presidency and perhaps beyond, according to an aide who recounted the conversation on condition of anonymity.

Awareness of the frazzled state of American leadership abroad pervaded the remarks made by Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe to members of the Security Council who visited Beijing on November 26. The meeting was intended to focus on China's role in international peacekeeping missions. But participants portray Wei as laying heavy emphasis on the need for new leadership at the United Nations and in international affairs, and on China's ability and willingness to take on a greater role in both if other states cooperated with Beijing.

“He put flesh on the bones of One Belt, One Road as a strategic concept,” said one diplomat present at the meeting. “He made clear other nations would have to make choices in the kind of alliances they join or stay in.”

Two weeks later, Bolton sharply denounced the Chinese One Belt program of loans and investments that is intended to develop trade routes leading to and from China. The Chinese use their economic leverage to take over African ports and national industries, and in Djibouti to establish a military base that interferes with a nearby U.S. base, he complained.

But Bolton's speech was also heavy with Trump-like complaints that past U.S. aid to Africa had been wasted and suggestions that future aid would be conditioned on political loyalty from recipients. Bolton did avoid outhouse analogies in talking about African countries.

Meanwhile, China is rapidly becoming a strategic competitor in Europe, where Chinese investments and loans target infrastructure and new technology assets. China invested nine times more in Europe than it did in the United States in the first six months of 2018, according to the international law firm Baker McKenzie. China has also gained financial control of the main port facilities of Athens, the Greek capital, and has injected itself into the European Union's political debates through the strong links it has developed with needy Eastern European and Balkan countries.

Chinese purchases have focused on European companies working on artificial intelligence, software and data, robotics and other new technologies. Germany has become sufficiently concerned to begin restricting investment from Beijing on strategic grounds.

Once upon a pre-Trump time, this would have been a problem ripe for transatlantic cooperation. But Trump's refusal to let reason instead of impulse direct his actions pushes away allies and the possibility of united action.


• Jim Hoagland is a contributing editor for The Washington Post. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for International Reporting and in 1991 for Commentary.


 on: January 07, 2019, 09:13:01 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Hahaha … America is most definitely the world's laughing stock.

All thanks to President Donald J. “shit-for-brains” Trump … the idiot who keeps on giving to the world of comedy.

 on: January 07, 2019, 04:28:26 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

 on: January 06, 2019, 03:19:58 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

Economics, Trump-style…

 on: January 06, 2019, 03:17:33 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

The “Trump shutdown” continues…

from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times…

Democrats and Trump make no progress on wall

Party leaders report he's willing to prolong shutdown for ‘months or even years’.

By ELI STOKOLS and JENNIFER BABERKORN | Saturday, January 05, 2019

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, from left, had an unsuccessful meeting with Trump. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin and
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, from left, had an unsuccessful meeting with Trump. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.

WASHINGTON D.C. — President Trump and congressional leaders remained far from an agreement over his demand for money for a border wall after another White House meeting, an impasse that has blocked funding for many government operations and forced a partial shutdown now two weeks old.

Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate Democratic leader, said after the talks in the privacy of the White House Situation Room that Trump told the group he would be willing to keep the affected government agencies closed for “months or even years.”

“I did say that, absolutely I said that,” Trump told reporters later. “I don't think it will, but I am prepared.” He added, “I hope it doesn't go on even beyond a few more days.”

The Democrats insisted that negotiating over border security could only follow after funding and opening the quarter of the government that is now shuttered.

“We really cannot resolve this until we open up government,” said new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-San Francisco). “We made that clear to the president.”

Trump and top Democrats each put the burden on the other to end the stalemate. Neither appeared to feel much pressure from their respective supporters to give ground even as roughly 450,000 federal employees had to work without pay and an additional 380,000 are unpaid on furlough. But cracks have opened in support among Republicans in Congress for the president's hard line.

Trump, speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden after the meeting, expressed more optimism than Pelosi and Schumer about resolving the shutdown impasse, possibly through meetings among aides that will continue through the weekend. Even so, he refused to budge from his demand, calling conditions at the border “a dangerous, horrible disaster.”

“We've done a great job,” he said. “But you can't really do the kind of job we have to do unless you have a major, powerful barrier.”

He added, “We won't be opening [the government] until it's solved.”

Trump suggested that he could declare a national emergency to build a wall unilaterally without congressional approval. “I may do it,” he said. “We could call a national emergency and build it very quickly. That's another way to do it. But if we can do it through a negotiated process, that's better.”

In recent days, White House aides had signaled openness to a compromise offering Democrats legal protections for so-called Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, in exchange for more wall funding. But Trump, who has contradicted his aides several times, has not suggested such a trade, and Democrats, now holding the leverage of their new House majority, have ruled it out.

As the shutdown has stretched on, Trump has dug in more firmly. Though Vice President Mike Pence complained this week that Democrats never responded to him over the holidays about a proposal to reduce the funding demand to about $2.5 billion for wall construction, the president subsequently scoffed at the notion that he'd accept that amount — he blamed “fake news” for mischaracterizing his position — and publicly stuck to his demand for $5.6 billion.

Democratic leaders also stuck to a hard line.

Late on Thursday, hours after her election as speaker, Pelosi reiterated to reporters that a wall between countries is “an immorality.” Asked whether Democrats would even give Trump a dollar for a border wall, she responded: “A dollar? Yeah. One dollar.”

She spoke after House Democrats, newly in charge of the chamber after eight years of Republican control, passed measures to reopen the government and to approve $1.3 billion for border security funding that explicitly ruled out spending on a wall.

But the Senate, which approved a similar proposal just over two weeks ago when Republicans assumed Trump would go along, won't consider the two House bills. Wary of the White House's mixed signals, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) has said the Senate won't vote on any proposal until it's clear Trump will sign it.

When Trump addressed reporters after the meeting with Democrats, McConnell was conspicuously missing among the Republican congressional leaders who flanked the president in the White House Rose Garden. A spokesman for McConnell said he would have attended had he been asked.

At one point last month before the shutdown, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, seemed to suggest Trump was backing off his wall money demand altogether, saying that he would be able to find the $5 billion he wanted in other government accounts.

Following a backlash from supporters including conservative pundits Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, who criticized Trump as having caved on the issue, the president reversed course and said no to the package approved unanimously by the Senate, forcing the shutdown that began on December 22.

President Donald J. Trump confirmed he was prepared for the shutdown to last “months or even years,” as Democratic leaders had reported. — Photograph: Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
President Donald J. Trump confirmed he was prepared for the shutdown to last “months or even years,” as Democratic leaders had reported.
 — Photograph: Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

Trump has attempted to put pressure on Democrats by claiming there is an ongoing “humanitarian crisis” at the border because of a wave of illegal immigrants, as well as an unsubstantiated influx of terrorists and criminals.

In his remarks to reporters, Trump falsely said his administration had “built a brand-new wall in San Diego.” The border barriers there were first built in the 1990s. Customs and Border Protection has been upgrading some fencing, including a long-planned 14-mile stretch in western San Diego County on which construction began in June. Democrats have already agreed to appropriate money for that project and similar ones.

Trump, who now says a barrier could be of steel bars or fencing, disputed a reporter's suggestion that he'd promised during his campaign that he would build a wall of concrete. He had, however, at one point telling campaign supporters, “No windows, no nothing — precast concrete going very high.” The other day, he tweeted that “An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED.”

Speaking of the Obama-era program for Dreamers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Trump also falsely said that President Obama, when he signed the executive order to defer deportations for about 700,000 young immigrants, “admitted” that “this isn't going to work.” He implied that Obama agreed with him that the order exceeded the president's authority. Obama did not say anything of the sort, but defended DACA's legality even as he acknowledged that executive authority had limits.

On Friday, just before resuming talks with Democrats, Trump sent a letter to all members of Congress with information that his Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, had presented days earlier to congressional leaders. Pelosi and Schumer, Trump wrote, “did not want to hear the presentation at the time.”

Trump argued that “it is essential that we make decisions based upon the facts on the ground — not ideology and rhetoric — and that we listen to the law enforcement personnel on the front lines.”

While Trump and congressional allies believe that fighting for border wall funding is a political winner with their party's base, a few Republicans facing difficult re-election bids in competitive states in 2020 are signaling opposition to the prolonged shutdown.

Polling so far has shown that the general public blames Trump and the Republicans for the shutdown more than they blame congressional Democrats. And spending taxpayer money on a border wall is an unpopular idea with most Americans.

A non-partisan survey last month by Quinnipiac University, for example, found that voters nationwide opposed shutting down the government over money for the wall by nearly 2 to 1. The same polls also show, however, that the wall remains popular with Trump's core supporters, which is the audience the president has consistently focused on.

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, perhaps the most vulnerable Republican senator for 2020, was the first to call for reopening the government and leaving the fight over border wall funding for later.

“We can pass legislation that has the appropriations number in it while we continue to get more, but we should continue to do our jobs and get the government open,” Gardner said on Thursday, referring to the amount for border security that Democrats have already agreed to.

Senator Susan Collins (Republican-Maine), who also could face a tough re-election battle next year, staked out a similar position.

In the House, seven moderate Republicans voted with Democrats on Thursday night in support of the spending package to reopen the government. Five of them also backed the separate bill funding the Department of Homeland Security that did not include money for the wall.

One of the Republican defectors, Representative Will Hurd, represents a sprawling Texas district that includes 41% of the nearly 2,000-mile southern border with Mexico. He has steadfastly opposed construction of a wall, and was re-elected in November after a tough campaign in which he emphasized that position.

Representative John Katko (Republican-New York) said after the vote that he supports border security but not at the cost of continuing a shutdown. “I remain increasingly frustrated by the inaction of both sides in Congress on this issue,” he said.

“Still, a government shutdown is a costly and unnecessary maneuver that does not help resolve Congress' failure to act.”

Friday's White House meeting came on the second day of the new Congress, quickly putting an end to the hopes for bipartisanship expressed by both Republicans and Democrats on Thursday.

Separately, Republicans expressed outrage after newly elected Representative Rashida Tlaib (Democrat-Michigan) told progressive allies Thursday night that she came to Washington to “impeach the mother—.” Democrats were privately upset with the remark as well, as Pelosi and other party leaders have sought to mute talk of impeachment at least until special counsel Robert S. Mueller III releases his report.

Trump called Tlaib's remarks “disrespectful” to the country, adding, “I think she dishonored herself and she dishonored her family.” Trump also said that Pelosi, in the White House meeting, told him that Democrats were “not looking to impeach” him.

On Twitter, Pelosi's spokesman said, “Speaker Pelosi made clear that today's meeting was about reopening government, not impeachment.”


• Eli Stokols is a White House reporter based in the Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C., bureau. He is a veteran of Politico and The Wall Street Journal, where he covered the 2016 presidential campaign and then the Trump White House. A native of Irvine, Stokols grew up in a L.A. Times household and is thrilled to report for what is still his family's hometown paper. He is also a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

• Jennifer Haberkorn covers Congress in Washington, D.C., for the Los Angeles Times. She has reported from Washington since 2005, spending much of that time roaming the halls of the U.S. Capitol. Before arriving at the L.A. Times, Haberkorn spent eight years at POLITICO writing about the 2010 healthcare law, a story that took her to Congress, the states, healthcare clinics and courtrooms around the country. She also covered Congress and local business news for The Washington Times. Haberkorn is a native of the Chicago area and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


 on: January 06, 2019, 02:00:17 pm 
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