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Ignore the “tweeter in chief” … he's a retarded idiot!

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« on: March 01, 2017, 07:48:33 am »

from the Los Angeles Times....

Pence and Tillerson's message to allies: Ignore the tweeter in chief

By DAVID HORSEY | 5:00AM PST - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

THE toughest job facing America's new foreign policy team is explaining away the impulsive and impolitic musings of our country's tweeter in chief. Donald Trump appears unable to summon the self-discipline needed to keep himself from saying things that make other nations nervous.

Europeans, in particular, are alarmed by Trump's recent characterization of the European Union as a mere “vehicle for Germany” and his unchecked enthusiasm for “Brexit” which he sees as a not-unwelcome sign of a disintegrating EU.

At the recent European security conference in Munich, Germany, Vice President Mike Pence assured U.S. allies that American support for Europe remains as strong as ever and that Trump was not about to abandon America's commitment to NATO in favor of his bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Nevertheless, one reporter asked the logical question: Who should be believed, Pence or Trump?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had to give similar assurances at the Group of 20 foreign ministers' gathering in Bonn, as did Defense Secretary James N. Mattis at a NATO meeting in Brussels and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations. All of them are delivering the same awkward message: Foreign policy pronouncements made by the president of the United States should not be taken seriously.

Not only is such an assertion unsettling, it is probably not true, no matter how much Pence, Tillerson, Mattis and Haley wish it were. That is because there is someone very close to Trump who is whispering subversive ideas into his ear: senior advisor Stephen K. Bannon. The administration's alt-right Rasputin is a very harsh critic of international trade and security agreements that extend beyond a one-to-one deal between countries. Bannon is an arch-nationalist who appears to perceive the Europeans as a bunch of globalists who disdain American sovereignty. According to a Reuters report, Bannon undermined the soothing words of the foreign policy team during a meeting with the German ambassador in which Bannon described the EU as a seriously flawed enterprise.

Just as Bannon aims to, as he says, “deconstruct the administrative state” and return U.S. domestic policy to the McKinley era, he also seems eager to see the international order revert to the rival nationalisms of the 19th century. There are compelling reasons such a radical shift away from the foreign policy followed by every American president since World War II would be dangerous. Pence, Tillerson and the rest appear to recognize how foolhardy it would be.

Unfortunately, no matter what his apologists claim, the president seems not to share their rational understanding of international relations. Just as he did as a candidate, Trump, when free to speak without a pre-approved script, displays all the sophistication of a drunk blowhard ranting on a bar stool. Disturbingly, Trump doesn't even drink, so he lacks alcohol as an excuse for his state of mind.

The Europeans have good reason to be freaked out. And they aren't the only ones.

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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2017, 01:46:29 pm »

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John F. Kelly, new White House chief of staff, hailed as 'star of the administration'

Gen. John F. Kelly, a retired Marine general who grew up in Boston, was tapped as the new White House chief of staff on Friday in a stunning announcement by President Trump.

Kelly, an Irish Catholic, had a brief stint as secretary of Homeland Security. Before he headed DHS, he had recently ended a long and distinguished career in the military.

Last February, he retired after serving four decades in the Marines. His last post was as head of the U.S. Southern Command, which oversees Latin America and the Caribbean.

"I have been fortunate to have served my country for more than 45 years - first as a Marine and then as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security," Kelly said in a statement Friday. "I am honored to be asked to serve as the chief of staff to the president of the United States."

In a tweet late Friday, Trump tweeted that Kelly "has been a true star of my administration."

“He is a great American and a great leader,” Trump said.

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