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ROFLMAO … talk about a “winner” eh?


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« on: December 04, 2018, 09:42:19 pm »


from The Washington Post…

Trump's not winning anything, anywhere

Donald J. Trump's shrinking footprint.

By JENNIFER RUBIN | 11:45AM EDT — Monday, December 03, 2018

President Donald J. Trump during a news conference at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. — Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press.
President Donald J. Trump during a news conference at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. — Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press.

PRESIDENT TRUMP pulled the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but he has no apparent substitute for containing Iran's aggression. We are isolated from our European allies. Trump says he wants to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but NAFTA 2.0 is not ratified (nor is it likely to be), and in any event, it isn't dramatically different from the original. We're out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership but not out of a trade war with China (although tariffs are not rising quite yet).

Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, declared the nuclear threat gone and wants to meet again. North Korea, however, has not shown it is prepared to denuclearize. Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris accord; the other world leaders are meeting in Poland to discuss steps forward without the United States. Meanwhile, the climate change problem becomes more urgent with each passing year, according to the administration's own report.

Our European and North American allies scorn and distrust Trump, revile his pullout from international agreements and his erratic trade threats, and rightly see him as unable to lead the West in an existential battle against illiberal regimes.

Russia remains in Ukraine and now is making a play for control of the Sea of Azov. Iran and Russia dominate Syria. The war in Afghanistan drags on without clear purpose.

Let's be blunt: The only significant foreign policy “achievements” Trump can claim are eviscerating our reputation as a reliable ally that defends human rights and giving autocrats the impression that they can get away with murder (and dismemberment and more) without paying any significant price.

This is an administration that can claim not a single substantial foreign policy achievement. We are arguably less influential and more isolated than we were when Trump took office. (The irony is that we presently mourn the death of President George H.W. Bush, who masterminded the transition from the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the ouster of Panamanian thug Manuel Antonio Noriega and the construction of a broad coalition that achieved victory in a Middle East war without getting bogged down in a long-term occupation.)

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His [Buenos Aires] performance — coupled with his listless two-day visit to Paris days after the mid-terms, during which he skipped a visit to an American cemetery and appeared isolated from other world leaders — has created the impression of a president scaling back his ambitions on the world stage amid mounting political crises.

“The problem at the moment is he has no agenda,” said Thomas Wright, a Europe expert at the Brookings Institution. “He ticked through his bucket list of everything he wanted to do and declared victory on all fronts. What does he do now? They've not really thought it through.”

This is what comes from nationalistic know-nothingism, from deploring the very institutions and relationships that have kept us from world war and spread prosperity since the end of the WWII. It's what flows from a foreign policy that amounts to a series of discrete gestures to please his base (move the embassy to Jerusalem, get out of the JCPOA and Paris accord) but lacks an answer to the question that follows each of these moves: What next?

Trump doesn't know or care. A vision of American leadership? A road map to combat threats from illiberal regimes? Please. All Trump has ever wanted is a red carpet and praise. And even the latter is in short supply these days outside Saudi Arabia and Israel.


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Jennifer Rubin writes reported opinion from a center-right perspective for The Washington Post. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement, the Republican Party and threats to Western democracies. Rubin, who is also an MSNBC contributor, came to The Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Prior to her career in journalism, Rubin practiced labor law for two decades, an experience that informs and enriches her work. She is a mother of two sons and lives in Northern Virginia.

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 10:07:21 pm »

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It’s the same with Socialism.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 08:23:59 pm »


from The Washington Post…

The losses just keep piling up for Trump

Surely the president must see the walls closing in.

By JENNIFER RUBIN | 9:45AM EDT — Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. in January. — Photograph: Alex Brandon/Associated Press.
The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. in January. — Photograph: Alex Brandon/Associated Press.

PRESIDENT TRUMP has been on quite a losing streak in court, especially. Last Friday, he lost a total of five cases concerning his snatching funds from the Pentagon to pay for his border wall, Congress's power to subpoena documents from the accounting firm Mazars USA, and his attempt to expand the definition of public charge, which would have denied green cards to those who used government benefits to which they were legally entitled. His losing streak continued on Tuesday.

The Washington Post reports: “A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit claiming that President Trump is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his hotel in downtown Washington D.C. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed to rehear the lawsuit, brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District, which was dismissed over the summer by a three-judge panel of the court.” The case will be heard on December 12 and breathes life into one of three ongoing suits against Trump for receipt of foreign emoluments.

The 4th Circuit case was brought by Maryland and the District of Columbia, claiming that Trump's operation of his hotels and receipt of illegal foreign emoluments caused them harm by diverting business their properties would otherwise have gotten. Another suit has been brought by private competitors of Trump's, and a third by more than 200 members of Congress.

Constitutional scholar Laurence H. Tribe (who is counsel in a different emoluments case) tells me, “I was convinced the panel's decision denying standing to Maryland and D.C. in the Emoluments Clause challenge was legally wrong and am pleased to see the full Fourth Circuit seems inclined to agree, bringing it in line with the Second Circuit.” Tribe noted Trump's run of court losses. “With the stonewall the president had interposed to the impeachment inquiry crumbling as Fiona Hill and others testify despite Trump's effort to silence them, it's hard not to sense the tide turning rapidly and decisively.”

Indeed, it is not difficult to imagine that federal courts are in no mood to give Trump the benefit of the doubt as the original three-judge panel is speculating that the plaintiffs wouldn't be able to show damages. (First-year law students know that is a factual matter that can be resolved by summary judgment after discovery.) While the ruling merely provides that the 4th Circuit judges will hear the case, it is not common to grant an en banc hearing simply to reaffirm a lower court ruling. Something plainly caught the judges' eyes.

The attorney general for the District sent out a celebratory tweet:




The ruling means three separate cases in three separate circuits with three sets of plaintiffs are proceeding in which the plaintiffs have argued that the money Trump's business operations, including hotels, receive from foreign states may be classified as emoluments. Absent Congress's consent, he cannot retain that money as president. The cases all stem from the original ethical outrage, namely his refusal to divest himself of his business holdings while in office.

Ironically, the 4th Circuit order comes the very week that Trump's motives for a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria at the behest of Turkey's strongman, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has come under bipartisan, ferocious criticism. Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (Democrat-New York) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-California) put out a joint announcement on a bipartisan and bicameral resolution condemning Trump's actions, which have served to benefit only Turkey, Syria and Russia. “Since President Trump gave Turkey the green light to attack our Kurdish partners, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have been united in our swift and serious condemnation of this reckless action, which threatens countless lives, endangers our Kurdish partners and undermines our credibility in the world,” they said in a written statement. “Furthermore, the President Trump's action not only risks regional security, it risks security in our homeland because ISIS is resurging. Already, dozens of people have died and hundreds of ISIS supporters and families have escaped.”

How is this related to the emoluments problem? The American people have no way of knowing whether this otherwise inexplicable decision to withdraw troops protecting the Kurds in northern Syria was the result of Trump's yearning to please authoritarian leaders such as Erdogan, or because his family has business interests in Turkey. This was precisely the problem — the risk of foreign corruption and manipulation — that the Founders designed the emoluments clause to prevent.

Trump truly must see the walls closing in. The courts are barreling toward decisions that will force him to cough up all sorts of financial documents (including tax returns), just as a mountain of evidence is building that he pressured Ukraine to involve itself in our election process. It's almost as though Trump doesn't know whose side he's on. Well, actually he is and has only been out for himself, which makes him incapable of upholding his office.


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Jennifer Rubin writes reported opinion from a center-right perspective for The Washington Post. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement, the Republican Party and threats to Western democracies. Rubin, who is also an MSNBC contributor, came to The Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Prior to her career in journalism, Rubin practiced labor law for two decades, an experience that informs and enriches her work. She is a mother of two sons and lives in Northern Virginia.

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