Welnee, Poetin is alleen supporter van zichzelf.quote:
Mitt Romney: The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.twitter:
quote:Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah and the party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be sworn into the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down.
It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.
It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years. But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency.
To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.SPOILERtwitter:
[ Bericht 6% gewijzigd door Kijkertje op 02-01-2019 04:29:40 ]“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”— Bertrand Russell
quote:Nearly two years into his presidency and more than six months after his historic summit meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea, President Trump finds himself essentially back where he was at the beginning in achieving the ambitious goal of getting Mr. Kim to relinquish his nuclear arsenal.
That was the essential message of Mr. Kim’s annual New Year’s televised speech, where he reiterated that international sanctions must be lifted before North Korea will give up a single weapon, dismantle a single missile site or stop producing nuclear material.
The list of recent North Korean demands was a clear indicator of how the summit meeting in Singapore last June altered the optics of the relationship more than the reality. Those demands were very familiar from past confrontations: that all joint military training between the United States and South Korea be stopped, that American nuclear and military capability within easy reach of the North be withdrawn, and that a peace treaty ending the Korean War be completed.
“It’s fair to say that not much has changed, although we now have more clarity regarding North Korea’s bottom line,’’ Evans J.R. Revere, a veteran American diplomat and former president of the Korea Society, wrote in an email.
“Pyongyang refused to accept the United States’ definition of ‘denuclearization’ in Singapore,’’ he wrote. To the United States, that means the North gives up its entire nuclear arsenal; in the North’s view, it includes a reciprocal pullback of any American ability to threaten it with nuclear weapons. “The two competing visions of denuclearization have not changed since then.”
Mr. Trump and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, who is supposed to turn Mr. Trump’s enthusiasms into diplomatic achievements, dispute such conclusions. They note that the tone of one of the world’s fiercest armed standoffs has improved. It has, and both leaders say they want to meet again.
In a tweet on Tuesday night, Mr. Trump cited Mr. Kim’s offers not to produce or proliferate weapons, without mentioning the many caveats. He went on to say that he looked forward “to meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential!”twitter:realDonaldTrump twitterde op woensdag 02-01-2019 om 00:11:12 “Kim Jong Un says North Korea will not make or test nuclear weapons, or give them to others - & he is ready to meet President Trump anytime.” PBS News Hour. I also look forward to meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential! reageer retweetSPOILER“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”— Bertrand Russell
Nog even voor de duidelijkheid:quote:
quote:America will get its first taste of divided government under President Trump this week when a Democratic House tries to wrest control of the political agenda from Mr. Trump, who appears determined to keep the focus on border security, immigration and his “big, beautiful” wall.
After the midterm elections ushered in the most diverse freshman class in history, House Democrats intend to put a spotlight on the issues that worked well for them during the campaign: diminishing the influence of the wealthy and connected, expanding voting rights, lowering prescription drug costs and passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Mr. Trump, on the defensive and presiding over a federal government that remains partially closed, is trying to stomp on that message. On Tuesday, as the government shutdown was in its 11th day, Mr. Trump invited congressional leaders of both parties to a briefing on border security Wednesday afternoon. White House officials did not say whether Mr. Trump would attend.
It would be the first visit by Democratic leaders to the White House since Dec. 11, when the president told Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security.”
Mr. Trump appeared to make a gesture of peace ahead of Wednesday’s meeting.
“Border Security and the Wall ‘thing’ and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker!” he said Tuesday on Twitter. “Let’s make a deal?”Just what deal Mr. Trump had in mind was not clear. While Ms. Pelosi has repeatedly signaled she would like to find a compromise that would allow the government to reopen, she has also made it clear that a wall cannot be part of any such deal, whether or not that leads to a messy start to her speakership.twitter:
After she is elected speaker on Thursday, she hopes to introduce a transparency-in-governing measure to portray Democrats as a responsible governing party and draw a contrast between them and Mr. Trump’s scandal-ridden administration. The measure would require disclosure of shadowy political donors, end gerrymandering of congressional districts and expand voting rights.
But their first order of business will be reopening the government, as Ms. Pelosi said Tuesday on Twitter in response to Mr. Trump.
The president “has given Democrats a great opportunity to show how we will govern responsibly & quickly pass our plan to end the irresponsible #TrumpShutdown,” she said, “just the first sign of things to come.”
Democrats also intend to use their first months in the majority to push for a bipartisan infrastructure bill and legislation to lower prescription drug costs, issues that they believe will have bipartisan appeal.SPOILER“The fundamental cause of the trouble in the modern world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”— Bertrand Russell
quote:As news of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death rippled across the world, an assassination that the CIA concluded was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comedian Hasan Minhaj spent the majority of an episode of his Netflix talk show “Patriot Act” examining the United States' relationship to Saudi Arabia, and Mohammed’s touted reputation as a reformer.
“The only thing he’s modernizing,” Minhaj says in the episode, “is Saudi dictatorship.”
Now, the Financial Times first reported, that episode is no longer available to view on Netflix in Saudi Arabia. The streaming service pulled it after the country’s Communications and Information Technology Commission said that the episode violated a law there banning “production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers.”
The episode had been available in Saudi Arabia for several weeks before the request.SPOILER
Samenvatting van het artikel: Een harde aanval op Trumps presidentschap qua stijl en Trumps persoonlijkheid. Maar inhoudelijk is hij best tevreden.quote:
Al die Moslims uit Duindorpquote:Op woensdag 2 januari 2019 12:52 schreef martijnde3de het volgende:twitter:
Handig om dit vlak voor je om een deal moet gaan smeken bij Pelosi te melden.quote:Mexico is paying for the Wall through the new USMCA Trade Deal. Much of the Wall has already been fully renovated or built. We have done a lot of work. $5.6 Billion Dollars that House has approved is very little in comparison to the benefits of National Security. Quick payback!
Toch wel benieuwd hoe ze dan betalen via de trade deal. Betekend dus eigenlijk dat ze teveel betalen voor producten aangezien een deel naar de muur gaat (aldus trump). Tijd voor mexico dus om een betere deal te zoekenquote:
Je citeert de verkeerde post, heb ik het idee.quote:
Tijdens de campagne in 2016 werd herhaaldelijk benadrukt dat Trump een getalenteerd dealmaker is. Het zou in z'n bloed zitten. Topdeals maken is wat hij kan als geen ander.quote:
Hij is wel goed in het na zo'n afgang beweren dat hij een topdeal heeft gesloten. De man is een handelaar in gebakken lucht.quote:Op woensdag 2 januari 2019 15:46 schreef KoosVogels het volgende:
Tijdens de campagne in 2016 werd herhaaldelijk benadrukt dat Trump een getalenteerd dealmaker is. Het zou in z'n bloed zitten. Topdeals maken is wat hij kan als geen ander.
De realiteit schetst een ontluisterend beeld van Trump als dealmaker. Hij heeft er handje van om z'n kaarten op tafel te gooien, nog voordat de onderhandelingen moeten beginnen. Daardoor kon Kim-Jung Un bijvoorbeeld ook een loopje met hem nemen.
Ik lees net dat de USMCA nog niet geratificeerd is. Dus is het nog altijd NAFTA.quote:
Canada's Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken:quote:
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Knullige spelfout vermoed ikquote:
Valt het jou niet inmiddels op dat hij jou voor de gek heeft gehouden met de Kim-meeting?quote:
En wat is daar dan meesterlijk aan? En je geeft dus aan dat je liegen toejuicht?quote: