BIG MAN AT THE UN

Trump’s Many Messages, on Many Sides

One of the things that Donald J. Trump presidency demonstrates is that he must own everything he says, because his words are recorded and endlessly replayed to the world. It wasn’t that long ago when TV cameras captured Trump berating the United Nations, saying it doesn’t do anything. He spoke as if he was totally uninvolved with the UN. Now the Donald is back in New York to “save” the institution, using the platform in front of the iconic green marble wall to talk of the destruction of a nation. The UN’s mission is to help nations get along and avoid war. Did Trump not read the charter?

Candidate Trump used to complain about the money wasted on an unnecessary war in Iraq. Now he seems to be saying that military action around the world will be his foreign policy. If we wanted to elevate his words linguistically, we could call them the Trump Doctrine. He is whipping out his sword and warning everyone, instead of advancing a well-designed plan to nullify a crisis before it gets out of hand. That is the true spirit of the UN, Mr. Know-it-all.

Trump threatens to blow North Korea off the face of the earth, while claiming he doesn’t want to force American democracy on any country. He preaches his concept of every nation’s right to sovereignty, while also saying that he is prepared to “take further action” to intervene in Venezuela’s democratic collapse. Well, which is it?

There is a difference between a rogue nation with an H-bomb saying they want to annihilate the United States and a nation that covertly bank rolls efforts to advance a Shia agenda. There is no love lost between Iran and the United States. Iran will always be a problem but, clearly, it’s a more controlled situation than North Korea. So, why not see if the deal the President hates so much can work? We aren’t the only nation involved.

When a nation’s leader, like Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, pushes his government toward an autocracy, Trump gets all hot and bothered. This is truly an example of what we have termed the “ping-pong President.” There is always some reason the Donald does something, and it usually money is involved.

Venezuela provides 10% of the oil the US consumes and that may be the reason that drives Trump to say he’s planning to use the military a lot more than candidate Trump ever conceived. From someone who appeared to be such an isolationist and, in a sense, anti-globalist, Trump now seems to be coming out of the closet on several important global issues.

As our President trips into the role of America as protector of the world, we have to ask the same question that he did during the campaign, who is going to pay for this?  Is this a pivot, or simply his way of dealing with things that are so over-his-head that he cannot fathom any other solution? He either kisses or punches. There is no middle ground with this loud-mouth.

The great Orange Leader feels so strongly to trample a multi-lateral agreement with Iran that he keeps repeating the same words over and over again. We get it Trump: It’s one of the worst deals every made and an embarrassment for the United States. Really? Keeping Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal is a bad deal? Trump is like a snapping turtle that forgets to eat because he’s keeping grip on a piece of wood thinking it’s going to attack him.

Our President doesn’t understand that the money we gave back to Iran was their money, not ours. We seized all their accounts in the US when Americans were taken hostage at the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. Had we not returned the money, the world court would have ordered the US Treasury to pay fees and interest. At least Trump seems to be talking less about the money part of the deal.

While all of this was unfolding on the world stage, a small group of Republicans back in Washington were trying to, yet again, repeal Obamacare. For now, Trump has moved on from hurricanes, fires and even police shootings, but he’ll be back.  All it took was appearances by Hillary Clinton on TV promoting her new book to bring the Donald back on Twitter, which is what he most enjoys about being President.

Predictably, this morning our President tweeted from his personal account: “After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes.” Oh, did we mention that the leader of the free world suffers from O.C.D.? He’s caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Those unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images and urges trigger intensely distressing feelings. He is so distraught by what Hillary Clinton says about him that he battles her on Twitter like a 14-year-old school girl. Why doesn’t he just give her some fire and fury like the world has never seen? Too soon?

Teleprompter Trump may seem like knows what he is talking about, but his need to blame everyone else for his problems is a weakness that only a mother could love. Impromptu Trump can be put in the closet for a while, but Twitter Trump never lets us down. The Twitter personality some say is the real Trump. Well, it that is the real Trump, then, surely, I don’t want him anywhere near the nuclear codes.

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UNECESSARY CHATTER

Trump’s Fan Base Illusion

On NBC’s Today Show, Nikki Haley said that, “Just because we pulled out of the Paris accord doesn’t mean we don’t believe in climate protection. We’re saying we’re not going to sell out American businesses to do that.” But that wasn’t the only thing she said. She agreed with the interviewers that there is some “Unnecessary Chatter” that comes out of the White House. When pressed on whether the administration would accept the new research on climate change, she said, “Sure, they will.”

When someone in the administration uses the term “they” one can assume they are distancing themselves. Nikki is a strong person to have as Ambassador to the United Nations, but she is but one cog in a wheel that appears at times to be dangerously close to shaking off the cart. The driver of that cart, at times, appears to be facing in the wrong direction.

Climate Change is just as important as what we do with North Korea, it’s just that Trump has so over-committed to his “hoax” rhetoric, that there is apparently no turning back. Climate protection, as long as it doesn’t hurt American business, is a bit like a guy saying, “Sure, I’ll use a condom, as long as it doesn’t keep me from making a baby.”

What Trump is really obsessed with this week is the fact all the polls make it seem like his base is eroding. Not sure why Trump, of all people, would even care about polls and research. As he so accurately points out, all the polls were wrong about the election.

But nonetheless, he decided to fight back on Twitter: “Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO, the Trump base is getting stronger!” The facts are, more and more people in the fringe and the base are getting a little frustrated with our great Orange Leader. We are hearing some blame being given to the Congress, but some of the more aware free-basers remember how the Donald bragged about being the great “dealmaker.” Everything was going to happen fast and would be so “beautiful.”

Of course, while Trump was thrashing the “Fake News” they were reporting that Trump had retweeted a very positive message from one of his followers. The tweet came from Nicole Mincey, who ended up being a Russian bot. Trump was aiding and abetting the Russians in a plot to make him feel good about his base. Funny stuff, until you realize that the same arm of the Russian hackers was trying to discredit General McMaster. This is where Breitbart also saw a soft target. Did the Russians fool such a “reputable” news site like Breitbart?

Twitter, seeing that the subscriber Nicole Mincey was part of the Russian propaganda machine, shut the account down, according the Washington Post (8-8-2017). It’s not quite collusion, but the boys over in Moscow were able to create the illusion that Trump has more fans than he thinks. But, who can really know?

There will be many statisticians and pollsters attempting to understand the real numbers in this so called “base.” But let me remind everyone of that so-called “fire-wall” that Hillary Clinton thought she had in commonwealths like Virginia and Pennsylvania. They were illusions as well. Clinton had no special protection and I would advance the notion that Trump’s base is another imaginary “fire wall.”

The Trump base will not protect against Democratic advances in the 2018 elections. The base got their man into the White House, and will not turn out in droves for Republicans running for re-election in Congress. They already are angry at anyone in Congress for not fixing healthcare.

The “unnecessary chatter” that sister Nikki pointed out is what is getting in the way of this President and his administration’s lack of success on the playing field. Haley said “The ball is in North Korea’s court. They now have to decide where they want to go from here. We hope that they will go the route of peace and security.” Well, if the analogy is to be taken on face value, that would mean that North Korea is on offense? How did that happen?

It is very clear that having a President like Donald Trump, whatever any official in the government says may be quickly displaced by Trump’s next tweet. When asked about the diplomacy-by-tweet-syndrome, Nikki Haley said, “I have not had one country complain to me about the President’s tweets.” Aren’t Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin complaining about what Trump has said in tweets? Actions speak louder than tweets.

The White House hired hands could do the country a big favor by setting up one of Trump’s campaign type rallies, where anyone can attend. Why not have it in, say, Northern California or Seattle? And when the President gets a dose of the people who disapprove of his manic management style, he might be a bit humbler. Maybe even a bit more open to that fact that his “Fan Base” only gets him ratings on the TV show that takes place in Trump’s head. And as that audience dwindles, as all audiences eventually do, he will be forced to face the facts. We don’t have a freaking “Fan Base,” we have a COUNTRY of full of different kinds of Americans.