Trump doesn’t want to go to Canada unless a parade is thrown in his honor

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    Trump Doesn’t Want to Go to Canada Unless a Parade Is Thrown in His Honor
    Unfortunately for the president, he’ll be lucky if no one throws a shoe at him.

    In less than 24 hours, Donald Trump is scheduled to land in Charlevoix, Quebec, for the annual G7 Summit. And thanks to his ill-considered, self-defeating, pointlessly belligerent trade “policies,” no one is particularly excited to see him. France and Germany have said they may not sign the joint statement that typically concludes these gatherings, filling all parties with the warm glow of global cooperation. Emmanuel Macron is tweeting warning shots. (“The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be. Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which . . . is now a true international force,” he fired off Thursday afternoon.) Justin Trudeau has called Trump’s tariffs “laughable” and said that his “unacceptable actions are going to harm his own citizens.” Angela Merkel has vowed to take Trump to task on trade and Iran. Not helping matters is the fact that rather than use the meeting to ease tensions and engage in diplomacy that might actually benefit the U.S., the president is reportedly itching for a fight, and is already threatening to behave in the sort of manner that, if he were at a restaurant, would result in the manager approaching his table and telling him, “Sir, we’re going to need to ask you to leave.” That is, if he shows up at all.

    According to a new report, Trump has privately complained to his aides about having to spend a whole two days in Canada, “believing the trip is a distraction from his upcoming Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—the one he said Thursday he doesn’t “have to prepare very much for,” because it’s “about attitude.” The president also reportedly thinks the summit won’t be a good use of his time because he “is diametrically opposed on many key issues with his counterparts,” and, as has become glaringly evident over the past 500 days, conflict-resolution and consensus building are not exactly his forte. Plus, he hates sleeping in non-Trump branded beds, and traveling to places that don’t cater to his culinary preferences (well-done steak and ketchup). “Trump is a man who likes to be on the couch with a good cheeseburger and likes to watch TV—he’s a homebody,” said his longtime friend Roger Stone in reference to the then-candidate’s frequent departures from the campaign trail. “He likes being in his own bed, even if it means coming into Teterboro or LaGuardia after midnight.”

    But there’s another reason for the reported “staff-level discussions for several days about whether Trump may pull the plug on the trip and send Vice President Pence in his stead,” as he did for a summit in Peru last April: Atomic Tangerine is a pathological narcissist who only enjoys traveling to destinations where his exquisitely delicate and wildly inflated ego will be appropriately catered to, per The Washington Post:

    Furthermore, he prefers visiting places where he is feted—such as on his trips last year to Beijing, Paris and the Saudi capital—over attending summits where the attending leaders are treated as equals.

    It was in France, of course, that Trump got the idea that the military ought to throw a multi-million-dollar parade in his honor. In Beijing, a welcome ceremony in the Great Hall of the People featuring an honor guard of hundreds, plus a band and children in costumes shouting “Welcome to China! [We] love you!” was so pleasing to the easily manipulated egomaniac that he told a group of businessmen, “I don’t blame China” for the trade deficit. Still, despite his insistence that the event turned into his own personal Super Sweet Sixteen, it’s unlikely Trump will ditch the summit, and pass up an opportunity to rant about how badly America has been taken advantage of or to insult our allies to their faces.

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    What an utter embarrassment to the United States this ugly fat pig is. Look at him sit there like a petulant manbaby. A terminally ill McCain needed to step in to assure the allies after his post-G7 Twitter meltdown.

    As meticulous and lethal for the Trump criminal cabal the Mueller probe will ultimately prove to be, the US would be better off if this orange disaster got a fitting ending and choked on a fry today.

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    Trump Just Blew Up the G7. Now What?
    With his call to invite back Russia and his refusal to sign the final statement, the U.S. president showed his true colors.

    Before President Donald Trump embarked to meet his fellow Group of Seven leaders in Canada last Friday, he presaged that he was going to play the spoiler at the summit and, potentially, wreck the G7 itself. In a brief but pugnacious press conference, he objected to Vladimir Putin’s ouster from the group of top democracies in 2014 in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and occupation of Eastern Ukraine.

    Putin should be allowed back, Trump argued, “because we should have Russia at the negotiating table. You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run.”

    Yes, the U.S. and Russia should get back to the negotiating table, squared off on either side and hammering out agreements to stem a burgeoning arms race and other serious and dangerous issues. But not under the auspices of the G7. That gathering is meant to solidify policies on the basis of shared values and interests. If Putin were there, he would not be in a cooperative. Quite the contrary, he would render the group ineffective.

    And yes, “we have a world to run,” but the set of nations and leaders for that first-person plural pronoun that Trump has in mind is not the G7, given his hostility to America’s allies and affinity to dictators and populist ultranationalists. An ominous portent was Trump’s refusal to endorse the summit communique and his acidic tweets aimed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (the charge: “false statements”).

    Russia’s eviction four years ago was not a matter of political correctness. Rather, it was – and still is – an ideological and geopolitical imperative, consistent with the reason that Russia was elevated to the G8 21 years ago.

    That was a different Russia in a different world and, sadly, one led by a different United States.

    The origin of a G8 goes back to the Reagan administration in the 1980s. Mikhail Gorbachev was ending the Cold War and trying to convert the Soviet Union to a normal, modern state that would integrate into global economy and a rule-based international order. He hoped that the major democratic states would bring him into their fold, at least as an associate member.

    The seven members of the G7—Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States—supported the Gorbachev reforms: perestroika (reconstruction of the economy), glasnost (free speech and muzzling the Big Lie), lifting repression of Soviet citizens and Moscow’s domination of Eastern Europe.

    Welcome as this was, a defining criterion for admission was a democratic government, and Gorbachev’s USSR was still a Communist state, ruled from the top down.

    That changed in 1992 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Russia’s first democratically elected leader, Boris Yeltsin. Soon after moving into the Kremlin, he pounded on the door of the G7 with appeals for Russia to be let in as a full member. He kept it up for five years.

    A number of G7 members were reluctant because of the political turmoil that came with the collapse of a totalitarian regime and the impediments to jump-starting a capitalist economy.

    President Bill Clinton, however, believed that Russian membership would be an incentive to Yeltsin to stay on course. In 1997, the G7 convened for its annual meeting in Denver. As host, Clinton was able to push through a decision to induct Russia as a full member the following year at a summit in Britain.

    Preparing for the Denver meeting, he told his staff, “Getting Russia itself into the club of leading democracies is a high-class problem, especially when you compare it to what we’d be dealing with if Russia had really gone bad and if Russia was really our enemy.”

    So here we are, 21 years later, and Russia has gone really bad, and it really is our enemy. On the ideological front, Putin has reversed Gorbachev’s and Yeltsin’s reforms. Russia is a pseudo-democracy and de facto autocracy under one-man rule. Putin has more power than any Kremlin leader since Stalin. He is alone at the top of what the “vertical of power.”

    Moreover, the Big Lie and the Mail Fist are back, domestically and abroad. Putin’s 2008 grab of two regions in Georgia and his 2014 conquest in Ukraine were the first instances of Moscow committing aggression in Europe since the Red Army replaced the Wehrmacht at the end of World War II in the name of “liberation,” creating the Warsaw Pact.

    Then there is Putin’s new cold war with the West. A menacing trend, clearly authorized by the Kremlin, has been a rash of assassinations (“wet affairs”) on foreign soil, including what U.S. intelligence officials believe was the murder of former Putin protégé in Washington, D.C., several blocks from the White House on the eve of an appointment with U.S. law enforcement agents.

    The main battlefield is cyberspace, and the weapons are manipulation of social media, publicizing private emails, and new means to falsify electoral outcomes by hacking voting machines. The KGB, Putin’s professional alma mater, had some triumphs against the USSR’s enemies in Cold War I, such as stealing secrets from the Manhattan Project. But sophisticated enterprises like Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear have already scored incredible victories, perhaps putting Trump in the Oval Office.

    Nearly a year and a half into his tenure, the president remains under suspicion that Russian entities cozied up to his campaign – and vice versa. That darkening cloud itself weakens him and the country he leads, but not as much as his upending of seven decades of American priorities, strategies and partners.

    Trump told the press last week, with apparent pride, that he is “Russia’s worst nightmare.” Wrong. He is the democratic world’s worst nightmare. He has crippled NATO, the North Atlantic community, the European Union and now the G7. In Putin’s zero-sum worldview, that is a dream come true.

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