Until now, Donald Trump's decision to forgo the customary State Department briefings before speaking to world leaders had sparked confusion and mild breaches of protocol. But his apparent lack of preparation before a call on Wednesday may have shifted the United States' relationship with two key countries -- and both have nuclear weapons.
If a readout released by Pakistan's Press Information Bureau is to be believed, the president-elect gushed about Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on the call, and offered to visit the nation. Here is the full text:
"President Trump said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif you have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see you soon. As I am talking to you Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long. Your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people." read more
President-elect Donald Trump and key advisers in recent days have backed away from some of the most sweeping pledges that the Republican candidate made on the campaign trail, suggesting that his administration may not deliver on promises that were important to his most fervent supporters. Trump built his campaign message around bold vows to, among other things, force Mexico to pay for a massive border wall, fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and ban Muslims from entering the United States. But in the days since his upset election victory, he or his advisers have suggested that those proposals and others may be subject to revision. read more
Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times: One of the very few things Trump was not lying about was his insistence that "the American dream is dead". Well, it is now. Trump is the American nightmare: the Id of hatred and vulgar self-interest has elbowed aside the Ego of a liberal, rational, tolerant self-image that was never as well-founded as it seemed. And in the big picture, this too was obviously likely to happen. For what has been obvious is that republican democracy is incompatible with an oligarchic form of capitalism in which the one per cent dominates the 99 per cent. There was always going to be a revolt. America's tragedy is that it is not a revolt of the poor demanding justice. It is a revolt of a white, male middle America terrified (with good reason) of losing the privileges that once came with being white, male and middle class. read more
Republican president-elect Donald Trump has picked a member of an officially-designated religious right "hate group" to run domestic policy for his presidential transition.
Ken Blackwell, the former secretary of state of Ohio, and current senior fellow at the officially-designated anti-LGBT "hate group" Family Research Council, will be in charge of coming up with Trump's "First 100 Days" of domestic policy.
The Family Research Council is so anti-gay and so anti-transgender that it several years ago ago earned the title of "hate group" from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Blackwell's appointment means we can expect Trump to single out lesbian, gay, bisexualaand transgender Americans for discrimination in the early days of his administration.
Donald Trump was elected president last night. The reaction to that news today has not been good. Especially for people of color and women, Day 1 was all about the increased likelihood that they will be subjected to hate speech, hate crimes, and the kind of stuff that points to really dark days ahead. For the sake of the documenting events that appear to be the result of the hatred Trump's campaign has fomented, here's what Day 1 in Trump's America looked like.
A swastika and the words "MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN" (seen above) were spray painted on a baseball dugout in Wellsville, NY (p. ~5,000). A black baby doll was also found with rope around its neck in an elevator on campus at Canisius College outside Buffalo, NY. -- The Buffalo News