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Sunday, June 10, 2018

David Frum: "He's like Heath Ledger's Joker -- but without the operational excellence." That was the grim after-action assessment of one senior G7 official with whom I spoke in the shocked aftermath of President Donald Trump's savage post-summit tweets. To the very last minute, the Charlevoix summit seemed business-no-worse-than-usual. Trump had arrived at the summit in a credible semblance of a jolly mood. He joked about where he would site the condos if he redeveloped the hosting hotel. He assured the other heads of governments not to mind the false reports in the media. We're all still friends, he said. We're going to make a deal. The United States still being the United States, the deal was made on America-friendly terms. Language praising the "rules-based international order" was struck to appease Trump. His aides explained: The guy campaigned against a system his voters think is broken. He can't sign a document praising that system.

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Ominously too: Once Trump started tweeting out abuse, the snakepit of hissing, warring aides around the president suddenly competed to amplify and deepen the quarrel. At 6:56 pm, National-Security Adviser John Bolton tweeted out his own version of the offending image of Merkel topping Trump -- only with a caption reinterpreting the scene as proof of Trump's strength and defiance. "Just another #G7 where other countries expect America will always be their bank. The President made it clear today. No more." On pro-Trump Twitter -- and then on pro-Trump TV and radio -- that would almost instantly consolidate the new message line. The allies had tried to muscle the strong-willed president. But he had held firm.

Of course, all this blatantly contradicts yesterday's message line. Remember, Trump holds authority to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum because -- and only because -- of a Kennedy-era special exemption to normal trade law for national-security purposes. Trump has signed documents attesting that he imposed tariffs to protect vital defense interests of the United States. Now he has changed his story. The tariffs on steel and aluminum from Germany, the U.K., Mexico, and all the others were not a national-security measure, but a retaliation for Canada's restrictions on dairy imports. Whatever you think of Canada's milk protectionism (and few Canadians who don't directly profit from it will defend it), it is not a threat to U.S. national security.

-fta

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-06-10 12:00 PM | Reply

Vexed by the criticism, Trump struck back at the readiest targets: America's closest friends and allies. Rule-of-law democracies cannot deliver the emoluments Trump collects from more authoritarian regimes. They cannot expedite Ivanka Trump's trademarks to gain favor. They don't book their national-day celebrations in Washington's Trump International Hotel.

Trump's revenge-tweets from Air Force One back at his Canadian hosts probably did not lose him any friends in Canada, for the basic arithmetic reasons that a few alt-right YouTubers aside, he had no friends in Canada left to lose. Trump's attacks on Trudeau will only boost the prime minister's popularity. But this is more than a personal story. Trump is day by day abdicating U.S. leadership. "He is testing to the breaking point relationships that there was never any reason to test in the first place," said the G7 official, resignedly. (The official spoke on condition of anonymity, due to the confidential nature of the discussions.)

-fta

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-06-10 12:36 PM | Reply

Trump looks like he's on acid, staring 1000 yards away. While Angela Merkel looks like she's trying to reason with a petulant, spoiled child.

This is embarrassing.

#3 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-06-10 03:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Trump's attacks on Trudeau will only boost the prime minister's popularity.

Truer words never spoken. Did Justin manipulate Donnie?

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-06-10 03:48 PM | Reply

I know Canadians that want cheaper milk and cheese, but there is no way Canada is going to stop protecting its farmers. Canadian farmers can't compete with US farmer's scale and climate advantages, but food security demands that Canada protect its farmers.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2018-06-10 03:52 PM | Reply

food security demands that Canada protect its farmers.

#5 | POSTED BY BORED

And there's the problem with the "free market". An unrestricted/unregulated free market doesn't give a crap if Canadians can't get enough food because their farmers were put out of business by cheaper American produce. It doesn't care if children go hungry or if people become permanently unemployed. That is, supposedly, what governments are for. To protect the citizens of a country, not just the profits of its businesses. Any system of trade that is not based on win-win, will ultimately produce war (as it has in the past).

#6 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-06-10 05:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

An unrelated question.....

Where did the Tea Party go? They are nowhere to be found!

If they were all against frivolous spending of tax dollars like they claimed, America could really use their help in bringing attention to this subject right now.

;)

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-06-10 05:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Any system of trade that is not based on win-win, will ultimately produce war (as it has in the past).

And war is always initiated by the loser.

And there is no such thing as win win all the time.

That is, supposedly, what governments are for. To protect the citizens of a country

Liberals don't give a crap about citizens. They want a one world order, where EVERYONE is subject to one government. A progressive one.

Liberal admins stopped protecting actual U.S. citizens with immigration.

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2018-06-11 08:14 AM | Reply

#9

BOAZ, war can be started by the aggrieved.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-11 08:28 AM | Reply

#9

I'm not interested in one world government. I'm interested in not having a corrupt government led by s corrupt president.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-11 08:29 AM | Reply

Liberals don't give a crap about citizens. They want a one world order, where EVERYONE is subject to one government. A progressive one.

LOL sure thing mouth breather.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2018-06-11 08:57 AM | Reply

Meanwhile, Repubs are breaking their necks to "Be Like Don" in their quests to get elected or re-elected. Let's hope there is a day when these slimebuckets are chased down and put in the stocks on public squares, their homes burned and possessions sold to fund medical treatment for the indigent. Let's hope that day comes soon...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2018-06-11 09:04 AM | Reply

"Trump is locked into a cycle in his top-level diplomacy: bully-cringe-bully-cringe. He bullies traditional friends and allies; he cringes to adversaries, dictators, and potential funding sources for Trump enterprises. Bullying the G7 was the weekend's story; cringing to North Korea -- and behind it, China -- will be the story of the week ahead."

Probably the most insightful thing said in the article. MAGA, right?

#13 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-06-11 09:29 AM | Reply

I'm interested in not having a corrupt government led by s corrupt president.

So you didn't vote for Hillary either?

#14 | Posted by boaz at 2018-06-11 09:37 AM | Reply

Meanwhile, Repubs are breaking their necks to "Be Like Don" in their quests to get elected or re-elected. Let's hope there is a day when these slimebuckets are chased down and put in the stocks on public squares, their homes burned and possessions sold to fund medical treatment for the indigent. - #12 | Posted by catdog at 2018-06-11 09:04 AM

Glad to hear that more sides are calling for imprisoning their political rivals. Another example of an attack on Trump that was really just rhetorical hypocrisy.

#15 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-06-11 09:59 AM | Reply

"Liberals don't give a crap about citizens."

Liar.

You have no idea what Liberals care about. And I have heard no liberals dreaming of creating a one world order.

Progress is actually pretty simple.

Liberals dream of the day when anybody who wants a cake baked for them can get a cake baked for them.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-06-11 02:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I'm interested in not having a corrupt government led by s corrupt president.

#10 | Posted by Zed

We got rid of him in the last election but our government is still full pf corrupt bureaucrats.

#17 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-06-11 02:33 PM | Reply

LOL sure thing mouth breather.

#11 | Posted by jpw

WOW!!!!!!!! You sure won that discussion.

#18 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-06-11 02:33 PM | Reply

"We got rid of him in the last election..." - #17 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-06-11 02:33 PM

Only snippy is stupid enough to actually believe that a two-term president, Constitutionally prohibited from seeking another term, was gotten rid of by voters.

Meanwhile, the musings of an imbecile:

First, on the thread U.S. Will Borrow $1 Trillion This Year, Up 84% . (Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Posted by 726 at 01:32 PM):

"Under o'bummer we wracked up 20 trillion in 8 years." - #5 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-03-21 11:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 1
"Please feel free to correct my post about the 20 trillion in 8 years." - #11 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-03-21 02:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1
Then on the thread The New Normal: Trillion Dollar Budget Deficits (Sunday, April 08, 2018, Posted by rcade at 08:56 PM):
"Did I say 20? I was sure I said 10." - #12 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-04-09 04:57 PM
Then there's the reaction to this imbecile's musings:
"LMAO, Comrade Snippy proven to be a serial liar for everyone to see. Must suck to be such a hypocrite and a Rube." - #18 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-04-09 07:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1
And...
"I notice Sniper is now avoiding this thread like the plague." - #21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-10 12:39 PM

#19 | Posted by Hans at 2018-06-11 02:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

#8 yeah no interest in a one world government from this liberal. Only way that is happening is if it is despotic, which is, you know, conservative.

#20 | Posted by dibblda at 2018-06-11 04:20 PM | Reply

WOW!!!!!!!! You sure won that discussion.

#18 | POSTED BY SNIPER

There is no winning a discussion with a mouth breather.

Why else do you think you're not addressed with any sort of seriousness?

#21 | Posted by jpw at 2018-06-11 04:40 PM | Reply

I am sure Sniper knows he's about as smart as an average sixth grader, which is very possibly where his education ended.

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-11 04:42 PM | Reply

Why else do you think you're not addressed with any sort of seriousness?

#21 | Posted by jpw

I don't know about that. I address his nonsensical, childish and usually unsupported posts very seriously.

I seriously think he either sounds like a naive idiot or he is getting paid to act like one.

Seriously!!

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-06-11 08:00 PM | Reply

Trump is merely doing Putin's bidding.

Donald J.Trump is a ••••ing TRAITOR to our country. FULL STOP

#24 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-06-12 09:11 AM | Reply

"We got rid of him in the last election..." - #17 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-06-11 02:33 PM
Only snippy is stupid enough to actually believe that a two-term president, Constitutionally prohibited from seeking another term, was gotten rid of by voters.
Meanwhile, the musings of an imbecile:
First, on the thread U.S. Will Borrow $1 Trillion This Year, Up 84% . (Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Posted by 726 at 01:32 PM):

"Under o'bummer we wracked up 20 trillion in 8 years." - #5 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-03-21 11:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 1
"Please feel free to correct my post about the 20 trillion in 8 years." - #11 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-03-21 02:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1
Then on the thread The New Normal: Trillion Dollar Budget Deficits (Sunday, April 08, 2018, Posted by rcade at 08:56 PM):
"Did I say 20? I was sure I said 10." - #12 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-04-09 04:57 PM
Then there's the reaction to this imbecile's musings:
"LMAO, Comrade Snippy proven to be a serial liar for everyone to see. Must suck to be such a hypocrite and a Rube." - #18 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-04-09 07:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1
And...
"I notice Sniper is now avoiding this thread like the plague." - #21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-10 12:39 PM
#19 | POSTED BY HANS

This is hilarious. I'm pretty sure he plonked me so he doesn't have to face me calling him out with the facts EVERY TIME he posts.

#25 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-06-12 04:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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