Trump, safely home after his embarrassing world tour, is back on twitter

Trump, safely home after his embarrassing world tour, is back on twitter

Daily Kos

Donald Trump apparently left his phone under the cushions of the Blue Room couch. Now that he’s back from “home running” around the world, he’s located his precious, and has begun what’s sure to be a long session of Twitter-based catharsis.

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We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017

Why single out Germany for his first homecoming Tweet? Well, there’s the way that everyone and their cousin immediately recognized that Angela Merkel was now the de facto leader of western democracy while Trump follows sadly behind—in his pokey golf cart. There’s also the speech that Merkel delivered as a verdict on the United States under Trump following his visit.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Europe’s most influential leader, has concluded, after three days of trans-Atlantic meetings, that the United States of President Trump is not the reliable partner her country and the Continent have automatically depended on in the past.

Mene mene tekel upharsin, Mr. Trump. And no, that’s not German. But flailing out at Merkel wasn’t Trump’s only tweet of the morning. He also found time to complain about the media and coverage of, what else, his connections to Russia.

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Trump: ‘Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S.’

Trump: ‘Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S.’

Washington Post

Trump: ‘Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S.’

President Trump is once again seeming to reject the intelligence community’s collective conclusion that Russia tried to interfere in last year’s election, saying in a tweet early Tuesday morning that such claims are simply “a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election.” “Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame […]

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A live Memorial Day KITM today, mostly because one can’t look away for a minute from this car wreck, when this car just keeps wrecking. So, today you can catch up on the latest with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin while you watch a parade, or have your staff lay out champagne popsicles… but remember to remember. Even as a victorious, triumphant Donald Trump returned home to fight his greatest enemy—and all of his supporters—and all Republicans, our European allies found themselves having to figure out what to do for their own defense. Angela Merkel decided Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands,” which of course means taking it out of the United State’s hands. Do we really want a President Pence? No, but first thing’s first. When will the New York Times admit to its 2016 election coverage errors? Donald Trump and Jared Kushner are CEO and COO of the destruction of America. Whoa, what’s that smell? Oh, it’s the stench of Jared Kushner’s treason. Jared is in it as deep as Donald, maybe deep enough to encourage him to return to a quiet life of slum-lording, and get away from super-geniusing for a while. Who is the the real string-puller behind Trump? Is Kushner the true Wunderkind/Verräter of the operation? What can we really believe about Kushner? David delves further into the Jared Kushner Russia-social media connection, and Russia’s social media war on America. This backgrounder on Kushner is so extensive, even David’s 8th grade English teacher is covered. Eventually, everyone related to a Trump is going to hop on the Trump gravy train. What? The Trump coat-of-arms is FAKE?

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Trump Just Handed the Reins of Global Leadership to Russia and China

Trump Just Handed the Reins of Global Leadership to Russia and China

The Washington Monthly

Much has rightfully been made of Angela Merkel’s comments following a NATO and G7 meeting attended by Donald Trump.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”…

Merkel, Europe’s de facto leader, told a packed beer hall rally in Munich that the days when her continent could rely on others was “over to a certain extent. This is what I have experienced in the last few days.”

But as Josh Marshall points out, equally alarming is the fact that the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, compared President Trump to Putin and Erdogan.

Our European allies seemed to be hoping for the best after Trump’s election. But something happened in Belgium and Italy that dashed those hopes. Here are the things we know about:

  1. After telling Arab leaders that he wasn’t there to lecture them, Trump berated our NATO allies with his false claim that they owed massive amounts of money to the alliance and U.S. taxpayers.
  2. At a meeting on trade, Trump suggested that Germany was bad because of the millions of cars they are selling to the U.S.
  3. Trump was the only G7 leader to not affirm the Paris Agreement, which led to a failure to agree on a statement about climate change.

On more personal terms, Trump also shoved aside the Montenegrin prime minister to put himself in front, and complained to the Belgian prime minister about European regulations that had slowed down the construction of one of his golf courses. It is very possible that there were addition confrontations (both personal and policy oriented) that occurred at meetings behind closed doors.

The comments from Merkel and Macron signal that these events might have triggered a realignment of this country’s decades-old relationship with our European allies. It is hard to escape that idea that Trump’s efforts were meant to, at minimum, destabilize our relationships with NATO and the G7 countries—a strategy that just so happens to align perfectly with what Putin has been attempting to do for years now.

How will Europe respond? Max Fisher explains:

But missing from much of the commentary on the outcomes of Trump’s first trip abroad is that it’s not just Putin who will benefit from this turn of events. As the three items up above indicate, Trump is abdicating U.S. leadership on both climate change and trade. In the meantime, China is working to position itself as the global leader on renewable energy, pledging to spend at least $360 billion by 2020. Even more importantly, while we’ve been focused on unraveling the connection between Trump and Russia, China recently held a gathering of global leaders to gather support for their “Belt and Road Initiative.”

China is aiming to re-create Marco Polo’s ancient “Silk Road” that connected Europe to Asia.

But instead of the camels and caravans that transported spices and silk hundreds of years ago, a $1.4 trillion network of modern trading routes would be built…

Analysts suggest the project could shift the center of global economy and challenge the U.S.-led world order…

It envisions new roads, high-speed rail, power plants, pipelines, ports and airports and telecommunications links that would boost commerce between China and 60 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

All of that should give you some idea of why Obama often talked about the need for a “pivot to Asia.”

Upon returning from his trip abroad, Trump once again started tweeting:

Perhaps it was “hard work” alienating so many of this country’s allies and, as I’ve explained, the results will be big. But the successes won’t be for America. In basically handing the reins of global leadership to Russia and China on his first trip abroad, it is hard to imagine how one person could do so much damage to this country (and our allies) in such a short amount of time.

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Abbreviated pundit roundup:  Trump returns from bungled foreign policy trip to more controversy

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Trump returns from bungled foreign policy trip to more controversy

Daily Kos

We begin today’s roundup with Eugene Robinson’s analysis at The Washington Post regarding Jared Kushner and the growing controversy regarding his alleged involvement in the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials:

It’s hard to write about Jared Kushner without going straight to the Icarus cliche — hubris, flying too close to the sun, falling into the sea. I once wrote that he was the only one of President Trump’s close advisers who couldn’t be fired, but Kushner’s father-in-law would be smart to prove me wrong. […]

The White House should thus be settling in for a long siege. The good news, from Trump’s point of view, is that his senior aides are discussing how to set up a “war room” to handle communications about the scandal, theoretically letting the rest of the administration get on with governing. The bad news is that Kushner has been involved in those discussions — when instead he should have been cleaning out his office.

Matthew Rosenberg, Mark Mazzetti and Maggie Haberman report at The New York Times:

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was looking for a direct line to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — a search that in mid-December found him in a room with a Russian banker whose financial institution was deeply intertwined with Russian intelligence, and remains under sanction by the United States.

Federal and congressional investigators are now examining what exactly Mr. Kushner and the Russian banker, Sergey N. Gorkov, wanted from each other. The banker is a close associate of Mr. Putin, but he has not been known to play a diplomatic role for the Russian leader. That has raised questions about why he was meeting with Mr. Kushner at a crucial moment in the presidential transition, according to current and former officials familiar with the investigations.

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