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"....The purest distillation yet of the Trump Doctrine, Tuesday’s statement succinctly enumerates our current president’s worldview, and America’s place within it:

1. The world, and most of its inhabitants, pose an unrelenting threat to Americans, and we are right to be afraid;
2. America derives no benefit from, and has no claim to, a national calling or sense of higher purpose;
3. Authoritarian and repressive rulers are America’s natural partners, while democratically-elected foreign leaders and most of this country’s intelligence and law enforcement apparatus are, in their affinity for rule of law, inherently hostile and untrustworthy; and
4. Effective statecraft rests upon the pillars of short-term transactionalism, economic mercantilism, and raw coercion.

As the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “we are aware of no President, not even such ruthless pragmatists as Richard Nixon or Lyndon Johnson, who would have written a public statement like this without so much as a grace note about America’s abiding values and principles,”

and that it was “startling to see a U.S. President brag in a statement about a bloodthirsty murder” that he scored commercial deals with the Saudis....

https://www.justsecurity.org/61593/warning-signs-president-veering-close-violation-federal-law-crown-prince-determination/

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Russian President Putin and Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman embrace and laugh at the G20 in Argentina.

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Chris MurphyVerified account @ChrisMurphyCT 9h9 hours ago

 
 

FYI, this whole thing has likely been a scam from the start.

It’s not some wild coincidence that the Administration’s foreign policy is most inexplicable toward the two countries - Russia and Saudi Arabia

- where the Trump family pursues the most business.

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How Trump Made War on Angela Merkel and Europe

The German Chancellor and other European leaders have run out of patience with the President.

 

...... European leaders now worry that Trump’s illiberal aims go well beyond his insistent demands on Merkel to pay more for NATO and stop shipping so many cars to the U.S. “Many European leaders have told me that they are convinced that President Trump is determined to destroy the E.U.,” a former senior U.S. official told me. Trump has begun publicly calling the E.U. a “foe,” and promoting the resurgence of nationalism, which Macron and Merkel see as a direct threat. ....

The Germans told Trump that, if you take the whole trade balance, it’s actually in America’s favor. Trump “just laughed it off,” one of the German officials told me, leading them to conclude that “it’s very hard to get through to him with fact-based arguments.”.........

she has tried to reason with Trump, or to explain complicated situations that he has persisted in oversimplifying or whose facts he has ignored entirely. “She talks about things that you get the impression he doesn’t fully grasp,” ...

But this was not merely about getting through to a new President. The problem, it soon became clear, ran deeper than Trump’s habitual dismissal of rational argument or ordinary differences over policy. The President, the German officials concluded, harbored a deep animus toward Germany in general, and Merkel in particular...... “

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/12/24/how-trump-made-war-on-angela-merkel-and-europe

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Paul BegalaVerified account @PaulBegala 2h2 hours ago

 
 

Gen. Mattis schools @realDonaldTrump on the need to support our allies and stand up to our adversaries like Russia & China.

He says, based on four decades in uniform defending this Nation, that Trump attacking allies and coddling adversaries is untenable.

A stinging rebuke.

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Here's the full letter:

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18 minutes ago, jakeem said:

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she is "shaken" by the news that Defense Secretary Mattis has resigned, calls him a "patriotic American" and a "voice of stability" in the Trump administration https://cnn.it/2CqaXp9 

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6 minutes ago, jakeem said:

President Trump getting ahead of Gen. Mattis let the president write the chyrons. They're being rewritten now because this is clearly a complete repudiation of the American president, even suggesting Trump is aligning with our enemies...

"Our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships..."

"We must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances..."

"I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours."

Read that one again.

And then, read this: 

"Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to stop down from my position."

 

 The Secretary of Defense has resigned in protest.

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Trump call with Turkish leader led to US pullout from Syria

 

".....The Dec. 14 call came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed to have the two presidents discuss Erdogan’s threats to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish rebels in northeast Syria, where American forces are based. The NSC then set up the call.

Pompeo, Mattis and other members of the national security team prepared a list of talking points for Trump to tell Erdogan to back off, the officials said.

But the officials said Trump, who had previously accepted such advice and convinced the Turkish leader not to attack the Kurds and put U.S. troops at risk, ignored the script. Instead, the president sided with Erdogan.

In the following days, Trump remained unmoved by those scrambling to convince him to reverse or at least delay the decision to give the military and Kurdish forces time to prepare for an orderly withdrawal..........

Caught off guard, Erdogan cautioned Trump against a hasty withdrawal, according to one official. While Turkey has made incursions into Syria in the past, it does not have the necessary forces mobilized on the border to move in and hold the large swaths of northeastern Syria where U.S. troops are positioned, the official said.

The call ended with Trump repeating to Erdogan that the U.S. would pull out, but offering no specifics on how it would be done, the officials said........

https://apnews.com/ec2ed217357048ff998225a31534df12

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China is trying to woo U.S. allies. The White House’s response contains glaring failures.

"......The campaign was outlined in barely veiled terms in a recent speech delivered by China’s defense minister to a closed-door meeting in Beijing with U.N. Security Council representatives. The Chinese effort is having growing influence, say experienced diplomats who attended the meeting.

“The Chinese have correctly assessed that American allies now doubt they can ever rely on the U.S. again in many areas,” said one senior Western diplomat. “President Trump seems to represent enough of American public doubts and distrust of foreign nations that we all have to reexamine our place in the international order.”.....

the White House response to China’s diplomatic and economic campaign contains two glaring failures.

It does not recognize or seek to correct its own role in creating the conditions that cause allies to doubt U.S. resolve and support. And it has missed the expansion of Chinese strategic aims into undermining American leadership in the transatlantic and global institutions that have helped preserve global stability since World War II.

White House staffers are either asleep at the switch or, more likely, deliberately looking away from the impulsive, vindictive and frequently childish behavior of a president who treats his partners as cheats, liars or fools........

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/china-is-trying-to-woo-us-allies-the-white-houses-response-contains-glaring-failures/2019/01/06/981eabf0-1057-11e9-84fc-d58c33d6c8c7_story.html?utm_term=.1262dab8bd9c

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Trump sitting out Davos summit where technological change, inequality loom large-

Analysis: President Donald Trump is sitting out this marquee event, seemingly another example of his "America First" administration disengaging from the world.
 
"........Chinese officials won't have the chance to continue trade talks with the administration in the hopes of settling the pending trade war.

International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde will not be able to share insights on monetary policy and slowing global growth with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

America's allies from around the world will not be able to coordinate with the United States on pressing topics including climate change, refugees and the future of globalization.

The leaders in government and business who congregate at the Swiss Alpine town will nonetheless move ahead with wide-ranging discussions of science and technology, income inequality and other high-stakes issues....

The founder of the forum, Klaus Schwab, said in a recent interview that he believes the world is undergoing a "fourth industrial revolution" amid fast-paced technological change.

Schwab told the Associated Press that he believes too many workers around the world are being left behind, and that he would like to see more "equilibrium" between national needs and global challenges.

"We are living in an interdependent, global humanity and there are global challenges like the environment, like terrorism, like mega-migration for which we have to find common solutions," he said.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/trump-sitting-out-davos-summit-where-technological-change-inequality-loom-n961026?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma
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Rania KhalekVerified account @RaniaKhalek

 
 

Leading Democrats are backing the Trump administration’s right wing coup in Venezuela.

Now would be a good time to hear some opposition to this blatant American meddling from progressives Democrats like @RoKhanna, @AOCc @RashidaTlaib, @Ilhan and so on. Please speak up

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Ro KhannaVerified account @RoKhanna 5h5 hours ago

 
 

Ro Khanna Retweeted Rania Khalek

Let me get this straight.

The US is sanctioning Venezuela for their lack of democracy but not Saudi Arabia?

Such hypocrisy. Maduro’s policies are bad and not helping his people,

but crippling sanctions or pushing for regime change will only make the situation worse.

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Trump Recognizes Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido As Interim President

“All options are on the table” for punishing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro if he refuses to leave office, an administration official said.

".....The White House said in its statement that the U.S., which has an extensive history of toppling Latin American governments it dislikes, would urge other Western nations to follow suit. Brazil’s new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, tweeted that Brazil would recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader. Canada is expected to recognize him as well, according to Global Affairs Canada. Chile, Colombia, Peru and Paraguay also moved to recognize Guaido. Mexico said it would continue to consider Maduro the country’s legitimate leader, according to reports.  

Maduro, the hand-picked successor of former socialist President Hugo Chavez, has faced widespread opposition inside the country and from the international community since claiming victory in the May 2018 presidential elections.

His victory was disputed by his domestic opponents and regarded as illegitimate by many, including the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the European Union and the U.S.............

Asked about the differing responses on the conference call, the administration official said only that the United States is obligated to support democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

The official also warned Maduro that the U.S. would seek to force him from office “one way or the other.”.....

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-venezuela-juan-guaido-interim-president_us_5c48af8ce4b0b6693676452c

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" Asked about the differing responses on the conference call, the administration official said only that the United States is obligated to support democracy in the Western Hemisphere. "

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-so we ONLY support democracy in SOME places??

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