“The outgoing French ambassador to the US has compared the Trump administration to the court of King Louis XIV, filled with courtiers trying to interpret the caprices of a “whimsical, unpredictable, uninformed” leader.”
“Gérard Araud, who retires on Friday after a 37-year career that included some of the top jobs in French diplomacy, said Donald Trump’s unpredictability and his single-minded transactional interpretation of US interests was leaving the administration isolated on the world stage.”
“When they say ‘America first’, it’s America alone,” Araud said in an interview with the Guardian. “Basically, this president and this administration don’t have allies, don’t have friends. It’s really [about] bilateral relationships on the basis of the balance of power and the defence of narrow American interest.”
Medicynical note: The abyss of Trumpism. Don’t know how he saw this administration as whimsical?
Trump was the Russian candidate for president. In spite of publicly denying any contact numerous times…….
“Donald J. Trump and 18 of his associates had at least 140 contacts with Russian nationals and WikiLeaks, or their intermediaries, during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition, according to a New York Times analysis.”
Medicynical note: Imagine FOX faux news’ reporting if a Democrat’s campaign had even one secret contact with Russians…….or if Barack Obama had secret talks with Saudi leaders (whose country you recall supplied 18 of the 9/11 terrorists). Oh the horror.
No surprise when a liar lies about her lies
Medicynical note: it not only runs in her family, it’s a continuous recurrent problem in our current government. How can an administration whose very foundation is a lie exist and influence the non-lying world?
“Bernie has the strongest base and the lowest ceiling, which is a paradox for him,” the top strategist says. “So the more fragmented the field is, the better the scenario is for him. But the winnowing will come about a year from now. Some of the current field won’t make it to Iowa because they won’t be able to make payroll. And the first two contests, in Iowa and New Hampshire, will reduce it to a three- or four-person narrative. Fifty-five percent of the vote right now is for neither Biden nor Sanders, the two high-name-recognition candidates. The question is, who gets the biggest market share of the vote for people who aren’t one of the old guys? We still think it comes down to generation and gender.”
One thing is clear, though: whoever emerges as the main rival to Sanders will hammer the argument that a vote for him is a vote to re-elect the Republican incumbent. “Bernie is the one guy in the field I think could easily lose to Trump,” a strategist for one of his opponents says. “And that scares the shit out of me.”
Medicynical note: Too old, Too much history, Too socialist.
When was the last time a self proclaimed socialist was elected to a national office?
The answer. NEVER!
Consider that In the Trump administration an all male policy group met to make policy about women’s rights. Or that Trump’s mini-me, Kushner, met with everyone but the Palestinians in developing a forthcoming Middle East “peace” plan to solve the Palestinian problem. This after unilaterally declaring Jerusalem the Israeli capital and smiling benevolently on increasing territorial annexation from the Palestinians. Or as in the current article the U.S. is meeting with the Taliban without a representative from the current Afghan government.