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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 07:00 AM

Trump and Pompeo's campaign of 'diplomatic vandalism'

With a week left in power, President Trump and his remaining allies arenít going gently into the night. In Washington, new impeachment proceedings provoked by Trumpís efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Bidenís election victory add to a growing thicket of urgent legislation awaiting Trumpís successor once he takes office. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spent recent days planting political land mines for a Biden administration keen to change course on Trumpís foreign policy.

On Saturday, Pompeo announced he was lifting formal restrictions on contacts between U.S. and Taiwanese officials, a sign of Washingtonís deepening antipathy toward Beijing but also a curious policy decision for the Trump administration to take in its waning days in power. Successive U.S. administrations have carefully managed their ties with Taiwan, which the United States does not formally recognize because of its relationship with Beijing. In blowing up the status quo, the Trump administration may be forcing Biden into a more direct confrontation with China.

On Sunday, Pompeo confirmed that the State Department would designate Yemenís Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization, much to the outrage of humanitarian organizations, which have warned of dire consequences for diplomatic efforts and aid operations in the war-ravaged country.

On Monday, the Trump administration opted to classify Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, an aggressively ideological decision that further deteriorates relations with Havana and reverses the steps the Obama administration took in delisting Cuba in 2015 as part of a broader thaw.

And on Tuesday, Pompeo declared Iran the ďhome baseĒ for terrorist group al-Qaeda....


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/13/trump-cuba-yemen-challenge-biden/

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Response to mia (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 07:01 AM

1. All the tea parties that Jared has been having in Saudi Arabia are going to be found to have

been profoundly detrimental to the United States and profoundly profitable for Jared.

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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 07:59 AM

2. "profoundly profitable for Jared."

I would suspect that would also include the rest of our soon-to-be ousted First Family....
At least as of Jan. 20 they're going to have to pay their own way over and back (unless we can cancel the "back" part)!

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Response to Squinch (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:14 PM

3. Setting up house in the UAE

or some other 'wild west' money-laundering country with no extradition treaty.

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