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President Lopez Obrador of Mexico responds to Trump's tariff threat & it's a beautiful thing

Mexico City, May 30, 2019

President Donald Trump,

I am aware of your latest position in regard to Mexico. In advance, I express to you that I don’t want confrontation. The peoples and nations that we represent deserve that we resort to dialogue and act with prudence and responsibility, in the face of any conflict in our relations, serious as it may be.

The greatest President of Mexico, Benito Juárez, maintained excellent relations with the Republican hero, Abraham Lincoln. Later, when Mexico nationalized its oil resources and industry, Democratic President Franklin D, Roosevelt understood the profound reasons that led our patriotic President Lázaro Cárdenas to act in favor of our sovereignty. By the way, President Roosevelt was a titan of freedom who proclaimed the four fundamental rights of man: the right to freedom of speech; the right to freedom of religion; the right to live free from fear; and the right to live free from misery.

With this in mind, we frame our policy on immigration. Human beings do not leave their villages for pleasure but out of necessity. That’s why, from the beginning of my government, I proposed opting for cooperation in development and aid for the Central American countries with productive investments to create jobs and resolve this painful situation.

You also know that we are fulfilling our responsibility to prevent, as much as possible and without violating human rights, any passage of the persons concerned through our country. It is worth remembering that - in a short time, Mexicans will not need to go to the United States and that migration will be optional, not forced. This is because we are fighting, like never before, the main problem in Mexico, corruption. And, in this way, our country will attain a powerful social dimension. Our countrymen will be able to work and be happy where they were born, where their families, their customs and their cultures are.

President Trump, social problems are not resolved by tariffs or coercive measures like turning a neighboring country overnight into a ghetto, an enclosed place for the migrants of the world, where they’re stigmatized, abused, persecuted, and excluded and the right to justice is denied to those who seek to work and to live free from want. The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.

With all due respect, although you have the sovereign right to say it, the slogan "United States First" is a fallacy because universal justice and fraternity will prevail until the end of time, even over national borders.

Specifically, citizen President, I propose to deepen our dialogue, and seek alternatives to the immigration problem. And, please remember that I do not lack courage, that I am not cowardly or timorous, but that I act on principles. I believe that politics was invented to avoid confrontation and war, among other things. I do not believe in the Law of Talon, in a 'tooth for a tooth' or an 'eye for an eye' because, if we practiced it, we would all be toothless and one-eyed. I believe that as statesmen and even more so as patriots, we are obliged to seek peaceful solutions to controversies and to practice the beautiful ideal of non-violence, forever.

Finally, I suggest that you instruct your officials, if it doesn’t cause any inconvenience. that they attend to representatives of our government, headed by the Secretary of Foreign Relations, who will be in Washington tomorrow to reach an agreement for the benefit of our two nations.

Nothing by force. Everything by reason and human rights.

Your friend,

Andrés Manuel López Obrador

President of México


https://lopezobrador.org.mx/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/30-05-2019-Carta-al-presidente-Trump.pdf

via:
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/31/1861779/-President-Lopez-Obrador-of-Mexico-responds-to-Trump-s-tariff-threat-it-s-a-beautiful-thing?utm_campaign=trending

L O L !




https://twitter.com/DearAuntCrabby/status/1134583224301248512

Barr gives away the game



https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1134468871933612034

Barr makes this clear today: he didn't simply misinterpret Mueller, he overruled him

This is a BIG deal:

1. Barr lied when he said he “interpreted” Mueller’s findings to mean there was no crime.
2. Barr actually OVERRULED Mueller’s findings—all in an attempt to wrongly clear Trump of any crimes.
3. Barr is part of Trump’s cover-up.

Barr makes this clear today: he didn’t simply misinterpret Mueller, he overruled him- “WE DIDN’T AGREE WITH THE LEGAL ANALYSIS..IT DID NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE DEPARTMENT. IT WAS THE VIEWS OF PARTICULAR LAWYER OR LAWYERS, AND SO WE APPLIED WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS THE RIGHT LAW.”




David Corn - CBS This Morning
This is propaganda.

“I’m going to make the decisions based on the law and the facts and I realize that's in tension with the political climate we live in because people are more interested in getting their way politically." -- AG Barr tells @JanCBS




https://twitter.com/CAPAction/status/1134454865395101696

https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/1134422790218625025

https://twitter.com/charlie_savage/status/1134459828804489216

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/bill-barrs-trump-toadying-lickspittle-ways-explained
https://www.salon.com/2019/05/31/william-barr-justice-department-does-not-agree-with-a-lot-of-the-legal-analysis-in-mueller-report/

Anyone need a laugh at Trump's expense?


@LucyCarrDesigns

My elderly neighbor took a fall today - he’s fine, thankfully - but when I saw the EMTs arrive, I ran over to see if I could help. When they asked him who the President was, my smart, funny, kick-ass 76 year old neighbor said: “still Putin right?”

https://twitter.com/LucyCarrDesigns/status/1134232331823308802

Holy crap-N Korean envoy was reportedly executed over failed summit between Kin Jong Un & Trump

Holy crap. North Korean envoy Kim Hyok Chol was reportedly executed over the failed summit between Kim Jong Un & Trump. Four other NK foreign ministry officials were reportedly executed, too, and a top aide for Kim Jong Un was punished with hard labor.


North Korea executed its former top nuclear envoy with the U.S. along with four other foreign ministry officials in March after a failed summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Vietnam, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.

Kim Hyok Chol, who led working-level negotiations for the February summit in Hanoi, was executed by firing squad after being charged with espionage for allegedly being co-opted by the U.S., the newspaper said, citing an unidentified source. The move was part of an internal purge Kim undertook after the summit broke down without any deal, it said.

Previous reports in South Korea media about senior North Korean officials being executed have proven false. Speculation has swirled for months about the fate of Kim Hyok Chol, who hasn’t received any mentions in state media reports.

............

Kim Jong Un’s top aide Kim Yong Chol is reportedly undergoing hard labor, according to the South Korean newspaper report.



MORE:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-30/north-korea-envoy-executed-over-trump-kim-summit-chosun-reports
https://twitter.com/RVAwonk/status/1134244975649132544

quite the chyron from CNN




https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1134101489138503682


VIDEO:
"Make no mistake here: the president on the White House lawn there recited a series of claims—long debunked claims not based in fact—easily contradicted and fact checked."
https://twitter.com/CAPAction/status/1134084381587529729

This is why we need the Impeachment Hearings televised in prime time!


Conservative “News” is ridiculous. This Michigan woman had NO IDEA there was anything at all negative in the Mueller Report and sincerely believed it fully exonerated trump until her republican Congressman said otherwise.


VIDEO:
https://twitter.com/bri4change/status/1133938751288295424

Robert De Niro to Mueller: "You said that your investigation's work "speaks for itself." It doesn't.

Robert De Niro: Robert Mueller, We Need to Hear More
You said that your investigation’s work “speaks for itself.” It doesn’t.


By Robert De Niro
Mr. De Niro is an actor, producer and director.

May 29, 2019

?quality=90&auto=webp

......

..........In your news conference, you said that your investigation’s work “speaks for itself.” It doesn’t. It may speak for itself to lawyers and lawmakers who have the patience and obligation to read through the more than 400 pages of carefully chosen words and nuanced conclusions (with all due respect, as good a read as it is, you’re no Stephen King).

You’ve characterized the report as your testimony, but you wouldn’t accept that reason from anyone your office interviewed. Additional information and illumination emerge from responses to questions. I know you’re as uncomfortable in the spotlight as the president is out of it. I know you don’t want to become part of the political spectacle surrounding Russia’s crimes and your report on them. I know you will, however reluctantly, testify before Congress if called, because you respect the system and follow the rules, and I understand why you’d want to do it away from the public glare.

But the country needs to hear your voice. Your actual voice. And not just because you don’t want them to think that your actual voice sounds like Robert De Niro reading from cue cards, but because this is the report your country asked you to do, and now you must give it authority and clarity without, if I may use the term, obstruction.

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The rest from the opinion page of the NYT:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/opinion/robert-de-niro-robert-mueller-we-need-to-hear-more.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

"I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected."


@realDonaldTrump

Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax...And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected. It was a crime that didn’t exist. So now the Dems and their partner, the Fake News Media,.....




https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1134066371510378501
https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1134079248719851521
https://twitter.com/PhilipRucker/status/1134066872578654208
https://twitter.com/DearAuntCrabby/status/1134073967008989184
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