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Biden blasts Trump's 'embarrassing' actions heading into G-7 summit

The Hill, August 23, 2019

Biden blasts Trump's 'embarrassing' actions heading into G-7 summit

Former Vice President Joe Biden excoriated President Trump Friday over his “embarrassing” actions toward U.S. allies just before the president heads to France for the G-7 summit.

The White House hopeful, who has repeatedly touted the need to restore America’s reputation abroad on the campaign trail, singled Trump out for the controversy over his desire to purchase Greenland and bashed him over his recent criticism about the U.S. allies’s financial contributions to NATO and his calls for Russia to rejoin the G-7.

“He has insulted our closest partners and denigrated one of our most capable allies, Denmark—a country that has repeatedly fought and sacrificed alongside our troops. He issued yet another attack on NATO, reiterating his belief that NATO is an American-run protection racket where our allies better pay up, or else," Biden said in a statement.

"And he advocated for Russia’s return to the G7, despite Vladimir Putin’s long and growing record of aggressive behavior and provocations against the United States and our allies in Europe,” Biden added.

“Trump’s actions and words are not just embarrassing—they are making the American people less safe. Every incident further isolates us on the global stage, reinforcing that his version of ‘America First’ means America alone,” the former vice president also said.

Trump's banks won't tell court if they have his tax returns

Source: CNN

New York (CNN) Lawyers for Deutsche Bank and Capital One repeatedly refused Friday to tell an appellate court in New York whether the banks are in possession of President Donald Trump's tax returns, citing "contractual obligations" not to disclose the information and drawing the ire of a panel of judges.

The three-judge panel was so frustrated by the lawyers' refusal to answer that at one point one of the judges suggested the appellate court might seek an order for the information.

After several minutes of argument on the subject, the panel directed the lawyers to file letters under seal within 48 hours saying whether the banks have Trump's tax returns. But while the banks' lawyers indicated they would respond in writing, it wasn't clear that they agreed to provide that information.

The dispute came during oral arguments in Trump's appeal of a lower court ruling that rejected Trump's attempt to block Democratic lawmakers from accessing his financial records through subpoenas of those banks.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/23/politics/trump-tax-return-hearing/index.html

Do you think he really is losing it?

As in psychosis. Honest question.

MARKET SNAPSHOT: Dow Drops Over 500 Points After Trump Says U.S. Companies Must Look For 'alternativ

Source: Morning Star

MARKET SNAPSHOT: Dow Drops Over 500 Points After Trump Says U.S. Companies Must Look For 'alternative To China'

Fed's Powell leaves door open to rate cut, but gets blasted by Trump as 'enemy'

Stocks tumbled Friday as the U.S.-China trade war took a sharper turn, with President Donald Trump saying he's ordering American companies to start looking for "an alternative to China," while readying additional measures after Beijing imposed retaliatory tariffs on imports of U.S. goods.

Earlier, the major indexes flipped between modest gains and losses after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell left the door open for another interest rate cut in September in a widely anticipated speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Read more: https://www.morningstar.com/news/dow-jones/201908236360/market-snapshot-dow-drops-over-500-points-after-trump-says-us-companies-must-look-for-alternative-to-china

Trump Orders American Companies to 'Start Looking for an Alternative to China'

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — Hours after Beijing said it would increase tariffs on American goods in response to President Trump’s latest round of Chinese levies, the president ordered companies in the United States to stop doing business with China and warned of additional retaliation.

In a series of angry Twitter posts, Mr. Trump said “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing our companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

The president also said he was ordering the United States Postal Service and private American companies like FedEx, Amazon and UPS to search packages from China for the opioid Fentanyl and refuse delivery.

“We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter. “The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP.”

It was not yet clear on Friday how Mr. Trump planned to carry out his demands, including ordering companies to begin seeking alternatives to China. Mr. Trump has routinely urged American companies to stop doing business in China and has viewed his tariffs as a way to prod them to move production. While some companies have begun looking for other places to locate their supply chains, including Vietnam, many businesses — particularly smaller ones — say such a move is costly, time-consuming and could put them out of business.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/business/china-tariffs-trump.html

CNN: Trump 'is bringing more hope and change than Obama ever could'.

This a quote from an OP by John Blake, published by CCN. Whatever the intentions of the author, this piece is a disgrace.

CNN, August 23, 2019

Trump is doing what Obama couldn't

Some Democratic voters are looking for a candidate who can restore the optimism of the Obama era. But what if the progressive champion they're looking for is already sitting in the White House?

Call it the audacity of President Trump: He is bringing more hope and change than Obama ever could.

I know, I know. For some people, this is blasphemy. Yet one of the biggest ironies of Trump's presidency is that he has become a more effective catalyst for progressive social change than Obama.

(snip) I never thought I'd say this. As an African-American man, I felt pride when Obama walked into the White House. I loved seeing how devoted he was to his family. I smiled when he broke into an Al Green song onstage. And I blinked away tears when I saw that Oval Office photograph of a five-year-old black boy reaching up to touch Obama's hair just to see if it really felt like his.

And yet I wonder today if I and others drew the wrong lesson from his election. Maybe the deep, systemic changes that so many yearn for couldn't come through his temperate, "No Drama Obama" approach. Maybe real change only comes through chaos and crisis -- Trump's leadership style.

Now: Trump has Expressed Interest in Antarctica

(Mars is off the table, apparently)

Trump: Apple CEO Tim Cook is a 'great executive because he calls me'

“I gotta help him out short-term, because it’s a great American company”

CNBC, August 21, 2019

Trump says Apple CEO Tim Cook is a ‘great executive because he calls me and others don’t’

President Donald Trump likes Apple CEO Tim Cook. But it’s not necessarily because he’s running a big and successful business. Rather, Trump said Cook calls him “whenever there is a problem.”

“That’s why he’s a great executive,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday outside the White House. “Because he calls me and others don’t".

(snip) “Others go out and hire very expensive consultants,” Trump said. “Tim Cook calls Donald Trump directly.”

(snip) Apple’s iPhone was in line to get a 10% tariff starting Sept. 1, before Trump announced a temporary reprieve for laptops and cellphones, pushing the start date for the duties back to Dec. 15.

“The problem was that Samsung, a competitor, his competitor, wouldn’t be paying tariffs, and Tim Cook would,” Trump said. “I gotta help him out short-term, because it’s a great American company.”

'I am the Chosen One,' Trump proclaims as he defends trade war with China

Source: CNBC

President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared himself “the Chosen One” as he defended his administration’s actions in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

The president’s self-aggrandizing remark followed a string of criticisms aimed at his predecessors, whom he claimed had ignored China’s alleged malpractice on trade.

“This isn’t my trade war, this is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.

“Somebody had to do it,” the president said. He added, while looking to the heavens: “I am the Chosen One.”

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/i-am-the-chosen-one-trump-proclaims-as-he-defends-china-trade-war.html


Trump Declares Himself "King of Isreal," the "Second Coming of God"

Vanity Fair, August 21, 2019


It’s been an eventful 18 hours in the fevered mind of Donald Trump. Yesterday, the president unleashed an anti-Semitic rant in the Oval Office in which he declared that Jews who vote for Democrats are either uneducated or disloyal. Unfortunately, with about 70% of Americans Jews being registered Democrats, that’s a lot of disloyalty. So Trump looked elsewhere for answers, and lo, he found an unhinged supporter who says Israelis (the real Jews!) love Trump like the “King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.” Then he cited him on Twitter:

It’s probably self-evident that anyone claiming Trump is the Messiah is not right in the head, but just so it’s on the record, Wayne Allyn Root—a self-described “Jew turned evangelical Christian”—is an unhinged conspiracy theorist who believes the 2017 Las Vegas shooting was a “coordinated Muslim terror attack” by ISIS and that George Soros paid actors to stage the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville that included Nazi chants like “Jews will not replace us.”

Trump, incredibly, seems to believe that he’s going to win over Jewish voters by telling them they don’t what’s good for them (“They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore!”). Or perhaps he’s just given up on American Jews, and is looking to the Likudniks for narcissistic supply. Insulting Americans for being disloyal to Israel, where the second coming is going to take place—led by Trump in the role of Jesus—seems like an odd pitch to anyone who knows literally anything about Judaism, but that’s probably beside the point. Stay tuned for tomorrow, when Trump cites the teachings of Mel Gibson as reason for this particular constituency to get on board.

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