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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

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What else do you expect from a bunch of mindless expats?

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Old 05.11.2017, 21:23
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Actually, they are both very intelligent and university educated (one has both Swiss and US law degrees).
I've said it before up-thread, I have intelligent and university-educated friends that like Trump too. They find his brash style refreshing and his unpredictability to be a good thing. I might not agree but I think it's important to keep talking to all my friends to understand their viewpoints. Name-calling and isolation don't help anyone.

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Trump was voted in on Nov 8 so he is almost a quarter of the way into his first term without any major legislation that supports his agenda...Then there is the issue that Congressmen are voted in by the States so they have a strong incentive to keep any existing tax deductions which are important for their States.
He only took office in January. Trump doesn't have experience with the legislative process so he's not been "leading" the legislative agenda in the way previous presidents have. He still has the CEO mindset that Congress needs to do the detail work of writing legislation and he'll sign it and take credit for it. Imagine for a moment if Pence had been elected instead with this same Congress.

As for Congress, it's not just tax reform. They have a strong incentive to keep whatever legislation and funding the voters love so they can keep getting re-elected.

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It seems to me that every other Facebook post or Tweet I read is telling me that Trump is the Antichrist. And yet Russia backed pro-Trump ads are supposed to have swayed the election
From what I have read, the ads were very targeted, even down to specific voting districts. But to be honest, Clinton had people turned off from the start. Large chunks of voters were in the "never Clinton" camp even before there were never-Trumpers. So it probably didn't take much to convince voters to stay home, vote Johnson, or even vote Trump.

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Meanwhile, the truth about HRC dirty deeds comes out:

https://www.politico.com/magazine/st...ks-2016-215774
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...Even Donna Brazile who is simply promoting her book to be released Tuesday next; or maybe she also has designs on higher office?
I agree Brazile is just out to promote her book. She certainly seemed on board when she was handing debate questions to Clinton.
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Old 05.11.2017, 21:30
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Meanwhile, the truth about HRC dirty deeds comes out:

https://www.politico.com/magazine/st...ks-2016-215774

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Perfect reason for Tump to act like a asshoho ;-)
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Old 05.11.2017, 22:47
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It would be interesting to know where you draw the line of "irrational", though. As an example where Trump rambles on about uranium
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We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country. You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons like lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things.

Nobody talks about that. I didn’t do anything for Russia. I’ve done nothing for Russia. Hillary Clinton gave them 20 percent of our uranium
Actually Trump's statement was complete rubbish!

The Canadian company involved is a mining company; they dig the stuff up. They obtained the licence to mine uranium in the US, they have no right to move the uranium out of the US and also never obtained an export licence.

The 20% is also wrong. The mining licence obtained by the Canadian company gave them rights to a 20% share of the Uranium mining licences issued not 20% of the US uranium.

Subsequently the US issued more Uranium mining licences and now their share is ca. 2.5%.
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Actually Trump's statement was complete rubbish!

The Canadian company involved is a mining company; they dig the stuff up. They obtained the licence to mine uranium in the US, they have no right to move the uranium out of the US and also never obtained an export licence.

The 20% is also wrong. The mining licence obtained by the Canadian company gave them rights to a 20% share of the Uranium mining licences issued not 20% of the US uranium.

Subsequently the US issued more Uranium mining licences and now their share is ca. 2.5%.
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Old 06.11.2017, 16:13
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A Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump’s oldest son last year says he indicated that a law targeting Russia could be re-examined if his father won the election and asked her for written evidence that illegal proceeds went to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, said in a two-and-a-half-hour interview in Moscow that she would tell these and other things to the Senate Judiciary Committee on condition that her answers be made public, something it hasn’t agreed to.
She has received scores of questions from the committee, which is investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Veselnitskaya said she’s also ready -- if asked -- to testify to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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Of course, without a formal record of the meeting she can say anything - unless she happened to have a recorder in her handbag!

Also in Bloomberg

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Trump Is Leaving Japan Empty-Handed on Trade.

Abe’s deflections showed Trump that it won’t be that easy to narrow the $69 billion trade deficit with Japan, driven largely by U.S. imports of cars and electronics.

One major problem for Abe is that he’s not sure what exactly the U.S. wants, according to Hiroyuki Kishi, a professor at Keio University and former trade ministry bureaucrat. On autos, for example, Japanese officials argue the market isn’t closed to American cars -- consumers just don’t want to buy them.
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"Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. Is that possible to ask? That's not rude. Is that rude? I don't think so," Trump told executives from local automakers during a trip to Japan.

Japanese automakers have tried: The country's big three car companies already have huge factories in the U.S., and three out of four Japanese cars sold in the U.S. last year were built in North America, (including Mexico and Canada).

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And how many US cars are built in Japan? Rhetorical question
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"Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. Is that possible to ask? That's not rude. Is that rude? I don't think so," Trump told executives from local automakers during a trip to Japan.

Japanese automakers have tried: The country's big three car companies already have huge factories in the U.S., and three out of four Japanese cars sold in the U.S. last year were built in North America, (including Mexico and Canada).

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And how many US cars are built in Japan? Rhetorical question
Nothing like doing thorough research and being in possession of the facts before going on a business trip so you don't look like a chump, eh Trump?
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Hillary really needs to let it go. At her age she should have both hands on the handlebars.
Lol.

She flipped off President Trump — and got fired from her government contracting job
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Old 06.11.2017, 22:16
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Another poll;
36% say they approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, worse by one percentage point than Trump's previous low of 37%, reached in October
Disapproval has also reached a new high at 58%, with nearly half (48%) saying they strongly disapprove of the way the President is handling his job.

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Trump still has his base, but swing voters?
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I enjoyed this wrinkle in the possible Presidential pardoning of those implicated in the Russian meddling in the US election:

https://lawnewz.com/high-profile/if-...cant-save-him/

1. Pardoning implies guilt - you can't pardon someone innocent, after all. Ditto accepting the pardon. So a pardon can be used as evidence. Not great evidence, but it weighs in the balance of justice.
2. Presidential pardons cannot be used for state crimes, only Federal ones.
3. Grand jury evidence can be handed over to State investigations.

So, pardoning, say, Trump Jr., just in case, could turn out very badly, as New York State is very much on the case. Cute!
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Eighteen months before guiding Donald Trump to election victory, Steve Bannon delivered the opening shot in the ruthless Republican campaign to paint their Democratic opponent as corrupt.
The future White House chief strategist produced a book in May 2015 accusing Hillary Clinton of trading favours for donations to her charitable foundation. But the financial arrangements of another foundation, which bankrolled Bannon’s creation of the book, Clinton Cash, have received less scrutiny.

Leaked documents and newly obtained public filings show how the billionaire Mercer family built a $60m war chest for conservative causes inside their family foundation by using an offshore investment vehicle to avoid US tax.

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Maybe those Mercer funding times are over for Bannon?

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Billionaire investor Robert Mercer, who was Donald Trump’s biggest single donor during the presidential election, is to sell his stake in the controversial rightwing news site Breitbart.

Mercer wrote. “I have great respect for Mr Bannon, and from time to time I do discuss politics with him. However, I make my own decisions with respect to whom I support politically.
Those decisions do not always align with Mr Bannon’s.”
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

The latest slap to Trump's face has been delivered by voters in Virginia, who appear to have elected the Democrat candidate, Ralph Northam, in that state's gubernatorial race.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, it would seem that no-doubt-by-now-very-disillusioned early Trump adopter Chris Christie is about to surrender the governorship to his Democratic opponent, Phil Murphy.
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The latest slap to Trump's face has been delivered by voters in Virginia, who appear to have elected the Democrat candidate, Ralph Northam, in that state's gubernatorial race.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, it would seem that no-doubt-by-now-very-disillusioned early Trump adopter Chris Christie is about to surrender the governorship to his Democratic opponent, Phil Murphy.
Good to see the pendulum is beginning to swing back to some form of normality.
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The latest slap to Trump's face has been delivered by voters in Virginia, who appear to have elected the Democrat candidate, Ralph Northam, in that state's gubernatorial race.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, it would seem that no-doubt-by-now-very-disillusioned early Trump adopter Chris Christie is about to surrender the governorship to his Democratic opponent, Phil Murphy.
Big vote day for the Democrats, both Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races turned Democrats.
Also a big day for the Virginia House of Delegates where the Dems have massively reduced the Republican majority from 66 to 34 to around 52 to 48 with a couple of precincts not yet final. In previous elections the Dems best showing was to flip 5 seats
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Other news from Virginia House of Delegates, first transgender delegate and first Asian American.
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Other news from Virginia House of Delegates, first transgender delegate and first Asian American.
And I believe the transgender candidate won against the author of the “bathroom bill “

Politics are cyclical, and these are small steps, hopefully in the right direction.
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Addressing the National Assembly in Seoul on Wednesday, Trump said. “the Women's U.S. Open was held this year at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., and it just happened to be won by a great Korean golfer."
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I expect he had a desk back stage selling Golf Club memberships
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Leaked documents and newly obtained public filings show how the billionaire Mercer family built a $60m war chest for conservative causes inside their family foundation by using an offshore investment vehicle to avoid US tax.

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Maybe those Mercer funding times are over for Bannon?
Don't be so harsh. Unlike HRC's dealings these are for a good cause.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Would Trump win again? Seems to depend on the candidate he's up against.

Still this seems to be most pertinent:

"After shocking the world in November 2016, Mr Trump sent Allan Lichtman a handwritten note.

"Professor - congrats - good call," it said.

In the article, Professor Lichtman said that - despite what most experts thought - Mr Trump was heading for the White House.

For the ninth presidential election in a row, he called it right."

"He thinks the scandals are so great, he wrote a book predicting Mr Trump's impeachment. Does he stand by that?

"You bet I'm standing by it," he says.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41839706

Those 5/4 odds by Paddy Power for impeachment look pretty good to me.
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