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Enumerati

House Votes to Halt Aid to Saudi War in Yemen

248-177

“The House voted on Wednesday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, a defiant and rare move to curtail presidential war powers that underscored anger with President Trump’s unflagging support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of a Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi,” the New York Times reports. “The 248-177 vote, condemning a nearly four-year conflict in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and inflicted a devastating famine, will pressure the Republican-controlled Senate to respond.”

Enumerati

Most Americans Oppose Trump’s Foreign Policy

63%

A new AP-NORC poll finds a majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Trump is handling U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country’s global standing will deteriorate during the next year. “Overall, the president receives low marks from the public for his job handling foreign policy — 35 percent approve, while 63 percent disapprove. Like other issues, the partisan divide is startling. While 76 percent of Republicans approve, just 8 percent of Democrats say the same.”

Verbatim

Trump’s Terrible European Vacation

“Trump’s European Vacation was as bad as the movie. He wimped out of honoring our fallen troops because of a misting. He moped around in his hotel room and insulted fire victims. And he was scorched by the French President. This is not winning. This is a national embarrassment.”

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), on Twitter.

Poetic Justice

What a Comedian!

We’ve never considered comedy one of his avocations,
And he seems to have the sense of humor of a crustacean.
But we must confess,
In his Tuesday address,
Donald Trump got some good laughs at the United Nations.

News & Comment

It’s Official — The U.S. Is Now the Laughingstock of the Entire World

Kimberly Alters of the Week covered Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly today. Here’s how it went:

President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, speaking directly to the gathered world leaders for the second time in his presidency. “One year ago, I stood before you for the first time,” Trump said to begin his speech, explaining that he planned to update U.N. leaders on the “extraordinary progress we’ve made.”

Rote introduction dispensed with, Trump’s solemn tone forecasted a serious, on-message speech. That is, until his very next sentence. “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” he said — prompting laughter from his audience. Trump interrupted himself to say his declaration was “so true,” which only evoked heartier laughter from the crowd.

After an awkward beat, Trump relented: “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” he said with a half-smile. Again, the crowd laughed, this time with applause. Watch the stunning moment below.

Verbatim

U.N. Delegates Laugh Out Loud at Trump During Address

“So true. I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” said President Donald Trump.

USA Today: “In an awkward moment, minutes into his speech, the delegates in the chamber appeared to laugh at a regular talking point from the president. Trump said his administration had accomplished more than any other in U.S. history, prompting the surprise reaction from the general assembly hall.”

Verbatim

EU Prez Made Trump Blink

“If you want to be stupid, I can be stupid, as well.”

— European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, telling President Trump that they “need to refrain from further punitive tariffs or they would foolishly harm themselves.”

Verbatim

Iranian General Warns Trump

“You know that this war will destroy all that you possess. You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end. Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic.”

— Iran’s Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani, warning President Trump against war, saying it would “destroy all that you possess”, Reuters reports.

Verbatim

Americans Should ‘Exercise Caution” in U.K. During Trump’s Visit

“Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent.”

— A U.S. Embassy statement in London warning Americans to “keep a low profile” during President Trump’s upcoming trip to the U.K.

Verbatim

Europe Tells U.S. to Count Its Allies

“Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have all that many.”

— European Council President Donald Tusk, quoted by the AP.