Tag Archives: Trumplomacy

News & Comment

Trump’s Latest Foreign Policy Play Hurts Cubans AND Americans

Credit: The Nation
Tuesday, June 4, as Donald Trump was wrapping up his only moderately disastrous state visit to the United Kingdom, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a press release announcing that the Trump administration was reversing the Obama administration’s 2014 loosening of restrictions on Americans’ travel to Cuba.

Of course, to maximize confusion, the policy was set to go into effect THE NEXT DAY — Wednesday, June 6.

The nugget of the press release was this quote attributed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin:

“Cuba continues to play a destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law, and suppressing democratic processes,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “This Administration has made a strategic decision to reverse the loosening of sanctions and other restrictions on the Cuban regime. These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services.”

Although it wasn’t spelled out in the press release, supporting documents made it abundantly clear that Trump was returning to those halcyon days of yore when only Americans with direct family ties in Cuba could legally travel there.

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Poetic Justice

While in London, Trump was greeted and feted by the queen,
Theresa May gave him a breakfast of scones and clotted cream.
But Boris Johnson
Decided to refrain from
Meeting someone with whom he preferred not to be seen.

News & Comment

Funniest Protest Signs from Trump’s U.K. Visit


The website sadanduseless.com reminds us why we love the Brits.

Verbatim

Trump Is Bashing Puerto Rico, Again

“The best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico is President Donald J. Trump.”

— President Trump, on Twitter, while accusing Puerto Rican officials of mismanaging funds provided for cleanup on the island after Hurricane Maria left thousands dead.

Enumerati

Trump Administration Seeking to Make Countries Pay for U.S. Troops

+50%

Bloomberg: “The administration is drawing up demands that Germany, Japan and eventually any other country hosting U.S. troops pay the full price of American soldiers deployed on their soil — plus 50 percent or more for the privilege of hosting them, according to a dozen administration officials and people briefed on the matter. In some cases, nations hosting American forces could be asked to pay five to six times as much as they do now under the ‘Cost Plus 50’ formula.”

Poetic Justice

The Limits of Trumplomacy

A Third World dictator meeting with the purported envoy of democracy,
Turned into a futile exercise in global-stage pomp and idiocy.
During amateur hour,
The meeting went sour,
As they explored the outer limits of reality-TV Trumplomacy.

Verbatim

Hanoi: Amateur Hour and the Limits of Reality-TV Diplomacy

“What we saw in Hanoi was amateur hour with nuclear weapons at stake and the limits of reality-TV diplomacy.”

— Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), quoted by The Hill.

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.