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    G20: Does Donald Trump's awkward performance indicate America's decline as world power?

    By Chris Uhlmann, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)



    The G20 became the G19 as it ended. On the Paris climate accords the United States was left isolated and friendless. It is, apparently, where this US President wants to be as he seeks to turn his nation inward.

    Donald Trump has a particular, and limited, skill-set. He has correctly identified an illness at the heart of the Western democracy. But he has no cure for it and seems to just want to exploit it.

    He is a character drawn from America's wild west, a travelling medicine showman selling moonshine remedies that will kill the patient. And this week he underlined he has neither the desire nor the capacity to lead the world.

    Given the US was always going to be one out on climate change, a deft American President would have found an issue around which he could rally most of the leaders.

    He had the perfect vehicle — North Korea's missile tests. So, where was the G20 statement condemning North Korea? That would have put pressure on China and Russia? Other leaders expected it and they were prepared to back it but it never came.

    There is a tendency among some hopeful souls to confuse the speeches written for Mr Trump with the thoughts of the man himself.

    He did make some interesting, scripted, observations in Poland about defending the values of the West.

    And Mr Trump is in a unique position — he is the one man who has the power to do something about it.

    But it is the unscripted Mr Trump that is real. A man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as President at war with the West's institutions — like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.

    He was an uneasy, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense some other leaders were trying to find the best way to work around him.

    Mr Trump is a man who craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. To be constantly talking and talked about is all that really matters. And there is no value placed on the meaning of words. So what is said one day can be discarded the next.

    So, what did we learn this week?

    We learned Mr Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the US as a global leader. He managed to diminish his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies.

    He will cede that power to China and Russia — two authoritarian states that will forge a very different set of rules for the 21st century.

    Some will cheer the decline of America, but I think we'll miss it when it is gone.

    And that is the biggest threat to the values of the West which he claims to hold so dear.


    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-....-power/8691538

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    I Visited Scientology Street – One of Trump’s Rare L.A. Strongholds
    TheWrap tries to figure out why a precinct filled with Scientologists voted for Trump
    Itay Hod | July 9, 2017 @ 1:22
    http://http://www.thewrap.com/i-visi...a-strongholds/

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    Scions and Scoundrels

    Charles M. Blow JULY 13, 2017

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    After Trump Jr. hid the meeting with the Russian lawyer, then acknowledged it, then had a rolling list of lies about the purpose of it, then was forced to release emails about the meeting that proved not only him but the entire Trump camp to be liars, he gave an interview to the Trumps’ favorite state propaganda machine, Fox News. His father chimed in on Twitter:

    “My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!”

    Everything in that tweet is not only a lie, but it is in diametrical opposition to the truth. But that is Trump’s tactic: Don’t shade the truth with a little lie; destroy the truth with an enormous lie. Consider the truth and then say the exact opposite is true. It is so disconcerting that it must be entertained and investigated because it is so foreign to honest people.

    Trump Jr. wasn’t “open, transparent and innocent.” He is devious, knavish and guilty as sin.

    I say that we must learn to discard as dishonest everything emanating from this White House. If it’s not a lie (and it often is), it’s a diversion.

    Yes, listen to his speeches and read his tweets. Being an informed, engaged citizen demands that you remain aware of what the country’s so-called leader is thinking and doing.

    But then shunt it aside. It’s all garbage and a waste of mental bandwidth. You only have to remember this: These people are not to be trusted. Their greatest interest is in their own enrichment. They believe that they exist in a space above the law and outside the rules.

    Run everything that you hear from the White House through this filter: The “presidency” is a blasphemy and Trump is not only a disgrace but also an assault on the culture and the country.

    And take comfort in this eternal truth: For all things, there comes an end.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/o...g&version=Full

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    Semion Mogilevich, the Russian mob’s “boss of bosses,” also declined to respond to questions from the New Republic. “My ideas are not important to anybody,” Mogilevich said in a statement provided by his attorney. “Whatever I know, I am a private person.” Mogilevich, the attorney added, “has nothing to do with President Trump. He doesn’t believe that anybody associated with him lives in Trump Tower. He has no ties to America or American citizens.”

    Back in 1999, the year before Trump staged his first run for president, Mogilevich gave a rare interview to the BBC. Living up to his reputation for cleverness, the mafia boss mostly joked and double-spoke his way around his criminal activities. (Q: “Why did you set up companies in the Channel Islands?” A: “The problem was that I didn’t know any other islands. When they taught us geography at school, I was sick that day.”) But when the exasperated interviewer asked, “Do you believe there is any Russian organized crime?” the “brainy don” turned half-serious.

    “How can you say that there is a Russian mafia in America?” he demanded. “The word mafia, as far as I understand the word, means a criminal group that is connected with the political organs, the police and the administration. I don’t know of a single Russian in the U.S. Senate, a single Russian in the U.S. Congress, a single Russian in the U.S. government. Where are the connections with the Russians? How can there be a Russian mafia in America? Where are their connections?”

    Two decades later, we finally have an answer to Mogilevich’s question.


    more: https://newrepublic.com/article/143....rime-syndicate

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    Father and son watching tennis at the September 1988 U.S. Open.
    Don Jr. was born in 1977, the first of Trump's children with first wife, Ivana. In 2016, Ivana told the New York Daily News that she had brought up the children almost single-handedly. "Donald wasn’t really interested in the children until he could talk business with them," she said.

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    "I am so tired of hearing about what the Trump voters want. I don’t care what they want. How’s that? And you know what? We do know what they want. They want a Confederate flag. We all know what this is about. I’m tired of hearing people, particularly men, explain to me what Hillary Clinton did wrong. Donald Trump didn’t win because he did something right; he won because he did something wrong. We always knew you could win that way — appealing to the worst. You’re just not supposed to win the presidency that way."

    FRAN LEBOWITZ

    http://https://www.nytimes.com/2017/...%20%26%20Style

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Hinkubah View Post
    "I am so tired of hearing about what the Trump voters want. I don’t care what they want. How’s that? And you know what? We do know what they want. They want a Confederate flag. We all know what this is about. I’m tired of hearing people, particularly men, explain to me what Hillary Clinton did wrong. Donald Trump didn’t win because he did something right; he won because he did something wrong. We always knew you could win that way — appealing to the worst. You’re just not supposed to win the presidency that way."

    FRAN LEBOWITZ

    http://https://www.nytimes.com/2017/...%20%26%20Style

    She needs to get out more. She sounds like an ignorant bigot.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.61ab3f131fcb

    Part of the reason for the imbalance is likely that liberals tend to live in more homogeneous places and don't even associate with conservatives. Another Pew study last year showed a whopping 47 percent of people who planned to vote for Clinton didn't have any close friends who were Trump supporters. By contrast, 31 percent of Trump supporters said they didn't have any friends who backed Clinton.

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