Open Thread: Donald Trump’s Foreign Affaires

From the article:

Just weeks after she started preparing opposition research files on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort last spring, Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa got an alarming message when she logged into her personal Yahoo email account.

“Important action required,” read a pop-up box from a Yahoo security team that is informally known as “the Paranoids.” “We strongly suspect that your account has been the target of state-sponsored actors.”

Chalupa — who had been drafting memos and writing emails about Manafort’s connection to pro-Russian political leaders in Ukraine — quickly alerted top DNC officials. “Since I started digging into Manafort, these messages have been a daily oc­­­­currence on my Yahoo account despite changing my p­­a­ssword often,” she wrote in a May 3 email to Luis Miranda, the DNC’s communications director, which included an attached screengrab of the image of the Yahoo security warning.

“I was freaked out,” Chalupa, who serves as director of “ethnic engagement” for the DNC, told Yahoo News in an interview, noting that she had been in close touch with sources in Kiev, Ukraine, including a number of investigative journalists, who had been providing her with information about Manafort’s political and business dealings in that country and Russia…

Republican party’s first semi-official 2020 presidential candidate ‘Freedom Coalition’ leader asked about credible reports that Trump is being spoon-fed disinformation by Putin, says, ‘Yeah, but wait’ll he finds out what a nasty fella Vlad really is.’

Can you imagine the non-stop BREAKING chyrons if anyone who had so much as taken a selfie with Hillary Clinton said something like this to a reporter?

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63 replies
  1. 1
    NCSteve says:

    Is it just me, or does Brian Williams sound drunk?

  2. 2
    Baud says:

    Good. Now that the DWS drama is over, we can focus on this.

  3. 3
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    also, too

    ‏@ JohnJHarwood
    Trump, in NC, on gender gap: “50% of our country is men. We’re doing very well. The women, I don’t know what’s going on w/the women here”

    I assume there’s video. He’s going to give the Clinton campaign an ad a week.

  4. 4

    From Russia, with love. Our own Adam Silverman got there first. He can has credit?

  5. 5
    danielx says:

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph – if something like this had cropped up in H’s campaign, forget howling that she’s unfit for office or should be in jail. They’d want her to be burned at the stake – after being put to the question, as was said in the old days.

  6. 6
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Cotton needs to be cut off from all classified info, NOW.

  7. 7
    Baud says:

    You go, Sarah.

  8. 8
    rikyrah says:

    Snarkylion @snarkylicious
    Booing people like Cummings & Lewis is what turned me off Occupy & Sanders. It says, we don’t care about the history of POC.

  9. 9
    dmsilev says:

    Sarah Silverman giving a good unity speech.

  10. 10
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    “Bernie showed us that all America’s citizens deserve quality health care and education.” Funny, I believed that long before Bernie ran for President, before I’d ever heard of Bernie Sanders, actually

  11. 11
    Misterpuff says:

    CT, CT, CT Drumpf brings it out of everybody!

    Seems preposterous yet…..

    The WIHDI argument is persuasive.

  12. 12
    Matt McIrvin says:

    Not only does Trump not advocate for Chinese interests, he regularly uses China as a rhetorical boogeyman, whereas he mostly has praise for Putin.

  13. 13
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Not to rain on Adam’s parade, but much of this has been common knowledge since Manafort signed on.

  14. 14
    dmsilev says:

    I really think the intelligence community should take a page from Spy magazine and brief Trump on developments in Freedonia.

  15. 15
    lamh36 says:

    Ugh…I do NOT like Sarah Silverman…ya’ll have to tell me what she says..bleh.

  16. 16
    lollipopguild says:

    I always think that people like Sen. Cotton cannot get any stupider than they already are and then he goes and proves me wrong.

  17. 17
    dmsilev says:

    @lamh36: Direct quote just now: “Can I say just now to the Bernie or Bust people? You’re being ridiculous”

  18. 18
    rikyrah says:

    Michael Calderone ✔ @mlcalderone
    Tim Kaine did Telemundo interview entirely in Spanish:

  19. 19
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @lamh36: “Can I just say, to the Bernie or Bust people: You’re being ridiculous”

  20. 20
    inventor says:

    @lamh36: “Bernie or busters” are being ridiculous according to Sarah.

  21. 21
    rikyrah says:

    Vann R. Newkirk II ✔ @fivefifths
    Already been more PoC on stage than the entire RNC by my unofficial count

  22. 22
    Mike J says:

    @inventor: Acting like children who got money instead of human affection.

  23. 23
    Misterpuff says:

    Paul Simon To Bridge

  24. 24
    ThresherK (GPad) says:

    Let me be the first Dem to give TRUMP credit: His annoucing, on the Escalator from Nowhere, kept one US party from waking up to the headline “GOP Write-In Voters Nominate Putin”.

  25. 25
    lollipopguild says:

    @dmsilev: Hail! Hail! Freedonia!

  26. 26
    lamh36 says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Good for Sarah…that was unscripted I hear!

  27. 27
    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: More sane people too.

  28. 28
    lollipopguild says:

    @rikyrah: Gee anybody on the Repthug side able to do the same?

  29. 29
    NCSteve says:

    @lamh36: Off text: “Can I just say to the Berbie or bust people? You’re. Being. Ridiculous.”

  30. 30
    Renie says:

    Ok I’m bias cuz I work for Garfunkel but Paul should have picked a song more suited to his voice range.

  31. 31
    ThresherK (GPad) says:

    @lollipopguild: No way. Klopstokia’s gonna kick Freedonia’s ass at the Olympics.

  32. 32
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Renie: heh, I was just thinking he’s singing Artie’s best song as part of the Great Plea for Unity

  33. 33
    dmsilev says:

    @ThresherK (GPad): The Guilder/Florin Unified Team is going to curb stomp them both.

  34. 34
    NCSteve says:

    @lollipopguild: Like a flashback to the Bush Administration.

    Not surprising given that Corton combines GWB’s intellect with Cheney’s evil.

  35. 35
    Mary G says:

    Sarah Silverman and Paul Simon vs. Chachi and Antonio Sabato Jr. Yuuge difference. Trump must be furious.

  36. 36
    Misterpuff says:

    Bridge Worked. Turned delegates into Smelly Hippies Kumbaya!

  37. 37
    raven says:

    @lollipopguild: He’s not stupid, he knows exactly what he is doing and who he is talking to.

  38. 38
    lollipopguild says:

    @ThresherK (GPad): I will sic the Marx Brothers on your ass, Rufus T. Firefly will have some words with you!

  39. 39
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Ixnay on the damay ilvermansay!

  40. 40

    if you missed Sarah Silverman’s smackdown – here’s the video (clip)

  41. 41
    lollipopguild says:

    @raven: You are correct, but if he is not careful he will end up being seen as a male version of Sarah Palin.

  42. 42
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Adam L Silverman: It’s okay; she actually meant to say Sarah.

  43. 43
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Actually to rain on my own parade, Trump paid $100K in 1987 to tear a strip off of President Reagan espousing that the US and the Reagan Administration were getting ripped off by our NATO and EU allies, as well as our other allies and partners.
    http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1.....c7d16ede08

  44. 44
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @lamh36: You got a problem with Silvermans? Do you?!?

  45. 45
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Renie: @Jim, Foolish Literalist: My Mom went to high school with them.

  46. 46
    boatboy_srq says:

    Maybe intel could drop in some vague hints about the Gondwanaland* Reunification Movement with the Freedonia briefing?

    * possible spelling error, but looking that up on mobile is tres dificile.

  47. 47
    Renie says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Small World – Forest Hills H.S. Did she ever mention hearing them sing back then?

  48. 48
    Quinerly says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Now, now…we must continue to fluff Bernie. He gave the Dems all our ideas going back to FDR…when he was advising FDR behind the scenes. Little known fact.

  49. 49
    Miss Bianca says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Whuh-oh!

  50. 50
    Quinerly says:

    Bill looks worried.

  51. 51
    eclare says:

    Cory killing it, IMHO.

  52. 52
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Renie: She said everyone called them Mutt and Jeff, based on the old cartoon strip, because of the size difference. And she’s been listening to them sing since high school. She said when he came on TV that he didn’t look good – that he’s really aged.

  53. 53
    jl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Along with a few core values that remain constant, like bigotry, Trump has a few core misunderstandings and inabilities at comprehension. A few weeks ago, a commenter posted some clips of Trump from back when he was parading himself as a promising (self-described) moderate Democrat, and he was spouting the same nonsense.

  54. 54
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @jl: He mentally locked onto the positions he holds a very long time ago. On the NATO/EU/alliances stuff, I have no idea where he got that stuff. I’ve not seen any serious foreign/defense/security subject matter expert, even when complaining about some of the NATO allies not meeting their quotas, suggest that just pulling out or ignoring Article 5 obligations is acceptable. But he’s held the view for, at least, 29 years.

  55. 55
    Renie says:

    @Adam L Silverman: People remember them from when they were young that it is a shock to see them in their 70s. If Garfunkel is ever appearing near where your Mom lives and would like to go, let me know.

  56. 56
    ThresherK says:

    @lollipopguild: Our president can win the weightlifting and shotput gold at the same time.

  57. 57
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Renie: Thanks will do. She’s seen them play live several times – either at the concert or on tv, so she’s seen them age. I said to her that she looks much better than Simon does, which is both true and also probably kept me from being the bad son!

  58. 58
    jl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Bigotry and irresponsible grifting (that maybe he deludes himself into thinking are ‘great dealz’) seem to be his core values.

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    Jim Parene says:

    @boatboy_srq: They could also include a mention of the emerging Empire of Lemuria.

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    Anonymous At Work says:

    This is scary in many ways: Cuz, you know, Trump is famous for changing his mind when faced with evidence.

  61. 61
    SFAW says:

    And NPR moron shill Mark Shields repeated YET AGAIN that Bob Casey was denied speaking time at the 1992 convention. As soon as I heard hom note that Bob Jr was sitting with Bill Clinton, I know the Bob Sr. zombie lie was seconds away.

    Good call, Becnel SFAW!

  62. 62
    boatboy_srq says:

    @Jim Parene: A very dear friend had bumper stickers printed up with “Stop Plate Tectonics” on them. Until this cycle I still hoped moat people would get that it was a joke. This time I’m pretty sure the GOTea would fall for it hook line and seismograph.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Misterpuff: Wish Art had sang that with him. Would have been a much better performance.

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