Early Morning Open Thread: Trump’s Insane Presser, Foreign Affairs Section

Gonna be harping on this for a while yet, cuz there’s a lot to pick apart…

(Why it matters that the reporter was Haredim)

Self-described “Former independent presidential candidate, CIA operative”:

Meanwhile, out in the real world…

32 replies
  1. 1
    Jacel says:

    What will bring him down is accusations of plagiarizing the words of dying Dutch Schultz.

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    marcion says:

    I’ll believe Trump will go when I see it. As someone on another blog said, Trump will be a political cockroach as long as his party is full of invertebrates.

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    sukabi says:

    That was some crazy assed presser… The Russians have to be reassessing their investment in drumpf…talking about shooting up their ship and nuclear holocaust in the same breath…

    Also sounds like he’s been ‘briefed’ on the dangers of uranium and nuclear war at a kindergarten level…

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    BlueDWarrior says:

    @marcion: I don’t even think they would know what to do if Trump was to go full, um, what’s a good fictional analogue for a President that completely loses his mind and starts doing things that at least 2/3rd of the country would find legitimately dangerous to our continued existence (short of ordering a nuclear first strike).

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    Big R says:

    @BlueDWarrior: You’re not thinking broadly enough. What would happen if 45 went full George III?

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    gene108 says:

    @Big R:

    America would revolt to declare our independence?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @sukabi: Maybe they finally got through to him a little bit, at some basic level, those times he asked during a briefing why we can’t use nukes if we have them.

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    sukabi says:

    @opiejeanne: that was my first thought…and the next one was that to get that kind of briefing he’s had to have been suggesting that we should drop a few nukes here and there to show who’s boss…

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Big R: We get Pence playing the role of Prinny?

    I think I’d rather have Prinny.

    🎶 They will tear each other into pieces / Jesus Christ this will be fun / Da da da da da 🎶

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    prob50 says:

    He takes such great pride in his refusal to listen to or believe people who actually know what they are talking about. And apparently even greater pride in parading his own ignorant, idiotic, or foolish, fact-free view of things.

    And each outright lie is followed either by what would be pathetic, laughable excuses or step-backs by his ridiculous spokespeople if he didn’t happen to be President of the United States.

    I think even the Red Queen would be shocked.

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    sigaba says:

    @Big R: When George III finally became completely unmanageable a regency was installed.

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    TS says:

    I’ve not found much to praise the Australian PM about over the past couple of years – but I appreciate these 2 comments

    A very great politician, Winston Churchill, once said that politicians complaining about the newspapers is like a sailor complaining about the sea,” he told reporters in New Zealand.
    “There is not much point. That is the media we live with and we have to get our message across and we thank you all in the media for your kind attention.”


    Mr Turnbull, who was in New Zealand for official talks with his counterpart Bill English, said he would carefully assess any requests from the US for more troops to fight the Islamic State group.
    “As I just said earlier we will assess any and every request from the United States on its merits and make a decision,” he said.
    “We haven’t received that request, but when we do we will assess it very carefully.”
    [And if he doesn’t say NO, Australia will get a new PM]

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    prob50 says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    We get Pence playing the role of Prinny?

    Yeah, the idea of Pence moving into the Presidency is not a thought that brings much relief. At this point I’m not sure if he is as dangerous than Trump, but he might be able to accomplish more harmful legislation. (Sigh) Another potential Dick Chaney-style “Adult In The Room” assuming way too much power.

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    Joyce H says:

    Interesting new tidbit of news – I only read the first paragraph because the rest of the article was behind the WSJ paywall, but that paragraph was enough. Turns out the Army is unable to find any evidence that Gen Flynn requested and obtained prior permission from the Army before he accepted payment from a foreign government in that 2015 trip to Russia. Well, of course, as a retired officer, you can’t do that. Will be interesting to see what comes of it…

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    opiejeanne says:

    @sukabi: He did so before the election and at least twice. He asked why, if we have nukes, can’t we use them. It was those briefings both candidates received before the election.

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    So was Trump bing watching Info Wars and thought it would be awesome to copy that guys stream of ID style himself?


    When is Trump going to demand an investigation into how NASA faked the Moon landings?

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    sukabi says:

    @opiejeanne: I know, but I think he keeps chewing at that bone and would be his ‘go to’ solution if he wasn’t constantly being ‘briefed’ on the down side of using ‘the nuclear’…

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    @Enhanced Voting Techniques:

    When is Trump going to demand an investigation into how NASA faked the Moon landings?

    It will happen when someone slips a copy of Capricorn One into his Netflix queue and he thinks it’s a documentary.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @sukabi: Yes. Exactly. It’s frightening and I’m exhausted because of it.

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    RM says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    We get Pence playing the role of Prinny?

    I agree, he has lead a worthless life! So when do we sew his soul into the penguin suit, dood?

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    montanareddog says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: And Bannon as Baldrick.

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    Bruce K says:

    @BlueDWarrior: Late-stage Palpatine?

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    Epicurus says:

    @Big R:

    What would happen if 45 went full George III?

    I’m not so sure it hasn’t happened already.

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    NorthLeft12 says:

    Not surprised about the drop in business travel to the US. I would be surprised if that kind of drop is not shown in all tourism.

    Deadbeat Donald ran on a platform of isolationism, fear, and hatred of immigrants and foreigners in general, so what would you expect? We hear his message loud and clear.

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    How will he exit, if he resigns? He’s got to have an excuse that’s not immediately, obviously pathetic. His ego won’t allow otherwise.

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    Cheap Jim, formerly Cheap Jim says:

    Bad things done with Uranium. Fiestaware?

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    Boatboy_srq says:

    @Big R: George III nothing. Try Ivan the Terrible or Louis XV

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    Ella in New Mexico says:

    What the ever loving fuck was he talking about yesterday with that “cheap plastic button” shit Hillary supposedly hit?

    And yeah, I’m sure a lot of foreign visitors are are thinking twice about co I got here right now, given the chaos we’re creating for them at Customs. That’s gonna hurt by the end of the year in a shit-ton of places.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Ella in New Mexico: I was wondering about that too. Is that another Info Wars thing?

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    opiejeanne says:

    Reset button
    It was 2009, Russia was different from what it is now, and this was an attempt by the Obama Administration to start a better relationship with Russia.

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    Jacel says:

    @opiejeanne: Here’s coverage from 2009 when Secretary of State Clinton presented a red Reset button to the Russian foreign minister.

    Apparently the translation of “Reset” into Russian was misspelled.

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    fred says:

    @BlueDWarrior: A good fictional phrase is, “You know Dimitri, he sort of, got a little funny in the head.”

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