Oh wow. Trump, in new interview, says Obama, Bush and Clinton must have left him the North Korea problem because they knew he had the best brain, as evidenced by his score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. https://t.co/R3oPvUsZJr pic.twitter.com/BWGPShs12S
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 17, 2018
Smarts are like schvantzes — anybody brags about theirs in public, the rest of us know they’re lying. And insecure, too also. Other interesting tidbits in this Reuters report, though…
U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.
“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.” …
Did he have to get written permission from Putin before saying this?
During a 53-minute interview with a fresh Diet Coke near at hand on his desk, Trump also said he was considering a big “fine” as part of an investigation into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property; that he has lost all trust in the chief Democratic Party negotiator on immigration in the Senate; and declined to clear up conflicting reports about his use of the phrase “shithole countries” in a White House meeting, which caused an international outcry.
With North Korea persisting as the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president cast doubt on whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be useful. In the past he has not ruled out direct talks with Kim…
He blamed his three immediate predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, for failing to resolve the crisis and, a day after his doctor gave him a perfect score on a cognitive test, suggested he had the mental acuity to solve it.
“I guess they all realized they’re going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests,” he joked…
“Joked” is a revision from the original “said”. (See top tweet.)
Trump has repeatedly blamed a U.S. investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election for hindering an improvement in U.S.-Russian relations.
“He can do a lot,” Trump said of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “But unfortunately we don’t have much of a relationship with Russia, and in some cases it’s probable that what China takes back, Russia gives. So the net result is not as good as it could be.” …
Once again, it’s the Democrats’ fault that the GOP helped Russia highjack the election and put Donald J Dollhands in the Oval Office.
He would not say whether the United States has been considering a limited, pre-emptive attack to show the North that the United States means business.
“We’re playing a very, very hard game of poker and you don’t want to reveal your hand,” he said.
Trump also gave the clearest indication yet that his administration will take retaliatory trade action against China.
Trump and his economic adviser Gary Cohn, who was also in the Oval Office, said China had forced U.S. companies to transfer their intellectual property to China as a cost of doing business there.
The United States has started a trade investigation into the issue, and Cohn said the United States Trade Representative would be making recommendations about it soon.
“We have a very big intellectual property potential fine going, which is going to come out soon,” Trump said.
Trump said the damages could be high, without elaborating on how the numbers were reached or how the costs would be imposed…
So… Cohn inveigled Trump into doing one of his patented media-hustler “spray bullshit in all directions” interviews as a signal to the PRC ? Was that the whole point behind this new clownshow? (And how come fellow Very Smart Business Guy Gary Cohn hasn’t figured out by now that putting Trump in front of a recorder is bound to produce at least one embarrassing statement that’ll have to be cleaned up afterwards?)
… As for the central lesson he has taken away from a year in the White House, Trump said: “I love Washington, but it’s a mean place, it’s a very deceptive place.”
Then you should be right at home there, ya cheap putz.