Trump is not a sane man, and, he’s not very bright

Donald Trump, as you may have heard from the Secretary of State this week, is not very bright. He had the good fortune to be born wealthy, and, well, that’s pretty much it. Except that Trump’s ignorance is turning out to be a big issue for the entire world.

As was clear well before the election, Trump has only one negotiating technique: Bluster and threaten. In last two weeks, we’ve been reminded that Trump tells his negotiators to act as if he’s crazy and uncontrollable—which may be the easiest acting job on Earth. And we’ve seen again that Trump’s one and only tactic is to drop an offer on the table, splutter like any counteroffer is a deadly insult, and threaten to leave the room if he doesn’t get his way. That was fine when the worst thing that could happen when negotiations fall apart was that a condo in downtown Mumbai went without an official Trump nameplate, but the stakes are a little higher now.

During the campaign, Trump frequently announced that if he couldn’t get what he wanted from America’s partners in NAFTA, he would walk away from the table. Or if China wouldn’t agree to his terms on trade, he’d walk away from the table. The problem with that answer is that it makes no sense whatsoever. No trade deal is simply the worst trade deal possible.

And even that isn’t as awful as how Trump has played this tactic when it comes to nuclear agreements. At this point, Trump has signaled he will take the first step in walking away from the Iran agreement next week. To which the response in Iran will probably be parades and a week-long holiday. They may even order up a few Trump statues. It took years of forging international agreements and the imposition of crushing international sanctions, easily as tough as the ones now applied to North Korea, to bring Iran to the table and bring about an agreement that has halted its development of nuclear weapons. The only thing keeping Iran in that agreement is the concern that breaking the terms would lead to a return of the sanctions regime. How can Iran escape the agreement without worrying about the price of bread in Tehran? Let Donald Trump do it for them.

They cannot believe their luck.

If America steps away from the Iranian agreement even though Iran is certified to be following the agreement … America doesn’t win. And the odds of ever getting together the international consensus that would be required to bring are back to the table aren’t slim to none. They’re just none.

Which brings us to North Korea, the place that’s the obvious receiving end of numerous threats during the week which culminated on Saturday with the statement that “only one thing will work” when it comes to getting Kim Jong Un to put down his missiles.

At this point, it’s not clear whether Trump is continuing his one negotiating tactic of acting crazy and threatening to leave the table, or if he’s genuinely crazy enough to act. It is clear that it no longer matters. Because there’s no one to negotiate with. Donald Trump has nothing that Kim Jong Un wants. He did, a few days ago, before Trump made it blindingly clear that a treaty with the United States has no value. But now, no, Trump has nothing to offer. Now we’re all just balanced on the edge of when Kim Jong Un decides that using his weapons is less risky than holding onto them.

I would sincerely like to beleive that Trump is sitting on some super secret technology that makes him sure the United States could disable North Korea’s weapons before they could sling a missile at Tokyo or let off an artillery barrage at Seoul. But it’s a very good bet that he’s not. It’s just that … Donald Trump is not that bright.


Losses at Trump’s Scottish resorts doubled last year

Losses at Trump’s Scottish resorts doubled last year
By BERNARD CONDON AP Business Writer

October 07, 2017 12:30 PM


Donald Trump boasts of making great deals, but a financial report filed with the British government shows he has lost millions of dollars for three years running on a couple of his more recent big investments: his Scottish golf resorts.

A report from Britain’s Companies House released late Friday shows losses last year at the two resorts more than doubled to 17.6 million pounds ($23 million). Revenue also fell sharply.


Republicans took $7.35 million in campaign donations from Russian

Party loyalty is often cited as the reason that GOP leaders have not been more outspoken in their criticism of President Donald Trump and his refusal to condemn Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Yet there may be another reason that top Republicans have not been more vocal in their condemnation. Perhaps it’s because they have their own links to the Russian oligarchy that they would prefer go unnoticed.

Donald Trump and the political action committees for Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and John McCain accepted $7.35 million in contributions from a Ukrainian-born oligarch who is the business partner of two of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarchs and a Russian government bank.

During the 2015-2016 election season, Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard “Len” Blavatnik contributed $6.35 million to leading Republican candidates and incumbent senators. Mitch McConnell was the top recipient of Blavatnik’s donations, collecting $2.5 million for his GOP Senate Leadership Fund under the names of two of Blavatnik’s holding companies, Access Industries and AI Altep Holdings, according to Federal Election Commission documents and



Hmmmm.  I thought it was illegal to accept campaign donations from foreigners?

What qualified Donald Trump, Jr., to be paid $50,000 for a speech?

Donald Trump Jr. has sprung to the defense of his father, President Donad Trump, over his reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, critizing what he called an “atmosphere of hatred.”

He said that criticism of Trump’s response to Charlottesville—after which the president said that “both sides,” white nationalists and left-wing protesters, were to blame—was due to the spread of hatred by students on liberal university campuses and the left-wing media.

Speaking at an annual fundraising event for Faulkner University, a private Christian institution in Alabama, Trump Jr. said: “He condemned…the white nationalists and the left-wingers. That should not have been controversial, but it was.”

Trump Jr. was referring to the riots in Charlottesville in reaction to the march of neo-Nazis through the town. Violence left one protester dead, Heather Heyer, and many more injured.

He then took aim at left-wing protests where conservative figures have been scheduled to speak, and a culture at colleges that he said taught young Americans to “hate their country” and “hate their religion.”

“‘Hate speech’ is that America is a good country… that we need borders… anything that comes out of the mouth of the president… the moral teaching of the Bible,” he said.

Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. spoke about another incident of left-wing violence when suspected Democrat supporter James Hodgkinson shot at Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice in June, severely injuring Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

“He went out looking for Republicans to kill,” Trump Jr. said, “and we’re supposed to forget that.”

In the 35-minute address, for which he was paid at least above $50,000 according to his now-removed All American Speakers page, he attacked “social justice warriors” and “Marxists” in reference to the left-wingers he believed were attacking his father.

“Everyone to the right of them is Hitler,” he added.

Trump’s son is giving a series of speeches both at home and abroad for which he is earning lucrative sums, as much as $100,000, according to NBC News. The appearances are attracting criticism because of his access to the Oval Office.

After his father’s entrance into the White House, Trump Jr. has been paid for at least one speech in the United Arab Emirates, where his father’s business—the Trump Organization—has business operations, such as the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai.

Trump’s antics in Puerto Rico have lost Florida for the Republicans

New York Times: “Every day dozens of Puerto Ricans pour into the Orlando area, fleeing their homes and lives ravaged by Hurricane Maria. In the months to come, officials here said, that number could surge to more than 100,000. And those numbers could remake politics in Florida, a state where the last two presidential and governor’s races were decided by roughly one percentage point or less.”

“There are more than a million Puerto Ricans in Florida, a number that has doubled since 2001, driven largely until now by a faltering economy. But their political powers have evolved slowly in this state, and the wave of potential voters from the island could quickly change that calculus.”

Trump sets another record: Lowest approval ratings ever

President Trump’s approval rating has sunk to a new low in a new Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey.

Thirty-two percent of Americans polled said they approved of Trump’s handling of his job in office nine months into his presidency, while 67 percent of those polled said they disapproved.

The president’s approval rating in the poll is down from 42 percent in March and 35 percent in June.

Trump also did not fare well among Americans who were asked if he understands their needs and problems.


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Author of Trump’s “Art of the Deal” has a new book on Trump

Tony Schwartz has a new book out, “The Dangerous Case Of Donald Trump,” which is a compilation of 27 essays by prominent psychiatrists examining the fundamental issue of the sitting POTUS having an obvious and severe personality disorder, for the first time in history. The taped interview is worth glancing at the first minute of because as Schwartz talks about the “absolute insensitivity and lack of empathy” of Trump, the now-famous footage of Trump launching paper towels into the crowd of natural disaster victims plays on the screen and if you haven’t seen that debacle, it is memorable. In itself, it is nothing short of the perfect commentary and encapsulation of the ineptitude and sheer tone deaf incompetence of this administration.

Schwartz continues, “When Donald Trump looks out into the world, what he sees is a reflection of himself, and that self he sees is a black hole that is leaking and it’s leaking self-esteem at a very rapid rate. He needs to keep filling it up. The ability to see other people is almost nonexistent.”

[…] “He was being criticized by the Mayor of San Juan and so it was a question of do I dominate or submit, win or lose? It’s a win/lose game there. As soon as he can be in a position of total and complete authority then he can put on a show. That empathy is not empathy he’s feeling from inside. He’s an actor in that role. In certain situations when he’s not under threat, he can be an actor.”

Then Schwartz gives some historical perspective. “To survive, Trump felt compelled to go to war with the world. It was a binary zero sum choice for him. You either dominated or you submitted. You either created and exploited fear or you succumbed to it.

“A person was either serving his interests or was an enemy. There was never anything in between and often that same person who was an ally could become an enemy in a moment. He will say wonderful things about a person whom he then excoriates in the next moment.

“He himself says that he’s the same person today at 70 that he was at 7 and I believe that. His world view has not changed. You develop things like empathy and a conscience and sensitivity and self awareness long past the age of 7. So if your development is arrested at age 7 you’re not going to have those qualities. […]

“In the hundreds of meetings and dozens of phone calls I listened in on, with his consent, I can never remember anybody disagreeing with him — about anything. The same climate of fear and paranoia appears to have taken root in his White House.

…”You can see with Tillerson, that what’s going on behind the scenes is a lot of anger and teeth grinding and frustration but it’s very seductive to be in that role, to be in any of these roles in the cabinet, close to the president and so it’s a trade that they’re all making every day. Every rational person who is around Trump knows who he is in a moment. The outer Trump is no different from the inner Trump. What we see is what they get times ten.”

“He is not fit to lead and that’s what I want to be clear and what I don’t want to allow to be normalized.”