One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: The world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground. His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist policies on trade, the Iran denuclearization agreement, the costs of defense, and climate change are already creating an incipient anti-Trump movement globally (and in the United States as well). To a remarkable degree, the countries he has targeted are banding together to oppose him and his policies. That still inchoate but gathering opposition assures that, whatever Donald Trump’s view of America may be, it is no longer – in the phrase coined 20 years ago by then-secretary of state Madeleine Albright – the “indispensable nation.” The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Abroad or even at home, with Trump facing increasingly strong headwinds on climate change at the state and local level, we’re entering a new world order on the heels of the … [Read more...] about Can Donald Trump unite the world (against himself)?
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By Vinay Menon Entertainment Columnist Fri., July 6, 2018 Who is the one person Donald Trump loves in this world as much as himself? Melania? Nope. His kids? Please. Here, some hints: This person was one of the first to perform at Trump’s doomed Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in 1990. This person serenaded Donald and Melania during their lavish 2005 wedding at Mar-a-Lago. This person rhymes with “Felton Yawn.” That’s right … it’s Elton John! According to South Korean media, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo packed a special gift for Kim Jong Un before embarking upon new denuclearization talks this week: a CD that includes John’s “Rocket Man.” “The ‘Rocket Man’ CD was the subject of discussion during Trump’s lunch with Kim,’” reported the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, quoting a diplomatic source. “Kim mentioned that Trump referred to him as ‘Rocket Man’ when … [Read more...] about Only Elton John can save the world from Donald Trump
Since he announced his bid for the presidency in June 2015, Donald Trump steadily accrued the support of a number of celebrities – some of whom are more notable than others. In the run-up to his 2016 presidential election, Trump earned a variety of endorsements in the entertainment world, from former sports stars like Mike Tyson and Dennis Rodman to musicians like Kid Rock and Ted Nugent. Most recently, Roseanne Barr has sparked controversy for her vocal support of President Trump (and her promotion of far-right conspiracy theories). Here are 31 celebrities who have supported President Trump: Roseanne Barr Trump’s most vocal celebrity supporter of late, Roseanne Barr has a history of tweeting her support of the president. “4 those who wonder-back in the day when I was called a ‘liberal’ by journalists, I used to answer-‘I’m not a Liberal, I’m a radical’ & I still am-I voted Trump 2 shake up … [Read more...] about 31 celebrities who have publicly supported Donald Trump
By Daniel Dale Washington Bureau Chief Thu., March 15, 2018 WASHINGTON—When U.S. President Donald Trump boasted Wednesday that he had made up a claim at a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — telling Trudeau that the U.S. had a trade deficit with Canada before he had any idea whether that was actually true — he was not telling Trudeau anything the prime minister did not already know. Even before the Washington Post obtained the tape of the closed-door fundraiser speech in Missouri, Trudeau’s team was well aware that Trump invents figures about trade deficits. So was everyone else who closely follows Trump’s words on trade. In fact, Trump did it again, five times, in the very same fundraiser speech in which he told the tale of his attempt to deceive Trudeau. In rapid succession, he gave inaccurate figures for the deficit with Japan (“$100 billion,” though it was $56 billion last year according to U.S. Department … [Read more...] about The 85 times Donald Trump has made a false claim about trade deficits
By Michael Lewis Bloomberg View Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. Both behaved as if there was no such thing as a win-win situation: Any gain for Obama was a loss for them, and any gain for them must also entail a loss for Obama. The moment that the Russian president or congressional Republicans saw he wanted something, they went to work trying to keep him from getting it — even if it was something they might otherwise have approved of. Approaching any aspect of life as a zero-sum game has obvious practical costs: Deals that leave some people better off without making anyone else worse off suddenly don’t get done, because making some people better off now, by definition, makes other people worse off. It also comes with some psychological side effects. It cripples your imagination. It … [Read more...] about Looking for Donald Trump in all the wrong places