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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Trump schools Hillary on foreign policy

Byron York, who has consistently gotten the election correct by using facts instead of conjecture, hailed Trump's trip to Mexico as a victory. The Washington Post, which no longer presents the news but rather Jeff Bezos's views of the news, freaked.

From Mister York:
About an hour before Donald Trump made his joint statement with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a strategist in Trump's extended circle saw success on the horizon.
"I bet they have a nice meeting where they both explain their positions and promise to talk further — it doesn't have to be any more complicated than that," the strategist explained. "If [Trump] just has a calm, behind-closed-doors meeting, has a photo taken, looks presidential, and gets out of town, that's a big win."
Indeed, it was a big win — a very big win — for Trump. Going into a meeting with the potential for disaster — who knew how Pena Nieto would receive the world's most controversial presidential candidate or what embarrassments might lie ahead? — Trump came out of the meeting looking very much like a potential President of the United States. Standing beside the Mexican leader in front of a green-gray granite wall reminiscent of the United Nations, Trump presented the picture of a statesman.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Trump was reciting "The Snake" before a rowdy audience in Everett, Washington. In Mexico, he looked like a world leader.
Actually, I thought the backdrop was a prototype of the wall, but that's just me.

Now from the Post:
Donald Trump’s Mexico visit ends with Mexico basically accusing him of lying
What is the lie?

Trump said they did not discuss paying for the wall. Indeed, at their joint appearance, Nieto did not contradict him. But he tweeted that he made it clear Mexico is not paying for the wall.

I smell CYA by both sides, which is what diplomacy is about: Saving face.

But that is the gnat. Here is the elephant in the room from York: "It didn't matter that in his remarks, Pena Nieto offered a positive case for his country and his people that served as a rebuttal to much of what Trump has said in the past. What mattered more was the Mexican leader's public acceptance of Trump as an American leader."

Nit-picking by the Post is grasping at straws. Mexico has no say on whether we tax Mexico's biggest export: the $25 billion a year that legal and illegal immigrants send back home. The remittance tax works wonders.

As secretary of State, Hillary visited Mexico. Here is how it went.

From the Catholic News Agency:
Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 27, 2009 / 04:59 pm -- During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.
The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay.
Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Monsignor Diego Monroy.
Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.
After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!

Trump? Statesman.


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  1. Actually, I loved the look on Pena's face during the brief presser. It was like, I just got to meet Donald Trump! This is what our guy will bring to the table in foreign affairs. He's a rock star, a living legend, and a ruthless negotiator. Oh I would love to be a fly on the wall for his first meeting with Kim Jong Un. By the end of it, DJT will have trained him how to sit, speak, and beg, and roll over. Can we just get this nonsense over with and make him the President now?

    1. "Kim Jong Un". It's Korean for "Scottie".

  2. "basically accusing him of lying".

    The giveaway is the word "basically".

    Like some lying bastard who keeps starting his sentences with "The truth is..."

    1. I hate that and "To be honest...." or "Honestly.....". Say what? You've been lying to me up til now?

  3. The WaPo: Hatin' on Repubs since before Nixon.

  4. Shudder! I can see Hillary in a serious negotiation with world leaders and breaking out in cackles. We must prevent that at all costs. - Elric

    1. Or that weird, swirling bobblehead motion with her mouth agape, which I think happens every time there's a short-circuit in the electronics motherboard that keeps her alive. I swear she has to be an alien in a human body, just like the Arquillian refugee Dr. Rosenberg in M.I.B.

  5. He looked as if he were already President.

    She's acquired a new nickname - Frumpty Dumpty.

  6. Think back to when many of the naysayers were implying that without their endorsement or help that Trump had no chance to win the nomination, and how that later translated into the same thinking about the general election. Given the fact that in many past elections candidates couldn't win without at least the tacit consent or at least a lack of outright opposition from a critical mass of media and politicians and their fellow travelling blackguards, what is so refreshing at this point in the campaign is that Trump has not achieved anything close to that critical mass and yet is well within reach of winning. This means that he will remain as free from any obligations when elected as he was when he began his campaign, and that he will have as free a hand as any president has ever had. The only folks he will be beholden to are the voters.
    Anyone who has a notion of being included in the next government and is not yet on the Trump train had better give some thought as to stopping with the supposedly dispassionate criticism and start thinking about their practical future. In this information age it won't be hard to keep track and name names when it comes time to fill positions. It's crunch time not just for the Donald, but for you. And you know who you are.

  7. "Mexico has no say on whether we tax Mexico's biggest export"

    Not only that, but President Trump will not even need the approval of Congress to put a stop to it. Today, a very large proportion of the remittances are done electronically by banks, credit unions, and even the post office. Just as Obama's Treasury Dept. is unilaterally putting pressure on banks not to do business with gun dealers and gun manufacturers, Trump's Treasury Dept. can order financial institutions to cease their remittance operations, and it can be done without going through Congress. Trump will have a pen and a phone that he can wield to squeeze Mexico tightly by its cojones. Yep, if Trump (or WHEN Trump) is elected, Mexico WILL pay for The Wall, one way or the other.

  8. Headline of a column in the WaPo on-line "How Donald Trump has discredited much of conservative media". Gee, when I saw this my first thought was that Don S. had been asked to write a guest article for the BozoPress based on his book. But no, the byline is one Michael Gerson. And strangely enough, he doesn't mention "Trump the Press" even once in his article. Well what do you know? Wanna bet Gerson knows about and maybe even has read Don's opus and decided to get in on the action? I'm beginning to see a number of similar copycat articles. I think a trend may be building.