Last Trump (of week ending 11 Feb 2017)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call.

When Putin raised the possibility of extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was, these sources said.

Trump then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration, saying that New START favoured Russia. Trump also talked about his own popularity, the sources said.


And this from ABC Radio:


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Trump may have undermined the legal case for his immigration ban in 2 major ways

President Donald Trump’s past comments about a “Muslim ban” and the hasty rollout of his immigration order targeting seven Muslim-majority countries may undermine the government’s legal arguments for upholding the order, law experts say.

Legal challenges to presidential executive orders are almost always “an automatic win” for the government, William Stock, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told Business Insider on Wednesday.

But the lawsuits against Trump’s immigration order seem to be an exception for two major reasons, Stock said. “The first is 12 months worth of statements about a ‘Muslim ban.’ The second is the president’s habitual mistatements of facts and statistics that I really think have caused the court to look upon his claims about the national security imperative for this order with great scepticism.” [my emphasis – onesimus],



I wonder when the discomforts of unequal yoking will be recognised and acknowledged by “evangelicals”.

By willingly “yoking” yourself to another, you effectively share the responsibility and “credit” for the actions that are carried out.

6 thoughts on “Last Trump (of week ending 11 Feb 2017)

  1. At the end of the recording you embedded in your opening ing post, it is said that Kellyann “has been counseled” — and the woman on the recording says but “probably not by the president.”

    It has been reported that Trump responded to the statement that she has been counseled by expressing his distaste for the statement — especially that it sounded like she needs counseling.

  2. That’s an interesting site, Roger. Thanks for sharing it. I’d add that Gulen is a (financial) competitor with a friend (or donor) to Trump. So, Trump has additional reasoning to extradite as requested; could even be his favorite reason. Trump’s friend/donor is the new Education Secretary (whose experience with education is lining her pockets), Betsy DeVos. Gulen is in charter schools too, in many countries… including the U.S.
    (I don’t think this particular story mentions the U.S.)

    What is suggested in the article to which you linked seems likely, except that I don’t imagine Trump as very smart. I see Putin as running the show. Also, what I haven’t seen explained yet (not only with regard to that article you found), is the fact that Russia isn’t enemies with Iran. So I don’t know how that part fits. The other problem is that Russia hasn’t been targeting ISIL in Syria. (Not to mention that if Trump went with the suggested plan, he’d be partnering with countries from whom 9/11 attackers came — countries he didn’t have on the travel ban list. And he’s still trying to accomplish that ban in some form.)

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