Donald Trump does not understand time zones, keeps trying to call world leaders at odd hours.

By | 2018-08-15T16:13:45+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

Oh brother.

Courtesy of Politico:

Several times in the first year of his administration, President Donald Trump wanted to call Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the middle of the afternoon. But there was a problem. Midafternoon in Washington is the middle of the night in Tokyo — when Abe would be fast asleep.

Trump’s aides had to explain the issue, which one diplomatic source said came up on “a constant basis,” but it wasn’t easy.

“He wasn’t great with recognizing that the leader of a country might be 80 or 85 years old and isn’t going to be awake or in the right place at 10:30 or 11 p.m. their time,” said a former Trump NSC official. “When he wants to call someone, he wants to call someone. He’s more impulsive that way. He doesn’t think about what time it is or who it is,” added a person close to Trump.

In the case of Abe and others, Trump’s NSC staffers would advise him, for instance, that “the time is messed up, it’s 1 o’clock in the morning” and promise to put the call on his calendar for a more diplomatically appropriate time. Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster would assure him: “We can try to set it up.”

Trump’s desire to call world leaders at awkward hours is just one of many previously unreported diplomatic faux pas Trump has made since assuming the presidency, which go beyond telephone etiquette to include misconceptions, mispronunciations and awkward meetings. Sometimes the foibles have been contained within the White House. In one case, Trump, while studying a briefer’s map of South Asia ahead of a 2017 meeting with India’s prime minister, mispronounced Nepal as “nipple” and laughingly referred to Bhutan as “button,” according to two sources with knowledge of the meeting.

Daily briefings with lots of pictures and short descriptions so he can comprehend what he is seeing, staff running around trying to explain his tweets and nasty remarks in speeches, and now we learn that he impulsively wants to call people up at all hours of the night.

 I swear it’s like having Inspector Clouseau as the president of the United States. 

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12 Comments

  1. anon August 15, 2018 at 6:27 am - Reply

    inspector clouseau would be a vast improvement

    • Anonymous August 15, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

      And he was a nice guy.

  2. anon August 15, 2018 at 6:36 am - Reply
  3. anon August 15, 2018 at 6:44 am - Reply

    “The other panelists agreed the president was obsessed with public approval, and they gave examples of how this affects his relationships with world leaders and with his own White House staff.

    MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch, a longtime Trump associate, was on this morning’s panel and discussed how the president’s pathological needs result in him focusing only on voters who already support him.

    “Donald Trump now is at the point he’s so fragile and cannot ever, ever be in any interaction, any exchange in any room that’s just not pure lionization, canonization, and it defies any left-brain logic. He’s built so fragilely now that he can only exist in an alternative universe, regardless of whether it’s the smart or dumb political thing, where he is basically pillowed around by that 30 percent.”’
    ““They just sort of erupt out of him. He learned to do one extraordinary thing during the campaign, which is the sort of stream-of-consciousness rallies in which for a segment of the electorate, they are catnip, they are amphetamines. They are whatever you — some kind of drug that really pump people up — and that’s really what he knows how to do. So that’s what he’ll continue to do, and it turns out the other 60 percent, more and more, but this is not just all some diabolical plot. This is a {BAD}man out of control.””

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/15/the-guys-not-right-scarborough-questions-trumps-mental-health.html

    • Anon August 15, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

      I can agree with Deutsch.
      Regarding Trump ignoring time zones he wants what he wants when he wants it. I doubt he has a conscience that considers any one else to care if they are asleep or not.

  4. Anonymous August 15, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

    OT?
    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/white-house-revokes-security-clearance-ex-cia-director-john-brennan-citing-erratic-criticism-trump/

    “The WH Press Secretary just ran off a long list of individuals whose security clearance the president is now reviewing.

    They all have one thing in common: They have been critical of the president.
    10:38 AM – Aug 15, 2018

    Trump also is reviewing security clearances of James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

    What do they have in common? They’re political critics of Trump. Looks like a Trump blacklist.
    10:39 AM – Aug 15, 2018

    JUST IN: White House says President Trump has revoked former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance https://cnn.it/2PaT4yX
    10:44 AM – Aug 15, 2018

    “Erratic conduct and behavior” are reasons @realDonaldTrump is revoking ex @CIA director @JohnBrennan’s security clearance. Adds Brennan has conducted “frenzied commentary.”
    11:38 AM – 15 Aug 2018

  5. JW August 15, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    FB>”History Class at Trump U:
    George Washington: We’re going down to the docks and throw British tea into the harbor!
    Abe Lincoln: WE’RE DEMANDING MORE TARIFFS ON TEA! MORE TARIFFS!
    Tom Jefferson: Great countries are built on great tariffs!
    Ronald Reagan: We should dress up like Injuns!
    Andy Jackson: Shut up, you old fool!
    Minutemen: We want tax cuts for millionaires! Tax cuts for millionaires!
    Paul Revere: The Liberals are coming! The liberals are coming!
    All: OH SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY BLIGHT WHAT SOAR PROUDLY GLEENING IN THE TWILIGHT WITH BROAD STRIPES (hum the dirty parts) ROCKET’S RED HAIR (whips and chains and four great Danes) BOMBS BURSTING AT THE FAIR OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE! OH THE LAND OF THE FLEE AND THE PHONES OF THE BRAAAAAAAAAVE! PLAY BALL!”
    Jim Wright

  6. anon August 15, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

    OT”Manigault Newman noted Tuesday that she couldn’t speak about the recordings due to the lawsuit, but did say recent attacks on people like LeBron James thrilled the president, even as they caused a firestorm of outrage.

    “Donald Trump enjoyed every moment of that,” Manigault Newman said. “He enjoyed every single person that was shocked by his abrasiveness, his attack on this African American male athlete ― which is his favorite go-to thing. He loved it and he thrived off it.”

    She continued: “If you ignore him, then you starve him of the thing he loves the most ― and that is controversy and attention.””
    ““If you ever see me in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear.” OK?!

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/omarosa-trump-trevor-noah_us_5b73a55fe4b0182d49ae9496

    • BLM August 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      “Too little, too late, many said.
      “Her tell-all mea culpa won’t win her any brownie points with most blacks,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of the book “Why Black Lives Do Matter.”
      ”Their loathing of Omarosa is virtually frozen in stone. She’s still roundly lambasted as a two-bit opportunist, a racial sellout and an ego driven hustler.””
      “telling The Associated Press on Tuesday that the president is “a racist, a misogynist, a bigot.”

      “I want to see this nation united as opposed to divided,” she said. “I don’t want to see a race war, as Donald Trump does.”

      The deep hostility that African-Americans harbor for Manigault Newman stems largely from her defense of the president or her public silence as he repeatedly attacked the American citizenship of former President Barack Obama; insulted various minority groups and described some African nations as “shithole” countries. He has also insulted prominent blacks like U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and NBA superstar LeBron James”

      “She once told PBS’ “Frontline,” ”Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down under President Trump.””Manigault Newman suggests she joined Trump’s campaign — despite the misgivings she said she had about her longtime friend and mentor — after an arrangement to join Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign fell through and left her feeling spurned.

      She writes that Trump and his campaign were “eager for my help” and she wanted to experience working on a campaign at a “high level.” And, “since Trump had little chance of winning, it would be ‘no harm, no foul’ for me to have worked with the campaign for however long it lasted,” she wrote.

      She now says he “used” her, calling him a “con” who “has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities” but is “truly a racist.” ”

      https://www.yahoo.com/news/turning-trump-doesnt-buy-credibility-black-americans-130537321–politics.html

    • anon August 15, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      “”As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng,”
      “Lil’ Jon confirmed the incident, putting a statement out on Twitter: “When this ‘Uncle Tom’ incident happened on “Celebrity Apprentice” in the boardroom several of my castmates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment. I can’t say if he knew what he was actually saying or not, but he did stop using that term once we explained it’s offensiveness.””
      “”I have the outtakes to ‘The Apprentice’ where he says every bad thing ever, every dirty, every offensive, racist thing ever. I have that,” Arnold said to KIRO Radio on Dec. 21, 2016.

      When asked by the host why the tapes never leaked, Arnold says that it was because no one expected Trump to become president.

      “I’ll tell you why. Because when the people sent it to me, it was funny. Hundreds of people have seen these. It was sort of a Christmas video they put together. He wasn’t going to be President of the United States. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children. Oh, this is so funny, this is this guy,” Arnold told KIRO.

      Arnold said a Hillary Clinton confidante called him the Sunday before the presidential election, imploring him to make the tapes public.

      “They said, ‘I need you to release him saying the N-word.’ I said, ‘Well, now these people – two editors and an associate producer — are scared to death. They’re scared of his people, they’re scared of they’ll never work again, there’s a $5 MILLION confidentiality agreement,'” “”They all told me that President Trump hadn’t just dropped a single N-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of ‘The Apprentice,'”

      https://abcnews.go.com/US/alleged-trump-apprentice-tapes/story?id=57192712

  7. Anonymous August 15, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

    He doesn’t know much about a lot of stuff:politics, history, science, math, etc, etc etc. If fact the only thing he really knows is LYING!!

  8. anon August 15, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    FUCKFUCKFUCK Kabuki theater.” ” Congress is well within its rights to attach conditions to spending bills”

    ” Trump’s signing statements on Tuesday, citing in particular his dismissal of sections restricting his ability to move closer to Russian President Vladimir Putin. One such section bans the funding of any activity that would recognize Russian sovereignty over CRIMEa.
    But Trump’s overrides went way beyond issues that might affect his relations with Russia.

    One of the clauses that he cites as objectionable, Section 1233, expresses “the sense of Congress”
    “Trump says he’ll ignore the bill’s request for a briefing to Congress on the risks and dangers of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile program (Section 1257), a Pentagon report on special counterterrorism operations (Section 1031), a report on civilian casualties caused by Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen (Section 1265), and an itemization of how many U.S. troops are deployed in foreign countries (Section 595).”

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