I think Kim Jong Un might be gaslighting Donald Trump.

By | 2018-07-23T06:49:09+00:00 July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News, News2|Tags: , , , , |11 Comments

Ironic isn’t it? 

Courtesy fo WaPo:

When he emerged from his summit with Kim Jong Un last month, President Trump tri­umphantly declared that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat and that one of the world’s most intractable geopolitical crises had been “largely solved.”

But in the days and weeks since then, U.S. negotiators have faced stiff resistance from a North Korean team practiced in the art of delay and obfuscation.

Diplomats say the North Koreans have canceled follow-up meetings, demanded more money and failed to maintain basic communications, even as the once-isolated regime’s engagements with China and South Korea flourish.

Meanwhile, a missile-engine testing facility that Trump said would be destroyed remains intact, and U.S. intelligence officials say Pyongyang is working to conceal key aspects of its nuclear program.

According to the article while Trump continues to claim that things are going well in public, in private he is freaking the fuck out. 

Essentially just like Vladimir Putin before him, Jong Un is making Donald Trump his bitch. 

Anybody else remember when we had a leader who was not so easily manipulated by…well by everybody? 

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11 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Republicans painted as complicit in Trump-Russia scandal because they’re too worried about keeping their jobs

    Republican elected officials are too worried about keeping their jobs to do their jobs, so much so that it’s drawing accusations of complicity.

    A New York Times report Sunday cited several elected Republicans fearful their party is so dedicated to President Donald Trump that opposing him will be their undoing.

    “We have indulged myths and fabrications, pretended it wasn’t so bad, and our indulgence got us the capitulation in Helsinki,” said outgoing Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), in a floor speech last week. “We in the Senate who have been elected to represent our constituents cannot be enablers of falsehoods.”

    But polls show that 66 percent of Republican voters support the president’s Helsinki incident, even if 50 percent of Americans disapprove. It can spell disaster for any incumbent stuck in a Republican primary against a follower of the president.

    “There’s nothing you can do to stop a president, let alone this president, from saying what he thinks or what he wants to say,” said Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA). He was one of few GOP members to break with his party in protecting Mueller’s job. “I think a lot of Republicans feel it’s not worth engaging because all you do is upset a lot of Republican voters.”

    “I’ve said it over and over again, I’ve said it to the president,” said Sen Bob Corker (R-TN). “If we have problems, let’s fix them, but when you start trying to cause Americans purposefully to distrust the Department of Justice or the F.B.I., you’re doing tremendous damage to our nation.”

    For once, Democrats and a few Republicans have come together for a bipartisan demand to protect national security.

    “The road to the Helsinki disaster was paved by Republican inaction every time Trump overstepped,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “Their silence, their acquiescence to things they know are wrong have given Trump the extra jolt he needed.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/republicans-painted-complicit-trump-russia-scandal-theyre-worried-keeping-jobs/

    Ex-Russian foreign minister warns Trump’s anti-American talking points came from Putin: ‘It’s an emergency situation’

    Speaking with CNN host Fareed Zakaria, Andrei Kozyrev was asked about the presidential press conference in Helsinki.

    “What is really dangerous to my mind, fundamentally,” he explained in a heavy accent, “is that it is the first time ever an American President offered to a Russian counterpart in his tweet, in Trump’s tweet, the new basis for relationship — the new basis for discussions. The basis is that America is to be blamed for its stupidity. That America is to be blamed for troubles in it’s relationships.”

    “Putin cannot but rejoice in that. That is why my former deputy, Sergey Lavrov said it is much better than ‘super,’” he quipped. “That is the wrong foundation and I can’t believe it happens, that it is America to blame. Putin is saying for the kids that it is America that has to change its behavior all over the agenda.”

    “The problem is not having normal or benign relations,” he advised. “But having relations based on the fact that it is all America’s fault, stupidity or whatever, and America has to correct it’s behavior. That really makes this an emergency situation to my mind. It is an emergency situation.”

    The former Russian diplomat also cited changes in the former Soviet Union during the interview, remarking, “In my youth, what I heard on the street was ‘proletarians of the world, unite!’ Now what I’m hearing is ‘authoritarians of the world, unite!’”

    Watch the video below via CNN:

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/ex-russian-foreign-minister-warns-trumps-anti-american-talking-points-came-putin-emergency-situation/

    Ex-FBI special agent turned GOP Congressman ‘frankly sickened’ by Helsinki: Trump ‘was manipulated by Vladimir Putin’

    epublican congressman and former FBI agent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) on Sunday warned Donald Trump “was manipulated by Vladimir Putin,” telling NPR’s Michael Martin he was “frankly sickened by the exchange.”

    Speaking on All Things Considered, Fitzpatrick—who sits on the House committee on Foreign Affairs and the House committee on Homeland Security—explained that during his time as an FBI special agent, he worked on counterintelligence and collected Russian propaganda reports, according to NPR.

    Fitzpatrick called the Russian president “a master manipulator.” He also said it’s clear the White House is lacking in urgency when it comes to addressing the Russia threat.

    “It needs to be accepted as fact by everybody in our government because we need to respond to that reality and it’s a significant threat,” Fitzpatrick said. “We cannot let that happen again.”

    Fitzpatrick’s declaration came two days after Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) said Trump “actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/ex-fbi-special-agent-turned-gop-congressman-frankly-sickened-helsinki-meeting-trump-manipulated-vladimir-putin/

  2. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Maria Butina’s Gun Rights Group Funded Ex-Sheriff David Clarke’s Russia Trip, Docs Reveal

    The Maria Butina scandal continues to grow in Milwaukee County, where it has been revealed that former Sheriff David Clarke‘s 2015 trip to Russia was sponsored in part by the gun rights group funded by the alleged Kremlin agent herself.

    County financial disclosure documents obtained by the FOX6 local news channel show that Right to Bear Arms, Butina’s organization which touts aims mimicking those of the NRA, footed a $6,000 bill for lodgings, food and transportation.

    The breakdown is as follows:

    $3,000 for a hotel
    $1,2000 for meals, which averaged out to $200 each day
    $1,000 for transportation with an additional $800 spent on “excursions”
    The NRA covered the rest of the $40,000 in charges racked up on the 16-day trip, which included a visit to Israel.

    While abroad, Clarke tweeted a photo of himself standing beside a Russian officer, adding, “Met earlier with a Russian Foreign Minister who spoke on Mid East.”

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/maria-butinas-gun-rights-group-funded-ex-sheriff-david-clarkes-russia-trip-docs-reveal/

    CNN’s Brian Stelter took on Chris Ruddy, head of Newsmax and friend of Donald Trump, for an interview on Reliable Sources Sunday about the president’s escalating anti-press rhetoric.

    “President Trump has been trying out a new term to describe the press in the United States,” Stelter opened the interview. “He still says we’re ‘fake news’ but nowadays he also says something even more egregious: he’s been using the term ‘enemy of the people’ more often.”

    Trump wrote in a tweet this week that his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin was a “great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media.”

    “Can someone get through to the president?” Stelter asked. “Can we ask him to stop using this kind of Stalinist rhetoric to refer to the media?”

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/brian-stelter-presses-chris-ruddy-on-trumps-stalinist-anti-press-rhetoric-this-is-dangerous/

    As the White House offers to roll out the welcome mat for President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) admitted President Donald Trump‘s friendly behavior toward the Russian leader is troubling. But it took a good deal of grilling by CNN’s Jake Tapper to get there.

    “[Putin] is not interested in better relations with the United States,” Rubio told Tapper in a State of the Union interview Sunday. ” I think walked away from that a long time ago. He’s interested in gaining advantage at our expense and to his benefit. As as long as we go in with a very clear understanding, we can engage him all we want but not under any illusions.”

    Tapper said that Rubio has “suggested” that Putin has been responsible for war crimes. Rubio corrected “suggested” saying “no I know he has been, I know he has.”

    “This is the guy that shot down that Malaysian airliner, this is the guy that invaded Ukraine, this is the guy that took Crimea, this is a guy that murders his political opponents,” Rubio said. “This is who we’re dealing with, and this is the guy that bombs aide convoys in Syria and helps the Syrian regime gas people by covering for them at the United Nations.”

    Despite being disturbed by Putin’s thuggish and authoritarian rule, Rubio said Trump’s engagement with the leader was simply “one of those tough situations” mandated by “geopolitical reality.”

    But he didn’t raise much criticism of Trump’s behavior toward Putin during the Helsinki, Finland press conference. Pushed by Tapper, he only went as far as admitting it wasn’t “one of the best moments in the administration,” excusing it with Trump’s lack of political know how.

    …On the White House’s decision to invite Putin for a fall visit, Rubio said he had no issue with a potential meeting and interpreted the location as a “home turf” advantage after the Helsinki summit.

    Watch the clip above via CNN.

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/jake-tapper-battles-marco-rubio-on-trumps-russia-flubs-dont-you-think-youre-being-remarkably-forgiving/

  3. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Brit Hume Flat Out Rejects Trump’s Claim FISA Application Was ‘Illegal’

    On Fox News Sunday, conservative columnist and commentator Brit Hume of Fox News told host Bret Baier that President Trump‘s claim about the FISA warrant are just plain incorrect. He says even if some parts were “improper”, the overall FISA warrant was not illegal.

    …Harf added to that, saying that there were subsequent renewals that only affirmed the legality.

    “It was removed three times, which means you had to get independent evidence that it was producing usable intelligence,” she said. “And I will say this is not a witch hunt. This is not the only thing that is part of the Russia investigation and the FISA application wasn’t put in for Carter Page until he left the Trump campaign. So the idea that this was part of spying on the Trump campaign just isn’t backed up by the timeline.”

    Watch the clip above, courtesy of Fox News.

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/brit-hume-flat-out-rejects-trumps-claim-fisa-application-was-illegal/

  4. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Donald Trump is reportedly fuming over North Korea’s failure to honor his handshake
    It turns out North Korea experts know more about North Korea than Donald Trump.

    “Very disappointing.” “A joke.” “Pretty much meaningless.”

    Among experts on North Korea, there was near universal agreement that Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was a colossal failure and an utter waste of time.

    The joint statement signed by both leaders contained exactly zero new commitments, and in fact undercut previous negotiations by failing to provide any timeline for North Korea’s promised denuclearization efforts.

    Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at New America, offered this sobering assessment: “The summit statement is big on hyperbole and short on substance – it reads like it was written by the North Korean negotiating team.”

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-summit-north-korea-failure-7cfdf7eb6b83/

  5. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Ecuador is Reportedly Getting Ready to Turn Assange Over to U.K. Authorities

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may soon be kicked out of Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has been holed up since 2012. Several reports claim Ecuador is getting ready to withdraw its asylum protection for Assange after six years amid pressure from the United States and the United Kingdom.

    The Intercept’s Glenn (the fuckwad traitor) Greenwald reports that Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno is set to finalize the deal to turn Assange over in the coming days in London. Moreno, who was elected president in May, has made it quite clear he isn’t too fond of his country’s role in protecting Assange, who he has descried as a “hacker,” a “stone in the shoe” for his administration, and an “inherited problem.” Ecuador’s government was also particularly angry at how Assange’s support for separatist movements in Catalonia led to complaints from Spain. In a sign of the growing tensions between Assange and his hosts, Ecuador cut off Assange’s access to the internet and severely restricted his access to visitors earlier this year.

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/07/ecuador-is-reportedly-getting-ready-to-turn-assange-over-to-u-k-authorities.html

  6. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    “No Way to Run a Superpower”: The Trump-Putin Summit and the Death of American Foreign Policy

    In the days since the Monday meeting in Helsinki, there’s been an understandable frenzy over President Trump’s post-summit press conference, given that he sided with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, over his own intelligence agencies on the subject of Russia’s 2016 election interference, ranted about his Electoral College victory, blamed the United States for bad relations with Russia, and called the special prosecutor investigating his alleged collusion a “disgrace to our country” as a smirking Putin looked on. But the real scandal of Helsinki may be only just emerging.

    On Thursday, Putin gave a public address to Russian diplomats in which he claimed that specific “useful agreements” were reached with Trump in their one-on-one meeting at the summit, a private meeting that Trump himself insisted on. Putin’s announcement came a day after his Ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said that Trump had made “important verbal agreements” with Putin on arms control and other matters. The Russians, Antonov said, were ready to get moving on implementing them. The White House, meanwhile, has said nothing about what the two men may have agreed to in private, although Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he and Putin had discussed everything from nuclear proliferation to Syria, Ukraine, and trade, and that he looked forward to a second meeting with the Russian President soon, to follow up. On Thursday afternoon, the White House confirmed that Trump plans to invite Putin to Washington in the fall for another summit.

    Days after the Helsinki summit, Trump’s advisers have offered no information—literally zero—about any such agreements. His own government apparently remains unaware of any deals that Trump made with Putin, or any plans for a second meeting, and public briefings from the State Department and Pentagon have offered no elaboration except to make clear that they are embarrassingly uninformed days after the summit.

    Unlike Putin, Trump did not brief his own diplomats on the Helsinki meeting.

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-trumps-washington/the-trump-putin-summit-and-the-death-of-american-foreign-policy?mbid=social_twitter

  7. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply
  8. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    A pair of prominent Republican U.S. senators said on Sunday that the United States needs to prepare new sanctions against Russia to discourage interference in upcoming elections.

    Senator Lindsey Graham said additional sanctions must be teed up before President Donald Trump holds a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the U.S. leader came under heavy criticism for failing to confront Putin about interference in the 2016 election at a summit last Monday.

    “You need to work with Congress to come up with new sanctions because Putin’s not getting the message,” Graham said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We need new sanctions, heavy-handed sanctions, hanging over his head, and then meet with him.”

    …“What I think is indisputable is that they did interfere and they will do so in the future,” Rubio said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    “If our bill passes and the director of national intelligence says they interfered in 2018, these very tough sanctions will hit them. So Putin knows going in, what the price of doing so is.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/22/senators-push-sanctions-to-send-putin-message-on-election-interference.html

  9. Anonymous July 22, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    “Here’s An Incredible Offer, Donald: Resign” by William Rivers Pitt, truthout

    “… An incredible offer, indeed.

    This has been a revelatory week, to say the least. The word “Would” suddenly became “Wouldn’t,” and saying “No” twice now means “Go.” This obvious broad-daylight mauling of the language was undertaken to obscure the vivid tableau of a US president genuflecting before a Russian strongman who — it seems ever more likely — might just have some damaging secrets tucked away in the Lubyanka Building on the other side of the world, and that was before former ambassadors were sized up for shipment to Moscow.

    The stench is becoming obvious. …”

    https://truthout.org/articles/heres-an-incredible-offer-donald-resign/

    • dvlaries July 22, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Oops the Pitt recommendation was me 🙂 Forgot to put my name in.

      Some more:

      “… Before the DC journalists could gin up yet another day’s worth of “What fresh hell was this?” coverage, the Trump administration abruptly announced that national security adviser John Bolton had been instructed to invite Vladimir Putin to the White House in the fall. In the eyes of many after the debacle in Helsinki, this was the equivalent of Tokyo inviting Godzilla back for a rematch. …”

      I don’t know any writer I currently enjoy more than Pitt. I’d sure like to see him turn up on Rachel Maddow some night.

  10. Anon July 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Knowledge is Power.

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