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Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2018 - 08:10am PT
As if we needed any more evidence that Donald Trump is insane, look at this:


https://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Trump-s-controversial-ZTE-order-came-days-after-12917519.php


A Trump-branded golf course, resort and amusement park project in Indonesia received $500 from the Chinese government, and at least another $500 million from Chinese banks.

Three days later, Trump ordered removal of domestic bans on Chinese-made ZTE phones. He also suggested that ZTE could have access to U.S.-made computer and electronics components that had previously been off-limits. In a tweet, Trump said he wanted to increase jobs at the Chinese factory.


"You can't make this stuff up," Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont tweeted Monday. "Trump promised over and over again that he would bring back American jobs that have been outsourced to China. Instead of working to bring back outsourced jobs, he is now pledging to help create jobs in China."



Federal agencies have said the ZTE phones pose security risks because they can be used to spy on users. The Pentagon banned ZTE phones from being sold at military bases, and considered a complete ban on the devices. ZTE says that it would be impossible for the Chinese government to make them install backdoor surveillance features into the phones.

Trump has not divested himself from the Trump Organization, so the direct payments from China to his resort project is a clear, blatant and serious violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause, which forbids the President from receiving any sort of gift or payment from a foreign nation.

If the payments were made in exchange for Trump lifting the sanctions, he could be additionally prosecuted for bribery.



The next thing we can expect to see in the news is that at least some of the millions of dollars that Michael Cohen received, as bribes from AT&T, Novartis, Columbus Nova and other corporations, was eventually paid directly to Trump.



Trump is like an overgrown Augustus Gloop who can't stop eating all the candy, even when his continued bad behavior is leading directly to his impending doom.

Ironically, Trump's physical appearance is similar to that of an Oompa-Loompa.




moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
May 16, 2018 - 08:44am PT
E.U. leader lights into Trump: ‘With friends like that, who needs enemies?

BRUSSELS — Even by the stressed standards of relations between Europe and the United States in the Trump era, European Council President Donald Tusk’s Wednesday criticisms were unusually cutting.

At the outset of a summit of European leaders whose agenda items, point-by-point, have to do with the flames of crises that many Europeans see as ignited by President Trump, Tusk ripped into what he called “the capricious assertiveness of the American administration” over issues ranging from Iran to Gaza to trade tariffs to North Korea.

In comments to reporters and a subsequent tweet, he suggested the White House had lost touch with reality. He said Europe didn’t need enemies when it had friends like the United States. And he exhorted European leaders not to be reliant on Washington’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/05/16/e-u-leader-lights-into-trump-with-friends-like-that-who-needs-enemies/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.11a43ce10dde

Well said, Mr. Tusk!

Btw, Donald Tusk is former Polish President. The new Polish administration loves Trump and hate Tusk. We are living in strange times.

Moose

MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
May 16, 2018 - 08:46am PT
Trump is like an overgrown Augustus Gloop who can't stop eating all the candy, even when his bad behavior is leading directly and rapidly to his doom.

Augustus! HA... LOL All of the child characters are reflected in the dude...
Augustus Gloop= obese, greedy, gluttonous
Veruca Salt=But I want it now!
Violet Beauregarde= Vain, self-centered, gum (Big Mac) obsessed
Mike Teavee-gun and TV (twitter) obsessed

Gee lets see if any other characters match someone?
Oompa Lumpas-Office of the Independent council
Slugworth-Cohen
Grampa Joe-Kelly
Wilkerson-Avenatti
Willy-Mueller

I always thought Sarah could play Violet in this existential extension of the theater macabre.
xCon

Social climber
909
May 16, 2018 - 10:07am PT
the closing of that plant in china was the opportunity for 70,000 jobs to 'return' to the state in that an American company could have been launched to step into the market and start producing the product

china is bankrolling the construction of a trump tower in Indonesia. the Chinese president calls up trump and reminds him of this and ask for a favor because of that fact

the emoluments clause had a very serious and important reason for being included in our founding document and we are seeing precisely what it was written to prevent

the corruption of our president for personal gain by a foreign powers
EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
May 16, 2018 - 11:13am PT
Darling of the "get Trump" camp exposed as a scumbag. Now he's a laughingstock.

Pride goeth...



https://www.thewrap.com/journalists-savage-avenatti-after-legal-threats-to-daily-caller/"]http://https://www.thewrap.com/journalists-savage-avenatti-after-legal-threats-to-daily-caller/
Trump

climber
May 16, 2018 - 11:27am PT
Trump is insane for getting himself democratically elected president by ‘mericans and then using his political clout to flout the emoluments clause, much to his advantage.

While we righteous geniuses fret about it on the internet and launch politically damaging bombshells in the form of criticisms of his appearance to the other 6 people paying attention.

Alrighty then. It’s something to do I guess. It really tweaks me when that doody-headed president calls other people names.
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2018 - 12:25pm PT
The FBI called their initial investigation into Russian interference "Crossfire Hurricane", which is from a Rolling Stones song.



I was crowned with a spike right through my head.

I'm Trumpin' Jack Flash. It's a gas, gas, gas.



https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/us/politics/crossfire-hurricane-trump-russia-fbi-mueller-investigation.html



Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 16, 2018 - 12:33pm PT
Avenatti's threats were not well-received by journalists, including FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver who said, "Avenatti seems quite Trumpian in both loving the media attention and acting quite contemptuously toward the free press."

Exactly Eddie, and Trump is a laughing stock also
MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
May 16, 2018 - 12:34pm PT

"Please to meet you.. Won't you guess my name!..."

NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
May 16, 2018 - 01:30pm PT
This article:
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/16/politics/tillerson-trump-truth/index.html

brings 2 things to the forefront for me:
1. Thank goodness there are traditionally conservative voices who have not abandoned facts and reason.
2. Our media is a big part of the problem, playing to the least common denominator. This is a meaty story with an essential truth for the preservation of democracy, and what CNN decides to headline with is "Rex Tillerson just majorly trolled Donald Trump." So do we have the least mature 14 yr olds in the class writing the news now? Or is it that they think our society is accurately reflected by the least mature 14 year olds in the class? This is just asinine and shows a lack of perspective and duty to inform or work toward the advancement/preservation of our civilization.

Perhaps it speaks more deeply to our shortcomings as a society, where we respond more to childish attacks than to substantive arguments. Perhaps this thread and other political discussions on Supertopo are a good microcosm highlighting that shortcoming.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
May 16, 2018 - 01:34pm PT

Why is the left so obsessed with what Trump does with his dick?
It's front page everyday for months. Creepy to say the least.
I doubt they'd be praising his morality if he hadn't followed the footsteps of FDR, LBJ, JFK, Clinton and the like. Inconvenient truths are so ....inconvenient.

The funnest part is, he distracts his opponents with this BS and flies on unabated making long needed changes to many of the f*#ked up laws you guys voted for. I love this guy !
zBrown

Ice climber
May 16, 2018 - 02:12pm PT
The real question{one of them} is why Trumpo is 💰 paying out hundreds of thousands of $$ for those unfortunate enough to have seen his junk not to talk !
monolith

climber
state of being
May 16, 2018 - 02:25pm PT
Pud, why was the right so obsessed with what Clinton did with his dick?
Craig Fry

Trad climber
So Cal.
May 16, 2018 - 02:37pm PT
No one cares about the Porn Star affair

what we care about is the constant lying and cover up
and NOW! the millions Cohen and Trump took in as bribes

All fascists lover their fascist leader, they do such a great job leading their flock into the gates of hell

Do you care about the lies he tells?
Do you care about the documented corruption?
divad

Trad climber
wmass
May 16, 2018 - 02:47pm PT
only someone so obsessed with his own dick would call himself pud...
EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
May 16, 2018 - 03:42pm PT
No one cares about the Porn Star affair

what we care about is the constant lying and cover up
and NOW! the millions Cohen and Trump took in as bribes

If the stories of Cohen funneling millions from a Qatari firm to Trump family members and the qui pro quo with Chinese corporations turn out to be true, our POTUS may soon be our ex-POTUS.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/michael-cohen-bribery-scandal-is-now-a-trump-bribery-scandal.html
xCon

Social climber
909
May 16, 2018 - 04:27pm PT
'These Aren’t People — They're Animals': Trump Unleashes Racist Anti-Immigrant Rant During Meeting on Sanctuary Cities

video

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/these-arent-people-theyre-animals-trump-unleashes-racist-anti-immigrant-rant
Norton

climber
The Wastelands
May 16, 2018 - 05:29pm PT
BREAKING: Trump Has Now Been Referred For Criminal Prosecution

The Office of Government Ethics sent a letter to the Department of Justice regarding the payments, informing the DOJ that “the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported as a liability.” While Trump’s latest disclosure “meets the disclosure requirements,” that Trump previously lied about it in financial disclosures is, simply put, a felony.

Former DOJ spokesman Matt Miller says that the letter is “essentially a criminal referral” to the DOJ “for Trump making a false statement in his previous financial disclosure.”

this is essentially a criminal referral to DOJ for Trump making a false statement in his previous financial disclosure. https://t.co/4yhHnqcNmf

— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) May 16, 2018

The former Director of the OGE confirmed that “this is tantamount to a criminal referral” and that the “OGE has effectively reported the President…for potentially committing a crime.”


Trump also did not report the payment in 2016 which, like when he left it off of his 2017 disclosure, is a felony.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
May 16, 2018 - 06:35pm PT
You guys are grasping at straws.
The fact is, your team lost and you're sore losers. Losers none the less.
I teach my children differently.

Fry, has there ever been a POTUS that didn't lie?
Trump is the best thing to happen to this country in decades.

Trump will win again in 2020 because the people that put him there outnumber the bleeding hearts that would give this great country away. Lock, stock and barrel.

xCon

Social climber
909
May 16, 2018 - 06:41pm PT
how can you not be thrilled by the looming fact that pence will be handed the reigns?
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