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Saturday
Sep222018

Will a North/South Korean Summit Lead to Another With Trump?

South Korean President Moon and North Korean Chairman Kim met for another summit this week.  This is not their first and they've promised that it won't be their last.  They both made promises to deal with some political, cultural and economic issues.  While this is promising, the issue the world is looking at is the issue of the North Korean nuclear threat. This, sadly, hasn't seemed to change much.

Kim Jong Un has promised to destroy a nuclear testing facility and a rocket testing lab but won't do anything until President Trump first does a series of things.  Unfortunately, this is reminiscent of what happened to the team of U.S. negotiators during the Bush years.  Trump opened himself to this with his behavior early on and then agreeing to a summit without conditions in June in Singapore.

The problem that Kim faces is both internal threats and external ones.  Both are critical to his survivial and the Americans seem to have never come to terms with this. The result is that they have never been able to thread the proverbial needle.  

I'll appear on I24 International News tonight to talk about what the Americans need to do, if anything to dive the conversation forward.   

Tuesday
Sep112018

As Trump's Poll Numbers Tank, All Look to the Mid-Terms

Eight high quality Presidential approval have been completed in the last 2 weeks and they all seems to come to the same conclusion, fewer Americans are happy with their President.  While these numbers have dropped between 1 and 6 points, they all still put him under a 40% approval rating.  As a result, all are trying to decide whether these polls will make a difference at the mid-terms  Of course, people were obsessed with polls during the Presidential election but few are willing to bet the farms on any of these polls. 

While this is always a question that the world is interested in, because of the President's international policy shifts from any previous American President of either party in the lasty 70 years, the International community is particularly interested.  Consistent with that concern, I will appear on Press TV out of Iran to talk about what all of these polls may mean and the mid-terms.

This should be interesting.

Friday
Aug172018

What Happens When the U.S. Continually Cedes Its Role in the World

 

 

Thursday
Aug022018

The U.S. Intelligence Community Stands United but Where is the President

It was a shockingly united group.  The Heads of National Intelligence, NSA, Homeland Security, and others all lined up to talk about the Russians and one fundamental point was clear,  the Russians did it.  They tried to hijack the 2016 U.S. elections. Worse, they are continuing to try and hijack the 2018 elections too.  Of course there is one problem, where is the President.

The President, on the other hand, has also been equally clear.  As the Mueller investigation chugs on trying to determine who may have been involved, the President calls it a "hoax" and a "witch hunt." Now, do my a huge favor and reconcile that same united front of intelligence officials and the President himself.  

He people have argued that what he means is that his collusion and conspiratorial support is the hoax, and the witch hunt.  However, the President has had many many many opportunities to clarify that and yet he doubles down again and again. 

I'll appear on I24 International News to discuss.

Tuesday
Jul242018

There is Fear that Trump's Trade War May Catch Fire. 

Free trade and let the market take its course. These are a baseline Republican arguments. Its bedrock in many ways. You stray from this and you stray from the foundation of the party. And yet, this is exactly what Donald Trump is doing. He has placed tariffs on $50B from the China, who have responded in kind, on the Mexicans, the Canadians, the European Union and more.  And these other countries and preparing to bight back. If they link arms and bite in a collective way, the world could have an impact.  Republicans are concerned but have sat pretty quietly despite that whole bedrock thing I was talking about. And of course, U.S. farmers, specifically pork and soybean farmers to name a few, are getting completely decimated.

Now, the President is arguiing to give aid to those decimated farmers. The problem, of course, is that this flies directly in the face of that whole freemarket thing that is quintescentially Republican. You aren't supposed to choose winners and losers and manipulate the market. However, this is exactly what Trump is doing.  

Everyday, Republicans are becoming more and more nervous.  Everyday, we are a little closer to midterm elections and GOP leaders and hearing from the party, and gulping and hoping.

I will appear on WKBK in New Hampshire with my buddy Dan Mitchell to discuss.

Tuesday
Jul242018

As Manafort Prepares for Trial, Trump Watches from Afar

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort is schedule for trial in the coming days. He is the first and the highest profile of the slew of those charged or pled guilty and expanding investigation involving Trump, impropriety, the Russians and influence. Whether Trump himself will be pulled into the morass is anybody's guess at this point but the undertow is substantial and the incessant hum of the Russian investigation is never far from the President's ears.

For Manafort, he should be nervous, he has several underlings who have already pled guilty and are prepared to testify against their boss. That is the kind of evidence that can frequenrtly be hard to refute.  The question is whether Manafort has some tricks up his sleeve or whether Trump will pardon him which could create a blowback that in itself could knock Trump off of his feet.

I appear on Voice of America Internartional Edition to talk about the process and what to expect.

Thursday
Jul192018

Trump Walks Back The Walk Back

All hell has been breakinng loose in the United States and across Western Europe after President Trump's Press Conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In it, the President chose the Russian leader over his own intelligence community when discussing Russian efforts to undermine American elections.

That story is horrific but it didn't stop there. Upon his return to the States, his advisors clearly convinced him to walk it backward and his response was to say he mispoke and mean't "wouldn't" when he said "would." I don't buy that he believes that based upon his body language and past behavior.  It was a ridiculous response and frankly it didn't change anything regarding everything he was quoted as saying. Then . . . the walk back from the walk back came.

He now claims that he believes U.S. Intelligence but he still trusts Putin and stated from a direct question from a reporter about whether the Russian are currently a threat.  On the tape, he says "No. No. No. This is despite his own people, the entire Intelligence Community just this week saying that the Russians absolutely are. Next in this tragedy, Trump's people come out and said "Oh, he was talking about something else" despite the fact that he was looking directly at the reporter when he answered her question.

This situation is extraordinary and I've never seen anything like it. Honestly, Trump is incompetent. Not because he is a Republican or a Democrat but because of his decision making. Its not a question of policy opinions or approaches.  American Presidents have agreed and disagreed with each other based upon party, history, timing and many other factors.  This, this President is doing something fundamantally different.  And it needs to stop.   

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show in Florida to discuss.

Tuesday
Jul172018

Trump Should Recognize He's In Trouble When Even Fox News Criticizes Him

First, it was his old adversaries, the Democrats.  But then, several Trump Republicans joined the chorus.  Then it started with his own supporters in ones and twos but then those numbers increased. This included former heads of the GOPs and the likes of Newt Gingrich.  Finally, it was the President's PR team over at Fox News. join the You know when they join the chorus, it is particularly startling.  Of chorus of which I am referring to involves those that are criticizing or out and out condemning Trump regarding the single worst thing that he has done since his Presidency and that was this summit and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

I appear on WCCO Radio in Minneapolis with Dave Lee on July 17th to discuss not just this but President Trump's unusual response to it upon his return home.  Here's a hint, he's not backing down but instead in blaming . . . . wait for it . . .  Hillary Clinton.  

Anyway, this should be interesting.

Monday
Jul162018

Trump Makes The United States Weaker