Once again President Donald Trump has done the unprecedented – and the unacceptable. The White House Military Office, which reports to the president, has created and minted a commemorative coin memorializing Trump’s upcoming North Korea nuclear talks. This literally has never happened before.
Worse, the coin places the North Korean dictator responsible for the slaughter of countless of his own citizens, including his family members, on equal footing as the President of the United States. It even refers to Kim Jong-un as “Supreme Leader.”
Imagine being in such a rush to legitimize yourself as America’s president that you also rushed to legitimize Kim as “Supreme Leader” of the DPRK pic.twitter.com/VpwiUyaCm0
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) May 21, 2018
And while that may be his official title, to have it appear on what presumably will become a part of U.S. history is being denounced by many. Others are furious their tax dollars are paying for this.
It is not known how much the entire production cost taxpayers. There were reportedly 250 minted.
The existence of the coin was first reported on by NBC’s Peter Alexander:
Less than a month to Trump-Kim summit, White House Communications Agency (WHCA) releases its “trip coin.”
This is #74 of 250 made. pic.twitter.com/UTEJg1GyWv
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 21, 2018
CNN’s Jim Acosta also tweeted it out:
There’s now a White House Military Office coin for the upcoming Trump Kim Jong Un summit. The North Korean dictator is referred to as “Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.” pic.twitter.com/tFAmE813Y1
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 21, 2018
The coin is just one more piece of evidence team Trump is signaling to Kim that at any cost they want a “win,” and the terms are unimportant.
Trump is setting himself up to look ridiculous if this summit fails, ergo, forfeiting leverage. https://t.co/lhgIu4ytzB
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) May 21, 2018
Vox’s Matthew Yglesias summed up his reaction in two short words:
My God https://t.co/5Np8ERJySK
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 21, 2018
ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser:
It’s kind of weird what happens when you have a president who doesn’t know anything about diplomacy but assumes it’s kinda like promoting a boxing match at a casino. https://t.co/fly7V5e1GK
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) May 21, 2018
Five months ago Trump came under fire for changing the Presidential challenge coin. He literally replaced the national motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” with his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
More responses to the U.S./North Korea coin:
I have so many questions.
for starters: what? why? https://t.co/hugLsoDrZF
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) May 21, 2018
Mueller won’t be able to banish Trump until he destroys the coin, the orb, and the other 5 horcruxes, the identity of which have not yet leaked. https://t.co/lhgIu4ytzB
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) May 21, 2018
This kinda looks like KJU is yelling and Trump is just standing there https://t.co/yHjeAlsxP7
— John Carl Baker (@johncarlbaker) May 21, 2018
Is the democratically elected Moon Jae-in of South Korea on the other side of this coin? https://t.co/12WvjIUcnv
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) May 21, 2018
Ok, this dream (nightmare) has just become too ridiculous & stupid.
I am really ready to wake up.
There is no way this is what the USA has become.
Minting coins to “honor” vicious dictators.
W.T.F. ??? https://t.co/yA8esmHMB7
— (((STOP))) tRumpnado (@Trumpnado2016) May 21, 2018
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Trump Swipes at Mark Zuckerberg Asking for White House Goodies: ‘He Didn’t Do Too Well’
Former President Donald J. Trump mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and “big tech” during an interview on Tuesday when he appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity.
Trump meandered throughout the interview and went off on a tangent claiming he did “big things” when discussing the 2020 election. Trump said Zuckerberg visited the White House “trying to get goodies,” but that “he didn’t do too well.”
Trump added, “So I thought that he was concerned we were doing things. We were doing things. Had we had a second term, we would have had that much, really, pretty much under control. We had some incredible things planned for big tech.”
Watch the video below.
Lincoln Project Trolls Trump with New TV Ad Where He’s Currently Vacationing
According to the Sun Sentinel, the group has bought air time in the West Palm Beach market from Wednesday through Jan. 5. Trump is scheduled to be in the area until Jan. 3.
“A major pillar of The Lincoln Project’s 2020 strategy was aiming to torment an audience of one — Trump — through advertising on cable shows he’s sure to watch on channels such as Fox News,” the Sentinel reports. “That’s the aim of the latest effort, which seeks to drive a wedge between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress at which the electoral votes making Joe Biden the next president will be counted.”
The ad focuses on recent reports that say Vice President Mike Pence is “backing away” from Trumpworld’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“When Mike Pence is backing away from you, you know it’s over,” the ad states.
Watch the ad below.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) December 22, 2020
‘A Parting Gift to Dictators’: Trump Issues Final Round of Foreign Military Sales in Middle East
On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Brian Klaas tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for a final round of foreign military sales in the Middle East that function as a “parting gift to dictators” — and suggested he could even be using them to set up a private quid pro quo down the road in his post-presidency.
“All three regimes have abysmal human rights records,” wrote Klaas. “Saudi Arabia has beheaded dissidents, subjugated women and detained female activists who have pushed for reforms, and murdered and dismembered Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The United Arab Emirates is home to torture, arbitrary detention and forced disappearances. Egypt’s dictatorship has carried
“Given past behavior, we know how these weapons will likely be used,” warned Klaas. “Despots will use them to help facilitate war crimes in places such as Yemen and the Sinai Peninsula while maintaining an iron grip over their own populations — all aided and abetted by the U.S. government.”
And even worse, Klaas argued, Trump himself could be using these sales to call in a personal favor from these countries in his post-presidency. “Once Trump leaves the White House, odds are good that he will cash in,” he wrote. “Seen in that light, the recently approved arms sales and military technology transfers are even more worrying. Are they just the beginning of a quid pro quo?”
All of this is occurring as President-elect Joe Biden alleges the Pentagon is obstructing him from getting all of the national security information he requires for the transition — something administration officials deny.
“For the past four years, Trump has painted the image of a United States that consistently sides with tyrants,” concluded Klaas. “Biden now has an opportunity to reverse Trump’s catastrophic foreign policy. He should take it.”
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