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‘Special Place in Hell’: White House Already Blaming ‘Bad Faith Justin Trudeau’ if North Korea Trip Fails



‘There’s a Special Place in Hell for Any Foreign Leader That Engages in Bad Faith Diplomacy With President Donald J. Trump’ Navarro Says, ‘And That Comes Right From Air Force One’

The Trump White House is doing what it does best: taking zero responsibility if things go wrong but total credit wherever it can be found. For example, Trump frequently uses the day he was elected, not the day he was sworn in to office, if it helps his numbers. On the other side of the coin, just Google “Trump blames” to see all those who are “responsible” for his failings.

White House officials are out in force Sunday, after Trump intentionally targeted Justin Trudeau in typical Trump fashion: bullying a top ally.

Trump Saturday evening called the Canadian Prime Minister “dishonest & weak,” and then announced he was rejecting the accords that all leaders at the G7 agreed to. That came after bullying Trudeau before the G7 in Quebec, which means Trump appears to have intentionally targeted Trudeau even before heading to Canada.

Targeted him for what?

Sunday morning President Trump’s top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, actually took to CNN Sunday morning, claiming Prime Minister Trudeau had “stabbed” America “in the back.”

What horrific act of betrayal did Trudeau unleash?

“Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around,” Trudeau said, in response to weeks of attacks from Trump.

Later Sunday, another top White House official used the same language to try to pin the blame on Trudeau in case Trump fails at the North Korea talks.

(Talks for which he barely prepared. Talks for which he claimed he didn’t need to prepare for because he had been preparing for them his entire life.)

“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,” White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said on Fox News Sunday. “And that’s what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference.”

Note the typical Trumpian nickname, something Navarro clearly did not come up with and clearly did not do a good job of delivering.

And note that “stunt” is a current White House favorite word.

Indeed, Navarro even admitted he was just parroting off a statement Trump had dictated.

“That’s what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One,” Navarro told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

“To my friends in Canada,”he added, “that was one of worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history.”


If Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un fail, he will blame Justin Trudeau, which makes no sense at all. If they succeed, he will take all the credit.


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Will Trump Be ‘Forced’ Into National Emergency? One GOP Lawmaker Thinks So.



Senator John Hoeven on Fox News Sunday

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Senator John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) sees the possibility of President Trump declaring a national emergency over the funding of his proposed border wall in order to halt another government shutdown.

“I think what the president is saying is if we don’t compromise — and he’s put compromise on the table, real compromise, things the Democrats want — but if we can’t get compromise out of Speaker Pelosi and get to a good solution, then he would be forced to go the national emergency route,” said Hoeven

Hoeven did concede, however, that the best route forward would be a bill passed by both chambers 

Nevertheless, Hoeven says that whatever solution passed will have to have wall funding. “It needs to include personnel, technology, and funding for a border barrier,” said Hoeven.

In recent days you have seen a change in language from a “wall” to a “barrier.” 

“The best solution is one where congress puts together a funding package for border security, including all three components as I’ve laid out, that is acceptable to the house, the senate and the president. That’s the best solution,” said Hoeven.

Hoeven is one of many lawmakers who has been working on a bipartisan budget deal before the February 15 deadline, but the president has been signaling that he may not give the committee the time to complete his work, even teasing that his State of the Union speech on Tuesday could be “very exciting” in that regard. 

“You’ll hear the State of the Union and then you’ll see what happens right after the State of the Union,” Trump told reporters on Friday.

Watch the full interview below:

Image via screen capture from video source.

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Trump’s Sunday ‘Tweetstorm’ Lashes out at NY Times, McGahn, Others



Donald Trump at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), 2018

President Donald Trump took to Twitter this Sunday morning to express his displeasure at the New York Times report on Don McGahn — the White House Counsel — and his cooperation with the Mueller investigation.

In a series of tweets that started shortly after 3:00 a.m., the President hit many of his usual targets, repeating several times that the investigation — which has realized five convictions, 27 individual indictments, and three corporate indictments — is a “witch hunt,” while trying to shift the narrative on Hillary Clinton and others.

The President, while claiming that he allowed the counsel to cooperate, also casts McGahn as a “John dean type ‘RAT.'” John Dean was the White House Counsel under President Richard Nixon, who cooperated with investigations into the Watergate scandal. President Nixon fired Dean.

Trump also compared the investigation to “McCarthyism at its WORST,” an unusual comparison. McCarthyism, named for Senator Joe McCarthy’s infamous attempts to root out supposed treason against the United States by Russians. McCarthyism more commonly refers to reckless accusations, rather than evidence-based investigations.

The Tweet series comes off as more desperate than usual from the President, as he again seeks to view a series of people, from ex-CIA director John Brennan to Hillary Clinton as the real perpetrators of corruption and collusion.

The New York Times has responded to the President’s attack on their reporting, Tweeting their own response to Trump.

John Dean also took to Donald Trump’s favorite medium, responding to the president’s comments.

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