President Donald Trump held a complaint-filled press event before leaving the G-7 in Canada Saturday. After repeatedly claiming that the United States has been taken advantage of by Canada and the nations of Europe the U.S. president blasted a CNN reporter for asking about Trump’s relationship with his fellow Group of Seven leaders.
“As you were heading into these G-7 talks there was a sense that America’s closest allies were frustrated with you and angry with you, and that you were angry with them,” the reporter began. As the seconds passed, Trump’s face grew increasingly angered and drawn.
“And that you were leaving here early to go meet with more friendly talks with Kim Jong-un in Singapore –”
“Well-put,” Trump interjected.
“And I’m wondering if you view it the same way and do you view the U.S. alliance system shifting under your presidency?”
Again, Trump interjected: “Who are you with, out of curiosity?
“CNN,” the reporter replied.
“I figured – Fake News CNN. The worst,” Trump charged. After making another negative comment, Trump continued. “I would say the level of relationship is a 10. We have a great relationship,” Trump claimed, despite international reports that it is not.
Even some G-7 leaders have denounced Trump very publicly.
“The relationship I have had is great,” Trump continued in his attack. “You can tell that to your fake friends at CNN. The relationship I have had with the people, the leaders of these countries, on a scale of 0-10, I would rate it a 10. That does not mean I agree with what they are doing. And they know very well I don’t,” he continued, angrily.
Trump also went on to say that “only the fake news says that,” when asked about the hostages released by North Korea.
This is a wild exchange between Trump and a CNN reporter (who Trump repeatedly calls ‘fake news’). Trump says his relationship with the G7 leaders is great—despite talk of a G6+1. (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/8rpGyVvhav
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 9, 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.”
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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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