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‘A Monumental Fraud and Failure’: Trump Had a Plan to ‘Blow Up’ the G7 and Give the ‘Middle Finger’ to Our Allies: Report

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President Donald Trump’s plan was to bully our G7 allies on a range of issues by touting the strong U.S. economy. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote Friday morning, “Trump will proclaim his ‘America First’ agenda a smashing success, and throw that in the faces of our European allies.”

That plan will have to be changed now that his trade war with China just exploded.

China imposed tariffs of $75 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Trump launched a tweetstorm causing the DOW to drop more than 600 points (at several times during the day more than 700 points.)

The president apparently found wiping out the value of millions of Americans’ 401(k)s amusing:

And just an hour after the markets closed, Trump once again took to Twitter, announcing he is increasing tariffs against China on $250 billion of goods.

“Trump’s appearance [at the G7] will in reality demonstrate that the very nationalist agenda he will be touting is, thus far, a record of deep fraudulence and failure, covered up with lies,” Sargent added. “Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, particularly the trade war with China, is a key reason the U.S. economy is now at greater risk of tipping into recession.”

“It’s important to appreciate just how heavily Trump’s political mystique relies on the constant middle finger he gives to allies and international leaders. It’s central to the story he told in 2016 and the one he’ll tell in 2020.”

Last year President Trump promised winning trade wars is “easy.”

Read the entire piece at The Washington Post.

 

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Trump Jr. Event So ‘Sparsely Attended’ That People Were Asked to Leave Seats and Huddle Around Stage: Reporter

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Attendance at a campaign rally for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin that featured Donald Trump Jr. was so poor on Thursday afternoon that the few people there were asked to leave their seats and crowd around the stage.

Ryland Barton, the statehouse reporter for Kentucky Public Radio, posted a photo on his Twitter account showing the tiny crowd at the event.

“Organizers have asked the audience to move out of the seats and closer to the stage ahead of Trump Jr/ Gov. Bevin event in Pikeville,” he wrote. “I think it’s fair to say this is sparsely attended.”

According to local news station WYMT, Trump Jr. traveled to Eastern Kentucky this week in the hopes of helping Bevin’s reelection campaign.

Bevin, a Tea Party favorite and an ally of President Donald Trump, holds the dubious distinction of being America’s least popular governor. According to the latest polling from Morning Consult, Bevin’s approval in the deep-red state stands at just 32 percent, while his disapproval rating is 56 percent.

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#Iherebyorder: Internet Explodes in Mockery Over Trump’s Insane China Meltdown

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President Donald Trump is being mocked right now for his insane Twitter meltdown in response to China’s announcement it is imposing $75 billion on tariffs on U.S. goods.

But it was not only Trump’s meltdown, but his insistence that he can dictate how private American companies operate that added to the hilarity.

After saying China has “stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a year,” and claiming “We don’t need China,” Trump made this fascist declaration:

“Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

The President of the United States does not have any authority to do that.

Many responded in mockery with the hashtag #Iherebyorder, which is now a top tending topic. Take a look:

 

 

 

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‘Casually Tweeting Out National Secrets’: Internet Stunned as Trump Tweets About Previously Unknown US Nukes

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In an apparent attempt to “one-up” and embarrass Russia many are wondering if President Donald Trump just tweeted out U.S. national nuclear secrets. Seven people died last week during a “failed test of Russia’s SSC-X-9 Skyfall, a nuclear-powered cruise missile still in development,” as Vox reported. One expert called it a flying nuclear reactor.

President Trump, who has been tweeting up a storm ever since he kicked off his 10-day August vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, NJ, apparently decided late Monday afternoon was a good time to respond – not with condolences for the lives lost, but by gloating.

“The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia,” Trump tweeted, needlessly. “We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian ‘Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!”

Some were quick to realize Trump at least sounded like he was (once again) revealing national secrets via Twitter.

Here’s the Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Science Committee.

Some experts chastised the President, while appearing to try to assure the world Trump was basically bluffing.

Here’s a professor of international relations and national security at the U.S. Naval War College:

Here’s a noted nuclear weapons expert:

There were other responses from some notables.

Washington Correspondent for TIME magazine:

ACLU Attorney:

Reuters DC National Security Correspondent:

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