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  • Trump the Diplomat: Art of the Global Deal

    05/14/2017 4:14:17 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 21 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 5/14/2017 | Pocono Pundit
    From his first days in politics, the fake press panned Trump as "inexperienced" in statecraft and therefore "unqualified" to preside over America's domestic, let alone foreign policy. But in practice, Trump has pretty much demolished every bogeyman his opponents have thrown in front of him.  So follow me as I try to analyze how Trump has (in his first 100 days) succeeded mightily in the diplomatic sphere. Diplomacy vs.  Straight Talk Trump is steadily revolutionizing the practice of international relations -- bringing Art of the Deal business negotiations to statecraft.  And doing that, you bet he's ruffled the feathers...
  • McCain Blasts Trump on Lack of Human Rights Focus

    05/09/2017 12:14:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The New Delhi Times ^ | May 9, 2017 | Staff
    U.S. Senator John McCain is criticizing the foreign policy of the Trump administration, saying it is not focused enough on human rights abuses around the world. In an op-ed article for the New York Times Friday, the Republican senator said the United States has an obligation to speak out for human rights as a country that was created from “an ideal that liberty is the inalienable right of mankind.” He criticized recent comments made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who said conditioning U.S. foreign policy too heavily on values creates obstacles to advance U.S. national interests. “With those words,...
  • Trump did not clear Duterte invitation with State Department: report

    04/30/2017 2:32:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 30, 2017 | Brandon Carter
    President Trump invited controversial President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to the White House without consulting the State Department, according to a new report from the New York Times. The Times reported Sunday that both the National Security Council and the State Department were caught off guard by the announcement, which set off criticism from human rights groups. “By essentially endorsing Duterte’s murderous war on drugs, Trump is now morally complicit in future killings,” John Sifton of Human Rights Watch told the Times. Trump and Duterte spoke by phone Saturday, when Trump invited the leader to the White House "to...
  • Roger Stone: “Trump Diplomacy Is Working… It’s Really Working”

    04/16/2017 10:03:32 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 15 replies
    SHTF ^ | 04/16/2017 | Mac Slavo
    President Trump has taken a lot of flack recently, first for his direct strike on a Syrian airfield using 59 Tomahawk missiles, then for responding to North Korean rhetoric and nuclear testing by deploying a Naval Strike Fleet to the region, and finally for dropping the world’s largest non-nuclear Mother Of All Bombs on a cave complex housing as many as 800 Islamic State fighters. For many, it appears on the surface that Donald Trump, the military industrial complex and Deep State operatives behind the scenes have war on their minds. The criticisms leveled at the President are certainly the...
  • Report: Fox News anchor Heather Nauert to join Trump State Dept.

    03/04/2017 4:24:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 4, 2017 | Joe Concha
    Fox News anchor Heather Nauert has been hired by the State Department to be its spokeswoman, according to a report Saturday.Nauert accepted the job this week, Bloomberg News ...
  • Hang on a minute. Isn't Trump right? We SHOULD try to be pals with Putin?

    02/15/2017 6:32:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Stephen Glover
    Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump's enemies are already scenting blood. They hope they have got him on the run over the resignation of Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser. Flynn was forced to stand down for secretly discussing sanctions against Russia with the country's ambassador to America in the weeks before Trump took office – and then trying to cover up his foolish and possibly illegal behaviour. It is being suggested that Flynn's goose was cooked by the FBI and CIA, who had tapped these phone-calls, and gleefully leaked transcripts of them. Was this pay-back...
  • Placard Diplomacy - A FreeRepublic Publication

    01/24/2017 5:36:04 AM PST · by EQAndyBuzz · 6 replies
    Self | 1/24/2017 | EQAndyBuzz
    Looking for writers, editors for collaboration on a project I am researching.
  • Trump to meet with Republic of Congo president on Tuesday: Sassou spokesman

    12/26/2016 5:22:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 26, 2016 | Tim Cocks and Melissa Fares
    Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou plans to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing political turmoil crisis in Libya and other African issues, Sassou's spokesman said on Monday. Sassou's spokesman Thierry Moungalla, in a post on Twitter, noted that the two men were meeting to discuss ways to the end the Libyan crisis as well other broader issues affecting the continent, according to a statement attached to the tweet. He did not give any other details about the meeting plans. Representatives for Trump's team did not immediately respond to a request for comment seeking...
  • Obama is helping Trump with cabinet picks

    12/07/2016 6:38:41 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 63 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 7, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    Donald Trump is taking advice from President Obama about his cabinet appointments, the president-elect revealed on Wednesday. “We have a really good chemistry together. I really like him as a person,” Trump told NBC’s Matt Lauer on the “Today” show. Asked if he talked to the president about possible appointments, Trump responded: “I have asked him what he would think of this one and that one. We have a very good dialogue.” He continued to kvell: “I do like him. I love getting his ideas. I take his recommendations very seriously. There are some people I will be appointing and...
  • Pence confirms Romney is 'under active and serious consideration' to be Trump's secretary of state

    11/20/2016 12:26:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 20, 2016 | Nikki Schwab, Anneta Konstantinides and Jessica Chia
    Vice President-elect Mike Pence confirmed Sunday that Mitt Romney is in the running to be Donald Trump's secretary of state. 'I can say that Governor Romney is under active and serious consideration to serve as secretary of state of the United States,' Pence told CBS News' John Dickerson on 'Face the Nation' Sunday. President-elect Donald Trump and Romney, the GOP's 2012 nominee, seemed to bury the hatchet at a meeting yesterday in New Jersey, after Romney called Trump a 'fraud' and a 'phony' during the Republican primary this spring and Trump had referred to Romney as a loser and a...
  • Kerry said he lost argument to back Syria diplomacy with force

    09/30/2016 11:33:00 PM PDT · by Rabin · 33 replies
    Japan Times ^ | OCT 1, 2016 | REUTERS, AFP-JIJI
    Secretary of State Kerry, said he had lost the argument within Obama to back up diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria with the threat of using military force. The NewYork Times, said it had obtained an audio recording of the 40-minute discussion that took place at the Dutch Mission to the United Nations on Sept. 22. (with) Syrian groups that provide education, rescue and medical services in rebel-held areas and diplomats from three or four countries, the Times said. The meeting took place days after a cease-fire Kerry had negotiated with Russia had collapsed and rebel-held areas of...
  • Donald Trump went to Mexico and won

    09/01/2016 7:22:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Brisbane Times | September 2, 2016 | Leon Krauze
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  • Clinton: In Mexico 'Trump just failed his first foreign test'

    09/01/2016 12:36:28 PM PDT · by AzNASCARfan · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-1-2016 | Dan Merica
    Cincinnati (CNN) — Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night dismissed Donald Trump's day trip to Mexico, arguing the Republican nominee is woefully lacking in diplomatic skills and "just failed his first foreign test." The former secretary of state pounced on conflicting messages from Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto following their meeting. Trump told the press in Mexico City that while he and Peña Nieto discussed plans to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, they did not talk about Trump's pledge to make Mexico pay for it.
  • Donald Trump: International Man of Diplomacy — yes, really

    09/01/2016 7:11:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 31, 2016 | Charles Hurt
    Give that man a Nobel Peace Prize! Donald Trump — the modern day Paul Revere — rocked the political world when he jumped into the race last year warning about the invasion across America’s southern border that politicians in both parties had been desperately trying to cover up for years. Actually, Revere did not have it nearly so hard as Mr. Trump, who was branded a bigot and a racist and anti-American for simply arguing that America should enforce our duly-enacted immigration laws and secure our border. Mr. Trump stuck with the issue and rode it all the way to...
  • Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy (A Preserved Library from 1340BC discovered!)

    01/19/2003 11:04:10 AM PST · by vannrox · 9 replies · 375+ views
    UK Independent ^ | 19 January 2003 | By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent
    Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent 19 January 2003 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of an invasion of the Middle East by one of the world's first superpowers, which destroyed much of the region 33 centuries ago. Under the ruins of a 3,800-year-old royal palace in western Syria they have found part of an ancient diplomatic and administrative library, the most important archaeological discovery of its kind for more than 20 years. Accounts on clay tablets describe the region's conquest by one of the Bronze Age's superpowers, the Hittite Empire, in 1340BC. This helped to...
  • UPDATE: "Glitch"; After Obama Administration Caught Lying About Iran Deal,

    05/10/2016 7:21:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | May 10, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it over the weekend, National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes admitted in a lengthy New York Times Magazine profile that the Obama administration used the media to manipulate and lie to the American people about the nuclear deal with Iran. Here is one of the lies pushed by the administration, which David Reaboi highlighted yesterday at The Federalist. First, the lies and the denials about the negotiations. It took months before a few dogged journalists started to ask questions about the talks Obama officials were engaged in with Ahmadinejad’s regime. In February 2013, then-State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland...
  • Obama cites Cuba, Iran as examples of his ‘principled’ diplomacy

    03/14/2016 11:05:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama gave a pep talk to U.S. diplomats Monday, urging them to “finish strong” as his administration enters its final months, and defending his diplomatic “breakthroughs” with Iran and Cuba. “There are those who criticize our commitment to diplomacy, for investing so much effort in trying to resolve conflicts that seem intractable,” Mr. Obama said during a visit to the State Department in Washington. “Here’s the truth: conflicts and wars do not end on their own. Breakthroughs don’t just happen. Agreements don’t write themselves. It takes diplomacy, being willing to sit down with others.” Citing the Iranian nuclear deal,...
  • The Enduring Relevance of America’s Aircraft Carriers

    02/27/2016 10:59:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 26, 2016 | Michael R. Groothousen, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret)
    Pentagon budget battles inevitably bring out the long knives. But in the age of sequestration absolute lunacy has taken over. Left-leaning and libertarian think tanks as well as pundits of various stripes have declared open season on our Navy's fleet of aircraft carriers and the carrier strike group (CSG) concept, calling them outdated and obsolete in light of current threats. Some politicians agree with them. These pols see the high cost of building and operating carriers as a pot of gold to be raided to pay for everything else they can think of, and they can think of a lot...
  • Joe Biden's diplomacy described as 'a Disney ride with dips and spins'...

    01/30/2016 2:17:31 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1-29-16 | Nikki Schwab & Francesca Chambers
    Traveling the world with Vice President Joe Biden is an 'adventure,' said one Hillary Clinton associate in emails released today from the State Department. 'It's like a Disney ride with dips and spins and surprises around every bend,' the email, addressed to 'H' read. The note came to Clinton from diplomat Kurt M. Campbell who accompanied the veep to Beijing in 2011. Clinton, serving as secretary of state, replied that she couldn't wait to hear stories – and asked if it was anything like 'W and beach volleyball?' Former President George W. Bush had made his own trek to China...
  • Obama Heralds Iran's Release of American Prisoners as ‘Smart’ Diplomacy: 'This Is a Good Day'

    01/17/2016 11:01:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 01/17/2016 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    President Barack Obama on Sunday heralded the release of Americans held prisoner in Iran and the full implementation of a historic nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic, holding both up as victories for "smart" diplomacy and his pledge to deal directly with enemies of the United States. "This is a good day," Obama said in a statement from the White House. "When Americans are freed and returned to their families, that's something we can all celebrate." The president spoke at the close of an extraordinary weekend of diplomacy that saw the back-to-back release of the five Americans and the lifting...