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BANGKOK 20 February 2019 11:56


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  1. It works on Trumpies and Fox News fans; if they hear a lie often enough they will believe it.
  2. Off-topic, but that's because Bush, early in his first term, started two wars without a plan, or a clue, about what to do after the government's of Afghanistan and Iraq were toppled. I have no doubt that if Trump starts a war in Venezuela, or anywhere else, he will be similarly unprepared.
  3. "tackling historic trade deficits"? the 2017 trade deficit was the highest since the Bush years https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/historical/gands.pdf . Final numbers are not in, but initial indications are that the 2018 trade deficit will be higher still. So Trump is tackling the trade deficit poorly, just as he is tackling the budget deficit poorly. As already indicated, you will have a hard time backing up your claim of "hugely increased respect on the world stage". https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2019/02/17/mike-pence-silence-munich-speech/2898828002/
  4. Trump was elected by promising a wall that Mexico would pay for. Let's hold off on construction until Mexico makes its first payment. Trump claims to be a great negotiator, here's his chance to prove it--negotiate a Mexican payment plan. Regarding your final sentence, I assume you were referring to this: "Mittelstadt noted that the political context is also vastly different, as some Democrats ceded to the Secure Fence Act as a political compromise to a Republican plan to criminalize all unauthorized immigrants, and to make it a crime to assist unauthorized immigrants." "“The Secure Fence Act was written in a way to get support from both sides,” Alden told us via email. “The Democrats, by and large, supported the use of ‘tactical’ fencing in high-traffic areas, something that the Border Patrol had long favored. Trump’s wall proposal seems to call for fencing the entire border, which Democrats have never supported.”" https://www.factcheck.org/2017/04/democrats-support-border-wall/
  5. From your link: ""We were never going to find a contract signed in blood saying, 'Hey Vlad, we're going to collude,'" one Democratic aide said." "The series of contacts between Trump's associates, his campaign officials, his children and various Russians suggest a campaign willing to accept help from a foreign adversary, the Democrats say." "By many counts, Trump and his associates had more than 100 contacts with Russians before the January 2017 presidential inauguration." As we now know, Trump's people were negotiating with Russia for a major real estate project in Moscow at the same time that Trump was claiming to have no dealings with Russia, and while he was softening the Republican party's platform regarding Ukraine before the Republican convention. The Republican Senate doesn't think there is direct, iron-clad evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mueller may reach a different conclusion. Besides, I and many others always assumed the best bet for finding illegal conflicts of interest between Trump and the Russians is by following the money.
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