Melania Slapped Trump’s Hand Away in Israel: Is She Trying to Humiliate Him?

Melania Trump slapped President Trump’s Hand Away: How Humiliating for Him!

 

Melania Trump slapped President Trump’s hand away in Israel and the Internet just broke with all the gifs going around.

How humiliating for President Trump! Why did she do that knowing the whole world was watching? Did she want people to laugh at him? She ought to have known that people would laugh when they saw that move.

Something is definitely off with that marriage. Everybody is gleeful that Melania slapped Trump’s hand away, and maybe he deserved it, who knows what is going on behind the scenes. But it is embarrassing as heck, I gotta say. Michelle Obama never did that with Barack to my knowledge, neither to Laura Bush or Hillary Clinton or Jackie O ever do that to their husband. Or Barbara Bush or anybody. It was a little bit…tacky.

Wow.

Melania slapped Trump’s hand away on a red carpet on his first trip abroad…

Melania slapped Trump’s hand away…

What do you make of this?

This is very interesting from a perspective of body language and time and place. This is very public rebuke. She rebuked her husband in public in front of the world.

Why does he put up with that? Is it that he loves her so much that he will take this type of treatment or is it that they have an arrangement? Or is it that he treats her badly in private and so she takes it out on him in public?

Something is off with those two.

They lack romance, it seems. There does not seem to be any romance in that relationship. At least, not to the naked eye.

And at first, when someone asked me if I had seen the footage when “Melania slapped Trump’s hand away” I just thought, “please. I am sure you are exaggerating.” But then I saw it in all its slow motion glory and I thought, “ouch.” They seem like a couple on the verge of divorce.

 

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Why Did Hillary Lose the 2016 Elections? Don’t Listen to John Podesta

Why Did Hillary Lose the 2016 Elections? John Podesta Has a Theory. He is SO wrong

So, why did Hillary lose the 2016 elections? I just read on Politico that her former campaign chairman John Podesta explained that it was about advertising in Wisconsin, Comey’s letter, the Russians and a whole bunch of gook.

Mr Podesta is in denial. Here is an excerpt from an interview Politico did with him recently:

But he insists Comey did matter. “We had a lead, and that lead really substantially narrowed after Comey’s letter,” he says, though he acknowledges the criticism that the campaign had not campaigned aggressively enough in the three states that ultimately swung the election and appeared to confirm accounts he had disagreed with campaign manager Robby Mook about the distribution of resources to one of those states, Wisconsin. “We probably should have done more in Wisconsin; we didn’t advertise there until the very end. But you know, at the end of the day, we lost Pennsylvania anyway, and we had thrown everything we could at Pennsylvania. So, it is what it is.”

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This just makes me want to tear my hair out. I know why Hillary lost. Because guys like Podesta and Robby Mook led her off a cliff with bad advice, that’s why. They misread the electorate 100 percent. And not the Trump side. They MISREAD the DEMOCRATS.

That is why Hillary  lost, John Podesta. The rest is bullshit. It’s historic bullshit.

Now. What exactly was the misread?

Two words: BERNIE SANDERS.

The Clinton campaign not only failed to treat Bernie Sanders right, but they also ignored his supporters.

Frankly, this mistake was so huge and so obvious, it is almost criminal.

And I am a novice. I don’t know anything. But the blind, deaf, dumb and mute can figure this out. I tried to stop her but as usual nobody listened to me! Read all my posts. Like this one and this one and this one and this one. Plus others!!!

OK???

2016 was a popularity contest. PERIOD. John Podesta!

All Hillary had to do, as I said ad nauseum, was hold her nose and PICK BERNIE for Vice President.

Had she done that, even with Comey’s letter and the Russians and Podesta getting hacked and not advertising in Wisconsin. HILLARY WOULD HAVE WON!

Because she had her supporters and Bernie’s people would have voted for the ticket cause the loved Bernie.

He was popular. Like Trump. He and Hillary would have pulled it off in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and wherever else.

No offense, but who voted for Hillary because she had TIM KAINE??? No one.

But at least one million more would have voted for her because she had Bernie Sanders. and this would have made up the deficit in places like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

This is not bloody Rocket science John Podesta!

Ya’all screwed up and misadvised Hillary and that’s why she lost! Just admit it already and stop with your crap about whatever the bleep you are talking about.

It was TIM. TIM KAINE!

That is why Hillary lost!

And I say that with all due respect cause I got nothing against the guy. Poor guy.

But 2016 was about the Kaine.

Hillary made a mistake by picking Kaine and not Bernie.

For phock’s sakes everyone, just admit it and stop working my nerves already. John Podesta!

And now look at what has happened!!!!!!!

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Jared and Ivanka: The New Bill and Hillary?

Are Jared and Ivanka the New Bill and Hillary. Wannabes?

Jared and Ivanka seem like they are grooming themselves to be the next Bill and Hillary Clinton. Is it just me who sees through that thin cotton mesh of their intentions?
Why do I say that these two are Bill and Hillary wannabes? It is just a feeling I get.

First of all, the sudden way they both dropped everything and headed to Washington suggests this couple consciously, but maybe impulsively, decided to groom themselves into a political power duo, fast.  They gave up a lot to bolt to Washington – one of the most adultery prone cities in America according to Divorce Saloon.

Jared practically sold his entire portfolio of newspapers and real estate to get close to the seat of power.

Ivanka did the same. She left not just on her business empire that includes jewelry, clothing, real estate and hotels but also on the only life she ever knew in posh New York to live in a relatively drab town in D.C.  For what?

It is different from Bill and Hillary, though.

The  Clintons left drab Arkansas for exciting Washington. They did a bolt but after being governor and working in politics for a long while. Bill and Hillary were not “impulsive.”

They are power hungry those two – Ivanka and Jared. These trust fund kids see big things in their future. Their intention is to run the world. They imagine themselves already doing that.

However, they want more.

Someone of them, or both, has presidential ambitions. Believe me when I say this. Trump probably has filled Ivanka’s head with the idea that indeed she could be the first woman president of the United States. Actually, I understand why he would do this. I was the first one to suggest Ivanka for Vice President and the next day, he joked about it on Live with Kelly and Michael. He really bought into the idea of Ivanka in this role of power and leadership and he is trying to groom her for exactly that.

Trump always said the America deserved to have a woman president but that it should not be Hillary Clinton. Who then? Ivanka of course.

Ivanka is trying to do with her platform given to her by her father, what Hillary has done all her career: appeal to and look out for women all over the world. As we speak, Ivanka is in the Middle East speaking to women there about female empowerment.

Jared on the other hand has a more official government job and has security clearance to get his hands on classified stuff from his father in law. Is it he who wants to be president and Ivanka first lady. Perhaps, like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jared and Ivanka will do it that way. Jared first with Ivanka as First Lady and then Ivanka after.

But that would be a lot of years in Washington. Four years of her father (possibly 8) plus 4 years for Jared or possibly 8, then Ivanka. We are talking about 16 years! Ivanka will be 50 years old by then. The perfect age to run.

They are definitely grooming her for that role. But her husband wants the job too. So she will probably let him go first.

Are Jared and Ivanka enough like Bill and Hillary though?  There is only one Bill and Hillary I think.  Their marriage could withstand a lot of pressure. Not everybody’s marriage can withstand that much pressure. Ivanka once famously said that she and her husband have their own thing they do, their own career. She did not want to go the same road as her mother and father did. Her parents famously divorce because her father felt that, because all they did was work together, her mother had stopped being a wife and had lost her softness. Mr Trump has refused to let his wives work in the business for this reason.

But Jared and Ivanka seems to have forgotten this lesson.

They seem to want power more than they want to protect their marriage. Did Bill and Hillary similarly want power more than they wanted to protect their marriage?

Well, the Clintons were always in this line of work. It is their work that brought them together and took them to Washington. Jared and Ivanka are making this their line of work in a more opportunistic way and this could have dire repercussions for their marriage down the road.

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President Pence: Would Trump Let That Happen in This Lifetime?

President Pence: Could Trump Really Get Booted From the White House and Mike Pence Installed as President?

President Pence. Could this Actually Happen? Are things really that bad in the White House? Is Trump really in such serious trouble?

 

President Pence. This sound is reverberating. People are whispering it  everywhere you go on the Internet.  The open secret is that folks think Vice President Mike Pence  will soon become”President Pence.”

Indeed, the keywords “President Pence” are rather popular in Google’s keyword search for political terms. That’s probably because all the power brokers in the nation’s capital are whispering this  catch phrase over tequila and whisky in smoky D.C.  hotel bars. And a lot of them are excited about the prospect.

Why do these people suddenly believe that Vice President Mike Pence will assume the presidential mantle and become President Pence? Probably  in light of the chaotic and tumultuous week in Washington, where the sitting president Donald Trump has been having some troubles.

What troubles exactly? Well, some lawmakers allege that President Trump may have committed obstruction of justice in the firing of FBI director James Comey because he did so, they claim, in order to cover up his campaign’s involvement with Russia.

President Trump admitted in a televised interview that he fired Comey, in part due to Comey’s grandstanding on the Russia probe.

But he has denied any cover up. As it turns out, several media outlets reported that the president also called the FBI director  “a real nut job,” a pejorative he used to the Russian Ambassador in describing this American official.

These news sources also said that the Commander in Chief boasted “the pressure is off,” now that Comey is out of the picture.

Interestingly, Vice President Pence, has not said a single word about these developments.  Nor to my knowledge, has he given any interviews or issued any statements in defense of the President who is in the Middle East signing multi billion dollar deals with the Saudis to sell them planes, arms and god knows what else as we speak.

President Pence. Is Mike Pence secretly hedging his bets? Is he hoping that the president will get impeached or quit? Does Mike Pence want to be PRESIDENT? I always did have misgivings about Mike Pence.

However, I have to admit that  Mike’s wife Karen Pence does look like a traditional first lady.  So she will fit right in if he is ushered in as the new president.

But if he does become President who will Mike Pence pick as a vice president? John McCain?

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Jared Kushner is Person of Interest in Russia Probe

Jared Kushner is Person of Interest in Russia Probe: Is Trump’s son in law in Trouble?

Jared Kushner: Is he in Trouble?

Jared Kushner person of interest in the FBI probe into Trump’s dealings with Russia.  The Washington Post and a few other papers came out with the story overnight that Jared Kushner is a person of interest.

What does it actually mean? The allegations are that the Trump campaign was in collusion with Russia during the election to bring down Hillary Clinton and install Trump into the White House. Trump has denied there was any collusion and he said he is being treated unfairly, more unfairly than any other president in history. Now that Jared Kushner is person of interest, is this all Jared’s fault?

During the campaign and right after, officials in Trump’s inner circle and now in his administration are accused of having had at least 18 contacts with Russia, none of which had been disclosed to the public or to officials investigating the matter.

Indeed, Trump’s original pick for National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn lost his job for that very reason. He had had all these contact with the Russians and he denied it under oath.

However, now that Jared Kushner is person of interest in the ongoing probe which has gotten infinitely more heated with the firing of FBI director James Comey and the appointment of a special prosecutor, one has to wonder if there will be serious trouble here for Trump’s son in law and whether there will be grand juries convened and criminal charges levelled, or whether this is all just drama for the cameras?

The fact that Jared Kushner is person of interest for the FBI has not dampened his spirits one iota. He and his wife Ivanka, daughter of the president accompanied the president and Mrs Trump on their first trip abroad as Commander in Chief. They went to the Middle East to talk with the Saudis and a few others and everybody flew on Airforce One.

Despite the fact that Jared Kushner is person of interest for the expanding FBI probe, it is highly unlikely that Jared Kushner will be in any real trouble.

The question is whether President Trump will ultimately resign under pressure or fear of impeachment.

Well, speaking of “where are Ivanka and Jared”….

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Corey Lewandowski Visits White House: Is Trump Going to Hire Him?

Corey Lewandowski Was At the White House Yesterday. Some Wonder if President Trump Will Hire His Former Campaign Manager

 

Corey Lewandowski is back in Trump’s orbit. The ousted campaign manager and the Manhattan real estate titan have had a long relationship beginning when Corey acted as then Candidate Trump’s campaign manager in the early months of his presidential campaign. But once the president began to enjoy some success, his inside circle grew increasingly displeased with Corey and wanted someone bigger and more competent to take the campaign national.

Shockingly, at the time, Trump sacked Corey Lewandowski and hired Paul Manafort.

It was a stunning display of disloyalty and at the time, I personally thought, “wow.” I strongly defended Corey Lewandowski then. After, based on things I heard Corey Lewandowski say during interviews, I became less staunch in my support. But nevertheless, it was stunning the way that Trump heave ho’d Corey Lewandowski off the boat in favor of Manafort. Absolutely stunning.

Of course, Manafort did not work out. He had all sorts of questionable ties to questionable people and Trump had to throw him overboard as well. He finally brought on Kelley Anne Conway as his campaign manager and things settled down considerably and he won the presidency and the rest is history.

Come to find out a couple of things recently. The first is an allegation by Morning Joe and Mika over at…is it CNBC?…that Kelly Anne does not like the president. There was  a report that she said she wanted to “shower” every time she said something within the capacity of her job, to defend the president. She allegedly also said she did it for the money, for her holidays in Europe or something like that – according to that duo Mika and Morning Joe. (I heard a preposterous rumor they are getting married, btw. IS this true??)

So anyways, I digress. This is about Corey Lewandowski. But now it seems that President Trump is in a lot of trouble and things are spiralling on account of all these leaks coming out of the White House and so he is having to fall back on old, trusted associates like Corey Lewandowski who had moved to Washington after the president won to work for a…what do you call those groups again? I forgot. But he was accused of selling access to the White House allegedly, and so Corey quit the group, according to sources at Politico. So he is basically out of a job at the moment.

Come to find out from Politico a toute à l’heure that Corey Lewandowski went to see the president at the White House yesterday. People are speculating that he will either be taking over Sean Spicer’s job as press secretary or maybe even Reince Priebus’s job as  White House chief of staff.

The whole thing is a soap opera.

Trump long time ally Roger Stone (a scary guy, I gotta say) was quoted as saying something to the effect that he has known Trump for over 40 years and he only knows two people on Trump’s staff. So he is suggesting that Trump surrounded himself with strangers who are all “leaking like sieves.”

But the fact that Trump has now tapped Corey Lewandowski or is thinking about tapping Corey is, to my way of thinking, the triggering of an alarm and panic button by the president. There is serious trouble there at the White House. Things are not going well. He is concerned and scared about his presidency and he is beginning to flounder.

Was he set up to fail by the very people he hired for top posts?

Why  didn’t he hire his loyalists from the beginning? Where are the Newt Gingriches, Rudy Giuillianis, Chris Christies and people like that in his cabinet? I don’t have a lot of respect for these people’s politics but at least they were “loyal” to this President and the first chance he got, he threw each and everyone of them under the bus and hired a bunch of people who have zero loyalty to him. This was bloody foolish! Opportunistic but foolish. And now at the eleventh hour he is out there grasping at straws calling guys like Corey Lewandowski?

Whose idea was it for him to surround himself with all these Iscariots in the first place? Cause the person who advised him to do that, misadvised him BADLY.

Moreover, where are Ivanka and Jared? They have also grown strangely quiet and have not been getting a whole lot of press.

…But yea. Corey Lewandowski is back in town.

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Putin Transcripts: Russian President Offers to Send Proof That Trump Did Not Divulge Classified Info

Putin Transcripts:  Russian Pres Says He has Tapes that Prove Trump Did Not Disclose Classified Info

 

Putin Transcripts are the latest piece of the White House dramas that have engulfed the Oval Office over the last week or so.

To recap: President Trump fired the FBI Director. Rumor has it that the reason the president fired the FBI director is because the FBI director refused to stop investigations into President Trump and his campaign officials.

The president has been accused of “obstruction of justice,” for asking the FBI director to stop investigating Michael Flynn the former National Security Director.

Trump is also accused of disclosing classified information to the Russian representatives who visited the White House last week.

So this is where Putin comes in. He claims to have transcripts of the discussion his rep had with President Trump.

Is this interesting to anyone else but me?

If Putin can provide transcripts it means the taped the president!

Was the president aware that he was being taped by the Russians??

And even if he knew, can we trust the authenticity of the Putin Transcripts provided by Russia? Don’t they have the ability to doctor these tapes?

 

Comey Memo About Conversations With Trump Under Scrutiny: Is There a Smoking Gun?

Comey Memo Subpoenaed by Senators: But is There a Smoking Gun?

Big Talk about Comey Memo About Conversations with Trump in the Oval Office, concerning President Trump’s request that Comey “let go” the Michael Flynn investigation.

So all the media outlets are talking about the Comey memo. Or memos. It could be plural.  How many Comey memos are we talking about?

Did this factor into the firing of the FBI Director

Comey does seem to like to write. It was the Comey Letter that brought down Hillary Clinton’s presidency and now it is the Comey memo that could take down Trump.

This guy loves to write!

And his writing sure does get a lot of people into a lot of trouble!

But in the case of the memo and what the former FBI director wrote about his personal and subjective interpretation of what the president allegedly said, doesn’t that need to be corroborated? By some type of independent source? Like a recording or a third party witness?

And where is this guy Reince Priebus? He is rather quiet. Between him and Sean Spicer, they are insiders in the President’s lair. And some  guy said there is weasel in the White House.

I wondered aloud about whether Spicer is totally loyal to the president. But now I also wonder about this guy Reince. He is too quiet.

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Trump Russia Scandal: Can the President Be Impeached?!

TRUMP RUSSIA SCANDAL CAN THE PRESIDENT BE IMPEACHED?

Trump Russia Scandal is not going away. It just seems to grow and grow like bacteria. All the major media outlets had headlines today about the Trump Russia scandal.

Is this a real thing or much ado about nothing? I know they want to get the president really badly and they tried everything even during the campaign to bring him down but he has proven to be even more untouchable than the Teflon Don himself.

But, is this thing with Russia the thing that will finally undo the president? And what is really the issue here?

At first, the extent of the Trump Russia scandal as I understood it was that the president and members of his campaign were alleged to have “colluded” with the Russians.  The reason was in order to interfere with the American presidential elections and destroy the opponent, Hillary Clinton.

So they infiltrated the emails (the Russians) and revealed secrets of the campaign that were damaging to Hillary. OK.  And the allegations are what? That Trump knew they were hacking Hillary? If so, so what? Is this impeachable or is the media wasting my time and emotions on dead links? Cause I don’t have time or emotions for dead links related to the president. I want real stuff or please everyone, be quiet.

Now, come to find out, Trump fired Comey as Comey’s investigation into Trump’s connection with the Russians was getting warm. The conventional wisdom is that he did so in order to stop the investigation which would rise to the level of obstruction of justice. That in itself seems a bit hard to prove since the FBI director serves at the will of the president and can be fired for cause or for no reason at all.

Of course, that is all well and good but the timing of the firing, not the firing itself that was the issue. And the point can be appreciated. It is not what he did but when Trump did it that does not pass the smell test.

OK.

But then, there is this new bombshell that Trump had asked the FBI director to stop investigation Michael Flynn who had to step down within days of his appointment as National Security Advisor on account of alleged inappropriate contacts Mr Flynn had  with the Russian ambassador – whatever his name is.

Now, even Republican members of congress are saying that if the president of the United States asked the sitting FBI director to quit a legitimate investigation into wrongdoing by a high ranking federal official, and if said president also asked the FBI director to “pledge his loyalty to said president” that this would be a slam dunk impeachment situation we are looking at.

My big question is, are we? Or are they just blowing smoke? And if Trump is impeached, what happens? Does he stay in office like Bill Clinton did? Or is he removed?

I always got the feeling that they set Trump up for a quick removal – the Republican leaders. They could not stop his ascendance to the presidency but they planned all along to quickly move to get him out, and usher in Pence.

Trump knows this and has kept Pence at bay probably for fear that Pence secretly expects to become president prematurely. Trump is not paranoid with that. Pence always expected to become president. Nobody, not one of these seasoned politicians in Washington has, even for a minute, taken Trump’s presidency seriously.

They plan to get him out of there as quickly as possible, by hook or crook.

Do you think the Trump Russia Scandal is the way they will achieve this? And is this hook? Or crook?

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Hillary Clinton 2020: Candidate’s Onward Together Email Sends Clear Message “I Ain’t Giving Up”

Hillary Clinton 2020: Her Onward Together Email Sends Clear Message “I ain’t Giving up”

 

Hillary Clinton 2020.

She is like France’s Marine Le Pen.  She does not give up. Watch out. Hillary Clinton’s   “Onward Together” is the new catch phrase for Democrats and she is sending us a message.

The former presidential candidate sent out emails this weekend to explain to her supporters that she is moving on and that she is still active and still in the game.

This was a great move.  The Democrats have a void in their leadership and it was puzzling why Hillary was not moving to fill the void. Sure, she lost the elections. But she was steering the ship and to suddenly just disappear, I think, is a strategic mistake.

She doesn’t have to exhaust herself by being out there every week, but she needs to be out there regularly. She has to go to the places where her constituents are, hold talks about their lives and their needs and discuss world and national affairs with them in schools, churches, etc.

Hillary Clinton 2020.

Well, if she plans to run again, she really has to go and hang out with the people in a non stressful way.

She has to show up at block parties, and she can go to a wedding here or there and she can visit a hospital and she can go to a high school and a university.

She needs to evaluate the part of her base that did not show up to vote and she needs to do targeted meet and greets, not as a politician but as a “I am one of you” and I am still here, I am still with you, I am still your leader. We got side-tracked but we are getting back on course and we are Onward Together.

Hillary Clinton 2020. She is SO strong! I can’t believe how stoic she is and I admire her for her dignity in handling this defeat. She was very dignified and very presidential and it makes me support her for president MORE.

She should not give up on her dream of being president. But obviously, next time around, she needs to hire me as an adviser because had she listened to me (and everybody knows it) she would now be the president of the United States.

Well, she still has one more shot at this. But it is all going to depend how she plays the next four years.

I say she needs to get out there. At least every couple of months she needs to be out there with her people showing rather than telling that she is with us.

Come on Hills! Hillary Clinton 2020!

Madame Hillary Clinton put on your pantsuit. Trump says you’re a girl and you have no energy and your are exhausted. Prove that he is wrong, go on, hold a press conference. Go and kick Trump’s….bum.

(hahahahaha) Remember that haiku, everyone?

Come on, Hillary!!!

Hillary Clinton 2020!

Sean Spicer: Is the White House Press Secretary Leaking White House Details to the Press? Is he the Mole?

Sean Spicer: Is he the one leaking White House Secrets to the Press?

 

Sean Spicer is Trump’s press secretary in case you didn’t know it. I have a question: Could he be the one leaking White House secrets?

Donald Trump’s Press Secretary and has been on the job for over 100 days now. Most of that time, I have not really been following the White House soap operas as I have been rather pre-occupied with other pursuits. But I have heard by the wayside that Trump has been complaining that there is a mole in the White House.

This is a question, not a statement. Could he be? It is not possible that the press secretary Sean Spicer is tipping off the press, is it?

Lately, things have been heating up in Washington, it appears, starting with the dramatic firing of FBI director James Comey. At the time of the firing of Mr Comey was not in Washington. (It should be noted, I have no love lost on account of how he handled, or I  should say, mishandled the situation with Hillary Clinton’s emails, a fuck up that ultimately, in my opinion led to her subsequent defeat in the 2016 presidential elections )
Is it Sean? Is Sean Spicer leaking White House secrets?

Sean was reportedly not at the White House. In fact, he was away on reserve military duty and a woman was filling in for him; I forgot her name, please excuse me.

But, so, what I find very curious, is the fact that up until an hour or so before Mr Comey received his walking papers (in a brown manila envelope delivered by Mr Trump’s body guard), Sean Spicer was totally in the dark about the President’s intent to sack the FBI director.

As it turns out, as far as I understand it, the brown manila envelope was delivered to an empty office at the FBI since Mr Comey was away on a business conference somewhere out West. He received word of his firing on the Internet or something outlandish like that.

But what I find utterly intriguing is the fact that everybody has glossed over the fact that for once, the media had not been tipped off in advance of something as dramatic as the president’s intention to fire James Comey. Less important things that this had been leaked to the media in advance and the Trump White House has been calling on the FBI to investigate, a call which appears to have fallen on deaf ears.

But now you have the biggest scandal to date out of the White House and NO LEAK.

Doesn’t anyone find this curious???

Could it be that there was no leak because the leaker was not present and thus was not privy to inside information as he normally would have been?

And if so, who is it that is an insider who is normally privy and who for whatever reason was not present?

The only person I can think of is Sean Spicer! But it is not possible that it is him, is it? Is he the one? Is Sean Spicer leaking White House secrets?

It is not to definitively accuse the guy of being the leaker as I have no proof, and that would not be fair without proof to say that. And I am not accusing him or anybody at this point.

But it is to ask what I think is a legitimate question and I think it is curious. Is the fact that the biggest scandal was not leaked related to the fact that the leaker was not privy to the information before hand? And if so, who is it that was not privy? Who was absent when the decisions were made when normally this person would have been present?

Of course, there could be others. Obviously, I have not been following these characters. But I do find it curious that the media just totally overlooked even asking what I think is the very obvious questions here.

I can tell you this much: Trump has not overlooked it. As always, I can read this man like a book. And it it totally bizarre cause he is my direct opposite.

Trust me on this: He suspects its Sean. And very soon? Sean is gonna be fired.

 

 

President Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey and All Hell Breaks Loose in Washington!

President Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey and Washington is Burning!

Giggle, giggle.

President Trump fired James Comey the FBI director who single handedly cost Hillary Clinton the election when he chose to diffuse, without proper justification, news that he was re-opening the investigation into her email saga.

As a result, all hell has seemingly broken loose in the nation’s capital.

And all of a sudden, James Comey is the deputy of Jesus Christ himself.

Well, you know, excuse me, everyone. EXCUSE. ME. Cry me a river everyone. I am not going to pretend to be sad about the sacking of James Comey.

This guy, with all due respect, is a bungling….individual. OK? He bungles deals. He bungles presidential elections. OK? He bungles dreams and hopes. He is a BUNGLE. D’accord?

Plus, it is the constipation of the thing. Don’t. Giggle. I am serious.

But it is like constipation.  D’accord? Very, very difficult and unpleasant constipation. Where things come out painfully, in tiny pellets. D’accord?

And this is what worked the President’s nerves to a breaking point. It just worked his nerves!

It is not that Trump is so much afraid of what Comey would have found, I don’t think. But the slow grind and the constant having of a hatchet over his head, the dropping of the pellets on his head was tantamount to a bout of…constipation.

The president is not a guy who handles that very well. Who the hell does this guy think he is dealing with? He did the same to Hillary and nearly drove that poor girl nuts. God knows he drove me nuts. And Trump said, “you know what? YOU’RE FIRED!” I. Am. Not. Dealing. With. Your. Crap.

Voilà.

With that all said. The timing of this firing and the rationale (because of how Comey treated Hillary) does NOT pass the smell test. At all.

Indeed, the notion that Trump gives a crap about how Comey destroyed Ms Clinton’s presidential hopes is, as one commentator put it, “laughably absurd.” Trump cares nothing about Clinton. But he will be damned if he is going to sit there and have Comey give him constipation over Russia.

Still. The notion that attorney General Sessions who had to recuse himself from the Russian probe because HE LIED UNDER OATH is the one to provide the president with the SCARLET LETTER justifying the firing of Comey?

This breaks all sorts of ethical protocols, I’m thinking. This is a conflict of interest smackaroo like I have never seen!

Comey was rightly fired. He should have been fired on day one. Actually, if you want to know the truth, he shouldn’t even have survived Loretta Lynn. It was Loretta who should have sacked this guy because what he did to Hillary was just totally inappropriate and an abuse of discretion and power and Loretta should have recommended his sacking and President Obama should have walked him to the door.

If you wanna know the truth.

But Trump should have either fired him on day one, or just kept him on rather than create this appearance of impropriety after firing the guy just as the Russia probe was heating up.

I still can’t believe it. President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Wow!

Do you think Trump will give the job to Rudy now?

giggle, giggle.

Joe my god.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP

It is official. Donald J Trump is president of the United States. The inauguration and swearing in took place this morning and a glamourous ball followed where all the Trump women decked out in white and pale colors. President Trump and his wife Melania shared an awkward first dance to Frank Sinatra’s song “I did it my way.”

 

Summer Zervos, Apprentice Alum, Sues Donald Trump For Sexual Harassment

With her attorney by her side, former Apprentice star Summer Zervos announced her intentions to sue incoming US president Donald Trump who she claims subjected her to unwanted sexual advances during filling of the popular TV series. Mr Trump subsequently denied the charges and accused Zervos of perpetrating a hoax for publicity and money. Her attorney said in a press conference that this is Defamation against her client and they will be suing.

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China Flexes Its Foreign Policy Muscles in Venezuela and the Philippines

China is on the prowl to expand its influence and carve out new friendships. In Venezuela, where civil unrest erupted following food shortages and hyper inflation, Chinese citizens and business owners in Venezuela were being targeted by looters and protesters. They appealed to their government through the Chinese embassy and the government has instructed the Venezuelan regime to ascertain that no harm comes to Chinese citizens during the revolts.

In the Philippines, the Chinese government has reportedly gifted strongman Duterte $14 million in arms and boats – no strings attached – to help Duterte fight an virulent drug crisis in his country. In exchange, Duterte’s regime will pull back a case the country lanced against China at the Hague concerning China’s shenanigans in the South China sea.

Read more here.

4 Likely and Potentially Highly Impactful Foreign Policy Issues that Worry Foreign Policy Experts in 2017

According to Quartz, there are a slew of foreign policy situations that are extremely worrisome for foreign policy experts and it is anybody’s guess how a President Trump will handle them. There are:

Likelihood: Moderate; Impact: High

  1. A serious military confrontation between Russia and a member of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)

  2. A severe crisis in North Korea involving nuclear or inter-continental missiles

  3. A cyber attack on US infrastructure

  4. A terrorist attack on US soil

The question is how will the new president handle these with finesse? Especially a conflict involving Russia? It is easy to predict how he might respond to a terrorist attack on US soil on his watch but not so easy to predict a military confrontation between Russia and a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance. Do you agree?

Pyongyang, North Korea: President Kim Jong Un Hints He Will Be Testing More Nukes Shortly

President Kim Jong Un of North Korea gives leaders of the more powerful nations constant headaches. Nobody seems to know what to do with, and/or about, the recalcitrant thirty-something leader in the Korean Peninsula. He is just wild; off the rails; and not even China seems to be able to rein him in. Will Donald Trump? At his annual New Years address this year he apparently hinted, though did not expressly say, that he will be testing an inter-ballistic missile soon. Cause basically he is fed up. According to a CNBC report:

Kim threatened in the address to boost his country’s military capabilities further unless the U.S. ends war games with rival South Korea. But he also said efforts must be made to defuse the possibility of another Korean war and stressed the importance of building the economy under a five-year plan announced in May.

“The political and military position of socialism should be further cemented as an invincible fortress,” Kim said, according to an outline of the speech carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. “We should resolutely smash the enemies’ despicable and vicious moves to dampen the pure and ardent desire of the people for the party and estrange the people from it.”

A lot of experts think that Kim is crazy. Maybe that is why nobody dares to mess with him.

China Moves to Broaden its “Soft Power” Globally With Creation of China Global TV Network (CGTN)

President Xi Jinping of China realizes that his country needs to do a better job with “influence” in the global community. In spite of being the second richest country in the world, China lacks the influence of many lesser states such as Russia, France and UK. One reason might be that the country and its leaders have not done a good enough job of spreading China’s voice and showcasing its strengths and contributions to the world community. This is all probably going to change with the creation of CGTN, a rebranded version of CCTV that has been given the presidential stamp of approval;

The broadcaster published a congratulatory letter from President Xi Jinping on Saturday urging the newly launched CGTN to “tell China’s story well, spread China’s voice well, let the world know a three-dimensional, colorful China, and showcase China’s role as a builder of world peace.”

The government has long grumbled about the Western news media’s hold on international discourse and has spent vast sums in recent years to enhance its own influence and shape global opinion, with CCTV as one of its spearheads. The broadcaster has channels in English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Russian, and production centers in Washington and Nairobi.

This will hardly be enough to change China’s reputation as not such an important global player but at least it is a start. For sure the country will have to do a better job of getting its hands dirty with some of the numerous global problems and crisis from which it often keeps its distance. They will have to commit greater resources and capital – military, economic and humanitarian in order to tellement rebrand their image. But certainly the TV network is a good place to commence.

South Korea’s President Park Guen-Hye Fights Back Against Corruption Charges

Impeached South Korean president Park Guen Hye is not going to go without a fight. Holed up in the presidential palace, the Blue House, since early December, the beleaguered leader has been working on devising a strategy for her own defense despite the fact that, for months, hundreds of thousands of South Koreans have been marching in the streets demanding her ouster.

According to a recent Reuters report, Ms Guen Hye has come out of the starting block punching. She has been quoted as saying that the charges are all “fabrications and falsehoods.”

The convoluted case against Ms Guen Hye involve her relationship with longtime friend Choi Soon Sil, who Ms Guen Hye is accused of giving inappropriate access to state affairs. It also involved the country’s pension funds and a merger between two Samsung groups. Guen Hye is accused of colluding with Choi to pressure certain conglomerates to “make contributions to certain non-profit foundations backing presidential initiatives.” There is also some talk about “negligence” in her handling of a sinking of a ferry in which 300 people perished.

How all these dovetail, is not easily understood but suffice to say is that the net result is that Guen Hye’s job is on the line and she is now put in the uncomfortable position of fighting for her political life.

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan Not Happy With New Year’s Eve Attack in Istanbul that Left 39 Dead

Tayyip Erdogan vows to free Turkey from terrorist attacks following a recent massacre at an Istanbul discothèque over the New Years Eve celebrations. Thirty-nine people were left dead. According to Reuters, the Turkish president issued a written statement which said in part:

“As a nation, we will fight to the end against not just the armed attacks of terror groups and the forces behind them, but also against their economic, political and social attacks.”

John McCain:”Russian Hacks Are A Declaration of War.” Obama Should Ignore This Advice.

John McCain loves wars. His reset button seems to always be, let’s go to war. He is not satisfied with the sanctions that President Obama has levelled against Russia. He wants other sanctions and possibly “exercises” against Russia.

This is heavy. President Obama should tread cautiously with this advice and consider the source. Indeed, maybe John’s ideas are good but he should speak with the incoming administration as Trump is in a better position to “conduct these exercises.”

Seriously, Why Are Young Men in the Middle East So Unhappy?

Young men in the prime of their lives in the Middle East are not happy. They are not inclined to go to the local pub for a beer on a friday night with their friends. They are not in art museums on first dates. They are not at university studying to be engineers. They are not getting married and having babies. Instead, across a large swathe of the region, young men are rip shit angry about something and to show their displeasure, they are willing to reduce every building and monument in their own countries to rubble. They are willing to mass murder one another. They are willing to die themselves.

What is wrong? Something is terribly wrong. Even if they are indoctrinated by extremist ideology what predisposes them to this option as opposed to other options? This is their own country, their own institutions, their own lands, their own people, their own selves. What would drive people – any human persons – to become so disenchanted with everything that they are willing to wage non-stop war against each other, and others as well.

Has anyone figured this out? What is at the root of this rage that is felt by young men in the Middle East and how can the global community help them to be less enraged? What is it that they want that the don’t have? What do they need? What is missing? What?

Time is on President Obama’s Side With Respect to His Foreign Policies in Russia, Syria and Israel

Perhaps deservedly, Vladimir Putin is getting a lot of international attention these days and one can see in the way he struts, stands and smiles, that he is enjoying his new perch at the top of the global political hierarchy. He is all everybody is talking about. He seems like a winner, having installed (allegedly) Donald Trump to the presidential dais in the United States (the United States!!!) and having brokered an unexpected ceasefire in Syria.

He felt so big that when Obama lost his patience and expelled 35 Russian diplomats suspected of spying on the United States, Putin demurred and decided not to act in kind, instead wishing Obama the best and expressing the hope that things will be better (he thinks) under the new incoming Trump administration.

People are giving him a lot of high fives. Trump called him smart on Twitter. The US congress, meanwhile, dug it into Obama by saying “yes, you finally acted but it is a little bit too late and not enough and on top of that your foreign policy with Russia and Syria failed.” (Paul Ryan seems capable of great vindictiveness for such a handsome guy, does he not?)

Obama must have some doubts about things from time to time. Did he take the right course of action in Syria? Could he have tried harder with Russia and Putin? Did Kerry go to far with Israel?

It is natural to feel doubts. Hindsight is always 2020. But this story is not over yet; indeed it is only beginning. And people who are now excoriating Obama and elevating Trump and Putin could do a 180 by the time the dust settles on this.

History will show one thing on Syria: nobody can say the United States imposed its will or committed human rights atrocities against the Syrian people. Nobody can say that Obama caused unnecessary loss of American lives in that quicksand situation in the Middle East by involving the country in a new war.

And his foreign policy worked in the sense that his doctrine is all about “multilateralism.” He believes, rightly so, that American muscle, dollars and capital are not infinite and that America an ill afford to continue these adventures in the Middle East without, at some point, over-extending itself and perhaps even self-destructing. He believes that other countries in the region needed to step up and do their share of the heavy lifting.

Amazingly, with Russia’s intervention, along with its regional allies Turkey and Iran, Obama’s foreign policy vision (and his incredible patience to stay still when every instinct was to institute a no fly zone and “take over Syria) worked!

So what if Russia and Iran are the ones who gets all the reconstruction contracts to put Syria back together? America does not have to have it all. In the short run, it is a loss but in the long run, having preserved capital, lives and resources — that were expended by others — America may very well come out on top.

Moreover, the image of America in the Middle East is definitely tarnished as a peacemaker and broker. Blame all the realpolitik or whatever is the cause. But the thing with that is the push back from terrorist groups who then turn their anger on America after America has gone in to “help.” In the case of Syria, this is not about America. It is Russia’s puppy. It is Iran’s puppy. They take the spoils and their also bear the consequences, if any.

With regard to Russia, how quickly everyone forgets. There are countless photographs over the course of his presidency – both terms – that show Obama and Putin discussing and conferring. Now the media writes all these stories that Obama “refused to talk to Putin.” What a lie. What a barefaced lie. And then they wonder why Trump refuses to engage with the media. Trump will be the match for a dishonest media. It is important that the global media is more honest and quit with spreading propaganda. Trump will be their match there.

Of course, it is convenient for Trump when the media excoriates Obama for his relationship with Putin knowing full well that often, it was Putin who refused to have a mutually respectful relationship with Obama and not the other way around. Trump, from the start, disdained Obama’s presidency and from the beginning, he used Putin’s disrespect for Obama as a reason he (Trump) would make a better president, rather than calling out the Russian president for less than statesmanlike behavior towards the American president.

Putin appreciated that. But Putin does not necessarily appreciate Trump. Trump is a smart guy and he probably knows this but Putin is looking to eclipse Trump not share the stage with him. Putin’s interest is making Russia great again and this time, for a million and one reasons, he wants to make sure that Russia is way greater than the United States, such that there is no return to the post-cold war era. He wants to do to America what America did to Russia. Tit for tat? Maybe. But he is going to skilfully use Trump’s own hate of Obama and Trump’s kissing up to exact the outcome he craves. He has backed Trump into a corner.

In the end, the entire world will see this and will turn its attention again to Obama’s policies and how he viewed the world and his relationship with Russia, etc. The new world order that will come out of Trump’s relationship with Putin will put America in a much worse place than it ever was under Obama. For one thing, the more Russia hacks America and perpetrates cyberwarfare on the country the more in denial Trump will have to go (he is trapped!) and the bigger the damage and harm that will come to the country as a result.

Time will show this. And it is Trump’s own hate that is his achilles heel and that will have dire consequences for himself, his supporters, his country and the world. And really, this is penance. This is how nature is.

As for Israel, both Obama and Kerry are right and it is important that he leaves office having set his own record straight on this issue. Whatever happens after, he has no control. But his doctrine on Israel is morally, legally and strategically correct in the interest of the national security of not just the region and the United States, but also the world.

Time will tell. Time is on President Obama’s side.

Greek Ambassador to Brazil Kyriakos Amiridis Murdered Allegedly By His Wife’s Toy Boy – a Police Officer 20 Years Her Junior

Numerous reports from Brazil is that Greek Ambassador to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis, who was found dead in a burned out car in a sketchy area of Rio De Janeiro, was actually murdered by his wife’s younger lover. The wife is Brazilian, and according to Reuters, the lover confessed that they both planned to take out her husband so that they could be together. The Brazilian government is calling the murder a “crime of passion..”

Trump Compliments Putin as “Smart” For Ignoring Obama’s Sanctions

Trump is very loyal to Vladimir Putin and he sent a tweet of approval to his Russian BFF yesterday calling the Russian “smart.”

If you recall, the Obama Administration decided to sanction Russia for its interference into America’s election and the Administration labelled 35 Russian diplomats as “persona non grata” and basically tossed them from the United States, Perhaps predictably, Vladimir Putin was displeased with this and through his Foreign Minister vowed to expel 35 American diplomats from Russia (and there were rumors that he planned to close an American school in Russia as well.)

But at the last minute, he seems to have had a change of heart and Mr Putin instead wished Obama a nice holiday and vowed to wait for president elect Trump to take office in order to reset relations with the country. It is for this that Trump deemed Putin “smart” – whatever that means. Remember that Trump is king of double speak.

Keep in mind also that Trump’s congressional allies in the GOP are not very impressed with this relationship he has with Putin and they want to hit Putin and Russia “hard” for interfering in America’s elections – whatever that means.

Bien sûr, everybody knows that Trump is not afraid of the GOP and the chances are much more likely that they will come around to his way of thinking that he is to come around to theirs.

But voilà. This is where it stands for now.

Grizzly Steppe: Do the Russians Have a Plan to Fade America to Black?

In Vermont, they apparently found evidence that the electricity system has been hacked and of course they are pointing their fingers you-know-where. The Obama Administration has given it this interesting name: Grizzly Steppe.

Could there ever come a time when the Russians could just turn off all electrical power in the US with sophisticated malware? In which case they can probably even disable America’s nuclear codes such that even if the President puts his finger on the button and hit “go” nothing will happen?

Scary.

Theresa May Just Threw John Kerry Under the Bus in a Stunning Display of Hypocrisy

Considering the fact that Britain voted for the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, and the United States abstained, it is incredibly ballsy of British Prime Minister Theresa May to come out in criticism of John Kerry, the US Secretary of State who recently held a press conference to explain why the US abstained.

Respectfully, what is Theresa smoking?

Considering Britain’s stated policies on Israel and Palestine, considering how UK voted (they had veto power too!) she comes out and excoriates Kerry in this context?

Honestly, what is she smoking?

Perhaps it is just that she is trying to be Trump’s bedfellow considering the fact that with this BREXIT craziness the UK and the EU are not going to exactly be BFFs. So she is going to need friends and so she sells her soul in this uncroyable display of hypocrisy – and I say that with all due respect because I like her style and I can’t wait to get a pair of Burberry sneakers like hers. But she is a hypocrite! And it is unbearable! Or maybe she is just smoking something. But what? Cause it is giving her memory losses. She has forgotten not only what John Kerry said in his speech but how her own government voted in this resolution!

Maybe she is just scared about BREXIT and she is trying to curry favor with Trump. I should warn her: TRUMP IS TOTALLY UNPREDICTABLE. If I were May I would wait to see which way the wind blows with this guy before I hitched on my wagon and threw my old friends under the bus.

Will Russia Sanction France due to Charlie Hebdo Art Work?

 

 

According to the Moscow Times, Charlie Hebdo, the satirical french paper has angered Russia with several arguably distasteful cartoons depicting the crash on Christmas day that killed 92 people, including 64 member of the Red army choir. One Russian blogger has called for Russia to impose sanctions on France as a  result:

Just hours after Charlie Hebdo’s latest work, there’s already a petition hosted on Change.org calling for Russian sanctions against France, against the staff of Charlie Hebdo, and against Audrey Azoulay, France’s minister of culture and telecommunications. Initiated by Russian journalist and blogger Nikolai Zubov, the petition had 419 supporters, at the time of this writing.

One Kremlin spokesperson found the satirists’ drawings “blasphemous,” saying:

“This has nothing to do with democracy, self-expression, or whatever,” the Kremlin’s spokesperson said at the time about the drawings, calling them “pure blasphemy.”

 

The United States of Russia Will Give the Former United Soviet Socialist Republic a Run for its Money

Next up for Putin and the Kremlin: Form a new Union. The Russian Union or the United States of Russia. How? Easy:

  1. Step one: Infiltrate and take over the following states and make them part of the Russian Empire willingly or unwillingly:
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Estonia

2. Convince Iran and Turkey of the wisdom of being part of the Russian Union instead of the European Union (especially in the case of Turkey).

3. Declare military dominion over the Middle Eastern states by sheer force of will.

4. Once the initial steps have been solidified and all these states are on board, infiltrate Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Poland and take those over by sheer force of will. (Putin will probably use diplomacy though and go for a EU type of deal with these states and in the case of states that are already in the EU, he will convince them to bail and jump ship.

5. Once these states are all safely part of the new union, it is fait accompli for Russia and the Kremlin. As far as Putin is concerned, China can have Africa if it wants or fight with the US to see who gets what.

6. With respect to the rest (and this is very key) break up the European Union with machiavellian strategies so that there is no alliance that can match him on this side of the Atlantic.

7. Across the Atlantic, weaken and tie up the United States with cyber-warfare and possibly even open and hostile military attacks and completely dismantle their idea of being a democracy. Moreover, destroy the country’s reputation in the global arena such that they lose ALL credibility.

This can all be accomplished in four short years.

Vladimir Putin on How to Take Over the World in 6 Steps

Vladimir Putin is poised to become the new leader of the world. He did it in SIX easy steps:

  1. Form the right alliances and create a new power structure (Iran, Turkey, China)
  2. Dismantle the power structure in America and plunge the country into chaos (Donald Trump, Hacks)
  3. Achieve a high profile military win (Syria)
  4. Divide Europe (Brexit, far right insurgence)
  5. Encourage the dismantling of NATO (while creating a new alliance to fill the void)
  6. Bow to the UN (while at the same time encourage the US to diss the UN)

Voila.

Trump Dismissed the UN as a “coffee club” But Putin Still Respects the UN Security Council And Here is the Proof

Vladimir Putin is on a roll and he will be seen as the leader of the world very soon. He is calling all the shots in Syria, for example, and has just brokered a ceasefire to a five-year conflict which so far, is holding steady. Now, he is about to submit the agreement between the al Assad regime and the rebel fighters to of all places the United Nations Security Council. According to a recent report in the Atlantic:

The agreement that is reached will be submitted to the UN Security Council later Thursday, the Russian foreign minister said. Both Turkey and Russia said representatives of the Syrian government and the rebels will meet soon in Astana, the Kazakh capital. Turkey added that they will be accompanied by the guarantor countries.

This says something about Putin and how he views his role in this conflict. He is not just doing this haphazardly and in a totally lawless way. It is not totally “clean” of course. Bad things have occurred but he is moving now to put a stamp of legitimacy on it by taking it to the UN Security Council for approval. This is a big time political coup for this player on the international stage. This gives him credence. This gives him power.

What is power anyway? As I have always argued, it is not about money. Money does not make you powerful. It is about influence. Russia’s economy is in the abyss at the moment. Even India has better balance sheets than Russia right now. But Russia is emerging a very powerful country and Putin as a very powerful leader because of his ability to influence the outcome of global events.

By bringing Turkey and Iran in for the ride, he also creates this center of gravity that cannot be ignored or taken for granted going forward from a foreign policy perspective.

The more influence Putin achieves, the greater the likelihood that Putin’s allies like Iran and Turkey will also grow in stature. Trump will be in deep trouble here because of his expressed disdain for Iran, for example. Putin is going to force Trump to eat humble pie with respect to Iran. Iran will become a nuclear state as well. Behind the scenes, they probably already are despite the Iran deal.

Europe is in a very precarious position right now. If European leaders are not worried about the turn of events in international politics and global affairs, then each and every one of them is a fool.

As for America, once Putin takes over the power in the Soviet region and the Middle East, (AND THEN EUROPE!) America is probably done. Because China is also more likely to team with Putin. And Trump is hostile towards China. China has Africa. America is probably done.

And when you factor the internal chaos in the United States in, the hatred among its people for each other, the division, the raw hate that spews from every direction for each other, the Congress and how they preferred to block everything the president tried to do and to work to sabotage their own president domestically and internationally, America is probably done. They don’t know it yet.

But its the beginning of the end and maybe we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman the Sexy Maria Zakharova Promises Reprisals for Obama’s Russian Sanctions

With the recent sanctions against Russia that include the ejection of 35 Russian diplomats from the Russian Republic from the United States, Barack Obama demonstrates that he understands that chaos can be an effective strategy in foreign policy as well as in presidential politics. Russia loves chaos and  one of its spokesmen even say that they “sell” it.

Trump also is king of chaos. Jeb Bush rightly called Trump the “chaos candidate” but what Jeb failed to understand is that chaos is a strategy and it is a commodity. You can buy it and sell it in the marketplace.

What is behind Obama’s play of the chaos card? Why now and why this way? That is the question for the pundits to answer.

In the meantime,  Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova (she looks like an ice skater, doesn’t she? Or is this sexist?) had a press conference yesterday where she disclosed that Russia will close an American school in Moscow as well as take other counter measures to be disclosed later today.

Meanwhile, members of the GOP have chastised Obama for his tardy response to the alleged Russian hacking and espionage despite seeming to approve of the president’s actions that, as indicated above, include expulsion of diplomats and a declaration that these individuals are “persona non grata.”

They have called for STRONGER measures against Russia at the same moment when Trump is pleading for everyone to get over the hacking and move on with their lives. Notably, however, the president elect has promised to meet with intelligence officials shortly to discuss their findings about the espionage and the hacks. The president elect, who has expressed doubts about these hacks will likely find himself between a rock and a hard place following these intelligence briefings when coupled with Russia’s countermeasures.

It is chaos.

It is bloody chaos.

Is Donald Trump in for a Post-inauguration Shock From the Republican Party With Regard to Russian Hacks?

Donald Trump and his GOP compatriots seem to be on different sides of the issue when it comes to Russian hacking. He strongly defends the Kremlin and members of his party including John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Paul Ryan, as well as Senate leader Mitch McConnell sound ominously like they have a plan for Russia and Trump. Their strong language suggests that a serious probe will follow after the inauguration of Trump and if Trump is implicated in any way, he will face a congressional hearing.

He has already set himself up as a fattened, juicy, Thanksgiving goose because he has given all of these people the jobs they want and need. He delivered the White House to them and basically, the three branches of the government. It was an unprecedented rout.

But do they want Trump as president?

What if this is a ruse? What if they are planning to impeach him for these election activities and give the job to Mike Pence? Their words are very suspicious in the sense that it heralds heavy action to come. But they have chosen not to take this action yet to make sure that all goes well with the inauguration. If they take action now, and show conclusively that Trump won because of Russia, the win would be illegitimate and they would have to face this and face the real possibility that Hillary Clinton would mount a legal challenge and demand the presidency (after all she won 5 million more popular votes). So instead, they have chosen not to rock the boat till after the inauguration. By doing it this way, it is less likely that they will be forced to change the presidency over to the democrats because it would be too much chaos for the country.

So they are biding their time with Trump. At the right moment, they will hang him out to dry with this Russia thing and give the job to Mike Pence –  who they prefer for more reasons than six.

Are you still reading Mr Trump?

Do you copy?

Obama Sanctions Russia For Hacking, & Kicks Out 35 Russian Diplomats & Issues Executive Order 13694

President Obama is not pleased with the Kremlin and to express his displeasure for Russian hacking and frankly other grievances, he took action today by expelling three dozen Russian diplomats, deeming them “persona non grata.” He also issued executive order 13694

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a post election bedfellow of Donald Trump, apparently issued a response:

“While today’s action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia. And it serves as a prime example of this administration’s ineffective foreign policy that has left America weaker in the eyes of the world,” he said in a statement.
He added that “Russia does not share America’s interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world.”

It seems Mr Ryan is not a bedfellow of Vladimir Putin. Will this create any post-inauguration tensions in the Trump Administration, given that Mr Trump has publicized his affinity for the Soviet leader?

Billionaire George Soros is Depressed About World Affairs and While He is at it He Threw a Pot of Insults at Donald Trump

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros is bearish on the way things are developing in the world’s leading democracies at the moment. From Brexit and the looming implosion of the Maastricht Treaty to the Election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, he sees a full blown crisis ahead for democracy the world over. He goes so far as to call Donald Trump a “would-be dictator” in a recent op-ed in Project Syndicate, where he wrote in part:

 

Democracy is now in crisis. Even the US, the world’s leading democracy, elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president. Although Trump has toned down his rhetoric since he was elected, he has changed neither his behavior nor his advisers. His cabinet comprises incompetent extremists and retired generals.

What lies ahead?

I am confident that democracy will prove resilient in the US. Its Constitution and institutions, including the fourth estate, are strong enough to resist the excesses of the executive branch, thus preventing a would-be dictator from becoming an actual one.

But the US will be preoccupied with internal struggles in the near future, and targeted minorities will suffer. The US will be unable to protect and promote democracy in the rest of the world. On the contrary, Trump will have greater affinity with dictators. That will allow some of them to reach an accommodation with the US, and others to carry on without interference. Trump will prefer making deals to defending principles. Unfortunately, that will be popular with his core constituency.
Soros, an 86 year old Hungarian Jew and naturalized citizen of the United States, expressed personal pain about the state of world affairs at this moment in time. He blamed the trend towards “closed societies” from once “open societies” on the failure of elected leaders to meet voters’ expectations:
I find the current moment in history very painful. Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise. How could this happen? The only explanation I can find is that elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations and that this failure led electorates to become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism. Quite simply, many people felt that the elites had stolen their democracy.
While he is concerned with the short term impact on American democracy and the American way of life with the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president, he expressed confidence that the natural constitutional checks and balances in place will prevent a total disintegration of the country as we know it. He was not so sure about the European Union, however, which he fears will fall into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, Mr Soros seems of the opinion is on a mission to destabilise European democracies and perhaps bring the entire continent under Russian control.
Putin’s recent moves in Ukraine are one thing. But a quick glance at the map shows that a complete take over of Europe by Russia, while a totally unthinkable and insane notion at this instance, is not totally impossible given the realities in the global system at this time, as well as the geographic terrain. And with the bromance that is brewing between Russia and America due to the election of Donald Trump (which Putin is accused of having spearheaded with hacking and spreading of ‘fake news”) who will be there to protect Europe if Putin indeed decides that he wants to spread his empire a little bit more to the West.
George Soros opines :

I am particularly worried about the fate of the EU, which is in danger of coming under the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose concept of government is irreconcilable with that of open society. Putin is not a passive beneficiary of recent developments; he worked hard to bring them about. He recognized his regime’s weakness: it can exploit natural resources but cannot generate economic growth. He felt threatened by “color revolutions” in Georgia, Ukraine, and elsewhere. At first, he tried to control social media. Then, in a brilliant move, he exploited social media companies’ business model to spread misinformation and fake news, disorienting electorates and destabilizing democracies. That is how he helped Trump get elected.

The same is likely to happen in the European election season in 2017 in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. In France, the two leading contenders are close to Putin and eager to appease him. If either wins, Putin’s dominance of Europe will become a fait accompli.

Who is Sigmar Gabriel?

Politico just ran an article about a guy named Sigmar Gabriel. Apparently, he could be the next Chancellor of Germany. Angela Merkel better watch out!

Sigmar at a Glance:

  • He is Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
  • He is Vice Chancellor of Germany
  • He is Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy
  • He is 57 years old
  • He is married with two kids
  • He started out his career as a school teacher in Germany
  • He is a union member
  • He has called Israel  an “apartheid regime”
  • He is in favor of easing sanctions against Russia in exchange for cooperation in Syria
  • He has said that Google, Amazon and Apple are “anti social” organisms.

Can this personality win over the majority of German voters in 2018? It is a question mark but he certainly so far “has won the backing of the liberal-economic wing of his SPD party,” according to Politico.eu. Apparently, for all his good points, Gabriel does not have populist appeal.

Vladimir Putin Announces that a Syrian Ceasefire Has Been Agreed To, and Begins December 30 2016 (Turkey helped)

Has he successfully brokered a peace deal in Syria? It seems as if Vladimir Putin, along with Turkey, has successfully assisted the Syrian fighters in reaching a deal to stop the slaughter in their country. Sixty-thousand fighters (60,000) have reportedly agreed to lay down their arms and bring to an end this protracted multi-year struggle for power and control of the country. Mr Putin describes the accord as “fragile” perhaps recognizing that similar UN-backed and US supported accords have quickly imploded.

If this agreement sticks, however, it will undoubtedly raise Mr Putin’s stature in the international community, and perhaps even elevate him to the “leader” of the current global system in some people’s minds. Will this sit well with Mr Trump? Will he willingly allow Mr Putin to enjoy the “leader” mantle? Or will he compete to be number one?

Many world leaders have lamented that the US has lost influence in global affairs over the last several years in the Post-Iraq war era. Increasingly, leaders in the Arab states as well as in Europe have looked beyond the UN and the US for solutions to these gnawing conflicts in the Middle East.  President Obama’s foreign policy has been that the US should not be the only one shouldering the burden of keeping a misbehaving world in order. He has stressed multilateralism as far as costs and capital and manpower. The wisdom of this approach is indisputable but the result is also evident – the US could lose its “leadership” position in global affairs. Correspondingly, if President Trump adopts the isolationist posture he has threatened during the campaign and focus his energies entirely on reupholstering America’s airports and other infrastructure as well as create jobs domestically and build that Great Wall, America could render itself nearly irrelevant in the international arena.

Is this necessarily a bad thing? America followed an isolationist path before and existed quite happily and productively apart it its cocoon prior to the Second World War. Sure, the world is different from what it was then, and not only from the standpoint of globalization and technological advancement. But it does not mean that America could not successfully isolate itself once again and turn the world over to Russia (and maybe to a lesser extent China) to deal with all the minor  headaches – and leaving itself the option of butting in only for the biggest of the big fights. Right?

Israeli Attorney General Orders Criminal Probe of Benjamin Netanyahu According to Bombshell Report

Reuters is reporting that Israeli  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be facing a criminal investigation by the Israeli justice department. The nature of the charges have not yet been publicly disclosed but could be imminent according to the report.

Some speculate that it could pertain to Mr Netanyahu’s purchase of German submarines and conflicts of interest, however it is all speculation at this juncture.

No official response from Mr Netanyahu’s Tel Aviv office have been issued. Mr Trump, US President Elect and new BFF of the Israeli prime minister, has so far been silent.

John Kerry’s Classy Rebuke of Benjamin Netanyahu: “Friends Don’t Put Friends in this Position”

His rebuke of Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu was classy, necessary and overdue. John Kerry defended the United States right to love its friends while also staying true to its values. This is fundamental and non-negotiable – even if it means having to lose favor with a friend like Israel. And it seems that is exactly the result. Even president elect Trump is accusing Mr Kerry of “disdaining” and “disrespecting” Israel.

Putting aside the president elect’s penchant for siding with everybody else instead of his own country, the Kerry speech resonated and struck some dark chords:

Politico.com:

Kerry painted a dark picture of what that future might look like: “millions of Palestinians permanently living in segregated enclaves in the middle of the West Bank, with no real political rights, separate legal, education, and transportation systems, vast income disparities, under a permanent military occupation that deprives them of the most basic freedoms.”

Using an emotionally charged phrase drawn from America’s history of segregation, Kerry condemned such conditions as “separate and unequal.” “Would an Israeli accept living that way? Would an American accept living that way? Will the world accept it?” he asked.

To think that any American president could support such policies and blindly profess “friendship” and loyalty in any and all circumstances is appalling. Hopefully the next president will reconsider his position.

Will Trump Allow Israel to Become His Albatross?

The current leadership in Israel seems bent on a far right agenda that could alienate support for the Zionist state around the world. Already, 15 UN Security members have voted against the illegal Jewish settlement and in January, up to 70 nations will convene in France to discuss next steps in this Israel-Palestine saga. Indeed the only person who is openly supporting Israel’s actions is US president elect Donald Trump.

Is he enough to fight the world on Israel’s behalf tout seule? Is America strong enough and resilient enough and popular enough and influential enough at this point in time to take on the entire rest of the world on behalf of Israel? Or will Israel become an albatross for the Trump administration? And does it have to be like that? Or could parties behave with more reasonableness?

It seems that even with the American/Israeli friendship, there has to be some limits. It cannot be utterly without parameters and conditions. If Mr Trump fails to understand that, then he could be biting off more than he can chew with Israel and could find himself in over his head when the whole thing, for lack of a better world, explodes.

 

As Venezuela Descends into Chaos, President Nicolas Madura dances the Salsa on His Radio Show 2X Per Week

You can’t make this stuff up:

For years Venezuelans have struggled with mounting shortages of food, medicine and other consumer goods, as well as triple-digit inflation that has rendered the national currency, the bolivar, worthless. By this month the 100-bolivar bill, the largest note in circulation, was worth only 2 cents, forcing people to carry piles of them in order to make the most rudimentary purchases. Then came this coup: On Dec. 11, President Nicolás Maduro, an economically illiterate former bus driver, announced that all 6 billion 100-bolivar notes would cease to be legal tender in just 72 hours. He also closed Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil, on the theory that traders were hoarding currency in those countries.

Almost overnight, millions of Venezuelans — about 40 percent of whom do not have bank accounts in which the currency could be deposited — lost the ability to purchase even those goods still available on the market. The result was predictable: looting and riots in at least eight cities.

Added to that, a recent Chicago Tribune article reveals that millions of people in the country are on the verge of starvation, literally and the government appointed military officials are literally trafficking food – the basics such a rice and cornmeal.

Meanwhile, where is President Nicolas Manduro? He is dancing the salsa on his TV/radio show!

John Kerry’s to Speak on UN Resolution 2334 Re Israel & Palestine and the Obama Administration’s Two-State Solution Foreign Policy

US Secretary of State John Kerry will address the United States and the world this Wednesday to articulate the vision of the Obama White House of a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine and “lay down a marker on a longstanding US and international approach to the Middle East Region.”

The Kerry speech at the State Department at 11am (4pm GMT) is expected to restate the Obama administration’s continued faith in a two-state solution to the chronic impasse. It is a parting shot after eight years in office, during which there has been a dearth of diplomatic progress. It is not expected to lead to any new initiative but rather lay down a marker on a longstanding US and international approach to the region before the US president-elect, whose commitment to such a solution is in doubt, assumes office.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/27/obama-and-allies-seek-to-isolate-netanyahu-before-trump-takes-office

 

Netanyahu to Diss Theresa May at the Forthcoming World Economic Forum in Davos?

Benjamin Netanyahu is on a foreign policy blitzkrieg after the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously (with the abstention of the United States which is tantamount to a “yes” vote) that Israel indeed is guilty of disturbing the peace by its insistence on settling disputed territory in Palestine and the West Bank. Further, the resolution declared that Israel indeed is in violation of International law.

Fourteen nations voted against Israel on this resolution. The sole voice in support of Israel on this specific issue is US president elect Donald Trump who tweeted shortly after the resolution was passed that the UN is nothing but a club for people who want to chat over coffee.

The diplomatic fallout from the vote was spectacular and continues to reverberate, after Israeli prime minister Netanyahu took a number of measures in reprisal for what he called a “gang up against Israel” at the UN. He even vowed to yank Israel’s participation in the UN and he also summoned several diplomats to Israel to discuss the consequences for their betrayal. Countries like Senegal were told they would get no more Israeli cash because of their vote and other countries like New Zealand were given verbal reprimands and told that a vote against Israel would be considered a “declaration of war.”

In Israel, Mr Netanyahu does not enjoy unanimous approval and support for his handling of this foreign policy setback. According to the Guardian, there has been a lot of backlash against the Israeli prime minister:

The latest planned reported moves also come amid evidence of a mounting backlash against Netanyahu’s handling of the situation. On Monday Yesh Atid, the party of one of Netanyahu’s biggest rivals on the right, Yair Lapid, urged the Knesset to summon Netanyahu to explain the “dangerous deterioration in Israel’s foreign relations” following the vote. Israeli columnists also continued to damn Netanyahu’s handling of the fallout with Ben Caspit, of the Maariv, describing his “campaign of chastisement” as the “most unwarranted and looniest in the world of diplomacy in modern history”.

But it does not appear to stop there. Now there is Rumor that Mr Netanyahu planned to diss British Prime Minister Theresa May in Davos where all the heads of state will be meeting for an annual forum. There have been denials from Netanyahu’s Tel Aviv office about this. But the rumors persist anyway because Mr Netanyahu is said to be “rip shit angry” about this stab in the back from the UN and its permanent members like UK who voted against Israel and its illegal settlements.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis Rejects a Muslim Woman For Prime Minister Role

Under threat of suspension by the Romanian parliament, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has rejected a Muslim woman Sevil Shhaideh to fill the role as prime minister. Madame Shhaideh is the first woman and first Muslim who has ever been in line for this position in the Romanian government and she is married to a man who happens to be Syrian and who supports Assad.

Trumputing (US president elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin but with a “g”) would probably like this woman.

 

What If the US Supported Reinstating Bashar Al Assad in Syria? Is this Bad Precedent?

The current US position on Syria is “Bashar Al Assad Must Go.” This has been Barack Obama’s stated position and it would have been Hillary Clinton’s as well. The rationale for this position is understood and commendable. Had a “no fly zone” occurred in 2011, perhaps it would have even been achievable. But the world is a long way from 2011.

Even assuming the clock could be turned back at this point and there had been a no fly zone instituted, and Bashar al Assad had been toppled, there is no guarantee that there would be law and order in Syria today. The textbook case for this type of intervention is Libya. There was intervention in Libya in 2011. A no fly zone was instituted. The regime was toppled, Gaddafi is dead and there is total and complete bedlam in the country.

It is now 2016. Five years have passed. Bashar al Assad has held on to his power with the help of Vladimir Putin. What are the realistic alternatives now for the United States and its allies as far as a solution in Syria? Is there an opposition government that is strong and trustworthy waiting in the wings to take over – assuming this regime is toppled – so that there is not a repeat of what happened in Libya?

If the answer to this question is not a strong “yes” then it is folly to remove Bashar al Assad at this time. Prior to 2011, Syria was a functioning country. Life there was not perfect, bien sûr. People had their beefs, as they do everywhere in the world. But it was functioning, was it not? There was law and order. There was food. People went to work and to the mosque and to the movies. Is this not enough? To be able to eat and go to work and to the mosque and to the movies? What else does anyone need these days? None of us live in heaven no matter where we live whether that is France, America, Venezuela, Congo or Iran. Everywhere, there are problems. Everybody has to make do.

The problem is, that Western ego wants things to be how they want things to be and this has led to a lot of disastrous adventurism – especially in the Middle East. Why is it that Western governments cannot mind their collective business when it comes to the Middle East and their lives and their culture? So what if Bashar al Assad is an autocrat? So what if he has been ruling for a really long time and his father before him? This is their country. This is their culture and maybe this was fine with the Syrian people before all this meddling occurred! Where is it written in the Bible or Koran or any other book that a leader can only be president for 8 years? Where is it written that a leader should be changed after a certain number of years?

This is a Western notion! And that is fine for the West. But in the Middle East, it is their norm that a leader can lead till whenever. And if it is OK with them it ought to be OK with us in the West. Moreover, even if it becomes not OK with them, and they want a change, they have to achieve that in a certain way. Breaking the entire country down to rubble because you become disenchanted with the leader is not, necessarily, the smartest and most effective way. But if that is the way they chose, it is their country. What business is it of ours?

Yes, I know. People are dying. This, obviously, is not a good thing. It is a bad thing. But are we making it better by going in there and “meddling” in these people’s affairs?  I guess if we go in as third party arbitrators or third party good officers, it might be one thing. But we are going in there all wrong. We are going in there to throw our weight around. This is wrong. This is a mistake.

Look, West, let’s butt the hell out of Syria. Assad may be the devil but we know the devil we have. We do not know the one we are going to get. Plus, he is tough. He has staying power. He did not die. Let him have his country back. In a few years, maybe they can sort it out and have an election and move on with their lives.

If we get out of Syria and let them sort it out…we need to but the hell out of the Middle East! This, really, is the bottom line! We need to get the hell out! Completely!

The more I think about this the angrier it is starting to make me. What part of “get the hell out” do these Western leaders not understand? I think all of the parts because I just read that they are arming the opposition in Syria again and I just think this is madness.

Really, this is just madness.

No Meeting Between Donald Trump and Dennis Sassou Nguesso, President of Congo Brazzaville, According to Spokeswoman Hope Hicks

The prospect of US President elect Donald Trump meeting with the leader of an African nation, during his transition to the White House was unusual and unprecedented and it lit up the Internet with many people being critical of the decision. As it turns out, the whole thing was one big misunderstanding. Donald Trump is not meeting with Mr Dennis Sassou Nguesso after all. At least, not before taking office on January 20th.

Mr Trump does express an interest in having strong relations with African leaders, however. At the same time, it is questionable whether MR Nguesso is the right type of leader. According to Quartz.com:

Many were disappointed at the prospect of Nguesso becoming the first African president that president-elect Trump would meet. The Congolese leader has a shaky record on democratic and human rights. Nguesso, 73, has been president of Congo Brazzaville (also known as Republic of Congo) for 19 consecutive years, and was re-elected in March for another seven years. He has been president for a total of 32 years, excluding the five years he didn’t run the country between 1992 and 1997.

A Visit to Pearl Harbor by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

President Obama did it first by visiting memorial sites in Hiroshima, Japan (he was the first US President to do so) commemorating the death by nuclear bombing of Japanese men, women and children during World War II. Now, it was Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s turn. Along with president Obama, Mr Abe visited the USS Arizona Memorial.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit Tuesday to the USS Arizona Memorial. “I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls who lost their lives here,” said Abe, who was accompanied by President Obama, at the site of the deadly Japanese attack that prompted the U.S. entry into World War II. The visit would have been unthinkable even last year when Abe visited the U.S. because the issue is a sensitive one in Japan where the legacy of the nation’s wartime actions remain a divisive issue. But earlier this year, Obama became the first U.S. president in office to visit Hiroshima, the Japanese city whose bombing with a nuclear weapon by the U.S. led to Japan’s surrender in the war, easing some of the domestic opposition to Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor.

https://www.theatlantic.com/liveblogs/2016/12/news-today/511706/12854/

 

Corruption Charges Filed Against Former President of Argentina Cristina Kirchner

Speaking of political bedfellows, in Argentina, a former president was indicted by using her position as president to award construction projects to a family friend. The judge in the case also ruled that well over half a million dollars of her personal assets should be seized.

From theAtlantic.com

Cristina Kirchner, the former president of Argentina, was indicted Tuesday by a federal judge over allegations of corruption tied to an infrastructure project. Kirchner is accused of using her position to award government-funded public works projects to a construction company owned by a close family associate. The judge’s order also seizes $640 million of Kirchner’s assets, and indicts the country’s former planning minister, the former public works secretary, and the man who owns the construction company that profited from the contracts. Kirchner has called the allegations politically motivated, and accused current President Mauricio Macri of concocting the plot against her. In an October court appearance, she said the accounts had all been approved by both parliament and the country’s auditor general.