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President Trump is now blaming Obama for Russian hacking. A month ago he did not think there was hacking, but now that it’s getting harder to lie about it, like always, it is Obama’s fault.

Trump calls CNN, ABC, fake news, among others, only deciding that Fox is real news at a press conference in front of an international audience. He even refused to take questions from CNN, something no other President has ever done.

Trump claims our respect overseas has gone up since he became President. The opposite is true! He had to meet the Queen of England in the boonies, where he managed not to bow, walked in front of her, and was only given a very short tea because there were massive demonstrations against his visit in London. President Obama and his wife were given a tea, a state dinner, and invited to stay overnight in the Palace. Then he went to Scotland to golf, more massive protests, you could even hear the protestors the whole time he was golfing!

He insults the leaders of our best allies, calling Canada a threat to our security and insulting Justin Trudeau, although not to his face! Made statements that Germany is in thrall to Russia, and that Theresa May was a bad leader and that he had told her how to do Brexit but she ignored him and that her political competitor would make a great Prime Minister! The first time an American President has inserted himself into a foreign allies politics! He did these things on record, some on video, then tried to say they were fake news when he was accosted by the news media, all fake of course!

Trump is still trumpeting his successful talks with Kim Jung Un while North Korea is still secretly building and enhancing their nuclear arsenal! China has hired workers under the guise of an educational program, who send all their wages back to their government. This also gives North Korea a way to buy luxury electronics and other goods to keep its rich and powerful supporters of Kim happy!

American satellite surveillance and Japanese ships have observed oil transfers from Chinese tankers to Korean tankers. Russia also participates in the Korean worker/slave scheme and has increased the number of workers recently. Both Russia and China ignore any economic sanctions they can surreptitiously get around. I don’t think Russia or China really want a nuclear North Korea, but both like slave labor in their factories, and both want to take advantage of an American President who they can manipulate just like the Howdy Doody of old he resembles!

Trump admires the political strongman and desires to emulate them. He is a bully and like most bullies a coward. He makes nice in front of our allies, then tweets nasty at them from the safety of his aircraft or throne room! He tells lies that I see his party scrambling to explain or justify. Lies that are so blatant and so easily proven to be a lie. This is one thing you can check for yourself. He will say one thing in a statement, or a tweet, and then in a tweet or statement hours later say exactly the opposite. So one has to be the lie, pick the one you like best!

[Edited version of an article by Eli Stokels of the LA Times.]

At the NATO news conference, Trump said about shared spending, “They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before.” Other leaders, however, denied that they had made any new pledges beyond what they’d agreed to in 2014, under some pressure from President Obama. “No increase in spending,” Italy’s new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, said of his country’s military budget. French President Emmanuel Macron, in his own closing news conference, said NATO members generally had made no new commitments.

The diplomatic confusion Trump caused among NATO allies left them more uncertain than before of the U.S. commitment, and apprehensive about his get-together with Putin. At NATO’s close, he cast himself as a savior, yet it was a crisis of his own making that distracted from an agenda focused on Russia, and anti-terrorism. A day after tweeting, “What good is NATO?” Trump spoke in his most glowing terms ever about the alliance, a pillar of the post-World War II democratic order and one that as a presidential candidate he repeatedly called “obsolete.” “I believe in NATO,” Trump said. “I believe it’s probably the greatest ever done.”

The president’s “misstatements and bluster,” Senator McCain wrote, “are the words of one man. Americans and their Congress still believe in the transatlantic alliance.” He ridiculed Trump’s description of Putin as a competitor, saying, “Putin is our enemy” because he chose to be — by invading Ukraine, annexing Crimea, slaughtering Syrians and attacking U.S. elections and democracies worldwide.

These are my conclusions about what Eli Stokols was writing about the NATO conference!

Trump, as usual, tried to take credit for something that actually did not happen! The increases in spending are still on the same schedule that NATO members agreed to under some pressure by President Obama! Not only was this conference not a success by any means, he left NATO wondering by saying he could pull out any time and he did not need congressional approval to do it!

He attacked Germany and Angela Merkel saying they are pawns of Russia! He attacked England and Theresa May, even saying he thought her political rival would be better at her job! An unprecedented intrusion into a countries politics by an American President! He went on to say he had told her how to do Brexit but she wouldn’t listen! He attacked Europe as a whole by saying that allowing immigration would destroy what used to be great European traditions! You know, all white and all Christian, my words, of course!

Trump is a disruptor, which I admit sometimes can be a good thing, but not in his case! He attacks and insults longtime allies and trade partners. He puts in jeopardy alliances that we need for long-term security. His misguided trade restrictions of our allies, he just threatened England with trade reductions. Even his China policies are a mistake! We have issues with China, trade and otherwise, but what he is doing to them and our allies in his new tariff demands will hurt us, and hurt us bad!  His disruptions are guided by only one thing, his desire to show he is in charge on the world stage and you better pay allegiance to the World Emperor or else!