The Trump Presidency...

Trump's press conference at the NATO Summit was an incredible piece of 'aren't I wonderful' theatre. His name-checking of US defence contractors as being open for business to allow NATO allies to spend their extra budgetary commitments was a great win for his powerbase of industry and those in manufacturing jobs. Whether the increased commitment survives contact with the reality check of national parliaments and treasuries, apart from Erdogan who doesn't need to bother, will play out over the coming weeks. If it does, nations will be hard-pressed to spend the money in-year, so buying US off-the-shelf (or out of the boneyard) may be the only choice.

Alternatively, you can increase defence spending by giving the troops a pay rise!
 
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Unlike the Clintons, who only take money from patriotic, American Mafiosi.

Rosario Gambino
And the relevance is?
You know, since Hilary DIDN'T get elected?
Although the one thing you can say for her was that she certainly wasn't a shill for Vlad. They hate each other.

Even if that stupid story about Uranium One was cobbled together by the Useful Idiots of Breitbart and InfoWars to imply that she was,when any fule kno she was busy running a paedophile slave ring out of a pizza parlour.
 
His name-checking of US defence contractors as being open for business to allow NATO allies to spend their extra budgetary commitments was a great win for his powerbase of industry and those in manufacturing jobs.
Unless, of course, the NATO allies a) spend the cash in domestic defence industries b) spend it in other NATO allies' defence industries c) spend it in other non-NATO countries' defence industries d) spend it on something else entirely or e) ignore him and don't spend it at all.

His game plan seems to be predicated on the assumption that the US is an indispensable component of world affairs while at the same time he's looking to extract the US from world affairs. Bigly good.
 
Its not Putin controlling anything despite the overblown commentary, but rational people who just don't believe there politicians care about the nation or people anymore. Out of desperation people turn to the mavericks and real socialists, which may be wrong, but what alternative is offered them, but 'adapt or die'.
Well, they could choose to become politically active themselves, instead of looking for the first charlatans to offer them bread and circuses.(sorry, free student loans and a magic money tree).

I refer the historically minded to the inglorious career of the populist Gracchi brothers in ancient Rome to see what happens when the "real socialists and mavericks" get into power. Some initial success,followed by being beaten to death in the street,and their followers purged.
 
Unless, of course, the NATO allies a) spend the cash in domestic defence industries b) spend it in other NATO allies' defence industries c) spend it in other non-NATO countries' defence industries d) spend it on something else entirely or e) ignore him and don't spend it at all.

His game plan seems to be predicated on the assumption that the US is an indispensable component of world affairs while at the same time he's looking to extract the US from world affairs. Bigly good.
Hey haven’t you figured out we personally hate you all, but will do business with you. So buy our stuff or else. Damn Euro trash hippies.
 
The best bit of the visit tomorrow is that most of the pot-holes locally have been repaired.

Thank you, Mr President.
 
Unless, of course, the NATO allies a) spend the cash in domestic defence industries b) spend it in other NATO allies' defence industries c) spend it in other non-NATO countries' defence industries d) spend it on something else entirely or e) ignore him and don't spend it at all.
And, unsurprisingly, it looks like option e according to the agreed text of the communique. It appears that someone forgot the value of verbal agreement forms.

'We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to all aspects of the Defence Investment Pledge agreed at the 2014 Wales Summit, and to submit credible national plans on its implementation, including the spending guidelines for 2024, planned capabilities, and contributions. Fair burden sharing underpins the Alliance’s cohesion, solidarity, credibility, and ability to fulfil our Article 3 and Article 5 commitments. We welcome the considerable progress made since the Wales Summit with four consecutive years of real growth in non-US defence expenditure. All Allies have started to increase the amount they spend on defence in real terms and some two-thirds of Allies have national plans in place to spend 2% of their Gross Domestic Product on defence by 2024. More than half of Allies are spending more than 20% of their defence expenditures on major equipment, including related research and development, and, according to their national plans, 24 Allies will meet the 20% guideline by 2024.'

Brussels Summit Declaration issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, 11-12 July 2018
 
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Bombshell report reveals how shady Russian cash flowed through Trump’s Toronto hotel
BRAD REED
12 JUL 2018 AT 07:48 ET

According to the Financial Times’ reporting, Shnaider in 2010 made a secret $100 million payment to a group of so-called “introducers” who were representing the Kremlin. The goal of the payment to these “introducers” was to pave the way for Shnaider’s group to sell off its stake in the Zaporizhstal steel mill in eastern Ukraine.


A major investigation conducted by the Financial Times reveals how shady Russian cash flowed through the financial of President Donald Trump’s Toronto hotel — and, ultimately, back to the president himself.


In particular, the report zeroes in on actions taken by Alex Shnaider, the Russian-Canadian billionaire who served as Trump’s business partner in the construction of Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto.


Shnaider eventually succeeded in selling off the steel mill with the help of Russian state bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) — and the Financial Times’ reporting raises questions about whether the deal would have gotten financing from VEB without the massive payment to the “introducers.”


More importantly, writes the Financial Times, “legal filings in a recent commercial dispute between Shnaider and his business partner raised the possibility that some of the money could have ended up with Russian government officials.”


If the payments made by Shnaider did wind up in the hands of Russian officials, then the deal would likely be considered an illegal bribe under Canadian law.


After the sale of the steel mill, Shnaider used $40 million of the proceeds to further finance Trump’s Toronto hotel. Of that, a further $4 million went to the Trump Organization in the form of licensing fees.


Tom Keatinge, a former JPMorgan banker who now specializes in financial crime at London’s Royal United Services Institute, tells the Financial Times that, if the initial $100 million payment is found to be a bribe, then “you could argue that the Trump Organization is receiving the proceeds of crime and therefore is being used as a money-laundering opportunity.”
 
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Bombshell report reveals how shady Russian cash flowed through Trump’s Toronto hotel
BRAD REED
12 JUL 2018 AT 07:48 ET

According to the Financial Times’ reporting, Shnaider in 2010 made a secret $100 million payment to a group of so-called “introducers” who were representing the Kremlin. The goal of the payment to these “introducers” was to pave the way for Shnaider’s group to sell off its stake in the Zaporizhstal steel mill in eastern Ukraine.


A major investigation conducted by the Financial Times reveals how shady Russian cash flowed through the financial of President Donald Trump’s Toronto hotel — and, ultimately, back to the president himself.


In particular, the report zeroes in on actions taken by Alex Shnaider, the Russian-Canadian billionaire who served as Trump’s business partner in the construction of Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto.


Shnaider eventually succeeded in selling off the steel mill with the help of Russian state bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) — and the Financial Times’ reporting raises questions about whether the deal would have gotten financing from VEB without the massive payment to the “introducers.”


More importantly, writes the Financial Times, “legal filings in a recent commercial dispute between Shnaider and his business partner raised the possibility that some of the money could have ended up with Russian government officials.”


If the payments made by Shnaider did wind up in the hands of Russian officials, then the deal would likely be considered an illegal bribe under Canadian law.


After the sale of the steel mill, Shnaider used $40 million of the proceeds to further finance Trump’s Toronto hotel. Of that, a further $4 million went to the Trump Organization in the form of licensing fees.


Tom Keatinge, a former JPMorgan banker who now specializes in financial crime at London’s Royal United Services Institute, tells the Financial Times that, if the initial $100 million payment is found to be a bribe, then “you could argue that the Trump Organization is receiving the proceeds of crime and therefore is being used as a money-laundering opportunity.”
Cut and paste.
raises questions
you could argue.
 

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I have and in particular anything from you is clueless, cut and paste opinion pieces and commentary better suited to this forums arrse hole.
Putin will be proud Ivan. Now after your little outburst, perhaps you can show where Trump has tangibly put Americans first. Here's a tip starting a trade war that will end in disaster isn't one.
 
I have and in particular anything from you is clueless, cut and paste opinion pieces and commentary better suited to this forums arrse hole.
You see that's typical of you truppits, anyone who disagrees with the orange man-baby is immediately insulted. I can't imagine where you got that idea from.

It's people that obtain their research from Fox News that are the degenerates, not a single one of the Hair Furor lovers has ever posted a single intelligent rebuttal.

I will "Cut & Paste" anything that contradicts what the orange maniac has said or done, if it's debatable or questionable than feel free to debate or question it.
 

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