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Trump's Presidential Folly

Updated on December 7, 2018

It's hard to know where to begin.... so many things that have made Trump a folly in the White House. To be fair, there are some things that are going well for him, hmm, the economy. But even that has sputtered with ups and downs in the stock market. It makes you wonder what America will be like in 2020.

Everyday there seems to be mostly troublesome news for Trump. Whether it is from the Mueller investigation, criminal charges of his top men, or his top selections resigning because in the end, Trump is a jerk to work for. He will abandon you in a flash if you do not be loyal and take hits for him. Trump's only devout support is from Fox News and the narrow 40% of voters who just look the other way when it comes to his obvious faults, too many to list.

Whether he colluded with the Russians or not, we know why he is soft on certain countries, like Saudi Arabia and Russia. We know because for Trump, it is all about business and what is good for his personal gain and if America gains also, that is okay, too. Take the revelation that the Saudis reserved 500 rooms at his hotel, and regardless of the valid reason provided, it is still a benefit Trump gets and does violate the emolument clause prohibiting the president from monetary gains while being president. And that is just ONE of his hotels. The Saudis and others are, in effect, bribing the president and this leads to Trump being soft on Saudi Arabia and Russia. This leads him to say stupid things and disbelieving his own CIA reports dismissing them as, "maybe they did, maybe they did not". We all know why this IS his position because he does not want his company of hotels to lose customers like the Saudis, for one. Reserving 500 rooms pulled this one hotel out of the red and made it huge profits, which in turn, Trump benefits from. It is not rocket science.

We now know that his softness on Putin and Russia stems from pre-presidential yearning to have a Trump tower in Moscow in 2013-14. Despite his denials, there is more than enough evidence to show he is just a liar about his business dealings then. So, today, he still would like one there, which explains why he tiptoes around Russia and Putin. He does not want to cause problems with Putin while being president because he also knows he could lose in 2020. If that is the case, being soft on Russia will help him be in the good graces business-wise with Putin. Trump is thinking long term. Most businessmen do. But, meanwhile, American foreign policy may suffer, depending on events.

The same can be said of China, the rising new superpower. Where is Trump on the Chinese annexation of the South China Sea? The Chinese have occupied and built military bases on 3-5 key islands. They have placed airbases, anti-ship missiles, radars and jet fighters on many of them. Yet, not a peep from Trump and America. All the U.S. does is conduct naval drive-by with Chinese giving us warnings that this area is Chinese. One day, when China is ready, they will take action on a U.S. ship, what will Trump do? Pretend it was not that serious because China has much of American debt and the Trump organization benefits from their good relations.

The adversaries of America know full well what makes Trump tick: business deals that help his own brand and America, or just his own brand. They know by just looking at how Trump is soft on Russia and Saudi Arabia because of Trump's own business deals and future possibilities in those countries. They use this as leverage when they can and why wouldn't they? Its just business!

Of course, Trump's supporters all think this is much about nothing. They think it is just part of the Trump method and are willing to just look away. Trump has not yet been really tested in foreign policy with a military crisis. Would he really be willing to bite the hand that feeds his own personal gain from the Trump business if it were China, Russia, or Saudi Arabia?

Maybe he would, maybe not.

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 weeks ago

      Agreed, blind loyalty, whether to Trump or Clinton is a mistake.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      5 weeks ago from Florida

      ""Blind loyalty" can lead a person from light into darkness"

      I would say that is a fitting comment, for anyone still trusting in Clinton.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 weeks ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Trump and Reagan have one thing in common. Reagan's administration is the most indicted and convicted of any president in history - until now. Trump may just take that title away, but he shouldn't worry. Reagan is still beloved. "Blind loyalty" can lead a person from light into darkness, as Cohen said today at his sentencing hearing. "The horrible alternative" to this?! Clinton was the most thoroughly investigated person ever to run for office - with no results. She was also the most qualified and experienced candidate ever. But those of you who knew better put Trump in office. Regrets? I would think so.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 weeks ago

      Actually, I was one of many moderates that voted for Trump because of the horrible alternative. Like many of us, I now regret it not because of his economics (which may or may not work out in his favor, time will tell) but of his ego, his overall personality, his constant lies, such a narcissist. But, I have to live with it. Most of Trump devotees just ignore these Trump negatives and treat him like God sent him to save America. It will interesting to see how Trump acts when faced with a real foreign crisis that may or may not impact his Trump business. However, if Saudi Arabia is any indication, he will not put America first if his own personal assets and business profits are on the line.

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      Paula 

      6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      YES!!! BRAVO, Ken! You've said it beautifully....and accurately. Thanks for saving me time! :)

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      6 weeks ago from Florida

      'What if scenarios' are the only ones that matter in this situation.

      As a nation we had a choice of which direction we would go for four years... in Clinton's direction or Trump.

      I have no idea what you are referring to when you say "his supporters continue to defend him when its obvious to everyone else?"

      What is obvious, and to whom?

      The French who are in open revolt against their government are cheering Trump, are these the people who you refer that support him?

      The 65+ million Americans that support his ideas of America first, build a wall, and lower taxes support him, indeed, as the alternative was higher taxes, taxes for not being able to afford insurance, taxes on gas for having to drive to work, etc.

      You despise Trump.

      I despise the alternative... which would have been stagnant wages, higher taxes, and growing unemployment as companies shipped overseas, and who knows what else.

      What if scenarios matter very much... because there would have been a major difference in the direction America's fortunes, and taxations, went if Clinton had been elected rather than Trump.

      And until the Democrats come up with something better than corrupt lifer politicians like Pelosi, Waters, and Schumer to carry the Party' Standard I won't be considering them as a viable/better alternative to Trump.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 weeks ago

      what if scenarios are not real, what is happening with Trump and his White House is real time, evolving. He is a businessman first, looking out for himself then America. He is strategic and self-centered. All of this is real from past actions and even Tillerson told Trump he could do certain things for it would break the law. Why does his supporters continue to defend him when it is obvious to everyone else?

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      6 weeks ago from Florida

      Well, lets do a WHAT IF scenario. What if Clinton had been elected and not Trump.

      The TPP would have been passed.

      The Paris Accord would have been agreed to.

      The UN Global Compact for Migration would be led by America, rather than being fought by America.

      NAFTA would have never been modified, and the tough love tactics used to get better trade agreements with the EU and China never would have occurred.

      Hundreds of Regulations enacted against American business practices by the Obama Administration would still be on the books.

      Who knows where we would be as far as starting new global conflicts goes, it was Clinton, not Obama, that wanted to take out Gaddafi, that pushed for military action against Syria, one can only wonder how many conflicts she would have inflamed as President.

      I like to look at France and Macron, who has forwarded the Paris Accord taxes, and the regulations, and the immigration policies that were championed by Clinton to see where we may have been today.

      https://www.wsj.com/video/frances-yellow-vests-pro...

      Instead of having hundreds of thousands protesting the government and threatening to overthrow it, we have relative peace and prosperity... lowest unemployment in forever, increasing wages, very low gas prices (hovering around $2.00 in most states - which would not be the case at all had the Paris Accord tax been implemented here).

      Yes the MSM attacks Trump non-stop, yes it gets tiring to hear their juvenile rants and endless complaining... which is why I suggest to all, turn off your TV, ignore the MSM, and get your news from the WSJ, and from Youtube and 'alternative' or small-town sources.

      It will save you a lot of stress, and allow you to have a much calmer outlook, if you ignore the propaganda and hate spewed forth by the corporate media and the corrupt political hacks who make their millions keeping Americans divided and divisive.

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