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Trump shows alarming ignorance when it comes to foreign aid - The Washington Post
If U.S. policy does not address the functional collapse of criminal-justice systems in places such as the Northern Triangle, it is not seriously addressing the problem of illegal migration. Yet the IJM program in Guatemala and similar efforts are the kind of spending now being threatened by the president’s announcement. This means that U.S. policy has become self-destructive to U.S. interests.
central-america  trump-doesn't-understand-stuff  trump-immigration  foreign-aid 
23 days ago by Peony43
Trump cuts aid to El Salvador, Hondura and Guatemala over migrant fight - The Washington Post
already too late.”

Jim Nealon, a former U.S. ambassador to Honduras, said that Trump didn’t seem to understand the way the Central American aid program worked. The U.S. government doesn’t give the money to foreign governments, but rather “to programs designed and implemented by the U.S., with the cooperation of governments and civil society,” he said. Much of them are administered by nonprofit groups. 

He also said Central American governments aren’t seeking to send their citizens to the United States. “To the contrary, they already cooperate with us in trying to deter migration. But they can’t prevent their citizens from leaving the country.” 
foreign-aid  central-america  trump-doesn't-understand-stuff  trump-immigration 
26 days ago by Peony43
A President Who Believes He Is Entitled to His Own Facts - The New York Times
“He’s got a personal relationship,” Mr. Hayden said, “and he’s built it himself, with three heads of state who have murdered somebody within another person’s country within the last year.”
khashoggi  saudi-arabia  trump-loves-authoritarians  trump-doesn't-understand-stuff  impugnity  climate-change-denial  antivax  birther  us-intelligence-services 
12 weeks ago by Peony43
Trump ordered the government to declassify information he apparently hasn’t read - The Washington Post
What’s contained in those classified materials is still unknown to the public, of course. Before it’s released, the Justice Department will push for redactions of sensitive information, perhaps encompassing a large percentage of what Trump wants to see made public. But this, really, would serve the ultimate goal of Trump and his allies on TV and in Congress. As long as something’s redacted, they can promote the idea that what’s hidden proves their point.

That bit of sleight-of-hand might have convinced Trump himself.
nunes  attack-FBI  trump-doesn't-understand-stuff  trump-reading? 
september 2018 by Peony43
Trump loves how North Koreans treat Kim Jong Un: “I want my people to do the same” - Vox
North Korea’s history of human rights abuses is well-established. According to a 2017 International Bar Association report, there has been evidence of ”systematic murder (including infanticide), torture, persecution of Christians, rape, forced abortions, starvation and overwork leading to countless deaths,” and other crimes against humanity. That same report said that the Kim regime has “designed and perpetuated a brutal, totalitarian regime, a signature feature of which is a network of political prisons that has no parallel in the world today.”
trump-optics  NoKo  trump-authoritarian  trump-doesn't-understand-stuff 
june 2018 by Peony43
The Daily 202: Trump’s embrace of earmarks underscores the peril of a president who doesn’t know history - The Washington Post
Sometimes you read an article about, say, Congressional earmarks, and buried in a list of points you see amazing things like the following:
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-- It’s not clear that the first family even thinks history matters. A senior European diplomat complained to Politico last week that Jared Kushner, the presidential son-in-law who had been given an expansive international portfolio that includes shepherding Middle East peace talks, has been “very dismissive” about the role of international institutions and alliances. The diplomat said that Kushner has also been uninterested in hearing Europeans recount how closely the United States has partnered with Western Europe since World War II. “He told me, ‘I’m a businessman, and I don’t care about the past. Old allies can be enemies, or enemies can be friends.’ So, the past doesn’t count,” the diplomat told Susan Glasser. “I was taken aback. It was frightening.”
-- That mentality has manifested itself in a myriad ways over the past year. To wit:
Without an American security guarantee, the freedom-loving people of the Baltic States — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — would almost certainly be gobbled up by the authoritarian Russians. These Eastern European countries were occupied by the Soviets until the end of the Cold War, and they’ve lived in fear of Russian invasions since Peter the Great. To guard against their annexation, they were invited to join NATO in 2004.
In a chilling story that posted overnight, two former administration officials tell the Daily Beast that a senior National Security Council official proposed withdrawing some U.S. military forces from Eastern Europe as an overture to Vladimir Putin during the early days of the Trump presidency. “While the proposal was ultimately not adopted, it is the first known case of senior aides to [Trump] seeking to reposition U.S. military forces to please Putin — something that smelled, to a colleague, like a return on Russia’s election-time investment,” Spencer Ackerman reports.
Kevin Harrington, who pushed the idea, remains the NSC’s senior official for strategic planning. He came to the White House with neither military experience nor significant government experience. He got the job because he worked for Trump donor Peter Thiel’s hedge fund. “The ex-colleague considered the idea dangerously naïve,” Ackerman reports. “A second former senior Trump administration official [said] that Harrington had enthusiastically discussed this proposal with several senior staffers…”
trump-Russia  Kushner  foreign-policy  trump-doesn't-understand-stuff  trump-congress 
february 2018 by Peony43
The Daily 202: Trump’s embrace of earmarks underscores the peril of a president who doesn’t know history - The Washington Post
-- It’s not clear that the first family even thinks history matters. A senior European diplomat complained to Politico last week that Jared Kushner, the presidential son-in-law who had been given an expansive international portfolio that includes shepherding Middle East peace talks, has been “very dismissive” about the role of international institutions and alliances. The diplomat said that Kushner has also been uninterested in hearing Europeans recount how closely the United States has partnered with Western Europe since World War II. “He told me, ‘I’m a businessman, and I don’t care about the past. Old allies can be enemies, or enemies can be friends.’ So, the past doesn’t count,” the diplomat told Susan Glasser. “I was taken aback. It was frightening.”

-- That mentality has manifested itself in a myriad ways over the past year. To wit:

Without an American security guarantee, the freedom-loving people of the Baltic States — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — would almost certainly be gobbled up by the authoritarian Russians. These Eastern European countries were occupied by the Soviets until the end of the Cold War, and they’ve lived in fear of Russian invasions since Peter the Great. To guard against their annexation, they were invited to join NATO in 2004.

In a chilling story that posted overnight, two former administration officials tell the Daily Beast that a senior National Security Council official proposed withdrawing some U.S. military forces from Eastern Europe as an overture to Vladimir Putin during the early days of the Trump presidency. “While the proposal was ultimately not adopted, it is the first known case of senior aides to [Trump] seeking to reposition U.S. military forces to please Putin — something that smelled, to a colleague, like a return on Russia’s election-time investment,” Spencer Ackerman reports.

Kevin Harrington, who pushed the idea, remains the NSC’s senior official for strategic planning. He came to the White House with neither military experience nor significant government experience. He got the job because he worked for Trump donor Peter Thiel’s hedge fund. “The ex-colleague considered the idea dangerously naïve,” Ackerman reports. “A second former senior Trump administration official [said] that Harrington had enthusiastically discussed this proposal with several senior staffers…” 
trump-doesn't-understand-stuff  trump-admin-ingorant  history  Congress  corruption 
january 2018 by Peony43
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