And yet parsing a coherent strategy on China from the White House can be tough. Even as he signed into law a bill stripping Hong Kong of its special trading status this week, Trump reportedly shied away from imposing sanctions against officials responsible for cracking down on the territory, according to Bloomberg, and he has not exercised his full powers under the act. … [Read more...] about US-China relations are at an all time low, but Trump still seems unsure how to handle Beijing
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At this late date in the 2020 cycle, Trump and his party are more likely to contest a defeat based on dubious claims of voter fraud than to take the measures necessary to regain the public support that has been slipping away since Trump was first inaugurated. So it would be a shock if they muster the courage or political imagination to aggressively fight the coronavirus, bail out struggling state and local governments, or drop money from helicopters to keep the economy alive. It’s far easier to remain in self-delusion and seek to delude those who can theoretically control 270 electoral votes and the prospects of 51 senators. … [Read more...] about Why Doesn’t Trump Spend the Tax Dollars Necessary to Save His Presidency?
A similar debate played out for months over Afghanistan, until Trump agreed to stay the course there indefinitely.In Syria, Trump has agreed to leave U.S. troops there for now, but gave the military a six-month deadline to finish the nebulously defined job of defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).“One useful place to start is the different conceptions of war that Trump and his generals have,” said Stephen Biddle, adjunct senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. “Trump thinks wars should look like World War II. He’s looking for some sort of big dramatic blitzkrieg.“He thinks that you win a war with some sort of sudden decisive violence, the enemy cries ‘uncle’ and then you have a big victory parade. That hasn’t been the way wars have worked for a long time. That’s kind of a cartoon idea of war.Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe four China strategies Trump or Biden will … [Read more...] about Trump clashes with military in Syria pullout push
The president has already promised to campaign for Moore in advance of the December general election, which now, despite the profoundly Republican nature of Alabama, is competitive. But Trump’s perceived electoral clout in a state where Republican voters adore him has not been impressive. … [Read more...] about Roy Moore Beats Trump’s Candidate in Alabama Senate Runoff
Sanford, Maine, is nowhere near the former Confederacy. Nevertheless, when Black Lives Matter protesters marched down the small city’s streets this weekend, they were greeted by heavily armed men flying the battle flag of the slavery-defending states. The counter-protesters claimed they weren’t trying to threaten Black Lives Matter marchers, but taking up arms against potential anti-fascists. A local urban legend, like many circulating the country, falsely claimed anti-fascists planned on traveling to Sanford en masse to engage in activities like “firebombing businesses.” … [Read more...] about How Trump Tries to Tar Black Lives Matter Without Seeming Racist