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America: One big happy family.

On April 6th, Ivanka Trump dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. The same day the Chinese authorities approved her trademarks in the world’s second-largest economy. Trump is making America great again – one kid at a time.

Pence’s staring contest.

Mike Pence is on a tour of Asia. Publicly he is bringing a new muscularity to America’s policy toward North Korea (at least in his own mind). This hunk of American manhood stated that the DPRK shouldn’t test “the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region”. Adding that the era of “strategic patience” is over. He then proceeded to stare at North Korea. While patiently doing nothing.

Privately, I imagine, Pence is assuring bemused leaders in the region that Trump is not completely nuts.

Let’s think the North Korean thing through.

Trump’s foreign policy comprises two threads. Changing his mind and bombing things. Bearing that in mind let’s wargame North Korea. Trump bombs them. They bomb Seoul. Then what?

Perhaps now would be a good time to for him to change his mind.

They all look the same

Trump referred to the North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un, as “this gentleman”. As in “I hope there’s going to be peace, but they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time. You read Clinton’s book and he said, ‘Oh, we made such a great peace deal,’ and it was a joke.”

The problem is that Clinton talked with Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong-il. And the ‘peace deal’ was initiated by his grandfather, Kim Il-sung. It seems that Trump has no idea of North Korean history. Or who is who.

South Koreans hope that if it comes to bombing someone, Trump knows there are two Koreas.

Where are we?

Talking about North Korea. The Trump administration boldly announced that an aircraft carrier group, lead by USS Carl Vinson, was on its way to the Sea of Japan to spank Kim Jong-un. It was actually 3,500 miles away, near Indonesia, sailing in the opposite direction.

An evangelical spanks a cable company.

Mike Huckabee is an odd duck. He is second to no one in his condemnation of the usual bêtes noire of the evangelical set – gays, women, white wine drinkers et al. – but then he will say something that all Americans can agree with. Take his review of Comcast. In a tweet to the congregation, he expostulated: “How bad is @comcast service? I’d rather have Obama back as President than have Comcast.”  Which, for those of you who don’t follow these sort of things carefully, is in Huckabee’s mind a vote for the Devil.

I doubt however that Huckabee’s condemnation of corporate America’s customer service skills will furrow Donald Trump‘s brow. He has instructed the FCC to give cable companies whatever they want – the end of net neutrality, selling customers search histories, et al. – with a little extra as a tip.

Alex Jones isn’t who he seems.

Professional conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones is in a fight with his estranged wife, Kelly Jones for custody of his three children. She has (unsurprisingly) a low estimate of his mental make-up.  “He’s not a stable person. He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck. He wants J-Lo to get raped.”  Alex’s lawyer, Randall Wilhite, realizing that Alex’s public persona makes Kelly’s claim seem reasonable, countered that Alex was not himself on the radio, but was instead a ‘performance artist’. As fake as a Jack Nicholson playing the Joker.

Bearing this in mind will Trump still count Jones as one of his most trusted advisors?

 

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