Ivanka Trump

How do you sum up Donald Trump’s G-20 meetings? Let’s just say that in one session Ivanka Trump took his place and it made no difference. It did, however, raise the question: Why her? Didn’t we have a Secretary of State, or some other qualified person, available? Substituting your kid when you need a break is something done in monarchies. And this close to the Fourth of July, is hereditary rule an image we want to celebrate?

Ivanka Trump “Bring your daughter to work today”.

And we can thank the Russians for the image of Ivanka hanging out with Theresa May and Vladimir Putin. You know they like stirring the pot.

Talking about stirring the pot, the Russians have done better than they could possibly have dared hope. Vladimir Putin announced that Trump is satisfied that they didn’t interfere in the election. Is he satisfied? We’ll have to assume so, as he hasn’t said anything to the contrary. In fact, his only comment on the meeting was that it was ‘tremendous’ – whatever that means.

Back in the US, he tweeted, “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…..” Because of course if someone denies they did something – especially if the deny it vehemently – then they didn’t do it.

Reince Preibus went further. He said, “The President absolutely did not believe the denial of President Putin.” I suppose we’ll just have to take his word for it. Although Trump does throw doubt on how absolute ‘absolutely’ is with another tweet saying, “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..”

The idea that we should hold hands with an enemy has caused consternation – and engendered black humor – across the political spectrum. Epitomized by suggestions that we should form a partnership with ISIS to combat terrorism.

But while Russia is in the headlines – especially as Donald Trump Jr. admitted that he had met with a Russian lawyer, who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton – Trump Sr.’s general incompetence hurt America’s interests more severely.

Trump talks to all his friends.

Trump may fancy himself a ‘tough negotiator’, but he is a hero only in his own mind. His dismissive attitude to climate agreements and trade pacts has alienated allies – to the point that the world has moved on. And the G-20 is now the G-19.

The Chinese, Japanese, Germans, and French don’t do feckless. Russia has nukes and China is building a military. The West thought it needed America. But now that America has proved an inconstant friend – and as such too unreliable to be counted on.

On second thought perhaps we would be better off if Ivanka substituted for dad on a permanent basis.



Trump’s Children Whine – Just Like Dad.

June 12, 2017

Ivanka Trump says she was surprised by the “level of viciousness” in the attacks on her father. It makes you wonder if she slept through the Obama administration. Or if somehow it didn’t count because the President was …. something. At the very least, it points to a lack of empathy. She is not the only Trump […]

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Trump’s Excellent Adventure

May 24, 2017

Donald Trump took to the road. He didn’t want to. He likes his own bed, predictable foods, and a steady diet of cable news. However, his hosts, after briefings from his handlers, took his fragility into account. There would be plenty of burnt steak and ketchup. Huge projections of his image on walls. And flattering […]

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Really? 4.18.17 Trump & Pence Stare at North Korea; Ivanka’s China Coincidence; Huckabee Hates Cable; Alex Jones, Joker.

April 18, 2017

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. […]

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Really? – 4.5.17 – The Fox News Sty; Misogynists Unite; Trump on Syria – and some Other Stuff

April 5, 2017

Fox News’ abuse birds have come home to roost. The New York Times shone a light on Bill O’Reilly‘s serial harassment and the price Fox News had to pay. Then a Fox contributor, Julie Roginsky, sued the network for gender discrimination. Fox has prospered under a misogyny cloud for years. Even Roger Ailes’ ouster for shameless abasement […]

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Trump: The Welfare Emperor Picks the People’s Pockets.

March 26, 2017

Donald Trump is keeping Melania and Barron in New York until the end of Barron’s school year. This has irked New Yorkers who have to deal with the inconvenience and expense of a security lockdown in the middle of Manhattan. No doubt some Trump apologists argue that he is only acting as a thoughtful father – who […]

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Really? 2.9.17 – Kellyanne’s Unethical Ivanka Ad; A Disheartened Gorsuch; A Clueless Trump

February 9, 2017

Ivanka Trump‘s fashion line was dropped by Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom’s and several websites. It has been relegated to the general racks at Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx. Dad said that’s ‘unfair’. And today Kellyanne Conway demanded of Fox News viewers that they buy Ivanka’s stuff. The Trump administration’s message is clearly “Don’t buy American”. Update: Sean Spicer reveals that […]

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