The corollary point is that Trump is the Mad King: volatile, vainglorious, and untrustworthy. Turnbull is right to handle him with kid gloves. [Sydney Morning Herald]
THE LEAKS have already begun and what they say about President Trump‘s White House is revealing. There are a lot of people who obviously don’t trust him on foreign policy and they have no intention of allowing him to disturb the prestige of the presidency.
It would have been nice if President Trump would have put Iran “on notice” after Secretary Tillerson was in office. He is now and has a lot of catching up to do.
It would have been nice if President Hollande of France would have been involved in team Trump’s ratcheting up of pressure on Iran, perhaps getting Chancellor Angela Merkel on board, too. The Sunni-Arab states have to be giddy.
I have no problem with POTUS squeezing Iran. I’d just like to know what “on notice” means, especially where it’s directed.
Trump likes to act alone and send messages when no one else is listening.
We also found out that he likes to sanitize what happens on calls with foreign leaders.
This is a verbatim transcript of what was sent out through the pool report this past weekend.
READOUT OF THE PRESIDENT’S CALL WITH AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL
President Donald J. Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke by phone for twenty-five minutes today. Both leaders emphasized the enduring strength and closeness of the U.S.-Australia relationship that is critical for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.
We’ll never be able to trust that what President Trump says is what happened if the event takes place behind closed doors.
Now maybe everyone will understand why the State Department Dissent Channel Memo matters.
And why Press Secretary Sean Spicer saying that dissenters either get with the program or leave does, too.