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Thursday, June 07, 2018

The Ugly American

Our Ambassador to Germany doesn't understand why comments about "conservatives" and "resurgence" would be sensitive subjects there:

At a sit-down interview with Breitbart London in Berlin, Grenell said, "There are a lot of conservatives throughout Europe who have contacted me to say they are feeling there is a resurgence going on."

He added: "I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left."

Grenell went on to attribute this "resurgence" to the election of Trump and said that "support is massive" for conservative policies on migration as well as tax cuts and reducing bureaucracy.

He defended himself on, where else, Twitter:
Res ipsa loquitur, as the lawyers say: the thing speaks for itself.

Then came Heather Nauert, a FoxNews alumnus, now a State Department spokesperson:

“Looking back in the history books, today is the 71st anniversary of the speech that announced the Marshall Plan. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion. We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany, and we have a strong relationship with the government of Germany.”

So why shouldn't the POTUS ignore history, too?

“He referred to the Sea of Japan [in his press conference with Abe today]. That’s a trigger word. If you have spoken to North Korea officials as I have, and many of you have as well, for them, World War II with Japan has never really ended. They still have a long memory of what Japan did in Korea during World War II, it is very sensitive,” Hwang said.
No worries; it's all about attitude, right?

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