To those few Senators who think I don’t like or appreciate being allied with other countries, they are wrong, I DO. What I don’t like, however, is when many of these same countries take advantage of their friendship with the United States, both in Military Protection and Trade...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
....We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the U.S., and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade. General Mattis did not see this as a problem. I DO, and it is being fixed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
Government is partially closed for Christmas (Border Patrol and TSA agents will soon be working without pay.) and this fundamental misunderstanding of the post World War II alliances is what the POTUS is worried about.
AMERICA IS RESPECTED AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
“An ally should be dependable… I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has figured out who Brett McGurk is:
“The only forces fighting against terrorism in the Sahel region are the French forces”, Chad’s Déby said, praising France’s military presence.
Of course the source of is ire is "Little Bob Corker." Yeah, that nickname's gonna leave a mark! If we were on the playground, maybe.For all of the sympathizers out there of Brett McGurk remember, he was the Obama appointee who was responsible for loading up airplanes with 1.8 Billion Dollars in CASH & sending it to Iran as part of the horrific Iran Nuclear Deal (now terminated) approved by Little Bob Corker.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
In financial news, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Treasury is closed for the foreseeable future, too) is on the beach in Cabo (good optics!) calling bank presidents to tell them to remain calm. Turns out they were calm, until Mnuchin called. And now stories come out that Trump wants to meet with the Fed Chairman (who is on the Board of Governors, a sort of first among equals as Chairman. Seems his position is rather like that of the Chief Justice, who must be appointed to that role by the President; the Justices don't draw lots or something. It may be Trump can remove Powell from the chair, but he can't kick him off the Board of Governors, who actually decide interest rates. Trump doesn't understand that, but everyone else does. The kid is reloading his shotgun, and no one in Congress seems inclined yet to take it away from him.), so this is not a good look the day before Xmas, for anybody:
Yeah, that's the problem:The only problem our economy has is the Fed. They don’t have a feel for the Market, they don’t understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders. The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has no touch - he can’t putt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
This is the dumbest action I have ever seen by a TS resign https://t.co/0BF4VrwF5N— Danny Blanchflower (@D_Blanchflower) December 24, 2018
Dreaming of ignoring Art. I of the Constitution:
I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
The Wall is different than the 25 Billion Dollars in Border Security. The complete Wall will be built with the Shutdown money plus funds already in hand. The reporting has been inaccurate on the point. The problem is, without the Wall, much of the rest of Dollars are wasted!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018