Or something. I am behind on Trump news, but I’m keeping up when I can.
I see that the US are still trying to hold Germany to ransom.
Wilbur Ross is the kind of man who is easy to underestimate. Approaching his 80th birthday in November, he seems slow at times and occasionally nods off during longer meetings. And sometimes, he does so even when his boss is holding an important speech only a feet away, as he did recently in Saudi Arabia.
Ross, though, is U.S. President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, a key cabinet position, and on Tuesday, he was wide-awake. Standing next to an American flag, he read out a speech that was being transmitted to Berlin via video link. Specifically, it was being broadcast into the ballroom of a luxury hotel where German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several hundred guests of the Economic Council, a German business association that is closely linked to Merkel’s political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), were listening.
Ross had initially wanted to travel in person to the German capital, but he canceled at the last minute because, he said in the video, “urgent unexpected matters required that I remain in Washington.” The commerce secretary then straightened his glasses and monotonously recited what his president expected of the Germans.
He demanded that Germany buy raw materials from the United States instead of from Russia, lower tariffs on automobile imports from the U.S. and ensure that America “obtain a larger share” of the European market. Otherwise, he added, the government in Washington, D.C., would have no alternative but to “engage in self-help
Self-help? Oh, by all means, guys. Start now. Please. In all areas. Preferably away from Twitter and idiot press conferences.
My favourite part of this is that he went past his ten minute slot. Dude, you realise that they can just turn you off when your bullshit dial swings over to dis tew much.
Ross had been allotted a speaking time of 10 minutes, but when he still hadn’t finished after 30 minutes, the event participants had heard enough. They turned down the sound and switched off the video link. The U.S. commerce secretary disappeared from the screen, silenced like a political gadfly. Some in the audience laughed.
Other Trump nonsense this week. There’s some kind of ongoing drama with the Morning Joe hosts. Trump was buoyed by CNN firing three guys who didn’t check their sources and accidentally printed – wait for it – fake news. It’s fitting that it was CNN.
The hosts of MSNBC Morning Joe said they were warned a tabloid would run a negative story on them unless they said sorry for their coverage of Mr Trump.
I SAID NO!!
Trump is like a giant man baby but he’s good isn’t he? We could be talking about the failed healthcare act or the ramifications of the travel ban being allowed to happen (thanks for nothing, SCOTUS!), but no, we’re talking about this silly feud albeit between the President of the United States and some journalists. What he said was fucked up, but still, it’s ridiculous.
Here’s what Kellyanne Conway had to say:
The president normally does not draw first blood. He is a counter-puncher,” Conway told “GMA” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I endorse the president’s right to fight back when he is being mercilessly attacked and when the airwaves are filled with raw sewage about him and his fitness for office.”
Really? He doesn’t draw first blood? Yeah, meanwhile in delusionville, pigs have started to fly.
When asked to clarify if she was endorsing his [Trump’s] comments, she…well…
“I didn’t say I endorsed his attacks; I never said that,” Conway said. “What I said was I endorse his ability to fight back when he is attacked.”
SO, YOU ENDORSE HIS ATTACKS THEN! Just say what you mean, KC, Trump is so unpredictable that he might fire you for defending him too well. You might as well make it count.
What a bunch of idiots.
(See also: another reason why the US needs gun control. It’s sad that this keeps happening.)
Meanwhile in the UK….
- Theresa May has survived another week after performing several U-turns and jumping into bed with the DUP (at the small cost of a billion quid)
- The most important U-turn being the public sector pay cap. Tory MPs voted against removing it (it’s something like 1% now) during the week and cheered about it. But now, looks like Theresa is going to scrap it anyway. Hot. Mess.
- Some other cat wants to cut world aid for the poorest people to raise money for the public sector pay rises. What a charming chap.
- A white guy (quel surprise!) was jailed for striking a Muslim teenager with an open packet of bacon. Can we just do genetic testing on these kind of people, locate their stupid genes and then come up with some kind of way to block them? Get to it, science.
- There is now a 100% failure rate in the testing of all high rise tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. That’s disgusting.
- Brexit is still a confusing mess
Have a good weekend, snarklings!