Donald Trump Speech at CPAC Once Again Self Serving, Authoritarian, and Isolationist

img_1611 So called President Donald Trump gave a speech on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC in which he once again came across as authoritarian, isolationist, and self serving.  Here are some of the highlights:

Early on he insisted that his audience sit down.  He joked that the “dishonest” media would report that his audience never gave him a standing ovation during the speech but would leave out the part that the audience “never sat down.”

He defended his statement that the “fake news” is the enemy of the people.  He blamed the media for changing the story to take out the word “fake”claiming Trump is against the media in general.  He insisted he is only against the “fake” media not the media in general.  He initially didn’t identify a specific media outlet that he claimed was fake other than “Clinton News Network,”  refraining from referring specifically to CNN. Later he added ABC, CBS, and NBC news claiming they reported “fake” polling regarding the election.  He blamed the fake news media for creating a narrative that dissuaded people from voting for him because the media made it sound like he had no chance of winning.

Trump called for an elimination of confidential sources used by media for reporting.  If someone wants to say horrible things about President Trump, they should say them to his face, he said. (Likely a call to whomever within the intelligence community is revealing his ties to Russia through leaks of information to the media.)  He acknowledged and seemed to welcome that the required revelation of sources by the media would effectively shut down the news, leaving nothing to report.

Trump actually aligned himself with extremely liberal democrat Senator Bernie Sanders.  He pointed out that Senator Sanders is correct on trade, that the U.S. is being burned on bad trade deals. He said that he and Sanders agree on trade and that he actually likes Bernie.

Trump exclaimed that America under his rule will put its own citizens first.  For too long, he said, America has traded away its jobs to other countries, and defended other nations’ borders while leaving U.S. borders open.  In response to shouts from the crowd he promised again to build the wall on the Mexican border.  But he emphasized that the first goal is to get the criminal illegals out of the country.

Trump claimed that 6 trillion dollars has been spent in the middle east implying that money should have been spent on Americans in the U.S.  He said that if presidents of the past 15 years had laid on the beach for their entire terms, the country would be better off.

Trump renewed his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, citing millions of people who were happy with the plans before the legislation was passed.  (I was one of those people but I never lost my plan under Obamacare.)

Trump promised to lift restrictions on shale oil, natural gas, and “clean” coal.  He insisted miners would be going back to work.  He said on the one hand that he would put the regulation business out of work. But on the other hand, he claimed we need regulation for environment and safety.  Trump said the Dakota Access pipeline would be built with American steele (neglecting to mention that his daughter’s clothing line is made in China).

He claimed that major corporations like Ford, Sprint and Intel are already adding jobs locally in places like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina due to Trump’s anticipated policies. He said it is time for people to get off welfare and get back to work. He said, “you’re gonna love it!”

He plans to substantially upgrade the military more than ever before, but insisted we would never have to use it because “no one is going to mess with us.”  He believes in “peace through strength.” In his very next sentence, in an obvious contradiction, he said he has asked the defense community to develop a plan to totally obliterate ISIS.  He said he would never apologize for keeping our people safe.

He promised to reduce taxes, reduce regulations, support police, defend our flag, rebuild the military, take care of veterans, fix trade deals, cut spending, promote values, rebuild inner cities,  bring back jobs and dreams, and protect the second amendment.

While he acknowledged that we need to get along with other countries he said that there is no global anthem or global flag, and he his not President of the Globe, but of the United States.

 

Media Wrongfully Attacks Trump Over Taiwan Phone Call

img_1611Trump took a phone call from Taiwan’s leader a few days ago and the media has lambasted him since.  Supposedly no U.S. President has spoken with Taiwan’s leader since 1979, when the U.S. aligned with mainland communist China.  The media reported that China would be very upset that Trump spoke to Taiwan’s leader.

This begs the question, why should we care if China gets upset?   The last I checked Americans didn’t like communism and communist countries.   China is still a communist country.   The U.S. was aligned with Chinese leader Chiang Kaishek during World War II and continued the alliance when Kaishek fled to Taiwan after defeat on the mainland by the communists in a civil war.  It was only in 1979 that the U.S. changed its alignment from Taiwan to communist China.  Despite the change in alignment, the U.S. is still obligated to help Taiwan maintain an adequate defense.  Yes, Trump was not lying when he tweeted that the media shouldn’t be so critical of a simple phone call given that the U.S. does sell weapons to Taiwan.  In 2010, the Obama administration announced its intention to sell 6.4 billion worth of military hardware to Taiwan.     If China was going to be upset about anything one would think they would first prefer the U.S. stop assisting in the defense of Taiwan, rather than worry about a congratulatory phone call to Trump.  But somehow Trump is to blame for a potential destabilization in the region by a mere phone call?  It just sounds absurd.  Moreover, Taiwan’s government is a democracy!  Last I checked the U.S. supported democracies over communism.   Maybe Trump wants to change the dipolomatic relationships between the U.S., China, and Taiwan.  If he so chose, it would be his right as President.

Trump’s Sales Ambassador Met With Taiwan Mayor in September

img_1610-1After a phone call with Taiwan’s leader that broke with U.S. diplomatic protocol, Trump denied that his company is exploring business prospects there.  However, the mayor of the Taiwanese city of Tauyuan said Trump’s representatives met with him in September to explore a possible hotel venture.  The Trump representative who visited the Taiwanese mayor has been identified as Charlyne Chen.  Ms. Chen denied being an employee of Trump but admitted to being a “sales ambassador” for Trump’s company.  Ms. Chen admitted the meeting occurred before the election and said talks are at a very early stage.  In addition, Anne Marie Donoghue, Trump Hotels’ Asia sales director, visited Taiwan in the fall for business.  Reporters have been unable to speak with her about the details of the trip.

So it seems Trump’s claim to not have sought any business ventures in Taiwan recently is false.  This is significant because the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause forbids the president from receiving payments from a foreign government.  The emoluments clause aims to prevent bribery and conflicts of interest.

This is also significant because the U.S. diplomatic position since 1979 is not to recognize Taiwan as an independent nation.

(credit to the wall street journal, http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-aides-deny-plans-to-invest-in-taiwan-1480797511)