The father of one of the three UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China did something dumb. He questioned whether Trump did anything to get his son out of a Chinese jail. LaVar Ball is a nitwit, and has been for quite a while. All three of the players thanked the president when they apologized on TV the other day.
Meanwhile, the president of our whole country, Donald J. Trump, responded to LaVar Ball today by saying “I should have left them in jail.” No, you shouldn’t have done that. And you shouldn’t stoop to the level you did, but you apparently can’t help yourself.
The bigger issue is that we have a president who can be played by foreign adversaries. Maybe that is not completely new. Maybe previous presidents were also taken advantage of. But this one is so transparently hungering for flattery all day every day that he makes China’s job and Russia’s job and Iran’s job and pretty much every foreign leader’s job much too easy. They ought to at least have to work a little in order to manipulate the United States government. Well, actually Russia seems to have done just that, over years if not decades, with Trump. And if and when Donald Trump and/or his family members are incarcerated, should we leave them in jail? Should we forgive and pardon them? Will they ever ask for our forgiveness?
Julian Assange blames US deep state for delay. Of course he would say that. Ted Cruz’s father is no longer with us, unfortunately. Trump is the master of distraction. Some people say King Xi of China pulling strings. Putin called Xi “odin boyets,” i.e. “lone warrior.” Is Trump really going to Asia next week? Many people say he is going to settle up with whoever is holding his markers–who could that possibly be? Is Russia in Asia? Meanwhile don’t sign any mandatory arbitration clauses for anything no matter how much the sales people bamboozle you. Obamacare is not dead yet, it’s just pining for the fjords.
Some people still see a true babyface wrestler when they see President Donald Trump on TV. Many others see a heel. But let’s assume for the moment that Trump is still a good guy, that is a “babyface.” How will he get along with Kim Jong-Un, a true babyface. Trump would like a script in which after some brief preliminary hype and posturing, somebody else (Xi Jinping, for example) does the hard work of negotiating with the young North Korean leader. Then Babyface Trump gets all the glory, with little to no risk. But Babyface Trump is not in a great position to leverage the Trump brand in this game the way he did in his previous lives in real estate, reality TV, and pro wrestling. The kayfabe, the cheap heat, the dusty finish–are we Americans confident that Trump’s undeniable talents as BS artist and ratings machine are going to keep us safe from a North Korean missile? In fairness, the past several presidents, from both political parties, failed to disarm North Korea. Maybe Trump will succeed where others have failed. But he is the first president I have seen actively provoke and insult the North Korean leader, as if it’s all a sporting match in which the outcome has been rigged in Trump’s favor. I am concerned that Kim Jong-un has even more of a devil-may-care “sucks to be you” attitude than Chris Christie, and that we the people are in a more precarious position because Trump does not seem to realize that his life skills may not have prepared him very well for North Korea.
Hey Trump, why all the farting and cursing? Why didn’t you just cut to the chase on day one? Made us wait almost 99 and one half days before you dropped the big one on Canada. I coulda told you years ago how rough they are on Americans. The least you can do, because you made us wait so long, is give your loyal base the “thumbs up, thumbs down” thrill of deciding whether to let Canada survive or not. After the bears and lions (I mean the milk inspectors and the softwood inspectors) tear them up a little, that is.
BTW do the Canadians have nukes or not? I think the French do, but not real sure. Better ask Xi Jinping for the true historical history before you make any sudden moves.
Trump’s apparent use of “madman theory” logic to get his way (whatever that is on any given day) on healthcare probably won’t intimidate Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer. Will Trump-as-madman succeed any better on the Korean peninsula? Are we the people ready for an American president who can actually out-crazy Kim Jong-un? We elected him. We knew that no-drama-Obama was getting old. We wanted a little excitement. How much excitement? That’s what China is wondering! Their foreign minister just put our president on the same level as Kim by urging “all parties” to stop “provoking” each other. Should we blush with embarrassment? Trump, who says he comprehends very well, listened to Xi Jinping explain thousands of years of Korean history in ten minutes (or less, believe me) and now grasps very very well how to put America first by using the craziest words and threatening to use the biggest bombs. And why worry that Kim might be even more unpredictable than our president? North Korea has an excellent system of checks and balances, many people say. Their National Security Council is far more fully staffed than ours, so I hear. Their family dynasty, as Mr. Xi no doubt explained to his U.S. counterpart, is much more experienced than ours. So they will surely do the right thing. Oh right, we still have to worry about Trump–oops.