Trump World Grab-Bag--A Collection

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Not talking" Never Occurs to Him

Yesterday, hearing of President Trump's phone call with Philippine President Duterte, the obvious jarring note was Trump's praise of Duterte's "War on Drugs" stance, which includes severe human rights abuses, including murder. And yet, he's also sharing sensitive information when it isn't clear that he has any strategic need to. It's as if it never occurs to him not to say whatever he's thinking about--and yes:

Trump told Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Washington had "a lot of firepower over there", according to the New York Times, which quoted a transcript of an April 29 call between the two.

"We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all," the newspaper quoted Trump as telling Duterte, based on the transcript.
Trump's comments take the tone of a person who can't resist bragging about his "firepower" ("the best in the world'). It's like the fool has no filter--and that is definitely not a feature, but a bug.

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