US President Donald Trump’s veto of a resolution from Congress and his assertion of support to the Arab Coalition in Yemen is a bold, timely and creditable move.
I’m not afraid of migrants. I’m not afraid of people fleeing violence in search of a better life. I’m not afraid of asylum seekers. And I’m certainly not afraid of a president who thinks he can scare a large swath of his fellow citizens — you know, the ones he’s supposed to represent — by threatening to send busloads of migrants and asylum seekers into their cities.
A seated President Donald Trump handed commemorative pens to his wife, daughter and eight others who hovered around his desk, then theatrically held up for the cameras the latest executive order bearing his oversize signature.
The Honduran had taken incredible risks to reach the promise of liberty on US soil — traveling 1,700 miles from his homeland by riding illegally on the network of freight trains that Central Americans call “The Beast,” where desperate refugees fleeing relentless violence and poverty are prey for criminals and prone to gruesome injuries.
Seventy-five years ago, thousands of American and allied sailors, soldiers and aviators braved heavy seas and murderous German fire in the historic invasion that began the decisive campaign to end Nazi control of Europe.
Trade. Tariffs. Talks collapsing before they begin. Politicians, diplomats and negotiators sniping at each other. No, not Brexit (just for a change) but the US-China trade war.
So, Bill Clinton walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder. Bartender says, “Does he talk?” Parrot says, “Not for less than 500 grand.” That’s an old-fashioned political joke — old-fashioned as in the 1990s. It takes a recognizable slice of truth, gives it an unexpected twist and out comes a little laugh that leaves no mark.
President Donald Trump got trolled by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 world leaders summit in Osaka. He was having so much fun joking with Vladimir, he seemed blissfully unaware.
This will come as a disappointment to the US president, but his views won’t affect British politics much. Donald Trump’s endorsement of Boris Johnson won’t change the outcome of the Conservative Party leadership contest. His childish insulting of Sadiq Khan won’t stop the London mayor being re-elected next year. And his advice on the UK’s negotiating tactics is hardly going to decide whether – or how – we eventually leave the EU.