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  1. Gezza

     /  April 16, 2018

    Saudi king rejects US plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

    DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday opens an Arab League summit by criticizing US President Donald Trump’s decision to transfer the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
    “We reiterate our rejection of the US decision on Jerusalem,” the king says in a speech in Dhahran in eastern Saudi Arabia.
    “East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories,” he adds.

    
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/saudi-king-rejects-us-plan-to-transfer-embassy-to-jerusalem/

    Send for Jared.

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  2. Gezza

     /  April 16, 2018

    Embedded newsclip mentions a possible windfall for New Zealand, among other countries, in meeting demand for supply of beef to China as Trump’s trade war with China bites, and China bites back.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/trade-conflict-impact-beef-imports-china-180415095903877.html

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  4. Gezza

     /  April 16, 2018

    Macron shown on Aljaz tv giving an interview where he says he convinced Trump not to pull US troops out of Syria. Aljaz reports when asked White House says no, Trump still intends to bring US troops back from Syria as soon as possible?

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  5. MaureenW

     /  April 16, 2018

    Comey comes across as a self-serving clown – where is the Morals List for US Presidents – and which Presidents have adhered to it?

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/16/james-comey–donald-trump-morally-unfit-president-abc-interview

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 16, 2018

      Can’t really fault Trump’s description of him: “An untruthful slimeball”

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      • Gezza

         /  April 16, 2018

        Not many could argue with Comey’s descriptions of Trump either, so I guess it all roughly balances out in the end. I see Trump has called for his imprisonment. I expect he’s frustrated no one has immediately gone out and arrested him & locked him up. Like in Russia or Israel or Saudi Arabia?

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        • MaureenW

           /  April 16, 2018

          Lordy Gezza, you’re making me feel queasy

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  April 16, 2018

          He should take him onto the WH staff. Then Mueller would be onto him like a dog after a rat.

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          • Gezza

             /  April 16, 2018

            He’d probably certainly want to interview him. I can’t see Trumpy taking him on to the WH staff though. He’s way taller than Trumpy and he already doesn’t like or trust Trump. The normal recruitment procedure is that these criteria are normally met only AFTER working for Trump in the WH.

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          • Gezza

             /  April 16, 2018

            Aljaz is showing excerpts of an ABC interview with Comey.
            He is says Trump is morally unfit to be President and says there is evidence Trump possibly obstructed justice.

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            • MaureenW

               /  April 16, 2018

              How can there be evidence he “possibly” obstructed justice? Mealy mouthed statement like the rest of his queasy book.

            • Gezza

               /  April 16, 2018

              Replied below Maureen.

            • Gezza

               /  April 16, 2018

              Called Trump a serial liar who treats women like meat.

          • Gezza

             /  April 16, 2018

            May be time to start at least some tentative preliminary planning for a Pence presidency Al?

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 16, 2018

              The Democrats would have to win the House and Senate first. Then they would have to calculate the political and electoral consequences of overthrowing an elected President. And probably win some court cases adjudicated by the conservative judges Trump will have appointed.

            • Gezza

               /  April 16, 2018

              Well, they don’t know, he hasn’t set. They had some Political scientist chap named Roy Schneider frpm UCLA on. He said he’s a registered Republican. Described Trump as: “He’s a bully, he’s childish, he insults people all the time”. And that while his base loves that, they’re not used to a president who does that, educated people find that objectionable, and of course there’s the constant lying.

              But he ran through a number of things Comey could possibly be referring to, or aggregating, as well as just firing Comey, that might amount to obstructing justice. We’ll just have to wait and see. No doubt more to come. Comey hasn’t been charged with anything Trump’s accused him of and he’s obviously enjoying developments.

            • Gezza

               /  April 16, 2018

              Oops
              * Well, they don’t know, he hasn’t said.

              That was @Maureen, btw. Soz.

            • Gezza

               /  April 16, 2018

              That Political Analyst’s name is Bill Schneider, not Roy. He was just on Aljaz again. He reckons there are actually quite a few examples of actions by Trump or his that could be considered obstruction. He reckons even among republicans, especially the better-educated ones, there are quite a few who are looking at Trump and going “This person is certainly a rich person, but he has no class”. I’m certainly inclined to that view myself.

              The book comes out on Tuesday: it’ll be making a bloody fortune for Comey. One of the things I like about this situation is that Trump set the scene for the sort of behaviour to be expected from other powerful people who he can’t bully.

  6. PDB

     /  April 16, 2018

    Interesting development in the Middlemore story…

    “The Health Minister has been accused of misleading the public about when he found out about the scale of the issues facing Middlemore Hospital.

    Health Minister David Clark visited the hospital on March 13 where he says he was told about the rot, mould and sewerage in the walls of Middlemore Hospital’s Scott building.

    However, documents obtained by Stuff reveal Clark was provided a dossier of information at that meeting and was specifically told by Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) acting chief executive Gloria Johnson that there were “similar problems in multiple buildings”.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/103133209/health-minister-and-dhb-clash-over-middlemore-hospital-building-issues

    I think its becoming obvious that the DHB is the problem here.

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