Trump winging it with flip flop flaps

Donald Trump seems to like creating a flap about big issues. He seeks attention  for personal glory and in trying to do the big deals he claims he’s expert at. But it’s a high risk strategy (or more likely lack of strategy). It may only take on serious misunderstanding of where he stands to precipitate a major problem.

And sensible people who may be able to manage things are left flailing around wondering where Trump’s flapping may go next.

Bloomberg: Trump’s Head-Snapping Reversals Shake Allies at Home and Abroad

Donald Trump slapped tariffs on China, then reconsidered. He yanked the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal without a plan B. He ordered U.S. penalties on ZTE Corp. reversed to save Chinese jobs.

And on Thursday he canceled a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as abruptly as he announced it in March.

Trump has always led from the gut. But the president’s recent head-snapping decisions, made without much consultation with allies overseas or in Congress, suggest a White House that is winging it on almost every major issue.

The president’s activities have grown increasingly frenetic amid two developments: the departure of several top officials regarded as checks on his impulses and the expanding law enforcement investigations into Trump’s campaign and his associates, including lawyer Michael Cohen. Trump has demonstrated a particular obsession with the idea that the Justice Department planted an informant in his campaign, perhaps at the behest of former President Barack Obama — a conspiracy theory for which there is no evidence.

Experienced advisers including former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson all exited the administration since February.

Trump’s staff turnover is another problem, creating further uncertainties, and risking a lack of checks on the President’s impulsiveness for fear of getting chucked out.

There’s no clear line between Trump’s staff turmoil, his associates’ legal troubles and his erratic policy making. And his administration contends that major decisions — on North Korea, Iran, trade with China and others — are founded on months-long deliberations. For example, a senior administration official said that Trump pulled out of the Singapore summit after a series of frustrations, including North Korea standing up U.S. negotiators who flew to the Southeast Asia city-state last week for an expected meeting to lay groundwork.

Yet Trump himself conveys the sense that every announcement is spur of the moment.

Less than four hours before the White House released Trump’s letter to Kim canceling the summit, “Fox & Friends” broadcast an interview with the president — taped the day before — in which he said there was a “good chance” the meeting would happen.

The on-off North Korea summit may be on again.

But with two erratic leaders who may be more concerned with their own egos than anything it creates a sense of chaos where the chance of disaster seems increasingly more likely.

And even if a deal is reached I don’t think either Kim or Trump can be trusted much to stick to the deal – North Korea has a long history of non-compliance, and Trump has a short history of dumping on deals he decides he doesn’t like, and creating flaps for self seeking attention or diversion from flip flops.

As long as neither starts winging it with missiles the world may survive them.

45 Comments

  1. Joe Bloggs

     /  May 26, 2018

    • lurcher1948

       /  May 26, 2018

      On sale at the reduced price of $19.95

  2. Corky

     /  May 26, 2018

    Like I said yesterday…Trump will spin his irons. He has learn’t from Victor Kiam.

    • lurcher1948

       /  May 26, 2018

      Some people here think the sun shines out of trumps orange orifice, delusional

  3. sorethumb

     /  May 26, 2018

    if Trump is terrible the alternative is invasion.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 26, 2018

    Trump is clear on what he wants, not erratic. He knows Russia and China don’t want a lunatic with nuclear weapons on their doorsteps either. He is playing Kim the best way he can into a deal.

    • “Trump is clear on what he wants”

      I don’t know how you can be sure of that.

      Sure he’s trying to play Kim, but Kim is also trying to play Trump, the US, China and South Korea.

    • artcroft

       /  May 26, 2018

      Kim already has nuclear weapons.

    • Gezza

       /  May 26, 2018

      Trump is clear on what he wants, not erratic.
      What he wants he’s used to getting but being a spoiled brat doesn’t make him a good POTUS. And of course he’s erratic. That’s why people working for him go nuts eventually when he shits on them overnight on twitter.

      He knows Russia and China don’t want a lunatic with nuclear weapons on their doorsteps either.
      They don’t – that’s why he keeps pissing Russia off when he or his administration make threatening noises about the Ukraine and support their NATO allies trying to ring Russia militarily (as per usual history with the West),

      and keeps pissing China off sending aircraft carriers & troops and equipment & B2 nuclear bombers & Thad missiles into their neck of the woods.

      It’s not like he likes them doing the same thing is it?

      • David

         /  May 26, 2018

        “They don’t – that’s why he keeps pissing Russia off when he or his administration make threatening noises about the Ukraine and support their NATO allies trying to ring Russia militarily (as per usual history with the West),”

        What happened to Trump being a Russian ‘asset’?

        • Gezza

           /  May 26, 2018

          Some days he is, some days he isn’t. You know how erratic he is.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  May 26, 2018

            Mueller is arguably greater Russian asset than Trump as the Democrats attempt to strangle the Government they lost the election to.

          • David

             /  May 26, 2018

            If he is so erratic, he’s not a lot of use as an ‘asset’ now is he?

            • Gezza

               /  May 26, 2018

              No, he’s not. Completely unreliable.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 26, 2018

              His supporters don’t think so. They think he is delivering.

            • Gezza

               /  May 26, 2018

              No, silly – he is completely unreliable as a Russian asset. One minute he’s praising Putin the next he’s applying sanctions, the following minute he’s refusing to apply more sanctions cos loves Putin again or something. He’s all over de damn place.

    • artcroft

       /  May 26, 2018

      Trump had no plan detail how to repeal Obamacare; no plan as to how to replace Obamacare; he has no plan regarding building the wall; he had no plan as to how to ban muslims, he has no plan going forward on NK; no plan detailing how to manage the middle east.
      He has failed, he is failing and he will continue to fail.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 26, 2018

        Except he is winning. So sad.

      • Corky

         /  May 26, 2018

        Like Injuns circling the wagons, Arty, Trump has plans. However, congress doesn’t have the kahunas to green light what he wants to implement.

      • David

         /  May 26, 2018

        Do you even understand how the US government operates. Congress then Senate then presidential sign off not the other way round.

        • artcroft

           /  May 26, 2018

          Do you even understand how reality works. You put together a plan. Sell it to the House Speaker who runs it through congress, then build support in senate via the majority leader, acquiring bipartisan support if possible along the way. If all you do is promise big dumb promises, you may get elected (there are enough dumb Americans for that) but you can’t deliver.
          That’s why Trumps failing and will continue to fail.

          • David

             /  May 26, 2018

            Quite the contrary which is why his numbers are on the up and dumb people are still clutching their pearls at the words he uses instead of the actual results.
            Lowest black unemployment ever
            first increase in real wages in 16 years
            3.9% unemployment
            Dow at record highs
            ISIS wiped out
            NAFTA being re negotiated
            TPP dumped
            Record low in illegal border crossings
            GDP growth of 3%
            etc etc etc while you sit around worrying about words. Why not focus on results.

          • Gezza

             /  May 26, 2018

            ISIS wiped out.
            Er … No. Not yet. Just shifted.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 27, 2018

              Mostly to jail or paradise. A few to the usual Muslim hellholes and others back to the unfortunate nations they came from to be monitored by security services there.

  5. sorethumb

     /  May 26, 2018

    Down with Trump!

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 26, 2018

      Another Lefty fantasy, Joe. Rather sick malevolence.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 26, 2018

        Not really, just rather funny.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  May 26, 2018

          Why? It doesn’t correspond to reality at all. Kim is in dire straits, Russia not much better economically, and China is capitulating to Trump on tariffs. All it does is satisfy people who hate Trump that they have company. Though they shouldn’t be proud of aligning with the likes of Kim, Putin and Xi – guess they are that desperate.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 26, 2018

            The Kick Me sign is an oldie, it was around in the c.19. I don’t see this cartoon as malevolent, just making fun of all concerned. I don’t hate Trump, I despise him.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 26, 2018

              And Netanyahu?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 26, 2018

              He’s not in that cartoon, so is irrelevant.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 26, 2018

              Just wondered if you despise him too as Trump’s friend.

            • Gezza

               /  May 26, 2018

              Don’t think you could describe Kitty as Trump’s friend by any means Al.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 26, 2018

              I wouldn’t and didn’t G.

            • Gezza

               /  May 26, 2018

              Actually, you did. Although you didn’t mean to.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 27, 2018

              Actually I didn’t since the phrase refers to the nearest pronoun not the furthest.

  6. David

     /  May 26, 2018

    They said the same deal when Reagan was President and negotiating with the Russians, turned out the commentariat were as dead set stupid as they are today.
    After lording the total ineptness of Obama commentators should probably be a little more self aware.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 26, 2018

      ‘Lording the total ineptness’ ?

      Pete, you forgot to add ‘FLUP !’ for when Trump falls flat on his face.

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 26, 2018
  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 26, 2018

    Conrad Black on Trump’s foreign policy fronts – NK, Iran, Palestine:
    https://amgreatness.com/2018/05/25/making-international-relations-great-again/