Thiessen: The 10 worst things Trump did in 2018

Following Marc Thiessen’s Trump successes in 2018 he has also done The 10 worst things Trump did in 2018.

… he also did a lot of bad things that ranged from cringeworthy to catastrophic. Here are the 10 worst:

10. His comment about “sh–hole” countries blew up negotiations for a deal that would have given Trump his border wall.
…his abhorrent comment undermined Democrats who were serious about cutting a deal and gave those who were not a pretext to walk away.

9. His offensive tweets continued to undermine his presidency.
Calling former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman “a dog” and Stormy Daniels “Horseface” — among countless offensive tweets — is not just unpresidential, it drives away potential supporters who like his policies but then are reminded how much they don’t like Trump.

8. His misuse of power turned critics into martyrs.

7. He drove away suburban voters and caused the GOP to lose control of the House.
That’s because the president has sought to energize his base in ways that drive those voters away.

6. His graceless handling of Sen. John McCain’s funeral was a new low.

5. His handling of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder harmed America’s moral standing.

4. His news conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was an embarrassment.

3. His policy to separate migrant children from their families at the southern border was an avoidable tragedy.

2. His planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan is a gift to the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
The news came just as U.S. officials were holding talks with the Taliban whose No. 1 demand is . . . the withdrawal of U.S. forces. Hardly the “art of the deal.”

1. His pullout of all U.S. troops in Syria will take America’s boot off of the terrorists’ necks.
Trump’s claim that “we have defeated ISIS in Syria” is as bad as Obama’s dismissing them as the “J.V.” squad.

 

 

 

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 6, 2019

    Some of these claims are unfactual even before being weighted.

    Highly unlikely Dems would have funded wall but for his “shithole country” tweet.

    Reportedly the migrant children issue resulted from Session’s policy intervention, not Trump’s.

    America’s boot is not on the terrorists’ necks in Syria and certainly not via 2000 ground troops.

    Afghanistan talks with Taliban/Al Qaeda have been fruitless for years. Surely alongside Pakistan a classic shithole country.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 6, 2019

    It doesn’t sound good for a president to use that expression, or the ones about people’s personal appearance…especially as he is hardly handsome himself. Or does he think that orange skin, white eye circles and yellow hair are handsome ?

    His graceless behaviour at the death of John McCain was disgustingly disrespectful.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 6, 2019

      Why do you think he should respect someone who continuously attacked him and blocked his legislation out of spite?

      And in fact how did he disrespect him since McCain barred him from attending his funeral anyway?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 6, 2019

        His ‘message’ to the family was pathetic.

        His attacks on McCain, like saying that he wasn’t a hero because he was captured didn’t sound good from someone who somehow managed to avoid going to war because he had an easily treatable case of sore feet.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 6, 2019

          “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” he tweeted.

          Trump’s reelection campaign later released a statement that read: “All of us at the Trump Campaign offer our sincere condolences to the family of Senator John McCain following his passing this evening. We encourage all Americans to take the opportunity to remember Senator McCain and his family in their prayers on this sad occasion.”
          http://time.com/5378317/donald-trump-john-mccain-tweet/

          How is this pathetic?

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 6, 2019

            No mention of the man himself; it was a Claytons sympathy message; basically the same meaningless one that he sends to massacre victims’ families.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 6, 2019

              It was perfectly respectful. If he’d sent a meaningful one it would have said, “Good riddance, arsehole” but that would have been disrespectful.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 6, 2019

              It was insincere and sounded like it. Just as we know that he doesn’t give a damn about the massacre victims with his ‘thoughts and prayers’ and that that will be all they’ll get from him.

              It’s always all about him.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 6, 2019

              It was insincere but it was not disrespectful. Avoiding disrespect often requires insincerity.

          • Blazer

             /  January 6, 2019

            hey AL..’always be sincere ..even if you don’t really..mean it’…apologies to TRP.

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  3. Duker

     /  January 6, 2019

    Well we’ll AW is outed as a Trumpanzee

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  4. peddiebill

     /  January 7, 2019

    Well AW
    If a leader reflects your particular biases I get it that you would support him. I may not like your conclusions but that is how Democracy is supposed to function. There is still a Republican Trump supporting (but declining) base).

    However in this instance, for whatever reason Mr Trump has definitely upset those who have different values. The polls show that in every State of the US his support from the population has dropped. The international polls show the US has dropped in holding respect and that from outside the US a vast majority say they don’t think think Mr Trump has made a good job of being president. Don’t take my word for it check the polls!

    It is not opinion to say Mr Trump had fewer votes in the Mid Terms – and even in the Senate there were more total votes for the Democrats – although the strange distribution of votes system still produced more Republican Senate seats.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 7, 2019

      It’s not a strange system of votes, just that each state elects two Senators if I understand it right which was a deliberate choice by the Constitution founders to stop big states dominating the Union.

      Trump’s poll ratings are slightly down on the 2016 election values but have been very stable in the low 40%s which is remarkable considering the incessant media assault on him.

      I note that none of your comments relate to the four points I made.

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  5. peddiebill

     /  January 7, 2019

    I note you want me to address your points. I do so reluctantly but here goes.
    Your first point was: “Highly unlikely Dems would have funded wall but for his “shithole country” tweet.”
    My Comment: I would have thought that the “shithole country” tweet reveals extreme prejudice (as you yourself appear to have done with your later comment about Pakistan). Surely that prejudice would immediately remove any potential support. But there are a host of underlying problems in accepting the tweet. For example most migrants from the said countries turn out to have a lower rate of subsequent crime offending than the percentage of permanent residents who are legally in the US. Is the country that produces the highest rate of crime in the US the real “Shithole Country”? LOOK IT UP, THE FIGURES ARE THERE IN THE OFFICIAL RECORDS!
    Next you say: “Reportedly the migrant children issue resulted from Session’s policy intervention, not Trump’s”.
    My comment: You appear to have missed the point that Sessions was doing exactly what Mr Trump had ordered and in fact it was only when Sessions drew back from following the letter of the President’s orders (eg recusing himself from the Russian collusion investigation) that he was given the shove.
    What do you say next?: America’s boot is not on the terrorists’ necks in Syria and certainly not via 2000 ground troops.
    My Comment: Well that is a problem then because in view of the bombing from the US coalition and the ground troops part in the large scale attack on ISIS positions (which incidentally according to the UN figures, killed and/or displaced more civilians than ISIS was able to do – yes LOOK IT UP) Mr Trump took personal responsibility for “defeating ISIS” which must have been a surprise to Russia, the Syrian government, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Kurds all of who were a significant part. If it wasn’t the US providing the push back and “foot on the neck” then why would any President – even a thick one – say he had done it?
    And finally: “Afghanistan talks with Taliban/Al Qaeda have been fruitless for years. Surely alongside Pakistan, a classic shithole country”.

    My comment: :I would have thought that the Republican President (Reagan) who invited Al Qaeda leaders to the White house to present them as the “equivalent of America’s founding fathers and then sanctioned recruitment offices for Al Qaeda in New York and Washington back when Russia was in Afghanistan and the US was trying to get them out by arming Al Qaeda, might have been the start of the confusion. (I have written a whole textbook on the development of Terrorism and tend to go on a bit about it when started!!!!! I might also add that the US doesn’t come out of it as well as you appear to think)
    Sorry if my answer was a little long – but you did seem to want one!

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