President Trump Welcomes President Macri of Argentina – Discusses NAFTA….

Earlier today President Trump and first lady Melania welcomed the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada to the White House.

One of the key topics on the agenda for President Macri is trade with the U.S., specifically the Argentinian export of lemons into the U.S.  Understandably California, and to a lesser extent Florida, citrus growers are opposed to large scale imports of competing crops.

Additionally, during the customary Oval Office photo-op President Trump remarks about the ongoing NAFTA trade issues, and the phone calls yesterday between Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s President Peña Nieto:

“If I’m unable to make a fair deal for the United States–meaning a fair deal for our workers and our companies, I will terminate NAFTA.”

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The U.S. media are considerably invested in framing NAFTA trade issues around their ever-present need to oppose the White House (Trump Derangement Syndrome); and many of the recent media narratives around NAFTA are entirely false.

An example of “Fake News” surrounding the NAFTA negotiations can be found today from CNN.  Example below:

[…] Before entering into formal negotiations with Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the free trade accord, Trump must first provide notice of his intent to renegotiate the trade deal. He has yet to do so. That move would kick off a 90-day period of consultation with Congress and industry groups before officially entering talks with the NAFTA partners. (link)

As outlined by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on April 13th (two weeks ago), and repeated in numerous remarks to media, the congressional notification letter of intent has been submitted; however, congress has not formerly accepted the administrations’ notification:

[…]  Our message is simple – the games are over, and improper treatment of the United States will no longer be tolerated.  We will approach future negotiations and actions with a clarity of purpose guiding us as we work to establish both free and fair trade. Unfortunately, NAFTA negotiations cannot begin until Congress accepts our 90-day notification letter in compliance with the Trade Promotion Act.  But, under President Trump’s leadership, I have no doubt that we will be successful in rebalancing American trade in favor of American workers and businesses.   (link)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbying group, along with various Wall Street entities, have a vested interest in delaying and obstructing any NAFTA renegotiation.  Congress is paid by these lobbyists to oppose the Trump trade intention.  This is the basic reason for the UniParty members in congress to push back against Secretary Ross and President Trump.

It’s a big club.  The entire legislative and political process is based on a system of enrichment for the professional financial class.  Congress, mostly republicans not democrats, is determined to keep U.S. worker interests out of the club consideration.

This has been steadily happening without any check within the system for over three decades.   We are at an inflection point.  Pay attention to the names who visibly surface against the Trump/Ross plan.  Notice the similarity to prior positions.  This is paid opposition within the Republican party:

BLOOMBERG […]  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC on Thursday that the U.S. wants to target is the rules regarding country of origin of products sold under the deal. He said that Mexico’s trade deficit with China is approximately equal with their trade surplus with the U.S., indicating that products made in China are being sold under Nafta.

“The whole idea of a trade deal is to build a fence around participants inside and give them an advantage over the outside,” Ross said. “So there is a conceptual flaw in that — one of the many conceptual flaws in Nafta.”

“Scrapping Nafta would be a disastrously bad idea,” Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who was a Trump critic during the campaign, said Wednesday in a statement. “It would hurt American families at the check-out, and it would cripple American producers in the field and the office.”

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona also blasted the idea on Twitter, writing, “Increasing trade barriers with CAN and MEX will result in lost jobs and higher consumer costs in #AZ. Strengthen #NAFTA, don’t abandon it.”  (read more)

There are many CTH critics, who hide under the guise of conservative punditry and opinion, who refuse to accept the UniParty reality laying at the heart of these issues; and many well known media names who are paid to provide demonstrably false information about economic policy and manipulate public opinion/understanding.

“It’s a BIG CLUB, and you ain’t in it” !

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140 Responses to President Trump Welcomes President Macri of Argentina – Discusses NAFTA….

  1. Alison says:

    Call me shallow but I love when foreign officials bring their wives and I get to see what Melania is wearing 💖😊

    Liked by 44 people

  2. ginaswo says:

    SD, can we get around the 90 day timeline, and begin talks now by virtue of the fact that it is technically CAN & MEX seeking to open negotoations? 😉

    Liked by 8 people

  3. Alison says:

    For once, Sundance, the first comment is real, non-trollish & true 😂😂🐸

    Liked by 10 people

  4. Steve in Lewes says:

    I suggest that Wilburine offer to school, oops I mean discuss with Sasse and Flake, in public the issues they claim, I would pay good money on pay-per-view to watch. Two snakes against a Wilburine, my money is on Mr. Ross.

    Liked by 27 people

  5. It’s a little too obvious when you send Sasse and Flake out to lead the charge. They could have been more subtle and sent Tim Scott or somebody, but this is sloppy Uniparty work.

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  6. It’s a big club. The entire legislative and political process is based on a system of enrichment for the professional financial class. Congress, mostly republicans not democrats, is determined to keep U.S. worker interests out of the club consideration.

    Sundance, do you think this is because the Democrats are simply sitting back and letting Republicans do the heavy lifting of obstruction, or do you see Democrats (at least in the aggregate) as authentically more amenable to U.S. workers’ interests at this point?

    Not trying to ask a gotcha question; I’m sincerely curious. Thank you.

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  7. duchess01 says:

    Obstructionists R Us

    Liked by 4 people

  8. daughnworks247 says:

    I’m so sick of Tom Donahue. I feel like I’ve seen his face so much in the last two years, I could draw a roadmap of his teeth.
    When does our President sit down with Donahue and strike a deal?

    Liked by 4 people

    • MaineCoon says:

      Never.

      Liked by 6 people

    • joninmd22 says:

      I’d like to see Donahue called into the Oval Office and get an ultimatum.

      Liked by 5 people

    • The only deal I’d like to see regarding Donahue is the outcome of his being sentenced for treason. I will be happily surprised if it were to happen. And, no I am not concern trolling or any o that other nonsense. There is so much to do this would have to be way way down on the list.

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    • ginaswo says:

      Evil rumpelstiltskin

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    • Charlie says:

      Donahue is the testicular head of the snake.
      Companies big and small have made binding commitments to past and present employees they can no longer afford or want to full fill. Lure talent with benefits, healthcare, gym memberships etc. and the bottom line can’t support this nonsense.
      These same companies want American tax payers to pay for their commitments in the name of “fairness”, healthcare. They want cheap labor to produce products leaving American tax payers to pay for their family’s education, subsidized housing, welfare, birth control and on and on and on. Not to mention all the taxes the government has imposed on employers just to have an employee.
      Labor is the biggest expense in business and is the first expense cut.
      Ironically labor on a project line item is always seen as negotiable.
      Wonder if consumers of berries would buy strawberries if they knew 89% of the cost is labor.

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  9. Niagara Frontier says:

    The BIG CLUB has already set many traps for our President, and he has evaded every one so far. The delay in accepting the notice of intent concerning the Trade Promotion Act is just another trap.

    The UniParty awaits desperately for a violation of law, or at least something serious enough that they can shout from the roof tops “High crime and misdemeanor!” It’s how they roll.

    Liked by 14 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Absolutely correct!

      The Big Club will once again get clobbered over the head with our Lion’s CLUB! Senator Jeff Flake is a dead man walking. He has less than two year left and will never again have a political career. Keli Ward will PRIMARY his azz in August 2018.

      http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/kelli-ward-jeff-flake-2018-230394

      She is ALL in on building the wall!

      http://www.kelliward.com/build_the_wall

      The is absolutely NOTHING the Big Club can do to stop the NAFTA train. They rolled out this same cast of morons to stop our President’s campaign. 98 days into his presidency tells me they weren’t that successful. Congress, CNN, Jeff Flake, Sasse, Bloomberg etc. are preaching to the dead. Our Lion not only put Mexico and Canada on notice but he put congress on notice. Now that Wilbur has his trade secretary appointed, congress lost their final card. That 90 day clock will commence sometime next week. If not, our Lion will put forth his EO which starts the 180 clock which culminates in the termination of NAFTA.

      WHO holds ALL the CARDS? It ain’t the Big Club or anyone working for them. At this point I chalk this up to another loss for them. Their days are numbered. Choose wisely. Either approve the 90 day window (which is much safer) or our Lion will execute the EO meaning the TNT would be lit to explode in 180 days.

      Complicated business folks!

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      • fleporeblog says:

        Read this and realize WE and our LION are winning!

        According to a recent POLITICO Pro-Harvard poll, 85 percent of Republicans believe that so-called “free trade” has lost more U.S. jobs than it has created. Only a vanishing 8 percent of Republicans believe that so-called “free trade” has led to higher wages for U.S. workers.

        Yet during a July interview with Business Insider, Sen. Flake defended Bill Clinton’s controversial legacy on trade insisting, “NAFTA is not a dirty word.”

        Polling data suggests otherwise. By a nearly two-to-one margin, voters said that they agree with Trump and believe that NAFTA “is the worst trade deal in modern American history, and that TPP is almost as bad,” according to a recent Breitbart/Gravis poll.

        http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/27/senator-flake-gets-2018-primary-opposing-trump/

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        • fleporeblog says:

          If it isn’t Kelli Ward it will be Jeff DeWit!

          The poll showed that State Treasurer Jeff DeWit leads Flake in the head-to-head with 42 percent support compared to Flake’s 33 percent and 25 percent undecided.

          DeWit was the chief operating officer of the Trump campaign.

          http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/18/arizona-poll-sen-jeff-flake-has-weak-support-going-into-2018-gop-primary/

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        • G. Combs says:

          TPP was a heck of a lot WORSE than NAFTA because it removed US sovereignty.
          It was the number one reason I voted for Trump.

          Trans-Pacific Partnership Synopsis FROM THE US GOVERNMENT

          This treaty literally strips the USA of sovereignty and allows totalitarian rule by Corporations and bureaucrats with a bit of help from NGOs to add a veneer of ‘democracy.’

          DISPUTE SETTLEMENT
          ” ….TPP Parties aim to have these disputes resolved through impartial, unbiased panels. … Panels will consider requests from non-governmental entities located in the territory of any disputing Party to provide written views regarding the dispute to panels during dispute settlement proceedings.

          Panels will be composed of three international trade and subject matter experts independent of the disputing Parties, with procedures available to ensure that a panel can be composed even if a Party fails to appoint a panelist within a set period of time. These panelists will be subject to a code of conduct to ensure the integrity of the dispute settlement mechanism.

          To maximize compliance, the Dispute Settlement chapter allows for the use of trade retaliation (e.g., suspension of benefits), if a Party found not to have complied with its obligations fails to bring itself into compliance with its obligations. Before use of trade retaliation, a Party found in violation can negotiate or arbitrate a reasonable period of time in which to remedy the breach….”

          The Groniad says this about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement:

          Leading arbitration lawyer, George Kahale (chairman of Curtis, Mallet-Provost, Colt & Mosie LLP, an international law firm) says there are critical loopholes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s investment chapter that leave Australia wide open:

          “….an MFN clause is tantamount to a classic wipeout move. It would enable foreign corporations from TPP states to make a claim against Australia based on the ISDS provisions in any other trade deal Australia has signed, no matter which country it was signed with. That means it does not matter how carefully the TPP is drafted: foreign investors can cherrypick another treaty Australia has signed, and sue the Australian government based on the provisions included in that treaty…..
          http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/10/tpps-clauses-that-let-australia-be-sued-are-weapons-of-legal-destruction-says-lawyer

          From The Hill by former Bill Clinton advisor Dick Morris

          The TPP, generally supported by pro-free-trade Republicans but opposed by labor-union Democrats, reportedly contains a barely noticed provision that allows for the free migration of labor among the signatory nations. Patterned after similar provisions in the treaties establishing the European Union, it would override national immigration restrictions in the name of facilitating the free flow of labor.

          In a nutshell it is the EU rewritten for the USA and Pacific rim countries.

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          • kp3ace says:

            Just wondering! I’ve learned more from CTH in the short time I’ve been here than I would at some college. How long before I can pick up my PhD?

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  10. jefcool64 says:

    I’m so sick of the media spin on this. Trump is holding his promise, he’s forcing the renegotiation of
    NAFTA or else the U.S leaves if it doesn’t improve.

    Beware the gaslighting efforts from the so called CONservative websites too. They are in hyper gaslighting mode. They sunk into the swamp and have no idea they are controlled opposition. (or they are part of the swamp and that just makes them dangerous)

    It’s ridiculous but I think by and large people see through the lies.

    Liked by 12 people

    • ALEX says:

      They know what they are…All of these Conservative in name only websites supported NAFTA and Free Trade…You bring up our 860 billion trade deficit with the rest of world and they talk about the benefits and muh free trade….

      It’s all a big sham and always has been, just like social conservative sites…From the time I graduated college in 91 until now all these groups have made good money and this country has gone to hell….

      Liked by 6 people

    • haditwgov says:

      I don’t believe that I am alone. Regarding all those CONservative sites, I pay them less attention everyday. I now see the false premises and constructs plainly. The puppeteer strings, once seen cannot been unseen. Less clicks there, more clicks here, lol. Capitalism purely on display!

      Liked by 8 people

    • kp3ace says:

      I’m not so sure about even renegotiating NAFTA. Although Trump may be good at renegotiation I’d be worried about the next president stripping all of the good that he’s done. I would be happier if it were just torn up and provisions added to prevent (if possible) something like this from happening again.

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  11. daughnworks247 says:

    OR, if Donahue is behind all the GOPe resistance, via donations to legislators, could President Trump cut off this influence by developing ANOTHER donation stream, upon which Congressman could rely to get reelected.
    Maybe?

    Liked by 2 people

    • MaineCoon says:

      Yah. Deplorables.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Dennis Leonard says:

      daugh.
      Or maybe like I told my Rep Labrador,when he said ,are you going to write me a thousand dollar check.And I said no ,if you are doing a good job,you should not need lg amounts of money to be reelected and case you do use some of that 176,000 a year your are making.

      Liked by 8 people

  12. Dennis Leonard says:

    “as authentically more amenable to U.S. workers’ interests at this point?”
    Your thinking about a different Dem.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Remington says:

    Someday I’m going to find out how the good folks in Nebraska have elected, and have not recalled, that wanker sasse. ‘Got some idea of how the flake got in…

    Maybe we can sweeten the deal with Argentina….we’ll take a few more lemons but they have to recall the mad jesuit jorge from Rome

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  14. Pam says:

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  15. Pam says:

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  16. tax2much says:

    Argentina, importing Nazis and exporting Communists.

    Liked by 3 people

    • wondering999 says:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina%E2%80%93Spain_relations
      In the late 1930s, before Argentina took in Nazis fleeing Europe, Argentina took in a lot of Communist refugees from Fascist Spain.
      “During the Spanish civil war, Argentina remained neutral and gave asylum to any Spanish citizen requesting it without regards to whether they were Republicans or Franquistas.[2]”

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    • wondering999 says:

      What the Communists did in Civil War Spain… want to throw this in, because Hollywood movies tend to leave it out:
      http://www.josemariaescriva.info/article/1936-1937-first-stages-of-the-spanish-civil-war-situation-of-opus-dei
      “Much of the terror took the form of attacks on the Catholic Church and its ministers. Between July 18 and July 31, 1936, fifty priests were assassinated in Madrid and a third of the capital’s one hundred fifty churches were sacked or burned. Anti-Catholic violence continued unabated through August in much of the Republican zone. During that month, more than two thousand priests and religious were killed. The violence against priests, religious, and others known as Catholics gradually tapered off after August 1936, although specific assassinations of priests and religious continued until the end of the war. By the end of the war, twelve bishops, more than 4,000 diocesan priests, and more than 2,500 religious had been killed. One of every seven diocesan priests and one of every five male members of religious orders died. In Escrivá’s home diocese of Barbastro, 123 of 140 priests were murdered. It is impossible to say exactly how many lay men and women were killed just because they were known as Catholics, but the number is large. Many of the victims were executed after summary trials before “people’s courts” set up by Anarchists, Socialists, Communists, and members of other left-wing parties. Others were simply lynched.”

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      That’s very, very old history, tax2much. Can you name some nazis getting into Argentina lately? As to communists, I doubt they are being exported. They were kicked out of government recently and are now making sure that the money they stole is well invested with the likes of Soros.

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  17. Oldschool says:

    I apologize for sounding stupid, but how is congress legally able to not accept a letter from POTUS? We, as citizens, would never be able to do that if we were on receipt of a letter from the government.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Niagara Frontier says:

      I’m going to venture a guess and say that it’s not official until it’s entered into the official record of the House and Senate. When you watch C-SPAN, you’ll see the ritual: “Mr. Speaker….A letter from the President of the United States…..” That is followed by the clerk reading the letter into the Record.

      Liked by 11 people

    • haditwgov says:

      Trump could hand walk the letter of intent. Kind of hard to ignore the POTUS. Surprise!! Instead he flexes his muscles and advertises intent to cancel. CONgress doesn’t hold all the cards.

      Liked by 4 people

    • woohoowee says:

      Because congress makes up its own rules? UniParty makes the rules to keep itself in power.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Niagara Frontier says:

      Here’s a possible clarification on the “letter of intent to Congress” not be accepted. This makes more sense. Link to complete article below:

      Trump hasn’t been able to launch a renegotiation because of political realities on Capitol Hill that center on his still-unconfirmed nomination of Robert Lighthizer, his pick to be U.S. trade representative. The administration can’t start talks until it gives Congress 90 days notice, and it can’t give Congress that notice until it meets with certain congressional oversight committees — and Democrats on one of those committees have been refusing to meet until Lighthizer is confirmed.”

      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/26/white-house-nafta-withdraw-trump-237632

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  18. Pam says:

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  19. GumboPot says:

    Is there a copy of the letter of intent to renegotiate NAFTA addressed to congress from the Commerce Department available to read?

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  20. ALEX says:

    The Ace in the hole is the country to country negotiations that Ross and the Trade rep can do….This is what cheap labor express and the rest can’t stop and they will pour money into all the usual suspects WSJ,National Review,Politicians and you name it…

    I am happily surprised President Trump is using the National Security idea on Steel and of course Aluminum just today….I have been saying this for years and I might have picked it up from Peter Navarro, who is on the Trump Train and works for him presently…

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  21. Pam says:

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  22. flawesttexas says:

    Note that 48 of 49 GOP Senators voted to give Obama Trade Promotion Authority.

    Note that

    They deny this from Trump…and a number of folks are going to be primaried. Bleep the UniParty

    Love Wilburine…he gets it.

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    • ALEX says:

      President Trump controls the RNC and it is raising record amounts. Mrs.Romney who runs it has said she wants to support Trump style candidates and I believe Bannon is involved with this…There is even a PAC America First….

      We will let them expose and hang themselves…We are a movement, not a single issue…

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  23. GumboPot says:

    I don’t believe the letter of intent to renegotiate NAFA has been sent to congress yet. I can’t find a copy of it. It should be public information.

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  24. WhatDoesThisButtonDo says:

    As long as President Macri is here, will President Trump ask him about any nuclear fuel deals between Argentina and Iran that were initiated by our Marxist 44th President for the Tehran Research Reactor?

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/dougschoen/2015/10/06/argentinian-president-makes-big-accusation-at-the-united-nations/

    During a 45-minute speech, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed that in 2010 a former Obama administration official asked Argentina to “provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel” under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
    […]
    There is a backstory to this, as Kirchner explained. In 1987, Argentina supplied Iran with nuclear fuel for their “Teheran” reactor. Samone told Hector Timmerman, the Argentine Foreign Minister, that negotiations with Iran to end or limit its nuclear enrichment program had begun and that the “Teheran” reactor was a sticking point. Iranian negotiators wouldn’t go forward without the fuel. And Argentina was the United States’ answer.
    […]
    According to Ayatollah Ali Khameni, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Obama first reached out in 2011 through the Oman’s leader Sultan Qaboos. The Iranian interpretation of Obama’s proposal is as follows: The Americans “want to solve the nuclear issue and lift sanctions within six months, while recognizing Iran as a nuclear power.”

    For those unfamiliar with the Tehran Research Reactor, a little background:
    http://www.isisnucleariran.org/sites/facilities/tehran-research-reactor-trr/

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  25. All American Snowflake says:

    ♥ the photo of the Presidents and First Ladies. Melania always has a special je ne sais quoi.

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  26. Tonawanda says:

    Trump = Cincinnatus the Second. Amazing so many cannot see that.

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  27. Martin says:

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  28. Beryl Bomb says:

    3-D chess, folks: Juliana Awada is an Argentine businesswoman of Lebanese and Syrian descent. She is the current First Lady of Argentina, married to the 53rd President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri. I predict in 90 days we will be partnering with Argentina in ways no one predicted.

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  29. Donna in Oregon says:

    Nice strategy to bring Argentina in. I saw President Trump speak, he is very tired, out of breath. I hope he is going to the Southern Whitehouse this weekend.

    Liked by 3 people

  30. Beenthere says:

    Macri should share some useful information about Pope Francis to Trump. In the past Macri has had some contentious meetings with the Pope. It looks like Trump wants to meet the Pope when he’s in Italy next month.

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  31. Emily Summer says:

    Ever notice how successful men are never seen with feminazies? Why? Because they are usually fat and ugly. No makeup, unkempt hair, etc. Ever notice how really successful women are good looking? Guess they never heard about catching more flies with sugar than vinegar, eh? That goes for the Wookie, too

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    • Jenny R says:

      Ok, I’ve seen a lot of this; tend to agree with some of it (insofar as at a certain point one’s character does get worn on one’s face).
      However, physical beauty, while a nice thing to have, is a very poor measure of a human being. This hang up about physical looks is all far too reminiscent of the hang ups many have with IQ or…virtue signaling. This is hardly a good reason to think highly of someone. While it is indeed very nice that the present First Lady is beautiful and fashionable, I tend to think it is her character, which appears to be rather gracious, that one should focus on (and by the way: that’s what the real problem with Michelle was…her looks were ok; it was her bitter character that ruined it — the woman wore a permanent scowl; that’s rather off putting).
      Mother Theresa was hardly a maven of pulchritude nor style…yet I believe she was very successful in her life’s goal….and was beautiful in her own way (and that sort of beauty doesn’t fade).
      And I never saw an image of her where she was wearing makeup.

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  32. graphiclucidity says:

    I’m not sure what the reporters asking President Trump about Venezuela think he/we can do about the situation down there. Other than sending humanitarian aid, such as food and medicine, anything the U.S. does regarding the Madura regime will be portrayed as the imperialists interfering and instigating a coup, which will only help the Chavistas not the people of Venezuela.

    Trump is right, it’s a sad mess, and all we can do is send charity and pray that God intervenes in this nightmare they’ve gotten themselves in to, once again.

    On topic; I wish the Argentinians all the best with Macri and his government.
    They need some good luck after the Kirchner’s left them in quite the mess as well.
    Buying some lemons from them seems a small price to pay in order to help the second largest country in South America regain some needed economic stability and growth.

    I’m left wondering what our future relationship with Brazil will look like during a Trump administration. They’re in really bad shape too right now.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      graphiclucidity: charity is not viable in Venezuela right now. It would go to the military for “distribution” and they would keep most of it for themselves. The rest would be sold on the black market. Corruption is rampant and unpunished. Also, remember that Maduro was a bus driver before becoming Chavez’ VP. He might have been a good bus driver but he was never president material. The man is a certified idiot.

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      • graphiclucidity says:

        I agree, and it’s quite unfortunate.
        It’s just frustrating to know that we, and the rest of the world, could be sending some basic necessities to the people suffering there.

        I’m not sure how the regime regulates NGOs there in regards to distribution of food & medicine, but you’re right on – it’s like helping Haiti or any regime in famine-wrecked Africa… you’re mostly lining the pockets of the oppressors no matter what you do.

        I hear Maduro spends hours on the radio doing shows about his love of Jazz, Samba music, and get this, his favorite cuisine. You can’t make this sh*t up!
        Maduro deserves a special place in hell right next to his mentor.

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  33. Bert Darrell says:

    About Pres. Macri visiting PDJT.

    I very much doubt that the main reason for Macri coming to the USA was to sell lemons, although It’s possible that it was one of his intentions. Argentina sells large amounts of fresh fruit to the USA and other countries and their fruit producers don’t need the president to be their salesman. The true reasons for the encounter will surface in a few more weeks (and I’m sure SD is going to find out for us what it was).

    What most American don’t know is that America is having a serious problem with citrus fruit production, including lemons due to a pest that is difficult to control and has already decimated production in Florida and California. Florida lemon trees, which used to be for sale everywhere in the Spring are hard to find and some states have even banned their entry fearing that the pest (transmitted by insects in combination with a nasty mold that feeds on the honey-like fluid produced by the insects) will spread out in their own territories. Local producers are not in a position to block the import of citrus fruits, consumed in huge amounts in the USA, because they cannot satisfy the demand by themselves as a consequence of the problem they are facing.

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    • graphiclucidity says:

      Thanks for the info about the pest. I had no idea about that.

      I also wonder if there is anything else cooking up between Macri and the president.

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  34. SeanThornton says:

    Holy cow, when did Pat Sajak get elected to be the president of Argentina?

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

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