Davos Bilat #4 – President Trump Meets With President Barzani of Kurdistan Regional Government – Video and Transcript…

Obviously there’s a not-so subtle message to Turkey in this bilateral discussion between President Trump and President Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government.  There is no actual country of Kurdistan yet; perhaps that’s the goal. [Video and Transcript]

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[Transcript] – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. It’s great to be with President Barzani of Kurdistan. And we have a meeting scheduled. For a long time, we’ve wanted to meet. We’ve worked together very well.

As you know, we left Syria, from the standpoint of the border, and that’s worked out great with Turkey. It’s worked out far better than anybody ever thought possible. They have the so-called “safe zone,” and I appreciate everything you’ve done to keep it as safe as possible.

But, very importantly, as you know, we have the oil. And we left soldiers for the oil, because we took the oil and we’re working on that. And we have it very nicely secured.

We also have thousands of ISIS prisoners. We’ve taken over 100 percent of the caliphate.

And it’s a very interesting region, but we’ve had a tremendous relationship. And it’s great to be with you. Thank you very much.

PRESIDENT BARZANI: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you very much. Thank you, sir. Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Please. Would you like to say something?

PRESIDENT BARZANI: Yeah. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Mr. President, to receive us, you know, I mean, in Davos. As you said, you know, we’ve been, quite a long time, waiting for that moment.

Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for your support. So we did — defeated ISIS together.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.

PRESIDENT BARZANI: So — and on behalf of people, I mean in Kurdistan, I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to your leadership and your support. Thank you, sir.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. Really great.

PRESIDENT BARZANI: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay, thank you very much. Appreciate it, everybody.

Q Mr. President, do you have a plan to contain the coronavirus in the U.S.?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We do have a plan, and we think it’s going to be handled very well. We’ve already handled it very well. CDC has been terrific. Very great professionals. And we’re in very good shape. And I think China is in very good shape also.

Thank you very much.

[Transcript End]

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16 Responses to Davos Bilat #4 – President Trump Meets With President Barzani of Kurdistan Regional Government – Video and Transcript…

  1. Sunshine says:

    A flag says a lot about a country. Compare the beautiful Kurdistan flag to the ominous Turkish flag.
    As to the oil, a strong message for Erdogan, Assad, and Putin: Stay away from the oil.

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  2. dufrst says:

    Not only a message to Turkey, but to Iran, not to mention Iraq too. Trump will not simply withdraw from Iraq and hand it all over to Iran. Kurdistan could literally be carved up through Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran. It could possibly border every major sea in that region (Mediterranean, Caspian, Black Sea and Persian Gulf), except for the Red Sea. It would be a region of substantial oil reserves (in Syria, Iraq and Iran) and a new Sunni stronghold allied with the US.

    Our troops must be honored. Their sacrifices shall not have been in vain. Trump will not withdraw our troops in any other way but in victory. So, Iraq must tread carefully and act appropriately if the US will withdraw most of its troops at their request. Otherwise, the Kurds will be let loose on the region with our support. Iraq / Iran would not stand a chance. Turkey would be splintered in two, ending the Erdogan regime.

    Again, I ask, what will we do post-Trump? What a magnificent leader he is! I already mourn that he is term limited at 8 years! FDR had almost 15 years!

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    • Sunshine says:

      Have you noticed that Ivanka always travels with him? I have this feeling she’s in training for the 2024 cycle.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Bet inner dialougue, she’s known as “The Apprentice”, LOL.
        She is extremely impressive, and would be a formidable opponent, and a good POTUS, I suspect.

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      • “ ..she’s in training for the 2024 cycle.” Please, no. Senate, Representative, Governor. Cabinet, maybe. Enough family dynasty is enough. Possibly not qualified by birth for President or VP. Very well spoken, intelligent, energetic and supportive of her magnificent father. She is very business oriented. She and her brothers may try State or Municipal politics if not running a world wide resort family business. No more dynasty in our great country.

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    • Dutchman says:

      If the Founders thought limiting a POTUS to two terms was a good idea, they would have done so.

      Doing it seriously undermined the co-equal balance of power between the 3 branches, shifting more power to the legislature, where they have gamed the system, to enable the likes of McConnell and Pelosi. The Founders didn’t envision Congresspersons serving 30-40 years!
      It CAN be amended, perhaps we can work on that, second term?

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      • Maquis says:

        I’m for it. Congress is a monstrosity of corruption.

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        • Dutchman says:

          The Founders actually saw the legislature as, potentially the biggest threat to their plan of divided government.

          After all, POTUS is required under the Constitution, to enforce the laws.
          His ONLY limiting power, is the Veto.
          The legislature can write any law they want, and with the enormous power of the purse, as well as the power to legislate, they can overwhelm the power of POTUS.
          Yes, the Judiciary IS a check, but it takes time, and the only check is if legislation is UnConstitutional.

          Anyway, THATS why we have TWO Houses of Congress, which otherwise seems duplicitous and unnecesary.
          And, they divided the legislative powers; all legislation has to originate in the House, but has to also pass the Senate.
          House impeaches, but Senate convicts, etc.

          Over our 250 years, CONgress has figured out how to “game” the system, as envisioned by the Framers, in order to acrue more power, and subvert the intent of the Framers.
          Correcting that now will be a monumental task, but it must be done.
          IMHO, every problem ultimately can be traced back to CONgress.

          As an example, our disastrous public education system, once the model for the world, now an indoctrination system for Conmunist ideology?
          CONgress gets “credit” for that, ultimately.
          The growth of government and the Administrative State, or “deep State”; Congress created it, and it actually works for Congress, NOT the President.
          The IC, although Truman started the CIA (and later regretted it) it is CONgress that controls its budget, and much of its direction.
          And on and on. Congress banned old fashioned lite bulbs. Nuff said?

          As bad as Obummer was, he had a Congress working hand in hand with him, every step of the way.

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      • GB Bari says:

        Limit the Senate to two 6 year terms. That’s the only change I would make. I like the overlap.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Actually, I think the founders would be surprised at even that.
          Not sure I don’t like one and done.
          Certainly we don’t have citisen legislators, we have people focusing their whole career track, from age,12, on getting and staying in Congress.

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          • GB Bari says:

            Agree. But I am OK with up to 12 years in service. That would build some knowledge and potentially worthwhile experience in Congress, but would preclude a “career.”

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            • Dutchman says:

              Understood. But doing things the way you have always done, gives you the results you’ve always gotten.
              Anyway, getting term limits imposed on CONgress will be a herculean task, cause THEY are the ones that write the laws.

              Constitutional amendment, passed by 2/3 of State legislators? Doubtful. For obvious reasons….

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