Global Trade – Boris Johnson Nominates Liam Fox to Lead World Trade Organization…

President Trump and the U.S. economic team have held a policy perspective that the World Trade Organization (WTO) is no longer a useful functioning body to mediate global trade issues.  At the center of that view are two issues:

First that WTO rules and regulations do not support American economic interests; and secondly, that WTO processes still provide China with favorable benefits as an “emerging nation” despite their scale. As a result the Trump administration has been positioning for a withdrawal from a dysfuctional WTO.

In an effort to keep the WTO intact, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has nominated a pro-Brexit/pro-America trade minister, Liam Fox, to become the next Director General.

(Via Fox News) – The British government on Wednesday announced that it was nominating former International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to head the World Trade Organization – selecting a strongly pro-Washington candidate at a time when the U.S. is debating quitting the trade body.

“Dr. Fox is a passionate advocate of multilateralism, who brings detailed knowledge of the global trading system from his years as a U.K. cabinet minister and secretary of state for international trade,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a letter to the Geneva-based organization. “He has first-hand experience of the political and technical challenges of negotiating trade agreements and the reforms that are needed to ensure the global trading system truly delivers for all WTO members.”

Britain was one of a number of members of the organization to put forward nominations for a replacement for Director-General Roberto Azevedo, who is stepping down in August after seven years leading the body.

The eventual pick needs to win the consensus from all member states.

Fox was a strong supporter of the ultimately successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union in 2016. Britain formally left the bloc earlier this year and entered a transition phase due to expire at the end of the year.

He has also been a vocal advocate for close ties between Britain and the U.S., meaning that if picked he could help blunt calls from Washington for the U.S. to leave the bloc. In a statement welcoming his nomination, he indicated that he would push to reform the organization.  (more)

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136 Responses to Global Trade – Boris Johnson Nominates Liam Fox to Lead World Trade Organization…

  1. WSB says:

    Reform? C’mon man!!!!

    Liked by 18 people

  2. Late flower on the casket!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Tornarosa says:

      Late flour on the rice biscuit pony face dog soldier. Can you read the question again? The writing’s too small on this piece of paper!

      Liked by 2 people

  3. neilmdunn says:

    This is a link to a Tom Luongo troubling article about China, Russia, and Iran coming together to help Iran with its oil industry and weaponry. I do not know how true the article is but is the R-C-I axis something that Fox as the new WTO head would get involved in?
    https://tomluongo.me/2020/07/08/trump-reaps-whirlwind-china-iran-mega-deal/

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    • frank field says:

      Disturbing link. Thanks for posting it. Not sure the CCP needs the WTO either. Things are getting hot!

      Makes me want to review Ezekiel 38 again.

      Liked by 3 people

    • GB Bari says:

      I also don’t know a thing about Tom Luongo or his reliability for truth versus biased opinion being passed as fact.

      But the article *is* somewhat ominous. It seems to support the RINO warmongering crowd’s push to escalate conflict against Iran, but is saying now it’s too late because China and Russia have moved in to defend & control Iran’s oil industry which allegedly takes a huge chunk of market leverage away from the U.S / Saudi alliance.

      However I don’t believe PDJT & his team has sat on the sidelines and allowed this to develop without having a strategy in place with which to deal with them.

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      • lokiscout says:

        Thank you,GB, I like the way you think. All the more reason to make sure President Trump keeps the title “Mr President” after Nov 2020! If we loose we are so screwed!

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      • Riskographer2 says:

        Tom Luongo is going through a difficult time right now, because he really doesn’t like President Trump—but he also is appalled by what’s happening on the left, so he’s kind of being pulled back into Trump’s court. He has never agreed with Trump on his foreign policy.

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    • Jeffrey Coley says:

      It is an interesting article. The only flaw I see is the presumption that the JCPOA would have somehow prevented any of this from happening. Iran was never going to NOT pursue nuclear weapons, nor were they ever NOT going to align with China and Russia or any other geopolitical enemy of the United States.

      At a bare minimum, at least Trump is getting Iran to hate us for free. And a coalition of China, Russia, and Iran – 3 third world countries – isn’t exactly the gravest of grave threats. And furthermore, Trump WANTS to decouple from China, and everyone knows there is nothing anyone can do to stop China doing as it wishes with Hong Kong. Other than complain about it and impose sanctions on China.

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      • Economically speaking, why would Russia not keep a major oil producer down? Yes they may help them fight battles against common enemies, but Iran’s loss is Russia’s gain in the oil industry.
        I think they just want to be a fly in the ointments of multiple countries holding them back. We saw what they did to Islamic terrorists. They know it would only be a matter of time before a nuclear Iran came after them.
        Also didn’t Russia furnish some sort of back door to our allies to defeat Iranian, Russia-made radar systems?

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      • JohninMK says:

        The Tom Luongo part of the article is pretty much how many of us outside the US see the situation. A classic case of US using the stick rather than the carrot and coming out badly as a result. Almost every decision leads to what one would hope are unintended consequences. In this case it is that China has broken out and will have direct access to the Indian Ocean and a 30% discount on oil.

        I won’t go further on that as I know most of you here wouldn’t like it so I will just comment on the oilprice.com comments embedded in the article. Basically they should stick to the oil business.

        The strike Tu-22M3 (China modified) doesn’t exist and anyway Iran doesn’t need them as they have now proven missiles for that role. The Su-57E export version will only be available after Russia gets the 72 that it has on order, so maybe in 2027. The S-400 is very expensive and sold out at the moment. The Su-34 is another strike aircraft (missiles again for that role) with a fighter role as subordinate so would be a bad choice. Instead they need large numbers of Su-35 (F-15C/D like) or maybe the Su-30SM1 (F-15E like) because Iran likes two seat fighters. In terms of Electronic Warfare, a Russian specialty and probably the best, Iran already has plenty. Not on the list are transport aircraft so some Il-76 or the Chinese version, sadly no C-130 Hercules.

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        • Jeffrey Coley says:

          “Coming out badly as a result.” Again, assuming that things were somehow better under the JCPOA. They weren’t. Iran was still financing terrorism, still developing nuclear weapons, still developing missiles. Except under the JCPOA, the United States was paying Iran to do these things. Now, we aren’t. And if China and Russia want to adopt that cancer … go right ahead. Have fun.

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          • JohninMK says:

            I ought to reply to your comments. I am English, I have no axe to grind for Iran, I report as I see it. I really don’t understand how the US was paying for all the things you mention. If it was the money paid, as I understand it, that was money that belonged to Iran as an advance payment for undelivered military gear and not returned for several decades. Given what Sundance reports on Congressional funding, it is likely that some of it returned to the US.

            Agreed the JCPOA was not perfect but at least under it there is some kind of international monitoring, giving the World some insight as to what they were up to. As Iran no doubt compared the situations in Iraq, Libya and N Korea is it any surprise that they would want the fate of the later and especially not Ghaddafi who agreed to give up his WMD and then paid the price? The JCPOA allows Iran to develop missiles, just not nuclear capable. No-one knows what they are doing on the nuclear weapons front but given the way they have protected themselves over the past year they probably don’t need them for defence and if they really wanted to destroy Israel they have enough conventional munitions to do it.

            As to terrorism, one man’s terrorist is another mans freedom fighter. Just consider the IRA and the position of many in the US versus the UK Government. In Iraq, Syria and Lebanon Iran is supporting, by invitation, the UN recognised Governments. Just because the US, UK and Israel etc are against it does that make it terrorism? The US and UK support Governments that treat their populations, especially Christians, far worse than those countries do, Saudi being the outstanding example.

            Iran is a country with a different culture evolved in a part of the World that has lived in changing times for 2-3000 years. Just because they are different to you and me does not make them a cancer.

            The US has come out badly and it didn’t need to. The whole World wants the American dream. The ME and especially Iran, is a huge potential export market but now, apart from selling some weapons to Saudi and giving them to Israel, the US has, by its actions, turned its back on it and given it on a plate to China and Russia. A huge strategic blunder and very, very sad for us supporters of you Americans to watch from the sidelines.

            It certainly ain’t, as you put it, fun, its heartbreaking.

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            • Jeffrey Coley says:

              Appeasement never works. And that’s what the JCPOA was – appeasement. It wasn’t “peace in our time.” Not by a long shot.

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    • neilmdunn says:

      I would like to thank everyone who commented on the link. I read TLuongo regularly but was unsure about this, because I have not read anything elsewhere as conclusive as he posted–so I was suspect. I appreciated all the time and effort everyone put in to comment. That is part of why we are all here at the CTH. Thanks again.

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  4. jmclever says:

    Why preserve WTO? to what end? Let it die.

    Liked by 11 people

    • TarsTarkas says:

      Jobs program for the connected.

      Liked by 7 people

      • WSB says:

        Listed under ‘world’s largest laundromat’ in the Guinness Book of Records.

        Liked by 19 people

        • LafnH20 says:

          Privatize the Profit.
          Socialize the Debt.

          It’s what they do, WSB.
          It’s the ONLY thing they do.

          Imo

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        • Tornarosa says:

          On the day after the signing of the WTO, the New York Times printed a full page add congratulating the WTO as completing the 3rd leg of a stool that consisted of the World Bank, the IMF, and the WTO. The ad was a full page picture of a cow milking stool.

          If I was devious enough I could probably figure out the details, but it’s something of a perpetual motion machine powered by European bankers sitting in a circle putting money in the pocket of the person in front of him. If anyone figures it out, they just change the names. So far no one has.

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          • WSB says:

            Yep, ‘cept PT, some of us and a few others.

            Liked by 1 person

          • LafnH20 says:

            Cow Milking stool.
            Sez it all.

            A STURDY foundation upon which one sits while Milking a Cow.

            Who’s gonna be their “Cow”?

            WE all know who gets the “Milk”.

            It’s a Big Club..

            And WE ain’t in it!

            Tornarosa, your second paragraph is absolutely Spot On!

            Much the same could be said if you switched “European bankers” with..
            “American politicians”…
            Or “The Un-American Chamber of Commerce”…
            Or ….

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            • Tornarosa says:

              Glad you caught that Lafn, It’s so ridiculous, I’m not sure the creators of that ad noted the obvious image. Picture’s worth a 1000 words

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Everyone , every country pays them……

      For what.?……….No one knows…….

      Wait………I got iit………….It’s like that “Cheers” episode

      They are getting paid because;

      They have a “Title”……..WTO…….

      I bet they even have a building…..and…and..a cafeteria…and Chinese Drivers
      Are they wearing face masks?

      I bet they’d get along great with our “Race Card Driver from NOOSECAR”

      Both have done nothing except run their yaps……

      Liked by 11 people

    • LookUp says:

      Just shut the door. Don’t let it hit you on the way out.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Charlotte Powell Brooks says:

      Even if liam fox was half of what boris johnson claims, it would be the same as putting a hundred dollar saddle on a ten dollar horse.

      Liked by 9 people

    • Sunshine says:

      Like the EU, it needs to be reformed from the inside. The only way to accomplish this would be through infiltration of the structure.

      We all know China is not an emerging nation; thus if it loses such designation, its economic woes will only worsen. And quite a few nation leaders are unhappy with China’s intentional spreading of the C-19, aka #CCPVirus.

      All in all, there is hope in the air.

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    • The EU OWES Boeing big time. If we leave do the WTO judgements also go away? Unless the WTO is disbanded, our exports could be hindered. But I’m willing to listen to people more educated on these things.

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  5. This seems like putting a race car driver on a horse and buggy (no offense to horses or buggy), the WTO is obsolete and corrupt. Could there be a play to punish China via the WTO?

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Sentient says:

    Sounds like Boris thinks he needs to pay attention to President Trump’s wishes. Which means he expects a Trump re-election.

    Liked by 19 people

  7. Patience says:

    Let the catch and release fox hunt begin.

    Fox trotting is okay.
    But, (but)
    he may not, canNOT and will not ~> out-fox President Donald J Trump.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. TreeClimber says:

    Well I’m all for dissolving the UN and all affiliated groups, but barring that, better to have a friend to America in there than an enemy. I suppose true objectivity and impartiality is too much to ever hope for…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      I’m more interested in a US-UK trade deal. Let other countries fuss about WTO.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Tornarosa says:

      Hi TreeC, The WTO isn’t innocent. It packages horrendous giga deals like GATT, thousands of pages that promoted closing our factories and off-shoring them to poor little developing countries like China.

      President wisely wants to make bilateral trade deals crafted to optimize the relationship between two countries, not entangle us in multilateral boondoggles that benefit monopolies and you have to Pelosi them (pass them to see what’s in them.)

      Better to roll it off a cliff than try to have a friend in there imho. All these multilateral European deals are scams. Do you remember the Treaty of Versailles that made WWII inevitable?

      Liked by 4 people

  9. appraisher says:

    Liam Fox…
    “In the 2009 expenses scandal, he was the Shadow Cabinet minister found to have the largest over-claim on expenses and, as a result, was forced to repay the most money. In 2010, he was appointed Defence Secretary by Prime Minister David Cameron, a position from which he resigned on 14 October 2011 over allegations that he had given a close friend, lobbyist Adam Werritty, inappropriate access to the Ministry of Defence and allowed him to join official trips overseas.

    In July 2016, in the wake of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, Fox was appointed the first Secretary of State for International Trade by new Prime Minister Theresa May. He was also made President of the Board of Trade. Fox has twice stood unsuccessfully for the leadership of the Conservative Party, in 2005 and 2016. In July 2019, he lost his cabinet position when new Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a cabinet reshuffle.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liam_Fox
    Boris didn’t like him enough to keep him on in 2019, but now showers effusive praise on him? Hmmm…Liam is the UK version of an American Swamp Dweller.

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  10. FreyFelipe says:

    “In an effort to keep the WTO intact, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has nominated a pro-Brexit/pro-America trade minister, Liam Fox, to become the next Director General.”

    But will he be able to clean house of all the current apparatchiks ?

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  11. FL_GUY says:

    WTO, the We Gang Up on the USA to cheat them in Trade Organization.

    Liked by 6 people

  12. MACAULAY says:

    It would be good to see the land that produced Wallace, Nelson, Wellington, Mill, Macaulay, Burke, Shakespeare, Churchill and many other greats who so well contributed to Civilization—return to its senses.

    I wonder if it is too late. How many No-Go Zones do they tolerate?

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  13. TheWanderingStar says:

    One aspect of Boris that I don’t particularly care for is his penchant for Climate Change. Recently the WTO has build a series of regulations and rules around Climate Change for the purpose of negotiation leverage in order to meet Climate Change agenda goals.

    I say get out, stay out and ignore that cesspool.

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  14. A2 says:

    Nominations are now closed. To read about the nominees, with bios, here is the link to the wto.

    Candidates for DG selection process 2020

    The following candidates have been nominated by their respective governments for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020. The candidates are listed in the order the nominations were received.

    https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/dg_e/dgsel20_e/dgsel20_e.htm

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  15. Nightshade says:

    WTO = British Crown

    China = British Crown Proxy

    Climate Tax = Colonial Tribute to the Crown

    Liked by 4 people

    • Tornarosa says:

      Hahaha Nightshade.
      King = President
      House of Lords = Upper House = Senate
      House of Commons = Lower House = House of Representatives,

      Lower House gets power of the purse but that’s all

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  16. Vera says:

    “Dr. Fox is a passionate advocate of multilateralism”
    There’s your problem.
    The Don is a passionate deliverer of bilateralism in every move he makes. You nail Mexico, then Canada has nowhere to go, bilateral tactics at their best. Bilateral deals “encourage the others” to deal or go away….and no-one walks away like the Don, the ultimate bilateral non-bluffer.

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  17. TradeBait says:

    We will see kabuki theater on this until after PDT’s reelection, after which time we will withdraw IMO. Then attention will turn to the UN, who is next up for the guillotine.

    You heard Amlo, the Monroe Doctrine approach is dead with PDT/patriots. So there’s no need for a WTO to moderate and rule on trade. One less NWO weapon.

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  18. freepetta says:

    NO MORE GLOBALIZATION. Globalism Sucks!

    Liked by 6 people

  19. GB Bari says:

    But what does Mr. Fox think about China’s bully tactics in its trade relations with most countries?
    Seems Fox has to walk a very narrow line in order to balance his “pro-U.S” with the rest of the WTO’s anti-U.S. / pro-China leanings.

    Plus he’s only one of many candidates. This story isn’t done yet.

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  20. sunnydaze says:

    Dang. Look at this Biden vid on China from just a year ago. This right here would be enough to knock him out of the Presidency. Even Dem voters know he’s FOS here.

    Liked by 3 people

    • testpointwp says:

      At the end of this clip, Ol’ Joe says, “Right now we have not only the strongest military in the world, we have led not by the example of our power but by the power of our example.”

      I would like to see this question put to Biden. Mr. Vice President, President Trump says, “Right now we have not only the strongest military in the world, we have led not by the example of our power but by the power of our example.” Do you agree with that statement?

      Since the response was obviously scripted by one of Ol’ Joe’s writers, I’m sure he doesn’t remember saying it or believing it. Playing the response and this video back to back would be fun .

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  21. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “In an effort to keep the WTO intact, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has nominated a pro-Brexit/pro-America trade minister, Liam Fox, to become the next Director General.”

    That is all fine and dandy. IMO it is just “window dressing” in an attempt to keep the USA involved.

    The only thing we are good for, to them and many other international organizations, is funding.

    We should get out and let the rest of the world play their globalist games. National Sovereignty is paramount. Since the beginning of individual nations after the tower if Babel, they have traded and maintained relationships with other nations without some conglomerate of other countries getting in the way.

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  22. Linda K. says:

    It is a move in the right direction. But I think we should leave and possibly return later.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dutchman says:

      IF we leave, there may be little to nothing to return to.Our consumption per capita WAY more than any other country, and our PRODUCTION going up by leaps and bounds,…even with Covid the healthiest economy on the planet.

      If we leave, does it make the WTO irrelevent? This could be a play similar to Grennell; put this guy in as President, or we will leave.

      I frankly don’t know enough to know, WHAT would be the ‘downsides’ to leaving the WTO, for MAGA and America?

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      • Tornarosa says:

        I’m reading a book written a hundred years ago and was surprised to learn that in 1900 America was worth about 100 billion dollars. All the big name countries in Europe were only worth 10-20% of that.

        We have never really been educated about capitalism and the miracle wealth-creation machine it is. Our poopy half-baked education system spins yarns (Hmm… looks like yams) about the capitalist class and the protletariat class and their class struggle blah blah blah.

        You triggered me to say something Dutch that I hope will ring a bell in someone’s belfry. Not my thought, I’ll have to blame Adam Smith. Capitalism in it’s simplest form, is two people trading something they have have too much of for something that want from another person, at a price that they both agree on. That’s it. It is the ultimate efficiency system, and the only one that gives a win-win to both people, enriching them both.

        Every other system is a form taking and yields a lesser social benefit, and multiplied millions of times, makes a poorer nation..

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        • Dutchman says:

          Adam Smith hit the nail on the head with that one.
          Heres another, my own though I am sure others have said it, recent events prove it.

          You can’t have “a little socialism” in a Capitalist system.

          Chris Mathews, just before he got cancelled, said he just wanted a little socialism, but he had SEEN Conmunism, and he DIDN’T want THAT.
          Ane then he got cancelled.
          Socialism is Conmunism lite, and its an interem step.

          Capitalism and Conmunism are inherently antagonistic. Conmunism can NOT compete (and so must cheat) with Capitalism.

          And no one, COMPARING the two systems, side by side, would want Conmunism.

          Hence the push of marxists, for global conmunism; eliminate the inherent threat that Capitalism poses to Conmunism, just by its existence.

          Nobody illegally immigrating INTO China, Venezuela or the old USSR. Only trying to escape.

          U.S., on the other hand has both legal and illegals from EVERY country in the world, literally dieing to get INTO our country.

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  23. Cowboy79 says:

    The WTO, WHO, UN, etc, are illusions that some global body of pundits can actually effect anything other than pure politics.

    Trump was/is correct: America ought to bargain for the benefit of America. Other nations ought do the same. It is “global self interest”. Much like “free market capitalism”.

    That is why only One On One treaties and agreements are useful. Bilateral agreements are not subject to the global politics, only the politics and economics between the two nations who seek an agreement. Once any nation agrees to let a political board of review have authority over national interests, that nation yields its own sovereignty.

    In a perfect, honest, idealistic, world, the WTO etc makes perfect sense. But nobody lives in that world except for the dreamers and tenured professors.

    The “Real World” is comprised of National Interests and Minimal Complexity that cannot be controlled by the parties involved. Hence, Bi-Lateral agreements are the most efficient solution.

    World Wide Organizations are, of necessity, political compromises that may not be in the best interests of either party, but are totally in the interests of special interests and political hacks hungry for influence/power.

    George Washington said it well.

    “The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”
    “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
    “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.”

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  24. mr. deacon says:

    Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey? Well, The Beatles broke up didn’t they? We’re so Sorry Uncle Albert.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. spoogels says:

    Boris Johnson IS NOT A FRIEND

    BORIS JOHNSON IS A SNAKE:

    1.He signed the order for MI6 to spy on Trump
    2. This is what Caroline Glick has to say about him–she details Johnson’s perfidy
    and she praises Pres Trump

    Trump and Netanyahu face their rendezvous with destiny

    Caroline Glick
    By Caroline Glick

    http://jewishworldreview.com/0720/glick070820.php3

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  26. jeans2nd says:

    WTO is one of the “western-created” (CCP’s words) organizations that Xi Xingping and the CCP intend to take over, just as they did WHO.

    One may have all the street cred and history on their resume, but the CCP gets a vote. And the CCP’s vote goes to the CCP taking over the world.
    After all, it’s the CCP’s turn. Just ask the CCP.

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  27. Right to reply says:

    FOX is dirty, but aren’t they all! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Werritty

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Holdfast says:

    Walk Away….Now.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. texasooz57 says:

    I betcha these global elites just hate it that President Trump just doesn’t play along with the same old game that has been played by these guys for years.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bigbadmike says:

      As a Manufacturer for 30 years, here’s my two cents. Manufacturing has never been better since President Trump was elected The Reagan years were great, I was a salesman at the time, but his first term was not good. We started our business when George HW was Pres, and it was good, but he lost because of Perot. If he had won, history would be different obviously, since Clinton benefitted from the Reagan 1985 and after economy. NAFTA hadn’t taken hold yet, and US Manufactures were moving to the Southeast US , not China or Mexico. Clinton was a regulator, or maybe it was Hillary, but he unleashed the Fed Alphabet Agencies against US Manufacturers to soften them up I believe because China was on the move and was paying him off to do so. He also benefitted from the Y2K scam , which hurt most businesses during the last 2 years of his Presidency. W became President and China was allowed to be part of the WTO, and then 911 happened and within a few years, US Manufacturing went to hell. It was on life support when Obama came along and General Manufacturing became dead man walking unless you were in Agriculture. For some reason, crop prices were high during Obama’s Presidency, and if you had a product Farmers wanted, you did well and survived the Obama years. Then came President Trump and for most US Manufacturers that were left it was like a Rocket Ship. This Panicdemic pales in comparison to Carter’s Malaise, Reagan’s first term, HW’s Desert Storm, Clinton’s Y2K and NAFTA, W’s Iraq War and the Housing debacle, and Obama’s War on US Manufacturing, Crony Capitalism, and hate for the Private Sector for 8 straight years. Obama’s Depression lasted 22 months. This 2 month slowdown is definitely the fastest recession in American History and the first V shaped recovery in our lifetimes.

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  30. Petrel says:

    During the long-drawn-out 2016 – 2020 Brexit divorce negotiations, British Conservatives repeatedly cited the WTO as a default trade option to replace the EU. It is safe to say that the British Conservatives never understood the many traps associated with WTO rules — which raided our economy to the tune of $100s of millions / trillions for decades.

    President Trump may need to invite Prime Minister Johnson and his economic advisers to a Camp David weekend with our economic team — Mnuchin, Ross, Navarro et al.

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      And……..The UN……….A basic Charter was to “Unite” all countries of the world to join together in order to not allow a Stronger nation to take over a weaker nation.

      So how is that working out?

      O yeah….Korea……Nope …Blame the Chinese…
      Mongolia…… Nope ….Blame China
      Libya………..France’s fault
      Syria….Israel’s fault
      South Africa…..Belgium’s fault……….etc…….etc…..

      How about the thousands upon thousands of dollars owed by UN officials in New York City?
      Nope…….”Diplomatic Immunity”

      Climate Change……It’s America’s fault….Hah…..Ever been to Shanghai?
      I worked there for two years.

      Looking out my hotel room on the upper floors you could not see across the street it was so bad.

      When I went walking I’d come back to the hotel and have to clean the “Black Snot” from my nose.

      I asked my Chinese friends about the terrible pollution.

      They actually said….Shhhhsh…It’s Fog from the ocean.
      I has to be or we can disappear

      Just sayin

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      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        The Thousands of dollars is for “UnPaid Traffic” tickets.

        Mostly for illegal parking….”Hey…..They are from The UN”

        They can park wherever they want…(s)

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  31. anthonysaxetogrind says:

    Can you guys hear me now. I’ve had hell getting here.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Richie says:

    He will be just as useless as John Huber was/is

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  33. Tornarosa says:

    Mike Pompeo really dislikes the WHO. No wonder. It has recently come to light that the CCP wasn’t just late in informing the World about the Wuhan Plague, it NEVER informed the World about the Wuhan Plague. Not only is it a toady for the CCP, (Taiwan calls it the Chinese Health Organization), but it lies about important events and facts with deadly consequences.

    Chris Plante did yeoman service in covering on his radio show The Chris Plante Show on Friday, July 3. Second hour, from 9min to 22 min after the hour.

    https://www.iheart.com/podcast/256-the-chris-plante-show-31143448/episode/the-chris-plante-show-070320-66254803/

    I only heard this once and nothing from anywhere else over the weekend. Since it’s important, I did a little research to see what I could come up with, seems like this is a blockbuster story that never got the fuse lit.

    The source for Chris’ story is a Washington Examiner article from July 1 or 2, which in turn got the story from Washington Free Beacon. I have seen neither source. WFB doesn’t seem to have a search function. *( Did anyone see those?)

    A brief synopsis is that civilian monitoring agencies, (not CDC) picked up reports from doctors in Wuhan reporting on cases of mysterious pneumonias. Taiwan got a heads up, and since they were badly burned by SARS in 2002, another bat virus from Wuhan, they fired off an interrogatory to the WHO district office in China on Jan 1. Apparently, that was the first WHO had heard about it but WHO pretended that of course they knew about it and it was no big deal and there’s no evidence of human to human spread.

    For the next month the WHO praised China for its transparency and good citizenship and made up the story (lied) that China had notified WHO on December 31st. They encouraged good case detection and tracing at arrival airports. ( Right. Like 10,000 arrivals a day) This fake story was widely promoted by the usual suspects in the MSM, CNN, WaPo, NYT etc, although mildly chiding China for supposedly waiting 6 days to tell the World.

    Apparently, that’s a false narrative. China NEVER told the World. Or if it did, it did it in secret. WHO has recently revised its web page timeline on June 29th to make its false story harder to detect. Since I don’t consider WHO an honest agency, despite all its trappings, I went to the Wayback Machine to check its Website, http://www.WHO.int, and there are a few things worth noting.

    The “Corona Virus” isn’t mentioned until a Q&A article on Jan9, which discusses it together with the common cold, another corona virus, with no sense of urgency. On Jan 13, it reported the first case in Thailand and added the info that it is a zoonotic virus that is spread from animals to people, Cooking meat well was encouraged.

    I was looking for a date after which, WHO supported travel bans from hotspots to contain the contagion. To my surprise, reading the travel advice, WHO has NEVER to this day recommended restricting trade or travel to infected areas

    All one big Shine

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  34. A2 says:

    All the weird comments here, and on the last presidential open thread, and all other threads frankly to me are not President Trump supporters as they rarely read all the policy statements. It’s just negative comments on just about everyone in the administration. All ad hominem and very ugly. You who do so, are not for but against. And an adjunct to the fake news. Congratulations.

    You sound like democrats.

    If you understood the President’s policies and the implications you would most likely agree. This is not about your likes or dislikes, it is about crafting a new policy to push back on old policies, implement new policies that are realistic and will change political dynamics around the world.

    This I support, maybe you should too.

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    • BobC says:

      I can’t thank you enough for that comment.

      I’ve been trying for some time now to say exactly that, but kept getting stuck on expletives!

      So, thanks again.

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  35. The Devilbat says:

    “Dr. Fox is a passionate advocate of multilateralism.”

    That is all I needed to read to know that this man is an idiot. Multiculturalism has been the death of the UK. savages control much of London and other cities in the UK. Get us out of the WTO immediately if not sooner.

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  36. Sebastian says:

    “Boris Johnson has nominated a pro-Brexit/pro-America trade minister”.
    I don’t care what reasons people ascribe Boris. Not even what reasons Boris himself might air.
    I simply don’t trust them.
    Nor do I trust that Fox is pro-Brexit/pro-America, but I sure hope he is.

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  37. Brenda says:

    Too little too late

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  38. mainecoonman says:

    As UK politicians go Fox isn’t a bad guy. However the chances of a white British male bring elected to any position of prominence in today’s world are miniscule.

    The smart money will be on Kenyan female diplomat Amina Mohamed for obvious reasons,

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  39. testpointwp says:

    Always enjoy coming here to increase my vocabulary.
    Dysfunctional – impaired or abnormal functioning.
    Dysfuctional – impaired or abnormal ______?

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