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Trump Tightens Thai Ties
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  • D4x

    Thank you Sean. Really. Thank you, for a balanced, reality-based report, and analysis. American Media has been doing more damage to America’s ‘image and influence abroad’ by NOT covering POTUS & FLOTUS outstanding personal diplomacy, attention to protocol, with more than fifty (50) Heads of State, not counting overseas Official Visits. Hosting more than thirty (30) at the White House, always with working luncheons, dinners, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as his wife Naraporn Chan-ocha, left, and first lady Melania Trump watch during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Washington. Photo: Evan Vucci / Associated Press

    Explains why the Thai media had NORMAL coverage, including publishing the photos:
    “All the Prayuth & Donald & Melania Pics You’ve Been Waiting For (Photos) By Khaosod English October 3, 2017 12:40 am:

    “Here are the eight seven best Prayuth-in-Washington-With-Trump photos. Actually, these are the only Prayuth-in-Washington-With-Trump photos that we have so far, fresh in from the wires.
    Immediate takeaways:

    >Prayuth seems wary of the Trump handshake. Did he study footage on the flight over of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s grip-and-grimace? Did he engage in a Macron-esque test of wills with the American commander-in-chief?

    >FLOTUS Melania was included in the photo op, as was the height-of-poise Naraporn Chan-ocha.

    >Very sunny day in DC. Prayuth is a little blinky. …”

    >Prayuth hardly speaks English and that is certainly an improvement over Trump’s Thai. In only one photo does either man appear to look at each other, and that is Trump grimacing in Prayuth’s general direction.

    >In the video of Prayuth’s arrival (see below) to the White House, the assembled press show no interest in Prayuth, only shouting questions regarding one of the country’s worst mass murders that took place the night before in Las Vegas, Nevada.”

  • Unelected Leader

    ABC lmao. That’s what I saw in the cereal bowl as a pants pooper. They aren’t serious folks. If they were at least consistent then they’d be questioning “why did Trump share cake with the General Secretary aka Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, which took over in a coup and censors thousands of sites?”
    “Why did Trump visit the Saudi dictatorship, which uses beheading to dissuade potential rivals?”
    I can go on.

  • FriendlyGoat

    If America itself was the land of pragmatism over preaching, Mr. Trump would not be president at all. We need to remember why we have this president, who elected him, who supports him and not start pretending we got this guy for practical secular reasons. Preaching over pragmatism is why Republicans are stuck in untruth about nearly all of our real issues.

    • Psalms13626

      Let Comrade FriendlyGoat tell you the REAL reasons why Trump was elected. He will tell you. 81% baby. May the all burn in HELL!!!!

      • FriendlyGoat

        Oh, hello again. And, goodbye again. Blocked again.

        • Psalms13626

          Making fun of your stupidity just never gets old.

    • seattleoutcast

      Until your side takes responsibility for doubling the national debt and making our children and grandchildren debt slaves, I cannot buy your argument.

      • FriendlyGoat

        It doesn’t matter whether you buy my argument or not. You always have your own, and history is going to march on anyway. If our children and grandchildren owe the debt down the road, the question will be, “Who got the money?” The people who elected Trump may never figure it out.

    • D4x

      There are 81 chapters in the Tao Te Ching, the foundational text for Taoism.

      Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – chapter 81

      Truthful words are not beautiful.
      Beautiful words are not truthful.
      Good men do not argue.
      Those who argue are not good.
      Those who know are not learned.
      The learned do not know.

      The sage never tries to store things up.
      The more he does for others, the more he has.
      The more he gives to others, the greater his abundance.
      The Tao of heaven is pointed but does no harm.
      The Tao of the sage is work without effort.

  • Pait

    Is there any dictatorship the effing moron doesn’t love, or any democracy he doesn’t quarrel with?

  • Jim__L

    “The President’s obsession with trade deficits has undermined his strategy elsewhere in Asia”

    Trump has reprioritized American policy. Since we were the last industrial nation standing after WWII, our industrial base has been able to tolerate being a bargaining chip in our diplomacy.

    Trump’s election was a reflection of the fact that America’s electorate has recognized that it is hurt by being this sort of bargaining chip, and wants a change.

    Sorry guys, I know that that makes foreign policy more difficult, but you can’t keep making decisions that hurt other people without expecting them to try to overrule them.

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