Thursday, January 26, 2017

The First Week is Almost Over

Probably a good thing. Foreign relations are so over-rated anyway. Going from the specific to the general, first Mexico.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a planned Tuesday meeting with President Donald J. Trump on Thursday, signaling a remarkable souring of relations between Washington and one of its most important international partners just days into the new administration.

Doesn't sound like he's going to be willing to pay for the Great Wall of Trump. 

"We're working on a tax reform bill that will reduce our trade deficit, increase American exports and will generate revenue from Mexico that will pay for the wall, if we decide to go that route," Trump said.

His spokesman later said Trump was calling for a 20 percent tax on imports to pay for the southern wall.

Yeah, I don't think he is. It sounds to me like American consumers are. I could be wrong because I'm not an economist. Looking forward to someone who is explaining it. 

So, how are things looking in interactions with other countries

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s job running the State Department just got considerably more difficult. The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.

About the same. 


  1. I've been calling him our Tin God. I might move on to President Queeg. I wonder if he likes strawberries.

    1. The only problem with the Queeg analogy is that Queeg isn't the villain of Caine Mutiny but a victim of his own mental instability. Keefer is the true villian. So the next question is "Who is Trump's Keefer"

    2. I appreciate you torching my analogy. It did bother me that Queeg was actually a sympathetic character. I blame Bogie for that. He did the same thing in Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

      Back to the drawing board.