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Donald Trump's Strange Bromances with Duterte and Putin

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He's desperate to be liked by dictators.

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"We've had a great relationship," said a giddy Donald Trump, following his two-day schmoozefest in Manila with the thuggish president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.

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Duterte, a self-styled "toughie" who boasts of personally killing many people and who likes to compare himself to Satan, has been on a murderous rampage since his election last year. In the name of eliminating drugs, he has unleashed a massive military assault across the country, not merely targeting dealers, but also anyone using drugs. His onslaught against his own people is a human rights atrocity, with untold thousands essentially being executed in what are antiseptically termed "extrajudicial killings" -- i.e., illegal, unjustified, murderous.

Yet, the present President of the United States says Duterte is his new buddy, and Trump stressed in their official discussions that the Philippine president can count on him and the U.S. (which includes you and me) to be a friend. And, as a friend, Trump didn't bother his authoritarian buddy with any unpleasant talk about those rampant human rights abuses.

Instead, the Duterte-Trump get-together was one of mutual praise and even affection. Indeed, Donald was delighted when Rodrigo impulsively grabbed the microphone at a gala state dinner and serenaded Trump with a love ballad: "You are the love I've been waiting for," he crooned.

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In fact, Duterte had earlier demonstrated that love when he named Jose Antonio to be his trade representative to our country. Antonio, a Philippine real estate mogul, happens to be a partner with our president in the luxurious new Trump Tower, now under construction in Manila. Cozy, huh?

This might be good business for Trump, but it's a sorry deal for our national interest.

But as Trump explains, "Strange things happen in life."

Yes -- like him! Take that strange bromance he's got going with another presidential counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The two recently had a private tete-a-tete, after which our president said that Russia's president had vehemently denied the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Putin's hackers and tricksters ran a slew of fake news ads and spread propaganda to help defeat Hillary Clinton last year. Trump added that he thinks Putin is "very insulted" to be accused of such a thing, and that the Russian told him straight-out that "he absolutely did not meddle in our election."

Well, gosh, I guess Putin would deny that, wouldn't he? But Trump really, really wants to believe that his bro wouldn't fib to him. "We seem to have a very good feeling for each other," Donald said sweetly. "I believe that when [Putin] tells me that, he means it. I believe that he feels he and Russia did not meddle in the election."

"Feels?" Putin is a former KGB espionage agent, a practiced liar and a conniving authoritarian who rules Russia with an iron fist. He doesn't govern by his feelings, but his "feelers" -- loyal operatives who make sure he knows everything that's going on. And he certainly knows that Russia did indeed mess with America's most sacred democratic principle: free and fair elections. Moreover, he knows that by duping Donald, he's free to keep messing with our internal affairs.

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Trump has zero knowledge, experience or skills in foreign policy, and he's in way over his head when dealing with someone like Putin. Why wouldn't our president at least challenge this dangerous foreign threat to our people's democracy?

"Well, look," Trump meekly replied when asked this question, "I can't stand there and argue with him."

Really? Well, since you're not up to the job, please get out of the way so we can find a president who will stand there and argue with the Putins and Dutertes of the world.

 

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Comparing Duterte and Putin? That's quite a stretch, even myopic, a blending of very different people; as different as Russia is to the Philippines in every sense.


How does one go about talking, with a straight face, about Putin as if our history of massive human rights violations, particularly as regards recent and current wars but also domestically, was somehow a non-issue.


It's hard to call the kettle "black". The US dilemma is that it can no longer rule the roost but must begin to live in a multi-lateral world that includes Russia and China.


Get use to it.



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And the purpose of this worthless article is what exactly? All Hightower has done here is pander to the partisan pillow fight and create another Daily Koss-style disrtaction from focusing on ending US imperialism. As Art Costa said correctly, before the US throws stones, it should look in the mirror.

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Thank you Jim. I enjoyed reading this article. I was sickened by the Duterte /Trump love in. And by saying he believes Putin, Trump is effectively calling the intelligence agencies of the United States a bunch of hacks. It is unacceptable. I'm sure Trump wishes he could 'silence' people who don't agree with him, or the 'so called terrorists'. He's a man who knows nothing an that could prove to be very dangerous.

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Hightower hopped on the b.s. "Russia did it" bandwagon! Goodbye Jim.

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It is sad to see this one time progressive allowing himself to join in the DNC-inspired mud-slinging match and the ludicrous tale of Russian interference in our politics. In the last year, many so-called progressives have shown their true colors. There are solid reasons why Trump should not be president but the tack taken by the "resistance" is shameful and makes a mockery of sane political discussion.

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Could you please provide some examples?
Talking about mud slinging, here is Moore, still sitting there hoping for a seat in the Senate. Has trump come out and condemned him yet? Has he told him to step aside? I haven't seen any evidence of that, but trump was very quick to publicly condemn Sen Franken, wasn't he? Women have nothing to gain by speaking out against men who sexually assault, or harass them, except freeing themselves from the weight they have carried since the assault. It's apparent the Republicans only believe some women and not others, especially if it meant getting a Republican into the White House. Furthermore, the President is a serial sexual abuser, and he seems to be getting away with it, so he thinks Moore can too, by calling 'fake news'. So much for Christian values. And the tweets, and the outright lies by Trump. It's a bloody disgrace. So, when you have some proof about the DNC inspired mud - slinging match, please enlighten myself and others.

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What does Moore have to do with this article?

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Jim, When it comes to election rigging NOBODY ever comes close to the good ole Yankees. The GOP voter purges, gerrymandering, identification requirements, and electronic machine hacking have made a measly $150K in facebook advertising look amateurish. In the last 6 decades, American interference with foreign countries' via outright coups, and election interference installed tin pot dictators so many times, the term banana republic is a cliche'. You come out spewing fire about Trump but still play into the DNC game plan of Russian hate and distraction. You're better than this.

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