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Trump attacks Obama for ‘bowing’ to foreign leaders — forgets his own salute to North Korean general

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President Donald Trump attacked former President Barack Obama for “bowing” to foreign leaders during a rambling speech in Mesa, Arizona Friday evening.

“No more bowing,” Trump told the crowd. “Remember the bowing? I didn’t like it. Now you have a president that stands up and stands for the National Anthem.”

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There’s just one problem with his claim: Trump bowed to Saudi leaders as they awarded him a medal. To make matters worse, Trump saluted a foreign general of an American adversary. During his trip to Singapore to speak with Kim Jong-Un, Trump saluted a general that was in the entourage.

“If someone salutes you, your instinct is (probably) to return that salute,” wrote Matt Lewis, a conservative columnist for The Daily Beast. “This is to say Trump wasn’t being malicious; he was being played. This is now N.K. propaganda — the result of an unprepared president.”

The Trump White House has struggled with protocol when it comes to foreign meetings. When the president attended an event with Queen Elizabeth, for example, Trump walked in front of her, which is never done. It put the royal leader in an awkward position to figure out where she was supposed to go as Trump dodged left and right blocking her path.

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Similarly, no one seems to be watching out for first lady Melania Trump on protocol either. Mrs. Trump has had multiple wardrobe missteps that disrespected locals in the United States and Africa.

Staff generally prepares the leaders for their foreign trips with information about the procedure and cultural differences. While the State Department has the staff to help the White House with something like this, the first lady’s staff has been cut dramatically, leaving her open to missteps.

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The legend of the “Obama bow” came while visiting with the Japanese Emperor. Bowing in Japan is a cultural greeting.

Watch the video of Trump in Mesa below (at the 1:23:27 mark)

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Here’s why Trump’s rabid base will never see the light: They’ve turned to the ‘dark side’

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Under a heading, "Don’t waste your breath trying to convince Trump supporters he’s repugnant," the longtime political observer cites the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes song, " If You Don't Know Me By Now," as "instructive" as to why his base is unreachable.

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‘Very good’ White House discussions on Afghan peace deal: Trump

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The White House signaled progress Friday in preparations for a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying that discussions between President Donald Trump and top advisors went "very well."

Trump met at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course with national security advisors including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, the White House said.

Also present were national security point man John Bolton and the US special envoy for the talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad.

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Anti-LGBT white supremacist to co-host new public affairs TV talk show that will Air on PBS

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Pat Buchanan, a longtime anti-LGBTQ white supremacist Christian nationalist pundit will co-host a re-boot of "The McLaughlin Group," a Sunday morning public affairs, news, and commentary TV talk show know for the fast and hot takes of its conservative creator, John McLaughlin. The show will be syndicated by Maryland Public Television and air on PBS stations, Media Matters reports.

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