A career diplomat who was appointed by President George HW Bush to serve as United Nations ambassador warned that Americans are “no longer a predictable partner” due to President Donald Trump’s increasing self-interest and “fascination” with “dictatorial autocracy.”
“We’re getting out of agreements rather than fashioning them,” ex-UN ambassador Tom Pickering told journalist Ian Bremmer. “We’re no longer trustworthy.”
The international diplomatic world’s response to the Trump administration is, perhaps, part of “the growing up of the alternative of the liberal progressive order,” Pickering said. “And that alternative is very clearly dictatorial autocracy.”
Referencing Trump, the former diplomat noted that “dictatorial autocracy is the, perhaps, fascination of a small group of leaders who aspire to it.”
Again referencing the current administration, Pickering said that it seems current American leadership is looking at its “own interest instead of your national interest.”
“Is it good to have a disheveled world?” he mused. “Is it good to have increasing competition for power? Is it good to have an America where you can’t turn and say, ‘what’s the United States going to do’?”
After World War II and during the Cold War, America’s allies could predict and rely on its moves — but that stability is “seemingly now all disappearing,” the seasoned diplomat added, noting that allied nations are “having a problem now of ‘once burned twice shy.'”
“Americans at one time elected somebody who did all these things… that have not helped promote American leadership in the world,” Pickering concluded. “Can we ever trust the US again to stay on track?”
"Can we ever trust the US again?" Former United Nations ambassador, Tom Pickering, joins Ian Bremmer and questions American leadership.#foreignaffairs #globalaffairs #UnitedNations pic.twitter.com/efoZsGpMrn
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) April 12, 2019
Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud
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Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."
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Washington Post Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis said that the president said "several times" in the meeting that he isn't concerned about terrorists that live 7,000 miles away.
The source said that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had to remind the president that the Sept. 11 terrorists "came from 7,000 away" themselves.
The president has neglected to understand terrorists can attack the U.S. on North American soil as well as at embassies, military bases, international sporting events, or even Trump's properties. It would be simple for ISIS to use a car bomb to attack Trump's property in Indonesia, as an example.
Diplomat testified of fear Rudy wanted ‘grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus’: report
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Volker reportedly testified that Bill Taylor was reluctant to take the position of acting ambassador to Ukraine after the firing of Marie Yovanovitch.
"He was just worried [Ukraine] was going to get undermined at some point,” Volker reportedly testified. “Hanging over everyone’s head in the expert community is, is there some grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus?”