Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dictator Love: What's Up With Trump and China?

Good Day World!

Trump's admiration for strongmen who ruthlessly rule countries, is no secret to the world.

In his latest example of dictator love, Trump has suddenly reversed sanctions against a Chinese company by the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments for doing business with Iran and North Korea...and for spying!

The sudden reversal was a surprise to Congress. When Trump tweeted on Monday that "Too many jobs in China lost," lawmakers jaws dropped. 

What the hell was happening? What happened to unfair trade practices that Trump was trumpeting about for the last two years?

On Tuesday the nation's top counterintelligence official told the Senate Intelligence Committee that penetration of the U.S. market, by the Chinese telecom firm ZTE could pose a national security risk to the United States.

He warned that the ZTE phones were being used to spy on Americans.

Lawmakers on both sides have come out against Trump's instructions to stop the sanctions and to let ZTE continue to operate in the U.S.

Even Trump supporters find the optics troubling. 

Critics of the sudden move are pointing to the Trump Organization's involvement in an Indonesian theme park backed by the Chinese government, arguing that Trump faces a conflict of interest in negotiations with China. 

Let's face it, the Trump administration is one conflict of interest after another. 

This is just the latest example highlighting Trump's hypocrisy, and ability to flip flop on issues like a mackerel out of water.

Funny how Trump is so concerned about building a wall for the nation's security, while supporting a vehicle by the Chinese government used to conduct espionage against Americans.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Trump. 

Time for me to walk on down the road...


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