Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
This is not how this whole “puppet” thing works. Not how it works at all. – President Trump apparently forgot on Wednesday that he’s supposed to be a “puppet” for Vladimir Putin. Yesterday morning, the President recognized Venezuelan Opposition leader Juan Guaido as the rightful President of that country, essentially de-legitimizing the socialist thug Nicolas Maduro.
Surely the “puppet” of Putin had to be aware that is putative “boss” – according to the Democrat Party and the fake news media – has, over the last two years, poured tens of billions of dollars into Venezuelan oil assets, spending billions more to prop up Maduro in the process. Indeed, it appears to actual neutral observers that the advancing Russian hegemony into the South American nation is a major reason why the Trump Administration is hoping to depose Maduro and replace him with a leader who plans to restore the democracy and freedoms Venezuelan citizens formerly enjoyed.
This is not the behavior of a puppet. Indeed, the Administration appears deadly serious here, with the President himself warning that “all options are on the table. Always,” related to the situation. To reinforce that point, when Maduro announced he was ordering U.S. diplomatic personnel to leave Venezuela within 72 hours, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded thusly:
“The United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela,” the statement said. “Accordingly the United States does not consider former president Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata.”
Pompeo went on to warn Maduro to avoid endangering U.S. personnel, or face “appropriate actions.”
Reports late in the day had Venezuelan troops loyal to Maduro shooting at some of the millions of citizens who took to the streets in support of Guaido. It’s easy to shoot and kill innocent people who stupidly allowed themselves to be disarmed by the country’s previous socialist thug, Hugo Chavez. It’s much harder and more futile to fire back at U.S. Marines backed up by American air cover and gun ships.
It is long past time for Maduro and his fellow thugs who have been starving the Venezuelan people (the average Venezuelan has lost 24 lbs. in the past year) to be deposed, and we should all hope the Trump Administration is intent on backing up its words with force if necessary. Unlike all of Obama’s mis-adventures in the Middle East and Africa in support of radical Muslim interests, this conflict, right in America’s back yard, is worthy of U.S. involvement.
It’s your move, Nancy. – With a pair of late-night tweets, President Trump, for all appearances, seems to have backed down to San Fran Nan in the famous battle over the State of the Union address:
As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over. I am not looking for an….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2019
….alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber. I look forward to giving a “great” State of the Union Address in the near future!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2019
This decision is, to say the least, odd. President Trump, as we have repeatedly seen, is not a man to just back down from a fight, so that is most likely not exactly what this is. There are most probably other factors at play of which we are not currently aware, but probably will be soon. The key thing to remember about Donald Trump is that he always, unfailingly, treats every situation as a negotiation.
Over the past couple of days, for example, we have seen both House Majority Leader Stenny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jame Clyburn assume positions in conflict to Pelosi’s related to negotiations over border security issues. Clyburn has even proposed legislation containing the President’s requested $5.7 billion in border security funding, but with the caveat that it could not be deployed to build a “physical” barrier along the border.
That’s a giant step away from Pelosi’s offer of one dollar. It also represents a compromise that would allow both San Fran Nan and the President to save face. Trump would get exactly the amount of money he requested and still be able to work to find other means of expanding the border barriers. Meanwhile, Pelosi has never said that enhanced border “security” is immoral, just a wall.
Ann Coulter and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would both go nuts, which would be the clearest sign possible that it was a pretty solid deal.
So, it could well be that there are negotiations ongoing behind the scenes that are about to get the fake partial government “shutdown” resolved over the next few days, and the President decided that it is best not to rock the boat, at least for now.
But as we have also seen many times before, Mr. Trump keeps his options open, and can turn on a dime. So it would be foolish to think these two tweets represent the end game here. They were simply Trump’s next move in some ongoing negotiation.
That is all.
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