Thursday, April 27, 2017

No Tangos For Trump

One year ago, the worst terror attack in Belgium’s history occurred at the Zaventum airport in Brussels.  At least 31 people were killed by simultaneous attacks at the airport and the subway systems.

While the Belgians were in the midst of scraping the blood off the walls of their airport, people were still dying.  Others had not yet been found amidst the rubble.

The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer pressed on with his trip to Cuba to watch an exposition game between the Tampa Rays and the Cuban National Team where he was videotaped doing the wave with Raul Castro and danced the tango at a state dinner in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  No Fred Astaire, it was as cringe-worthy as watching Geraldo Rivera on Dancing With The Stars.

Then-candidate Trump tweeted, “The president looks and sounds so ridiculous making his speech in Cuba, especially in the shadows of Brussels.”

Obama was roundly criticized for his stupendous insensitivity and lack of common decency.  He shrugged it off at a press conference with Argentinean President Mauricio Macri saying, “It is important for us to not respond with fear.  A lot of it is also going to be to say you do not have power over us.  We are strong.  Our values are right.”
Macri will meet with President Trump at the White House around 11 AM. Later in the day he is scheduled to hold meetings with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and with House Speaker Paul Ryan before attending an event with the US Chamber of Commerce.

According to Bloomberg, Macri will try to “rekindle a relationship that goes back three decades, but which hit the rocks before the US election” when he openly backed Hillary Clinton.

The report continues, “Macri will be looking to put that diplomatic indiscretion behind him as he attempts to leverage his past relationship with Trump to help open up access for Argentine products in the US market, even as the US leader threatens to re-write the NAFTA agreement with Mexico. As relations between the US and other Latin American countries are put on hold, Macri is in a unique position use the friendship with Trump to Argentina’s advantage.”

UPDATE:  President Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Canada agreed Wednesday to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the White House said Wednesday night. 

"It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation," Trump said in a statement. "It is an honor to deal with both President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, and I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better."

The White House added that Trump "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time" and that all three leaders "agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation" of the trade deal to "the benefit of all three countries." 

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