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Who is This Guy?
My goal for this weekend’s letter was to explore the “Trump” situation. I wanted to get into a long discussion trying to figure out just who he is, and what he’s doing. As you know many are depressed that he seems to have flipped on many issues he ran on. Then there’s others that are suggesting a lot of it is for “show” while he tries to work his deals and get things accomplished.
Well my plan came to a halt, but in a really good way. It’s my birthday and as much as I tried to fight it, 60 years has now gone by. My wife, being who she is, surprised me with a weekend at our favorite resort, and reservations at one of our favorite eateries. So, a long extended discussion isn’t going to take place today, as we’re just minutes from leaving.
But I thought I’d post up an article from RT the Russian news outlet, and what Mr. Assad of Syria has to say about the Trump. Check this…
Trump is puppet of US ‘deep state,’ has no ‘own’ foreign policy – Assad
US president Donald Trump is not a truly independent political leader but merely a puppet of US corporations, according to Assad
BY RT - 04.28.2017 @9:12 AM EDT
US president Donald Trump is not a truly independent political leader but merely a puppet of US corporations, military and intelligence, and who serves their interests, Syrian President Bashar Assad has told the Latin American TeleSUR TV network.
Trump pursues “no own policies” but only executes the decisions made by the “intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms manufacturers, oil companies, and financial institutions,” the Syrian leader said in an exclusive interview with TeleSUR.
“As we have seen in the past few weeks, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime,” Assad added.
He referred to the fact that Trump came to power on a political platform promising a departure from the interventionist policy of the previous US president, Barack Obama, but soon forgot his promises and ordered a missile strike against the Syrian air base following a chemical weapons incident in Syria’s Idlib province.
The Syrian president also said that it is “a complete waste of time to make an assessment of the American president’s foreign policy” as “he might say something” but what he really does depends on “what these [US military and business] institutions dictate to him.”
He also added that it “is not new” and “has been ongoing American policy for decades.”
“This is what characterizes American politicians: they lie on a daily basis… That’s why we shouldn’t believe what the Pentagon or any other American institution says because they say things which serve their policies, not things which reflect reality and the facts on the ground,” Assad told TeleSUR.
He went on to say that the US continues to pursue its age-long policy aimed at establishing and maintaining a global hegemony by turning all countries that oppose it into war zones.
“The United States always seeks to control all the states of the world without exception. It does not accept allies, regardless of whether they are developed states as those in the Western bloc or other states of the world,” the Syrian leader explained.
He also added that “what is happening to Syria, to Korea, to Iran, to Russia, and maybe to Venezuela now, aims at re-imposing American hegemony on the world because they believe that this hegemony is under threat now, which consequently threatens the interests of American economic and political elites.”
Assad expressed similar views in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik news agency about a week ago. “The regime in the United States hasn’t changed,” he said, adding, “since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States has been attacking different countries in different ways without taking into consideration the Security Council or the United Nations.”
He also said that for the US, “the end justifies the means, no values, no morals at all, anything could happen.”
Despite his criticism, Assad once again confirmed the readiness of the Syrian government to cooperate with the US if it could change its attitude towards respecting other countries’ sovereignty and that of Syria in particular.
So that’s Assad’s perception of Trump. I think a lot of people have the same exact feeling and that he didn’t drain the swamp and “put America First” but instead jumped on the globalist neocon warmongering train.
Or did he? In the next letter, let’s discuss whether this guy is an all out liar, traitor, flipper, or if some how, some way…he’s playing a different game.
I’ll see you then. In the meantime, I’m on my way to two days of “kicking back”.
Struggles. After those two monster up days on Monday and Tuesday, the market ran smack into the resistance of the all time highs posted on March 1st. I suggested that they might have some issues getting up and over that hurdle and Wed./Thur. and Friday showed that to be true.
Not that they’ve given up. It isn’t unusual to struggle with trying to overtake an all time high setting, and they might just be bouncing us along sideways as they regroup for another shot at it. But we do need to consider this…
When we come out of earnings season, what’s the stimulus going to be for trying to get us to new highs? Remember the old adage “sell in May and go away?” Worse however is that the only really big events I see on the horizon aren’t that market friendly. Call me crazy, but from where I sit, it looks to me like some sort of real “war” with N. Korea is on the table.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bit more fade to the downside before any real attempts at one last shot at setting new highs. I have more to say, but as I mentioned I’m already late for heading out to my “birthday bash”, so we’ll catch up on Wednesday.
Hey everyone, a much shorter letter is up today. Today happens to be my birthday, and the wife has treated me to a weekend "away", so I made this letter quite short. However that's not to say it isn't a good one. I want to explore who this Trump guy is. He's seemingly flipped on just about every promise he made. Or...has he? Some believe it's all for show, as he works behind the scenes trying to get his plans moving. Which is it?
So today we get to hear from Mr. Assad himself. Take a read, I think you'll find his views interesting.
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