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    So, the problem is that trump is not submissive enough to other countries?
    No, the problem is that Trump's a sexist, racist, greedy liar with zero knowledge of basic government and foreign affairs and is a constant embarrassment to America..
    Overall, he's a major asshole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiocracat View Post
    No, the problem is that Trump's a sexist, racist, greedy liar with zero knowledge of basic government and foreign affairs and is a constant embarrassment to America..
    Overall, he's a major asshole.
    Yes, he's an asshole... If you didn't know that before.

    Greedy... Not a hard argument to make, but not necessarily a bad thing. I mean, when I was a subcontractor, I was greedy, but that greed forced me to hire 1-3 people at any given time (my aspirations limited by my bankroll) and those people wouldn't work for the decent wage I paid them if they knew they could make more elsewhere... If a person wasn't able to produce an amount that at least covered that cost then they were a losing proposition and I would let them go sooner or later.

    Liar, well, trumps often talked about his method of creative exaggerations... Most of the "lies" from trump fall in that category.

    The rest is media fabrication that was never even an issue until trump tried to become president.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    Yes, he's an asshole... If you didn't know that before.

    Greedy... Not a hard argument to make, but not necessarily a bad thing. I mean, when I was a subcontractor, I was greedy, but that greed forced me to hire 1-3 people at any given time (my aspirations limited by my bankroll) and those people wouldn't work for the decent wage I paid them if they knew they could make more elsewhere... If a person wasn't able to produce an amount that at least covered that cost then they were a losing proposition and I would let them go sooner or later.

    Liar, well, trumps often talked about his method of creative exaggerations... Most of the "lies" from trump fall in that category.

    The rest is media fabrication that was never even an issue until trump tried to become president.
    Did you bankrupt multiple times, lose credit with U.S. lenders and were forced to borrow from adversary governments for return favors?

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    Did you bankrupt multiple times, lose credit with U.S. lenders and were forced to borrow from adversary governments for return favors?
    Umm... Well, I only had 1 venture, had the relevant experience, skills, and motivation to secure the contracts. That was fairly low risk, the investment was the tools and the first job of materials.

    Trump has had well over 40-50 ventures over the past 40 years of his public life. The average failure rate of business ventures is 90% over 5 years, and 90% of the remaining fail within the next 5 years.

    His track record in business is so far above and beyond the average, it's actually an accomplishment that he's had as few failures as he has.

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    MANILA, Philippines — During President Donald Trump’s first official Asia tour, the precipitous erosion of America’s decades-long hegemony in the region has been painfully apparent. This is partially the structural byproduct of the rapid rise of China, which has openly called for a 21st century new regional order of “Asia for Asians.” Since 2013, the Asian powerhouse has rolled out an alluring package of development initiatives, which could potentially redraw the economic landscape of the region and beyond. With China emerging as the world’s economic engine, it is proactively reclaiming its historical place in the sun.


    But it is also the byproduct of the tempestuous Trump presidency’s devastating impact on American standing in Asia. Both allies and rivals in the region have been perturbed by Trump’s “America first,” neo-isolationist foreign policy. His midnight tirades on Twitter, constant attacks on the liberal international order and push to dismantle the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement have collectively left America isolated even from some of its closest allies. As an official from one of America’s key partners in the region put it to me earlier this year: “Is this how superpowers commit suicide?” It appears the answer is yes. While America continues to maintain a significant military edge over its closest rivals, it’s gradually losing the main battle that is defining this century: trade and investment. Meanwhile, China is busy shaping the world in its own image with verve and vigor. In a surreal twist of events, a communist regime has now emerged as the unlikely guardian of globalization and multilateral diplomacy.

    Since Trump’s ascent to power, America’s standing in the world has experienced a virtual collapse. According to the Pew Research Center, international confidence in American leadership has declined significantly in the past year. This has been most acutely felt in the Asia-Pacific region, the new center of gravity in global geopolitics. Among America’s Asian allies, such as South Korea and Japan, confidence in the American president’s ability to make the right judgment has dropped by as much as 71 percent and 54 percent, respectively. In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation, it dropped by 41 percent. This is nothing short of a disaster for American soft power.

    Despite his tough talk, Trump struggled to secure any major concessions during his visit to China, which refused to budge on core economic and geopolitical areas of disagreement, particularly over North Korea and the South China Sea. Failing to impose his will on the host nation, Trump even ended up giving Beijing “great credit” for its ability to take “advantage of another country for the benefit of its own citizens.” Trump blamed his predecessors for America’s ballooning trade imbalance with China. America was visibly isolated during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam. The host country is among 11 other nations, including Japan, Australia and Singapore, who feel betrayed by Trump’s decision to withdraw from the TPP. Smaller Southeast Asian countries saw the trade pact as an opportunity to gain better access to the American market, while Japan and Australia viewed it as a crucial counterweight to China’s rising influence in the region.

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    Amazing how the hatred for trump is so rabid and irrational that you are praising a decision by China that increases the odds of nuclear war because it can be framed as a trump failing.

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