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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Trump's Press Conference with Jordan King Abdullah II

I watched and listened intently to President Trump's Press Conference with King Abdullah II of Jordan this afternoon. The King praised Trump for his holistic approach to the region and emphasized the necessity to resolve the Palestinian-Israelis conflict as a requirement to defeating terrorism.

Both the King and Trump acknowledge that terrorism is more than just ISIS.

As for Syria, President Trump sounded more moved by the appalling use of sarin gas by President Assad against victims including women and children. He did not mention or blame Russians in his statement. That omission is in contrast with Ambassador Nikki Haley's remarks at the UN pointedly making the Russians complicit or partly responsible.

President Trump is consistently light on details as he says that he doesn't want to telegraph his actions to the enemy as he alleged President Obama did. That is true that Obama spoke too much about what he was doing publicly.

However, so much of Trump policy and deeds is void of details. Let's hope that the President has put some meat on the bones of his foreign and military policy. Don't count on that because his pattern of behavior and style is deficient in details.

You may observe that Trump consistently employs bravado and repeats catch phrases ad nausea. It is like a nervous tic.

"President Trump says Syria attack 'crossed many, many lines'"

Just stop it.


  1. The New Yorker

    "Trump’s Moment of Terrible Truth in Syria
    His comment about reports of a chemical-weapons attack put forward no clear policy or planned response.

  2. ‘It crossed a lot of lines for me. When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line. Many, many lines… I will tell you, what happened yesterday is unacceptable to me.’