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Trump meme of the day: You’re Mired!

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The Trump transition continues to be an embarrassing mess. Today, Trump is holding his first meeting with a foreign leader since being elected. And he’s going into it completely unprepared. The Washington Post reports:

The 5 p.m. session with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump’s first with a foreign leader since the election, has raised questions among some in Washington’s foreign policy community because Trump has apparently not been briefed by the State Department. Officials said Wednesday that the transition team has not reached out to State.

A former State Department official said such a meeting with a foreign leader would normally be preceded by numerous briefings from key diplomats, which is considered especially important here because the Japanese are concerned about comments Trump made on the campaign trail. …

“The world does not stop for the transition,’’ said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to speak freely. Trump “would want an intelligence briefing. You’d probably want to get briefed on what’s what happening in the region.’’

Face it, Trump transition team: You’re mired!

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kupo
kupo
4 years ago

I would love to be a fly on that wall.

Skiriki
Skiriki
4 years ago

I am also sure that the Trump team’s approving words about those Japanese-American internment camps of WWII have also reached Japan as well. Not to mention Steve “too many Asian CEOs in Silicon Valley” Bannon too.

This is not going to end well.

Viscaria
Viscaria
4 years ago

Trump is approaching this presidency like a student who didn’t study and is planning to just sort of bluff through the test.

YoullNeverGuess
YoullNeverGuess
4 years ago

I’m sure you’re mistaken. Trump tweeted that the transition is going “so smoothly.” I believe it’s the biggest, most beautiful transition ever.

dreemr
dreemr
4 years ago

The Dunning-Krueger effect has shielded Trump up until now.

Now, when reading this, I have no problem imagining Trump crying his eyes out in his be-gilded penthouse bedroom at night wondering how the FUCK he is going to get out of THIS one.

iknklast
iknklast
4 years ago

This could end very badly. If Trump says or does the wrong thing, because he has no idea what our current relationship with Japan is, or any ongoing diplomatic issues or work, well, I don’t know…I don’t really want to think about it. Things are not going well.

Andrea
4 years ago

@dreemr–he’s a narcissist. He’ll blame everyone in the world before he takes any blame himself or believes that he has done anything wrong. I’m sure he’s got it settled that it’s some Washington insider’s fault that his transition team isn’t holding together plus Chris Christie probably screwed him on purpose because he was always on Clinton’s side and some underling hasn’t yet prepared good enough briefing notes for him. And his supporters will swallow it, too.

BringTheNoise
BringTheNoise
4 years ago

I imagine the Japanese government wasn’t too impressed with Trump’s attitude to North Korea (I.e. Give everyone in the region nuclear weapons and SEE WHAT HAPPENS).

Hambeast
Hambeast
4 years ago

Perhaps one of these world leaders will be kind enough to discreetly mention to Trump that he should get some competent help and also consult with the State Department. Not that they should feel obligated, of course, but maybe some head of state will take pity upon the Mired One.

Then again, other nations will probably start telling us: “Go home, United States, you’re drunk!”

Holytape
4 years ago

If Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wasn’t saying shit about Trump to his face in Japanese while smiling, he is a better man than I would be.

Karalora
Karalora
4 years ago

Dear Rest of the World:

We are so sorry. Please don’t hate us. Most of us don’t want him; he’s just getting in because of an antiquated quirk of our election system.

Love,

The American People

P.S. Please don’t hate us.

Terrabeau
Terrabeau
4 years ago

Is this going to be recorded? Please, God, let this be recorded for all posterity. I do feel a little bad for my Schadenfreude at this junction; none of this is going to bode well for either of the countries these men represent. It’s probably also not going to be the last American ally Trump will piss off.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

This. Is. Why. You. Don’t. Elect. Outsiders!

Moocow
4 years ago

which is considered especially important here because the Japanese are concerned about comments Trump made on the campaign trail. …

Yes. Please. More of this, rest of the world. Our country may grade him on a curve and not hold him accountable for his shitty ideas but the rest of the world will not be so kind. I hope other countries can call him out on every inch. Especially the countries he’s been taunting for over a year.

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

How many allies has he pissed off by now?

Japan – Speaking approvingly of internment camps

Mexico- Demanding they pay for a,giant wall, calling them rapists

UK – Reaching out to Nigel Farage instead of Teresa Nay, imposing his resorts on an unwilling Scottish populace

I’m guessing Israel is aware of his anti-Semitic support base and Saudi Arabia knows about the Muslim registry.

All before even taking office! Lovely.

AliBoBali
AliBoBali
4 years ago

I can’t be the only one who thinks Trump was so focused on WINNING!!! that he didn’t consider the actual workload of this 24/7 job he has now for the next 4+ years. I’m finding his incompetency hilarious. I suppose my humor about it is helped out by the fact that, so far, he hasn’t done anything devastating. NEWLY devastating. Oh, you know what I mean. He’s a walking cliche of most things gross about humans and too narcissistic to know what he doesn’t know. It will be good entertainment until he does or says something truly bad. Again.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

I hope other countries can call him out on every inch.

You’ll like this article.

Neveragaine (got lost in the Iron Republic)
Neveragaine (got lost in the Iron Republic)
4 years ago

@AliBoBali
I don’t even think he thought he would win. Sure, he wanted the ego boost, but I really think he was just shit talking because he liked all the people screaming his name. He never really considered what being president actually entails.
The issue here is that he is already doing bad things – specifically, damaging the US’ foreign relations and destabilizing the country. I’m not American, but unfortunately there are a lot of regions in the world which sorta depend on America being stable and ready to deal with bs and I happen to live in one of them (in my case – Russian bs).

But yeah, I do laugh about his predicament as much as I can. Because all of this would be a phenomenal comedy, if it weren’t really happening.

Moocow
4 years ago

@SFHC

New South Wales Parliament has formally branded US presidential candidate Donald Trump a “revolting slug” who is unfit for office.

aaaaaaand that just made my day 😀 I love how “official” the declaration is.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

@SFHC

Are you still playing Shuffle?

Snowberry
Snowberry
4 years ago

So… I was just thinking. How many “Muslims” are going to get in big trouble for not being “registered”, when the only reason to suspect that they might be Muslim is a vaguely middle eastern appearance?

How many Native Americans and Pacific Islanders are going to get deported to Mexico because they look vaguely Hispanic?

How many people in both categories will get overlooked because they look mostly white and have American-sounding names? Or for that matter, black Muslims who don’t stand out as such?

Even if they were in the right, I’d expect the whole thing to be a clusterfuck of epic proportions.

No Man Rules Alone
No Man Rules Alone
4 years ago

@WWTH

How many allies has he pissed off now?

You can add Germany to the list, after he talked about how America under Clinton would be like Germany under Merkel. Believe me, it was not meant as a compliment, and in turn, he has a 4% approval rating over here, IIRC. Also, he has already irritated various European countries in general with the hints of ignoring Article 5 of NATO should Russia get too close for comfort.

Snork Maiden
Snork Maiden
4 years ago

Anyone remember Lexx? I think Trump’s meeting will go something like this:

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

There was a bit of a thing here where people would quickly edit the Wikipedia pages of celebrities when they died to catch out lazy journalists.

I’d love it if people did that to Trump.

“I salute Mr Abe’s many achievements; such as reducing inflation, increasing productivity and writing the theme tune to ‘Button Moon'”

Lukas Xavier
Lukas Xavier
4 years ago

I don’t even think he thought he would win.

This. He sure isn’t acting like a person who thought he might win.

Moocow
4 years ago

Off Topic, but Pence is a fucking hypocrite with zero integrity

“No you see, your honor, when Hillary does, it it’s bad. When I do it, it’s good!”

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
4 years ago
EJ (The Orphic Lizard)

@Moocow:
For the next four years, Mike Pence being a scumbag is never going to be off topic.

Snork Maiden
Snork Maiden
4 years ago

@Policy of Madness:

I cannot believe Trump said that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese, that is beyond stupidity. I imagine most of the world leaders are wondering how they can manage this dangerous and useless idiot.

Another clip (skip to 2:37):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5cQFB3aZcc

@Alan,

I would love to do that, but Wikipedia takes a dim view and I don’t know how to mask my IP address.

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

If anyone is interested, Jezebel is going to be tracking hate crimes on a weekly basis. The first one came out today.

http://jezebel.com/tracking-racist-incidents-and-hate-crimes-in-donald-tru-1789058519

I think the most disturbing thing is that two of them were teachers threatening students of color with deportation. What the fucking fuck!?

Anyway, they will be accepting reader submissions so if you witness or experience an incident let them know.

Weird (and regrouping quickly) Eddie
Weird (and regrouping quickly) Eddie
4 years ago

… angels and ministers of grace…. defend us….

Back in June or so, John Oliver offered The Cheeto some advice, noting that the only two possible outcomes of his campaign were, he would lose, or he would win. Both of those outcomes, said Oliver, “turn out very bad for you.”

Unfortunately, one of those outcomes turns out very bad for everyone else, too.

@ WWTH

notice the “V for Vendetta” Guy Fawkes mask… cool!

Zaunfink
Zaunfink
4 years ago

II just cant imagine any official of any state taking him seriously. I mean, if a non-politician recognizes he’s completely incompetent, someone schooled and trained for that kind of thing should recognize it even more, so I’m not sure how much damage he can do just by talking….. Then again, I’m probably being too optimistic

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
4 years ago

Vassal state of Russia, every country hates us or going to hate us when Trump says another dumb as fuck thing, and pence and co are salivating to destroy 200 years of progress

The Aristocrats.

The Adjunct
The Adjunct
4 years ago

How fucking humiliating. And I wish the shame I feel as an American passport holder was the worst outcome of the election. I thought Boris Johnson was going to be bad. Fuuuuuck. What a colossal cluster fuck.

Karalora
Karalora
4 years ago

On that note, Oogly…everyone…let’s not let this sort of thing distract us from what the real masterminds of the regime are doing. I’ve had this idea that Pence, Bannon, et al are using Trump as an attention-grabbing buffoon so no cameras are on them while they carry out their hideous agenda.

The Adjunct
The Adjunct
4 years ago

@Karalora

Seconded 100000000%

Although to underestimate DJT’s intelligence and cunning is also a mistake. GWB affected the dunce to a large degree and people were less inclined to treat him as a serious threat (I remember the 2000 campaign…)

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
4 years ago

@Karalora
This a million times. Also if this is going to be dejavu; requiem, we’re going to be in another war to distract the working class.

I feel a special sense of sad when I consider the US collapsing into civil war somehow doesn’t seem that ridiculous in current times.

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
4 years ago

Sorry for double post.

Moocow
4 years ago

@EJ

Him and a whole basket of deplorables*. And part of me wishes he was the most irrelevant human being because of exactly what @Karalora said.

*Oh. The fact that Trump and his ilk have the fucking audacity to be offended by the term ‘deporable’ after the shit they spew, it makes my blood boil. It’s like some kid on the playground who spends all of recess harassing a kid and once that kid says “fuck off”, suddenly they go and tells the teacher about this horribly mean kid who told him to fuck off.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
4 years ago

A bit more info on my comment yesterday, re Russian interference in the US election. I resisted this for a while, ’cause it just seemed too conspiracy-ish. Hm.

tim gueguen
4 years ago

@Holytape, I can just imagine some poor translator having to edit Abe to avoid a giant international incident.

“Konichiwa, bakayaro!”

“Um, er, President Abe says ‘Hello, I am very glad to meet you.'”

(Bakayaro=roughly the Japanese equivalent of blockhead, dumbass etc.)

authorialAlchemy
authorialAlchemy
4 years ago

“Trump loves the LGBT community!”

No he doesn’t. This also makes me think Repellicans were waiting for a president like this. So much for “Let the states decide.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/16/the-gop-s-anti-lgbt-anti-women-religious-freedom-law-on-steroids.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thedailybeast%2Farticles+%28The+Daily+Beast+-+Latest+Articles%29

sunnybunny
sunnybunny
4 years ago

Ugh. I’m really angry right now.

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/racist-flyers-turn-up-in-richmond-mailboxes

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Metro Vancouver area in Canada, Richmond in particular has a substantial immigrant population, and most of them are Chinese. The people responsible for this deliberately went to a place where a lot of Chinese people live and stuck these horrible flyers in a bunch of mailboxes, and that pisses me off like nothing else.

It’s not fair of me to take it out on Americans, because these racists were always here. (Still feeling bitter, though.) A lot of Canadians are super fucking racist against Aboriginal peoples, for example. The thing is that these shitlords have been emboldened by Trump getting elected, and I hate that racists now feel safer about spewing this kind of garbage. I’m scared that Canada will end up with a Trump-a-like who’s even worse than Stephen Harper.

Also, hi. First time poster, long time lurker.

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
4 years ago

@authorialAlchemy
This is Jim Crow. This is god killing Jim Crow.

The First Amendment Defense Act would allow hospitals, governments, universities, and businesses to ignore same-sex marriage, deny women health care, and fire gay people.

Oh gee I wonder how many women and lgbt’s will die because of a group of hateful zealots /s

Like this doesn’t have any pretence, it’s the “fuck you minorities” bill. It’s back to Reagan years.

And it has the support of the House, the Senate, and the President-Elect.

If there was need that we are living in the darkest timeline, this thing isn’t helping people to think otherwise.

Handsome "Punkle Stan" Jack

And notice that it applies not just to religious beliefs about same-sex marriage, but also to sexual conduct in general. Translation: contraception, sex education, treatment of STDs – all of these are part of the bill. If a national pharmacy chain wants to refuse to fill prescriptions for the “morning after pill,” if a company wants to fire someone for being pregnant out of wedlock or becoming HIV positive, if a public school wants to stop teaching sex ed – all covered.

And finally, since “moral conviction” is added in there, it doesn’t matter that Jesus never mentioned health insurance coverage. No actual religious grounds are necessary; just some moral conviction that the only allowable sex is sex within a heterosexual marriage.

http://65.media.tumblr.com/38cdd16b33458c3a9589ca27dbc039fd/tumblr_inline_nxl60brjnl1tgtco0_500.gif

This has to be unconstitutional, and thanks to the House and Senate’s cockblocking Obama’s new judge, it’s likely not going to be deemed such with Donald Dump’s picks.

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
4 years ago

@Handsome “Punkle Stan” Jack
The cruel joke is that this is effectively implementing christian sharia.

Fabe
Fabe
4 years ago

I hope Trump doesn’t screw thing up so badly with Japan that they have to cancel the Kuratas VS Megabot match.

Handsome "Punkle Stan" Jack

@Ooglyboggles

Ah, yes, it would, but they added the “moral conviction” thing, making it so it doesn’t have to do with religion at all, which means it technically doesn’t conflict with freedom of religion–in a sense. It’ll be used by religious people like a goddamn bat for sure.

But this can’t hold up, can it? We have so many anti-discrimination laws, we have constitutional amendments against this type of thing, right?

If this passes, I wonder if the wording is enough that people can discriminate right back, you know? “Oh, you don’t believe in gay marriage? No cake for you.” If enough people do it, you know, maybe it’ll get overturned? Because they can’t make it, like, overly discriminatory or else that’s definitely going against the rights of people and it can’t pass, right?

This is…such a scary time to be alive. There’s too much uncertain, too much at stake.

Weird (and regrouping quickly) Eddie
Weird (and regrouping quickly) Eddie
4 years ago

I feel a special sense of sad when I consider the US collapsing into civil war somehow doesn’t seem that ridiculous in current times

Oogly, honestly, I wish I could see a scenario in which that doesn’t happen. With shit like this first amendment defense act, and the large and growing Inane Clown Posse, well, people who are on the receiving end of this shit aren’t going to go down quietly. And whether or not they know it, Angry White Bigots are NOT the only people who have weapons. Understand, I’m not advocating it, and I’ve seen too much of places like Rwanda and Kosovo to have any illusions.

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