Who Will Protect the World From Trump?

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Trump says he will protect Germany from Russia. There is only one problem: Germany does not want or need Trump's help.

When you are a bleeping first-order narcissist, you act like Trump does. You claim to know everything.

Today, we note that Trump Threatens Merkel With Pipeline Sanctions, U.S. Troop Cut.

“We’re protecting Germany from Russia, and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars in money from Germany” for its gas, Trump told reporters at the White House during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

In the latest sign of Trump’s frustration over German defense spending, the president said he’s discussed sending as many as 2,000 more U.S. troops to Poland -- and might take them from Germany since he believes Berlin isn’t spending enough on defense as a partner in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. There are more than 30,000 U.S. troops in Germany.

Bring the Troops Home

I am quite OK with removing troops from Germany. That is our business, and the troops should not be there in the first place, especially at US taxpayer expense.

But whereas US troops are US business, who Germany deals with and why is Germany's business. There is no legitimate US concern.

Best in the World At Everything!

Please consider Everything Trump Says He Knows "More About Than Anybody"

  • Campaign finance: "I think nobody knows more about campaign finance than I do, because I'm the biggest contributor." (1999.)
  • TV ratings: "I know more about people who get ratings than anyone." (October 2012.)
  • ISIS: "I know more about ISIS than the generals do." (November 2015.)
  • Social media: "I understand social media. I understand the power of Twitter. I understand the power of Facebook maybe better than almost anybody, based on my results, right?" (November 2015.)
  • **Courts: "**I know more about courts than any human being on Earth." (November 2015.)
  • Lawsuits: "[W]ho knows more about lawsuits than I do? I'm the king." (January 2016.)
  • Politicians: "I understand politicians better than anybody."
  • The visa system: "[N]obody knows the system better than me. I know the H1B. I know the H2B. ... Nobody else on this dais knows how to change it like I do, believe me." (March 2016.)
  • Trade: "Nobody knows more about trade than me." (March 2016.)
  • The U.S. government system: "[N]obody knows the system better than I do." (April 2016.)
  • Renewable energy: "I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth." (April 2016.)
  • Taxes: "I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world." (May 2016.)
  • Debt: "I’m the king of debt. I’m great with debt. Nobody knows debt better than me." (June 2016.)
  • Money: "I understand money better than anybody." (June 2016.)
  • Infrastructure: "[L]ook, as a builder, nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump." (July 2016.)
  • Sen. Cory Booker: "I know more about Cory than he knows about himself." (July 2016.)
  • Borders: Trump said in 2016 that Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he was endorsing him for president because "you know more about this stuff than anybody."
  • Democrats: "I think I know more about the other side than almost anybody." (November 2016.)
  • Construction: "[N]obody knows more about construction than I do." (May 2018.)
  • The economy: "I think I know about it better than [the Federal Reserve]." (October 2018.)
  • Technology: "Technology — nobody knows more about technology than me." (December 2018.)
  • Drones: "I know more about drones than anybody. I know about every form of safety that you can have." (January 2019.)
  • Drone technology: "Having a drone fly overhead — and I think nobody knows much more about technology, this type of technology certainly, than I do." (January 2019.)

Thanks to Axios for that amazing list.

I will grant Trump one thing: He is the biggest, baddest, most powerful, self-promotional narcissist in history.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (56)
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Jcbl
Jcbl

How soon we forget. Obama was a world class narcissist who often said he know more on a given topic than his most senior advisors. Trump is not so different, he's just much less artful in delivering his hubris driven comments.

Mish
Mish

Editor

JCBl - It is nearly a requirement for a global leader to be a narcissist.

That said, Trump takes the cake. I would be pleased to report a similar list of all the things Obama is best at.

Ebowalker
Ebowalker

Trump does realistically know a lot about tv ratings, effectively using social 1media, the democrats, and construction

lol
lol

Trump doin a great job with China,crush the commie slave state,everything else,soaring deficits,dept,massive gov't,pretending,massive lol propaganda and endless economic bs numbers.......it's like Barry never left!

JoeBonds
JoeBonds

Politicians: "I understand politicians better than anybody."

Hmmmm...he never ran for elected office yet destroyed the 16 other Repub candidates to win the nomination. Then he blew away Hillary to become President. It ain't bragging if you back it up with deeds.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Trump is now officially a traitor as he said he would let foreign governments intervene in elections. What does this mean ? It means he works for Putin. When he says he will protect Germany against Russia it means Putin wants Germany to play right into Trump (Putin) hands. As time goes by more people will soon see the truth in plain sight. I've always said the reason Trump keeps appointing interim appointees to his own cabinet is that it prevents them from removing him from office via the 25th amendment.

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Hillary did herself in Moreover, Trump was still destined to lose were it not for the last minute miracle from Comey

Finally, giving credit for one or two things does not support the absurd claims on everything

Je'Ri
Je'Ri

When I first went on temporary duty to Germany in the '80s and even when I returned in the early '90s on business (Frankfurt was still crawling with tens of thousands of US troops), the locals would often tell me to speak English because they wanted the practise. By the late '90s, clearly feeling their oats, they would say, "You speak German ... so speak German!" I agree with you that it is time for the occupation force to move on.

Menaquinone
Menaquinone
  1. USArmy relocates from Germany to Ukraine and Poland.

  2. Deutsche Bank pays fines equivalent to capital for financing NordStream.

  3. USA lays 25% tariff on EU automobiles and machinery.

  4. USA tariffs EU 25% for undervalued Euro.

  5. USA/Britain free trade pact embargoes French Agriculture from Britain.

  6. Portuguese prohibited from fishing British waters.

  7. ECB loses Federal Reserve access and Euro convertibility.

  8. Italy pays Euro debt to Germany at 90% discount and floats a solid Lira.

  9. Global Cooling freezes ever Diesel vehicle in Europe.

  10. Every African immigrant pumps out twelve indigent welfare children because they never had it so good.

Sechel
Sechel

The problem with Trump's policy is there's no Trump doctrine. he's against NATO and seemingly pro Russia but now he wants to move U.S. NATO troops to Poland and is against Germany securing Natural Gas from Russia. There's absolutely no consistency other than Trump is inconsistent and engages in demagoguery. I suspect what we're seeing is two foreign policies, one that is Donald Trump's and another that is the traditional U.S. posture and there's simply no reconciling the two.

Grumblenose
Grumblenose

Sad to see Mish's blog turning into yet another Trump hate-fest.

Boot6761
Boot6761

couldn't agree more Grumblenose....I actually stopped reading Mish since this went away from real financial discourse to Trump politics....shame on you Mish...

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Mish - I'm glad your finally seeing the light. As a trump voter I had hoped he would change after election but he has actually gotten worse. Higher deficits and more spending is what we've gotten along with constant renegotiation of everything with no progress on anything. The dynamic is going to get worse when the economy actually goes to 0% growth.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“Thanks to Axios for that amazing list.”

Laundry list of Obama Administration lies:

1.) Susan Rice : lied about Benghazi being caused by YouTube clip mocking prophet Mohammad.

2.) Eric Holder : lied about Fast & Furious guns program sending guns into violence torn Mexico.

3.) Barack Obama : lied about Affordable Care Act allowing us to keep our own doctors and insurance.

4.) Eric Shinseki : lied about VA waiting lists for veterans needing healthcare.

5.) Chuck Hagel : lied about 30 day advance notice to Congress for prisoner exchanges. (Was it really that important for US Army deserter Beau Bergdahl to get a WH Rose Garden reception?)

6.) Jeh Johnson : lied about alien unaccompanied minors.

7.) Jay Carney : lied about al-Qaeda being “completely decimated” during Obama’a first term.

8.) Lois Lerner : lied about using the IRS to target conservative non-profit groups for harassment.

9.) James Clapper : lied about NSA illegally wiretapping US Citizens.

10.) *Hillary Clinton : lied about having turned over all classified materials only to have still more turn up in the NYPD pedophilia investigation of Anthony Weiner.

I gave Hillary an asterisk as she technically was outside of the administration at the time. Amidst all of her constant lying it becomes important to keep track who and when she is lying to and about.

Then, there are a myriad of other lies, half-truths, distortions, exaggerations and misstatements.

A big one is Obama trying to distance himself from knowing that his DOJ was spying on the Trump campaign. WikiLeaks proved he was in the loop and I suspect that one to be used next year in the general election, especially if Biden is the nominee.

Harbour
Harbour

So much Trump envy - so many people bash him but couldn’t accomplish what he has.

2banana
2banana

"since he believes Berlin isn’t spending enough on defense as a partner in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization."

Is not is not Trump belief. Germany agreed by NATO treaty to spend at least 2% of GDP on defense. Germany spends about 1.2%. Again - Mish gets upsets when Trump actual forces consequences on other countries who don't live up to their treaty obligations (just like Mexico in stopping illegals).

"But whereas US troops are US business, who Germany deals with and why is Germany's business"

Here is the full Q and A transcript instead of just a little snippet that can be taken completely out of context. Seems very logical. Germany doesn't spend what they agreed to, by treaty, on defense (to defend against Russia), expects America to make up the difference but yet gives billion to Russia in energy spending. And if there ever is a NATO disagreement with Russia, Germany will essentially be a hostage to all that Russian energy.

Again - very logical. But Mish lets TDS get in the way.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: And I’m the one that brought up the pipeline problem where you have Russia giving a tremendous percentage of energy. You know this gas is going into Germany. I say, “How can you do that?” So, we’re protecting Germany from Russia. And Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars of money from Germany. I’m the one that brought up the problem.

With that being said, I hope they get along. That Germany is paying 1 percent; they should be paying 2 percent. They should really be paying more than that. But we’ll see how that works out.

I do think this: And I would say, hopefully, nothing will happen. Nothing negative. Hopefully, we’re going to have a great relationship with Russia, great relationship with China and with Germany, and everybody else. But I do think that Germany is putting themselves at a tremendous disadvantage when 50, 60, or 70 percent of their energy is being supplied by Russia. I don’t know how you can do it.

Germany has the power to block it. You know how they block it? By not buying it. I mean, Germany made a decision to buy a tremendous percentage of their energy from Russia. Germany — whether they should be doing that or not, they’re the ones that have the power to block it.

They shouldn’t buy it. Or, if they want to, they can. But that’s really a decision of Germany. I’m not saying that I would be in favor. I think the German people aren’t very happy about it. Because it really makes Germany a hostage of Russia if things ever happened that were bad. Hopefully that will never be — happen.

Sechel
Sechel

I read about the move to potentially move 3,000 troops to Poland but I can't praise it as I can't see a cohesive policy and have little reason not to believe it won't be followed by an idiotic policy that counters it

Webej
Webej

High time somebody starts to document all this knowledge by this Renaissance man before such priceless hoards of knowledge and understanding are lost forever. Particularly his knowledge about technology would be worth trillions to many corporations.

Mish
Mish

Editor

"Laundry list of Obama Administration lies"

Snowdog that is absurd

You compare lies from one person to lies of an administration

You came up with one lie from Obama - But yes it was a whopper

BTW the discussion is not really about lies but about bragging about being the best

Mish
Mish

Editor

From Brussels is correct : "What a fckn banana rant ! Russia has always been a very reliable energy provider, NEVER has Russia interfered with outrageous Nato expansion, ...."