| Donald Trump |
(President of the United States, businessman, politician)
Donald John Trump|
14 June 1946
Queen's, New York City
|Alma mater||Fordham University, University of Pennsylvania|
• with Zelníčková:|
• Donald Trump Jr.
• Ivanka Trump
• Eric Trump
• with Maples:
• Tiffany Trump
• with Knauss:
• Barron Trump
• Fred Trump|
• Mary Anne MacLeod
• Family of Donald Trump
• Ivana Zelníčková (1977–91)|
• Marla Maples (1993–99)
• Melania Knauss (2005)
Donald Trump is a Billionaire businessman who was sworn in as US President on 20 January 2017. WhoWhatWhy observed that he would not be eligible to serve in his own cabinet "given his business entanglements".
“Trump is the face of our collective idiocy. He is what lies behind the mask of our professed civility and rationality, a sputtering, narcissistic, bloodthirsty megalomaniac.”
Chris Hedges (June 2017) - 
In August 2017, when Trump announced he was considering a 'military option' against Venezuela, the country with the world's largest oil reserves, President Nicolás Maduro's popularity appeared to have been boosted:
- "He's doing Maduro a favour by reinforcing the nationalist position that the Gringos want to come and attack Venezuela. This has always been part of Maduro's rhetoric, and Chavez before him. It's not going to have any impact other than the government using it to further unify its people and attack the opposition," said lawyer Luis Alberto Rodriguez.
"Great respect for Muslims"
On 23 March 2016, in an interview with Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Donald Trump said he had “great respect for Muslims” and had “many friends that are Muslims”. But when asked what the Muslim community should do to prevent radicalism, Trump replied:
- “I would say this to the Muslims, in the United States also: when they see trouble they have to report, and they are not reporting it. They are absolutely not reporting it. That’s a big problem.”
Speaking in the aftermath of the Brussels atrocities, Trump said:
- “I knew Brussels years ago, I was there probably three or four times and it was so beautiful, so secure and so safe. And now it’s an armed camp - I’m talking about before this new bombing. It’s a different world, a different place. There’s no assimilation. What’s going on there and what’s going on in other cities like Paris and others is a disgrace - an absolute disgrace - that we allow it to happen.”
Trump criticised how the recently arrested Paris bomber, Salah Abdeslam, was “coddled and taken care of by people that live in the neighbourhood”, and claimed “a lot of people in the community” knew the California attacks were being planned. He went on:
- “I have great respect for Muslims. I have many friends that are Muslims. I’m just saying that there is something with radicalised portion that is very bad and very dangerous.”
Trump signalled that efforts to destroy ISIS were not enough. He told the ex-Daily Mirror editor:
- “I would hit ISIS so hard you wouldn’t believe it. I’d get the people over there to put up their soldiers. It’s about time somebody did it. I’d have such back up like you’ve never seen in terms of air power like. You’ve got to take them out and you’ve got to take them out harshly and you’ve got to take them out fast.”
Brokering an Israel-Palestine deal
On 21 March 2016, Donald Trump addressed some 18,000 supporters of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an influential pro-Israel lobby group, and outlined his most detailed thoughts yet on the prospects for Middle East peace, on curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions and on defeating the violent extremists of the Islamic State.
Trump’s AIPAC speech, which unusually for him he read from a prepared text, was a mixture of pandering, implausible bluster and contradictory promises. The billionaire denounced the United Nations as an anti-Israeli opponent of democracy. “We will totally dismantle Iran’s global terrorist network, which is big and powerful—but not powerful like us,” he promised, without further explanation. He said he would “dismantle the disastrous deal” struck by President Barack Obama to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, then seemed to say that he would enforce it, or perhaps the sanctions regime that preceded it, “like you haven’t seen the terms of a contract enforced.”
In his speech to AIPAC, Trump worked hard to cast himself as sternly pro-Israeli. He variously cited his role as Grand Marshal of the 2004 “Salute to Israel” Parade in New York City and his daughter Ivanka’s conversion to Judaism after marriage. Months after angering a gathering of Jewish Republicans by fudging his views on the status of Jerusalem, Trump bowed to conservative pressure and pledged to AIPAC that he would move the American embassy to that divided city, calling it “the eternal capital of the Jewish people”.
Most straightforwardly, Trump brought his constant campaign-trail refrain about being a savvy businessman and deal-maker to AIPAC, offering America as a broker between Israel and the Palestinians. “Deals are made when parties come to the table and negotiate. Each side must give up something it values in exchange for something it requires,” he told delegates.
In the poisonously divided politics of 2016 Washington, even suggesting that Israel might have to give anything up in the name of peace involves challenging conservative shibboleths. In recent years, Republicans have aligned themselves with the views of Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, in suggesting that Israel should not be prodded to engage in talks, because the Palestinian side has shown no sincerity or seriousness as a potential partner for peace.
Jump forward a few months to November 2016 and Israel’s headlines were screaming "Netanyahu hails Donald Trump as a ‘true friend’ of Israel". Israel’s far-Right, in the form of Education Minister Naftali Bennett for the religious settler party, Jewish Home was in ecstasy. Bennett said:
- “Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the centre of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause. This is the position of the President-elect … The era of a Palestinian state is over.”
The New York Times was in no doubt: "Donald Trump Is Elected President in Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment". Echoing the anti-establishment theme, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn issued the following statement:
- Many in Britain and elsewhere will be understandably shocked by Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, the rhetoric around it and what the election result means for the rest of the world, as well as America.
- Trump’s election is an unmistakable rejection of a political establishment and an economic system that simply isn’t working for most people. It is one that has delivered escalating inequality and stagnating or falling living standards for the majority, both in the US and Britain.
- This is a rejection of a failed economic consensus and a governing elite that has been seen not to have listened. And the public anger that has propelled Donald Trump to office has been reflected in political upheavals across the world.
- But some of Trump’s answers to the big questions facing America, and the divisive rhetoric around them, are clearly wrong.
- I have no doubt, however, that the decency and common sense of the American people will prevail, and we send our solidarity to a nation of migrants, innovators and democrats.
- After this latest global wake up call, the need for a real alternative to a failed economic and political system could not be clearer.
- That alternative must be based on working together, social justice and economic renewal, rather than sowing fear and division. And the solutions we offer have to improve the lives of everyone, not pit one group of people against another.
- Americans have made their choice. The urgent necessity is now for us all to work across continents to tackle our common global challenges: to secure peace, take action on climate change and deliver economic prosperity and justice.
2016 US presidential election
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Trump accepted the Republican Party nomination for the 2016 US presidential election in Cleveland on 21 July 2016. With a 12% majority in electoral college votes over Hillary Clinton – his defeated Democrat rival – Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the United States on 8 November 2016.
In May 2016, at the G7 summit in Japan, President Barack Obama reportedly said that international leaders "have good reason to be rattled" by pronouncements made by Donald Trump who had shown a cavalier and ignorant attitude towards world affairs. Trump said it was a "good thing" foreign leaders were rattled.
Responding to the UK government's invitation to stay at Buckingham Palace on a State Visit in 2017, President-elect Trump reportedly said:
- "First get Buck House suitably refurbished and have its electrics fixed, then I'd be honored to accept the kind invite."
On Twitter Mr Trump added:
- "Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!"
Appointments by Donald Trump
|Randolph Alles||US/Secret Service/Director||25 April 2017|
|Ajit Pai||Federal Communications Commission/Chair||23 January 2017|
|Document:A Mafia Don with a Pompadour||article||20 March 2016||William Engdahl||There are two possible conclusions to draw about the billionaire Mafia Don: either Donald Trump didn't know - or else he was fully aware - that his business associates were involved with the US Mafia. Either way, Trump is not fit to occupy "the most powerful office on Earth."|
|Document:British military presence near Venezuela ‘extremely concerning’||Article||5 February 2019||Phil Miller||“Britain’s recent history of catastrophic military interventions should rule out any UK participation in Donald Trump’s attempts to destabilise a democratically elected government in Venezuela.”|
|Document:Canada Takes A Hostage: Free Meng Wanzhou||Article||8 December 2018||Christopher Black||Canadians should be angry about these traitors isolating Canada from China, from Russia, from Iran and their great cultures, and condemning Canada to be nothing more than an outpost of the American empire. For traitors they are as they betray the Canadian people by serving the interests of the Americans and their war machine. Free Meng Wanzhou, for so long as she is held hostage, so are we all.|
|Document:Canada sanctions 40 Venezuelans with links to political, economic crisis||Article||22 September 2017||Michelle Zilio||Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, MP for the Toronto district of University-Rosedale, said: "I have some Venezuelan Canadians living in my constituency and they have been really vocal … and have said our family, our friends, they need help and they're counting on Canada to speak up."|
|Document:David Cameron's 'counter extremism' experts work with far-right Donald Trump sympathisers||Article||19 December 2015||Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed||The link between the two organisations (Henry Jackson Society and Quilliam Foundation) and Donald Trump is Frank Gaffney, who was the chief inspiration for Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States|
|Document:Destroying Syria||Article||23 January 2018||Philip Giraldi||Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi says the United States has zero evidence on the Syrian conflict. Someone should remind the President that similar scenarios did not turn out very well in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.|
|Document:Free Julian Assange, Mr. President||Article||9 February 2018||Roger Stone||The Donald Trump I know is a generous, compassionate, humane and, above all, fair man. As his steadfast, loyal, decades-long supporter, with all I have I implore him: Mr. President, FREE JULIAN ASSANGE!|
|Document:How Chrystia Freeland Organised Donald Trump’s Coup in Venezuela||Article||7 February 2019||Eric Zuesse||That’s what Ukraine, and now Venezuela, and many other US coups and invasions, are - and have been - really about. It’s about the ‘peace’ of the graveyard, NOT any democracy, anywhere at all.|
|Document:In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Coup||Article||7 February 2019||Greg Palast|
|This year’s so-called popular uprising is, at its heart, a furious backlash of the whiter (and wealthier) Venezuelans against their replacement by the larger Mestizo (mixed-race) poor.|
|Document:Labour Built the Bomb||Article||10 July 2017||Bill Ramsay||The prompt for this short essay is not Labour's nuclear legacy: it is what took place in the UN General Assembly last Friday when the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty passed into international law.|
|Document:Libya: Fine, but why Britain||article||20 March 2011||Brian Barder||David Cameron seemingly Gung Ho on toppling the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, while Barack Obama takes a back seat|
|Document:Manchester Alleged Suicide Bomber Linked to Libya Islamic Fighting Group||Article||24 May 2017||Tony Cartalucci||The British government is directly responsible for the Manchester Arena bombing. It had foreknowledge of LIFG’s existence and likely its activities within British territory and not only failed to act, but appears to have actively harboured this community of extremists for its own geopolitical and domestic agenda.|
|Document:Meet Team Trump||Article||12 November 2016||James Corbett||Trump supporters: Will you rally around the party flag as a new crew of neocons and banksters and establishment insiders step into their pre-ordained roles?|
|Document:Mohammed Bin Salman: The Truth Behind The Reformist Facade||blog post||8 March 2018||Craig Murray||Then something remarkable happened which the world mainstream media has almost entirely ignored. Despite Saudi sponsored adverts all over US media portraying named senior Qataris as terrorist sponsors, and despite strong Israeli pro-Saudi lobbying, Donald Trump suddenly called Mohammed bin Salman to heel.|
|Document:Outside In: The Trump Administration’s Plan to Remake the Middle East||Article||10 October 2018||Ted Snider||Benjamin Netanyahu refers to his doctrine as Outside In: first you pacify the Outside and ally with the Sunni Arab states (Egypt and Saudi Arabia) outside of Israel, then, in exchange, you extract a peace plan out of them that you then impose Inside on a Palestine now devoid of allies and leave it helpless to hold out against a peace plan forced on the Palestinians by Donald Trump.|
|Document:Pictures resurface showing US Secretary John Kerry and President Assad dining in Syria together||Article||3 September 2013||Heather Saul||John Kerry's volte-face: Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region (2009). President Assad is a "thug" like Adolf Hitler (2013).|
|Document:Rothschilds Caught Rigging The US Presidential Election||Article||30 September 2016||'SatyaRaj'||Whether it's Clinton or Trump, the Rothschilds are the real winners!|
|Document:Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels||Article||28 April 2016||Eric Zuesse||The commercially-controlled media won’t inform the public when a US Secretary of State, and her boss the US President, are the persons actually behind a sarin gas attack they’re blaming on a foreign leader the US aristocrats and their allied foreign aristocrats are determined to topple and replace. Is this really a democracy?|
|Document:Speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on 20 August 2017 to the Syrian Diplomatic Corps||Speech||31 August 2017||Bashar al Assad||The US President is not the maker of policies, but the executor. Therefore, the “Deep State” in the United States does not govern in partnership with the President, but leaves him a small margin.|
|Document:Speech to the European Parliament by Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN||Speech||7 February 2018||Beatrice Fihn||"Are you going to support the new Trump Nuclear Doctrine? Join the thinking of Russia, North Korea? Cheer on a new nuclear arms race? Or are you going to support the work for the prohibition and the elimination of nuclear weapons? You cannot do both."|
|Document:Spy behind Donald Trump 'golden shower' dossier feared president had been 'compromised by foreign power'||Article||10 January 2018||James Law||"It's political rhetoric to call the dossier phoney. The memos are field reports of real interviews that Chris's network conducted and there's nothing phoney about it. We can argue about what's prudent and what's not, but it's not a fabrication."|
|Document:The Clown with the Russian Credit Card||Article||13 October 2016||David Scheim||In 2011, after four bankruptcies, Donald Trump's claims of billions of $ were laughed out of a court. Russian money and Mobsters filled the gap.|
|Document:The Four Horsemen Gallop By||blog post||11 April 2018||Craig Murray||The notion that Britain will take part in military action against Syria with neither investigation of the evidence nor a parliamentary vote is worrying indeed. Without Security Council authorisation, any such action is illegal in any event.|
|Document:The New Silk Road Will Go Through Syria||Article||13 July 2017||Pepe Escobar||Beijing is working non-stop for the Iran-Iraq-Syria triumvirate to become a key hub in the New Silk Road (OBOR). Any bets against a future, booming Shanghai-Latakia container route?|
|Document:The Trump Administration’s Syria Gas Attack Narrative Continues to Unravel||Article||18 April 2017||Michael Krieger||United States Government: "They Lied About Iraq; They Lied About Libya; They're Lying About Syria."|
|Document:There is no military solution in North Korea||Interview||5 September 2017||Mishal Husain||Former Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell says the United States needs to bring the international community together more effectively over North Korea|
|Document:Trump Set to Recognise Israel’s Claim to Occupied Golan Heights and its Sizeable Oil Reserves||Article||26 May 2018||Whitney Webb||Given that Genie Energy’s contract to conduct exploratory drilling in the Golan Heights expires this year, its investors are in urgent need of a way to extract and sell the region’s oil – and a US decision on Israel’s claim to the Golan Heights could be just the answer to the company’s problems.|
|Document:Trump said to deprecate Netanyahu's intention to bump off Assad||Article||1 September 2017||Eric Zuesse||Better wait until my fundamentalist VP is in place, Benny boy!|
|Document:Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance||Op-ed||29 October 2017||Carole Cadwalladr||(You got this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher met Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump.)|
|Document:Under Trump, the Israel lobby is a Hydra with many heads||Article||30 May 2018||Jonathan Cook||Since Trump took office, the Israel lobby has mobilised four other powerful lobbies: Christian evangelicals, the alt-right, the military-industrial complex and Saudi Arabia|
|Document:Washington Considers Military Action Against North Korea to Force Regime Change||article||7 March 2017||Stephen Gowans||A history of Post-WWII US military threats against North Korea leading to the latest escalation in Spring 2017, with due weight given to the North Korean perspective|
|Document:Why Isn’t Everyone In Favour of Taxing Financial Speculation?||report||19 April 2016||Robert Reich||Bernie Sanders wants to tax stock trades at a rate of 0.5 percent (a trade of $1,000 would cost $5), and bond trades at 0.1 percent. The tax would reduce incentives for high-speed trading, insider deal-making, and short-term financial betting. Sanders’ 0.5 percent tax could thereby finance public investments that enlarge the economic pie rather than merely rearrange its slices – like tuition-free public education.|
|Document:Xi Jinping says a dark shadow looms over the world after years of peace||Article||3 September 2017||Tom Phillips|
|Shen Dingli, an international relations expert from Shanghai, said Sunday’s nuclear test underlined the futility of both Washington and Beijing’s policies towards North Korea: "It's only a matter of time before Donald Trump realises he has no choice but to sit down with Kim Jong-un."|
|File:Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.pdf||dossier||January 2017||Christopher Steele||A dossier of evidence purporting to demonstrate that Donald Trump and his transition team members have a history of improper contact with the Russian government and that Russian Intelligence collected substantial compromising information on Trump during his Russian business trips.|
|Ancient Rome/Deep state||“Commodus, like a number of other late Roman emperors and like Donald Trump was incompetent and consumed by his own vanity. He commissioned innumerable statues of himself as Hercules and had little interest in governance. He used his position as head of state to make himself the star of his own ongoing public show. He fought, victoriously, as a gladiator in the arena in fixed bouts. Power for Commodus, as it is for Trump, was primarily about catering to his bottomless narcissism, hedonism and lust for wealth. He sold public offices to the ancient equivalents of Betsy DeVos and Steve Mnuchin. He orchestrated a vast kleptocracy.”||Chris Hedges||2017|
- Document:Tiny Rowland – portrait of the bastard as a rebel
- "Trump couldn't hire himself for his own cabinet"
- "Trump's threat of Venezuela military action could bolster Maduro"
- "Donald Trump: British Muslims aren't reporting terror suspects"
- "Donald Trump reveals his isolationist foreign-policy instincts"
- "Trump has 'every intention' of recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital"
- "Whilst Israel Loves Donald Trump, American Jews Loathe Him"
- "Donald Trump Is Elected President in Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment"
- "Jeremy Corbyn on President-elect Donald Trump"
- "Trump shocks world with US Presidential triumph"
- "Trump accepts nomination"
- "FORMAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE NOMINATION! #TrumpPence16"
- "Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before."
- "Is this guy running for president or dictator?"
- "Obama: World leaders 'rattled' by Trump"
- "Get Buck House suitably refurbished and the electrics sorted, and I'd be honored to accept the kind invite"
- "Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!"
- "Donald Trump said 26 false things in that Wall Street Journal interview, 500 total"
- "In 1999 Donald Trump was asked what he would do as President about North Korea’s nuclear programme"