The Roundup: British PM Strikes Near Perfect Balance in Address to GOP + Trump Reveals How Mexico ‘Pays’ for Wall + GOP Sen. McCain States Trump Trade Stance Will Harm U.S. Security

+ British PM Strikes Near Perfect Balance in Address to GOP: British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the GOP and my goodness, did she knock it out the freaking park. As I listened to the well crafted speech, I found myself repeatedly shouting “YES!” over and over again. Her tone was sure and full of grace, her words concise and every syllable laced with strength. In can possibly be construed as somewhat of a soft rebuke to president Donald Trump, May stated, that while it is important for the U.S. and Britain to project strength, “The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over.” Goodness, yes. May also stressed the utter and absolute importance of while fighting Islamist extremism, the two super powers must be careful not to demonize Muslims as a whole. “Killing terrorists are great,” she acknowledged but immediately qualified the statement by saying that it’s even more important that we battle the spread of the poisonous ideal that is islamist extremism. I’m so excited for Trump and May to have tea time. Our president could use a little lesson in diplomacy.

+ Trump Reveals How Mexico ‘Pays’ for the Wall: So today, the Trump administration finally revealed their highly anticipated “master plan” for forcing Mexico to pay for  the blasted wall. After Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, refused to meet with Trump after the U.S. President chided him on twitter earlier today, Trump countered by stating he plans to levy a 20% tax on all Mexico imports into the U.S. Very bad deal for American Taxpayers. This will drive up the cost significantly for American consumers of the many goods Mexico imports to America daily. It’s simple: if Trump levies this tax, Mexico will have no choice but to raise the price of the goods they import. Which means that American business owners will be forced to raise their prices which will make it more difficult for them to earn money as the consumer will either not be able to purchase said goods or will shop elsewhere for a better deal. Diplomatically and economically, this is a train wreck for the American people and our allies to the south. And all because Trump couldn’t give a Pena Nieto, a fellow world leader, the respect his station deserves to get him to the table. A shame and an embarrassment and all at the expense of Trump’s ego.

+ Trump Trade Stance Could Harm U.S. Security: So as I referenced in an earlier post, president Trump has approached everything he’s done so far from the perspective of a business deal maker. The monetary bottom line is the driving force behind the trajectory with which he is taking this nation’s policies and in the case of our trade agreements, as Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona stated, withdrawing so hastily from trade agreements like TPP is a “serious mistake that will have lasting consequences for America’s economy and our strategic position in the Asia-Pacific region.” In other words, our involvement in these trade agreements have everything to do with security strategy as it does with fair trade. As of right now, China is now the sole economic power in the region, which means they can write the rules of that road however they want. It gives them an immense strategic upper hand. U.S. allies like Australia and Japan have now joined China’s trade consortium because quite simply, they are now the only game in town. With China controlling such a large portion of the world’s economy, it gives them leverage to make moves that they otherwise wouldn’t when they’re fortunes were tied to and equal power like the United States. At this point, I’m just wishing someone would take Trump’s executive order signing pen, disable his twitter account, sit him in a dark room somewhere and explain to him the he is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and not the ruler of his own fiefdom. That this is not a reality show whose success depends on his ratings but a republic who success depends on the active use and implementation of fair-minded and even handed policies. Someone, anyone, just please make it stop already …

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-A. Lawrence Haskins

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