Saturday 16th of November 2019

trump blasts the europeans for their toasting turps...


US President Donald Trump said in an interview that he is interested in direct talks with Iran without preconditions. At the same time, he dismissed the European point of view that Tehran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, arguing that it is EU business interests talking.

Trump commented on Washington’s point of view on the 2015 Joint Cooperative Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal with Iran in a Sunday interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, saying he would accept any kind of deal with Iran, as long as it prevents Tehran from getting nuclear weapons. Trump suggested that he has no issue with the deal being bilateral or multilateral.

I don't care which, what kind of a deal. It can be separate or it could be total,” he said.

Speaking about his reasons to abandon the treaty, Trump noted that, according to the deal, Iran has limited its uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent for 15 years. Once the deal expired, Tehran would have had a “free pass” toward obtaining nuclear weapons, Trump said.

There’s like a short number of years left. After a very small number of years, […] they have a free pass to nuclear weapons,” he said.

When NBC’s Todd noted that Iran has consistently adhered to the JCPOA, Trump claimed that there were unnamed facilities in Iran that international inspectors were not granted access to, thereby supporting his suspicion that Iran was pursuing a nuclear weapons program in those places.

I think they have violated the agreement because I think in the areas that we're not allowed to inspect they're doing things. And I think they have been for years,” he said. “You have to look at the [nuclear] sites. Some of the most important sites we weren't even allowed to look at or inspect, okay?

When Todd commented that the EU signatories of the deal believe that Iran is complying with the terms of the deal, Trump dismissed them, saying that Europe has business interests in Iran.

“I don’t care about the Europeans,” he said. “The Europeans are going out and making a lot of money […] In France, they’re selling cars to Iran. They’re doing other things.”

Trump noted that Washington is “very good to Europe” and “takes care of them.”


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a cocktail of mocktails...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied that Donald Trump can secure concessions on key issues by dangling the prospect of a new one-to-one meeting, but reiterated that Moscow is ready for fresh talks.

The US president has repeatedly insisted that he will speak face-to-face with Putin at the G20 summit in Osaka next week, and US National Security Advisor John Bolton confirmed on Sunday that Trump was “looking forward to it.”

However, the Kremlin says that the White House has not finalized its diplomatic request, and Putin was asked on TV whether Trump is using the uncertainty as an opportunity to “steamroll” Russia into softening its positions on Iran and Venezuela.

I don’t think anyone is trying to steamroll us on anything – they must understand that is a far-fetched possibility. But we do need the dialogue, Putin told Russian channel NTV.


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a gift of vino for the dorky teetotaller...

Mayors of France’s Bordeaux and Libourne administrations announced their intention to donate a bottle of wine to US President Donald Trump during his G7 visit to convince him not to impose tariffs on French alcohol.

Nicolas Florian, the mayor of Bordeaux, which is the administrative center of the New Aquitaine region where Trump’s plane is scheduled to arrive for the G7 meeting in Biarritz, wrote that they are offering a bottle of Château Figeac Saint-Emilion grand cru classé made in 200[?][2000] while “counting on his benevolence and moderation in the face of his desire to increase customs taxes on wines.”

The mayor of the Libourne commune of Buisson Philippe, who was in Quebec on Friday at the opening of a wine festival with Florian made a similar statement.

Earlier, the US President went on Twitter to condemn Paris’ move to introduce taxes on US digital companies operating in France, warning that President Macron’s "foolishness” would result in Washington taking reciprocal steps against Paris and that French wine could be targeted in “substantial” retaliation, adding that he “always said American wine is better than French wine.”

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Trump is a wine CONnoisseur like a cactus is a rose bush. But should this bottle be from the top 2000 vintage, it would fetch between $300 and $500 on the open market (less by the case) depending on where you buy your liquor. 


Knowing Trump like I know me, I would demand a case of the stuff...