Your Trump Weather Report

President Trump’s positions this week…

    – NATO is good.

    – Germany doesn’t owe more to NATO.

    – Russia is bad.

    – American foreign interventionism is good.

    – China is not a currency manipulator.

    – The Ex-Im Bank is good.

    – The US Dollar is too strong.

    – Janet Yellen is good.

    – Steve Bannon status unknown.

Remember. If you don’t like the Trump weather, don’t worry, it will soon change.

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14 Responses to Your Trump Weather Report

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    Seriously now: Is this a transfer of this White House from the alt-right nationalism of Steve Bannon to the center-left of Jared and Ivanka? That would be quite a transition. From Bannon’s quasi-fascism to Jared and Ivanka’s Upper East Side, polite company, Democratic party liberalism.

    Anything is possible. Nothing that happens will shock me, I don’t think.

    Well, a move to limited government, laissez faire, constitutional conservatism would shock me. That doesn’t even seem to be on the table.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    I have said a few times that I thought having Ivanka as the Trump Whisperer was a good thing. She was a fine counterbalance to Bannon. If, however, Bannon is kneecapped and no longer a factor, the un-counterbalanced limousine liberalism of Ivanka and Jared will have a tendency to put Trump’s White House on the political continuum somewhere between George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

    • Uke says:

      Precisely my concern, as well.

      It’s a very weird position that Trump puts me in when I have to sorta kinda root for Bannon to retain power.

  3. R.D. Walker says:


    President Trump is abandoning a number of his key campaign promises on economic policy, adopting instead many of the centrist positions he railed against while campaigning as a populist.

    Trump will not label China a “currency manipulator,” he told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, despite a campaign pledge that he would apply the label on his first day in office. He also said he was open to reappointing Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet L. Yellen after saying last year that the central banker should be “ashamed” of what she was doing to the country.

    And he embraced the Export-Import Bank, a government agency that he mocked last year and that has long been despised by conservatives who labeled it crony capitalism.

    The statements represent a move toward the economic policies of more centrist Republicans and even at times align with the approach of former president Barack Obama. Should he follow through on the newly articulated positions, it would suggest that the candidate who ran as the ultimate outsider is increasingly adopting a more moderate economic agenda.

    The reversals come amid a period of rapid evolution for Trump on both foreign and domestic issues.

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    Wall Street Journal…

    The U.S. dollar slumped and Treasury bond yields fell after the Wall Street Journal quoted Trump saying the dollar was too strong.

    The rapid shuffle of priorities comes as he adopts a growing number of centrist policies, many of which the Obama administration tried to advance amid heated GOP opposition for years.

    His decision not to label China a currency manipulator follows an explicit and repeated campaign vow to do so. But economists and even critics of China’s economic policy have said that while the country used to intervene to devalue its currency, it abandoned that practice years ago.

  5. Joe says:

    Some would say his softening on Chinese currency manipulation is a result of China ending manipulation due to his original hardline stance. Some would say that….Me personally, I don’t know.

    I still feel better that Hillary is not our President but you will not hear a ringing endorsement from me. A den of vipers.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Most would say China ended currency manipulation about 20 years ago. They stopped binge buying other currencies, including the dollar, as the means to prop up the yuan by the end of the 1990s. They didn’t do it out of morality, they did it because they were concerned about the amount of capital leaving the country.

      Under US Treasury rules, in order for a country to be labeled a currency manipulator, it would have to spending at least 2 percent of its GDP selling currency to buy foreign exchange. It hasn’t done that since the 1990s. It would also have a “current account surplus” – an indicator of lending versus borrowing – was at 3 percent or more. It hasn’t had that for many years either.

      None of this has anything to do with Trump.

  6. notamobster says:

    I’m still pleased that we will never have a president Hillary Clinton… Donald is working out okay. Maybe he’ll actually get some stuff done with a centrist tack? As long as he holds on guns and conservative Justice, I don’t much care what he does.

    • Joe says:

      Good point…he has also let Sessions free to work illegal immigration. Definitely a good thing.

      Although he would lose my support entirely if he violates his no more interventionist wars campaign promise. Invading Syria would be 180 out no matter how justified Graham and McCain make it sound.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      “I’m still pleased that we will never have a president Hillary Clinton…”

      Me too. I am also pleased that Al Gore, John Kerry, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis will never be president.

  7. mr_bill says:

    Wait, an unprincipled lout with a record of jumping to conclusions without any serious or deep consideration, has turned out to be completely arbitrary and contradictory in his policy positions?! Well, knock me down!

    • notamobster says:

      Heh. Imagine that. If only someone had taken a stand, refusing to jump on the train, warning people that Trump was an unprincipled salesman who would say & do whatever it takes to please the audience around him at the moment…

      If only one place were so bold. But, alas, they would have lost most of their readership and been accused off all manner of poor judgment.

  8. miforest says:

    well this is low, he has stolen all of John Kasich’s positions!

    • notamobster says:

      He’ll be cerebrated as a Paragon of tolerance & virtue.

      “Tolerance is the virtue of those with no convictions of their own.”