Dumb deal

No – he’s not gone yet. But with a mere 195 countries in this world, he’s fast running out of countries (and their representatives and people) to abuse, blast, insult, talk down to, and worse. One wonders: is Mr Dumb Deal Trump at all interested in remaining friends with anybody on planet Earth?

I’m waiting for the first USA “ally and friend”, to finally draw the line. So far, nobody told Dumb Deal he crossed the border. Nobody has started helping cut the USA’s budget by sending a few US diplomats home, shut down a consulate or two, or an embassy – for 4 years minus the days the Dumb Deal has been in office.

With 195 countries minus one, surely there are other friends to turn to?
Surely there are new alliances. trade deals, markets which can be created?

The USA is no longer a friend. The USA is no longer an ally.
Not with Dumb Deal Trump in charge. Dumb Deal makes this clear on a daily basis.

Unlike savvy businessmen, he tears up any document, contract, whatever – whenever it suits him. Putin may now be flavour of the day. There is no guarantee whatsoever – for Putin and us -, he will remain flavour of the day tomorrow.

The USA no longer is a fairly reliable partner for trade and support. Not while Dumb Deal Trump and his cronies and supporters run their “gonna make it great again” country. Does the rest of the world really have to put up with this present US government, the raves and tantrums, the bullying and mad cap acts? It’s not doing us, the rest of the world, and planet earth, any good.

As for the “dumb deal”: CNN was having a debate on who leaked what when why. Several present mentioned, that such phone calls are not your ordinary private chat between say the Dump and a world leader like Malcolm Turnbull. Staff and advisors listen in and are present in the room.

So what the Washington Post reported, need not have been leaked by the Trump government as a publicity stunt, or to trigger media to report false news created by the Trump government itself. (Apparently, this is a Trump government hobby.) Soon after this debate, it became clear that media were indeed dealing with another example of White House “alternative facts”. Australian officials confirmed the Washington Post’s version was “substantially accurate”.

As for the whacking number of refugees allowed to invade the USA from Australia under the Obama deal? As CNN reported: a mere 1,250 people.

The number of refugees taken in by Australia? Figures differ. Henry Sherrell and Peter Mares wrote an article about it in October 2016. “… If we resettled an equivalent number of refugees proportionally to our population today, then our current annual humanitarian intake would exceed 33,000 people. This is 75 per cent above the increased intake of 19,000 people promised by Malcolm Turnbull at the recent refugee summit in New York, and significantly beyond Labor’s election promise to increase Australia’s humanitarian intake to 27,000 by 2025. …” So going for the lowest figure, Australia may take in about 19,000 annually.

The total number of people “displaced” during 2016, according to the UN?
An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
According to information on their website, the UNHCR estimates that 34,000 people are forcibly displaced on a daily basis as a result of conflict or persecution.

So shouldn’t someone ask Mr Trump: you are having a tantrum about 1,250 people? How about those people you ban from entering the USA, despite them having been vetted for years and being in possession of all legal documents? How about the 65.3 million people out there – how many are you going to help? Ran out of space in your Trump Tower?

UN Refugee Agency: Figures at a Glance
Henry Sherrell and Peter Mares: How many migrants come to Australia each year?



About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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