Trump Threaten Europe with Tariffs Over Iran


“A week before Germany, France and Britain accused Iran of breaching the 2015 nuclear deal, the Trump administration privately threatened to impose a 25 percent tariff on European automobiles if they didn’t, according to U.S. and European officials,” the Washington Post reports. “The U.S. effort to coerce European foreign policy through tariffs represents a new level of hardball tactics with America’s oldest allies and could result in the reimposition of sanctions against Iran.”

The Rest of the World Doesn’t Trust Trump


A new Pew Research poll found 64% of countries surveyed said they do not have confidence that President Trump will do the “right thing” in world affairs. This sentiment is particularly strong in western Europe, where under 25% of people in Spain, France and Germany say they have confidence in Trump. The number is lowest in Mexico, where only 8% of people have confidence in Trump to do the “right thing” in world affairs.

White House Blocks Bipartisan Senate Bill that Recognizes Turkey’s Armenian Genocide


“The White House directed Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) to block an effort by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday to pass a resolution via unanimous consent formally recognizing Turkey’s genocide of the Armenian people,” Axios reports. “This is the third time that the White House has directed a Republican senator to block the resolution, a symbolic measure already passed by the House that would infuriate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.”

Trump Says ISIS Fighters Will Escape to Europe, Not the U.S.

“They’re going to be escaping to Europe.”

— Donald Trump, when asked if he was concerned that Islamic State fighters would be able to escape because of Turkey’s military operation in Syria, he predicted that the militants would not travel to the United States, CBS News reports. His comment was apparently meant to reassure Americans.

Trump Wants Us to Believe He’s Not as Dumb as We Think He Is

“Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!”

— President Trump insisted on Twitter that he would never “say something inappropriate with a foreign leader” over the phone because he’s well aware “many people” listen into his calls.