Sourced from an article in the Daily Mail,
edited and abridged by Lasha Darkmoon
with additional notes and comments
DONALD TRUMP IS INTERVIEWED
BY THE TIMES (UK) LAST WEEK
Trump praises Brexit, dissses the EU, rubbishes Angela Merkel, speaks glowingly about Israel, and puts his Jewish son-in-law in charge of negotiating a “peace deal” with the Palestinians. The CIA warns him to watch his step and “be very careful.”
Donald Trump has delivered a huge boost to Britain by promising a trade deal within weeks of taking office to help make Brexit a ‘great thing’.
The President-elect spoke in glowing terms of his ‘love’ for the UK and revealed he was inviting Theresa May to visit him ‘right after’ he gets into the White House.
He said that he wants a trade agreement between the two countries secured ‘very quickly’ – making a mockery of President Obama’s threat that, if the country voted for Brexit, we would be at the ‘back of the queue’.
The comments follow weeks of overtures to the Trump camp by Number Ten, including a visit by Mrs May’s joint chiefs of staff – and give her a huge boost ahead of her major Brexit speech tomorrow.
Significantly, he struck a decidedly harsher tone with the EU – predicting more countries will leave and saying it has been hugely damaged by the migration crisis.
Germany and its Chancellor Angela Merkel were lambasted for making a ‘catastrophic mistake’ when she let in more than one million migrants.
He said: ‘I think it’s very tough. People, countries want their own identity and the UK wanted its own identity.’
In a joint interview with Michael Gove for the Times, and the German newspaper Bild, Mr Trump also revealed that Mrs May had written to him just after Christmas.
She sent a gift of a copy of Winston Churchill’s address to the American people, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
In the letter the PM told Mr Trump that she hoped the sentiment of ‘unity and fraternal association’ between the two countries was ‘just as true today as it has ever been’.
BRITAIN’S ULTRA-CHIC PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY
She is now on a charm offensive with Trump,
having originally dissed him by cuddling up to Hillary Clinton —
expecting Hillary to be the next occupant of the White House.
FURTHER TRUMP COMMENTS:
— Trump says: ‘I love the UK’ and promises to get post-Brexit trade deal done very quickly
— Theresa May sends him copy of Churchill’s famous 1941 speech to Americans given from the White House
— Declared that he could agree a nuclear weapons reduction deal with Russia’s President Putin in return for lifting US sanctions.
— He said: ‘For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it.’
— He pledged that orders will be signed next Monday to strengthen America’s borders, which could include travel restrictions on Europeans coming to the US.
— Threatened ‘extreme vetting’ for those entering America from parts of the world known for Islamist terrorism.
— Said that he will start off by trusting Mrs Merkel and Mr Putin — but that might not last long.
— Slammed Nato as ‘obsolete’ and claimed they had ‘not bothered about terrorism’.
— Described the decision to invade Iraq as ‘possibly the worst decision ever made in the history of our country’, saying it was like ‘throwing rocks into a beehive’.
— During the interview at Trump Tower, the president-elect told Vote Leave champion Mr Gove: ‘I love the UK.’
Pointing to a possible meeting with Mrs May at the White House in February, he said: ‘We’re gonna work very hard to get it done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides.
‘I will be meeting with [Mrs May]. She’s requesting a meeting and we’ll have a meeting right after I get into the White House and it’ll be, I think we’re gonna get something done very quickly.’
Trump had nothing but praise for Brexit.
He welcomed the fall in the value of the pound for having helped to boost the attractiveness of British products abroad.
Ahead of his inauguration on Friday, he also that said he was also looking forward to visiting Britain, saying his Scottish mother was ‘proud of the Queen’.
He went on: ‘Any time the Queen was on television, an event, my mother would be watching.
Mr Trump also joked that his Scottish ancestry meant he liked to ‘watch my pennies’, adding: ‘I mean I deal in big pennies, that’s the problem.’
The remarks will come as both a relief to No 10, and be seen as a vindication of the strategy pursued by Mrs May. She was accused of being ill-prepared for a Trump victory. Further embarrassment followed when Ukip-leader Nigel Farage was invited for an early meeting at Trump Tower.
In the interview, Mr Trump also confirmed that he would appoint (((Jared Kushner))), his son-in-law, to broker a Middle East peace deal. He urged Britain to veto any new UN Security Council resolution critical of Israel and repeated his criticism of President Obama’s handling of the Iran nuclear deal.
LD: Trump’s appointment of his Jewish son-in-law as chief Middle East negotiator in Occupied Palestine can only be described as “inflammatory”— a prescription for disaster.
Jared Kushner, a slum “landlord from hell”, has a reputation for tenant harassment. One of his New York tenants, hearing of his “nightmarish” accession to power under Donald Trump, says of Kushner: “I don’t know how to tell you how despicable this man is.” (See Jared Kushner, Thug Landlord). Thanks to Kushner’s sudden rise to “unimaginable power”, he has been described in a new book as “the President-in-Law.”
Here is a development that does not bode well for the future: “Diplomats from more than 70 nations met in Paris yesterday for talks on achieving the “two-state solution” that has pitted the US and Israel against the international community on the issue of Palestinian statehood. Neither Mr Trump’s transition team nor the Israeli administration attended.”
It does’t look as if either Trump or his Jewish son-in-law are interested in arriving at an internationally agreed solution to the Palestine problem. Handing back stolen land to its rightful owners, it seems, is not to be on the cards under America’s new President and his “President-in-Law”. [LD]
TRUMP ATTACKS ANGELA MERKEL
Angela Merkel was lambasted over Germany’s open-door migration policy by Donald Trump last night.
The president-elect said that German Chancellor Mrs Merkel had made a ‘catastrophic mistake’ by allowing 1 million migrants into her country – and he predicted that the European Union will fall apart.
In comments that will trigger alarm in Berlin and Brussels, Mr Trump said that he fully understood why Britain had voted for Brexit and he thought others could follow suit.
He said: ‘I do believe this, if [EU countries] hadn’t been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems that it entails, I think that you wouldn’t have a Brexit. It probably could have worked out but this was the final straw, this was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.
‘I think people want… their own identity, so if you ask me… I believe others will leave.’
Mr Trump was also far less warm about Mrs Merkel than he has been about Theresa May. He said that he had ‘great respect’ for the German leader.
But, in a withering attack, he told The Times and German newspaper Bild: ‘I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from.
‘And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think she made a catastrophic mistake, very bad mistake.’
Mr Trump added that he thought the entire EU had become a ‘vehicle’ for Germany.
“I think she made a catastrophic mistake.”
— Donald Trump
LD : I have often been attacked for referring to these asylum seekers as “Muslim migrants”, as if to imply that the term “Muslim” is inaccurate. In fact, the overwhelming majority of these asylum seekers come from Muslim countries where Islam is the official religion. The 10 main countries that supply Europe with its asylum seekers, in order of numerical importance, are: Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Albania, Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Iran, and Ukraine. (See graph).
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Meanwhile, the outgoing director of the CIA yesterday warned Mr Trump to watch his mouth – especially when talking about Vladimir Putin.
Criticising the president-elect’s regular posts on Twitter, John Brennan told Mr Trump to stop ‘talking and tweeting’ and said being so off the cuff was bad for national security.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday – a show that Mr Trump often watches – Mr Brennan said: ‘Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests and so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound.’
Mr Trump said last week that he was not opposed to lifting sanctions if Russia was ‘really helping us’.
He also said that, once he has been sworn in, meeting the Russian president was ‘absolutely fine with me’.
Mr Brennan called for Mr Trump to be ‘very, very careful’ about cosying up to Russia and said ‘the world is watching’ what he says.
He said: ‘I think Mr Trump has to be mindful that he does not have a full appreciation and understanding of what the implications are of going down that road.
At a press conference last week Mr Trump, whose inauguration is on Friday, had likened his treatment by the intelligence agencies to being in Nazi Germany. But Mr Brennan said the comparison was ‘outrageous’.
He said: ‘The world is watching now what Trump says and listening very carefully. If he doesn’t have confidence in the intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies, as well as our adversaries? It’s more than just about Mr Trump.’