Trump’s foreign policy looks a lot like Rapture Christians’ plan to welcome the apocalypse

By Heather Timmons

In 1995, the US Congress voted to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. But until Donald Trump, presidents both Republican and Democratic resisted implementing the move, worried it could set off deadly violence. Yesterday, Trump’s advisors and family members Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner finally inaugurated the new Jerusalem embassy—while the death toll of Palestinian protestors ticked steadily up to over 50, including several children.

Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama all faced pressure from wealthy potential campaign donors to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but Trump is listening to a voice they were not: evangelical Christians who appear to believe in the “Rapture.” Some, like vice president Mike Pence and secretary of state Mike Pompeo, hold posts inside his cabinet. For Rapture Christians, returning Jerusalem to the Jewish people is a key to the second coming of Christ.

Robert Jeffress, a pastor who preaches the Rapture, delivered the new embassy’s opening prayer. Jeffress has previously said that Mormons are heretics, Jews fated to hell, Islam promotes pedophilia, and homosexuals are filthy. He prayed, “We thank you everyday that you have given us a president who boldly stands on the right side of history, and more importantly on the right side of you, oh God, when it comes to Israel.”

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24 COMMENTS

  1. So as Trump launches into an illegal trade war attempting to bully, Canada, Mexico, and most of the rest of the word:-

    Mattis says China ‘intimidating neighbours’

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44340439

    China is deploying missiles in the disputed South China Sea to intimidate and coerce its neighbours, US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said.

    Speaking in Singapore, General Mattis said Beijing’s actions called into question its broader goals.

    While the US renames its Pacific Fleet to imply wider activity:

    It will now be called the US Indo-Pacific Command to mark the growing importance of the Indian Ocean.

    He also said the issue of US troops in South Korea was “not on the table” at this month’s summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

    I seem to recall North Korea specifying “no preconditions to the talks”!

    The US wanted complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, he added.

    So there is a US wish list – that North Korea will disarm while US troops continue to carry out invasion exercises on its borders!

    South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo also told the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit that US forces in South Korea was a “separate issue from North Korea’s nuclear issue”.

    Somehow I don’t think North Korea will see that “Trump great deal” compartmentalised take-all give-nothing thinking, as having any validity!

    There are currently about 28,500 US troops based in South Korea.

    Mr Mattis told the security summit that Beijing had deployed military hardware including anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles and electronic jammers to locations across the South China Sea.

    I think the clue to US/China territorial issues, is in the name
    “South CHINA Sea”!

    “Despite China’s claims to the contrary, the placement of these weapon systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion,” Gen Mattis said.

    MMmmm – Military purposes such as shooting down any US nuclear missiles which a mad Trump might launch at North Korea – next to the Chinese border – or countering US expansionism via puppet states, in the Asia-Pacific area”!

  2. @OP – Trump’s advisors and family members Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner finally inaugurated the new Jerusalem embassy—while the death toll of Palestinian protestors ticked steadily up to over 50, including several children.

    Here we have another example of the psychological projection of tribalist hate groups in politics, directing their venom at peaceful critics!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44378669

    Argentina has cancelled a World Cup warm-up match with Israel, apparently under political pressure over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.

    Striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN they had “finally done the right thing”.

    But Israel’s defence minister said it was “too bad” Argentina’s footballers did not “withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters”.

    “We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters,” Avigdor Lierberman tweeted.

    Ah! The knee-jerk “anti-Semitic” ad-hominem attack to side-track the debate away from the real issue, of the assassination of peaceful protesters by the land-grabbing apartheid army of Israel!

    News of the cancellation was met with cheers in Gaza, where at least 120 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during recent protests.

    In Ramallah in the West Bank, the Palestinian football association issued a statement thanking Argentina striker Lionel Messi and his colleagues for the cancellation.

    “Values, morals and sport have secured a victory today and a red card was raised at Israel through the cancellation of the game,” said chairman Jibril Rajoub, quoted by Reuters news agency.

    Parallels with American champions boycotting the Trump White House dinner invitation to meet with a president unworthy of their company!?

  3. I see that Trump is as impervious to reason from the “G6” on Trade, as he was previously on the Paris agreement on climate.

    He is however “prominent” – like a half brick on a diamond necklace!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44423072

    Talks at the G7 summit in Canada have failed to resolve deep differences between US President Donald Trump and leaders of major industrial nations.

    The divisions were laid bare on Friday, notably over trade.

    Allies of the US are furious over Mr Trump’s recent decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, raising fears of a global trade war.

    Divisions between Mr Trump and the other six leaders go way beyond trade – they include climate change, relations with Iran and the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

    It is predictable that Faux News or “Dimbart” is likely to proclaim to Trump-base, that Trump is the only one in step! 🙂

  4. Those who know how to behave as leaders of nations, and diplomatic negotiators, have tried to educate the impervious know-it-all Trump by example, but with the usual lack of success!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44430000

    Diplomacy cannot be dictated by “fits of anger”, French President Emmanuel Macron warned after a G7 summit in Canada ended in acrimony.

    In tweets, US President Donald Trump described host Justin Trudeau as “dishonest and weak” and retracted his endorsement of the joint communique.

    That statement sought to overcome deep disagreements, notably over trade.

    Mr Macron’s office said France and other EU countries would maintain their support for the final G7 communique.

    Germany also said it would abide by the communique.

    Mr Trudeau’s office responded by saying the prime minister had said nothing he had not said before, both in public and in private conversations with Mr Trump.

  5. A classic example of why offering expert advice, or attempts at constructive negotiations or agreements with Trump, are an utter waste of everyone’s time!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44434558

    US President Donald Trump has fired off a string of angry tweets criticising America’s closest allies hours after leaving a divisive G7 summit in Canada.

    By Jon Sopel, BBC North America editor

    In Quebec at the G7 the sherpas, political advisers and draftsmen toiled through two nights to find a form of words that all sides could sign up to.

    I left before the end of the summit to embark on a marathon journey from Canada to Singapore.

    When I left Quebec all the talk was there would be no agreement. But lo, by the time I landed in Hong Kong to change flights I read that there was a joint communique. Success. Only to see a tweet from Donald Trump a little later rescinding his signature over something Justin Trudeau had said at his news conference. Unbelievable.

  6. I see the next section of Trump’s trade war is underway!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-44505448

    Chinese media have mocked US President Donald Trump over plans to impose 25% tariffs on $50bn worth of Chinese goods, saying “wise men build bridges but fools build walls”.

    China retaliated, saying it would impose an additional 25% tariff on 659 US goods worth $50bn.

    Stock markets fell after the announcements amid fear of a trade war.

    The US had earlier warned that it will impose even more tariffs should China retaliate.

    The Global Times, meanwhile, said Mr Trump was disrupting the world order to appeal to voters who think he’s fighting for them.

    The media response came as China announced tariffs on $34bn of US goods including agricultural products, cars and marine products which will also take effect from 6 July.

    Tariffs on other US goods will be announced at a later date, Xinhua said.

    Then – there will also be the European response, the Canadian and Mexican response, and Trump has already opted out of other trade agreements where the US might have had some support!

  7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43731798

    The US-China trade dispute is starting to have consequences.

    US tariffs on foreign steel and aluminium went into effect last month. China’s retaliatory duties on more than 100 US imports, including pork, fruit and wine, kicked in soon after.

    Economists expect the duelling taxes to have a relatively limited impact on the overall US economy. But they say the measures will touch most parts of the country and lead to higher prices for everything from televisions to vitamins.

    For certain industries like agriculture, aerospace and manufacturing, the effects could be severe.

    The proposed tariffs, which include taxes on hundreds of Chinese-made parts and equipment, promise more pain.

    At Roadtec, a growing 600-person Tennessee company that makes asphalt paving machines, suppliers are already asking 40% more, says the firm’s marketing director, Eric Baker.

    Certain sectors of US industries, are already feeling the extra costs and loss of the Chinese market, affecting their businesses.

  8. I see the “sharp-as-a sausage roll” US president, has announced a new military US “Space Force”! – perhaps having failed to notice that the majority of astronauts are, and have been, military or ex-military personnel – and that the military has been operating spy satellites for decades! – not to mention a historic space shuttle which was specifically designed around a cargo bay to carry large military satellites, which has now been replaced by the more compact military mini-shuttle X-37B spaceplane!

    Of course the present manned space programmes are based on joint efforts, joint financing, and international co-operation – with robot satellite environmental monitoring and management, a key development area!
    But hey! That’s not Trumpery!

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/18/space-force-donald-trump-orders-new-branch-of-us-military

    “The president told a US general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don’t want.
    Thankfully the president can’t do it without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart. Too many important missions at stake.”

    During his remarks, Trump promised that America will always be first in space and that national pride is at stake.
    “It’s going to be important monetarily and militarily,” he added. “But so important for right up here – the psyche.
    We don’t want China and Russia and other countries leading us.”

    He insisted: “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space. So important.”

    Trump has floated the idea of a space force before but met both mockery and high-level resistance.

    And Trump’s economic contribution to these objectives?? 🙂

    Ah yes!
    Limit the supplies and hike up the price of aluminium to the US aero-space industries, and ensure that they pay over the odds for any European or Chinese high-tech products which are needed – just to ensure that foreign competitors have a good head-start against exporting US industries or services!

    Yep! A space comic-book fed intellect that is sharp as a sausage-roll!

  9. Meanwhile, the world’s markets are reacting to Trumponomics!

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2018/jun/19/markets-slide-trump-threatens-china-200bn-tariffs-business-live

    Markets slide as Trump threatens China with $200bn of new tariffs – as it happened

    Trade war fears are escalating as president Trump pledges fresh measures against Chinese imports; Beijing calls it ‘blackmail’ and vows to retaliate

    With Wall Street lower – and the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing all its gains so far this year – European markets have ended the day in downbeat mood.

  10. Alan4discussion #10

    ….the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing all its gains so far this
    year …

    If you track the Dow over the last 10 years, it is currently exactly where it would be expected given its trajectory through Obama’s 8 years in office. But it has now stalled around the 25,000 mark, and with Trump firmly in control, who knows where the stable genius of Trump University will send it next ?

  11. rogeroney #11
    Jun 19, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    If you track the Dow over the last 10 years,
    it is currently exactly where it would be expected given its trajectory through Obama’s 8 years in office.

    It looks like the second front in Trump’s trade war is opening up, so let’s see what the Dow traders think about that – even before further fronts open up, as we hear from Canada, Mexico, and others!

    There must be competitor suppliers in South America, Africa, and Asia, on the starting line, ready to supply many replacements for US items, to Europe, Canada, Mexico, or China!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44549712

    The European Union will launch a raft of retaliatory tariffs against US exports on Friday, a top official has said.

    The move comes after US President Donald Trump imposed steep duties on steel and aluminium in May.

    American exports such as blue jeans, motorbikes and bourbon whiskey will be targeted, trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom confirmed.

    However, she said the bloc “did not want to be in this position”.

    “The unilateral and unjustified decision of the US to impose steel and aluminium tariffs on the EU means that we are left with no other choice,” she said.

    Cranberries, orange juice, sweetcorn and peanut butter are among the other goods targeted.

  12. I see Trump’s trade wars is spreading!

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Trade-tensions/India-hikes-tariffs-on-US-products-as-trade-tensions-spread

    India hikes tariffs on US products as trade tensions spread

    New Delhi joins China and EU in hitting back at Trump’s protectionist moves

    NEW DELHI — India has increased duties on a range of agricultural, iron and steel products imported from the U.S., in a tit-for-tat move after the Trump administration imposed higher tariffs on some Indian goods.

    The increase — which follows similar retaliatory moves by China and the European Union — would come into effect on Aug. 4, according to an Indian Finance Ministry notification dated June 20.

    The notification said that the import duty on chickpeas has been raised to 60%, and on lentils it has been increased to 30%. The Finance Ministry did not disclose current tariff levels. Other items drawing higher tariffs include artemia, which is a shrimp variety; apples; walnuts; boric acid; diagnostic reagents; and some iron and steel products.

    Japan and other countries are expected to follow with their own retaliatory tariffs shortly!

  13. I see President Flip-Flop, has just made up more policy on the hoof, and has contradicted himself again!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44584957

    US President Donald Trump has renewed sanctions on North Korea, citing an “extraordinary threat” from its nuclear weapons – just 10 days after saying there was no risk from Pyongyang.

    “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” he tweeted on 13 June, a day after meeting the country’s leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

    President Trump promised to end the annual “war games” between the allies in an unexpected concession at his summit with Mr Kim, calling them “provocative” and “expensive”.

    That came as a shock to many, as the US had previously argued that the drills were purely defensive and key to its military alliance with Seoul.

    President Trump extended the national emergency on Friday due to “the existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea”.

    Ah! That imaginary US “National Emergency”, which is an excuse for everything, from threatening and imposing economic “sanctions” on North Korea, imposing trade tariffs on everyone else, waging war on various Arab States, and abusing immigrants!

  14. @#14 – Ah! That imaginary US “National Emergency”, which is an excuse for everything,

    Ah! – But in the little bubble of Trump-World, excuses and blaming other people is a standard currency, which substitutes for any deeper understanding of real-world issues or mechanisms! !

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44610010

    Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle firm over its plans to shift production away from the US in order to avoid European Union tariffs.

    The US president tweeted that the firm was using trade war as an “excuse”.

    He said it had taken the decision long before the current tariffs.

    But Harley-Davidson said it had decided to build a plant in Thailand after Mr Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

    TPP would have lowered tariffs in Asia.

    The company has assembly plants in Australia, Brazil, India and Thailand as well as in the US.

    It said the [European] tariffs would add, on average, $2,200 (£1,660) to each bike exported to Europe from the US as the import tax increases from 6% to 31%.

    In the Trump bubble of “alternative facts”, consequences of Trade-Wars instigated by Trump, have nothing to do with Trump [“defending American workers” by moving their jobs abroad], and are clearly to be blamed on those people world wide, who retaliate or defend their own interests!

  15. I see that Trump is as bright and up-to-date on the facts about the history of motor cycles, as he is on most other subjects! 🙂

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44610010

    Donald Trump has said Harley-Davidsons should “never” be built abroad, as he attacked the firm’s plans to move some production overseas to avoid European tariffs.

    Mr Trump said the iconic bike brand’s new Thailand plant marked a “surrender” and “the beginning of the end”.

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harley-Davidson

    Sales in Japan started in 1912[50] then in 1929, Harley-Davidsons were produced in Japan under license to the company Rikuo (Rikuo Internal Combustion Company)[51] under the name of Harley-Davidson and using the company’s tooling, and later under the name Rikuo. Production continued until 1958.

    In 1998 the first Harley-Davidson factory outside the US opened in Manaus, Brazil, taking advantage of the free economic zone there. The location was positioned to sell motorcycles in the southern hemisphere market

    Perhaps someone in the White House, should explain to dummy Donald, the meanings of the the terms “International trade” and “multi-national corporation”!

  16. Meanwhile that “easy to win” Trump trade-war, just keeps escalating! – to the detriment of various industries! : –

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/29/canada-makes-retaliatory-tariffs-official-we-will-not-back-down.html

    Canada makes retaliatory tariffs official: ‘We will not back down’

    Canada strikes back at the U.S. with $12.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs announced Friday.
    “We will not escalate, and we will not back down,” Canada’s foreign minister says.
    Canada’s plan taking effect next week will include imports of U.S. products such as yogurt, caffeinated roasted coffee, toilet paper and sleeping bags.

    Mexico’s tariffs took effect June 5 on U.S. products such as pork, cheese, cranberries, whiskey and apples.

    The U.S. accounted for 55 percent of Canada’s steel imports in 2017, with the remainder coming from China, South Korea, Brazil and Turkey.

  17. Canada is acting reluctantly and is also taking steps to protect its workers and investors in affected industries!

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/29/reuters-america-update-3-canada-hits-back-at-u-s-on-tariffs-says-it-will-not-back-down.html

    “We are acting very much in sorrow, not in anger,” said Freeland, stressing the closeness of the overall relationship. Bilateral trade is worth around C$2 billion a day.

    Freeland said she had already spoken to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer six times this week and was prepared to meet at any time to tackle the issue.

    Ottawa also unveiled an aid package for affected industries and workers worth up to C$2 billion, consisting mainly of up to C$1.7 billion in commercial financing and insurance for firms in the steel and aluminum sectors and related industries.

    I wonder if Trump will take any responsibility for the damage to US industries, – or if he will simply hurl abuse any affected US corporations moving production overseas, to protect their exports, and supply their customers in a competitive global market! 🙂

  18. https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/06/29/u-s-ambassador-to-estonia-resigns-in-disgust-after-trump-anti-europe-rants-nato-european-union-diplomacy-transatlantic-alliance/

    U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Resigns in Disgust After Trump Anti-Europe Rants
    James Melville is the latest in a string of career diplomat resignations over Trump’s comments and policies.

    The scientific, administrative, and diplomatic, competent professionals are giving up on trying to work for and with Trump, so are likely to be replaced with Trump appointed incompetent or corrupt sycophants.

    It looks like after Trump finally crashes out, the next administration is going to need a monumental recruitment and training program, even before they can start to repair the damage!

    “A Foreign Service Officer’s DNA is programmed to support policy and we’re schooled right from the start, that if there ever comes a point where one can no longer do so, particularly if one is in a position of leadership, the honorable course is to resign.
    Having served under six presidents and 11 secretaries of state, I never really thought it would reach that point for me,” he wrote in the post, which was obtained by Foreign Policy.

    “For the President to say the EU was ‘set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank,’ or that ‘NATO is as bad as NAFTA’ is not only factually wrong, but proves to me that it’s time to go,” he wrote, citing Trump’s reported comments in recent weeks that have unnerved U.S. allies.

    The post surprised several State Department officials who worked with Melville, describing him as a consummate professional who never let domestic politics impact his job.

  19. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/44660966

    America’s largest carmaker has added its voice to the chorus of companies and countries criticising proposed US tariffs on foreign cars and auto parts.

    Mr Trump asked the [Commerce] department to determine the effect of imports of cars and car parts on national security.
    A similar process led to new tariffs on foreign steel and aluminium this spring.

    General Motors warned the tariffs “could lead to a smaller GM, a reduced presence at home and abroad and risk less – not more – US jobs.”

    Trade associations for the auto industry, as well as companies that include Toyota, BMW and Volvo also submitted comments in opposition to the tariffs.

    But! Hey!
    What do they know compared to the all-seeing, all-knowing, Trump and applauding Trump-base! 🙂

    Apparently, those actually engaged in international trade, do not think trade-wars are beneficial, or “easy to win”!

  20. Reality is now intruding into the fantasy world of Trumponomics, to the detriment of many people and businesses!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44635490

    Canada’s countermeasures against the Trump administration’s steel and aluminium levies have come into effect.

    On Sunday, the day the country celebrates its national holiday, Canada imposed a 25% tariff on assorted US metals products.

    Tariffs of 10% have also been imposed on over 250 other US goods like beer kegs, whiskey and orange juice.

    Canada-US trade tensions are high amidst the metals levies and North American Free Trade Agreement talks.

    The tit-for-tat duties are estimated to total C$16.6bn (£9.5bn), representing the 2017 value of Canadian metals exports affected by the US measures.

  21. Trump still thinks this is a game of casino brinkmanship to entertain his fan-base at Faux News!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44707253

    US tariffs on $34bn (£25.7bn) of Chinese goods have come into effect, signalling the start of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

    The 25% levy came into effect at midnight Washington time.

    China has retaliated by imposing a similar 25% tariff on 545 US products, also worth a total of $34bn.

    Beijing accused the US of starting the “largest trade war in economic history”.

    “After the US activated its tariff measures against China, China’s measures against the US took effect immediately,” said Lu Kang, a foreign ministry spokesman.

    There are more details on the link.

  22. It now seems there is another country retaliating in Trump’s global trade war (which is easy to win [allegedly]) !!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44742714

    China and Russia hit back at Trump tariffs

    China’s commerce ministry said it had lodged a new complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO).

    Meanwhile, Russia said it would introduce extra duties on a range of products imported from the US.

    The government-run English language China Daily newspaper said: “The Trump administration is behaving like a gang of hoodlums with its shakedown of other countries, particularly China.”

    Russia says US tariffs on steel and aluminium, introduced in March, will cost its companies more than half a billion dollars.

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