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Washington Post (October 14)

2018/ 10/ 15 by jd in Global News

Trump’s reckless Middle East “ambitions have been revealed as the misguided fantasies they always were. The disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has exposed the real return on Trump’s gambits: a string of reckless acts by the Saudis and Israelis that have made the region more rather than less unstable.” Both Israel and Saudi Arabia “have exploited Trump’s indulgence to the hilt, taking actions they never would have dared under Obama or any other previous president.”

 

New York Daily News (May 9)

2018/ 05/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Kudos to President Trump and his administration for the breakthrough: Three Americans are free from the prison that is North Korea, a meaningful achievement on its own terms that just might suggest better things to come from Kim Jong Un. We mustn’t get ahead of ourselves, though.” Afterall, there were 11 releases during the term of former President Barack Obama.

 

PBS News Hour (April 15)

2018/ 04/ 17 by jd in Global News

President Trump is now “trying to confront a dilemma that haunted his predecessor, Barack Obama. Syria’s seven-year civil war presents few fast or easy solutions for the U.S., yet the geopolitical rivalries at play, the presence of the Islamic State group and other extremists, and the atrocities perpetrated by the Assad government make the situation impossible to ignore.”

 

Caribbean Business (October 1)

2017/ 10/ 03 by jd in Global News

Although he “spent years hammering his predecessor, Barack Obama, both for playing golf and leaving Washington too often,” President Trump “appeared unconcerned with the optics of spending his Sunday afternoon watching The Presidents Cup at the Liberty National Golf Club as the crisis continued” in Puerto Rico. As victims of the hurricane clamor for help, President Trump is also expected to “present a trophy to the tournament’s winning team.”

 

Toronto Star (June 26)

2017/ 06/ 28 by jd in Global News

“A deep national revulsion toward President Donald Trump has sent Canadians’ opinions of the United States plummeting to a level of antipathy never before seen.” The decline is particularly steep when compared with “the final year of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency, when Pew found 65 per cent of Canadians favourably disposed to the U.S.” The figure has dropped to 43 per cent. Equally stunning, “under Obama last year, 83 per cent of Canadians had confidence in the president to do the right thing in world affairs. Under Trump this year, it is a mere 22 per cent.”

 

LA Times (April 27)

2017/ 04/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Now Obama, the epitome of good taste when he was president, has signaled that he too is ready to begin cashing in.” Accepting $400,000 for a speech “may not be corrupt or a threat to honest government, but it strikes us as tacky…. Our revulsion isn’t moral; it’s aesthetic.”

 

Wall Street Journal (March 17)

2017/ 03/ 19 by jd in Global News

“‘Clearly the president was wrong’” with his accusation accusing former president Barak Obama of tapping his phone. While the White House press secretary stubbornly defends Trump’s accusation, “Mr. Trump would be wiser to say he fired the tweet in anger and walk it back. An apology can be good for the soul—and a Presidency.”

 

New York Times (March 11)

2017/ 03/ 13 by jd in Global News

President Trump “may want to take credit for the 235,000 jobs created last month, but at this early stage of his administration, the tally reflects trends established under President Obama.” Trump has been dealt a very good hand. After adding an average of 200,000 jobs monthly during the last year, “the economy is steadily progressing toward full employment.” Mr. Trump’s challenge is whether “his policies foster the trend, or derail it?”

 

New York Times (March 6)

2017/ 03/ 08 by jd in Global News

“President Trump had no evidence on Saturday morning when he smeared his predecessor, President Barack Obama…. Just contemplate the recklessness — the sheer indifference to truth and the moral authority of the American presidency — revealed here: one president baselessly charging criminality by another, all in a childish Twitter rampage.”

 

LA Times (January 14)

2017/ 01/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Farewell to Barack Obama: A humane, intelligent and (mostly) effective leader…. The 44th president was a conscientious and intelligent leader who espoused humane values, inspired millions of Americans and successfully fulfilled some of his most significant promises.”

 

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