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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.”


CNN (December 23)

2016/ 12/ 23 by jd in Global News

“President-elect Donald Trump long ago earned a reputation for being unpredictable in his statements, but he outdid himself on Thursday. In the span of just a few hours, Trump shook international relations by undercutting the Obama administration over a UN resolution on Israeli settlements, indicated he would ramp up nuclear competition with Russia and then jolted a major defense contractor — and its shareholders — by suggesting he would ask Boeing to replace a fighter jet being made by Lockheed Martin.”


Wall Street Journal (December 18)

2016/ 12/ 18 by jd in Global News

“China is testing U.S. resolve to maintain freedom of navigation in international waters that Beijing illegally claims as its own” with its recent theft of a U.S. underwater drone. “Whether China today is responding to Mr. Trump or offering a final insult to President Obama is beside the point because the drone theft is part of a larger Chinese pattern. China’s behavior shows its intention to intimidate its neighbors and establish hegemony in East Asia.”


LA Times (November 20)

2016/ 11/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Obama’s final foreign trip was his last chance to warn the world about Trump, and to warn Trump about the world.”


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