Double Shot

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Ed Hall)

In other news, Trump reportedly had a secret meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 meeting in November. No notes were taken.

In related news, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says Russia and China are probably already looking for ways to advance their interests in our 2020 election.

Finally, the rest of the world apparently thinks the United States is pretty corrupt, or at least more corrupt now than it was before Trump.

The U.S. plunged in an annual global corruption index as a surge in support for populist leaders and the erosion of democracy hobbled efforts to tackle graft around the world.

The U.S. under President Donald Trump dropped six places to 22nd globally in the 2018 corruption-perception index published by the Berlin-based Transparency International. Denmark came in first, trading places with New Zealand, which was deemed least corrupt in 2017. [...]

The U.S. registered its lowest score on the annual index in seven years. Transparency cited “threats to its system of checks and balances as well as an erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”

They're not wrong.

  • fry1laurie

    Anyone ever thought of how Starbucks contributes to the obesity epidemic? Taking coffee, which has nearly zero calories, and adding sugar, cream, caramel, chocolate, etc., and your drink suddenly has 1/4 of your recommended calorie intake for the day.

  • David Greenberg

    If trump loses or is thrown out and is no longer useful, just for shits and grins and because he is already a sadist, I can see Putin releasing everything he has on trump.

  • Nefercat

    “No notes were taken.”
    By the only American at the meeting. I think we can be pretty sure that Putin has recordings of that meeting.

  • muselet

    For what it’s worth, Juan Colesays Transparency International is being entirely too generous toward the US: Cole says the US should rank not 22nd but 194th in the world.


    • mnpollio

      That sounds about right.