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Thoughts and Prayers

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Rob Rogers)

In other news, Trump campaign data firm Cambridge Analytica has admitted that they reached out to Wikileaks for Democratic emails after they began working for the Trump campaign.

Meanwhile, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has dropped out of its joint fundraising agreement with child predator Roy Moore.

Finally, as you might imagine, it looks like Trump's big trade deal with China is mostly smoke and mirrors.

However, as is often the case during state visits, many of the deals were packaged as “non-binding” agreements, gave scant details or rolled over existing tie-ups, helping pump up the headline figure.

“I am somewhat skeptical of such a large number,” Alex Wolf, senior emerging markets economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments, told the Reuters Global Markets Forum, adding that the overall tone of the visit so far had been “positive”.

“I suspect they might be primarily MOUs (memorandum of understandings) instead of actual contracts and the actual contract amount may be substantially less.” [...]

“Interesting to see how many of those are past agreements/purchase orders repackaged. Beijing is a master of selling the same agreement 10 times,” former Mexican ambassador to China Jorge Guajardo posted on Twitter.

This all may sound familiar because Trump announced a similar package of deals with Saudi Arabia after he visited that country, but it was mostly fake. The meat of Trump's "deals" were negotiated before he even ran for office and they weren't approved by Congress.

  • And, as we all know, Republican voters will give him credit regardless.

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