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    Remarkably incompetent, and certainly ,when it comes to foreign relations and diplomacy.

    This exchange between a reporter and State Department spokesman Robert Palladio on the missing Saudi dissident who may have been murdered in Istanbul, took place just yesterday, nearly 21 months into Donald Trump’s presidency:

    QUESTION: And then in terms of your high-level diplomatic talks, other than the calls you — other than the calls that you’ve read out here, presumably you have people on the ground in both Ankara, Istanbul — in Ankara, Istanbul, and Riyadh all pushing this, right?

    PALLADINO: Our embassies overseas, absolutely.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    PALLADINO: Our diplomatic mission overseas.

    QUESTION: Who again — what’s the name of the ambassador in Turkey right now?

    PALLADINO: I don’t have that in front of me right now and I — Matt —

    QUESTION: What’s the name of the ambassador in Saudi Arabia right now?

    PALLADINO: I see what you’re getting at. Okay. We are confident in our diplomatic —

    QUESTION: The answer is that you don’t have an ambassador in either place, right?

    PALLADINO: We —

    QUESTION: And in fact, the charge in Riyadh has now been nominated to be the ambassador to Yemen. So just is it correct that you do not have ambassadors in place in either Ankara or Riyadh?

    PALLADINO: But we have diplomatic staff, senior diplomatic officials —

    QUESTION: I’m sure you do.

    PALLADINO: — very much — very much in charge. And yesterday Heather spoke at the top as well about the need for the State Department to get its full team on the field, and we definitely would reiterate our request for our colleagues in the Senate and their assistance in fielding our full camp.

    QUESTION: Understood. Who has been nominated to be the new ambassador to Turkey, and who has been nominated to be the new ambassador to Saudi Arabia? Who are the nominees who are awaiting Senate movement?

    PALLADINO: Matt, I don’t have that in front of me right now. And — but let me just say these are senior Foreign Service officers that have had full careers and we’re confident in our team’s ability.

    QUESTION: You’re sure someone’s been nominated for both positions?

    As you might have guessed, no one has been nominated for either position. Palladino apparently had no idea, despite the fact that the disappearance on the Saudi dissident threatens to become a major diplomatic crisis.

    The Washington Post notes that just half of the State Department positions requiring Senate confirmation are filled.
    "Reason and facts are sacrificed to opinion and myth. Demonstrable falsehoods are circulated and recycled as fact. Narrow minded opinion refuses to be subjected to thought and analysis. Too many now subject events to a prefabricated set of interpretations, usually provided by a biased media source. The myth is more comfortable than the often difficult search for truth."







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    Absolutely consistent with this clown show... My Private Oval Office Press Conference With Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Kelly, and Mike Pompeoy

    Trump’s decision-making style is such that, up until the moment something begins happening, you can’t trust that it’ll happen.
    “Dumb luck” was the phrase one administration official used to explain Kelly’s endurance. The president can only focus his anger or frustrations for so long before he moves onto the next thing. Meaning, if someone is plotting to get rid of Kelly, convincing the president to concentrate on the idea that he’s a problem matters more than whether or not he actually is a problem.
    This is where Kelly is helped by the fact that his enemies are even more inept than they believe he is. “When the president says, I need you to leave, Kelly just ignores him,” the administration official said. “I think the president just doesn’t know who to call to fire him. Normally if the president wanted to fire somebody, he would call Kelly to do it. But there’s nobody else to call.”
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    I was a job interview last Friday. I made certain I'd read up and knew the answers to questions I might be asked.

    This OP is astounding.

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    I think this goes along with how gullible and stupid the administration thinks the general public is.
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    Diplomats become unnecessary when one does not believe in diplomacy.
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    Trump is doing beautifully.





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    How many is a brazillion? He's at least that incompetent...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoez View Post
    I think this goes along with how gullible and stupid the administration thinks the general public is.
    well every once in a while trump does get something right
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    How many is a brazillion? He's at least that incompetent...
    A bazillion has 5 elevens on the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    well every once in a while trump does get something right
    That's not Trump, that's twitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    How many is a brazillion? He's at least that incompetent...
    I thought that was when something was shaved away to next to nothing. Oops no, that's a Brazilian, my bad
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    I don't think we'll truly know how incompetent until years after he's left the white house. My hope is that whoever comes after him is a skillful enough diplomat to pick up the pieces effectively. I have my doubts about that though.
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    Haley says Jared is a genius. Funny she is leaving while proven she may be the only one who understands the political stakes around Trump.

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    Aus. does not have a US Ambassador at present, unless the Obama appointment is still hanging about 'unofficially". It has been suggested that this is a good thing.

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    Australia, is that somewhere in South America? We have a team there, a great team. Top people. Brilliant, very experienced.

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    The bottom line answer to the question in the thread title is "Is Dolt 45 playing golf or not"
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    Ivanka had to teach him how to use a condom?

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    Can you imagine what a nightmare this administration would be if they were competent?
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    Michael Lewis's newest book 'The Fifth Risk" goes in depth into the incompetence of this administration. Review here: https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/boo...-michael-lewis
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoez View Post
    I think this goes along with how gullible and stupid the administration thinks the general public is.
    The BIG question is, are they right? Has America noticed ?
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    US votes against UN resolution condemning gay sex death penalty, joining Iraq and Saudi Arabia

    America one of 13 countries on Human Rights Council to oppose historic vote






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    This is how you consolidate power. Those ambassadors and representatives aren't needed. It cna all be done by people closest to the President.
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    Unless voters act on my signature, we are doomed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    This is how you consolidate power. Those ambassadors and representatives aren't needed. It cna all be done by people closest to the President.
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