World AM News Briefs For Monday, 11 June 2018
Good Morning Australia!! - Traditional Western Alliances are thrown into chaos because of "pathetic little man-child" Trump - Italy slams the door shut on 600 people plucked from the sea - A gunfight spills out into a wealthy neighborhood - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the orange clown Donald Trump have both arrived in Singapore in advance of what could be a historic, disastrous, or thoroughly worthless summit. Kim has already has met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon, and thanked him for hosting the meeting. Trump will meet with Lee on Monday, and the summit begins on Tuesday. We'll see if it goes any better than the absolute shyte-show that Trump caused at the Group of Seven (G7) trade meeting in Charlevoix, Canada.
The rift between the clown and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau grew to staggering proportions, as White House officials hit the Sunday morning news shows using language normally reserved for the precipice of all-out war to describe its closest neighbor and ally. "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door," said White House adviser Peter Navarro on Fox News. Meanwhile, Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trudeau had "really kind of stabbed us in the back" and that it was "a betrayal". Both men are former TV financial pundits who haven't exactly made big slashes in the administration after joining.
So, what did Trudeau actually do to set off the White House and cause the orange clown Donald Trump to rescind America's endorsement of the G7 summit final communique, after he had already left the Summit and was flying to Asia? Well, in a news conference on Saturday Trudeau said: "Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around," in reference to US trade sanctions. That's it. That's what he said. And the clown waited until he was going 500 miles and hour at 35,000 feet to respond.
After listening to the garbage coming out of the Trump administration on Sunday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said, "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks," and, "One thing that I give thanks for is that I'm not responsible for explaining the reasoning behind any comments made by the officials of any foreign government."
Europeans wasted no time in rebuking the White House for its abhorrent behavior, before and after the summit. "There is a special place in heaven for Justin Trudeau," tweeted European Council President Donald Tusk, "Canada, thank you for the perfect organization of G7!" It was a clear rebuke to Trump's advancement-seeking pundits. French President Emmanuel Macron said "international co-operation cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". But Trudeau's former foreign policy adviser Roland Paris might have summed it up best of all: "Big tough guy once he's back on his airplane. Can't do it in person, and knows it, which makes him feel weak. So he projects these feelings onto Trudeau and then lashes out at him. You don't need to be Freud. He's a pathetic little man-child."
And that is how the US enters negotiations with North Korea: As a weak, chicken-shyte, pathetic man-child.
Italy's new far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini has refused permission for a rescue ship to drop off more than 600 migrants picked up off Libya's coast. Complaining that "Malta takes in nobody, France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier with weapons", Salvini claimed Italy was saying "no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration". Salvini is the leader of the far-right League party, which is the junior partner in the new populist coalition brought into power partly because of unease over the vast numbers of refugees and immigrants pouring into Italy via Mediterranean Sea smuggling routes.
Fire raced through the building storing paper ballots from Iraq's disputed election, meaning that the recount is in doubt. The nationalist coalition of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a prominent opponent of the US presence in the country, came in first in last month's election. The alliance of US-backed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came in third place and ordered the recount, but now there can be no recount so hmmmmmmmmmm. The outgoing parliament speaker said the election should be redone, and blamed arson for the ballot fire.
Police in Rio De Janeiro found the bodies of six people at the foot of the famed Sugarloaf Mountain, likely drug gang members who got into running gun battles with security forces in the upscale Urca neighborhood over the weekend. The violence trapped about a hundred tourists at the top of the Sugarloaf Cable Car. Although violence is increasing right alongside rising inequality in Brazil under the un-elected coup government of President Michel Temer, it rarely spills out of the Favelas into wealthier areas, and this is the first such drug gang shoot out in Urca - ordinarily, the safest place in Rio with two military installations.