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Trump: Obama was grossly incompetent

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Trump later thanked Obama and Biden on Twitter, where he wrote that their actions just helped his campaign.

 

Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, stated that his predecessor Barack Obama was very incompetent. He said that as a response to Obama’s indirect criticism, that he does not know how to manage the country during a crisis.

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On Saturday, Obama said that this pandemic, more than anything else, showed how many in public office don’t know what they are doing. And he added that some of them even don’t pretend to know.

 

After Obama’s speech, which Trump didn’t see, he only said that Obama was an incompetent president.

 

But Obama never directly mentioned Trump in his speech, but the current president is still trying to prove himself better than the previous president Obama.

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Trump attacks Obama a lot, just like he attacked him and Joe Biden last week.

 

President Trump claimed that Obama and Biden knew that the FBI was investigating Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor. The latter later admitted in 2017 that he lied to the FBI about talks with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

 

Recently, the state’s attorney, William Barr, dismissed the case against Flynn, but the federal judge to whom the case was assigned could pronounce a verdict.

 

Trump accuses the previous administration of spying on Flynn, a member of his election committee, of compromising his campaign, which Trump called “Obamagate,” alluding to the Watergate affair, when the seat of the Democratic Party was eavesdropped on during the term of Republican President Richard Nixon.

 

He called the investigation against Flynn “the biggest political deception in history”, in an interview with Fox News.

 

“It’s all Obama to you. It’s all Biden. These people are corrupt. The whole thing is corrupt, and we caught them,” Trump said.

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Trump later thanked Obama and Biden on Twitter and wrote that their actions were helping his campaign. He also said that they are the reason why he is in the White House.

 

Trump has also repeatedly pointed out that Obama is partly responsible for the crisis caused by the coronavirus, due to the inadequate response to the swine flu epidemic.

Obama Would Handle Coronavirus Pandemic Better Than Trump

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A new poll discovered that a majority of voters would prefer President Barack Obama to run the nation during the coronavirus pandemic than current President Trump. However, Americans remain deeply divided over their chosen leadership amidst the outbreak that has spread to more than 400,000 across the country.

According to Politico, 52% of Americans think that Obama would do a better job in the current crisis. Only 38% think that Trump would handle it better in a sample of 1,990 voters. When presented with a choice between Trump and Bide, 44% picked the current president, a sign that doesn’t bode well for the Democratic nominee.

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Obama has largely left the public attention since he departed from the Whitehouse but has become more active on social media since the outbreak. He endorsed Senator Elisabeth Warren’s plan for fighting the pandemic and also criticized Trump’s approach, something he rarely does.

Trump has been the target of critics for his slow reaction to the outbreak, something he denies doing. He also had a phone conversation with Biden regarding the handling of the crisis. “I laid out what I thought he should be doing,” Biden commented on the call Tuesday on CNN. “I laid out four or five specific points that I thought were necessary. I indicated that it is about taking responsibility, and being the commander in chief, taking on the responsibility.”

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Trump claimed that he had a “wonderful, warm conversation” with Biden.

“It was a very nice conversation,” he added. “He gave me his point of view and I fully understood that.”

Not everyone agrees that Trump is handling the outbreak correctly. The Washington Post recently published a scathing article on the White House’s reaction. “From the Oval Office to the CDC, political and institutional failures cascaded through the system and opportunities to mitigate the pandemic were lost,” the article states.

Easter Eggs that Look Like Celebrities

Easter is close, and people are always finding new ways to enjoy and celebrate during this great holiday. While a lot of places are being decorated with all those eggs and bunnies, it is also popular to include celebrities in this celebration.

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Easter is to decorate the eggs with various combinations. Designing them to look like some of the celebrities is also very interesting, and here we can see some of the best creations.

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For example, the Beatles, Easter Egg version, where we also have small guitars and stage along with all of the members. Michael Jackson was also shown on one of the eggs, and that honor also belongs to popular British football player David Beckham.

Furthermore, many other creations represent celebrities and important people from the world, like Barack Obama, Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, or pop icons like Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears.

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We can also see Easter eggs painted to represent popular characters from movies, like the Joker, Scarface, Wizard of Oz, Star Wars characters like Chewbacca and Yoda, the Simpsons, and many more.

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The Truth about Sasha Obama

Ever since Barack Obama took office in 2009, Sasha Obama was known simply as the president’s daughter. She grew up in the public eye, and also under extreme protection. Because of that, we can say that her childhood was anything but ordinary. However, she did have several moments over the years that other teens can relate too.

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There is more to know about Sasha than just her father. The little girl who used to live in the White House is not so little anymore. And now when she is all grown up, she is doing big things.

Even though people of the United States and the world have seen her through the years, there are still several things you don’t know about her. Now we will take a closer look at some of the unexpected facts about Obama.

1. Sasha is not her real name

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We first met Sasha during Barack Obama’s race for the White House. She was only seven years old. Did you know that Sasha is not her real name? Sasha is actually short for Natasha. We are mind blown.

2. She had a childhood scare

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“Sasha got meningitis when she was three months old,” the President revealed. “I still remember going to the hospital together, and they had to give her a spinal tap.” Meningitis is a serious, life-threatening disease, so it is normal that he was concerned.

“Your world narrows to this very small point,” he added. “There’s one thing you care about, and you don’t care about anything else.” Fortunately, Sasha recovered completely.

3. She is a huge Ryan Reynolds fan

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There is a photo in which Sasha meets Reynolds with her sister Malia. Obama’s joy at the meeting was obvious.

4. She worked as a waitress

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Like many teens who end the school year, Obama found herself a summer job. She worked at Nancy’s, a seafood restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Strange Sleep Habits of 5 American Presidents

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Being the president of the United States is honorable as it is tasking. The word POTUS, (President of the United States), is no doubt one of the most respected names in the world.

Apart from being the most important and feared leader in the free world, the POTUS also happens to be human, not superhuman. To manage all the weight of the world, they require the recommended 7 – 8 hours of sleep to function normally, but this is not always the case.

From waking up earlier than sunrise to jumping from meetings around the world, it’s not a surprise that past and present American Presidents have had to manage peculiar sleeping habits. Here we look at the strange sleeping habits of five American Presidents.

Surviving On Little Sleep

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To make sure that all the daily business is attended to promptly, American Presidents, like President Barack Obama, are known to have stayed up until the early hours of the morning. Of course, Obama was not the first POTUS to do this, but he had an interesting way of keeping up with this routine like clockwork. He never set the alarm while in the White House, thanks to the everyday wake-up call he received from the White House phone operator at 7am, after retiring around 1am.

Waking up earlier than the medically suggested 8 hours can take a toll on just about any person, let alone the POTUS with more responsibilities. No wonder many presidents finish their tenure in the office looking older than their peers.

Popping Sleeping Pills

Having a sleeping disorder and being the POTUS is rarely heard in the same sentence, but as shockingly as it may sound, past American Presidents have a history of popping sleeping pills to get a decent amount of sleep.

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William Taft, the 27th president of the US, had sleep apnea, which caused him to snore loudly and he was rumored to doze off during meetings. To keep this sleep disorder in check, he had to rely on sleeping pills.You can find out more about this sleep disorder, and safer treatment methods here.  

When it comes to sleeping pills, President George W. Bush also used them to squeeze in hours of rest whenever he could, especially during flight time. He was reported to take naps while on Air Force One, but he may have had some help with sleeping pills. Of course, there is no way of telling if Bush was just sick of the torturous long-haul flights or he merely took advantage of the quietness of thousands of miles above sea level to catch up on his beauty rest.

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Snoring Loudly

All Americans loved president Theodore Roosevelt for his policies and character; however, he will undoubtedly go down in history as a notorious snorer. There is no evidence proving that Roosevelt had sleep apnea or used pills to control his snoring. The job of POTUS is very stressful, and stress is a symptom of snoring. So, you can understand if President Roosevelt couldn’t help but let his symptoms show.

Once, he was transferred to a separate floor at the hospital because his loud snores were keeping every other patient awake.

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Regular Napping

If there are any benefits linked to taking naps, then President Ronald Reagan benefited greatly. Napping is known to increase creativity, alertness, reduce stress, and several other advantages anyone would want to have. Ronald Reagan might have taken this practice a tad bit to the extreme; though, he was not the only president with a knack for regular naps.

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President Calvin Coolidge was reported to get more than 11 hours of rest every day, way more than most adults manage to get – president or not! Even though Coolidge seemed to have enjoyed his time subconscious rather than awake, he also lost his 16-year-old son. There would be no telling if he slept so often due to depression.

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While the lack of proper sleep can cause you to be in a depressive state, it is not the only factor to cause depression. Constant deprivation of sleep will accelerate your risk of getting depressed, causing a drop in your energy level. Depression causes hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness), which was common with President Coolidge.

Super Early Starts

If you ever wondered how President Donald Trump seems to have extra time on his hands replying to every Tweet directed at him, then you should also know that it may be thanks to Trump’s daily routine of getting out of bed very early. He is reported to manage only about 4 hours of sleep. No! President Trump does not rely on coffee or energy boosters to run the country, but he is always so full of energy and vigor.

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Caffeine can boost your performance in several ways, but it can also destroy your internal body clock. So while you can depend on a cup of coffee to keep you away from sleeping, ensure that you don’t rely on it and the recommended amount of daily sleep.

Putin And Erdogan Condemn Trump For Leaving Iran Deal

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During a telephone call on Thursday, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan agreed that the move to step out of Iran deal was wrong on the US part. The news was shared by a Turkish source close to the president.

The second subject of their conversation was the escalation of tensions in Syria, which started immediately after America’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear agreement.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump said that the deal might have lowered Iran’s chances to create nuclear weapons, but it didn’t remove its threat to the United States and its allies in the Middle East. The deal was signed in 2015, and since then, Iran’s nuclear facilities were monitored by European and American nuclear inspectors.

On May 9th this year, Trump pulled the US from the deal while at the same time imposing sanctions on this Middle East country. America is alone in this move as European allies want to honor the agreement, believing that the manner in which the US pulled out could cause a crisis in this region, and even lead to another war.

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The agreement was imagined as a mean to prevent Iran from collecting enriched uranium which would, in the long run, stop them from creating an atomic bomb. In return, The US would reduce the sanctions on Iran and help them economically. Trump talked down the deal signed by Barack Obama calling it ‘disastrous’ and ’embarrassment.’ In addition to stepping out of the agreement, POTUS plans on imposing harsh sanctions on Iran once again. Every country that tries to aid Iran in making atomic weapons will receive the same treatment.

His explanation for leaving the deal is the following: “At the point when the US had maximum leverage, this disastrous deal gave this regime — and it’s a regime of great terror — many billions of dollars, some of it in actual cash, a great embarrassment to me as a citizen. If I allowed this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Everyone would want their weapons ready by the time Iran had theirs.”

Despite the US leaving the pact, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said that his country plans on honoring the deal if all of the other nations that signed it continue to show commitment to it. In addition to America, Germany, and France other world powers that signed the agreement include China and Russia both of which intend to respect the terms.

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These Are Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Moves

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After President Donald Trump walked away from Iran nuclear deal, it’s clear that he has an idea of what kind of foreign policy he wants to lead. So far he showed a desire to break contracts, not to sign them. Staying true to his campaign promises his first day in the office was marked by a withdrawal from 12-member trade agreement signed by Barack Obama.

President Trump claims that TPP which hasn’t even taken effect yet is a bad deal which unfairly treats the United States and leaves them exposed to competition. All other nations have already signed the agreement and seemed ready to work based on what was arranged.

But, eleven months after his first day in the White House, Donald Trump had the time to think this deal over and had a change of heart. Eleven nations who signed the agreement, besides the US, decided to move on without America, but now, President Trump is ready to join them once again if they are prepared to accept a couple of changes imposed by the US.

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The North American Trade Agreement which was signed 24-years ago was called a ‘disaster’ and ‘worst trade deal maybe ever’ by the current president. Trump tried to renegotiate the terms during the last year but stayed away from withdrawal.

All of the three parties involved (Canada, Mexico, US) are trying to change the deal, but they found more that one stumbling rock, and are no closer to having an improved arrangement. The US wants to have more share on Mexican and Canadian markets especially on the automobile industry, and both countries are opposing to this.

Because of this, the future of this pact remains uncertain. During the years that this deal was in power, trade between countries flourished, but some industries have seen a decline.

Another agreement that saw the United States withdrawing from under the leadership of Donald Trump is the Paris deal which is committed to fighting global warming. This agreement was signed by Barack Obama before it was scrapped by Trump in 2017. After pulling out of Paris deal, Trump stated that the US would be opened to renegotiation, but no actions have been taken towards it. Even without the US, there are more than 190 nations who have signed and are fine with the terms.

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One of the more controversial decisions made by Trump during his tenure in the White House was when he decided to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This move was condemned by the international community because Palestinians are looking to make east Jerusalem the capital of their future state. Washington officials announced that they would move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, which will coincide with 70th anniversary of the creation of Israeli country.

One of the focal points of his foreign policy was exchanging insults with North Korean president Kim Jong Un before taking a complete U-turn and declaring that two of them will meet at an international summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The meeting will happen even after Kim endangered Japan and South Korea with constant ballistic missiles tests. But, as a sign of good will, NK released three US citizens that were imprisoned there. Kim already met with the president of SK Moon in DMZ. The meeting with Trump will occur in coming weeks.

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Regarding the Middle East, Trump stated that US troops should ‘get out’ of Syria, but US Army officials noted that the army will remain and that the fight against Islamic State will continue. He also ordered a cruise missiles fire on the Syrian military targets after they were accused of using chemical weapons. The last of this attacks were in April, with the aid of US allies France and Germany.

POTUS was and still is an enemy of the Iran deal which he described as insane. Trump even stepped out of agreement although European allies refused to do so. He is adamant in putting Iran under sanctions and punish them economically until they accept to change few things in the agreement. Donald Trump wants that ban on Iran’s use of enriched uranium becomes permanent. The current terms are limiting them till 2025.

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A Review of Obama’s Asia Pivot Strategy

First mentioned after Hilary Clinton’s article America’s Pacific Century, in Foreign Policy, Asia Pivot has quickly become a very popular buzzword among American politicians. It encompassed the new approach to the deployment of American diplomatic and military power, with East Asia and Pacific becoming a new focal point.

Mrs. Clinton, the newly appointed Secretary of State, correctly observed several keynotes on Pacific theater. More than half of the world’s population lived in the area, and some of the strongest economic powers are located there as well. She proposed that such an environment presents an excellent opportunity for American investments which could fuel the region’s economic welfare into the new century, and all that under American leadership of course.

She states that “open markets in Asia provide the United States with unprecedented opportunities for investment, trade, and access to cutting-edge technology. Our economic recovery at home will depend on exports and the ability of American firms to tap into the vast and growing consumer base of Asia. Strategically, maintaining peace and security across the Asia-Pacific is increasingly crucial to global progress, whether through defending freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, countering the nuclear proliferation efforts of North Korea, or ensuring transparency in the military activities of the region’s key players.”

She proposed to achieve this by following six courses of action: strengthening bilateral security alliances; deepening America’s relationships with rising powers, including China; engaging with regional multilateral institutions; expanding trade and investment; forging a broad-based military presence; and advancing democracy and human rights.

The elephant in the room was China. Many experts claimed that the Asia Pivot is in fact just a new name for China containment strategy, aimed at encroaching it and cutting it off from potential allies. Mrs. Clinton was first to deny this, claiming that confrontation is not the only option when dealing with China and that Washington and Beijing must find a way to cooperate for the benefit of not their own nations, but the entire globe.

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Diplomatically speaking, America managed to create some new ties in the region, but its main allies Japan and South Korea refused to engage in deeper military obligation Washington proposed. On the other hand, Vietnam was elevated to the status of strategic partner, according to Mrs. Clinton, a move that caused some friction with Beijing. She also managed to draw junta in Myanmar into negotiations, which was universally hailed as a positive move. Relationship with another important America ally, the Philippines, took a nose dive with the election of President Rodrigo Duterte, who threaten to expel US forces from his country.

The most important part of Asia Pivot was military redeployment and strengthening of American military assets in the region. The naval presence was increased by one carrier, seven destroyers, ten littoral combat ships, and two submarines. Additionally, the region would gain priority in the procurement of the new fifth-generation fighters, for both allies and American forces. In total, some 60% of US Navy would be deployed in Pacific, a 10% increase from earlier.

Asia Pivot strategy received mixed comments. Some argued that it was a move long overdue, like Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister of Australia at the time. He said that “without such a move, there was a danger that China, with its hard-line, realist view of international relations, would conclude that an economically exhausted United States was losing its staying power in the Pacific.”

Others weren’t so positive towards Obama’s policy. Robert S. Ross, an Associate at the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, suggested that such policy only “unnecessarily compounds Beijing’s insecurities and will only feed China’s aggressiveness, undermine regional stability, and decrease the possibility of cooperation between Beijing and Washington.”

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The Chinese were also less than thrilled with the whole concept. Former President Hu Jintao said: “[The United States has] strengthened its military deployments in the Asia-Pacific region, strengthened the US-Japan military alliance, strengthened strategic cooperation with India, improved relations with Vietnam, inveigled Pakistan, established a pro-American government in Afghanistan, increased arms sales to Taiwan, and so on. They have extended outposts and placed pressure points on us from the east, south, and west.”

While Mr. Trump’s policy on Asia is still largely unknown, the current steps indicate that confrontation with China remains his first option.