American Political Commentary is as Amusing as It Is Dangerous For the World
Today, head of the Pentagon James Mattis called on the US Army to be ready for a military solution to the North Korea problem. Sounds scary. It's not the first and, most likely, not the last aggressive statement of US authorities. And the degree of such attacks in the exterior will increase as President Trump gains more domestic problems. And so far all's quiet on the interior front. Our correspondent Alexander Khristenko is reporting from Washington on the continuously growing divisions in the US society.
The main arena for political battles was again Twitter. Donald Trump used tweets to attack his ex-ally Republican senator Bob Corker. Trump desperately needs votes in the Senate to endorse his ambitious tax reform plan. But Corker decided not to stand for re-election, which triggered the presidential tweet-anger.
Although Trump's version of the conflict is quite different: «Senator Bob Corker „begged“ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee I said „NO“ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said „NO THANKS.“ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran deal!»
In response, Corker directly hinted at Trump's ineptness as the US president: «It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center».
Prior to this, the senator had said that Trump's presidency could lead to a third world war, and he was ruling America as if it were a reality show.
Only Hollywood can eclipse Washington scandals. One of the most influential producers Harvey Weinstein was fired from his own company over sexual harassment allegations. According to the New York Times, for decades, producer of Pulp Fiction, The Lord of the Rings and hundreds of other films realized quite a different scenario behind the scenes.
He invited young women to a business meeting in a hotel lobby, but waited in the room. There he met an actress naked or offered to give him a massage or asked to watch him taking a shower. The ones that refused, didn't get the part.
It is possible that the scandal will affect those who play the political roles. Weinstein is one of the largest sponsors of the democratic party.
National sport got involved in a political scandal too. During the anthem, in the presence of the vice-president, American football players pointedly kneeled on one knee to protest against the infringement of the rights of African Americans. Mike Pence left the game, calling it disrespect for the country, the anthem, and the flag.
«Stand when the anthem is playing, or stay at home», Jerry Jones, owner of Dallas Cowboys club, put forward this ultimatum to the players. He warned that everyone who wouldn't act appropriately during the anthem, would be removed from the games.
All bets are off in the game between America and Turkey. The State Department suspended the issuance of American non-immigrant visas to the Turks after an employee of the US Consulate General, a Turkish citizen, was arrested in Istanbul. He was accused of participating in an attempted coup d'état in July 2016.
Turkey responded tit-for-tat. It also stopped issuing visas to the Americans. And the Prosecutor General issued a warrant of arrest for another employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul on the same charges. Now, upon the explicit consent of the American side, he's hiding on the territory of the diplomatic mission. to avoid arrest.
Alexander Khristenko, Nikolai Koskin, Elena Sokolova for Vesti from the USA.