Bultn, at least you are not screaming at us like your stool sidekick MTBE. Hows the Rioting going over there in Europe? You morons are about to unleash a living hell upon yourselves and you think Americans are idiots for voting Trump in?
Bultn(Europes) liberal bleeding heart for the immigrants is going to get a crash course in Sharia Law. Turning a blind eye to the facts is suicidal.
Have fun with them because they are NOT coming here. Trumps brilliant.
By John Lee.
Russia’s Lukoil and Japan’s Inpex have successfully completed the testing of the first exploratory well, Eridu 1, at Block 10 in Basra governorate.
The well recorded a daily flow rate of more than 1,000 cubic meters of sweet oil from Mishrif horizon, confirming geological expectations of a large hydrocarbon field presence within the Block 10 contract area.
Geological exploration at the block is in progress: work program for 2017 includes the drilling and testing of an appraisal well Eridu 2.
Lukoil has a 60-percent stake in Block 10, with Inpex owning 40 percent.
(Sources: Lukoil, Inpex, Ministry of Oil)
(Picture: Seismic study at Block 10)
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By John Lee.
Iraq’s*Ministry of Oil has announced the offering of a new investment refinery in Basra province.
The facility at Fao city will have a capacity of 300 thousand barrels/ day, and will be capable of being extended to produce the petrochemicals.
(Source: Ministry of Oil)
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By John Lee.
Qatar-based Ooredoo has announced that its Iraqi unit Asiacell has maintained its No.1 revenue market share position, but its revenues have fallen 14 percent:
In its FY 2016 Earnings Statement the company said:
“Despite economic and political challenges in Iraq, Asiacell maintained its revenue and data market leadership. Asiacell successfully reactivated service and rolled out its 3G network to stabilised areas of Iraq. Customer numbers increased by 11% to reach 12 million.
Impacted by the overall challenging business environment and the introduction of a sales tax in August 2015, Asiacell’s FY 2016 Revenue decreased 14% to QAR 4.2 billion, down from QAR 4.9 billion. *
“Due to cost optimisation initiatives EBITDA was less impacted, registering QAR 1.9 billion at 2016, down 10% over 2015.“
Earlier this week, rival mobile telco Zain announced an 11-percent decline in revenues.
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Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP), operator of the Shaikan Field in Iraqi Kurdistan, has said the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is to begin exporting all Shaikan crude production via trucks to Turkey, from the end of February.
Subsequently, no Shaikan crude will be injected into the Kirkuk-Ceyhan export pipeline at Fishkhabour, until further notice by the MNR. The Company has been informed that the new arrangement is required by the MNR for its overall crude oil export quality management and is expected to be temporary. It is not expected to affect Shaikan production levels.
Under the new arrangement, the MNR has confirmed to Gulf Keystone that the economic benefit to the Company will be the same as that of the previous framework, whereby all Shaikan crude was exported via pipeline to Ceyhan.
The MNR has also confirmed its intention to take full responsibility, at its sole cost on a non-rechargeable basis, for the additional transportation costs related to this new export route arrangement, and that the Company will continue to receive a fixed payment of gross $15 million per month for sales of the crude. This agreement will remain subject to future audit and reconciliation.
Gulf Keystone continues its ongoing discussions with the MNR regarding commercial and contractual conditions, in particular those around a regular and timely payment cycle, and long-term crude marketing arrangements.
Subject to further clarity on these points, the Company looks forward to making further investments to maintain at least plateau production at nameplate capacity of 40,000 bopd, with a view to increasing to 55,000 bopd as soon as possible.
*Jón Ferrier, Chief Executive Officer, said:
“This new export route arrangement confirms there is a market for Shaikan crude as a standalone product while also ensuring Gulf Keystone, and our partner MOL, remain financially and commercially neutral under this arrangement.
“We continue an active dialogue with the MNR to achieve satisfactory commercial and contractual clarity around payments and marketing which remain key to achieving production growth and realising full value potential.“
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Iraqi forces are advancing into western Mosul and making steady gains in efforts to liberate the area from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
The ISIS-controlled area is “shrinking steadily with each passing day,” Air Force Col. John Dorrian told Pentagon reporters in a news briefing from Baghdad.
“The main effort is to isolate the remaining enemy remnants in the west part of Mosul,” he said, noting the terrorists will “either surrender or they’re going to be killed there.”
Iraqi forces have encountered moderate resistance in their approach, Dorrian said.
The coalition continues to pound ISIS targets in precision strikes, destroying 23 ISIS mortar and artillery pieces in the first three days of operation, he said. That is setting the conditions for Iraqi forces to retake the Mosul airport and begin moving toward more dense urban terrain, the colonel said.
“Conditions have been set for ISIS’s defeat through their significant effort to reduce their command and control, their weapons and their financial resources,” Dorrian said.
‘Extraordinarily Difficult Fight’ Expected
He commended the Iraqi forces for their progress, but noted they have a number of challenges ahead of them. Those challenges include the tedious and extremely dangerous task of clearing each of the more than 100,000 buildings in west Mosul, Dorrian said.
The narrow streets in the oldest parts of the city will make it difficult for the Iraqis to move their vehicles, he said, but that also means the terrorists will not be able to move vehicle-borne explosive devices.
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From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Iraqi forces consolidate their positions after blasting their way to the southern edge of Mosul in an assault Baghdad and its partners hope will spell the doom of the jihadist “caliphate”.
Iraqi forces backed by jets and gunships have retaken Al-Buseif, a village which IS had used as its main base south of Mosul, says Brigadier General Abbas al-Juburi, of the Rapid Response force:
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U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.
Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements in Syria:
Near Raqqa, 10 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions and three tactical vehicles; and damaged two bridges.
Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes destroyed seven modular oil refineries, two workover oil rigs and a pump jack.
Near Palmyra, four strikes destroyed a tactical vehicle, a heavy machine gun and a pump jack and damaged a tank.
Strikes in Iraq
Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 57 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
Near Baghdad, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 11 vehicles, a front-end loader and a weapons cache; and damaged a bridge.
Near Mosul, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed three mortar systems, three vehicles, two improvised bombs, two command-and-control nodes, a supply cache, an artillery system, a front-end loader, an excavator, a tactical vehicle and a medium machine gun; damaged 13 supply routes and a tunnel; and suppressed 13 mortar teams and an artillery team.
Near Rawah, a strike engaged two ISIS staging areas and an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an anti-air artillery system and a storage facility.
Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an excavator and a vehicle-borne bomb.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.
The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.
Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.
The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.
(Source: US Dept of Defense)
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The conclusion of the qualifying session for the certification of a specialist anti-money laundering
February 23, 2017
Concluded on Thursday, businessman qualifying session for certification specialist anti-money laundering and terrorism financing organized by the Iraqi private banks association in cooperation with Iraqna training ACAMS.
Participants who Mthelo number of Iraqi and Arab private banks and the Central Bank and the Rafidain Bank and remittance companies and numbered 38 trainees have received over the five days of lectures in the field of combating terrorism and the financing of terrorism and ways to detect at the hands of teachers qualified instructors received.
It should be noted that the parties participating in the session is the (Iraqi Central Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Noor Iraq, through Iraq, Mediterranean, Credit Libanais, the Pearl of the financial transfer company, Spectrum Company financial convertible, United Bank, Fransabank, Iraqi investment, Zain Iraq, the Muslim south, Huda, Arabic, Assyria, and the Warka Bank for international confidence).
After the deployment, executive director of the Association of Tariq Ali certificates of appreciation between the trainees and the prohibition of the closing ceremony of a representative of the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq on the Keywords director of public relations at the bank Fadel Jassem and a number of banks in the profile officials.
MTBE- Blah, Blah, Blah. Nobody reads your cra-. Your profile picture has become you spewing fake news propaganda while you are screaming at all the board members. I bet you sit on your fat as- all day watching liberal trash. It is brain washing that meatloaf brain of yours. You regurgitate the liberal news the very thing that propelled Trump into office. Americans are tired of the Republican and Democrat lies.
The sad thing is you have offered no proof in anything you have posted.
Trump is not going anywhere. Blah, Blah, Blah.
Trump has a problem: Americans increasingly think he's incompetent
Josh Barro,Business Insider 5 hours ago
Donald Trump has already set a record for being the most unpopular new president since the invention of telephone polling. But I don't think job approval is the poll number Trump should be most worried about.
If I were him, I'd be worrying about the question the Quinnipiac University poll was asking about my leadership skills.
In a new Quinnipiac survey, out on Wednesday, only 42% of voters said they think Trump is a good leader, and 55% said he's not.
Trump's big thing is supposed to be leadership — he's the business guy, he hires the best people, and he knows how to shake things up in Washington and make America great again. Right?
In November, shortly after the election, 56% of respondents told Quinnipiac they thought Trump was a good leader, and only 38% said he wasn't. That's not too shabby for a guy who didn't even get the most votes.
But as Trump started actually doing stuff — running a transition, hiring people, issuing half-baked executive orders, firing his national security adviser after less than a month — the share of Americans willing to call him a good leader has steadily declined.
From 56% in November, it went to 49% in January, 47% earlier this month — and now 42%, or about 4 points less than his share of the popular vote.
In polling, you often analyze a question by measuring the difference between the share of respondents that gives the positive answer and the share that gives the negative one. By this measure, Trump was at plus-18 on the "good leader" question in November, and now he's at minus-13, a decline of 31 points in three months.
His term lasts another 47 months.
(Quinnipiac surveyed 1,323 adults in English or Spanish from February 16 to 21, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.)
You sound a lot like your puppet, Donaldof Trumpler.....
He attacked Muslim Gold Star parents - Trump’s retaliation against the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army officer who died while serving in the Iraq War was a clear low point in a campaign full of hateful rhetoric.
He claimed a judge was biased because “he’s a Mexican” - Trump implied that Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over a class action against the for-profit Trump University, could not fairly hear the case because of his Mexican heritage.
The Justice Department sued his company ― twice ― for not renting to black people - Trump was serving as the president of his family’s real estate company, the Trump Management Corporation, in 1973, the Justice Department sued the company for alleged racial discrimination against black people looking to rent apartments in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
In fact, discrimination against black people has been a pattern in his career -Workers at Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have accused him of racism over the years. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine.
He refused to condemn the white supremacists who are campaigning for him -Three times in a row on Feb. 28, Trump sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke, who told his radio audience last week that voting for any candidate other than Trump is “really treason to your heritage.”
He questions whether President Obama was born in the United States -Long before calling Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists,” Trump was a leading proponent of “birtherism,” the racist conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is thus an illegitimate president. Trump claimed in 2011 to have sent people to Hawaii to investigate whether Obama was really born there. He insisted at the time that the researchers “cannot believe what they are finding.”
He treats racial groups as monoliths -Like many racial instigators, Trump often answers accusations of bigotry by loudly protesting that he actually loves the group in question. But that’s just as uncomfortable to hear, because he’s still treating all the members of the group — all the individual human beings — as essentially the same and interchangeable. Language is telling, here: Virtually every time Trump mentions a minority group, he uses the definite article the, as in “the Hispanics,” “the Muslims” and “the blacks.”
He trashed Native Americans, too -In 1993, when Trump wanted to open a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would compete with one owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation, a local Native American tribe, he told the House subcommittee on Native American Affairs that “they don’t look like Indians to me... They don’t look like Indians to Indians.”
He encouraged the mob justice that resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of the Central Park Five -In 1989, Trump took out full-page ads in four New York City-area newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty in New York and the expansion of police authority in response to the infamous case of a woman who was beaten and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park.
He condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester -Trump supporters physically attacked an African-American protester after the man began chanting “Black lives matter.” Video of the incident shows the assailants kicking the man after he has already fallen to the ground.
He called supporters who beat up a homeless Latino man “passionate” -Trump’s racial incitement has already inspired hate crimes. Two brothers arrested in Boston last summer for beating up a homeless Latino man cited Trump’s anti-immigrant message when explaining why they did it.
He stereotyped Jews and shared an anti-Semitic meme created by white supremacists -When Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in December, he tried to relate to the crowd by invoking the stereotype of Jews as talented and cunning businesspeople.
He treats African-American supporters as tokens to dispel the idea he is racist -At a campaign appearance in California in June, Trump boasted that he had a black supporter in the crowd, saying “look at my African American over here.”
And last, news report from 1927 surfaced, revealing that Fred Trump was arrested that year following a KKK riot in Queens. It’s not clear exactly what the elder Trump was doing there or what role he may have played in the riot. Donald Trump, for his part, has categorically denied (except when he’s ambiguously denied) that anything of the sort ever happened.
Common Boy, you really can't be that stupid not to put together 1+1+2......
'Sinking like a rock': Trump's approval rating keeps plummeting
Jeremy Berke,Business Insider 4 hours ago
President Donald Trump received his lowest approval rating since he took office, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
Thirty-eight percent of voters in the latest Quinnipiac University poll said they approve of the job Trump is doing, down from a 42% approval rating in Quinnipiac's last poll on February 7.
The Quinnipiac poll shows a severe partisan split — 83% of Republicans said they approve of Trump's job performance, while 91% of Democrats disapprove.
"President Donald Trump's popularity is sinking like a rock," Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a release. "He gets slammed on honesty, empathy, level-headedness and the ability to unite. And two of his strong points, leadership and intelligence, are sinking to new lows.
"This is a terrible survey one month in," Malloy added.
Among the other results:
39% of voters surveyed said their opinion of Trump is favorable, while 55% said their opinion of him is unfavorable.
55% of voters surveyed said they think he does not have good leadership skills, while 42% said they think he does.
55% said they think he is not honest, while 40% said they think he is.
63% said they think he is not level-headed, while 33% said they think he is.
58% said they think he is doing "more to divide the nation."
38% said they could trust Trump to do what is right "almost all of the time."
Putin's puppet has no business in the Oval Office...he really needs to go back to Russia....maybe Putin will give him a job washing dishes or smelling his underwear....who knows what is really going on with those two....
Hey, Boy, you are forgetting something very important...
Go back and look at the interview he had with NBC'c Stone Phillips....but let me help you a little bit here..
At around the same time in October 1998, Trump ran through his then-current political positions with NBC‘s Stone Phillips:
Mr. TRUMP: I’d like to see major tax cuts.
PHILLIPS: Along the line, for what the Republicans are talking about —eight hundred billion or so? Would you go that far?
Mr. TRUMP: Along the lines of that number, yes, approximately at that number, and could even be more.
PHILLIPS: Health care?
Mr. TRUMP: liberal on health care, we have to take care of people that are sick.
PHILLIPS: Universal health coverage?
Mr. TRUMP: I like universal, we have to take care, there’s nothing else. What’s the country all about if we’re not going to take care of our sick?
Mr. TRUMP: I hate the concept of abortion. I hate anything about abortion, and yet, I’m totally for choice. I think you have no alternative.
PHILLIPS: Gun control? Where do you stand on that?
Mr. TRUMP: If you could tell me that the bad guys, the criminals, wouldn’t have guns, I’d be a hundred percent for gun control. But the fact is, if you have gun control, the only people that are going to obey the laws, are going to be the good guys. So the bad guys are going to have the guns, the good guys aren’t going to have the guns, and what good does that do us? So, I’m not in favor of it.
But hey, in your world of "alternative facts"...there is a whole bunch of "fake news"...so who knows....
But I will tell you..you have a puppet in the Oval Office, placed by his master, Putin...and you are nothing but a blind follower with the palms up begging for crumbs. If you were to have your eyes opened, you will realized that this puppet has fooled everyone in America....including you.
I had gotten all of my stock including Warka put in my name before they had all of these problems. So, if they really are in my name, and they cannot sell them would it be to their advantage to sell these and get the commission, even if I took the money out they would get another cut there. Of course it could all be a shell game where they never really converted them to my name, and they sold them and kept the money. Anything is possible it seems. Money I had in accounts I have pretty much figured is gone. Maybe when ISIS is kicked out of Iraq they will reward the Sunnis and throw Warka a bone.
Remnants of pipeline protest camp go up in flames
(Wolvie...are you going to blame the immigrants for this as well?......I won't be surprised if you do...)
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) -- Some of the last remnants of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp went up in flames Wednesday as campers set fire to makeshift wooden housing ahead of a government deadline to abandon the federal land that was the center of opposition to the project.
Burning the structures was part of a leaving ceremony, according to protesters. Many of them planned to go peacefully after fighting the pipeline for nearly a year, but authorities were prepared to arrest others who said they would defy the deadline in a final show of dissent.
About 150 people marched arm-in-arm out of the camp, singing and playing drums as they walked down a highway. It was not clear where they were headed. One man carried an American flag hung upside-down.
Others departed the soggy camp earlier in the day. Authorities sent buses to take protesters to Bismarck, where they were offered fresh clothing, bus fare home and food and hotel vouchers.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set a 2 p.m. Wednesday deadline for the camp to be cleared, citing the threat of spring flooding.
At the height of the protests, the site known as Oceti Sakowin hosted thousands of people, though its population dwindled to just a couple of hundred as the pipeline battle moved into the courts.
The camp is on federal land in North Dakota between the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the pipeline route that is being finished by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. When complete, the pipeline will carry oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.
Some of the remaining protesters were focused on moving off federal land and away from the flood plain into other camps, said Phyllis Young, one of the camp leaders.
A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppet (Part 3)Sean Illing What’s the long geopolitical play for Putin? What does he hope to gain from the disorder in America?
Mikhail Fishman The first thing he wants and needs is the symbolic legitimization of himself and Russia as a major superpower and world player that America has to do deal with as an equal. He wants to escape the isolation of Russia on the world stage, which was what the campaign in Syria was all about. Putin has grand ambitions for himself and for Russia, and nearly every move he makes is animated by this.
Sean Illing How much of this, from Putin’s perspective, is about discrediting democracy as such?
Mikhail Fishman He didn't believe Trump would win, so he was preparing to sell Clinton's victory as a fraud. And this is part of his broader message across the board, which is that democracy itself is flawed, broken, unjust. Putin actually believes this. He doesn't believe in democracy, and this is the worldview that he basically shares with Trump: that the establishment is corrupt and that the liberal world order is unjust.
Sean Illing But Putin’s interest in undermining democracies across the globe is about much more than his personal disdain for this form of government. He wants to point to the chaos in these countries and say to his domestic audience, “You see, democracy is a sham, and it doesn’t work anywhere.” That serves as a justification for his own anti-democratic policies. In the end, it’s about reinforcing his own power.
Mikhail Fishman That's true. But again, this what Putin really believes. He does not believe a true and just democracy exists anywhere. This is the worldview they've been spinning for years and they've really internalized it.
For Putin, this is very much a zero-sum game. The West is the enemy. America is the enemy. Whatever you can do to damage the enemy, you do it. The more unrest there is in America, the better positioned Russia is to work its will on the world stage. He wants to divide democratic and European nations in order to then play those divisions to his advantage.
Sean Illing A pervasive concern in this country is that Trump admires Putin’s strongman authoritarianism, and seeks to replicate it in America. Do you think this concern is well-founded?
Mikhail Fishman I think it is. Again, it comes to back what Trump and Putin have in common. They're both male chauvinists. Trump probably admires the fact that Putin is the kind of guy who feels the need to ride horses shirtless; it appeals to his authoritarian instincts. But this is about much more than imagery.
They are both illiterate people in a way. They're not widely educated. They do not believe in institutions. They see democratic institutions as burdens, impediments to their will. They don't believe that social and political life should be sophisticated; they think it should be simple.
And this sort of thinking naturally concludes in one-man rule. I think Trump will fail, but there’s no doubt that he shares these authoritarian impulses with Putin.
A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppet (Part 2)
Sean Illing What is the perception of Trump in Russia? Is he seen as an ally, a foe, or a stooge?
Mikhail Fishman The vision of Trump is basically shaped by the Kremlin and their propaganda machine — that's what they do. During the election campaign, Trump was depicted not as an underdog but as an honest representative of the American people who was being mistreated by the establishment elites and other evil forces in Washington.
Sean Illing The Kremlin knew that to be bullshit, right? This was pure propaganda, not sincere reporting, and it was aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.
Mikhail Fishman Of course. All of it was aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton. Putin expected Trump to lose, but the prospect of a Clinton victory terrified him, and he did everything possible to undermine her.
Sean Illing Why was he so afraid of a Clinton victory?
Mikhail Fishman Because he knew that would mean an extension of Obama's harsh orientation to Russia, perhaps even more aggressive than Obama. Putin has experienced some difficult years since his 2014 invasion of Crimea, but he didn't expect this level of isolation. He saw — and sees — Trump as an opportunity to change the dynamic.
Sean Illing A lot of commentators here believe the most generous interpretation of Trump’s fawning orientation to Putin and Russia is that he’s hopelessly naïve. Do you buy that?
Mikhail Fishman That's a good question. Why does he like Putin so much? I think Trump sees Putin as a kind of soulmate. Let's be honest: Trump is not a reflective person. He's quite simple in his thinking, and he's sort of attracted to Putin's brutal forcefulness. If anything, this is what Trump and Putin have in common.
Sean Illing Has Putin made a puppet of Trump?
Mikhail Fishman Of course. This is certainly what the Kremlin believes, and they’re acting accordingly. They're quite obviously playing Trump. They consider him a stupid, unstrategic politician. Putin is confident that he can manipulate Trump to his advantage, and he should be.
Sean Illing In other words, they see in Trump a useful idiot.
Mikhail Fishman Exactly. The Kremlin is limited in their knowledge about what's going on in Washington, but they see the chaos and the confusion in Trump's administration. They see the clumsiness, the inexperience. Naturally, they're working to exploit that.
A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppet (Part 1)
“They consider him a stupid, unstrategic politician.”Updated by Sean Illing@firstname.lastname@example.org
Mikhail Fishman is the editor-in-chief of the Moscow Times, an English-language weekly newspaper published in Moscow. The paper is critical of Vladimir Putin; indeed, it was targeted twice in 2015 by Russian hackers and has been attacked repeatedly by pro-Kremlin pundits.
Fishman, a Russian citizen and himself outspoken critic of Putin, has covered Russian politics for more than 15 years. For the past year, he has monitored the increasingly bizarre relationship between Putin and Trump, with a particular focus on Putin’s strategic aims. In this interview, I ask Fishman how Trump is perceived in Russia, why Putin is actively undermining global democracy, and what Russia hopes to gain from the political disorder in America.
This conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Sean Illing From your perch in Moscow, how do you see this strange relationship between Putin and Trump?
Mikhail Fishman It is strange. It looks a bit irrational on Trump's part to be sure. Why does he have this strange passion for Putin and Russia? I have to say, I don't believe in the conspiracy theories about "golden showers" and blackmailing. I don't believe it exists and I don't believe it's a factor. But this, admittedly, makes the whole thing that much stranger.
Sean Illing What makes you so skeptical of the claims in that Trump dossier?
Mikhail Fishman Two things. One, I've been a political journalist for 15 years working and dealing with sources in Russia and elsewhere. And frankly, a lot of this appears shallow to me. I'm sure Russia has plenty of dirt on Trump, but I can't accept without hard evidence much of the what I've heard or read.
Second, this still has the ring of a conspiracy theory, this idea that the Kremlin has blackmailed Trump into submission. I'm generally opposed, on principle, to conspiracy theorizing. So I'm just skeptical until there's concrete evidence.
Sean Illing Let’s talk about Trump and Putin as individuals. How are they different? How are they similar?
Mikhail Fishman I would prefer to talk about how they're different, because those differences are so obvious and extreme. They come from very different worlds. Putin is an ex-Soviet intelligence officer with all that that implies. Trump is a colorful American businessman and showman.
In their habits, they're radically different. Trump is a posturing performer, full of idiotic narcissism. He appears to be a disorganized fool, to be honest. Putin, on the other hand, is calculating, organized, and he plans everything. He also hides much of his personal life in a way that Trump does not.
Then there's also the fact that Putin is so much more experienced than Trump. He has more than 15 years of global political experience. He knows how to do things, how to work the system. He makes plenty of mistakes, but he knows how to think and act. Trump is a total neophyte. He has no experience and doesn't understand how global politics operates. He displays his ignorance every single day.
President Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago have cost taxpayers an estimated $10 million
President Obama spent $97 million on travel while he was in office. Trump is on pace to outspend him in less than one year.
In just his first month in office, President Donald Trump has cost taxpayers almost $10 million in travel expenses, according to calculations from the Washington Post — meaning he’s on track to far exceed the amount President Obama’s travel cost in eight years.
The figure for Trump’s trips, calculated from an October 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimate of presidential travel costs to Florida, includes only the expenses associated with Trump’s three trips to Mar-a-Lago — which he’s dubbed the “winter White House” — since the inauguration. It doesn’t factor in other costs, such as his adult sons’ recent trip to the United Arab Emirates to open the new Trump-branded golf resort and the associated Secret Service tab.
According to the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, Obama’s travel costs during his eight years in office totaled about $97 million. If Trump maintains his current pace, he’ll outspend Obama in less than one year.
Why is @BarackObama always campaigning or on vacation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2011
Trump, before he was president, was a vocal critic of Obama’s travel, frequently tweeting digs and appearing on Fox News to further publicize his critiques. And in his first formal interview following his election, Trump told CBS’s 60 Minutes, “I don't think we'll be very big on vacations, no.”
Perhaps the stresses of the office have convinced him otherwise.
This is your tax money "well spend"...and I know Donaldof is laughing his orangy ass off out of those who voted for him.....lol....Good for you Donaldof..good for you....
Aside from 26 hours spent traveling and visiting states like Pennsylvania and South Carolina, Trump divided his time between Washington and his Florida residence at Mar-A-Lago.
Trump spent more than a quarter of his first month in office in Florida, playing golf for 25 hours, despite criticizing Obama in the past for spending too much time on the golf course.
While The Washington Post's analysis did not differentiate between time Trump spent sleeping and regular downtime, Trump spent 424 hours on non-work activities. The average American adult (25-54, with children) spends 471 hours on non-working activities, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Further, Trump has said in the past that he sleeps between 3-5 hours per night. If one takes the high-end and assumes Trump receives approximately 5 hours of sleep per night (155 hours for the month), that leaves 269 hours (or a little over 11 days) of non-work activities.