Trumpism Highlights

Kanye West appears to admit his presidential campaign is being run to hurt Joe Biden
Kanye West has appeared to suggest that he is running a spoiler campaign against Democrat Joe Biden in a bid to help Donald Trump win a second term in office.

In a text interview with Forbes magazine on Thursday, Mr West said he was “walking for president” when asked if he had chosen to run to hurt Mr Biden’s chances.

Commentators and pundits have repeatedly questioned the motives behind West’s decision to run for the White House, ever since his campaign was launched late, on 4 July.

WeChat faces imminent US ban as Trump issues executive order against Chinese apps like TikTok
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order which states that US companies have 45 days to stop doing business with the Chinese app WeChat.

It follows a similar executive order taken against TikTok.

The Trump administration has expressed national security concerns over the relationship between Chinese applications and the Chinese government, believing that the apps could send data on US citizens to Beijing.

Trump's vaguely-worded executive order targeting Tencent initially wiped $45 billion off its value
  • Tencent's stock fell as much as 10% after Trump issued a vaguely-worded executive order banning US individuals and companies from doing business with its chat app WeChat.
  • A second order targeted TikTok owner ByteDance.
  • It was initially clear whether the order targeted Tencent's entire business. Tencent has a big presence in gaming, with stakes in Epic Games, Activision/Blizzard, and Ubisoft.
  • Tencent's stock recovered slightly after a White House official clarified the order only applied to WeChat.

TikTok threatens to sue the Trump administration over the executive order barring US firms from doing business with its parent
  • TikTok has threatened to sue the Trump administration over Thursday's executive order that bans US citizens and companies from doing business with its Chinese parent company ByteDance.
  • TikTok responded to the order on Friday, saying it was issued "without any due process."
  • The executive order prohibits US individuals and companies from making "any transactions" with TikTok's parent company ByteDance. Another order on Thursday targets Tencent-owned WeChat.

Trump mocked after calling Thailand 'Thighland' in latest speech blunder
Another Donald Trump speech; another embarrassing verbal blunder for the US president.

Since assuming office in 2017, Mr Trump hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory with his speaking engagements.

This time, the president managed to get the name of an entire country wrong – while complaining about corporations sending jobs overseas.

The stability of the global economy now depends on Trump's attention span
  • Negotiations for the coronavirus aid bill are now ongoing between Democrats and the White House. So, that means the entire global economy depends on whether or not Donald Trump can keep his eye on the ball.
  • The "ball" in this case is continued aid to the world's biggest consumer, US citizens.
  • This should be a no brainer. Economists of all stripes are saying that benefits must continue to ensure stability as long as the coronavirus is keeping businesses closed and people in the homes.
  • But Trump doesn't care what economists say, so he could easily throw a tantrum over something silly — like $1.8 billion for a new FBI building — and send the economy into a tailspin.

China Blasts Trump’s Move on TikTok, Calls Him ‘Modern-Day Pirate’
China's government on Friday expressed outrage at President Donald Trump's unilateral and vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of social media apps TikTok and WeChat, saying his decision will only harm the U.S. and calling him a "modern day pirate."

"The U.S. administration places its self-interests above market principles and international rules to the detriment of American users and companies. It will only end up hurting its own interests," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a Twitter post early Friday.

Trump rape allegation: Judge refuses president's request to delay defamation suit brought by E Jean Carroll
A New York judge has dismissed president Donald Trump’s attempt to delay a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a woman who accused him of rape.

The decision, released on Thursday, states that the presidency does not shield him from the case.

Writer E Jean Carroll is suing Mr Trump for defamation after he denied her allegations that he raped her in a New York department store in the mid-1990s and called her a liar.

The Trump campaign ran a contest offering donors a dinner with Trump that Americans in 34 states can't legally attend because of coronavirus restrictions
  • The Trump campaign advertised a contest for a dinner with the president that people in dozens of states couldn't legally attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • The dinner was set to take place in Southampton, New York, on August 8, according to the ad.
  • People in 34 states have to quarantine for 14 days if they travel into New York, but the promotion for the contest began on July 29 — less than two weeks before the dinner was apparently scheduled to occur.
  • The Trump campaign solicited donations for the contest, and Facebook data showed that it was advertised in states facing travel restrictions in New York.

China and Iran trying to undermine Trump re-election while Russia looking to hurt Biden, top US intelligence official says
A top US counterintelligence official has issued a public statement warning that foreign states are continuing to use both overt and covert methods to influence the 2020 election.

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Centre, raises specific concerns over activity by China, Russia and Iran.

Mr Evanina says that China and Iran prefer that president Donald Trump does not win re-election; while Russia is seeking to hurt former vice president Joe Biden’s electoral chances.

US intel community believes Russia wants Biden to lose the 2020 election while China wants him to win
  • The US intelligence community has concluded that Russia does not want former Vice President Joe Biden to win the 2020 election, while China prefers him.
  • "Many foreign actors have a preference for who wins the election, which they express through a range of overt and private statements; covert influence efforts are rarer," National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina said in a statement Friday.
  • China prefers Biden over President Donald Trump because of concerns over the Trump administration's criticisms of Beijing's handling of COVID-19, and its efforts to derail China's aggression in the South China Sea.
  • Russia, meanwhile, wants Biden to lose because it views him as being part of the anti-Russia "establishment."

Bipartisan group of senators introduce bill to stop Trump from allowing drone sales to Saudis, fearing an arms race with Iran
  • Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy and a bipartisan group of his colleagues just introduced legislation aiming to block President Donald Trump from allowing the sale of armed drones to the Saudis.
  • The senators are concerned selling weaponized drones to the Saudis could exacerbate the Yemen conflict and fuel an arms race with Iran.
  • "Do we really want a Middle East in which Iranian and Saudi drones are flying all over the region? That sounds like a nightmare," Murphy told Insider.
  • The Trump administration in late July announced it would bypass a 1987 arms control pact in order to expand weaponized drone sales.

or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.