Let’s Play Connect the Dots

Donald Trump does absolutely nothing simply to be nice.  He is devoid of human compassion; he cares not a whit about human beings.  But suddenly, Donald Trump is so concerned about the jobs of Chinese people employed by Chinese communication company ZTE that he is willing to walk back sanctions, forgive a breach by the company that could have put U.S. national security at risk.  And why?  We’ll get to that in just a minute.

ZTE manufactures smart phones and relies heavily on components shipped from U.S. companies.  ZTE had been shipping parts and finished product to Iran and North Korea, in violation of U.S. sanctions.  In light of their breach, the U.S. Department of Commerce banned U.S. companies from selling parts or services to ZTE.  Simple, right?  And ZTE, claimed it would have no choice but to go out of business without the U.S. components it so heavily relies on.

You may remember that throughout his entire campaign, Donald Trump was critical of the Chinese.  In May 2016 he said …

“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing. We’re going to turn it around. And we have the cards, don’t forget it. We’re like the piggy bank that’s being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China.”

He continually said China was manipulating its currency to make its exports more competitive.  And as recently as last month he was critical of China’s trade and economic policies.  But now …

“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost.”

Say what???

Many, I hear, are not happy with this new turn, including members of Congress, some in Trump’s own camp, cabinet members, and the U.S. intelligence community.  Not that Trump cares what anybody thinks, but most, including myself, were scratching our heads and wondering wtf?  Even for the inconsistent Trump, this was inconsistent.  But then, a possible explanation crossed my radar.  Remember the game “connect the dots”?  Let’s see how well you can connect the dots here …

  • In the week before Trump’s reversal, the Chinese government awarded five new trademarks to his daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump. Two more were awarded afterward.
  • Between ZTE receiving its fine and Trump’s reversal, a Chinese state-owned corporation announced a $500 million loan package for a theme park in a Trump-branded real estate development in Indonesia.
  • Because Trump and his family did not divest themselves from the Trump Organization, they stand to gain millions of dollars from ongoing business with the Chinese government.

sharkI leave it to you to … connect the dots.

Meanwhile, from the other side of his mouth Trump is threatening to put tariffs on up to $150 billion worth of Chinese goods, and China has threatened to respond with sweeping tariffs of its own. A full-blown trade war between the two countries could cause the price of goods and unemployment to surge in both countries.

Lawmakers and the intelligence community believe that in addition to its sale of equipment to US adversaries, ZTE could pose an espionage risk to the US by covertly using its cellphones for surveillance.  Edward Alden, a trade expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, expressed concerns that it sends a message that “every US action is now up for negotiation in some way or other in the future.”

No, Donald Trump is not lifting the ban on ZTE in order to save jobs in China.  He is not doing it to be nice, for he is anything but a nice ‘man’. Regardless of his motive, to make this decision without consulting with U.S. intelligence agencies, Congress, or even Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, was foolhardy.  If his motive was personal gain for his own company and his daughter’s, then it becomes a blatant violation of ethics and just one more reason he is not qualified to sit in the Oval Office.  Think about it.

31 thoughts on “Let’s Play Connect the Dots

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Suddenly, Donald Trump is so concerned about the jobs of Chinese people employed by Chinese communication company ZTE that he is willing to walk back sanctions, forgive a breach by the company that could have put U.S. national security at risk. ” … it’s for her ‘lovely daughter’!!
    Who does he think he’s kidding? SMGH …

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  2. Dear Jill,

    I’m not easily confused when it comes to Donald Trump’s motives. There is no doubt in my mind that President Trump’s cavalier attitude towards helping the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE where US military and IC community personnel are not permitted to use/ buy their products for security reasons, is because the Chinese got smart and greased the president’s palms. Qatar learned the hard way what to do.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  3. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am starting to think the Mueller probe is just a smokescreen. Mueller is a Repube, after all, and potentially a puppet of the current so-called president. He has been conducting this probe for over a year now, but he has still done absolutely zero towards the Damned Tamperer. There have been a lot of salacious leaks of what he is up to, but zero action. Meanwhile Trump rails and whine and threatens, but has actually done to Mueller an equal amount to him as he has done to Trump, exactly zero. This equality of action, zero, is starting to look suspicious.
    You, the people of America, are waiting with bated breath to see the axe fall and so am I. But this is taking too long. It’s going on and on with no end in sight.
    Now, before you take me to task for even suggesting such a thing, I am on your side. I do HOPE the probe is a legitimate one, and that Mueller will prove the president impeachable. But WHAT IF this is just a delaying action? A smokescreen to allow the Devilish Teamster to keep on driving America into the ground? The longer Mueller does nothing the more suspicious I am going to become, and the more suspicious all of you should become. CONNECT THE DOTS!
    What’s going on in China is just another smokescreen, this one allowing him to keep on building the empire he believes he is in control of.
    What’s going on in North Korea is just another smokescreen. The off-again on-again summit meeting is another smokescreen, giving his detractors something to scream about. Pulling out of the Iran treaty is still another smokescreen. While his foes are busy talking about how bad his decisions are, (and they are bad!), he is filling his pockets and his daughter’s pockets with everyone else’s money. And MUELLER is helping him do it.
    Maybe I’m crazy, and just being paranoid, I don’t know. But when you suggested we connect the dots today, Jill, I didn’t stop at the dots you looked at, or stay inside the box that you built, I let my mind roam where it would, and the box grew exponentially. And the dots kept on connecting on their own…
    But I have spent a lifetime connecting unrelated facts to each other, and I am seldom wrong by doing so. I do hope Mueller proves me wrong, but by the time he proves me right it is going to be too late. All our nervous jokes about Dictator Tamperer will have been realized, and America will be repeating the history of Germany in the 30s… And no one wants that to happen…

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    • You offer some food for thought … although I truly hope you’re wrong-wrong-wrong about the Mueller investigation! This dolt needs to be taken to task and his supporters need to face the fact that it is NOT “fake news.”

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      • I believe Mueller has found so many breaches of ethics, corruption and crimes, it is hard to sort them out. In my view, Trump is guilty of far more than colluding with Russia. I do believe Americans are growing impatient allowing Trump and his barking dog Guiliani to sow seeds of doubt. In fact, per NPR, 59% of Americans do not realize Mueller has indicted people, much less receive five guilty pleas. Keith

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        • That too is a possibility, Keith. Overloading a person’s sensibilities can create a ball of confusion so bad that it freezes action. If this is the problem, then he has to learn to delegate, and give each assistant special prosecutor enough responsibility to chase each string to its end. Meanwhile, he has to get at least the Russian probe settled, before November 2018. Without a positive step somewhere, it will look like there are no positive steps to be taken anywhere.

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      • Believe me, I hope I am wrong-wrong-wrong too. I want to see Trump impeached, if not jailed for life. And I don’t believe in jails and prisons, for most criminals. I think most of them can be turned into useful citizens. Trump, on the other hand, would only be useful as a plastic doll…

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      • As I said in my comments to rawgod, I think Mueller is the epitome of integrity. There are, indeed, many smokescreens, but I don’t think the Mueller investigation is one of them. But … what it has done is make Donnie feel like a caged animal, knowing that sooner or later, his role in all of this is going to come out, and you know how a caged animal acts, right? That is what we are seeing today, I think.

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    • I can see why you might think that, but I would bet my life that Mueller is a straight shooter and is doing everything he can to sort through all the information and connect his own dots. When the investigation first began, I predicted it would be at least September-October of 2018 before the investigation would be complete. Later, as one piece of information led to 10 others, I revised that estimate to the middle of next year. Since I don’t think he has that much time, and he’s very smart and well aware of it, I imagine that at this point he is trying to determine where to limit the scope so that he can wrap up and have all his ducks lined up before the death knoll sounds. But I do not see him as being corruptible at all.
      I agree with you that there are many smokescreens being thrown up, including Trump’s on-again-off-again summit with Kim Jong-un, his various taunts & rants, and threats against many, such as the NFL players. But I honestly don’t think Bob Mueller is part of it, except to the extent that Trump is using all his denigration of Mueller and his team to try to discredit the investigation.
      I share your concern of this country ending up having worn the blinders too long and waking up one morning to find that we are now under a dictatorship and our borders are closed. More and more, I think that is a possibility. But, I still stand by my confidence in Mueller’s integrity.

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      • As I said to Nan, I do hope I am wrong-wrong wrong. I want him to be trustworthy. And yes he does have a lot to investigate, but Trump is still running wild and unchecked, and that scares me more than anything. The Mueller probe isn’t slowing down Trump’s idiocy. And DTisn’t showing any real fear, just rhetoric. Things just aren’t adding up for me, so I worry…

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        • I’m going to be patient with Mueller.

          Let’s be realistic. Mueller is not going to file criminal charges against Trump. What we can reasonably expect, is that he will make make a case that brings this to the attention of the court of public opinion. And he will only have one shot at this. So he needs to have a well documented case before he presents it.

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        • Well, he’s only going to get one shot, so he has to make sure everything is perfectly in order, else there will be no second chances and we will be stuck with the Detritus Turkey.

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    • Thanks John! No, about the only thing he could do that would surprise me would be if he did something good for the nation, but I’ll look for that as soon as I see a donkey flying through the night sky! Hugs!!!

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  4. Well, what a bunch of cynical people.As though your President would do something so self servingly underhand as this. Surely you know he gave up his business interests when he came to office as all of his family with official (advisory) positions did. Say sorry nicely just before you run him out of town on a rail.
    Cwtch

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  5. Jill, his greatest risk is more than the potential Russian collision, it is modus operandi of “pay for play.” It traces through Russia, Israel, Qatar, China to name a few. For a man who blames everyone for everything, pay for play is a criminal act and it rests on his shoulders as well as his daughter and son-in-law.

    We cannot have any President who is using his position to make money. He is compromised and making decisions to return favors. It is that simple. It matters not what party, this is a criminal set of actions.

    Keith

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    • It most certainly is a criminal set of actions, but our elected officials, our representatives on Capitol Hill, refuse to hold him accountable. I’m not sure where that leaves us, if we don’t get the riff-raff out of Congress in November.

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