Aesthetics and optics.
Third time’s the charm?
“I’m a Russia hawk.”
So whose job is it, then?
“Everyone is trying to convert wishful thinking into hard evidence.”
Trump: “Severe” consequences coming for Pyongyang.
Credit where creditor’s due?
He can see more sanctions from his front porch.
That’s not always the answer
“To state the obvious, you don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.”
“…ask U.S. intelligence to report on the involvement of Venezuelan government officials in corruption”
“These sweeping sanctions target the scientific support center for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s horrific chemical weapons attack…”
“They wanted to underline impunity, that they can act with impunity.”
Plus: How Kim keeps dodging sanctions.
Hitting them in the wallet, which is the only way they will notice
“We don’t know, are they uncontrollable? Are they uncontrolled?”
“You know what the president has said: It’s America first.”
Let’s make a deal?
But that’s going to be part of his job
“None of this is classified, Mr. Tillerson. These people are dead.”
“The fact that Russia’s efforts were incompetent or insufficient shouldn’t make us feel better.”
“That would be very unfortunate if politics were the motivating factor here.”
“These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities.”
“I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly.”
“I want to see somebody who puts America’s interest in front of those of Exxon Mobil.”
“I hope that the nation will move out of this turmoil and go back to its original trajectory.”
Seven years ahead of schedule.
Shoes dropping all over the place
Not just government cheese anymore
But this is the guy who didn’t like signing statements 8 years ago
Follow the money, or lack thereof
“My point was simply this: This threat is real.”
“in a legal proceeding words have actual meanings”