Donald Trump Foreign Policy

Foreign Leader Predicts ‘Crazy’ Trump Will Meet The Same Fate As Saddam Hussein

Donald Trump has strained U.S. relations with every country in the world, including our closest NATO allies. He has acted like a spoiled child during high-level diplomatic meetings, insulted foreign leaders, and repeatedly coddled murderous dictators such as Kim Jong-un of North Korea and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Trump has also scrapped U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal with Iran, which took years to negotiate and gave American inspectors the right to oversee Iranian nuclear facilities to make sure they weren’t producing fissile material that could be used in nuclear weapons. After Trump pulled out of the JCPOA, he also imposed new sanctions on Iran.

So it’s only fitting that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has some harsh words for Trump, who will soon be leaving the world stage and handing over power to President-Elect Joe Biden.

According to Newsweek, Rouhani had this to say about the lame duck U.S. head of state:

“The fate of U.S. President Donald Trump will not be better than Saddam Hussein.

“We had two crazy creatures in history who imposed war on the people. One was Saddam and the other was Trump. Saddam imposed military war and Trump imposed economic war on us.”

Rouhani then added:

“We were united during the war and defeated Saddam. We also witnessed the day when that madman was executed. We did not let this economic war reach its goal.”

You probably recall that Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces in 2003, put on trail by the interim Iraqi government, and executed by hanging on December 30, 2006.

While it seems unlikely that Trump will meet a similar fate to that of Saddam, he is facing significant legal jeopardy from investigators in New York, and could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted and found guilty.

In a way, decades in prison is a more fitting punishment for Trump than what Saddam faced. After all, the humiliation of being forced to wear an orange jumpsuit and not be able to get a spray tan when he wants one is probably Trump’s own personal version of hell.

Corruption Crime Donald Trump Foreign Policy

Trump’s Dirty Little Secret: His Extensive Financial Connections To Iran

When Donald Trump spoke to the nation back in January, he tried desperately to pretend that his so-called “strategy” for Iran had paid dividends and that the increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran were all the fault of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

As is usually the case with Trump, his remarks were pure bullshit and had no grounding in either fact or reality.

There is, however, a factual reality that the president conveniently failed to disclose as he debated policy as it relates to Iran. And that’s his many financial connections to the Iranians, including deals made with shady characters who have direct ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the very military agency that launched those ballistic missiles at our troops stationed in Iraq on Tuesday evening.

Russ Choma of Mother Jones has just posted a fascinating report on exactly how close the Trump Organization has been to Iranian businessmen who are in bed with the Iranian government and military:

“In 2012, Trump signed a deal to develop a luxury hotel in Baku, the capital of oil-and-gas-rich Azerbaijan.

“Trump’s partners were relatives of Ziya Mammadov, the country’s transportation minister and a former Soviet apparatchik with a $12,000 annual salary who had still managed to amass billions in personal wealth.

“And then there’s the matter of Iran. According to an excellent 2017 Adam Davidson investigation in the New Yorker, the Mammadov family appears to have had close business ties to construction companies controlled by an associate of the Revolutionary Guard.”

There’s no way that Trump or his company can claim they didn’t know the people they were doing business with in the Baku deal had ties to Iran and the Iranian military. And that’s just some of the incredibly questionable behavior exhibited by the Mammadovs:

“Including duffel bags stuffed with millions of dollars in cash paid to contractors. But the Trumps claimed never to have noticed anything amiss. A Trump executive told the New Yorker that the company did due diligence on the Mammadovs, but wouldn’t reveal who did the background check or what the results were.”

One member of the Trump Organization was intimately involved in the Baku hotel negotiations, meaning she may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. That person is Ivanka Trump, who carefully oversaw tiny details of what the interior of the building would look like:

“A subcontractor noted that Ivanka’s team was particular about wood panelling: it chose an expensive Macassar ebony, from Indonesia, for the ceiling of the lobby. The ballroom doors were to be made of book-matched panels of walnut.”

So the next time you hear Donald Trump talking tough about Iran, keep in mind he’s got his own dirty little secret that runs directly through the government in Tehran. But don’t expect him to ever mention that fact.