World Leaders "Stunned" By Trump's Bluntness

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As President Trump drops tape (and tweet) bombs left, right, and center; often saying exactly what he is thinking, it appears the world's leaders (and establishmentarians) are "shocked" at his inconvenient truthiness. As Tim Bale, politics professor at Queen Mary University of London, said, reflecting on Brexit concerns,

"...our reliance on the United States, in normal times, wouldn’t worry too many people... But Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be a normal president."

Which seemed to sum things up nicely.

From Australia to Iran, and from Germany to Russia, no one is safe from President Donald Trump’s blunt, win-the-deal approach to diplomacy. As The Wall Street Journal reports, his style has U.S. adversaries and some allies struggling to assess its impact for their countries and puzzling over how to react if they land in the new American leader’s crosshairs next.

“The troubling thing for allies is this kind of hard-edged, transactional approach, where longstanding relationships and all that shared history and shared military sacrifices going back to World War I just doesn’t seem to count for anything,” said Andrew Shearer, who served as national-security adviser to two Australian prime ministers.


“Every deal is a struggle between a winner and a loser,” he said of Mr. Trump’s style. “That approach might work in business, but as someone who’s been around foreign policy for a long time, I just don’t see how it’s going to work internationally.”




“In the short run everyone is trying to get a handle on the new administration,” Mr. Haass said. “But in the medium and long run, whether governments like or loathe what they’re seeing, I believe what every government will do is essentially rethink its relationship with the United States.”




“Worrying declarations by the new American administration all make our future highly unpredictable,” European Council President Donald Tusk, who represents the governments of the EU’s 28 member states, wrote in a letter to EU leaders this week. He stressed the need to maintain a united Europe “whether we are talking to Russia, China, the U.S., or Turkey.”


“We had hoped for a more nuanced, sophisticated version of Trump after inauguration,” said a senior European diplomat. “Alas, that was not to be.”

Trump has often remarked he prefers to be unpredictable and it seems that is exactly his approach, and Richard Haass, the chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, said Mr. Trump has introduced uncertainty into the role the U.S. plays in the world.

Furthermore, Mr. Haass said, the new president has shown an openness to upending the foreign policy status quo. “He doesn’t feel confined by what he inherited,” he said.

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FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) IridiumRebel Feb 3, 2017 9:42 PM

Most of America doesn't feel this way .. forgive us

froze25's picture

God bless you Mr Trump. 

balolalo's picture

although he sounds like a struggling "C" student at best, and that's being generous .... i don't give a fuck how he sounds.  

blunt doesn't bother me either. 


actions matter. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Most foreign countries' titular heads are not leaders of anything, and don't get me or especially Niel Farage started on tbe EU nobodies.   Leaders rise to the occasion.  

Manthong's picture

Well, they say that the truth hurts.

And it seems there will be an awful lot of sore butts over the course of the next few years.

J S Bach's picture

All of the other marionettes are not used to seeing a real boy perform on their stage without strings.

The Juggernaut's picture

Donald Trump should end the Federal Reserve.  Fuck it Donald, do it!


“Every deal is a struggle between a winner and a loser,” he said of Mr. Trump’s style. “That approach might work in business, but as someone who’s been around foreign policy for a long time, I just don’t see how it’s going to work internationally.”  - Andrew Sheare


Whats interesting is that the USA was founded essentially by entrepreneur's and business owners.  But today its career politicians who never had a real job in their life now reign supreme.  If any politician had a real job they would know that there IS winning and losing in business AND politics.  The only thing a politician is worried about wining is a reelection and a tax hike... so fuck them 1776 style.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) The Juggernaut Feb 3, 2017 11:48 PM

the world can fuck off.

We aren't going to support or defend you anymore.

the people have spoken

now let us get back to bulldozing our traitors within.


Don't come here, its not safe for foreigners anymore.

Don't even talk to us you have an old woman as your leader...hahahaah

divingengineer's picture

Are they actually complaining that he's NOT a bullshit artist that tries to shuck and jive his way around the real topics!

yogibear's picture

Libtards are going crazy with Trump!

Nice to see.

They can rub their faces in Cheetos all they want.

Their revealing themselves to be real dumb asses, 


keep the bastards honest's picture

yes seems so. Trump is so easy, made a big list, told everyone in the campaign, promised, and now  is getting on with it. For pollies just a straight negotiation.. he said  put your country first and we talk. 

Edmond Dante's picture

They're mad they cant keep up with him. 

wildbad's picture

Over the past few years I listened to almost every major speech or talk by Putin and Lavrov. They talked directly and called a spade a spade.

Comparing that to the Kerry / OBama / White house and State Department Liars 100% obfuscations was torturous. Those dry fucks couldn't answer a question straight even if it were to their benefit.

Truth is reassuring and its a genuine pleasure to hear it coming out of washington for a change.

If certain people don't like it it is because they have something to hide, most likely a Hillarian "private agenda".

They still don't get it and they never will. They worked their one trick for a long time, saying what the public wanted to hear or saying nothing of substance while working feverishly against US.

Trumps naked truth may seem less flowery and a bit direct but that is the beauty of it.

Lore's picture

Bravo!  Bullshit no longer baffles.  The new environment infuriates psychopaths, because their power depends on the ability to lie without consequence.

I just hope Trump smartens up with respect to geopolitics. He needs to deprogram quickly. He's still stuck on stupid in some areas, which handicaps him and makes him easy to manipulate.

chiquita's picture

I find Trump's directness--bluntness--damned refreshing after all the years of pure bullshit and outright lying.  So far he's showing actions to back up his bluster.  Maybe not everyone likes everything about it, but he's good to his word, which is sooo much better than what we've had in the recent past.  We're in too deep to be worrying about PC niceties and other countries' hurt feelings when we don't want their refugee trash and crappy trade agreements.  MAGA!

Madcow Kaczynski's picture

I upvoted you Trump style, with conviction, and it counted for two.


Earlier this year, I was driving in central Washington state, and a huge bald eagle landed right next to my car as I sped down the highway. 

I looked up and saw a big-ass Trump billboard right in front of me. 

At the time I laughed, thinking: no fucking way he gets in. 

I'm laughing even harder now as my former friends cry like bitches.

I tell them, 8 years easy. They think that he will be impeached.

I'll buy them all Vaseline for Christmas, sprinkled with sand.

edotabin's picture

This is how low the endless politician BS has taken us.

I think a case could be made for not being so argumentative and confrontational. You can be extremely blunt and direct without being argumentative but overall Trump's a Godsend.

KyttenX's picture

He is a businessman who wants to get things done.

Not a Euroweinnie politico who only cares about getting invited to the best parties and setting up a cushy post-government job that pays millions to do nothing.

As for Trump being blunt and confrontational, good.

America: we will kill you in your sleep on Christmas.

petar's picture

No international relations means the end of the USD and the end of free meal. Didnt think Trump is going to be that stupid. He is really the agent of change, but not the change you all voted for!

edotabin's picture

Buying people and countries off with the USD and then hollowing out the core of America is not a strategy that would lead to a positive conclusion. Something had to be done to alter this course after so many decades and the American people did what they could given the rules of the game.

Lanka's picture

No one said the change would be easy or painless.

keep the bastards honest's picture

Hey Chris its not been quite like that for all countries. The Don I think says that because  people will believe it and  its a great idea. Good on him.

For Aus its the $75 million we paid last year to the Clinton to foster the TPP (NO good for us and  thankfully Trump has stamped it out) then there is the military base in Darwin , we dont want that at all, then Pine Gap we most definitely dont want that but there was a coup against  Whitlam when he was going to ....then 'agreeing' to join Nato in bad deeds (not wanted) and then the 'buying' of dud planes  we did not want... never delivered anyway..and now the submarines we dont want..RAAF bombing  Syrians.  for Japan its the old people picketing sun rain and snow in the street against the US bases in Okinawa because of the rapes kidnapping and drunk drivers running over their people and  lights noise and occupaiton of their precious land.

Its stuff empires do. If Trump does bring military home..he needs work for them. Its end of empire stuff, the periphery does not support  the centre anymore  so US needs to bring them home safely. Not be sacked  like the troops did to Rome when they came  home. I hope he can do it. The US and the world needs him to be a good strong  leader regardless.

Nexus789's picture

Welll that's  a relief. No countries are going to get bombed then.

Fuki's picture

Donald Trump will never end the Fed - he loves money

Why would he kill the golden goose?

Singelguy's picture

Trump loves REAL money, not the watered down fiat crap that keeps losing value every day.

PumpherDumper's picture

Repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and then the Congress gets to decide what is money again.

Restore the duties to Congress.  Restore the greatness.  MAGA!

Fuki's picture

Fight Club Bitchz

CCanuck's picture

Go to bed MDB, nobody wants to read your shite.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Looks like you are the Fight Club's Bitch. 

lostintheflood's picture

Whats interesting is that the USA was founded essentially by entrepreneur's and business owners.

the usa was founded by protesters who upset the status quo...

yogibear's picture

Fuck off PCers, we have had decades of BS.

No longer have to be PC.

Time to stop giving politicians Nobel peace prizes that are a farce.


Tallbert's picture

Calling the Donald to end the Fed is like calling for death penalty. Last time the attempt to get rid of the Fed system ended not very well. Trump is your president but not the ruler of the system.

Singelguy's picture

Andrew Jackson got rid of the central bank so it can be done. Sure, they tried to kill him but he survived. I find it interesting that Trump chose to hang a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the oval office.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



World Leaders "Stunned"


We send about all you money........I suggest you get unstunned!

fockewulf190's picture

I just hope when President Trump holds his first SOTU speech in front of Congress, the entire truth about the national debt, the unfunded liabilities, the massive trade deficits, the true unemployment levels, the corrupt FED, the derivatives nightmare, the bloated government, is laid out, in plain bluntness, once and for all.  I want to hear about term limits.  I want to hear about a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.  I want to hear "America First!".  I want to hear shock, feel shock, and see shock, because it is what is needed.

And then I want to see massive action.

I don´t think the Great Reset can be ultimately prevented, the entire world´s economic system is terminal, but I do hope his leadership can lower the severity of the upcoming pain, and save more American lives as a result.

dizzyfingers's picture

Bravo! Write this on the flag of the United states for all to see!

claytonmoore50's picture

It seems the 'World Leaders' may in fact, be Snowflakes.

I like Trump's bluntness.

It's real.

It's not sugar coated or watered down.

I like it. I like it a lot

tankster's picture

"A real boy". You can say That again.

Handful of Dust's picture

Gee,, what did these "leaders" say when Bush and Obama were killing thousands of people in the middle east and Libya?

Screw them!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Handful of Dust Feb 3, 2017 11:48 PM

din say nuffin

HamFistedIdiot's picture

Haas = cuck


and traitor to humanity...

TheMeatTrapper's picture

Whatever shall we do without the Australian and the Europeans to protect us? Perhaps Ghordius will be along to reassure us that The EU will stand steadfast in defense of us!



zhandax's picture

Fuck'em all. Feed 'em fish heads. Our internal libtards included.

Tallbert's picture

Trump is an actor as well as all other politicians but someone hidden far away from public has changed the rules of the game.
The increasing stupidity of the "educated" class needs to be stopped. Trump's job is to establish and execute the new rules. Bad times ahead for any kind of socialism.

faroffthunder's picture

Donald Trump is still Hillary Clinton's surrogate. The two are ideologically equivalent. It is both painful and hilarious to watch ZHers admonish one and worship the other. How long until you fucks realize that you've been had?