US actor and director George Clooney speaks to the crowd during the Nordic Business Forum business seminar in Helsinki, Thursday Oct. 10, 2019. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
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George Clooney calls Trump's quip on Kurds 'pretty shocking'

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George Clooney says he was appalled U.S. President Donald Trump partly justified the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria by stating Kurds "didn't help us with Normandy" during World War II.

The politically active Hollywood actor, director and producer told a business seminar in Finland's capital on Thursday that he found Trump's words from a day earlier "a pretty shocking statement."

Clooney accused Washington of leaving the allies of U.S. forces in Syria to deal alone with Turkey's military offensive.

He said: "I'm horrified at the idea we would say that after having Kurds fight our battle for us - because we don't want to send troops there - and then say, 'OK, you're on your own.'"

Clooney was interviewed at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki.

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And his opinion matters because....?

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And his opinion matters because....?

...because he has a huge platform, and on this issue, I'd want people like George and his platform to flatten Trump on what is the most detrimental decision made since Trump came to office.

In one dumb move he has cemented the notion that USA is NOT trustworthy. Can you imagine all the intelligence people working the various jurisdiction to keep America and the world safe, now have to contend that people they approach for cooperation thinks Russia is a more reliable partner?

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The next time Trump abandons an ally, he will probably say its because they didn't help us at the Battle of Hastings.

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In one dumb move he has cemented the notion that USA is NOT trustworthy.

I think the foundations were already in place when he withdrew from the Paris Agreement, the Iran deal and the support for Saudi Arabia following the murder of Jamal Khashoggie.

Not to mention his support for Putin after the Salisbury poisonings.

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And his opinion matters because....?

Because we now live in times when a comedian can become president of Ukraine. A reality TV star becomes President of the USA.

If people are tired of lawmakers being professional politicians, perhaps this well-spoken, intelligent actor, married to a world-renowned human rights lawyer should throw his hat in.

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George Clooney calls Trump's quip on Kurds 'pretty shocking'

George Clooney, who has made his living by pretending to be someone other than George Clooney, while reciting lines which were given to him by writers, and wearing clothes/costumes which were selected for him by more talented peoples, made a "quip" that attracted the attention of a news media which is desperate to publish anything that might be used to trigger another sever case of Trump Derangement Syndrome among Democrats, and Hillary worshippers.

On the plus side, normal people don't care what a Hollyweird actor thinks, or says, outside of a movie's dialogue.

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George Clooney aside, does anyone want to discuss the merits of what Trump said regarding the Kurds and Normandy?

Or shall we just stick with stock phrases like ‘Hollyweird’ ( not even slightly witty ) and ‘who cares’?

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On the plus side, normal people don't care what a Hollyweird actor thinks, or says, outside of a movie's dialogue.

There goes Ronald Reagan under the bus.

Judging a man by his profession alone is about as stupid as judging a book by its cover art. Next we will hear how Jesus was just a carpenter, Hitler just a failed artist, and Truman just a cheap suit salesman.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a waitress. Now she is a U.S. Representative. What are you?

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Trump claiming the Kurds were not there in '45 for the Normandy Invasion is so shocking but representative of the way of Trump's thinking and limited capacity. Like when he claimed the British had airfields back in 1750's.

Clooney is more than an actor and quite a capable activist and his wife an international human rights lawyer.

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People should check out their site Clooney Foundation for Justice

https://cfj.org/

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While I admire Clooney as an actor and an activist, were he not a celebrity he would have no voice, and being a celebrity doesn't confer any more gravitas on his opinion that that of anyone else. Why the fascination with the famous?

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"The next time Trump abandons an ally, he will probably say its because they didn't help us at the Battle of Hastings." I'm almost certain Trump has never heard of it. But he does think the Bowling Green Massacre was real.

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George Clooney aside, does anyone want to discuss the merits of what Trump said regarding the Kurds and Normandy?

I don't even think -3 years/months/weeks ago- Trump knew who the Kurds are let alone what they were doing/which side they fought for during ww2. Just another spur of the moment clueless comment.

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Clooney is against walls but lives behind them, is against guns but is protected by them,

is against capatalism but hordes his millions.

hollywood hypocrite.

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Actually, it's not such a strange comment by Trump. I remember my grandfather who was at Dunkirk complaining, 'Where in god's name were the Kurds when we needed them!' It's common knowledge the arrival of the Kurds was the thing Goering feared most in the Battle of Britain.

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KestrelToday 05:10 pm JST

Clooney is against walls but lives behind them, is against guns but is protected by them,

is against capatalism but hordes his millions.

hollywood hypocrite.

Behold, the internet!

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George who? Another so called irrelevant Hollyweird person with millions of twitter followers?

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Providing military aid with no return is like paying a bribe with no return

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He went to Sudan many times when they were having a civil war and highlighting the plea of the refugees.

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Norman Goodman - There goes Ronald Reagan under the bus.

Reagan was a two-time President of the Screen Actors Guild, and twice elected Governor of California. That made him well qualified to serve eight years as POTUS.

George Clooney is well qualified to recite the words given to him by others. Democrats, and Hillary-worshippers, seem to like that. They also crave the "news" presented by late night comedians. Probably because they can't trust the "news" being highlighted by the CNN-types.

Ocasio-Cortez's leadership/campaign seems to be flailing ever since her svengali, Saikat Chakrabarti, was forcibly removed from her campaign.

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trumpy just keeps on digging a bigger hole for himself. trump does not need s shovel, trumps mouth does all the damage, followed closely by trumps extraordinary low i.q.

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On the plus side, normal people don't care what a Hollyweird actor thinks, or says, outside of a movie's dialogue.

whatever anybody says or doesnt it doesnt change the fact that Trump has abandoned an allie that has fought and died so American didnt have too. No matter how much you support or hate Trump it takes a special type of coward to abandon your friends and allies.

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Probably because they can't trust the "news" being highlighted by the CNN-types.

well how about FOX you know that organisation that recently polled that Trump should be impeached

and is the most corrupt administration to ever sit in the white house

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fox-news-poll-record-support-for-trump-impeachment

Reagan was a two-time President of the Screen Actors Guild, and twice elected Governor of California. That made him well qualified to serve eight years as POTUS.

but he still came from Hollyweird as many like to point out

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Because someone is an actor does not mean they are stupid and incapable of other activities. Some have their own bands. Some run business like restaurants. Some are writers while others are activists. Some are even at universities has students or professors teaching.

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What Trump said was pretty stupid regardless

Think about it - if anybody said that, you'd think what the heck is that person talking about

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who cares what George Loony thinks or any other Hollywood goof

Go join and serve the military, run for office and do something for your country

or instead be quite and role play what the rest of us do for real

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who cares what George Loony thinks or any other Hollywood goof

Lots of people, which is why I suspect it bothers you people so much having your team's moronity called out by them.

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Go join and serve the military, run for office and do something for your country

Mark Twain did neither. Harriet Tubman did neither. Fred Rogers did neither. Lucille Ball did neither. George Washington Carver did neither. Elizabeth Taylor did neither. And they all bettered America more than anyone I can think of in the last 150 years that operates within our disgusting government or kills people for a paycheck.

Clooney does charity and humanitarian work. He has worked with the U.N. and is a member of an American U.S. foreign policy think tank. He is more important and influential than a person who can only think politicians and soldiers benefit America can understand.

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who cares what George Loony thinks or any other Hollywood goof

Oh, I definitely agree with that.

Go join and serve the military, run for office and do something for your country

or instead be quite and role play what the rest of us do for real.

Bingo!

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I'm always amazed others getting their hate downs against people who spend part of their lives helping others often because of the failures and corruptions of governments.

There are many "Hollywood goofs" who support Trump.

There are the Ted Nugents who publicly voice their support on Trump and various other causes. Kanye West is another Trump supporter. Both these have questionable events from their past. Ghosts in the closet.

Go and join the military is spouted by some who actually probably know more about bingo than enlisting.

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I'm always amazed others getting their hate downs against people who spend part of their lives helping others often because of the failures and corruptions of governments.

And at the same time often hypocrites.

There are many "Hollywood goofs" who support Trump.

Yes and the liberal haters attack, ostracize, ridicule or make sure they don’t work because their intolerance to someone they like.

There are the Ted Nugents who publicly voice their support on Trump and various other causes. Kanye West is another Trump supporter. Both these have questionable events from their past. Ghosts in the closet.

Yes, but the difference with Nugent is, he supports Trump, but he’s an even bigger supporter of the second amendment which I deeply respect, but look at Kanye. Don’t like the guys music, find him odd, but he likes the President and before he supported the President, he was one of the biggest acts and after they found out he supports Trump then all the name calling and people wanting to boycott his music, so much for the so called tolerant left.

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tajOct. 11 09:50 am JSTAnd his opinion matters because....?

Because we now live in times when a comedian can become president of Ukraine. A reality TV star becomes President of the USA.

If people are tired of lawmakers being professional politicians, perhaps this well-spoken, intelligent actor, married to a world-renowned human rights lawyer should throw his hat in.

> Reagan was a two-time President of the Screen Actors Guild, and twice elected Governor of California. That made him well qualified to serve eight years as POTUS.

Reagan was governor of California for 12 years. That spells experience. And Trump? All he ever did before was steal, body-shame beauty contestants like the obnoxious sexist boor that he is, and shoot his mouth off like a kid. Like he does now.

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Reagan was a two-time President of the Screen Actors Guild, and twice elected Governor of California. That made him well qualified to serve eight years as POTUS.

Please make your mind up whether you want career politicians in the job or not. I thought you liked Trump because he wasn't one? Which is it? You must have been gutted when Trump got in before Hillary, what with him having no qualifications for the job and her having more than Reagan.

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yeah Loony lost his credibility when he declared with a smirk "Donald Trump will never be president"

Loony and the other loons were so confident, so elite.

The beard does him no justice.

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zichi - I'm always amazed others getting their hate downs against people who spend part of their lives helping others often because of the failures and corruptions of governments.

There are many "Hollywood goofs" who support Trump.

And Loony Clooney certainly qualifies as one of the Hollyweird goofs.

If some people chose to vote based on the statements of an entertainer who makes their living by pretending to be someone else, they are free to do so. If some people are influenced by the words of someone who's best lines were written for them by someone else, that's their choice. The Hollyweird-types will sell themselves to anyone who produce their next project, or advance their careers, or allow them another few minutes of fame/attention.

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arrestpaul

I suppose an actor like yourself trained to repeat the same lines over and over again.

Then Shakespeare was one of the greatest actors who entertained, and for hundreds of years continues to entertain us by pretending to be someone else. Or Laurence Olivier and a million other talented people who amused, sadden or enlighten us with their nobles arts.

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zichi - arrestpaul

I suppose an actor like yourself trained to repeat the same lines over and over again.

Shakespeare, Olivier, Loony Clooney, Hanoi Jane Fonda, and many of the millions of other talented people who make their living by getting you to believe that they are someone who they are not (i.e. lying), certainly are entertaining. That's their job.

The big question is why would anyone take the word of an actor/professional liar on any other subject? Unless, of course, you happen to agree with whatever nonsense they happen to be spouting.

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arrestpaul

The big question is why would anyone take the word of an actor/professional liar on any other subject? Unless, of course, you happen to agree with whatever nonsense they happen to be spouting.

what proof of lies do you have?

You keep going on about Clooney has only an actor. In that case what about Reagan, Hollywood star and actor. Clint Eastwood who was a major in California. Arnold Schwarzenegger who was governor of California. Charlton Heston who was president of the NRA. James Wood.

https://trump2020onlinestore.com/trump-news/10-highly-recognized-celebrities-who-support-donald-trump

Even Trump who is a businessman and TV Reality done of which gives him the political and diplomatic skills needed to be a president.

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zichi - what proof of lies do you have?

You keep going on about Clooney has only an actor.

During his career as an actor, or as a reciter of other peoples words, Looney Clooney has pretended to be a doctor, an astronaut, a criminal, a con man, a football player, a comic book character, a soldier, etc.. Ol' George can pretend to be anyone you want him to be, providing you pay him enough. Clooney's most valuable asset is his ability to fool people into believing that he is/was actually any of the characters he was pretending to be.

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