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Trump says Cohen hearing may have contributed to North Korea summit failure

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Quite possible. That’s why you don’t do things like that on the same day the President is negotiating something important overseas.

-36 ( +4 / -40 )

Blacklabel: "Quite possible."

Only for a person willing to say the buck doesn't stop at him, and shirks the blame. You guys lick his boots for doing that, so no surprise you agree with his sad excuses here, too.

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The Democratic Party's "star witness" against Trump is a convicted fraudster and perjurer.

He even lied to the very Congress which then later called him back in to speak against Trump again.

As you say nowadays in English, let that sink in.

-28 ( +4 / -32 )

Trump once again does not want to take the responsibility of his job. Just the title and fame that he hopes to blow his personal business up after he's done.

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The commentary I read seemed to point towards a lack of preparation as key reason for the talks going nowhere.

Can’t we get Fox and Friends, the National Enquirer and racist websites to include educational material useful to President golf cart?

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The commentary I read seemed to point towards a lack of preparation as key reason for the talks going nowhere.

I guess this is part of it, that and the fact that Kim never planned to give up nuclear capabilities completely to begin with. It was a careless and irresponsible publicity stunt in an attempt to distract the world from the cohen hearing. Simple as that. And because it failed at that too, now Trump needs to legitimize himself to his base.

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Quite possible. That’s why you don’t do things like that on the same day the President is negotiating something important overseas.

Sure thing, pal. We'll try to work his impeachment proceedings around his travel schedule too. Definitely want to make sure he's in town for those.

No POTUS should be out of town when his longtime fixer testifies about his long years of criminal activity.

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The NK summit failed because it was supposed to fail. NK gave a bad deal and Trump walked. Even your Dem icons agreed.

No amount of “preparation” could turn that deal into a good one. But Trump in the best mood possible, not distracted, maybe something else gets done. But nope, Dems had to pick a time when the President was overseas. The same exact day even.

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Blacklabel: "I agree with Trump"

That's all I asked. Wasn't Kim's fault, and you think he's a great guy. Well done, Blacklabel.

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I guess the president shouldn't have surrounded himself with criminals. That came back to bite him in the a$$.

Poor leadership - a proper leader would never have surrounded himself with criminals that could get him into these troubles.

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Classic Fake news from the Trumpet.

AFAIK the hearing date was set BEFORE the Summit date.

Trump obviously chose that date to take the heat off Cohen's expected Hot Talk.

What better way was there to put the Cohen story on the backpage, than to have a De-nuke signing with the Big Fascist Kim and pave the way for his "I deserve the Nobel Prize" accolades from all the groupies incl Abe-boy.

But the Master of the Art of the Deal failed big time and is now using school-yard tactics and crying unfair - I'm taking my ball home.

No - You are the Master of your own demise Trump - don't go blaming others you wimp.

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Which was scheduled first by the way?

irresponsible publicity stunt in an attempt to distract the world from the cohen hearing.

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The commentary I read seemed to point towards a lack of preparation as key reason for the talks going nowhere.

It's all hand-in-hand isn't it. He didn't prepare for the eventuality that surrounding himself with criminals would cause him troubles in the future. Then he didn't prepare for the talks, including how he would respond if they failed.

If he learns a lesson from any of this, it's that he should prepare for all the rest of the mess about to come his way from acting like a thug and surrounding himself with criminals.

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No amount of “preparation” could turn that deal into a good one. But Trump in the best mood possible, not distracted, maybe something else gets done. But nope, Dems had to pick a time when the President was overseas. The same exact day even.

How in the world would Trump be affected by the Cohen hearing if Trump hasn't done anything wrong. Only someone who did something wrong and is nervous about getting caught would be affected by Cohen's hearing. Your logic points to Trump being a criminal, do you not see that?

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The Democratic Party's "star witness" against Trump is a convicted fraudster and perjurer.

Who committed crime, fraud and perjury at the behest and on behalf of the current President of the United States.

That's some defense you got there.

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Which was scheduled first by the way?

It doesn't matter. If Trump did nothing wrong, then the Cohen hearing is unrelated and Trump shouldn't have been bothered by it.

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Cmon blacklabel, why would the president be affected by cohen's hearing. He did nothing wrong, right? Trump's not related to the cohen hearing, right?? So why would he be affected by it. Why would it matter that they are scheduled on the same day? Why would Trump be nervous and unable to do his job while his decade long fixer is being grilled by the courts if Trump had done nothing wrong?

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Yeah great moral victory of “we blamed Kim” when it causes nuclear missiles start flying around again. I didn’t say Kim had nothing to do with it or did nothing wrong.

to quote your leader: at this point what difference does it make?

Because we must fully blame Kim, NK will never agree to a deal? That’s really what you want? Well I’m sure you want that until a Dem is President sometime after 2025 so Trump can’t be credited.

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Because we must fully blame Kim, NK will never agree to a deal? That’s really what you want? Well I’m sure you want that until a Dem is President sometime after 2025 so Trump can’t be credited.

If Trump can make it work with NK, he will deserve the credit he gets.

It won't excuse him from all the other stuff though. He probably shouldn't have surrounded himself with liars and criminals. It makes people think he may be a liar and a criminal too.

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The Democratic Party's "star witness" against Trump is a convicted fraudster and perjurer.

You keep posting this but never deal with the question of why a man like this was so close to Trump for so long.

The best answer I’ve heard so far is all lawyers are scumbags although Giuliani is presumably an exception.

Any good?

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Which was scheduled first by the way?

Have you not looked into it?

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Man nothing is ever this guy's fault, is it?

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dems look bad for scheduling the hearing while he was overseas. So yes it’s possible this impacted the results. NK could have thought they had a chance to take advantage of Trump in a weakened state. Didn’t happen.

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Again it’s liberals that are mad. I’m fine with Trump walking away from a bad deal.

Me too. But had he prepared better, he wouldn't have needed to go in the first place. Instead, he gave Kim more propaganda power - now Kim can show his people that he walked away from the president of the USA, for the world to see. This makes him look even more powerful. He's not just meeting with the president of the United States of America out of necessity, he's actually sitting in a position so powerful that he can just walk away.

Proper preparation would have prevented this from happening.

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Trump's only getting a taste of his own 'anything goes' medicine.

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I can't help but laugh a little ironically that watching the Republicans deal with North Korea is a little like watching the Democrats deal with the Republicans.

Sort of baffled, unsure how to deal with an adversary headed by morons, but too powerful to just ignore.

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Two takes:

ーYou do your homework for summits. Whinging it is highly unlikely to result in success.

ーLife continues regardless of your schedule. House investigations will likely intensify with no thought given to Trump's itinerary.

Get used to your new reality, Mr. President.

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except that Trump walked away from him.

now Kim can show his people that he walked away from the president of the USA, for the world to see. This makes him look even more powerful. 

even your favorite CNN says so.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/02/politics/trump-kim-summit-dream-ripley-intl/index.html

On Thursday afternoon, the summit came to an abrupt and humiliating end for the North Koreans. Not only did President Trump walk out of the talks, he also snubbed the final meal he and Kim were supposed to share together.

-13 ( +0 / -13 )

I swear, nothing is ever this man's fault. Let's not forget why the Cohen investigation even happened.

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Right, Black. Trump walked away because there was nothing there to begin with. I'm afraid Trump believes his own publicity - that he is a negotiator unparalleled. Clearly, it's his hubris that brought this failure and will lead to his ultimate ruin.

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Trump does not seem to have the focus necessary for this process. He was easily distracted by what was happening back in the US and couldn't concentrate. Moon should take over and leave Trump out. Trump is a distraction. This should be worked out between Kim and Moon.

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Weren't there a lot of preparatory meetings (working level meetings) before the Trump and Kim met? And the problems leading to the failure of the meeting were not disussed. Very poor preparation. The US guys at the office think that Trump probably didn't listen to his advisors and was just winging it. That lead to failure.

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The Democratic Party's "star witness" against Trump is a convicted fraudster and perjurer.

Pretty sure the Dems are well and truly aware of what Cohen is. If only Trump was before he hired him huh?

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Deluded doesn't quite capture the state of denial of the Trumpers here - it's as if they mind-melded with their counterparts in nK - "both our Dear Leaders are omnipotent and infallible", when in reality they're both fat, narcissistic, and have bad haircuts - and hate democracy...

The Summit collapsed as it did because we have an Apprentice in the White House. Diplomatic efforts like this are all negotiated by the diplomats before any meeting of the Principals takes place. All the details hashed out and agreed to - and if they're not, then there no reason to meet...

Dimwit Donnie, who thinks he's smarter than career diplomats, does things his own way - the failure way...

And true to form, when it fails, he latches on to an excuse or scapegoat - nothing is ever his fault - the buck always stops somewhere else.

He's nothing but a charlatan - one who is also an idiot, lazy, incompetent and a wimp - as described by a leading conservative icon. No one better to judge a conservative than another conservative...

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Readers, please stop bickering. Please make your point once and then leave it. Multiple, obsessive posting will not be permitted.

True to form, Dimwit Donny tries to push responsibility for his failure on others.

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Hahaha...Trump is amazing isn't he? I mean I respect that at least he didn't inflame the situation with NK, but really? Cohen hearing interfered? What's that shadow on the horizon Mr.T...

Impeachment is coming.

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Mr Donald J. Trump is incapable of accepting responsibility for his failures ... he never has, and he never will.

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But Trump in the best mood possible, not distracted, maybe something else gets done.

A sulky president, brilliant. That would explain why he has achieved zilch in two years; he's always in a bad mood. We need to build a 'Truman show' alternate reality around him, with fawning media and daily Nobel prizes. He might actually do some work then.

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What possible connection (in the real world) can there be between the Democrats interviewing Cohen on the one hand, and the failure of the talks on the other? Why would that make Kim (or Trump) turn his back on those talks?

Trump might as well blame the Australian bushfires for it. Or the worldwide decline in the insect population. Or something he didn't like happening at the Oscars. Or any damned thing, just to cover up the fact that these talks FAILED.

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The man who is used to being surrounded by "Yes" men and never taking responsibility for his own actions blaming something else for his ineptitude? I'd have never expected such a thing... took me completely by surprise (sigh).

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There is an unwritten rule that Americans support the President while overseas. This may not have happened to another President. But Trump has only himself to blame. No other President treated the ‘other side’ with such malicious contempt. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Trump’s dwindling list of allies will eventually run out.

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Does anyone still give credence to Trump's lies?

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Everyone knows Trump blames others for his failures. Not much to argue about here.

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It's amazing that in 72 years NOTHING has ever been Trump's fault. He's lazy, illiterate, emotionally unstable, dishonest, amoral, unethical, bigoted, and really stupid, but NOTHING has ever been his fault, because it's ALWAYS someone else's fault. What an oaf.

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Trump once again does not want to take the responsibility of his job

Lessee... Is it possible the N Koreans thought Trump was under enormous pressure because of the Cohen hearing and accept a bad deal if they refused the U.S. demands? Nah, not possible!

-16 ( +1 / -17 )

Obviously our expectations of a crass and shady New York City real estate mogul are a bit too high.

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@Serrano Why would Trump be under pressure from a liar peddling lies about a man who is innocent of everything everyone says about him?

Lessee....could some of it be true? Nah, not possible!

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It’s the kind of article headline that brings a smile to your face with the thought “of course that bumbling boob would say that. He never takes responsibility for anything. “ ah we really do know the guy now.

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Cohen will return to Congress for another round of testimony on March 6. I hope that Trump is ready for another "Cohenoscopy" because I don't think that this one is going to be any better or less painful.

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Ah ... I take it that Trump's chances of being rewarded with a Nobel prize aren't as rosy as was before the Cohen public hearing last week, eh ?

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 "I wasn’t able to watch too much because I’ve been a little bit busy, but I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing."

So.,..I was watching a "fake hearing"?? What's a non-fake hearing? Every time I think this idiot couldn't possibly say anything more stupid he always proves me wrong. Come on Democrats Republicans Media..and all just plain normal intelligent people let's get this moron out of the White House and MAGA!

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And who hired and directed Cohen's actions?

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Ah, yes -- the blame game. So very WEAK, coming from the self-proclaimed "best negotiator in the room." Find somebody else to blame, as usual. Over to you, Trump supporters!

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The second summit with K.J. in Vietnam was a "Fake Summit"!  Dont worry ! Mr Trump will held another round of fake summit with Chinese supreme leader "XI" very soon when you saw Cohen testimony in TV again!

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NYT says Cohen testimony may land Trump in court on RICO charges - the same statutes his lawyer Guliani used back in the day to take down mob families:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/04/opinion/rudy-giuliani-trump.html?fallback=0&recId=1I0yt9Q0SAi2irH4bjRWJnHGl99&locked=0&geoContinent=AS&geoRegion=17&recAlloc=top_conversion&geoCountry=JP&blockId=most-popular&imp_id=724936475&action=click&module=Most%20Popular&pgtype=Homepage

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Trump should be dropped from the process. Kim and Moon can take care of this themselves. And then THEY should get the Nobel Prize.

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Nice slogan to summarize the world view of CNN and its flock of believers:

KEEP KOREA DIVIDED

(because orange man bad)

spot on, eh?

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Nice slogan to summarize the world view of CNN and its flock of believers:

KEEP KOREA DIVIDED

And then back in the real world outside the deep-state right-wing qanon fake-news msm bubble...

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