At a speech to the Economic Club of New York today, President Trump declared that his daughter, Ivanka, has personally created 14 million new jobs. The president announced this figure â so astonishingly ludicrous it would embarrass a Stalin-era pronouncement â and then repeated it twice more as the crowd applauded politely.
The entire U.S. economy has created fewer than 6 million new jobs since Trump took office. So Trump is crediting his daughter with having personally created more than 200 percent of all new jobs in the United States. This is like supply-side economics but for authoritarian nepotism.
The judge said the administrationâs central justification of a âsignificant increaseâ in complaints related to conscience violations âis flatly untrue. This alone makes the agencyâs decision to promulgate the rule arbitrary and capricious.â
"Trump and his interventionist critics share a fatal flaw. They fetishize armed force as the acid test of U.S. engagement and influence. As a result, both sides treat the deployment or removal of troops as the only act that really matters. And they denigrate the one tool thatâs actually capable of resolving conflicts and comporting with U.S. interests: diplomacy. "
Yup, on a bad day, it seems like US policy elites have completely given up on diplomacy. Perhaps it is natural given that the USA invaded Syria.
As in Syria, so in the greater Middle East. Trump may lambast endless war in tweets, but he has increased U.S. troop levels by 30 percent since May, in addition to nearly doubling U.S. forces in Afghanistan since taking office. The first two years of his presidency saw 28 percent more drone strikes in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan compared with his predecessorâs first two years. True, he has so far refrained from launching a new war on Iran, but his âmaximum pressureâ campaign helped bring the two countries close to the brink to begin with.