Trump’s defense chief in Iraq: We’re not here for your oil

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in Iraq saying the US military is not there to seize anybody’s oil



Is Trump about to mobilise 100,000 National Guards to round up immigrants?

According to AP news he is

AP News has apparently heard of a memo circulating around the Dept of Homeland Security saying that Trump’s administration is looking at utilising the National Guard to herd up any illegal immigrants.

The memo in question details;

  • Calls for the unprecedented militarisation of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal
  • Troops would be authorised “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States.”

There’s been plenty of recent comparisons between Trump and Hitler doing the rounds and this story won’t do anything to quieten that noise.

Here is the full AP story.screenshot-2017-02-17-at-15-54-04

Africa and Canada the financial market risk for Trump today

Trump is meeting with more world leaders today

We know the Donald can move markets with a single  word or line and today good be big one for Canadian/US markets, including the currency USD/CAD, as Trump meets Candian PM Trudeau.

  • 9:00 am ET Receives his daily intelligence briefing
  • 9:45 am Speaks with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
  • 10:10 am Speaks with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa
  • 11:00 am Meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • 12:15 pm Participates in a roundtable discussion with Prime Minister Trudeau on the advancement of women entrepreneurs and business leaders; Cabinet Room
  • 12:50 pm Has a working luncheon with Prime Minister Trudeau; State Dining Room
  • 2:00 pm Participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Trudeau; East Room
  • 3:00 pm Meets with the Republican National Committee Chairwoman and Co-Chairman
  • 3:45 pm Participates in a pinning ceremony for Major Ricardo (Rick) Turner
  • 4:15 pm Speaks with Maureen Scalia by phone

Let’s hope he has a better meet n greet with these leaders than he did with Japan’s Shinzo Abe.

Trump gets his pants pulled down over New York Times tweet

Trump slated the New York Times again but didn’t get his facts straight

The New York Times posted a story after Trump’s phone conversation with the Chinese Premier Xi and in it they referred to the fact that previously, Trump had not spoken to Xi since Nov 14th. Trump hasn’t read it properly and tweeted that the NYT is doing fake news, citing that he spoke to Xi yesterday.


This is rank amateur stuff from the president of the USA.

Japan PM Abe is taking no chances when he plays golf with Donald Trump

Here’s Trump’s schedule for today and Japan’s Shinzo Abe has his caddy sorted for golf

All times ET (courtesy of the White House Dossier)

9:00 am  Recieves his daily intelligence briefing
9:30 am  Tapes the weekly address; Diplomatic Room
10:00 am  Meets with Sen. Mitch McConnelll
12.00 pm  Meets with Japanese Prime Minister Abe
1:00 Holds a joint press conference with Abe; East Room
1:35 pm Has a working lunch with Abe; State Dining Room
3:00 pm Departs White House
5:45 pm Arrives West Palm Beach, Florida
8:00 pm Has dinner with First Lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and Mrs. Abe


Abe’s caddy for his golf game with Trump

Trump mentions taxes and financial markets pop the champagne corks – What could go wrong?

In a meeting with Airline officials Trumps talks taxes

During a meeting with airline officials Trump spoke about taxes.


…cried the news wires. Markets then went potty.

The currency pair USDJPY (a proxy for the US economy) jumped nearly 100 points from 112.25 to 113.20. US government bonds jumped in yields (another proxy for a bullish view of the economy), US stock markets hit new record highs.

Any leader talking tax cuts gets financial markets in a tizzy. One line from Trump and the financial world now expects boom times for the US economy.

How wrong might they be?

What was lost among the headlines was another comment on taxes, this time referring directly to the airline industry:

“I don’t like aviation fees and taxes” said Trump

That’s hardly a screaming message that tax regimes across America are soon to be targeted by Trump. The original comment might also have just been in the context of talking about airlines.

Anyway, taxes are on Trump’s agenda but he’ll need to do more than put his name on an executive order. This is one big area that Congress will be very much involved in.

I guess we’ll have to wait “2-3 weeks” to find out 😉