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'Beyond the pale': antics of Trump ambassadors highlight crisis in US diplomacy

July 28, 2020

The US ambassador to Iceland, a dermatologist and major Republican donor, reportedly became so paranoid about his security he asked to carry a gun and to be taken everywhere in an armoured car.

Despite the absence of particular security concerns, the embassy in Reykjavik advertised in the local press for bodyguards, to placate the ambassador, Jeffrey Ross Gunter.

Gunter’s alleged antics are not an isolated case. A record share of Donald Trump’s ambassadorial appointments have been political, mostly rewards for big-money donors, and his nominees have frequently stood out for their lack of qualifications or aptitude.

A report to be published on Tuesday by Senate Democrats on the current situation at the state department, titled Diplomacy in Crisis, said: “While it is true that every administration has its share of questionable appointments, the Trump administration’s choices have gone beyond the pale, jeopardizing the department’s ability to safeguard our nation’s interests.”

Since being nominated May 2019, Gunter has proved so hard to work with he has gone through seven deputy chiefs of mission (DCMs), career diplomats who do most of the day-to-day management of the embassy. According to CBS News, he rejected his first deputy, who had spent months learning Icelandic, because he “didn’t like the look of him” at their introductory meeting.

Gunter also reportedly refused to return to his post after attending a conference in Washington in February, arguing he could do the job remotely, and was only coaxed back to Reykjavik in May after a call from the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

 

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Susan Collins is an idiot. Either that or she’s just heavily compromised. Remember when she said Trump would learn his lesson from the impeachment trial? The only thing he learned is that he’s above the law and he can abuse his power.
Collins won't survive this election.

 

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This is what a cult looks like.... When you question the faith and get ostracized:


That video also says a lot about how knowing someone who got Covid impacts voter intentions. And we are approaching the point where it will be statistically impossible for every American not to know someone who got the illness.
 

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That video also says a lot about how knowing someone who got Covid impacts voter intentions. And we are approaching the point where it will be statistically impossible for every American not to know someone who got the illness.
As of this post, 1.3996% of the American population have a COVID-19 case at least once in their life (approximately equal to 1 in 71.45).

Math time!

Using the formula q=1-(1-c/p)^n with q being the probability one would know another with COVID-19, c being the number of cases within a given area, p being the total population of said given area, and n being the minimum number of people to have a q chance of being one degree of separation from someone with COVID-19, suppose q is 0.5, which is half the chance one would be one degree of separation from someone with a COVID-19 case at least once in his/her life and we are using the numbers for the United States, which means that c/p = 0.013996.

Doing some algebra, n would approximately equal 50, which means that for 50 random Americans, an American would have at least a 50% chance that he/she be one degree of separation from an American with a COVID-19 case at least once in his/her life.
 

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If you guys haven't read the Vanity Fair article making the rounds you should.

 

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The latest on Trump Administration policies from our funny friends at Juice Media:

 

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The latest on Trump Administration policies from our funny friends at Juice Media:

Yep. Sums up his presidency over the last few months quite accurately.
 

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