NAIVE OR WHAT?

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It is reported that at a joint press conference in Helsinki, Donald Trump said he believes Vladimir Putin’s claim that the Russians had no involvement in the hacking during the US presidential election, even though the US intelligence agencies have found that it did and twelve Russian GRU secret agents have recently been indicted for hacking the Democratic Party’s computers.

You get the gist, I’ll keep this short,
Or Donald Trump might well retort,
And he might try to do his worst,
On Twitter where he is well-versed.

So, in a nutshell, Trump announced,
His Secret Service would be trounced,
And GRU – the Russian State –
Instead might help investigate,
Claims of collusion if they must,
Because he really doesn’t trust,
The CIA and others who,
Have told him what the Russians do.

He has looked his friend in the eye,
Found him to be straight as a die,
And he’s as certain as can be,
That everything that’s said by he,
Is truthful so he knows his views,
Unlike all CNN’s fake news.

He said relations were so bad,
Because of what the US had,
Been doing over many years;
But now with everyone sincere,
The Russians, since four hours ago,
We’re now his friend and not his foe.

So now that Putin is his friend,
A friendship that the rules all bend,
And Trump now trusts him, trusts him lots,
But has he really changed his spots?

Well, Trump has one reply to this:
He says that no-one ought to miss,
The fact that Putin’s tie had spots,
Though they were small and looked like dots.

So changing these spots is a cinch,
It can be done without a flinch,
And Putin simply needs to go,
And buy a new tie, straight or bow.

And then things will be quite all right,
There will be trust, no need to fight,
And few will suffer from decease,
For Putin is a man of peace.

If you believe that you are nuts,
For it is plain, no ifs, no buts,
That Trump has fallen for a trick,
Is he being naive or thick?

Image – DonkeyHotey/Flickr

TO LIKE OR NOT TO LIKE …

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It is reported that Donald Trump has been giving conflicting messages about what he thinks of Theresa May and Brexit.

Our Donald, who’s not far from here,
Is not always completely clear,
What he means when he tweets or speaks,
Including when he gives critiques.

He doesn’t approve of the way,
That our PM, that’s Mrs May,
Is handling Brexit (go or stay),
Or at least didn’t yesterday.

He said she’s got the whole thing wrong,
But then before so very long,
(By which I really mean quite soon),
It seems he had a change of tune.

Right now, he says , she’s doing good,
Since he’s advised her so she should,
And, as he said before Blenheim,
Most anything’s OK with him.

That is not all, I could say more,
Of things like this – at least a score,
For every day he seems to say,
Something he later blows away.

The consequence of this is that,
One really knows not where he’s at,
And so one doesn’t get too bored,
His comments might be best ignored.

So there I’ll end, good as my word,
I will write no more words absurd;
There’s no doubt that he’ll speak again,
This most peculiar of men.

WHO APPOINTS THE PM?

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It is reported that Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Donald Trump for suggesting that Boris Johnson would make a good prime minister, saying that it is none of the President’s business. He said this on the day he was protesting against Mr Trump being the US President …

“It’s Jerry here and I must say,
That protocol – are you au fait?
Dictates you should not comment on,
Prime ministers when this one’s gone.

You really should stay in your place,
To interfere is a disgrace,
So keep your own views under wraps,
Because, in any case, they’re crap.

And that’s not all I’ve got to say,
Because I have come here today,
On everybody to impress,
That presidents of the US,
Can be a choice of one or two.
But certainly should not be you!”

Image – Global Justice Now / Flickr

TRUMP ON THE WARPATH

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It is reported that Donald Trump has berated most European members of NATO and especially the stinking rich Germans for spending too little on defence.

The Trump is over here today,
In Brussels first then a foray,
To Britain to play golf and scoff,
And also tell the PM off.

About what subject matters not,
He’ll tweet it first and then, guess what,
He’ll talk with what charm he’s imbued,
Which means he’s likely to be rude.

But back to NATO where today,
He told the others they should pay,
And not just sponge from day to day,
On spending by the USA.

For far too long they hadn’t paid,
And as he said in his tirade,
They really had to up their game,
And then pay pretty much the same
As he does in proportion to,
The value of the things they do.

But singled out for special ire,
That easily could pay much higher,
Was Germany that he did say,
Not only does it little pay ,
But in the background it bankrolls,
The Russian state and all its goals.

They do this dint of buying gas,
Which really does seem pretty crass,
For somewhere there’s a smartphone app,
With which they can turn off the tap.

So Germany and others too,
Must be quite careful what they do,
Or they might find, alack, alas,
That suddenly they’ve got no gas.

And this is Donald’s case in point,
That’s put his nose right out of joint,
For though it has been rare before,
This could start economic war.

This might then be twixt friends or foes,
Because the Brexit process shows,
That one side might use as a ploy,
The other to try to destroy,
Even though it would in that case,
Cut off its nose to spite its face!

SINGAPORE SUMMIT

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It is reported that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have met in Singapore and signed a vague statement of intent not to bomb each other. Kim seems to be Trump’s new best friend

I s’pose I have to write today,
About what the news programmes say,
Which is that Trump and Kim have met,
With outcome quite unknown as yet.

A document was duly signed,
Assuming others wouldn’t mind,
Ending his army’s exercise,
Which some have said was not so wise.

And Trump went further, saying that,
His new friend, who is rather fat,
Is really such a lovely man,
And so he’s now his biggest fan.

But one thing he would not address,
Was Kim’s fantastic great success,
In killing North Koreans who,
He simply takes exception to.

Like labour camp folk who are thin,
Or sometimes relatives of him,
And yesterday Trump seemed to say,
That all of this was quite OK.

Now I suppose it isn’t odd,
Some president or other bod,
Might have to deal with others who,
Do bad things no-one else would do.

But generally they don’t extol,
The ‘virtues’ of them on the whole,
And even if they’ve got great strength,
They try to keep them at arm’s length.

But Trump is different as you’ve seen,
Is always wont to vent his spleen,
And when he does so he reveals,
Perhaps just how he really feels.

Then, finally, just yesterday,
He said that people might well pay,
To stay in condos on the beach,
And so the USA could teach,
Kim and his people what to do,
So lots would come including you.

There is a problem, though, but slight,
For his new best friend, Kim, just might,
Have need to promise in a speech,
To not fire missiles on the beach!

Image – DonkeyHotey / Flickr

UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY

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It is reported that Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, possibly in connection with Donald Trump’s call for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 group of industrialised nations, has said that Donald Trump is ‘playing into the hands’ of those who want to undermine democracy.

Now Donald Tusk’s a kindly sort,
But when his namesake said they ought,
To admit Russia once again,
He said that he should use his brain,
And make Putin now bide his time,
Because he tries to undermine,
Democracy here in the West,
And can, therefore, be quite a pest.

All the above is likely true,
But one thing should be plain to you,
Which is that he and the EU,
Are undermining it all too.

For in Brexit the EU still,
Determined to defeat the will,
Of British people to secede,
Refuses to their voices heed.

It’s done this several times before,
Insisting voters vote some more,
Until people – that’s me and you –
Vote as we’re told by the EU.

It’s not just Brexit, though, because,
When Italy in turmoil was,
The EU told them that they can,
Not have a eurosceptic man,
Or woman as their next PM,
So they would have to choose again.

And then, of course, remember Greece?
The EU was intent to fleece,
The country for all that it had,
Which really was so very bad,
When Greeks had voted to be free,
In the home of democracy.

While former votes, French, Irish, Dutch,
Did not, in fact, amount to much,
As all were told to go away,
And vote again another day.

But the EU should just beware:
It hasn’t been elected there,
And dictatorial regimes,
Oppressing people, so it seems,
And stopping those that want to leave,
Should know such people are aggrieved.

And history tells regimes like this,
All, in due time, find they’re dismissed,
Except ones which their people shoot,
To make sure more don’t follow suit.

I’m not suggesting that they would,
Shoot citizens and spill their blood,
So history teaches that, perhaps,
The EU will, one day, collapse.

On that day many will rejoice,
Regain their democratic voice,
But what the future might then be,
We will just have to wait and see

PARDON ME

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It is reported that Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudi Giuliani are claiming that the President can pardon himself for any crime since he is the country’s Chief Law Officer; but the President says he will not use the power because he has done nothing wrong. Others may disagree on one or both points.

“I am boss of the USA,
And so with confidence I say,
I can commit most any crime,
And even do it all the time.

Then if those goons, the FBI,
Have some ambition then to try,
Investigating crimes of mine,
It will all be a waste of time.

For legal counsel has decreed,
That any time that I might need,
A pardon for what I have done,
And even if I’m on the run,
I really need to do no more,
Than pull up at a general store,
And on some paper that I’ve bought,
I simply then write out what sort,
Of crime it is for which I need,
A pardon and at breakneck speed.

And there it is, it’s all complete,
The process can be pretty neat,
And then the judges and the spies,
Can go find someone else to try.

Some say that it’s beyond the pale,
And I should really go to jail,
But when I’ve paid the lawyer’s fee,
I can say that I disagree;
It is much better to be free –
Except for crooked Hillary!”