Punch first, negotiate later

President Trump has been known as a counter puncher when it comes to domestic politics, but when it comes to foreign policy and trade, his strategy seems more akin to punch first --- hard --- and negotiate later.

There are two kinds of people that HATE this sort of approach:

1. Those who follow the stock market and

2. Those who follow foreign policy.

The biggest reason for this is the fear of the unpredictable. If stock brokers and money managers can’t predict the future, you end up seeing what’s currently happening to the Dow.

One day it’s down 700 points, the next day it’s back up 600, and yesterday it went back down over 300. Much of this has to do with Trump’s new trade policy. Is he pushing tariffs, is he using it as some kind of negotiating tactic? What’s he doing? No one seems to know and the markets are reacting accordingly.

BUT, the same questions are now being asked between nation states and men and women in foreign policy circles. For the first time in, oh... decades, really, the world has absolutely no idea what we’re doing in Asia. The once PREDICTABLE United States has suddenly become UNPREDICTABLE, and that’s scaring the crap out of countries like China, South Korea, Japan and --- most of all --- North Korea.

Fear has both China and North Korea wondering what the heck they’re going to do next.

If you happen to be in a boat right now cruising across the Pacific, go out on the top deck. If the wind is coming from the West, that smell you might be smelling can only be described as one thing... fear. Fear has both China and North Korea wondering what the heck they’re going to do next.

On Monday an armored train left the North Korean capital. It was granted unprecedented entry into China on its way to Beijing. A military and police escort accompanied it the entire way. At the same time, all news regarding North Korea was immediately censored on Chinese news and the internet. It was a total blackout. What was going on?

As the train pulled out of Beijing yesterday, the news leaked that Kim Jong Un himself had crept out of his hermit hole and made his first foreign visit... EVER. Since becoming dictator, he’s NEVER made a foreign visit.

What made him do it now in such a dramatic and secretive fashion? What made the President of China accept this highly unprecedented visit at this point in time?

One word. Fear.

Fear of the unknown. Fear of what comes next is causing some seriously dramatic changes in Asia. North Korea has agreed to meet the US President for the first time EVER. They have no idea whether we’re coming or going, and --- at the same time --- sanctions are crippling the country.

China is realizing they’re being put on the sidelines of a potential US/North Korea agreement, and they’re getting freaked out. At the same time, you can bet your britches Trump’s tariffs are being used to corner China into some kind of agreement they don’t like.

This is the equivalent of dunking on your opponent, shattering the backboard, and then landing on top of the guy you just dunked on.

While all this was going down, the US finalized a trade deal with South Korea that keeps a South Korean tariff on steel in place and upholds a standing tariff on South Korean trucks. Plus, it opened the auto market into the country for Ford and General Motors. In sports terms, this is the equivalent of dunking on your opponent, shattering the backboard, and then landing on top of the guy you just dunked on.

Criticise the President when he’s wrong --- and there’s been plenty to criticise --- BUT acknowledge the times when he’s doing things that are working. So far the “punch first, negotiate later” strategy appears to be working.

Let’s see how long it lasts.

Five times Glenn had J.D. Vance on his show and where he stands on key issues

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How RFK's example can help our nation in the wake of Trump's attack

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How did you feel last Saturday when you heard the news that a former president of the United States narrowly avoided an assassin's bullet by a mere few inches? Were you angry at the media for their constant demonization of Trump and his conservative contingency? Did you blame the left for curating a political climate that fostered an assassination attempt?

In his immediate reaction to the news, Glenn pointed us back to a similar moment in American history: April 4th, 1968—the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

"The best speech I've ever heard given was by RFK Sr. on the day Martin Luther King was killed" - Glenn

Robert F. Kennedy, the father of current independent presidential candidate RFK Jr., was en route to Indianapolis when he heard the terrible news. His security team, expecting violent outrage across the country, asked RFK Sr. to turn around and head back to safety. But as Glenn said, RFK Sr. believed in the good in people and demanded to give his speech. He arrived in Indianapolis Park late in the day, and he addressed the crowd of predominantly black campaign supporters.

There were no riots in Indianapolis that night.

The message RFK Sr. gave that night wasn't one of vengeance, hatred, or hopelessness, but of calm and goodness. He appealed to the best in people. He called for people to set aside their differences, anger, fear, and confusion and instead express love and compassion towards one another. RFK Sr. asked for wisdom and the pursuit of justice so that we might be resolute in our unity as the country faces another difficult chapter.

What we need in this country is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another.

Glenn has made a similar plea to our nation—a plea for unity and not to lash out in fear and anger. Don't use this time to blame your friends and family who disagree with you politically for what happened or to tell them "I told you so!" Instead, reach out with compassion and grace. This is a turning point in American history. Let's turn it upward, away from hatred and violence and towards unison and compassion.

Fortunately, President Trump walked away from his attempted assassination with very minor injuries. The bullet that wounded Trump's ear could have just as easily ended his life, and his survival is nothing short of a miracle.

Sadly, that miracle didn't extend to everyone attending Trump's ill-fated Pennsylvania rally. Three other people were shot. David Dutch and James Copenhaver, both Pennslyavia residents, are thankfully in stable condition. Corey Comperatore, however, tragically died after being shot while protecting his wife and daughter from the hail of gunfire.

“Corey died a hero."

Camperatore, a 50-year-old loving father and husband from Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania leaves behind his daughter Allyson, his wife Helen, sister Dawn, and many other friends and family. Camperatore was a man of service, having spent 43 years as part of the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company and had worked his way to becoming the fire chief when he stepped down to spend more time with his daughter.

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Corey's friends and family have nothing but good things to say about him, and judging by their testimonies, Corey's final heroic act was consistent with how the volunteer firefighter lived his life.

According to many people who knew Compertore, he was a true patriot who loved his country. He was a fan of President Trump. Compertore was very excited to attend Saturday's rally, which he expressed in his last social media post.


During his speech addressing the shooting, President Biden expressed his condolences to the Comperatore family, stating that "He was a father. He was protecting his family from the bullets that were being fired.”

Democrat Mutiny? These prominent Progressives and Democratic leaders DEMAND that Biden withdraw

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Biden is still taking hard blows from both sides of the aisle after his abysmal performance in last month's presidential debate. As Glenn pointed out in his post-debate coverage, Biden came across as so incompetent that it has made many Americans scared that, should the country face a major threat, Biden would be unable to respond to it. This includes many Democrats, who are finally admitting that Biden isn't as fit as they have been claiming for the last four years.

Many names have already been suggested as potential replacements for the Democratic nominee, but many people, including some Democrats, don't believe Biden should even stay in office for the election. Here are some prominent progressives and Democratic lawmakers who have called for President Biden's resignation:

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas)

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Arizona)

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Rep. Seth Moulton (Massachusetts)

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Rep. Mike Quigley (Illinois)

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Rep. Angie Craig (Minnesota)

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Rep. Adam Smith (Washington)

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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey)

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Rep. Pat Ryan (New York)

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Rep. Hillary Scholten (Michigan)

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Senator Peter Welch (Vermont)

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Oregon)

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BONUS: Actor George Clooney

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