Trump-Putin hooker diplomacy: Darcy cartoon

April 22, 2018 GMT

Trump-Putin hooker diplomacy: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- House Republicans, led by Rep Devin Nunes and Rep Jim Jordan, demanded the Department of Justice release James Comey’s memos, anticipating they would incriminate and embarrass the fired FBI director.    Instead, the memos reveal President Trump being fixated  on the topic of hookers and claiming Vladimir Putin touted the beauty of Russia’s hookers.

In a Feb. 8, 2017 memo Comey recalls one of the conversations he had with Trump.

“The President said ‘the hookers thing’ is nonsense but that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin had told him ′ we have some on the most beautiful hookers in the world’   He did not say when Putin had told him this and I don’t recall [ Redacted].”

For House Republicans like Nunes and Jordan, this Comey memo is further proof that Trump and Putin were not colluding over Hillary, they were conversing over hookers.  Case closed, Rudy Giuliani can now tell Mueller.

We’ve wondered what Putin and Trump have talked about in their phone conversations and meetings, now we know.  Or do we?   Doubts have been raised about whether Putin made the hooker boast to Trump, or if Trump conflated an earlier public comment Putin made as something said to him in private.   In January, 2017 public remarks, Putin refuted the Steele dossier golden shower claim, but added that Russia’s prostitutes “are the best in the world, of course.”

Will hookers come up in Trump-Kim Jong Un talks?

Following Kim Jong Un’s secret meetings in China and with Mike Pompeo, North Korea has made several concessions in advance of a possible summit with President Trump.

“Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un has suspended North Korea missile launches and closed its nuclear testing site.

North Korea has accepted U.S. troops remaining in South Korea.

Pompeo was given assurances by North Korea that the release of three Americans would likely be a part of a summit meeting between Kim and Trump.

The concessions were a good sign from North Korea. Although it should be remembered that Kim can reopen the nuclear test site just as quickly as he shut it down. 

Just as the concessions were a good sign from North Korea, Mike Pompeo’s secret trip to meet with Kim Jong Un was a good sign from the Trump administration.

Pompeo is one of the few “adults in the room” that Trump actually appears to respect and listen to.   The Senate should not delay confirming Pompeo as Secretary of State, he’s clearly qualified.  With everything else going on in the administration, a position as important as Secretary of State should not needlessly remain unfilled on the eve of a critical and historic Trump-Kim summit.

At a news conference with Japan’s visiting  Prime Minister, Trump said he’ll approach meeting Kim with caution.

“If we don’t think it’s going to be successful, we won’t have it.  If I don’t think it’s a meeting that’s going to be fruitful, we won’t go.  If the meeting when I’m there is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting.”

Trump likely will not find it “fruitful” If Kim Jong Un starts trash talking Russian and U.S. hookers.