News for Tuesday, January 24

The opinions are my own, and the views expressed should be taken with a grain of salt. Do not quote any of the below views without doing your own due diligence! This might cause an argument that could cause much tension in any relationship you might have, and could lead to the loss of a close friend if you don’t head the above warning. Again, the views expressed are my own, and should be taken with a grain of salt!

News articles: cleanup from massive tornado outbreaks in Georgia and other southern states. Noreaster slams east coast with 60 mph winds doing much damage to power, trees, homes, and 1 killed. I’m still very concerned over Trump’s cabinet picks. Tillerson vote along party lines 11 to 10. This position has never had a vote this close since 1970’s. Tillerson’s knowledge about foreign affairs comes from only his Exxon Mobile tenure. Running a company is not like running relationships with other nations! I fear our relationship with Russia will continue to worsen. Putin is very aggressive with every nation around him, and he could push US into a violent confrontation unless CIA and the intelligence community can come up with a way to reign in Putin’s ambitions. Russia is still very powerful, possibly more than China. Other nations are re-evaluating their relationship with US as a result. I fear we (and Trump) are turning to protectionism, and that will note bode well with the rest of the world. Uncertainty is never good in foreign relations! Cancelling the TPP is a good first step, but this leaves 11 nations wondering what Trump will offer to each respective nation. Trade relations may get worse, possibly because Trump can be a bully at times.Here are the 11 nations that signed the TPP on Feb 4 2016: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan. Another view mentioned on channel 3 CBS news: cancelling the TPP was symbolic since Congress would not vote to approve the agreement anyway.

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News for Tuesday, January 24