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"That's ridiculous. And you know it's ridiculous. And you asked it because it's ridiculous. You asked a question that is ridiculous, this department cares deeply to make sure elections around the world are safe and secure and free and fair."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there will be "smooth transition to a second Trump administration"

"There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration. Right. The world is watching what's taking place. We're gonna count all the votes. When the process is completed, they'll be electors selected. There's a process, the constitution lays it out pretty clearly. The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is functional today, successful today and successful with a president who's in office on January 20 a minute after noon will also be successful."
by Oui on Tue Nov 10th, 2020 at 09:36:30 PM EST
They recognize an authoritarian leader, one of the club with (un)limited executive power, Commander-In-Chief of most powerful military ...

Brazil's Bolsonaro, Korea's Kim Jung Un, Russia's Putin and China's Xi Jinping ...

None of these friends of Trump have send congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden.

As Putin and Xi bide their time, which world leaders have and have not congratulated Biden?

by Oui on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 05:57:48 AM EST
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I don't understand Estonia's view as the Bidens are hawks on Russia and Putin ... they should be strong allies!

Estonia's far-right minister resigns over Biden remarks | ABC News |

Estonia's far-right interior minister, Mart Helme, resigned a day after he called President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter "corrupt characters" without providing further details or evidence.

"Last night I decided to resign (when) looking at the slander and lies produced by the Estonian media," said Helme, of the Estonian Conservative People's Party, or EKRE.

"I am tired. I did nothing yesterday that would endanger Estonia's security. I have not said anything that has not already been told by the American media, the American free media," he told public broadcaster ERR.

He made the remarks on Sunday in an Estonian radio show which interviewed both Mart Helme and his son Martin, who is the country's finance minister. They also discussed a hypothetical scenario of a U.S. civil war after the election result.

Earlier diary:

Estonia Celebrates Annual Waffen SS Division Heroes

by Oui on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 08:15:41 AM EST
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Mart Helme doesn't really represent all Estonians, he is from the lunatic fringe of the right-wing populist party (that got 17% of votes in the last election).

On the other hand, when you actually live next to Russia as a NATO member, you don't necessarily want the boys in Washington to turn your country into a burned wasteland of superpower conflict.

Around half of the Estonians see NATO as a protection, but actively seeking a fight with Russians is not actually protecting them, is it?

Everyone in Estonia knows that if there is any kind of military conflict with NATO and Russia, Estonia is overrun before nobody in Brussels notices. And that any counter-action by NATO means fighting in Estonia.

So, NATOs role is not to seek fight, but give Estonia a false sense of security. When there is a conflict, like the Bronze Soldier thing way back when, that doesn't reach the level of a shooting war, Estonia finds itself left alone and having to resolve the issue with Russia, not with Washington or Brussels. So while NATO offers protection, security is defined by relations with Russia.

by pelgus on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 12:32:59 PM EST
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Exactly ... if only this would impress the generals and weapons manufacturers supplying badly needed jobs in Trump's Red States. 😡
by Oui on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 01:24:21 PM EST
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US sec'y of state begins difficult 7-nation tour in France
PARIS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed "global challenges" with a handful of members of a Paris think tank Saturday at the start of a seven-country tour of Europe and the Middle East, travels that were certain to be awkward since all the nations on his schedule have congratulated President-elect Joe Biden for winning the White House.
by Bernard on Sat Nov 14th, 2020 at 05:33:39 PM EST
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