Trump Flips On Four Campaign Positions In One Day: NATO, Janet Yellen, Chinese Currency, The EXIM Bank


Trump said NATO is “no longer obsolete” during a Wednesday press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, backtracking on his past criticism of the alliance. During the campaign, he frequently called the organization “obsolete,” saying did little to crack down on terrorism and that its other members don’t pay their “fair share.”

On China:

Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that China is not artificially deflating the value of its currency, a big change after he repeatedly pledged during his campaign to label the country a currency manipulator. “They’re not currency manipulators,” the president said.

On Janet Yellen:

Trump also told the Journal he’d consider re-nominating Yellen to chair the Fed’s board of governors, after attacking her during his campaign. “I like her. I respect her,” Trump said, “It’s very early.” Trump called Yellen “obviously political” in September, and accused of her of keeping interest rates low to boost the stock market and make Obama look good.

On the Export-Import Bank:

Trump also threw his support behind the Export-Import Bank, which subsidizes U.S. exports, after opposing it during the campaign. “It turns out that, first of all, lots of small companies are really helped, the vendor companies,” Trump told the Journal.

Read more at The Hill.

  • kaydenpat

    Flipping must be a polite way of saying that he’s lying once again. Liar-in-Chief.

    • JohnInCA

      “flipping” in this case is changing his mind. A week ago vanilla ice cream was his favorite, but now he likes chocolate more.

      Lying would be if his preference didn’t change. He always liked chocolate more, but he lied last week when he said it was vanilla.

      With Trump, we really have no reason to believe that he was informed enough last year to have an educated opinion.

      So yeah, he probably flipped.

      • Adam King

        He never gave a rat’s ass about anything but himself and he still doesn’t. He just shits through his lips because that’s what he does.

    • Latebrosus

      Ivanka’s and Jared’s handiwork?

  • coram nobis

    A billiard ball has more consistent direction.

    • Lars Littlefield

      But not as much spin.

      • coram nobis

        More like the surreal version of the game proposed by the title character in “The Mikado”.

        The billiard-sharp whom anyone catches
        His doom’s extremely hard—
        He’s made to dwell in a dungeon cell
        On a spot that’s always barred.
        And there he plays extravagant matches
        In fitless finger-stalls,
        On a cloth untrue, with a twisted cue,
        And elliptical billiard balls.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    And his idiot supporters will lap it up and clap louder.

    Nothing short of his registering as a Democrat can piss them off.

    • TampaDink

      Re-registering as a Democrat.

  • David L. Caster

    The alt-right should be entertaining to watch as it twists itself into every kind of contortion trying to explain why it continues to support trump.

    Clearly, Bannon is losing the ear of Trump.

    • Rambie

      The GOP’ers are good at twisting themselves into a pretzel to justify that flip-flop, in indeed not a flip-flop

  • margaretpoa

    By Friday he’ll be claiming credit for “fixing” those things, so it wasn’t a “flip-flop” at all, you see…

  • SunsetGay

    Don’t hate Donald Trump. Tomorrow, he could be on your side!

    • margaretpoa

      No, he can’t. Because if he ever is, I would have to seriously re-examine my position to discover where it went so horribly wrong.

      • JohnInCA

        Or just wait 24 hours.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      And then the day after???

    • Rambie

      Spoiler alert: Trump Lies

    • Adam King

      How could you tell?

    • William

      I’ll take my chances.

  • distributorcap

    we are living a real world “Duck Soup” meets “1984” – only Groucho Marx was funny and Ivanka is no Mrs Teasdale

    • Lars Littlefield

      Was Lucille Ball in that?

      • Ernest Endevor

        Margaret Dumont.

        • Lars Littlefield

          I had it mixed up with Room Service.

  • Lantor

    I wonder how much this goes against Bannon’s world view? Is he on borrowed time?

  • RealityBass

    It’s almost as if Trump talked a lot of smack about things he knew nothing about during the campaign.

    • RepublicansRNotConservative

      Oh, he knew all about taking control and how good it would feel. But thats the way NPD works. Nothing matters except feeling powerful and gratified.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Well, I’m off to the optician’s. Could’ve sworn you wrote:
        “Nothing matters except feeling powerful and girlfriend.”

        • RepublicansRNotConservative

          Well I suppose that could work too…if you have a girlfriend.

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            I was attributing the sentiment to drumpf. (Girlfriend = Grab-ee)

          • Adam King

            Are you implying he’s unfaithful to the First Prostitute? I’m so shocked.

          • Pay The Man


          • RepublicansRNotConservative

            Girlfriend/Victim all the same in Trumpworld

    • kirby7771


    • Todd20036

      Wasn’t he going to induct Clinton too?

    • Niblet58

      It happens every time with candidates when they become president Trump has been the worst in this regard because he was so ignorant of what a candidate let alone a president does.
      President Obama had the same thing happen to him, that’s why the firebaggers were so pissed off about him not doing EVERY thing he promised on the campaign trail. They showed him but good in 2010 and that has led directly to the shit storm we are experiencing right now.

  • Cuberly
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Yay! Their disgust at Dumpf is music to this little dino’s ears.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        PS: Is anyone going to eat those extra pieces of juicy meat???

        • Cuberly

          Fire up the grill!

    • safari

      They are upset.

      And then there are those that are calling the other commentators a liberal troll brigade…

      • safari
        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          He’s got that same weird mark on his forehead as Gorbachev. Coincidence or evil birthmark? The bizarre and outlandish links to Russia never cease.

        • Homo Erectus


        • kareemachan

          Gee, I hope he doesn’t have skin cancer.


      • Cuberly

        Notice a few commenters are seemingly doing damage control. And, supposedly Bannon ordered the editorial staff to back off on bashing the son in-law. Hmmmm….

        I swear a large portion of the commenters are from their editorial staff. Each editor with about 10+ disqus accounts. And the accounts are always quite low in the number of comments…and they always do that annoying loooooooooong single thread thing. It’s impossible to follow individual threads.

    • Treant

      Kellyanne’s future if she doesn’t stop lying.

  • Gretchen

    Is anyone else being asked to login to JMG? I keep getting a pop up asking for a username and password

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    Who said those horrible things, what was it, last week? Last year? It must’ve been Bannon. He joined late in the campaign. I don’t even know Bannon. I don’t know why he said those horrible things. What a disaster!

    • Adam King

      Obama’s deep gov’t had him hypnotized and forced him to say wrong things! It was Susan Rice all along!

  • clay

    Trump– “Wow, I was super-ignorant about the the US federal government last year.”

    • William

      Nobody knew it was so complicated.

      • clay

        absolutely no one on the planet possibly could have. /s

    • Duh-David

      If the Clinton campaign had just gifted him with one season of the West Wing on DVD.

    • -M-

      It irks me every time he smugly informs us of some bit of common knowledge that he’s just become aware of.

      I think the only reason the three skittles haven’t already put their father in a home is there’s no way to untangle him from the rats nest of businesses.

      • TominDC

        I have a sneaking suspicion that they’ve already figured out how to untangle hair fuhrer from all his businesses… except they found out that his supposed billions are imaginary.

        The kids are just keeping him on to grab as much as possible before the brand implodes. There’s really no other explanation for why they’re letting him destroy what’s left of the brand.

        • -M-

          That’s pretty much what I meant. If they could’ve forced him out without winding up in jail or broke, surely they would have years ago.

  • RepublicansRNotConservative

    President Vertigo flips and spins.
    Queue up Alien Conjob to confuse the Trumpettes.

    The most relevant lyrics
    “Just give me what I want and no one gets hurt”

  • Adam King

    I’m waiting for him to flip on the claim that he’s qualified for the presidency.

    • ultragreen

      Now that’s one thing that will definitely not happen.

    • Ross

      Good one.

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      • Homo Erectus

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        • ColdCountry

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        • Acronym Jim

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    • FAEN

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    • JCF

      Ack, 11PM Pacific is my usual peak JMG time! :-p

  • bkmn

    The real question is whether the Trumpthumpers will ever realize he used them.

    • RepublicansRNotConservative

      Oh hell no. That’d be admitting how much they fucked up. Never gonna happen. Pride!

    • Adam King

      That would require them to have a thought.

    • safari

      It’s hard to tell. Beitbart is half regret half those regretting are trolls at the moment.

      • jimbo65

        Oh they’ll fall in line! Like all good republiCons do.

    • ultragreen

      Some alt-righters feel like they’ve been betrayed (e.g., Ann Coulter), but Trump’s reversal of positions doesn’t seem to have affected his overall approval rating.

    • Ross

      The only enthusiastic Trumpy supporter I know…now feels betrayed by him.

      I was not sympathetic to his pain.

  • Leo

    Meanwhile, even if Bannon isn’t fired he still might have the Campaign Legal Center to deal with – they filed evidence with the FEC that his super PAC made illegal contributions to the campaign.

    Expect this to dominate headlines shortly.

    • William

      A scandal in the Trump White House? Oh my stars!

      • Leo

        If you’re keeping track we’re on # what, 32? Who’s counting?

      • jimbo65

        Yeah. I barely make it to my fainting couch anymore.

        • Ross

          I added wheels to my fainting couch.

          So it can always be close by.

          • jimbo65

            I like to live dangerously. A few concussions here and there let me know I’m alive. 😉

      • Homo Erectus

        Scandal du jour.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • David Walker

      But tell us, Keith, how do you really feel?

      • narutomania

        I applaud him.

        Imagine if any of the other news outlets (other than JMG, of course) took Drumpf to task with even a quarter of the vim and vigour that Olbermann displays here.

  • HZ81

    Our first President who’s learning as he goes—like a toddler.

    Thanks, straight, white America. Could have had a seasoned pro and policy wonk but you just couldn’t get over her vagina.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      That’s one explanation.
      Alt-explanation: They are clueless idiots!

    • Ross

      Hillary won by three million votes.

      Donnie got in due to election fraud.


      • Homo Erectus

        Just like our new Supreme Court Justice.

        • Ross

          Thank you!

      • JCF

        Never, EVER will.

  • djcoastermark

    It’s disturbing to see that the orange one’s education is based on this.

    • jugomono

      OMG Superballs were great. Oh for simpler times.

      Although, at this time I also remember lining up into “formation” at school & trembling during air-raid drills as a kid (late ’60s-early ’70’s). My knees would shake & I could barely stand. We had a siren on the school roof (best place for it I guess) & they would run tests every few months & we’d have to line up outside & prepare for the apocalypse…it was a catholic school.

      Feels like we’re there again.

      • TuuxKabin

        Ditto. The nuns would pace up and down the aisle, with their damned yard stick and whack any part of any body they felt was not securely ‘covered’ beneath those puny desks. I remember thinking, “jeeze, I hope the penguin gets it first.”

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        My Catholic school was on split sessions, so I guess they didn’t have time for that under the desk shit.


    In this statement, saying the dollar was too strong, Donald engaged in currency manipulation.

    The wheezing orange pus-bag still does not realize there are topics about which he is not allowed to have a publicly expressed opinion, as long as he is President.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Another restrained oration from Keith today:

    • safari

      He seems upset.

      • Natty Enquirer

        You know, we get disgust fatigue and we lower our expectations and feel relieved when Trump does something not quite so stupid as he did yesterday. Olbermann helps me remember just how shameful it is to have Donald Trump in the White House.

    • Ross

      OMG! I loved that! Thank you!

      I burst out laughing with his opening sentence!

      Keith is doing is great service to this country. His Resistance videos have been watched well over 100 million times.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Thanks for this.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      He needs to set this to music. Maybe like this:

  • DreadPirateZed

    Is our children learning?

  • ultragreen

    Do Trump supporters feel like they’ve been betrayed yet, or are they still applauding him?

    • safari

      At the moment they’re trying to figure out who among them are liberal trolls for doubting 45.

      • ultragreen

        Good, that sounds like they are starting to eat their own.

    • Ross

      The only enthusiastic Trumpy supporter I know…now HATES Trumpy and feels betrayed by him.

      And for the first time in my life I just HAD to say: Told ya’ so.

      • Ben in Oakland

        Somehow, I suspect it wasn’t the first time that you HAD to say it.

        • Ross

          Actually, I have never said that before!

          But I relished saying it at last!

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Does he feel betrayed because drümpf has been too mean and stupid, or because he’s not been mean and stupid enough?

        • Ross

          Good point.

          The latter.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Don’t just say I told you so. Tell him if he hates Trump, he should stick it to him by voting Dem or contributing to anybody running against him.

  • Ninja0980

    And his supporters still won’t give a damn.

  • JWC

    this is wednesday will he change by Friday

    • JCF


  • Johnny Wyeknot

    It does not seem to matter what he says. His supporters will love him regardless. Likely because they have no idea what he’s talking about. Because he uses big words. The best words. Over and over and over again.

    • Homo Erectus

      “He’s a man of few words – but he uses them often”

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        “He’s a man of few words” =
        “He has a 75-word vocabulary.”

    • e_monster

      “His supporters will love him regardless. Likely because they have no idea what he’s talking about.”

      I’m beginning to believe the same.

  • Brian Keith

    Reality comes crashing in

  • billbear1961

    And a week from now, or tomorrow, he could change his “mind” AGAIN.

    He’s a pathological liar, a con man, a thief; and you can put no faith in ANYTHING he says.

    But let’s just keep pretending that FACT, in a POTUS, isn’t important, “journalists.”

  • andrew

    One of the many ailments that Trump suffers from is whiplash.

    • Tomcat

      He is one of the few people that can stick his head up his own ass and still talk. Sounds just the same too.

  • kareemachan

    That hundred days is getting closer and closer….

    • clay

      I’ve been counting down to 90 days, when he’ll need to see a real doctor.

  • BobSF_94117

    Technically it can’t be changing his mind.

  • FAEN

    Cheeto voters. You dense motherfuckers have been played.

    • Rambie

      Yet most of them still don’t realize it and support the buffoon.

      Apologies to buffoons

  • JCF

    It’s the Training-Wheels Presidency. Since training wheels are the provance of the average 5 year old, just give Drumpf 30 years, and he’ll finally be mature enough for the office!

    [No seriously, he’ll have rotted away by then. Visualize these happy thoughts!]

  • Tomcat

    This might actually turn into the first time republicans work with a Democrat.
    Of course they still think he can be converted to republican. And we don’t want him.

  • MassageBear

    As Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) tweeted:
    “Trump has two distinct advantages in politics he has 1) no shame and 2) no principles. It allows him endless latitude.”

    • kcken

      hahahaha.. 🙂 This. Is. Awesome.

  • kcken
    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      The Butthurt is strong with them today…..


      • kcken

        It’s a fucking hot mess over there today. The comments section are hysterical.

  • ColdCountry

    Gee, is he admitting he didn’t know what he was talking about??

    • TuuxKabin

      IMHO he doesn’t have to.

  • Stubenville
  • Halou

    I don’t really see Trump having changed his position on NATO. His whole thing in the election was that the alliance had been devoting too much of it’s time and resources to facing down threats from places that aren’t located in the Middle-East, and that despite America being the only country to have ever called on Article 5 Trump believes the alliance is not doing enough to propel a narrow set of American interests forward.

    Curses to those nations in Eastern Europe who want to prioritize their own existence ahead of the American President’s terrorism fantasy. No, we have to devote all our efforts to this one single issue, fighting ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ and nothing else. It was delusional when he first said it and the only thing that has changed since then has been the words the President uses to communicate his message.
    Trump once ordered the CVE “Countering Violent Extremism” Initiative be renamed and for it to redirect it’s attention away from violent extremism in general, and to focus solely on ‘Radical Islamic Extremism’. Klans of the world rejoice! He is trying to do the same with NATO and the defense agendas of more than twenty other nations, to force us all into going along with his fantasy. It is just as it was last year, nothing has changed.

    In addition to that. During the joint press meeting with the NATO Secretary-General Trump also talked at length about the one other thing he ever talks about with regard to foreign policy, money, about how other alliance members are not ‘paying their fair share’. So much so the NATO Secretary-General devoted his part of the briefing to outlining other non-monetary contributions made by alliance members, some of which were not even in the alliance at the time but still contributed forces to the mission.

  • Acronym Jim

    When he was talking about trade negotiations with China, doesn’t that count as a reversal of his stance on TPP?