Quick Takes: Trump Administration Flunks Diplomacy

* Here’s one of the first things that caught my eye on twitter today:

* That was before further cringe-worthy moments later in the day, like this:

* It’s hard to forget all the times Trump suggested that Hillary Clinton didn’t have the stamina required to conduct foreign policy when you see things like this:

* But then, we’re learning a lot these days, aren’t we?

Clinton responded to that tweet with a little A+ trolling.

* That about covers it for the news in tweets. Since the situation with North Korea is escalating and we are likely to be hearing a lot of lies about how/why that is happening, I suggest that you take some time to read (or re-read) an article by Fred Kaplan from the Washington Monthly archives titled: “Rolling Blunder: How the Bush administration let North Korea get nukes.”

* I have no idea if there is any connection, but it’s interesting to note that today there were three long-reads published about Robert and Rebekah Mercer – billionaire supporters of Donald Trump. Here they are:

The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency by Jane Mayer at The New Yorker

The Blow-It-All-Up Billionaires by Vicky Ward at Huffington Post

The Mercers and Stephen Bannon: How a populist power base was funded and built by Matea Gold at the Washington Post

* Finally, it’s St. Paddy’s Day. To close out the week, here’s my favorite Irish tune sung by one of my favorite vocalists.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.