Steve Schmidt Profile

Stephen Edward Schmidt (born 1970) is an American communications and public affairs strategist best known for strategic roles on Republican political campaigns including those of George W. Bush, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and U.S. Senator John McCain. He specializes in "message development and strategy." Schmidt was the senior campaign strategist and advisor to the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John McCain. He is a Vice Chairman at the public relations firm Edelman and a political analyst for MSNBC.

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EU Will Retaliate

The Hill reports Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs

Trudeau to Retaliate July 1

​Macron Takes Jab at Trump

Macron says says international cooperation can’t depend on 'fits of anger'

“International cooperation cannot depend on fits of anger or little words. Let us be serious and worthy of our people,” French President Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement obtained by Le Monde.

The statement, which did not mention Trump by name, appeared to come down on the president for "incoherence and inconsistency" in his snub of the communique, which includes a commitment to a “rules-based international trading system” and to combating protectionism.

“We spent two days to obtain a text and commitments. We will stand by them and anyone who would depart from them, once their back was turned, shows their incoherence and inconsistency,” the statement said.

You can stand by words all you want, but if everyone bows down to clowns, what happens then?

Beclown Image

Here is the story behind the image.

I searched for a fitting "beclowned" image and could not locate one.

I did find a nice AP Image of Donald Trump and a Clown Image from Dreamstime.

This is what I started with.​

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I resized Trump's head smaller and tilted it at the right angle until it matched the angle and size of the clown's head.

I then used layer masks and opacity blends to reveal the portion of Trump's head that I wanted.

As a finishing touch I added yellow to the patch of Trump's hair that I kept instead of the white glove.

If you have not checked out Mish Moments, my photography website, please do so.

Thanks

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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