Surely you’ve heard the crazy reports of Trump indirectly demanding an apology from Joe Scarborough for criticizing him in exchange for the President preventing the National Enquirer from publishing a hit piece on Joe, right? Can you imagine this mode of operation moving to international politics? Imagine no more! There is now a report that “senior US officials have raised the possibility of announcing the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem as a penalty if Abbas uses his UN speech to attack the Trump administration.” Yes, the sort of policy decisions that could trigger large-scale violence are no longer considered with the seriousness they deserve, but are apparently now used to shield president orange snowflake from criticism. But the Palestinian leadership did refrain from any public criticism of the Trump administration, and Trump just transferred them $20 million. Carrots and sticks are great policy tools! But now, about that occupation... 

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