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These Photos Of Donald Trump Before He Was President Are Awkward And Some Are Very Questionable

No matter how you feel about the current president, you’ve got to admit that Donald Trump is a bizarre guy. Between late night tweet storms and his obsession with fast food, he’s got some usual habits. Not to mention all the strangeness that has arisen from his time as a reality star and cameos on TV and in movies. Overall, it’s a lot of weirdness associated with Trump.

Even before he became president, Trump was one of the most widely photographed people in the world. For better or for worse, all his past weirdness has resulted in some truly bizarre photos. Thanks to the internet, these pictures have been immortalized forever for future generations to look at and ask, “WTF?”

Here are some of the most baffling pre-president pictures of Trump that the internet has to offer.

1. This pic is more than a little ironic.

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Doves have long been a symbol of hope and peace. Considering Trump has picked fights with world leaders, celebrities, politicians, journalists and random citizens, it’s pretty ironic. This picture was taken for the cover of a 1985 issue of “Manhattan, inc.” Still, there’s no real explanation as to why they felt he needed to be holding a bird.

2. Just plain creepy.

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Even before he became president, people have expressed concern over Trump’s relationship with daughter, Ivanka. He has made several comments saying he would be dating her if he wasn’t her father. The most creepy, though, are the pics of the two together when she was young. Here she is sitting on his lap, gazing at him while caressing his face. Not the father-daughter picture you’ll usually see.

3. A really unlikely pair.

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His long history as a public figure has resulted in Trump making friends with many random celebrities. One such friend was the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. They met in 1988 before Jackson performed a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. Trump has been a staunch defender of Jackson during his most controversial years, which makes sense when you compare Trump’s own problematic past.

4. This photo oozes bad vibes.

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Trump’s time as the host of “Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” also made for strange bedfellows. Gene Simmons, Dennis Rodman and Snooki are just a few candidates the show saw. Former Sandra Bullock spouse, Jesse James also appeared on the show, which led to this cursed image. It should be mentioned that James was exposed for dressing as Adolf Hitler and collecting Nazi paraphernalia while Trump has been extraordinarly sympathetic towards Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists.

5. A photo almost as chaotic as the Trump White House.

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Speaking of “Celebrity Apprentice,” the show was a straight up circus. Considering who the ringleader was, it’s not at all surprising. This promotional picture from 2014’s 14th season of the reality show paints a chaotic scene with Trump un-photogeniclly shouting his catchphrase in the center.

6. Just hanging out with a giant T; nothing weird to see here.

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To put it lightly, Trump is obviously vain. He puts his name on everything he can and erroneously claims that it’s the best, most luxurious and most elite in the world. This 1996 photo of Trump leaning against a giant T might be the most normal picture on this list.

7. This picture gave us nightmares.

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Trump has been quoted as saying that his love of fast food comes from the clean conditions the franchises must maintain. Obviously he’s never worked for a fast food chain but he has starred in a few of their commercials. Which is where this extremely haunted picture of him and Grimace from Mickey D’s. We’ll never look at this friendly purple guy the same way again.

8. Get a load of the ego on this guy.

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Season 14 of “Celebrity Apprentice” seems to have been a banner year for the reality TV show. In another promo pic for the show, Trump plays a conductor of the Apprentice candidates choir. We know how much he likes to be in charge but he’s no better at being a maestro than he is a president.

9. Just a casual photo courtesy of The New Yorker.

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Since he started his campaign for president, Trump has become increasingly anti-media. However, this is very different than his previous relationship with news publications. Before his presidential run, he never turned down the opportunity to be featured on TV or in print. In 1997, a feature in “The New Yorker” of the future president came with this photograph. In it, Trump — dressed in a suit and with hands in pockets — causally hops on a golf course. Totally normal stuff.

10. The man sure does love a cameo.

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You might not know this, but there’s a reason Trump was in do many movies and TV shows during the 90s. It’s not because he’s a good actor but because he negotiated cameos in any piece of media that filmed in one of his properties. This is how we get this bizarre picture of Trump and the flashy girl from Flushing.

11. Greetings from Scotland.

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Golf is one of those sports that is associated with wealth and Trump likes to think of himself as a great golfer. There’s no proof behind his belief but he has played on many around the world. Which brings us to this strange photo of him flanked by two bagpipers in the Scottish countryside. There’s no telling what’s so interesting on the ground, though.

12. Not sure what’s going on here but yikes.

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One victim of Trump’s famous Twitter temper tantrums is the television comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” It’s pretty ironic when you remember that Trump hosted the series twice. During his 2015 hosting gig, he played himself in a sketch about the fictional restuarant Donald Trump’s House of Wings. This is a fictional commercial but could easily be real given all his failed business ventures.

13. An improvement on his usual look.

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His stint hosting “SNL” in 2015 was a ploy to make him seem relatable and good natured. This included a promo commercial with that week’s musical guest, Sia. In the promo, Trump sports a Sia-like two-toned wig and is joined by Kate McKinnon. Despite this promo, we are now very aware that Trump is definitely not relatable or friendly in the least.

14. Trump family photo.

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Trump loves a photo-op, no matter how weird or irrelevant it is. This photo is def both weird and irrelevant. During a 2006 recruiting search for “The Apprentice,” Trump stopped by Universal Studios Hollywood for some strange reason. That appearance led to a picture of him with Eric and Don, Jr. — we mean, Frankenstein’s Monster and a zombie.

15. Don’t show up with these at the next asado.

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As we mentioned before, Trump has had several failed business attempts; which is weird for someone regarded as a business mogul. One such failure was his Trump Steaks. Though promoted as “the world’s greatest steaks,” reviews for the cuts of meat were extremely bad. Jerry Levin, the CEO of Sharper Image where the products were first carried said they “literally sold almost no steaks.” Color us not surprised.

16. Not a good look.

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Rudy Giuliani and Trump have been friends for a long time. Years before Giuliani became his lawyer, he made New York accessible to future president’s construction needs. That’s how this picture was made possible but it doesn’t explain why we’ve been forced to see it.

17. Disturbing on so many levels.

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As we said, the relationship between Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, is pretty… different. We easily could have loaded this list with pictures of them but we could only stomach two. We don’t know if it’s his possessive arm around her, the weird look he’s giving the camera or because she’s practically in his lap while they sit on the bed, but this picture bothers us in a very real way.

18. We’re still waiting on those tax returns.

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Since he claims to be so rich, a picture of Trump with armfuls of cash shouldn’t be very weird. Actually, it is pretty weird when you take into account that it’s not his money. You know the old Trump motto: why use your own cash when you can play with someone else’s.

19. There’s something eerie about this photo.

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Not sure if it’s the focal length of this photo, the weird backlighting or the dead eyes, but this picture is haunting. Taken for the opening of his Taj Mahal Casino, maybe this picture was an omen. After all, the casino closed in 2016 and only sold for 4 cents on the dollar that Trump spent on it.

20. Finally, this work of…uh…art?

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Remember what we said about Trump being vain and egotistical? Yeah, here’s a portrait that proves the point for us. Painted by Ralph Wolfe Cowan, this portrait is titled “The Visionary” and is almost as complimentary of Trump as he is himself. It currently resides in Trump’s residence of Mar-a-Lago because of course, it does.

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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In a move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration, Trump has moved to put Cuba back on the list of nations that allegedly sponsor terrorism.

Obama had taken Cuba off of that list in 2015 and with four years to Cuba back on the list, many agree that Trump has simply put Cuba back on the list to make life difficult for President Biden.

The Trump administration has put Cuba back on the list of countries that “sponsor terrorism.”

With just days left in office, Trump has moved to label Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in a last-minute move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo justified the controversial move which reverses Barack Obama’s 2015 decision to remove Cuba from the list after more than three decades – by accusing Havana of “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists”.

Pompeo also alleged Cuba was engaging “in a range of malign behavior across the region”, highlighting its support for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro who Trump has unsuccessfully tried to overthrow.

The controversial step places Cuba alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria as state sponsors of terror.

However, most officials agree that Trump’s claims about Cuba are bogus.

Many international observers – including U.S. allies – aren’t impressed by the administration’s claims that Cuba is sponsoring terrorism.

In an interview with The Guardian, Christopher Sabatini, a senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House, said “These are trumped up charges. Terrorism as an international definition is committing acts of violence against unarmed civilians intended to frighten the population. Cuba doesn’t do that. Yes, it represses its own people – but so does Saudi Arabia.”

Groups that favor greater U.S. engagement with Cuba criticized the announcement.

“There is no compelling, factual basis to merit the designation,” according to Ric Herrero, executive director of the Cuba Study Group, a Washington DC-based organization that supports engagement with the island. “Instead it appears to be another shameless, last-ditch effort to hamstring the foreign policy of the incoming Biden administration and set the stage for the next election in Florida, all at the expense of the Cuban people and relations between our countries.”

Many observers agree that Trump’s move is simply a gift to party hardliners in Florida, and likely a deliberate attempt to make life difficult for the incoming Biden administration who may wish to end deténte with Cuba.

Of course, Cuban officials reacted angrily to the announcement.

After the announcement, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted: “We condemn the US announced hypocritical and cynical designation of #Cuba as a State sponsoring terrorism. The US political opportunism is recognized by those who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims.”

Reversing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s action would require the Biden administration to certify to Congress that there has been a fundamental change in leadership in Cuba and that the government is not supporting acts of international terrorism, has not for the previous six months and will not do so in the future.

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