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John Gore is one of Washington’s most experienced government affairs analysts. In the course of his 45-year career he has provided counsel on politics and strategy for a variety of multinational corporations, including BP, Time Warner, the London Stock Exchange, BAES, Goldman Sachs, Kellogg, Royal Caribbean, BHP Billiton, Standard Chartered Bank, Henkel, TNK and Xstrata. His commentaries from Washington and special topical reports reach over 1500 readers monthly. John Gore's articles are available to readers worldwide via subscription services.
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The White House and the nation should breathe a collective sigh of relief. According to Mueller, the President is not a Russian asset, a traitor, or an obstructer of justice, and the various investigations of the President, his family and his business associates now become more blatantly political.
MARCH 23, 2019
The long-anticipated Mueller report was released to the Attorney General last night, and though the details have yet to be made public, the basic conclusion was that no further criminal indictments are warranted. No collusion. No obstruction of justice. No doubt the report, when and if it is released, will contain much damaging information—particularly about the Russians, and possibly about the President’s efforts to interfere with (but not obstruct) various investigations. Depending on how much raw data is released, it will certainly provide fodder for continuing investigations. In the words of one Democrat Congressman, “This is the beginning, not the end.” So with the long-awaited conclusion of the Mueller Report have we finally achieved some sort of closure? Hardly. But we appear to have avoided a truly terrible outcome, i.e. that the President of the US is a Russian mole. Be thankful for small favors.
Would you like free healthcare? Free tuition? A guaranteed income? Forgiveness of your debts, along with your sins?
FEBRUARY 25, 2019
It’s little wonder that the latest polls show a surprising level of support for such propositions. However, the numbers fall dramatically when the costs of the various promises are revealed and it turns out that the tax burden will not fall entirely on multimillionaires. How the question is framed will go a long way to determining which party prevails in 2020.
If Trump is smart, he will continue to battle for his agenda, but he will try and look more reasonable.
NOVEMBER 29, 2018
Trump may need a new act. He needs to dial down the anger and thicken his skin. Counter punching has always been his forte, but the electorate seems to be tiring of the constant battling and bickering in Washington. They might also be tiring of Donald the Warrior. His opponents seem to know this, and that is why they will continue to provoke him. Ditto for much of the press. If Trump is smart, he will continue to battle for his agenda, but he will try and look more reasonable. Based on his ego and past performance, few here have confidence that he will make the adjustment. But he did not get where he is by being stupid.”
The reason why Brexiteers and Remainers are uniting is because this deal does not allow the UK the legal right to terminate it.
NOVEMBER 27, 2018
Despite all the challenges, the Brexit negotiations press on. For the moment, most people here on both sides of the debate seem resigned that the UK will “leave” the EU. They just don’t know when or how. Perhaps once they have seen the details of Brexit in black and white and have decided what it means to them personally, there will be a recalculation. Weak governments will soldier on, probably cobbling together an agreement that pleases nobody and solves little. It may go down in history as The Great British Fudge.