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Trump Talk Dominates at IMF Meeting

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The agenda at the annual International Monetary Fund/World Bank meeting in Washington DC October 6-9 was dominated by some weighty topics: the aftermath of Brexit, the Greek debt situation, and the uncertain condition of Deutsche Bank.

But on Saturday, those very serious matters competed with the latest developments in Donald Trump’s campaign for president of the U.S.

Delegates, journalists and guests from the roughly 189 countries freely offered Newsmax opinions on the now-famous tape of the GOP presidential nominee making crude comments about women.

“This is a good reason for multi-candidate races instead of only two parties and two candidates,” Matthias Bauer, deputy executive director of the Paris-based Council of Europe Development Bank, told us.

Noting that in France there are several candidates for president in first ballot voting, Bauer explained that supporters of candidate who are disappointing can shift to another on the spectrum who is not that dissimilar in philosophy. This system would benefit Trump supporters and Republicans now upset by his recorded remarks.

Nigerian journalists—who assured Newsmax that “Mr. Trump is very well-known and very popular” in their country—had a spirited disagreement over whether he should remain in the race.

“Let him stay in the race and run to the end,” Amaechi Cyril Ogbonna of Sun Publishing, Ltd. In Nigeria told us, “The [American] system is not well-suited to replacing a candidate this late [in the race]. And Trump would leave a lot of hassles for a successor nominee such as Mike Pence to clean up.”

Asked if he was surprised by the Trump tape, Ogbonna replied: “No, that’s his character.”
But fellow Nigerian Nduka Chiejina, assistant editor of “The Nation” publication, disagreed with Ogbonna.

“Trump’s bitten off a lot more than he can chew,” Chiejina told us, “These statements are unbecoming of any president. He should get off the ticket.”

Angelika Papamilitiadou, senior Eurozone correspondent for the German news service MNI, said “I never thought in my life I would support what Donald Trump said. But, look, I have brothers and male friends and I’ve heard it all. What he said 11 years ago is what just about every man has said at a sports bar on Friday nights. For so many, it’s hypocrisy to react to this.”

Papamilitiadou added her view that Hillary Clinton would have a lot more serious questions to answer than Trump: “How do her present stands on immigration square with the speeches she made calling for ‘open borders’ that WikiLeaks are just bringing out? And if she’s going to attack Trump for that tape, how does she explain being humiliated by her husband and staying with him? What does that tell you?"

 

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The agenda at the annual International Monetary Fund/World Bank meeting in Washington DC October 6-9 was dominated by some weighty topics:the aftermath of Brexit, the Greek debt situation, and the uncertain condition of Deutsche Bank.But on Saturday, those very serious...
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