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PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 8: Vice President of the United States Joe Biden watches a game between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipman on December 8, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Navy won 17-13. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
2020年美國總統大選即將在明年的11月3日舉行,雖然還有長達一年的時間,但兩黨主要競爭對手,都早已磨拳擦掌,進行著各種造勢與相關的活動,以拉抬聲勢。現任總統川普,除了長期備受反對黨在政治上的抹黑與迫害(Witch Hunt),還遭受多數主流媒體的偏頗報導。近日,川普總統乾脆自己在推特上發文,指出民主黨角逐總統大選提名的候選人喬.拜登(Joe Biden)說過的謊言,供選民一起來檢視它的真實性。
TOLEDO, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: General Motors workers wave at passing cars in front of the GM Powertrain Plant on September 18, 2019 in Toledo, Ohio. GM and the United Auto Workers union, which is leading its first strike against the auto maker since 2007, bargained into the evening yesterday and had plans to continue today over wages and health care, according to published reports citing sources familiar with the negotiations. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
近期川普總統為全面翻轉美國汽車產業,重拾以往美國汽車製造的榮景,施展奇招:降低車輛廢氣排放標準;甚至還得到德國總理梅克爾的支持。除環保人士立即嚴正抗議反對外,一般民眾多數是霧裡看花,甚至不解,到底這葫蘆裡賣的是什麼藥?難道這只為提振經濟、賺大錢,卻放棄環保、製造空汙,進而破壞地球的舉動嗎?
A Chinese military policeman guards the front of t BEIJING, CHINA: A Chinese military policeman guards the front of the US embassy in Beijing as a US delegation prepares to leave the US embassy in Beijing 18 April 2001 to China's foreign ministry for talks on a midair collision between a Chinese fighter jet and a US surveillance plane that severely strained US-Sino relations. The eight-member delegation will ask the Chinese "tough questions" about their interceptions of US surveillance planes and demand the return of the EP-3 Orion that made an emergency landing in China after the April 1 collision. AFP PHOTO/Stephen SHAVER (Photo credit should read STEPHEN SHAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
美中貿易這個燙手山芋,沒有一任美國總統願意採強硬態度處理!除了重拾美國第一、讓美國再次偉大的信念之外,還有什麼原因,讓這位「被賦予神聖使命的」總統,擇善固執?
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 9: U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping (not shown) speak to business leaders at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo by Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)
美中貿易議題,持續延燒!早在去年3月開始,美國即採漸進式與談判式的作法,擘劃時程,展開對中國政府加徵關稅的舉動。原因當然包括從2000年以來,持續超額的貿易逆差與層出不窮的智慧財產竊盜問題,迫使川普總統不得不採取行動,以維護美國國家與國民的權益;當然,期間中國政府企圖採取的手段與談判策略,最終卻都以「無法履行承諾」而告終,講究誠信的美國,只好如實地採取必要行動。
US-politics-trump-shooting-crime US President Donald Trump (R) greets Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (C) as he arrives at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio on August 7, 2019. Trump is visiting the mass shooting sites in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. - Nine people were killed on August 4 in Dayton's popular Oregon District. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
2019年8月3日、4日,連續兩天,位於美國德州的艾爾帕索(El Paso)及俄亥俄州的岱頓鎮(Dayton)相繼發生大規模槍擊事件,不但造成人員的傷亡,又再次突顯美國槍枝氾濫問題;當然,槍手的身家背景、精神與心理狀態,又再次淪為討論與關注。
休閒的時間上網時,也可以嘗試看外語網站的新聞或感興趣的議題,很多人從這當中學習到本國文化中沒有的新知識,這也是一種很好的文化學習,既學習了外語,又拓展了視野,添增了生活的樂趣。
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks as he announces his nominee for the chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell during a press event in the Rose Garden at the White House, November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Current Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's term expires in February. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
「央行降息」、「貨幣政策」、「量化寬鬆」,這些經濟上的專有名詞,又如何影響一般民眾的生活呢?美國總統川普為國政竭盡心力,希望美國人民過得更好,近日他向美國聯邦準備理事會提出建言,好讓美國經濟更具競爭力。
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: U.S. President Donald Trump greets sisters Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson also known as Diamond and Silk during a “Presidential Social Media Summit” in the East Room of the White House July 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted a group of his political allies to discuss “social media.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
科技的發展讓現今的生活便利許多,不論是資訊的傳遞還是民生消費的必須,都只靠一隻手機就能輕易完成。然而,正因為資訊的快速獲取,真實性也遭到質疑,建構每位網路使用者獨立判斷訊息的能力的確刻不容緩。
JAPAN-G20-SUMMIT US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) as they sit beside China's President Xi Jinping as they attend a meeting on the digital economy at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Jacques Witt / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JACQUES WITT/AFP/Getty Images)
全球20國集團(G20)領袖經濟峰會剛剛在日本大阪(Osaka)落幕,國際領導人分別就「世界經濟」、「貿易與投資」、「創新」、「環境與能源」、「就業」、「女性賦權」、「發展」和「健康」等議題進行討論。會後,美國總統川普也就現階段美中貿易、解除華為禁令、中美洲移民、北韓等議題,在記者會中進行重點整理。
MONTOURSVILLE, PA - MAY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump tosses a hat into the crowd as he arrives for a 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally at Williamsport Regional Airport, May 20, 2019 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Trump is making a trip to the swing state to drum up Republican support on the eve of a special election in Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, with Republican Fred Keller facing off against Democrat Marc Friedenberg. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
2020年真是大選年,台灣將在1月11日選出第15屆人民直選總統;而美國則在下半年的11月3日,揭曉誰會入主白宮。因為幅員廣闊、事務龐雜,各政黨參選人早在大約一年半前就開始磨拳擦掌、精心籌畫各類活動。民調支持度維持在五成上下的川普總統,近期除不斷強調他的政績讓美國經濟大好,也開始對競逐連任,展開下鄉行程與造勢活動。
美國總統川普(特朗普)發推文說,將自6月10日起,對所有輸美墨西哥商品課徵5%關稅。
誓言讓美國「再次偉大」,川普總統除了針對「非法移民」對症下藥,更加大力度整頓長久以來、且日趨嚴重的「毒品」問題。歷史上,鴉片氾濫,導致中國清朝晚期國窮民困,終遭鴉片戰爭打擊,清朝潰敗、接受不平等條約。今日的美國也因為「大麻合法化」問題,在聯邦政府與各州政府間,來回交鋒、各執己見。
美國總統川普提醒北京,在美方的關稅措施下,未達成貿易協對中國非常不利。資料照。(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
誠信,是中華文化傳統的美德。在美國,一個擁有良好信用紀錄的人,將會在生活日常方面享受各種便利;可是信用紀錄一但出現汙點,將會遇到諸多麻煩。所以,絕大多數在美國生活的人,都非常在意自己的信用紀錄。近日,中國政府的輕諾食言,川普政府因此提高關稅反擊。美國此舉師出有名,中共出爾反爾則讓華夏子弟蒙上一層言而無信的臭名。
President And Mrs Trump Host National Day Of Prayer Service At White House WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) listens to Congregation Chabad Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Poway, California, speak during a National Day of Prayer service in the Rose Garden at the White House May 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. Goldstein suffered defensive wounds when a gunman opened fire during the last day of Passover services at his synagogue, killing Lori Kaye. The White House invited leaders from various faiths and religions to participate in the day of prayer, which was designated in 1952 by the United States Congress to ask people "to turn to God in prayer and meditation." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
「God bless America!」(上帝保佑美國!)這大概是美國好萊塢災難片,片中主角最常說的一句台詞,希望老天爺幫助美國渡過難關。5月2日是美國的全國祈禱日,川普總統說:「今天,我們感謝這了不起的國家,充滿自信、團結一致,這都要歸因於上帝。」信神、謙遜、充滿自信,難怪美國仍是今日世界上最強大的國家之一。
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 14: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after being awarded the Green Jacket during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
「老虎伍茲」回來了!曾經叱剎體壇風雲、風靡高爾夫球界的傳奇人物,在歷經近10年的人生低潮,睽違14年,再次拿下了美國名人賽冠軍,這是他生涯第5座美國名人賽冠軍。同樣熱愛小白球的美國總統川普,更是老虎的粉絲,也在第一時間親自對伍茲表達祝賀之意。
US President Donald Trump(R) speaks to the press alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he arrives on Capitol Hill on March 26, 2019 before joining Senate Republicans for lunch in Washington,DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)
耗時2年,保守估計耗費超過2,500萬美元,傳喚高達500名證人,甚至多達34人遭到起訴的「通俄門」調查,2019年3月24日結論出爐:「川普沒有通俄與妨害司法。」毫無疑問,對支持川普總統的人們來說,猶如加注一劑強心針;相反地,對企圖打擊與反對川普的人士,真是感到全然錯愕。
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: U.S. President Donald Trump (L), shares a moment with his guests, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (R), Attorney General William Barr (2nd R), and Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh (C) of Chester County, Pennsylvania, after he signed his first veto during an event on border security in the Oval Office of the White House March 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump has vetoed the congressional resolution that blocks his national emergency declaration on the southern border. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
保衛國家安全,維護社會秩序,本來就是一國元首的職務,但現在對美國總統川普來說,卻是進退兩難、寸步難行。從「關閉政府」到宣布進入「國家緊急狀態」,到底反對黨為何要頃全力不支持總統編列預算,修築邊境城牆?又是什麼原因讓川普堅持、想方設法找到修築的預算呢?
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck sits with Fred and Cindy Warmbier during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
很難想像,身處在一個自由民主的國家中,如果因為企圖偷拿飯店裡的一張海報,就被判刑15年入獄勞教、甚至虐待致死。目前這類事件,仍然正在少數共產極權專政國家中發生。美國一位大三生,被北韓當局關押17個月後,在昏迷狀態下,被營救返回美國,旋即去世,死因不明。
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) hosts a listening session with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors Julie Cordover (2nd R) and Jonathan Blank and his mother Melissa Blank and others in the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump is hosted the session in the wake of last week's mass shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and teachers dead. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
「他真是一位好總統!」一位痛失愛女的父親這樣稱讚美國總統川普。川普做了什麼?對於失去親人的痛苦,他感同身受;對於學生們的校園安全建議,他拉高層級,廣納意見。我們都由衷希望悲劇不再上演!
US-CRIME-SCHOOL-SHOOTING Flowers, candles and mementos sit outside one of the makeshift memorials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 27, 2018. Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school will reopen on February 28, 2018 two weeks after 17 people were killed in a shooting by former student, Nikolas Cruz, leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured on February 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
捷運持刀傷人、街上隨機砍人,近年來這些危害社安事件頻傳;校園擄人、傷人、霸凌,甚至師生關係緊張,層出不窮。人心!到底出了什麼問題?時值美國史上最嚴重的校園槍擊事件一周年,人民與政府從中學到了什麼?是否記取教訓?
朝鮮電視台在播報「川金會」紀錄片時,以前所未有的尊重口吻稱川普為 「美國總統」。(ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
從閉門造車、發展核武,整天對國際嗆聲說要發射飛彈,由共產勢力扶持起家的北韓政權,在第三代年輕的領導人金正恩的帶領下,似乎將有偌大的轉變。是什麼原因?讓超過70年的北韓共產專政,決定「放下屠刀」!
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Lion Dancers perform in China Town on China's New Years Day on January 26, 2009 in London, England. The Ox, the Chinese Zodiac symbol ushered in today, is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Real estate tycoon Donald Trump flashes the thumbs-up as he arrives on stage for the start of the prime time Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
「我們將復甦國內的工作機會,取回屬於我們的財富,重拾我們的夢想。」美國總統川普在2017年1月20日的就職演說,言猶在耳。短短一年間,川普以「美國優先」的治國核心,以及推動「買美國貨、僱美國人」政策,多項經濟數據創下新紀錄,引領美國民眾進入新時代。
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TOPSHOT - This picture shows US army vehicles supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hajin, in the Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria, on December 15, 2018. - Kurdish-led forces seized the Islamic State's main hub of Hajin on December 14, a milestone in a massive and costly US-backed operation to eradicate the jihadists from eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by IS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
從質疑美國協助中東地區,維持和平的正當性,到強調不再扮演「世界警察」角色,川普顯然對外交與國防政策,有不同以往的做法。除節省龐大經費,與將美國優先擺第一外, 還有一個身為自由民主國家,最重要的價值:重視人(權)。在川普身上,我們看到他愛民、愛軍人,如同自己的家人一般,為此還特別錄製一段影音,發文在推特上。
TOPSHOT-US-IRAQ-POLITICS-TRUMP TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
二次大戰後,美國崛起,以「世界警察」姿態,將勢力延伸到地球每個角落;時至今日,美國總統川普說:我不幹了!維護世界和平,每個國家都有責任!我要的是:「美國優先」(America First)。卸下扮演了超過70年的角色,這對世界會有多大衝擊?
LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 31: Supporter James Hughes of Louisville, Ky. holds a sign calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act during a rally for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company on October 31, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. With less than a week remaining until election day McConnell maintains a slight edge over Democratic challenger Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in recent polls. (Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)
談起台灣的全民健保,因保費親民,又有高品質的醫療照護,可說世界聞名!旅居海外的台灣人甚至特意回台看病就醫;相較美國,生病似乎是「有錢人」的專利,因為美國的醫療費用相當高,如果沒有購買適當醫療保險,龐大的醫療費用,市井小民幾乎無法輕易看診就醫。美國前朝政府的美意,在現任川普總統眼裡,似乎又有不同解讀?
TIJUANA, MEXICO - APRIL 29: People climb a section of border fence to look toward supporters in the U.S. as members of a caravan of Central American asylum seekers arrive to a rally on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico. More than 300 immigrants, the remnants of a caravan of Central Americans that journeyed across Mexico to ask for asylum in the United States, have reached the border to apply for legal entry. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
中國各朝歷代,多以防範塞外民族侵擾,及保障中原人民安全為由,有修築邊境城牆的活動,其中以秦始皇的「萬里長城」最為著名。物換星移,時至今日,也有世界第一強權、民主國家——美國,主張加強美墨「邊境長城」的修築與翻新。
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 08: Navy Cadets taunt Army Cadets as they retreat from the field before the start of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 08, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
川普在2018年的海陸大賽(Army-Navy game)擔任開賽拋硬幣嘉賓,結果由海軍隊猜中硬幣方向。但是海軍隊出師不利,在陸軍隊的猛攻下一路苦戰。最後陸軍隊以17比10勝出,拿下三連勝。此前陸軍隊已擊敗空軍隊,這也意味著保住了「總司令盃」。
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 08: Tear gas is thrown as demonstrators take part in the demonstration of the yellow vests near the Arc de Triomphe on December 08, 2018 in Paris France. ''Yellow Vests' ("Gilet Jaunes" or "Vestes Jaunes") is a protest movement without political affiliation which was inspired by opposition to a new fuel tax. After a month of protests, which have wrecked parts of Paris and other French cities, there are fears the movement has been infiltrated by"ultra-violent" protesters. Today's protest has involved about 5,000 demonstrators so far, who have gathered in the Paris city centre, and police have made at least 211 arrests so far. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
幾週來,法國「黃背心」街頭抗議鬧得沸沸揚揚,起因民眾不滿政府調漲燃油稅和日益上漲的生活費。其實,法國總統馬克宏為履行《巴黎氣候協議》,今年將柴油稅每公升調漲6.2%。相較美國總統川普,在2017年初上任後,即簽署退出該協議,雖遭國際輿論撻伐,但他以「美國優先」的原則,視美國人民利益為己任,可算是愛民的舉動。
US President Donald Trump (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) along with members of their delegations, hold a dinner meeting at the end of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on December 01, 2018. - US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had the future of their trade dispute -- and broader rivalry between the world's two top economies -- on the menu at a high-stakes dinner Saturday. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
2018年12月1日在阿根廷首都布宜諾斯艾利斯,川普與中國國家主席習近平會晤,雙方就近期緊張的貿易議題進行討論。中方做出購買美國商品、降低美國汽車關稅及就「結構性改革」進行談判等承諾後,美方暫緩提高對中國商品的關稅,進入90天談判期。川普在會後發表多則貼文,一方面肯定中方承諾,一方面重申美國的立場。