Posts Tagged ‘ Trump ’

The INF Treaty

Sep 19th, 2019 8:53 am | By

So about this “oh oops Trump made a promise to Putin and that’s what the whistleblower blew the whistle on” story – a Twitter thread on the timeline:

7/28: Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence—one of the few grown-ups left in the Trump universe—announces he is resigning soon.

7/31: As wildfires rage in CA, Trump calls Putin to, we’re told, offer help with the wildfires in Russia.

8/2: For no apparent reason, the US pulls out of INF Treaty, because what could be better than allowing Putin to use intermediate-range nuclear missiles?

8/6: Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russia and not an obvious Trump loyalist, resigns.

Oh. Yikes.

8/8: Coats advises Sue Gordon, who would replace him

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His mark X

Sep 18th, 2019 4:03 pm | By

Trump is “autographing” The Wall.

With a Sharpie.

Jim Acosta:

Down at border, Trump just signed section of wall (fence) with sharpie. This, after an official minutes ago rejected the idea that the wall is a “vanity project.”

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The prestige of the city

Sep 18th, 2019 12:10 pm | By

Apparently some people made the mistake of thinking that when Trump made noises about homeless people he was actually worrying about the homeless people. Pause for raucous mirth. Come on now – we all know better than that.

Maybe he‘d even realized that his own actions, like making immigrants fearful of accessing federal assistance or aiming to slash health care for low-income Americans or pushing for cuts to public housing, had contributed to the problem.

Stop, stop, it’s too much.

Curious to know more, reporters asked the president about his sudden interest in addressing homelessness on Tuesday in California, where he told them that…yeah, he just doesn‘t like the sight of homeless people or what they’re doing to the

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Trump is systematically closing off that mechanism

Sep 17th, 2019 11:06 am | By

The trap.

The Justice Department (part of the Executive Branch) claims Trump cannot be indicted because he is The PreSiDent. Congress can’t impeach him or inquire effectively into his crimes because he blocks them at every turn.

The end.

Greg Sargent of the Washington Post:

Trump just cheered Corey Lewandowski’s stonewalling on his behalf.

It’s important to understand what we’re seeing now as a display of *Trump’s* profound corruption, one that builds the case for impeachment:

https://beta.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/17/get-ready-spectacular-display-trumps-corruption/

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Running his mouth

Sep 17th, 2019 10:24 am | By

Speaking of John McWhorter, this is a good watch:

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Trump continues to explain why he is more elite

Sep 17th, 2019 10:21 am | By

Daniel Dale fact-checks Trumps “we love our Hispanics” rally:

“We’re independent. We’re independent as we want. And we are now a net exporter of energy,” Trump says, none of which is true. (The Energy Information Administration predicts the US will become a net exporter next year.)

Trump repeats his usual highly inaccurate description of the Green New Deal, saying, among other baseless things, that people will be limited to one car and not allowed to drive more than 162 miles.

Sir Alert: Trump says foreign leaders always come in and say, “Sir, I’d like to congratulate you on what you’ve done with the economy…a model for the entire world. They all say it.”

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He looks more like a WASP

Sep 17th, 2019 9:27 am | By

Trump is wooing “the Hispanics.”

The president’s pitch to Hispanic voters seemed to silo them off from the rest of the electorate, including the rally crowd (“We love our Hispanics”).

Yes that’s clever. We – the normal people – love “our Hispanics” – those other weird people who are not part of the “we.” They’re ours, kind of like pets, or appliances.

It featured an assertion that they had a greater understanding of the source of the drug problem than other Americans. And it included a section in which Trump wondered how CNN contributor Steve Cortes could be Hispanic even though, the president said, he appeared to be of Northern European descent.

“He happens to be Hispanic, but I never

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Will you drop by if I give you a medal?

Sep 16th, 2019 4:18 pm | By

Meanwhile Trump is handing out medals of freedom to sports stars, because they won’t go near him any other way.

The New England Patriots are reportedly too busy this fall for the Super Bowl champions’ traditional visit to the White House. The World Cup-winning U.S. women’s soccer team made clear this summer it was not interested in meeting President Trump.

But on Monday, Trump, whose tenure has marked a new high — or low — in the politicization of White House sports ceremonies, basked in the reflected glow of a sporting legend nonetheless. In a 20-minute ceremony in the East Room, Trump presented the presidential Medal of Freedom to Mariano Rivera, the Hall of Fame relief pitcher for Trump’s

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Trump says we have to sit down with the Saudis

Sep 16th, 2019 3:49 pm | By

Trump wants to be Saudi Arabia’s besty. Even some of his buddies aren’t especially happy about that.

In a series of tweets this weekend, Trump indicated that Iran is behind the recent attack on Saudi oil facilities and that the United States will respond after hearing from the Saudi government “under what terms we would proceed.”

Saudi Arabia is telling us what to do now? When did we sign up for that?

His implication — that the royal family in Riyadh will dictate U.S. actions — prompted fury in Washington, where the Saudis have faced an increasingly hostile climate in recent years, especially in Congress and even among some of Trump’s fellow Republicans.

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a

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Success

Sep 16th, 2019 10:32 am | By

Trump is directing government money into his own pocket? Cool, say his people, let’s do more of that.

In light of the coverage, headlines, and initiated investigations, it stood to reason that the president and others in his orbit would exercise some caution in this area, at least for a while. But while that may have seemed like common sense, Team Trump chose a brazen course. The Washington Post reported on Thursday:

Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are scheduled to speak this week at President Trump’s hotel in Washington – lending their names to events put on by a paying customer of Trump’s private business.

The planned speeches suggest that President Trump and his Cabinet

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Belligerent, bullying, impatient, irresponsible, intellectually lazy, short-tempered and self-obsessed

Sep 14th, 2019 11:08 am | By

Simon Tisdall at the Guardian starts off analyzing Trump’s current frolics as if they were a product of thought and planning.

The US president is now saying he is also open to a repeat meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to reboot stalled nuclear disarmament talks. On another front, he has offered an olive branch to China, delaying a planned tariff increase on $250bn of Chinese goods pending renewed trade negotiations next month. Meanwhile, he says, new tariffs on European car imports could be dropped, too.

Is a genuine dove-ish shift under way? It seems improbable. Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has not merely broken with diplomatic and geopolitical convention. He has taken a wrecking ball to

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A lack of candor

Sep 12th, 2019 11:31 am | By

More filth: Trump commits crime after crime right in front of us, and his DoJ decides it can indict Andrew McCabe if it wants to.

Federal prosecutors have recommended bringing criminal charges against Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI and a frequent target of criticism by President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the decision said Thursday.

McCabe was fired from the FBI just before his retirement in March 2018 after the Justice Department’s internal watchdog concluded that he had improperly authorized a leak about a federal investigation into the Clinton Foundation in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign. Investigators also concluded that he displayed a lack of candor when asked about the leak.

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Trump fired Bolton because he wasn’t getting along with Kim

Sep 12th, 2019 10:00 am | By

Don TinyShoes is mad at Bolton. Of course he is – whose idea was it to hire him anyway?!

President Trump addressed the reasons behind John Bolton’s removal as national security adviser on Wednesday, telling reporters that Bolton “made some very big mistakes” and was “not getting along with people in the administration.”

“He sat right in that chair and I told him, ‘John … you’re not getting along with people and a lot of us, including me, disagree with some of your tactics and some of your ideas and I wish you well but I want you to submit your resignation.’ And he did that.”

— Trump today in the Oval Office

What he’s saying: Trump repeatedly

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Not a reputation enhancer

Sep 12th, 2019 9:47 am | By

People don’t want to work for Trump – now there’s a surprise.

He says they do though.

“There is a very small recruiting pool of people that are acceptable to President Trump and individuals who have had requisite experience that would want these jobs,” said Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a researcher who specializes in White House staff turnover at the Brookings Institution. “That, in combination with his impulsive nature and his tendency to fire people more than any other president that I’ve studied, means that there’s going to be vacancies for a long period of time.”

On multiple occasions, Trump has said people are clamoring to work in his administration.

“I have five people that want it very much. I mean,

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If the tie floats free, the world can’t see

Sep 11th, 2019 4:07 pm | By

That discussion about why Trump tilts forward when he’s standing in public – now I get why he always looks so clumsy and awkward when he sits for photos: he’s doing the same thing. He’s leaning forward so that his tie dangles because he’s hiding his gut.

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Leaning, leaning

Sep 10th, 2019 4:29 pm | By

Trump has a habit of standing as if he’s auditioning for the part of the front of a pantomime horse.

Is weird. Hands dangle at our sides, not out in front of us like that. It’s as if his legs and bum are in one plane and his trunk and hair are in another.

Some people say it’s because he wears lifts in his shoes so that he’ll look Awesomely Tall…which is hilarious because dude, there’s so much that’s more urgent to fix than the height. The hair. Ditch the pretend-hair and get a buzz cut; it would slash the ridiculous buffoon score in half. Then, quit scowling. Scrape off the makeup. Get suits in different colors, that fit. … Read the rest



Yesterday’s proposal places Turnberry in a favorable position

Sep 10th, 2019 11:56 am | By

Eric Lipton at the Times has the skinny: Trump and Prestwick Airport have an arrangement, that predates his presidency, but that should have been terminated the instant he did become president.

Back in 2014, soon after acquiring a golf resort in Scotland, Donald J. Trump entered a partnership with a struggling local airport there to increase air traffic and boost tourism in the region.

The next year, as Mr. Trump began running for president, the Pentagon decided to ramp up its use of that same airport to refuel Air Force flights and gave the local airport authority the job of helping to find accommodations for flight crews who had to remain overnight.

Those two separate arrangements have now intersected

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Hey you: get out

Sep 10th, 2019 9:04 am | By

Whoopsie. Bolton out.

I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore……..I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.

Courteous, professional, and adult, as always.

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“Lie or I’ll fire you”

Sep 9th, 2019 3:21 pm | By

Great. Wilbur Ross threatened to fire NOAA people if they didn’t lie for Trump.

The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion.

That threat led to an unusual, unsigned statement later that Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration disavowing the office’s own position that Alabama was not at risk. The reversal caused widespread anger within the agency and drew criticism from the scientific community that NOAA, a division of the Commerce Department, had been bent to political purposes.

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Something something filthy mouthed wife something

Sep 9th, 2019 12:19 pm | By

Trump is very chatty today. I guess he doesn’t have any work to do, so he can talk at us on Twitter all day.

When all of the people pushing so hard for Criminal Justice Reform were unable to come even close to getting it done, they came to me as a group and asked for my help. I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close……..A man named @VanJones68, and many others, were profusely grateful (at that time!). I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do

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