Posts Tagged ‘ Trump ’

Lunchtime with Donny

Apr 4th, 2018 11:25 am | By

The Post gives us a bit of slapstick from yesterday, when Trump threw a lunch party for the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and spent most of it telling reporters how grumpy he is about






President Trump spent nearly three minutes at a luncheon this week welcoming the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — whose difficult-to-pronounce names he never uttered publicly — and saying he should be given “credit” for pressuring countries like theirs to give more money to NATO.

As he concluded, White House staffers started to shepherd a small group of journalists out of the room — but Trump was far from done sharing his complaints. As reporters shouted out questions

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Big things

Apr 3rd, 2018 11:06 am | By

Now he wants to get the military involved in his war on immigrants.

President Trump said on Tuesday that he planned to order the military to guard parts of the southern border until he can build a wall and tighten immigration restrictions, proposing a remarkable escalation of his efforts to crack down on migrants entering the country illegally.

Mr. Trump, who has been stewing publicly for days about what he characterizes as lax immigration laws and the potential for an influx of Central American migrants to stream into the United States, said he had been discussing with Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense, about resorting to military deployments.

“We have very bad laws for our border, and we are going

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Expel and replace

Apr 3rd, 2018 9:35 am | By

Remember how last week, to the surprise of all, Trump joined the UK and other allies in expelling Russian diplomats?

He was just kidding. Russia can totally send new ones to replace the expellees.

Julian Borger is the Guardian’s world affairs editor.

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Pig and cover

Apr 2nd, 2018 11:28 am | By

Ah maybe now we know why Trump was in such a Mood this morning.

He won’t be framing that and hanging it on the walls of his golf resorts.… Read the rest

A remarkably dim view of Trump’s intellect

Apr 2nd, 2018 10:53 am | By

Aaron Blake at the Post points out the undeniable fact that people who work for Trump know full well how thick he is.

Lost in the debate over whether President Trump should talk to Robert Mueller is this: The arguments against him doing it often betray a remarkably dim view of Trump’s intellect.

They do, of course. How could they not? Trump makes it blindingly obvious every time he opens his mouth or punches the buttons on his phone that he has no filter, aka is too stupid and heedless to discipline himself even in a situation of legal peril. That’s a remarkable fact, for sure, and with any luck it will soon cause him to perjure himself in … Read the rest

Let the eggs roll where they will

Apr 2nd, 2018 9:46 am | By

What happens when you let your attention wander for a minute and you elect a toddler to be chief executive of a country with a huge nuclear arsenal:

When Donald Trump was elected president, it quickly became obvious that the traditional national-security briefing a person in his position receives daily would be well beyond his zone of proximal development. The briefings were slimmed down in length, chopped up into easy-to-digest bullet points, and decorated with lots of graphs and pictures. Alas, the Washington Post reports, even the kiddie version of the presidential brief has proven too challenging. Now, Trump gets his briefing verbally.

Michael Wolf is very clear on this in Fire and Fury: Trump won’t read and … Read the rest

Far-reaching implications

Apr 1st, 2018 10:24 am | By

Jennifer Rubin at the Post on the emoluments case ruling that granted standing:

In a decision with far-reaching implications for President Trump, a federal court ruled this week that a lawsuit could go forward claiming he unconstitutionally received foreign emoluments — that is, monies from foreign governments explicitly prohibited by the Constitution — from his hotel in Washington. The Associated Press reported:

A federal judge Wednesday allowed Maryland and the District of Columbia to proceed with their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of accepting unconstitutional gifts from foreign interests, but limited the case to the president’s involvement with the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

There are other hurdles but that was the biggest one.

If Maryland and the

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He comes from Serious Criminal Law Land

Mar 31st, 2018 4:23 pm | By

Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern on what Trump’s inability to get good lawyers to work for him has revealed about the US legal system.

The ongoing and increasingly worrying problem for Trump is that he has lived for so long in the world of rich-man business-mogul law that his conception of lawyers and lawyering is badly skewed. He genuinely believes that attorneys like Michael Cohen—who is now embroiled in a wrestling match with a pugnacious Stormy Daniels and her lawyer—and Marc Kasowitz—who has represented Trump in litigation ranging from his divorce and bankruptcy proceedings to the Trump University lawsuit—can handle any type of legal proceeding…What’s really new here isn’t so much that no serious lawyer wants to

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Trump roughing up public confidence

Mar 31st, 2018 9:57 am | By

The Post, with offended dignity and dignified offense, corrects Trump’s flailing claims about Amazon and the Post and the Post Office.

The president also incorrectly conflated Amazon with The Post and made clear that his attacks on the retailer were inspired by his disdain for the newspaper’s coverage. He labeled the newspaper “the Fake Washington Post” and demanded it register as a lobbyist for Amazon. The Post operates independently of Amazon, though the news organization is personally owned by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.

So there, Mister President, Sir.

It got in an excellent covert dig though.

In Trump’s first of two Amazon tweets, sent at 8:45 a.m., he wrote: “While we are on

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Remaining steadfast

Mar 30th, 2018 4:07 pm | By


takes deep breath

Trump proclaims April as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

During National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, we remain steadfast in our efforts to stop crimes of sexual violence, provide care for victims, enforce the law, prosecute offenders, and raise awareness about the many forms of sexual assault. We must continue our work to eliminate sexual assault from our society and promote safe relationships, homes, and communities.

Unless the sexual assaulter is Donald Trump. Then we sue the accusers.

Sexual assault crimes remain tragically common in our society, and offenders too often evade accountability. These heinous crimes are committed indiscriminately: in intimate relationships, in public spaces, and in the workplace.

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More carbon please

Mar 29th, 2018 5:00 pm | By

Cleaner cars? More efficient cars? We don’t need no stinkin clean efficiency! Bring back the good old polluting carbon-emitting gas guzzlers of yesteryear, says Trump.

The Trump administration is expected to launch an effort in coming days to weaken greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for automobiles, handing a victory to car manufacturers and giving them ammunition to potentially roll back industry standards worldwide.

Which do you want? Cleaner air or higher profits for car manufacturers? Tough choice, ain’t it.

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is expectedto frame the initiative as eliminating a regulatory burden on automakers that will result in more affordable trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles for buyers, according to people

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Mar 29th, 2018 1:51 pm | By

Trump went to Ohio to give a speech on infrastructure (at least that’s what it said on his cue card) but instead talked about the usual cycle of things that interest him whether or not they interest anyone else.

President Donald Trump used what was billed as an infrastructure event on Thursday to instead deliver a politically tinged address that veered from foreign policy to Republicans’ prospects in upcoming elections to the reboot of Roseanne Barr’s sitcom.

Oh yes, a resurrected sitcom, that’s certainly at the core of infrastructure.

Trump’s speech was billed as a pivot to infrastructure to tout the economic benefits of his proposals to help rebuild and repair America’s ailing system. But the remarks focused little on

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To maximize the humiliation

Mar 29th, 2018 11:14 am | By

The day before Trump fired Shulkin in a tweet, the Post reported that Shulkin knew it was coming but didn’t know when.

The uncertainty has left the leader of the federal government’s second-largest agency, its employees, and even senior White House officials wondering if Shulkin still officially speaks for VA. It has raised questions, too, about what’s being done to restore order at the agency after weeks of turmoil have left little doubt that Shulkin, the lone Obama administration holdover in Trump’s Cabinet, is next to go in what’s become a pronounced leadership shake-up.

What’s befallen Shulkin is a favorite tactic of Trump’s, who followed a similar approach with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and, to a lesser degree,

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Mar 27th, 2018 11:45 am | By

Trump misses Rob wifebeater Porter and wants him back.

President Trump has stayed in touch with Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary who stepped down after allegations that he had abused his two former wives came to light, according to three people familiar with the conversations, and has told some advisers he hopes Mr. Porter returns to work in the West Wing.

He sees Porter as a “they just don’t understand us!” bro.

From Fire and Fury:

Here was, Bannon saw again, the essential Trump problem. He hopelessly personalized everything. He saw the world in commercial and show business terms: someone was always trying to one-up you, someone else was always trying to take the

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They have a previous engagement

Mar 26th, 2018 4:32 pm | By

Poor Don. Yet another will you come to my party? will you be my lawyer? meets with a Sorry, no.

Two more high-power attorneys have had to turn down President Donald Trump. Tom Buchanan and Dan Webb confirmed to The Daily Beast that Trump reached out to them about representing him, and that they couldn’t do it.

“President Trump reached out to Dan Webb and Tom Buchanan to provide legal representation,” they said in a statement. “They were unable to take on the representation due to business conflicts. However they consider the opportunity to represent the President to be the highest honor and they sincerely regret that they cannot do so. They wish the president the best and believe

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Verbose potus

Mar 26th, 2018 11:23 am | By

Haha the Times (Shear and Haberman) calls Trump verbose. In real life (i.e. socially as opposed to pretending to be presidently) that would be the worst thing about him: the windbag aspect. I cannot bear windbags.

The verbose commander-in-chief has posted more than 2,900 times on Twitter since taking office, using the term “FAKE NEWS” to describe everything from the Russia probe and allegations of chaos in the White House to harassment accusations, the size of his inaugural crowds and heated arguments with world leaders.

But he has been uncharacteristically silent in recent days — to the relief of his advisers — as a pornographic film star and a Playboy model described intimate details of sexual encounters with Mr.

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Spring break

Mar 25th, 2018 10:57 am | By

Surprisingly, Melania won’t be settling down on the couch next to Don this evening to watch 60 Minutes. He’s going back to DC but she’s staying on in Florida because reasons.

“The First Lady will be staying in Florida as is their tradition for spring break,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a late Sunday morning statement.

Ah yes their tradition. They have a long long long tradition that goes back to the Norman Conquest that he goes to the White House and she stays at the golf hotel for spring break. Tradition is a beautiful thing.

Trump, meanwhile, has been complaining to associates here this weekend about all the media attention Daniels has been receiving, according to people

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Everything’s fine, totally normal

Mar 25th, 2018 9:37 am | By

Aw. Poor Don is having trouble hiring new lawyers now.

President Trump has decided not to hire two lawyers who were announced last week as new additions to his legal team, leaving him with a shrinking stable of lawyers as the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, enters an intense phase.

“The president is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the president’s special counsel legal team,” Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said in a statement on Sunday morning. “However, those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the president in other legal matters. The president looks forward to working with them.”

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Along Southern Boulevard toward Mar-a-Lago

Mar 24th, 2018 3:49 pm | By

Trump thought he was safe from the pesky students.

At least 2,000 people are expected to turn out Saturday afternoon for a March for Our Lives event in West Palm Beach, joining over a million people at more than 800 marches nationwide.

The participants plan to march along Southern Boulevard toward Mar-a-Lago, taking the same route used by Trump’s motorcade to transport him to and from the golf course.

According to press reports, Trump arrived at Trump International Golf Club just after 10 a.m. on Saturday.

When he leaves, thousands of protesters will be waiting to greet him — and they’re coming prepared to make sure he hears their message.

“They will have bullhorns. They are going to

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Weekend off

Mar 23rd, 2018 5:31 pm | By

He’s off to Florida for the weekend leaving the peasants to pick up the smashed crockery.

President Trump left the White House for Florida on Friday after a head-spinning series of moves on national security, trade, the budget and his legal team that left the capital reeling, sent the stock market into another dive and left his own advisers nervous of what comes next.

The decisions attested to a president riled up by cable news and increasingly unbound. Mr. Trump appeared heedless of his staff, unconcerned about Washington decorum, confident of his instincts and determined to set the agenda himself, even if that agenda looked like a White House in disarray.

Inside the West Wing, aides described an atmosphere of

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