Posts Tagged ‘ Trump ’

At what point is it enough?

Jan 11th, 2018 5:04 pm | By

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Staffers predict the comment will resonate with his base

Jan 11th, 2018 4:48 pm | By

But wait, it gets even worse. Chris Cillizza has new details.

On Thursday, in a meeting with a senators and House members on immigration, the President of the United States, asked this: “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?”

Yes, he said “shithole countries” — apparently in reference to the fact that immigrants from places like El Salvador, Haiti and Africa were being protected in a potential bipartisan deal to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and secure funding for border security.

What’s even more appalling is that the White House didn’t even try to deny that Trump used that slur, which was first reported in The Washington Post. In fact,

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A man of wealth and taste

Jan 11th, 2018 4:24 pm | By

Let’s get the take from somewhere else first. The BBC:

US President Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at immigrants in a four-letter Oval Office outburst.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Mr Trump told lawmakers on Thursday, according to the Washington Post.

The remark was reportedly in reference to people from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

The White House did not deny the comment, which has been confirmed by other US media.


We know that’s what he thinks, of course, but we didn’t all know he was quite that disinhibited.

Democratic Senator Richard Durbin had just been discussing US temporary residency permits granted to citizens of countries hit by

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For sure, it’s a low bar for a president

Jan 10th, 2018 10:38 am | By

Yesterday Trump made an attempt to convince everyone that he is totally not a fucking moron or a child or watching tv instead of doing his job. He held a Potemkin “meeting” on immigration and had the cameras in to show the world how good Meeting he can do.

The President took a victory lap on Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting, welcoming reporters “back to the studio.”

“Actually it was reported as incredibly good and my performance — some of it called it a performance, I consider it work — but, it got great reviews by everybody other than two networks who were phenomenal for about two hours,” Trump said.

The President also claimed news anchors sent the White House

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Stunty McStuntface

Jan 9th, 2018 12:04 pm | By

Trump plans to hand out “Fake News” awards – to legitimate news organizations that dare to criticize him. He may get away with it but it’s not so simple for his staff.

“WARNING to White House staff: the president may be exempt from the rules at 5 CFR § 2635.701 et seq. on misuse of position BUT YOU ARE NOT,” tweeted Norm Eisen, who served as White House special counsel for ethics and government reform in the Obama administration.

In his message, Eisen told White House staff that if they help the president deliver the awards they could risk violating provisions of the law that forbid the use of government time and money to harm some members of the

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Sacrificing in their service

Jan 8th, 2018 5:30 pm | By

Oh gawd.

They are not “sacrificing” and it’s not “service” and WE DON’T WANT THEM TO.

They shouldn’t be there. There’s a law against presidential nepotism.

They’re not “sacrificing”; they’re exploiting their pseudo-jobs to make more money.

They have zero qualifications to work there.

Nobody wants them there.

Trump doesn’t get to be extra-special ragey that someone criticizes his children, because they don’t belong there in the first place. It’s not our fault or Wolff’s fault or journalists’ fault that Trump shoved his children into his job, ignoring the law against it and … Read the rest

He’s very VERY busy watching tv

Jan 8th, 2018 4:22 pm | By

Jonathan Swan at Axios lets us in on a secret: Trump is spending most of his time at home watching tv and talking on the phone. He doesn’t get to the office until 11 in the morning.

Trump’s days in the Oval Office are relatively short – from around 11am to 6pm, then he’s back to the residence. During that time he usually has a meeting or two, but spends a good deal of time making phone calls and watching cable news in the dining room adjoining the Oval. Then he’s back to the residence for more phone calls and more TV.

Take these random examples from this week’s real schedule:

  • On Tuesday, Trump has his first meeting of the
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One or two questions Mr P

Jan 8th, 2018 3:56 pm | By

Uh oh. Hearts are racing at the White House – Mueller wants to interview Dopy Don.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has told President Trump’s legal team that his office is likely to seek an interview with the president, triggering a discussion among his attorneys about how to avoid a sit-down encounter or set limits on such a session, according to two people familiar with the talks.

Hahaha yeah I bet. They know how it will go – he’ll blab out incriminating shit the minute he opens his mouth, just as he did the day after he fired Comey.

The special counsel’s team could interview Trump soon on some limited portion of questions — possibly within the next

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His inability to take himself out of the equation

Jan 7th, 2018 11:26 am | By

Jennifer Rubin finds Trump’s genius not all that stable, or genius, after yesterday’s eruptions.

Both his desire to prevent criticism and his ridiculous “cease and desist” letters sent by his lawyers to Wolff and his publisher betray his contempt for the First Amendment and his inability to take himself out of the equation and recognize the pillars of democracy, a democracy he took an oath to defend.

Himself is all he really ever talks about. Even when he’s announcing the latest move to drill for oil in the Grand Canyon or open the oceans for toxic waste dumping, it’s always because the punch line is “and I did all this look how awesome I am.”

Policy isn’t being made

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Trump laments our feeble libel laws

Jan 6th, 2018 5:00 pm | By

Trump did a press conference at Camp David today. Wolff’s book came up a time or two.

During the press conference, Trump called the book a “work of fiction” and said it was a “disgrace” that Wolff could “do something like this.”

“Libel laws are very weak in this country,” Trump said. “If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen.”

But if libel laws were stronger, think of all the people who could sue Trump. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Elizabeth Warner, Kim Jong Un, Chuck Schumer, Steve Bannon, Rosie O’Donnell, Jeff Sessions, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Native Americans, Mexicans, Mexico, Muslims, atheists, Chicago, New York, women – it would never … Read the rest

He went to the best colleges, or college

Jan 6th, 2018 10:27 am | By

After Dim Donald’s shy confession of genius on Twitter this morning he expanded on his explanation to reporters.

Elaborating during a meeting with reporters at Camp David later in the day, Mr. Trump again ticked off what he called a high-achieving academic and career record. He raised the matter “only because I went to the best colleges, or college,” he said. Referring to a new book citing concerns about his fitness, he said, “I consider it a work of fiction and I consider it a disgrace.”

Translation: I hate it I hate it I hate it.

The president’s engagement on the issue is likely to fuel the long-simmering argument about his state of mind that has roiled the political

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Stable genius meets happy toast

Jan 6th, 2018 9:24 am | By

This is a nice antidote:

Two scoops!


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Trump serenely rises above the Wolff book

Jan 6th, 2018 8:58 am | By

The Friday night-Saturday morning installment:

Dumped like a dog? Does Trump have a habit of dumping dogs? Where, by the roadside? In Central Park? In the East River? Or maybe he means “dog” aka “ugly woman” who gets dumped because ugly. Anyway, all very dignified and presidential, announcing that a book he hasn’t read is boring and that it’s untruthful when … Read the rest

What good are coasts anyway?

Jan 5th, 2018 10:36 am | By

Don is universally agreed to be an idiot but hey, he can still destroy all the coasts.

The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard.

The proposal lifts a ban on such drilling imposed by President Barack Obama near the end of his term and would deal a serious blow to his environmental legacy. It would also signal that the Trump administration is not done unraveling environmental restrictions in an effort to promote energy production.

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What me worry?

Jan 5th, 2018 9:39 am | By

People in Europe are somewhat rattled by the whole thing.

“Is Trump still sane?” asked the Friday lead headline on the site of Germany’s most respected conservative paper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The piece was published under the topic “mental health.”

Meanwhile, British readers woke up to the Times of London’s main front page headline that also wondered about the president’s stability: “Trump’s mental health questioned by top aide.”

“Donald Trump’s right-hand man openly questioned his fitness to serve and predicted that he would resign to avoid being removed by his own cabinet, according to a book that the US president tried to block yesterday,” wrote the Rupert Murdoch-controlled Times of London.

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Boom boom boom

Jan 4th, 2018 5:38 pm | By

Boom, as Benjamin Wittes says when one of these appears. Trump tried to order Sessions not to recuse himself.

President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election.

Public pressure was building for Mr. Sessions, who had been a senior member of the Trump campaign, to step aside. But the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, carried out the president’s orders and lobbied Mr. Sessions to remain in charge of the inquiry, according to two people with knowledge of the episode.

Mr. McGahn was unsuccessful,

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How dare anyone say rude things about Trump?

Jan 4th, 2018 12:50 pm | By

Trump is of course firing off threats of lawsuits right and left.

He’s threatening the publisher and the author.

The legal notice, which has been published by the Washington Post, demands that author Michael Wolff and the book’s publisher “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book”.

It accuses Wolff of making “numerous false and/or baseless statements” about Mr Trump and says lawyers are considering pursuing libel charges.

Considering it. They just might do it! I’m tellin ya, they’ll do it! They will! You better shut up or they will!

He’s threatening Bannon.

A private lawyer representing Trump sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon, arguing he violated an employment agreement with

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He reads not, neither does he skim

Jan 4th, 2018 11:38 am | By

John Cassidy at the New Yorker does some more gleaning from Wolff’s book and tosses us the bits of chocolate and almond.

[T]he over-all portrait that Wolff draws of a dysfunctional, bitterly divided White House in the first six months of Trump’s Presidency, before the appointment of John Kelly as chief of staff and the subsequent firing of Bannon, has the whiff of authenticity about it—and it echoes news coverage at the time. Other details are impossible to confirm but damning if true. Such was the animosity between Bannon and “Jarvanka”—Bannon’s dismissive term for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner—Wolff reports, that, during one Oval Office meeting, Bannon called Ivanka “a fucking liar,” to which Trump responded,“I told you this is

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Attentive to his lapses and repetitions

Jan 4th, 2018 10:33 am | By

Michael Wolff has a summary of his Trump book at the Hollywood Reporter (a fitting place for it).

Most of it is what we’ve already seen via the news: shock-horror, chaos, incompetence, mass departures, how did we get here, what does this even. But toward the end there are some…let’s say noteworthy details.

There was, after the abrupt Scaramucci meltdown, hardly any effort inside the West Wing to disguise the sense of ludicrousness and anger felt by every member of the senior staff toward Trump’s family and Trump himself. It became almost a kind of competition to demystify Trump. For Rex Tillerson, he was a moron. For Gary Cohn, he was dumb as shit. For H.R. McMaster, he was a

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Boasting in strikingly playground terms

Jan 3rd, 2018 10:13 am | By

The Times on Trump’s witty and tactful overture to North Korea yesterday:

President Trump again raised the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea, boasting in strikingly playground terms on Tuesday night that he commands a “much bigger” and “more powerful” arsenal of devastating weapons than the outlier government in Asia.

CNN last night was doing a lot of underlining of the dick-waving aspect – which was triple, let’s not forget, bigger and more powerful AND IT WORKS.

This of course was just as South Korea was suggesting talks with the North, so there’s that punch the ally aspect as well.

The president’s tone also generated a mix of scorn and alarm among lawmakers, diplomats and national security experts who

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