Unbelievably busy week in Trumpland

Donald Trump, continuing to be the Liar in chief, answering questions from reporters following the announcement that the summit in Singapore is back on [for now] on June 12th, initially said he read the contents of an envelope given to him by an envoy of Kim Jun Un. Minutes later he said he didn’t and said he would if someone paid him [unsure if joking].

Trump alleged – without providing any evidence – that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will meddle in the midterm elections to benefit Democrats. Trump’s claim is his latest attack on the credibility of the Russia investigation as being politically motivated, though it’s a significant new step in his attacks on what is intended to be an independent probe working to get to the bottom of Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. Mueller intends on releasing his findings by September 1st.

“The 13 Angry Democrats (plus people who worked 8 years for Obama) working on the rigged Russia Witch Hunt, will be MEDDLING with the mid-term elections, especially now that Republicans (stay tough!) are taking the lead in Polls,” Trump tweeted. Trump ignoring the fact that Mueller is one of quite a few Republicans on his team.

Trump questioned why the FBI never warned his campaign that Russians might try to infiltrate his team. “Why didn’t the crooked highest levels of the FBI or ‘Justice’ contact me to tell me of the phony Russia problem?” Except he was briefed on the matter in August 2016. In October 2017, senior Justice Department officials gave lawmakers from both parties a readout on the 2016 briefing after Republicans demanded to see documents about the Russia investigation and related matters.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said he is now “more convinced” that the FBI acted appropriately in its handling of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible connections to Donald Trump’s campaign even as Trump continues to attack the department and the bureau over the handling of the Russia investigation.

At a recent rally, Trump said, “So how do you like the fact the fact they had people infiltrating our campaign? Can you imagine?” US officials have disputed this characterization, saying a confidential intelligence source was not planted inside the campaign.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has turned over a memo he drafted related to the firing of his former boss, FBI Director James Comey, to the special counsel’s office. The document details McCabe’s impressions of a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein where the subject of Comey’s firing came up after he had been dismissed. Rosenstein ultimately authored a controversial memo outlining the ways Comey had flouted Justice Department protocols leading up to the 2016 election but did not mention the Russia probe.

Trump is reacting to a report on Mueller’s spending, slightly overstating the figure for the Russia probe by tweeting “AP has just reported that the Russian Hoax Investigation has now cost our government over $17 million, and going up fast.” The Justice Department says a large portion of the costs, about $9 million, would have been spent regardless of the special counsel’s appointment. It’s also a drop in the bucket compared to other government spending such as the Secret Service protecting his wife and kid in New York while he was in Washington.

Trump’s legal team would advise that he refuse to submit to an interview with Mueller unless the team can review classified information shared with select lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s election meddling.

Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, defended the President’s political attacks against Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign, suggesting that the origins of the probe are illegitimate. “You get the Comey thing, which is the leak of a confidential memo, which is illegal for an FBI official to do. I’m not saying Mueller is illegitimate. I’m saying the basis on which he was appointed was illegitimate,” Giuliani remarked.

Rather than distancing himself from Rosanne Barr’s racist remarks, Trump jumped right into the argument about whether she was subjected to a double standard. “Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”

Wonder what if anything that ABC has done to Trump was so “HORRIBLE”. Probably nothing of course. Trump is implying that he is the victim of a liberal media double standard. So instead of really defending his friend Barr, he’s tried to defend himself. Barr frequently uses her Twitter account to deride Democrats. Now he is asking for an apology for all the comments made by various networks? Get real.

On the announcement of the series cancellation, White House press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders said “That’s not what he’s spending his time on. And I think that we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now, certainly that the President is spending his time when it comes to policy.” So I guess this is very important for Trump and the country.

Think about it. Did a [real] President prior to him in office ever ask for an apology that someone made about a President? It goes to the known fact that Trump likes to be at the center of attention [hijacking the Barr story] and doesn’t take criticism. Maybe he should apologize for his vulgar remarks that he has said to individuals and minorities.

Trump specifically complained about an erroneous report last year by an ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross. Ross was suspended and told he could not report on Trump. ABC did apologize. So again, Trump doesn’t remember things or is a liar [or both].

Donald Trump Jr, taking a piece of his old man’s playbook re-tweeted Barr’s tweet which said that billionaire George Soros, who is Jewish, was a Nazi sympathizer. Doesn’t Junior know Soros is Jewish? As well he retweeted Barr’s comments that falsely claim that Chelsea Clinton is married to Soros’ nephew. Soros has also been accused of wanting to take over the US government. Why aimed at Soros? He is a mega Democratic donor.

Laughingly, Trump Jr’s “advisor” said that “One Retweet certainly doesn’t mean Don endorses every single thing someone believes…” If he retweets it, it sounds like endorsing to me. He has previously retweeted that a shooting survivor was coached by his FBI father to make comments against Trump Sr. Trump Sr. liked the tweet. He also tweeted positively about Mike Cernovitch, where Cernovitch claimed the Clintons were behind a child sex ring. Trump Jr. has also previously made Holocaust jokes.

Not surprising, Trumps Memorial day tweet results in the media and politicians upset at what he said. “Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!”

“Happy Memorial Day”? It is a day to remember those who sacrificed their life for their country. Then he decides that those who did die would be happy knowing the economy is supposedly doing great [meanwhile how many jobs lost and how many bankruptcies – something he’s an expert at] and then aim at minorities. Then finally mentions rebuilding the military and “nice”. Nice?

Compare Trump’s tweet with South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s tweet: “On #MemorialDay we honor the American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our values and protecting our freedoms. We owe them a debt of gratitude we can never repay.” Which one is more appropriate?

Republicans on Capitol Hill were fuming after the White House abruptly announced it would begin imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on US allies Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Trump decided to impose the tariffs, 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminum imports. The Trump administration announced an investigation into whether automobile imports are hurting US national security as well. Everything with national security. The US military purchase steel from Canada because of the high quality of material.

Canada, Mexico and the European Union have announced retaliatory tariffs. Some of those are aimed at specific markets in the US where top GOP leaders are from – for example Bourbon in Kentucky where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is from or Harley Davidson motorcycles since Paul Ryan is from Michigan.

So now Trump’s arrogance and lack of knowledge in the economy will result in Americans seeing increase in everything from vehicles to beer [aluminum cans]. Let alone Canada, Mexico and the EU.

The Trump administration would proceed with its proposal to impose 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of goods from China, and place new limits on Chinese investments in US high-tech industries.

Trump is imposing steep tariffs on steel and aluminum from three of America’s biggest trading partners – Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The trade penalties, 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminum, took effect already.

Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner lamented that “There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump Party”. Expect a thank you tweet from Trump soon.

Nearly every president in modern history has lost congressional seats during their first midterm election, a fact that Trump has told advisers he doesn’t believe necessarily applies to him. Of note, Trump filed his re-election papers at the time of his inauguration, more than two years earlier than his two recent predecessors. A trait of a narcissist.

In a Playboy interview in 1990, Trump said “The show is Trump, and it is sold-out performances everywhere.” Hmmmm.

Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, told a journalist, “I will take you for every penny you still don’t have,” in 2015 after the reporter wrote a story about Trump and his first wife, Ivana Trump. Trump’s first wife recalls a “violent assault” and alleged she was raped by Trump. She later took back what she said. Cohen defended his former client in a telephone call claiming that “you can’t rape your spouse”. Oh ya? He’s a lawyer? Spousal rape has been illegal in New York City, where the couple lived, since 1984. Ivana Trump’s account is from 1989.

Trump said he regretted choosing Jeff Sessions as attorney general, a continuation of his frustrations over Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who continues to cause problems, defended his “konnichiwa” response to a Japanese-American congresswoman by suggesting it was an “appropriate salute” given he has “friends that were Japanese families” who lived through the US internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. He saw her ethnicity, not her position.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will name the son of his close friend and business associate as deputy chief of staff.

Trump endorsed a congressman facing a tough primary battle, but in doing so he misstated the New York Republican’s record on taxes. Trump tweeted said U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan is “strong on Borders,” “loves our Military” and “voted for Tax Cuts.” Yet Donovan was one of only a few Republicans who voted against the Trump-backed tax law that passed last year. This is probably the standard script that Trump uses any endorsement. Just change the name.

A close aide to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt last year ordered a set of 12 fountain pens that cost the Environmental Protection Agency $1,560, according to agency documents. Each $130 silver pen bore the agency’s seal and Administrator Pruitt’s signature.

Trump is still boasting his win 19 months ago by saying the only way former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton filled arenas was by having Jay-Z perform during campaign rallies and even then he said “I drew in bigger crowds than Jay-Z”. Seriously. What an ego.

Trump falsely accused the New York Times of using an unnamed source “who doesn’t exist” in a story on negotiations between the United States and North Korea, but the official cited spoke to reporters three days earlier in a briefing arranged by the White House.

Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March.

Ivanka Trump’s fashion and homewares business received initial approval from the Chinese government for five trademark applications days before her father announced a U-turn in policy on ZTE, a Chinese telecoms firm that has admitted breaking US sanctions on Iran and North Korea. The five approvals, for applications made in 2017, came through on 7 May. Trump made the announcement on the 13th.

Trump pardoned Dinesh D’Souza, the controversial conservative author. He also floats the idea of also pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich [considered one of the most corrupt governors ever].

Trump reported on his financial disclosure, filed with the US Office of Government Ethics and released Wednesday, that his golf-related revenue made him about $67 million less in 2017 in comparison with 2016. Trump carries as much as $1.25 billion in mortgages that will mature in the next five to seven years for three of his golf courses.

An Obama administration critic convicted of campaign finance fraud says Trump called him at his office to tell him he was pardoned because he had been “screwed.” Dinesh D’Souza told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that Trump told him he was a “great voice for freedom” and that the case against him was “fishy” from the start. D’Souza pleaded guilty to violating federal election law by making illegal contributions to a US Senate campaign in the names of others. If he pleaded guilty, sounds like he’s guilty.

Step by methodical step, the Trump administration is remaking government policy on reproductive health — moving to limit access to birth control and abortion and bolstering abstinence-only sex education. But women’s-rights activists and some medical experts view the multi-pronged changes as a dangerous ideological shift that could increase unintended pregnancies and abortions.

Regulators have sent the White House a proposal seeking to scale back Obama-era rules to combat climate change through tougher fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks. The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delivered the proposals to the Office of Management and Budget for review, one of the required steps before a federal rule is adopted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it’s “premature” to tout Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in pursuing a peace deal with North Korea. McConnell chuckled as he mentioned the “chagrin” it would cause the Nobel committee to award Trump the world’s most coveted diplomatic prize. [I am wondering if Trump would try to get the award at all costs – even to cave in on some of North Korea’s demands just so he can match President Obama.]

A man who opened fire at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami had been yelling “anti-Trump … rhetoric” there. The gunman is in stable condition after police shot him in an exchange of gunfire.

 

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2 Responses to Unbelievably busy week in Trumpland

  1. CathyW says:

    And we are all concerned as to where Melania is.

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