A light week from lightweight Trump

It was actually a quiet week for Trump controversies.

Donald Trump lashed out at Omarosa Manigault Newman, saying the former White House adviser — who is promoting a tell-all book and airing secret audio recordings — “got fired for the last time.” When was the other times? His show. In one of the recordings released by Omarosa, Trump didn’t even know that Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her even though Trump and Omarosa were friends going back to her Apprentice days.

He went after her after the audio was released by saying “Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her.” Aside from calling her a less than presidential name, how much of that tweet is true. Probably very little.

He then tweeted “When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me – until she got fired!” If what Kelly said was true, it shows us that Trump doesn’t know how to hire people – let alone not listening to advisors.

Omarosa said that she recorded a number of conversations in the White House for her own protection. She has further recordings. Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Omarosa may have broken the law by recording private conversations at the White House. May? He’s a lawyer. Doesn’t he know? Not surprising White House staff lashed out [wondering if told to do so].

Trump continued to go after Omarosa saying “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” Funny how none of his accusations never became public until now. “Quickly”? She was fired a long time ago and he ignored Kelly’s advice in not hiring her in the first place.

Trump calling her a “dog” could add to the further criticisms that he is a racist even though he has called some white people dogs as well.

White House press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders claimed that Trump’s description of his former aide as a “dog” had “nothing to do with race and everything to do with the President calling out someone’s lack of integrity.” As well, she was claiming he was “voicing frustration” and he was “particularly” frustrated with her actions following her time at the White House.

Trump tweets: “There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people….” His definition of “fake news” is not the same as everyone’s.

His tweet came after 350 newspapers all have one thing in common this past week: A statement supporting the free press and decrying Trump’s attacks against the media. Each paper wrote its own editorial. Some of the participants are emphasizing the local nature of most news coverage, and saying Trump’s extreme rhetoric — labeling journalists “enemies of the people” or “fake news” stories — hurts everyone, not just the political reporters who enrage him the most.

Not surprisingly, some Trump supporters on Fox News called this collusion as well as Trump himself.

Trump announced that he had revoked former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance, marking an unprecedented use of a president’s authority over the classification system to strike back at one of his prominent critics. The White House provided no evidence that Brennan has misused his security clearance since leaving government. Trump claims nobody knows who Brennan is. Seriously?

Retired Adm. William McRaven, the man who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, issued a stunning rebuke of Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of Brennan, defending the former spy chief as “one of the finest public servants I have ever known.”

Sixty former CIA officials warned Trump in a statement that “the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.” The letter, which comes after Trump’s decision to revoke former Brennan’s security clearance, was signed by former CIA officials who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations in positions such as analysts, senior analysts and officers.

Trump said that he canceled a US military parade planned for Veterans Day weekend, blaming Washington city officials for inflating costs amid reports that indicated the event’s price tag had soared over initial estimates. An estimated half the cost is non-military related such as security. I would guess security is critical for him? Even then, maybe another $45 million is military related.

Earlier this year, the White House budget director told Congress that the cost to taxpayers could be $10 million to $30 million. Those estimates were likely based on the cost of previous military parades, such as the one in the nation’s capital in 1991 celebrating the end of the first Gulf War, and factored in some additional increase for inflation.

The city estimated its expenses would be $21.6 million, and the Washington mayor said the city would have expected to have been reimbursed by the government. About $13 million of the city’s expenses would be for police costs. Other expenses include fire, emergency medical services and transportation. So already that is way more than the way under estimated $10 million.

Trump claims there will be a parade in 2019 and will be cheaper. Good luck there. Tanks and heavy equipment were ruled out of the parade as it would rip into the Washington infrastructure and would cost quite a bit just to transport.

Laughingly, the Trump administration want a sixth part of the US armed forces that could be called Space Force. You read that right. Costing billions of dollars to set up there isn’t even a definite strategy of what it would do in space. Reminds me of Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars “initiative”.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon’s approach to space. But in July 2017, Mattis said he didn’t want a separate Space Force before they “could define the problem”.

The Pentagon first will establish a Space Force to oversee and co-ordinate space operations and a Space Development Agency to accelerate the development and fielding of space technologies for the military. It also will build up larger numbers of servicemen and servicewomen with expertise in space operations.

According to a poll, a majority of Americans (55%) say they don’t support the new plans to establish a Space Force; only 37% said they do. Among veterans, 47% back it, 50% oppose it.

Peter Strzok, a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was fired by the FBI after he sent text messages criticizing Trump to a colleague. Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team a year ago after the texts were discovered. Question is why wait a year before firing him.

Strzok’s lawyer said his client was fired by FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich. He said the 21-year veteran of the FBI was removed because of political pressure and “to punish Special Agent Strzok for political speech protected by the First Amendment.” The lawyer said the FBI had overruled the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which he said had determined that a 60-day suspension and demotion from supervisory duties was “the appropriate punishment.”

Trump has signed an order that reverses the Obama-era Presidential Policy Directive 20, which sets forth a specific process that must take place before cyberweapons can be deployed. Presidential Policy Directive 20 required multiple agencies to sign off on offensive cyber operations.

“Simpleton” Sanders issued a rare correction [she rarely admits her mistakes] after falsely declaring that Trump has created three times as many jobs for African-American workers as former President Barack Obama did during his two terms in office. “I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump.” Obama created 3 million in 8 years.

In another usual ridiculous claim by him [with no evidence], Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller is waiting for a verdict in the trial of Paul Manafort before resuming negotiations for a presidential interview.

After a new military spending bill was named after Trump nemesis senator John McCain, not at one time did Trump mention McCain’s name in his speech. Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act into law. Along with allocating $716 billion in defense funding, the bill put restrictions on government use of products manufactured by a number of China-based technology firms like ZTE and Huawei.

Magician Penn Jillette, one half of the duo Penn &Teller, claims he heard President Donald Trump say “racially insensitive” remarks during his time appearing on the reality competition show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Asked if tapes of Trump making those comments exist, Jillette said, “Yeah, I was in the room.”

David Glosser, uncle to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, defended an editorial excoriating his nephew and the administration’s immigration policy saying “I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.”

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