Trump stays in the shadows in Paris

In Paris for the 100 anniversary of the end of World War I, the reason for scrapping the journey to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery came down to safety: Donald Trump’s Marine One helicopter cannot fly in low cloud cover, a decision that is made by military and security officials and not by Trump. But there did not appear to be a backup plan.

Trump did not make any statements of regret at not being able to visit the cemetery. Late Sunday, the White House defended Trump’s decision not to attend, citing concerns about disrupting traffic. “A car ride of two-and-a-half hours, each way, would have required closures to substantial portions of the Paris roadways for the President’s motorcade, on short notice,” said press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders.

Trump has drawn criticism and accusations he was ignoring the sacrifice of American military personnel who died in World War I. If they could fight in the muddy trenches in Europe 100 years ago, he could somehow go to the cemetery.

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” French President Emmanuel Macron said. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying ‘our interests first; who cares about the others?’, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great, and what makes it essential — its moral values.”

Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, convened at the Élysée Palace before traveling together in motor coaches to the Arc de Triomphe. They walked in a large group to the event site under black umbrellas. Trump pulled up in his own vehicle and walked in separately, due to “security protocols,” according to the White House.

A senior French official said at the time that Trump took Macron’s words out “out of context” and clarified the language Macron used, saying that the French leader did not mean he wanted a European army but better coordination and funding of Europe’s already-existing resources.

Following a meeting with Trump, Macron was able to explain a “misunderstanding” about the European force and the two put the matter to rest, a French presidential spokesman said over the weekend.

But it seems, it wasn’t the end of the issue.

It took him a couple of days [I guess he actually wanted some real facts to be used] and shot back at Macron by saying: “The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%,” Trump wrote, citing figures indicating political trouble for the French leader. So Trump can only go after Macron’s approval rating which [f actually true] is lower than Trump’s.

He also added “By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!” Maybe but France is open to free trade as well as letting immigrants in. Trump has killed US’s involvement in the Trans Pacific Partnership, threatened to tear up NAFTA, etc.

Trump proudly identified himself as a nationalist as he advances an “America First” agenda which includes limiting immigration.

Remember when CNN White House reporter, Jim Acosta, was basically booted from the White house? CNN has filed a lawsuit against Trump and top aides for banning reporter Jim Acosta. Included in the list are Chief of staff John Kelly and press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders.

The Trump’s administration contends it has “broad discretion” to regulate press access to the White House as it fends off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta’s “hard pass.” So basically they [errr] trump freedom of the press.

“Simpleton” has recently dropped the part of her criticism of Acosta where she accused him of grabbing a press aide’s arm and used a doctored video to show it as proof.

The judge, an appointee of Trump, in the case of Acosta against Trump and others heard 2 hours of arguments but decided to make a judgement the day after. The government said that it would be perfectly legal for the White House to revoke a journalist’s press pass if it didn’t agree with their reporting. “As a matter of law… yes,” he said.

By filing for a temporary restraining order to unblock Acosta’s ban from the White House, CNN is seeking what’s known as “emergency relief”. CNN is also asking for “permanent relief,” meaning a declaration from the judge that Trump’s revocation of Acosta’s press pass was unconstitutional. This legal conclusion could protect other reporters from retaliation by the administration. The judge is only expected to rule on the “emergency relief”.

Acosta has returned to his post at the White House following a court ruling that forced the Trump administration to reinstate his press pass. The judge granted CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order on Fifth Amendment grounds and criticized last week’s blacklisting of Acosta as “shrouded in mystery,” noting that the Justice Department lawyer in the case couldn’t even say who ordered the decision.

“… we have to create rules and regulations for conduct, etcetera. We’re going to write them up. It’s not a big deal. If he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference,” said Trump. Notice how he is aiming his words at Acosta and not journalists in general. Now if only Trump himself can behave. Don’t expect Trump to allow Acosta any questions [or maybe even others at CNN].

Spinning things differently, “Simpleton” said in her statement, “Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House.” The judge did not make that clear.

Trump has replaced his deputy national security adviser after she feuded with first lady Melania Trump. The first lady complained to her husband that she was unhappy with how she was being treated by Mira Ricardel.

Ricardel is a part of at least two “factions” in the administration. She was brought in by National Security Adviser John Bolton. Another faction has Chief of Staff John Kelly joined with Kirstjen Nielsen. She has followed him during her career.

“A lot of administrations make changes after midterms. I will say that, for the most part, I’m very, very happy with this Cabinet. We’re doing a great job,” Trump said. Except you know that he’s already made quite a few changes prior to the mid-terms and more on the way. 25 senior officials have left the administration in 22 months.

Aside from Ricardel, there is talk of at least Kelly and Nielsen joining the unemployment line.

In just under 2 years, 9 Trump cabinet members have left the cabinet. Compare that to 9 who left President Obama’s cabinet in the first full term or George W. Bush’s first term where only 4 left. There are 3 more [Nielsen, maybe Kelly and maybe Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Almost six in 10 of Trump’s “A Team” staffers — defined as the most senior and most influential within the administration — have already departed the White House even before Trump’s two-year anniversary in office.

Since the mid-term election [over a week ago], Trump and many in the conservative media have dramatically reduced the frequency and intensity of their dire warnings about the migrant caravan now that they no longer feel the same urgency to stir up GOP voters. Trump himself hasn’t tweeted about it except once in the past 2 weeks. I guess it wasn’t that critical to stop.

Even Trump’s favorite outlet, Fox News, had spent more than 33 hours discussing the caravan through Election Day, according to a study by Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog organization. On Nov. 7, the day after the election, Fox had no discussions centered on the caravan. On Nov. 8, the network spent four minutes and 57 seconds on discussions centered on the caravan, according to the study.

Trump called for stopping the recounts in Florida’s votes for Senate and governor, alleging without evidence that many ballots are missing and forged and that a valid tally is not possible. The recounts are happening in accordance with Florida law because of the tight margins in the votes.

Republicans Rick Scott, the governor, went on national television to accuse Sen. Bill Nelson, whom he is hoping to unseat, of trying to “commit fraud to try to win this election.”

White House officials have told congressional leaders and appropriators that Trump does not want any additional relief funding sent to Puerto Rico. “The people of Puerto Rico are wonderful but the inept politicians are trying to use the massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding to pay off other obligations,” Trump tweeted on October 23. “The U.S. will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!”

“The prospect of Presidential Harassment by the Dems is causing the Stock Market big headaches!” Trump tweeted, falsely blaming his foes for a sell-off motivated by jitters in the tech sector.

Yes. Looks like a new phrase he will use to describe the abuse he will be getting primarily from the Democrats and the media and anyone else who dislikes his presidency: “Presidential Harassment”.

Trump tweeted “The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess. They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts. They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want. They are a disgrace to our Nation…” If that bad, why haven’t you shut the investigation down? Oh ya. You don’t want to do a “Nixon”.

Trump tweeted “Not seen in many years, America’s steelworkers get a hard-earned raise because of my Administration’s policies to help bring back the U.S. steel industry, which is critical to our National Security.” Yes Donald. They haven’t had a raise in years. And why a raise now after the corporate tax cuts you gave away almost a year ago?

The Trump administration imposed penalties on 17 individuals over their alleged roles in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The fresh sanctions from the Treasury Department come hours after Saudi prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty for five people charged in the death of the Virginia resident, who was a contributor to The Washington Post.

Trump tweeted “When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida? The characters running Broward and Palm Beach voting will not be able to “find” enough votes, too much spotlight on them now!” So he’s still implying that there is voter fraud but has done nothing about it because he knows he’s wrong and if he did something it will interfere with the rights of citizens to vote.

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