Trump gives his ego a boost but it didn’t go too well

Donald Trump gave his ego a boost on the 4th of July celebrations when he decided he wanted to speak at the celebrations – something that no US leader has done before. He kept it non-political but pushed everything about the military like celebrating the various victories as well as American war heroes. He briefly thanked those who helped out in medical and technology advancements. I would guess Trump wanted to boast military exploits… like a dictator would.

Trump blamed a faulty teleprompter for his claim during remarks he made at a July 4th event that the Continental Army “took over the airports” during the Revolutionary War. “It kept going on and at the end it just went out,” Trump told reporters at the White House the day after. “It went kaput… I guess the rain knocked out the teleprompter.”

In addition, a large group of seats near the stage will be reserved seating. Trump gave his cronies and other supporters seats there – and maybe a token few Democrats [probably sitting at the back]. The Republican National Committee have received their reserved seat tickets? Democrats? Nope.

Trump wants his generals and chief of staffs to be in full uniform and on stage with him. He called them “my generals”. This is what dictators and despots do for their parades – not the best military in the world. At one point it sounded like some generals may not appear – sending in subordinates.

His original plan was to have tanks and heavy trucks rolling in Washington but that would of ripped up the infrastructure. A while back, Trump blamed Washington officials but it was the cost. He said “it will be like no other”. Uh huh. Those military equipment brought in were behind fences – so few could see them anyways.

To help pay for the extras, Trump is diverting $2.5 million that was supposed to go to parks to renovate some of them. On top of that Trump claiming bringing in the tanks and military vehicles as well as the jets, Air Force One and the future Marine One flying over will cost very little but he is forgetting fuel, transportation, people preparing, moving the equipment, extra security, etc.

If Trump had make this a campaign style event then it could be considered illegal as you can’t use public money for party events.

At the G20, six weeks after Huawei was blacklisted by the US government, Trump had what the Chinese telecom firm described as a “U-turn” saying “US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” allowing the transactions won’t present a “great, national emergency problem.” Of course, Trump did not mention what [if anything] changed Trump’s decision.

However, when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Trump a few weeks back, Trump would speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Huawei, Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and 2 Canadians that have been arrested after Meng was arrested as requested by the Americans. It took over a week for a confirmation that Trump did speak to Xi.

Trump lightheartedly told Russian President for Life Vladimir Poutine, “Don’t meddle in the election” when asked by a reporter if the topic would come up during their bilateral meeting. Trump’s general unwillingness to criticize Putin, despite his efforts that butt against American interests from the Middle East to Ukraine to election security. Trump lobbed criticism at Japan, India and Germany over trade and defense matters but not toward Russia.

Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and took 20 steps into North Korea, making history as the first sitting US leader to set foot in North Korea. The encounter at the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone — their third in person — came a day after Trump raised the prospect of a border handshake in a tweet and declared he’d have “no problem” stepping into North Korea.

Trump claimed that President Barak Obama always wanted to meet Kim but was denied. He claims the Obama administration was “begging” for a meeting. Yet during his time under Obama, former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said Obama never wanted to go to North Koreas. He said would go if it was for the right reason. FOX New at the time criticized Obama constantly for even thinking of seeing Kim or any other dictator. Guess what? FOX News anchors were all praising Trump for meeting Kim.

Expect Trump to use in his re-election campaign that he was able to meet Kim [and walk in North Korea] while Obama [or any Democrat president] didn’t do so. More like a big whoopee.

It didn’t take long: Trump walk over to the North Korean side has been made into a propaganda film by them including slow motion as he stepped over the border and patriotic music.

The Democrat candidates didn’t really have much of anything positive: from just a photo-op, to wasted time, to helping Kim more than the US [sort of like “See. The President of the US came to me!”], and so on. There was no agreement or anything except Trump inviting Kim to the White House.

The new White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, on her second day on the job, got into a scuffle with North Korean officials during a chaotic scene outside a meeting room where Trump and Kim talked privately. Grisham was bruised a bit in the scuffle.

After the second Democratic debate of the week where Kamala Harris went after front-runner Joe Biden for his record on race and segregation, Trump surprisingly defended Biden. He said Harris got “too much credit” while Biden “didn’t do well, certainly,” but he “answered the question a little bit differently, it would have been a different result.” Trump generally goes after the person most likely to be his biggest threat. Is that Harris now?

Donald Trump Jr. retweeted, and then deleted, an alt-right commentator named Ali Alexander, stating, “Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves. She’s not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. That’s fine. She’s not an American Black. Period.” Trump asked if it was true but later deleted it. Those who disliked the tweet claimed it was a like father like son thing to so. His father has quite often retweeted alt-right and neo-Nazis and didn’t really care if true.

At the second debate, Harris told Biden that his past stance against federally-mandating busing black students to white schools was personally hurtful because she had benefited from that educational opportunity as a little girl. Afterward, some people on social media falsely claimed that Harris couldn’t lay claim to the afflictions of African Americans. Harris is the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father. When she’s asked how she identifies herself, Harris will often say, as “an American.”

The detention centers near the southern border holding migrants got pushed to the front after very overcrowding in the centers. About a third of those detained have been detained for longer than laws allow. I am expecting Trump to lash out at the Democrats blaming them for this.

Trump said his administration is “looking at” delaying the 2020 census after the Supreme Court blocked the administration from adding a question about citizenship status on the decennial survey. “I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census… until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter,” he tweeted. Which means find a way to get that question included.

Just when we thought the census question about citizenship was dead, Trump, growing frustrated at his administration’s handling of the question is even exploring whether to issue an executive order on the issue. An executive order or another kind of directive with an alternative rationale would be subject to court injunctions over the next several weeks that could further complicate and an already tenuous timeline.

Trump threw the situation into disorder earlier this week when he tweeted he wouldn’t give up the battle even after his Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the census forms would be printed without the question. Trump had signed off on earlier in the week. The internal dispute has led Trump to privately air frustrations at his 81-year-old commerce secretary. Could be be next to go?

Trump could include a potential executive order or adding the question as a supplement with the upcoming census forms, which are already being printed. I guess this is another example of Trump changing his mind. Won’t be the last.

The government had earlier told the courts that time was of the essence to render their rulings, because the deadline to tell the printing company which version of the census form to use — with the citizenship question or without — was July 1. Trump said the citizenship question is a natural part of counting the population, but critics have said it will deter minority groups and non-citizens from responding. The census is supposedly determined to help decide how government money is spent.

Federal law sets constraints on when the decennial count of the country’s population will be taken. April 1, 2020, is the official census day, although counting is set to begin as early as January in some areas, and the law requires the tally that is used to draw legislative districts “shall be completed within 9 months,” meaning by the end of 2020. Could the administration change the law? I wouldn’t be shocked.

During a speech to US troops at the Osan Air Base in South Korea, Trump said that he had given them their first pay increase in almost a decade saying “You know, it was close to 10 years before you had an increase.” Actually they got 2.4% in 2018. As well, every year for the last 10 years they received raises from 1.9% to 3.4$ [that one in 2010].

Not the first time he lied about military wage increases. In October, he said “President Obama starved the military. He didn’t give them raises, he didn’t give them anything. I gave them a 10% pay increase, they haven’t had it in a decade.” In December, he said “You haven’t gotten one in more than 10 years — more than 10 years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one.” 10% increase in a year?

Oh you have to wonder about Trump. On multiple occasions, he has called his National Security Adviser John Bolton’s name but said Mike Bolton – the 80s crooner.

Woops. In Trump’s Make America Great Again re-election campaign ads, they used videos from iStock including a sign from Tokyo and a blonde woman walking on a beach was from a Mediterranean beach. If you read very carefully and fast, the voice overs are [supposedly] actual testimonies and the videos are not.

GOP Rep. Justin Amash, the only Republican in Congress who says the Mueller report contained impeachable offenses, has left the party. He’s a libertarian who said “No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us.” It didn’t take long before Trump went after him. So much for freedom and democracy.

Apple is reportedly shifting production for its new Mac Pro computer from the United States to China. The company’s latest Mac Pro computer will not undergo final assembly in Austin, Texas, as its previous version did. This won’t go well with Trump who thought Apple would build more plants in the US.

FedEx is seeking relief from being “essentially deputize[d]” by the Department of Commerce, following Trump’s effective blacklisting of smartphone and telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei in May. The placement of Huawei and its subsidiaries on the “Entities List,” which severely limits any business interactions American companies can have with the Chinese phone giant, has caused a number of logistical problems for FedEx.

A free, 8-million strong social network for knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber arts has banned any mention of support for Trump and his administration. The new policy on Ravelry.com says the site took the action because it can’t provide a space “inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy.” The post went on to say that support of the Trump administration is “undeniably support for white supremacy.”

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One Response to Trump gives his ego a boost but it didn’t go too well

  1. rawgod says:

    First time here. Thank you for the updates.

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