He’s losing friends, staff and still causes more problems

Convicted pervert and former hedge fund manager, Jeffrey Epstein, is in trouble again for his perversions. He is supposed to be a friend of Donald Trump but Trump said he hasn’t seen Epstein in 15 years. If you believe that.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who as a US attorney in Miami signed off on what critics now say was a lenient non-prosecution agreement with Epstein’s plea agreement in 2008. Epstein went to jail – for 13 months of an 18-month sentence – registering as a sex offender and putting the world on notice that he was a sexual predator.

Trump is not the only top politician who is being asked what he knew about Epstein’s behavior: Friends of Epstein include Attorney General William Barr’s father, Donald Barr. Also included are Trump, Bill Clinton, celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, singer Courtney Love, actor Alec Baldwin and billionaire David Koch

Epstein is quoted as saying, “I want to set up my modeling agency the same way Trump set up his modeling agency.” Legend has it that he sometimes would walk into the dressing room at one of his pageants while some of the contestants were at least partially nude.

Epstein could be charged with possible witness tampering where he made $350,000 in payments to two possible co-conspirators after a series of newspaper stories alleged he sexually abused dozens of girls. He also had investigators follow some of his victims and supposedly harassed some as well.

Acosta – who announced his resignation – said he decided to step aside because he didn’t want his previous handling of a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein to become the focus of the Labor Department. Acosta had made an agreement with Epstein to avoid major repercussions for Epstein, even though a federal investigation had identified 36 underage victims and there could be over 100.

Months ago Trump said “He’s [Acosta] done a fantastic job. He’s a friend of everybody in the administration…. He made a deal that people were happy with, and then 12 years later they’re not happy with it.”

Acosta is the 9th cabinet official to leave the Trump administration. During the Obama Administration, there was no turnover in cabinet agencies, two and a half years into his first term. During the Bush Administration, one cabinet secretary had left office as of June 2003.

Trump said “It will be like obliteration [of Iran] that you have never seen before.” Luckily, for now, we have never seen obliteration. So we don’t know what it’s looks like.

Trump still wants his wall and yet he says his people at the border are doing a great job. Does that mean he doesn’t want a wall?

There is talk of maybe an insert with additional questions. I guess those against the census questions [like 99% of Democrats, immigrants, illegals and basically anyone who is sane] will not return those questions. I wonder how much extra these questions will cost. Mailing, printing, lawyers, lawsuits, etc.

Instead Trump will get the information the needs from other departments and use what the administration can to cheat out some people from getting their [indirect] share of future budgets.

“Congratulations to the US Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” Trump tweeted from his golf club in New Jersey. That’s nice – except it took a 5 hours after his wife, President Obama and others congratulated them. The US government’s delegation to the final in France also lacked a bit of firepower, given that it was led by a comparatively junior official in the deputy Secretary of Commerce. No word if the team will be actually invited to the White House.

After leaked cables sent from United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, back to London describe Trump as “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent,” Trump [of course], lashed out at Darroch saying “We’re not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well, so I can understand it,” Trump said. “And I can say things about him but I won’t bother.” Funny how he only says negative things after he is criticized. If Darroch did a lousy job why not complain about him sooner?

Trump continued his rant against the soon to be ex-UK Ambassador to the US, Darroch, by saying “I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well….” He is the ambassador to one of the biggest US allies. Trump never met Darroch at all? He tweeted that the ambassador was “wacky,” “a very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool”. Either he knows him or is just [as usual] making comments without knowing the Darroch.

Even with all the mess regarding Brexit? Darroch is now branded an anti-Trump globalist by his foes back home, is no longer welcome in the White House. Darroch was recently was dis-invited from a dinner with Trump, the Emir of Qatar and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Petty.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt – Darroch’s boss – said officials would consider whether a hostile foreign power keen to disrupt relations between the US and Britain was behind the leak. While Hunt sort of sided with Darroch in Darroch is allowed to state his opinion, Hunt said that Darroch’s opinions were not his.

Darroch made his decision to step down after seeing that Boris Johnson, the current frontrunner to replace Theresa May as British Prime Minister, had refused to support him during a leadership debate. “Good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice,” outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons.

Trump also went after May for “… their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled. I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster!” As if the UK would allow Trump to play a hand in Brexit negotiations when it is none of his business. The US is not part of the EU.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment to New York law that would allow Congress to get hold of Trump’s state tax returns while the legal battle for his federal returns rages on. The law requires the state’s tax commissioner to provide New York state tax returns to Congress upon request from the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, or the Joint Committee on Taxation and mandates the removal of any federal tax information that might appear on state returns.

The House Judiciary Committee broadened its investigation into Trump and possible obstruction of justice, authorizing subpoenas to a dozen individuals that included Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The committee also authorized subpoenas to current and former Trump administration officials related to the “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that led to the separation last year of migrant families who crossed the southern border illegally.

“We’re going to send people in. We’re going to have some of the press go in,” said Trump comes days after Democratic members of Congress toured two Texas border facilities, including one in Clint, and expressed outrage over the growing humanitarian crisis on the southern border.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin the previously postponed raids across the country to arrest thousands of family members of undocumented immigrants who already have court orders to be removed. Raids are expected to take place in at least 10 cities, will occur “over multiple days” and will include “collateral” deportations in which “authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.”

[I guess if you move yourself temporarily to a nice rural mid-west location where they vote for Republicans en mass, then you are safe.]

Federal prosecutors have requested information about former top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy’s contacts with foreign leaders and businesses while working for Trump’s inauguration. They are seeking documents and records relating to Broidy, five companies associated with him and foreign politicians — including the presidents of Angola and the Republic of Congo and two Romanian politicians.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a New York judge’s ruling and found that Trump “engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by utilizing Twitter’s ‘blocking’ function to limit certain users’ access to his social media account, which is otherwise open to the public at large, because he disagrees with their speech…. We hold that he engaged in such discrimination.”

The administration had won only three of 42 deregulatory cases, a paltry success rate of only 7%.

Trump tweeted “Word just out that I won a big part of the Deep State and Democrat induced Witch Hunt.” This after an appeal court ruled that his Trump International Hotel in Washington harms hotels and other businesses the states partially own. The court’s decision effectively keeps the states’ attorneys general offices from gathering financial information from the Trump Organization and Trump himself. Trump now thinks that there a body of people who are involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.

The US budget deficit increased by $140 billion during the first nine months of this budget year to $747.1 billion US as government revenues and spending both hit records. The deficit for the current fiscal year through June is up 23.1% over the same period a year ago with receipts rising by 2.7% while spending increased 6.6%. The deficit for the full budget year, which ends on Sept. 30, will top $1 trillion.

The Trump Organization’s golf resort in Doral, Florida, will host a charity golf tournament this week put on by a strip club [Shadow Cabaret] in the Miami area that will include dancers serving as “caddy girls” for the tournament’s participants. Trump name and family crest are displayed prominently in the strip club’s advertising materials. I’m sure Trump will be upset…. that he wasn’t invited.

[From 2015 to 2017, revenue fell 18%, net operating income shrank from $13.8 million to $4.3 million and Trump Organization sought to lower the property’s tax bill. The Trump Organization earlier this year shelved plans to expand two US hotel chains, citing a toxic political climate for the Trump brand. has previously listed Doral in federal disclosures as his biggest money-maker.]

“We live in a climate where everything will be used against us, whether by the fake news or by Democrats who are only interested in Presidential harassment and wasting everyone’s time, barraging us with nonsense letters,” Eric Trump said in February. Or maybe it’s your father or even your incompetence in running a business.

The Trump Organization said in a separate statement to the Post that the decline in revenue at Doral is unrelated to the Trump name, and instead cited “fears of the Zika virus in 2016, and hurricanes in 2016 and 2017, for driving tourists away from South Florida.” There will be hurricanes every year.

The White House announced a social media summit in late June, describing it as an event to bring together “digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.” But the White House has not extended invitations to Facebook and Twitter. They said they believe the summit would amount to a right-wing grievance session and was not aimed at seriously discussing some of the issues facing large technology companies.

Trump has poured fuel on the fire, attacking large technology companies on a regular basis and suggesting they need to be regulated by the government. Trump has suggested, without evidence, that Twitter makes it difficult for his supporters to follow him.

Among those invited to Trump’s “social media summit” are Bill Mitchell, a radio host who has promoted the extremist QAnon conspiracy theory on Twitter; Carpe Donktum, an anonymous troll who won a contest put on by the fringe media organization InfoWars for an anti-media meme; and Ali Alexander, an activist who attempted to smear Sen. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an “American black” following the first Democratic presidential debates.

Other eyebrow raising attendees include James O’Keefe, the guerrilla journalist; Charlie Kirk, the founder of the right-wing student group Turning Point USA who sometimes posts misleading information on social media; and Benny Johnson, the journalist-turned-activist who was fired for plagiarism by BuzzFeed and demoted at the Independent Journal Review for violating company standards.

At least one of the individuals invited proved to be too far off in the fringe even for the White House as the White House had rescinded its invitation to cartoonist Ben Garrison, who had drawn a cartoon widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

At the “social media summit” this week…..

  • Trump said it used to take him a mere “short number of days” to gain 100,000 new followers, but it now takes “10 times as long” even though, he claimed, his personal brand is “much hotter” than it was when he was gaining followers more quickly. – Except it is normal for the numbers to fall off. Anytime you start off with big numbers, it will slow down as anyone who wants to follow you has.
  • Trump spoke at length about what he falsely suggested was a deliberate attempt by social media companies to prevent him from gaining followers, alleging that “a lot of bad things are happening.” – This is his standard fiction as there is no evidence that Twitter or other social media companies have made it difficult for people to follow Trump.
  • Trump said that he census survey can ask people about the number of beds and toilets they have but not about whether they are citizens. – Except that could be asked in the supplemental surveys from the Census Bureau, which do ask questions about living conditions of a small sample of households but also asks questions of citizenship. The 2010 didn’t ask about plumbing, bedrooms, and desks.
  • Trump says “….darling you’re up 77% this year.” – Trump claims 401(k)s are up that much which is possible but at the close of trading on the day Trump spoke, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by 16%, the S&P 500 Index by 20%, the Nasdaq by 24%. Even since his inauguration day, the highest is 58% for Nasdaq.
  • Trump claims at his June rally he had 20,000 people in the arena and 109,000 outside. – Except the city said the arena was just below capacity and the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reported that the overflow area outside the arena was “virtually empty” as Trump spoke, with only “a few dozen people in the holding area.”
  • Trump claimed that the Democrats “were all in favor of a wall just a few years ago.” – Except 17 of 26 senators voted no and he wanted a fence then, not a wall.
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