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.”

It’s almost game time!

Note: With the mid-term elections on for Tuesday, I’ll probably have a blog ready either for late Tuesday or otherwise maybe Wednesday to cover some post- election coverage.

After a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburg, Donald Trump said there is “too much hate”. He can start with his own rhetoric. He also denied any stricter gun laws would of helped but suggested that security at the synagogue could of helped. “If they’d had protection inside, the result would have been a lot better.”

He also suggested that laws should be changed to push for the death penalty for mass shootings. Like denying stricter guns laws, I don’t think the death penalty will stop these type of killings because some are because of mentally imbalanced shooters and others because of extreme religious views. The latter would like to be killed for martyrdom.

Trump falsely claimed that the New York Stock Exchange re-opened the day after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to justify holding a rally on the same day that a mass shooting occurred at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. NYSE didn’t open until 6 days later.

White House counselor Kellyanne “The Witch” Conway claims that “Trump [is] trying to heal country”. She tried to defend Trump even though after the Pittsburgh shootings Trump went after Tom Steyer [see below], Maxine Waters and others. Conway said that Trump went after Waters only after waters made some comments. Very childish from the supposedly leader of the free world.

Both federal, state and local officials – including from his own party – have refused to go with him to visit Pittsburgh. Even the mayor will not appear with Trump. Federal officials not going include a senate representative plus Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Trump has warned of an “invasion” of undocumented immigrants if the border isn’t sealed with a wall. “Invaders” is one of the words the Pittsburgh shooter had used on social media prior to his mass murdering.

Trump “extended a bipartisan invitation to Congressional Leadership to travel with him to Pennsylvania. Understandably, the members had prior commitments or wanted to show their respect in a private way,” said White House press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders. Ya. Not even close.

Trump has vowed to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil. Such a step would be regarded as an affront to the US Constitution, which was amended 150 years ago to include the words: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said. Nope. Several other countries, including Canada, have a policy of birthright citizenship.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” he said, adding that he has run it by his counsel. “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” Trump said. “They’re saying” is his code phrase for no one or someone who doesn’t know about the constitution. Sounding more and more like a dictatorship.

Trump went after House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying one of the top Republican leaders in the President’s party “knows nothing about” birthright citizenship and “should be focusing on holding the Majority” in the House of Representatives “rather than giving his opinions” on the issue. This was a day after Ryan told a radio station that “you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.”

Trump understands that the migrants are 1,000 miles from the US frontier and pose no realistic threat to Americans, for months at least. But does his base know that. The way he is describing things, they are just miles away.

Meanwhile he has sent 5200 troops to the border who may secure the border a bit but will ultimately do little for a few months at the cost of how much money [transporting them and equipment, temporary housing, etc.]. Then Trump suggested that he may authorize up to 15,000 troops with authorization to shoot.

To show something equivalent, at 15,000 there would be more troops at the border doing who knows what than the number in Afghanistan. The bill for the first six months of the National Guard deployment came to $185 million US, or roughly $1 million a day. By that measure, 15,000 more troops would cost about $225 million US a month.

The Department of Homeland Security asked that the Pentagon provide a reserve force that could be called upon to provide “crowd and traffic control” and safeguard Customs and Border Protection personnel at the border to counter a group of Central American migrants walking to the US border to request asylum. The Pentagon rejected the request on October 26.

When then President George W. Bush sent the National Guard to fortify the border from June 2006 to July 2008 — 6,000 troops for the first year, reduced to 3,000 for the second — it ended up costing $1.2 billion.

In an administration plan, the Department of Homeland Security could limit the number of migrants able to enter at legal ports of entry. DHS would do this by “metering,” essentially creating a waitlist to allow people to enter only if the department has the capacity to process and detain them at one of its facilities.

Trump knows that immigration is one of the top two or three issues that his base crave for. Why else would he propose an executive order for something that needs a constitutional change – and unlikely to get – ending birthright citizenship. He obviously knows the limitations of an executive order – or does he?

Trump is already laying the groundwork for who or what to blame in case the elections don’t go well for him by saying that the slowing GOP momentum is because of the recent domestic attacks. Already he has stated that he would take full credit if the GOP do well but no blame if they do badly.

While it would have been smart if Trump pushed his economic accomplishments [the few he has had in 2 years], instead he is using the invasion of foreigners entering the country illegally because it is what his base wants to here.

Trump attacked billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer, who is obsessed with impeaching him, after he was interviewed on CNN. Something wrong here. Trump claims he doesn’t watch CNN because it’s “fake news”. But Trump tweeted “He comes off as a crazed & stumbling lunatic who should be running out of money pretty soon.” So he was watching. CNN anchor Jake Tapper promptly tweeted: “Thanks for watching CNN, Mr. President!” Trump will probably claim that a flunky of his watched and gave him a report.

Steyer, who’s considering a 2020 bid against him, wants Trump to be impeached and has paid for national advertisements on TV calling for it. So as usual, anyone considered a threat to Trump, Trump responds by bashing the person. He also charged the president with breaking the law and engaging in “violent political rhetoric.” He has sank at least $110 million in the midterm elections, making him the biggest investor on the left in campaign cash.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted and later deleted a tweet last week that suggested that “We cannot allow [George] Soros, [Tom] Steyer, and [Michael] Bloomberg to BUY this election! Get out and vote Republican November 6th.” The three are Jewish and billionaire Democratic donors. This was tweeted after a Soros had a non-functioning pipe bomb delivered to him and before the Pittsburgh shootings.

In an interview Trump said “I do try, and I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth….. But I always like to be truthful.” So when supposedly doesn’t he?

The Trump administration is set to re-enable all sanctions against Iran that had been lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. He said the US will grant temporary waivers to eight “jurisdictions” from energy related sanctions that will be re-enable as the Trump administration seeks to ratchet up pressure on the Iranian regime. Nice coincidence – right before the mid-term elections.

The Trump administration is seeking to change rules to give employers more flexibility to deny women insurance coverage for birth control. The proposed changes are a response to previous judges’ objections to the administration’s previous efforts to deny coverage that is stipulated as part of Obamacare.

Trump will be doing 7 rallies over the final 3 days but won’t be going to two battleground states, Arizona and Nevada because GOP officials told him not to come. Maybe a reason why he is visiting some states twice in those final days.

At a rally in Missouri, Trump said:

  • “You must reject the Democrat politics of anger and hatred and division and fear.” Seriously?
  • “Let me tell you, we would be in a nuclear war right now if the right person didn’t come along.” Hmmm. How close were we with North Korea in 2017? That was probably closer than ever before and still nothing positive out of his “deal” with North Korea except maybe a bit of calm. They still have nuclear warheads and they still seem to be manufacturing them.
  • “The only time I’ve seen them, they underestimate the crowd. They want to underestimate that crowd [in the caravan], which is easy for them, actually, to do. But that’s a lot of people.” Unsure what a couple of thousand would do but remember how he [or his cronies] over estimated his inauguration crowd?
  • “You know, I think what happened — I really believe somebody was involved that’s not on our side of the ledger. Somebody was involved.” Trump claiming again that the Democrats organized the caravan. No proof as usual.
  • “Even one of them recently said that President Trump made promises, but he’s kept many more promises. I mean, far more than I made.” Do you know what/who he is talking about?
  • “Hundreds of thousands of children born to illegal immigrants are made automatic citizens of the United States every year because of this crazy, lunatic policy that we can end.” It’s called the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
  • “We’re the hot country. Can you believe it?” Climate change, maybe.

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn ended his tumultuous tenure at the White House with one last encounter in which Trump blamed him for Robert Mueller’s appointment. He left before the background investigation was complete for the incoming White House counsel Pat Cipollone. A while back, Trump ordered McGahn to fire Mueller, but McGahn refused.

As if Trump backer, Fox News’ Lou Dobbs, was an issue with his comments last week, a guest of his called the State Department “Soros-occupied” territory in May. The episode was re-broadcasted the day of the Pittsburgh shootings. Dobbs is a business journalist [supposedly] and not politics. In the past, Dobbs has referred to Soros as an “evil SOB” and “insidious.” Dobbs has also peddled various conspiracy theories about Soros.

Trump launched an attack on Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, labeling him a “thief” without evidence and claiming that, as mayor of Tallahassee, Gillum oversees one of the country’s “most corrupt cities.” While Gillum was told by the FBI he is not under any probe. “That individual’s under FBI investigation…. I’ll leave that to the President to make those kinds of statements” said Simpleton.

Rep. Ron DeSantis is already behind Gillum in double digits according to the latest polls. DeSantis began the general election campaign by warning voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum and has also faced questions over his role as an administrator on a racist Facebook page.

Simpleton is expected to leave in the coming months after more than a year in the role. Noooo!

Simpleton defended Trump and insisted he was being treated unfairly. She also repeatedly maintained that Trump was elected by an overwhelming majority of Americans, not saying he lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. I guess only the hard core Republican votes would believe this.

“This is a President who has risen to that occasion and works to bring our country together in a number of occasions, whether it’s the hurricanes, whether it’s the Las Vegas shooting, whether it was the Pittsburgh shooting,” Simpleton said. [OK, you can stop laughing now. Seriously. Stop.]

A Republican congressional candidate in Illinois used an old photo of a rundown street in Jaywick Sands In England to illustrate the alleged dangers American voters faced if they elected Democrats. The posting by candidate Nick Stella did not make clear, however, that the photograph was of a village in England, not a location in the U.S. Bad grammar: “A Vote for Foster is a Vote for a Speaker Pelosi”. Don’t need the “a” before Speaker.