Again, it’s the G6 and Trump

Donald Trump was notably missing from the G7 meeting on climate control. Asked about it during one of his news conferences, Trump appeared to suggest the climate talks were yet to happen. But French President Emmanuel Macron later said Trump only missed the climate session because supposedly it clashed with other bilateral meetings with Germany and India – except both were at the climate control meeting. So who [if any] did he actually see?

Yet, Trump insisted [again] that he knows more about climate control than “most” people. Uh huh. He wants clean water and clean air. Not when you want to increase coal production and relax regulations for oil drilling, tree cutting, etc. And he basically said windmills are useless.

Macron staged a major surprise at the G7 meeting, unexpectedly inviting the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the gathering. The other G7 leaders were told the night before but Trump said he didn’t know anything about the visit but after said he knew it was happening and didn’t interpret it as a sign of disrespect. But US officials said they weren’t given significant advance warning that Zarif would be in Biarritz for talks.

Trump seemed to indicate he regretted his trade duel with China in comments that rocketed around the world amid concern about its economic impact. “I have second thoughts about everything,” he said, leaving critics to hope he was trying to make himself political room to deescalate the showdown. But Trump, who hates to look like he’s being backed into a corner or is climbing down, then sent out his aides to say that on the contrary, his only regret was not being tougher on China.

Trump’s top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow [in the Sunday news talk show circuit] argued that Trump had misheard the question from the press pool whether he was having second thoughts about China. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also was talking on Sunday giving out the same response.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said that the American people have “just got to accept the pain that comes with standing up to China,” in terms of higher prices for consumer goods. Oh ya. They will like that. Not. Trump has insisted inaccurately that China and not US consumers are paying the price for the tariffs.

Trump has in recent days also accused the media of talking down the economy to hurt him. “You people want a recession because you think maybe that’s the way to get Trump out,” Trump told reporters in France. More like the media is speculating where the economy is going, using sound logic from economists and others instead of his guessing.

Trump tweeted “The question I was asked most today by fellow World Leaders, who think the USA is doing so well and is stronger than ever before, happens to be, ‘Mr. President, why does the American media hate your Country so much? Why are they rooting for it to fail?'” Ummm. Right Donnie. I’m sure if the other leaders were asked if they actually said this, they’d say no.

Trump tweeted “It’s a very big transaction, and we’ve agreed in principle. It’s billions and billions of dollars” on a potential free trade deal with Japan. It’s potential.

Trump also discussed the replacement NAFTA agreement called USMCA. While Mexico has ratified the deal, Canada and US hasn’t. Canada will wait until after an October general election to approve. The US is a different story. Trump claims that the House and senate will approve the deal – yet the house is controlled by the Democrats and they want some changes before agreeing. If the ratification falls apart Trump will surely blame the Democrats on this even though he opened his big mouth by saying it would be approved.

Trump is pushing for Russia to rejoin the G7 in time for the 2020 summit. But the other leaders aren’t receptive to the idea. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Russia won’t join until the Ukraine situation is fixed. Russia’s annexation of the Crimea in the Ukraine in 2014 was the reason why they were kicked out.

At the end of the G7, Trump took some questions on his own and no shocker, he said some things which are proven false. Among them:

“The first lady has gotten to know Kim Jong Un, and I think she would agree with me he is a man with a country that has tremendous potential.” – White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said later Melania Trump never met him but Trump has talked about him. [Will Grisham be losing her job soon?]

China had been “taking” $500 billion from the US for “many, many years” and “every single year.” – At most, it was $381 billion in 2018 when counting goods and services, $420 billion when counting goods alone and the government had tariffs on China for more than two centuries.

“The United States, which has never collected 10 cents from China, will in a fairly short period of time be over $100 billion in tariffs.” – Again he knows little about trade. Americans make the actual tariff payments, not people in China.

“We’ve had many calls. Secretary Mnuchin is here, and you’ve had many calls over the last 24 hours, but certainly over the last 48 hours.” – A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said earlier in the day that he was “not aware” of any new phone calls between the two countries.

Of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, that “we gave them $150 billion.” – More like $56 billion but that was their own assets. The government gave them nothing.

The Iran nuclear agreement is “almost expiring, if you think about it.” – Actually most of the deal is permanent but some will last for another 10 to 15 years.

“But we are now the number one energy producer in the world and soon it will be by far.” – It was the number one energy producer in 2012 under President Obama, according to the US government’s Energy Information Administration. The US became the top producer of crude oil in particular during Trump’s tenure.

“But I own Turnberry and I own in Aberdeen and I own in Ireland as you know, Doonbeg.” – Ireland, where Trump’s Doonbeg golf club is located, is not part of the United Kingdom.

Russia was suspended from the G8 because of Barack Obama’s personal embarrassment about being “outsmarted” by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea. – It is the other members of the G8 who voted all in favor of kicking Russia out. It wasn’t just Obama’s decision. While Obama wasn’t happy with the annexation, Crimea isn’t part of the US.

Trump confirmed reports that he is “possibly” looking at hosting the next G7 summit in 2020 at his Trump National Doral Golf Resort in Miami. Trump discussed the pros of hosting the G7 at his Miami-Dade resort, including its close proximity to the airport and infrastructure that he said could easily accommodate the large presence of global leaders, delegations and press. Hosting at his resort could be an ethical violation as he shouldn’t be making money off anything while being president.

Trump tweeted “No bedbugs at Doral. The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing that the perfectly located (for the next G-7) Doral National MIAMI was under consideration for the next G-7, spread that false and nasty rumor.” Oh ya? You don’t settle a lawsuit if bed bugs didn’t exist.

In a CBS poll, only 38% of those asked said they were feeling optimistic about the future of the US economy and 54% said Trump tries to make the economy sound better than it really is. While Trump still had majority approval for his handling of the economy in the poll – 53% – only 25% of those asked said they believed his handling of trade with China will actually work.

“We are tracking closely tropical storm Dorian as it heads, as usual, to Puerto Rico. FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job. When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You – Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!” Trump tweeted. He really knows how to whine.

Whatever was fixed in Puerto Rico since 2017’s Hurricane Maria, could be undone with Dorian. Trump and local officials — namely San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz — have consistently sparred in the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Maria over funding.

Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the storm and aftereffects, including widespread power outages. Trump has consistently denied any fault for his administration in the aftermath of the storm. Trump has instead sought praise for his handling of Hurricane Maria, calling it “an incredible, unsung success” last year. And yet, there was lack of infrastructure for months in many areas.

Trump tweeted “Congress approved 92 Billion Dollars for Puerto Rico last year, an all time record of its kind for ‘anywhere,'” But more than half of that $92 billion is based on the White House’s estimates for costs FEMA could incur in years to come. $42.7 billion of relief has been appropriated by Congress, with $20.8 billion obligated to be spent by the federal government, and $13.8 billion actually spent.

“The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran,” Trump tweeted except he also included classified imagery publicly. Trump claimed “I released a photo, which I had the absolute right to do.”

It looks like it was a photo taken of the original image. A professor at the US Naval War College, noted that the “quality of image Trump tweeted appears beyond the capabilities US has previously been willing to demonstrate to public.”

Trump took his complaints about Fox News, his biggest bastion of support on television [and propaganda department], to a new level, claiming that the network “isn’t working for us anymore.” His tweets made explicit Trump’s long-held belief that Fox belongs to him and his supporters. Trump suggests that the network is not sufficiently loyal to him.

“We have to start looking for a new News Outlet,” he tweeted, inadvertently lending credence to critic’s claims that Fox is akin to state-run TV. Trump has lodged complaints about Fox more than a dozen times this year, oftentimes when he sees Democratic candidates and analysts on the air. Recently he also commented to members of the media that “Fox is a lot different than it used to be.”

Trump continues to go after Fox by rating Fox News hosts in a radio interview according to how much they suck up to him.

Trump claimed he has the “absolute right” to “order” US [private sector] companies to stop doing business with China that would involve using his broad executive authority in a new and unprecedented way under a 1977 law called the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). The IEEPA has never been invoked to impose tariffs.

The IEEPA, passed in the wake of Watergate and Vietnam, gives Trump “broad authority to regulate a variety of economic transactions following a declaration of national emergency” and can be used “to deal with any unusual and extraordinary threat….to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”

Attorneys general for 19 states and the District of Columbia sued Trump’s administration on Monday to block a sweeping new rule to indefinitely detain migrant families seeking to settle in the United States. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, was the first in an expected flurry of litigation seeking to stop the rule from taking effect in October.

Even if the courts allow the rule to take effect, there are also practical problems: paying for thousands of additional family detention beds. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has only three family detention facilities — two in Texas and one in Pennsylvania — that have between 2,500 and 3,000 beds. More than 42,000 families, mostly from Central America, were arrested along the U.S. southern border just last month.

The new rule seeks to scrap the 1997 agreement, known as the Flores settlement, which puts a 20-day limit on how long children can be held in immigration detention. The court overseeing the settlement expanded its interpretation in 2015 to apply not just to unaccompanied children but also to children traveling with their parents.

Attorney General William Barr is planning a holiday bash at the Trump International Hotel, Washington, DC, could wind up costing more than $30,000. A Justice Department official told CNN that the party is not an official Justice Department event and will be paid out of Barr’s pocket. Still, it is raising concerns from ethics experts and comes as the Justice Department defends President Donald Trump’s businesses in court over claims that they’re benefiting unlawfully from his position.

Already with about 15 months before the next election, 12 Republicans [and 2 Democrats] have confirmed they won’t run in the House again. Ten are leaving politics completely. This happens when as a politician you can see the writing on the wall after a disastrous term by your party leader. 4 years ago the Republicans easily won 11 of 12 seats. Some [claiming] are leaving for family issues. [This is happening in Canada with many in the ruling Liberal government leaving politics after their term as they suspect not good results in the next election.]

As fires rage in Brazil, Trump tweeted “Just spoke with President @JairBolsonaro of Brazil. Our future Trade prospects are very exciting and our relationship is strong, perhaps stronger than ever before. I told him if the United States can help with the Amazon Rainforest [sic] fires, we stand ready to assist!” Seems like Trump’s priority is more into trade than the climate – not surprising.

Trump tweeted “When the “Age of Trump” is looked back on many years from now, I only hope that a big part of my legacy will be the exposing of massive dishonesty in the Fake News!”, Twitter users mocked him with comments like “4 years old is ‘The Age of Trump'” [and other ages] or compared to “Age of Obama” or “Age of Trump should be a video game” [p__sy grab is a move].

Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, owns Red State Data and Digital, has received $910,000 from Trump’s flagship political action committee, America First Action, which is barred from coordinating with the campaign.

Hitting it where it hurts: American Outdoor Brands, the maker of Smith & Wesson firearms and other outdoor products like hunting and fishing accessories announced weaker than expected earnings because of a drop in gun sales related to the US-China trade wars because much of their products are made in China.

Trump has floated multiple times the idea of thwarting hurricanes headed for the US by bombing them, including by dropping nuclear bombs on hurricanes to disrupt their course. Sources were briefed on a National Security Council memo that recorded the comments. Trump denied the report, claiming that he “never said” what was in it.

But at that NSC meeting “You could hear a gnat fart in that meeting. People were astonished. After the meeting ended, we thought, ‘What the f—? What do we do with this?'” Trump also raised the idea of using bombs to stop hurricanes during a 2017 conversation with a senior administration official. Another lie.

White House communications director Stephanie Grisham said “I don’t think they’re lies. … I think the President communicates in a way that some people, especially the media, aren’t necessarily comfortable with. A lot of times they take him so literally.” Seriously? So how do you know when he’s telling the truth or not? If he says “I’m going to nuke Iran in 5 minutes”, Iran may take him seriously.

Joining the unemployment lines: Trump’s personal assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, who’s been with him since the start of his administration, has abruptly left the White House after sharing intimate details about Trump’s family with reporters. None of what she revealed was made public. But when Trump found out, she was abruptly declared a “separated employee” and barred from the White House.

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog counted more than 12,000 false or misleading statements from Trump in his first 928 days in office, an average of 13 inaccurate claims a day.

A quiet-ish week for Trump

It was less than a day when Donald Trump went from “total exoneration” and “Game over, folks,” to “bullsh_t” as Robert Mueller’s report portrayed Trump as deceitful and paranoid, encouraging his aides to withhold the truth and cross ethical lines in an attempt to thwart a probe into Russia’s interference in US elections.

Now Trump is newly furious at the people — most of whom no longer work for him — whose extensive interviews with the special counsel’s office created the epic depiction of an unscrupulous and chaotic White House. He’s is seeking assurances from those who remain that his orders are being treated like those of a president, and not like suggestions from an intemperate but misguided supervisor.

Trump was aware ahead of its public release what was contained in the Mueller report. Attorney General William Barr told reporters Thursday that both the White House counsel and Trump’s personal legal team were given an opportunity to read the redacted version in the previous days.

In the report, press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders, who was out the office when the report was released, is shown repeatedly misleading the press, a fact she attempted to downplay in morning television interviews. Tell me something we don’t know!

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted Trump’s 2016 campaign did nothing wrong by taking information from the Russians. Giuliani called the Trump campaign’s effort to get political help from representatives of the Russian government possibly ill-advised but not illegal. Nevertheless, he said “there’s no crime.” This from a lawyer who has repeatedly made judgements that were counter to laws.

Sen. Mitt Romney said in a statement on Twitter that he was “sickened” by the findings in Mueller’s report that cited details on how the Trump campaign welcomed political dirt from Russia.

No shocker that Trump criticized Romney for his comment by saying if Romney “spent the same energy fighting Barack Obama as he does fighting Donald Trump, he could have won the race (maybe)!” In 2012 Romney won a slightly greater percentage of the popular vote than Trump in 2016 but President Obama won the election.

To end the week, Trump announced that he would revoke America’s status as a signatory of the arms trade treaty regulating conventional weapons including small arms, battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships. The US signed the treaty in 2013 but never ratified it. The NRA [where he announced it] has long claimed the treaty poses a threat to the second amendment. Of course it will help his buddies sell more arms.

Trump, of course, off script when he came across a line about pharmaceutical companies “rigging the system” when it comes to pricing drugs more cheaply overseas than they do domestically. “Many drug companies are giving European countries a better deal than they give their own country, and that has to stop,” Trump said. Yes. He know with so much facts that US companies are giving European countries better deals. It’s called buying in bulk.

“Well the subpoena is ridiculous,” Trump said when asked what he plans to do in response to the subpoenas. In the days since special counsel Robert Mueller’s full reported was released, Congressional Democrats have started their own investigations and have begun issuing subpoenas. Yet there is little he can do – otherwise hit with an obstruction of justice charge.

As former Vice President Joe Biden entered the Democratic nominee race, Trump defended his equivocating comments [“people that were very fine people on both sides”] following white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, saying that he was referring to supporters of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee when he said there were “fine people” on both sides. He just loves changing what he meant – even almost 2 years later. If he meant something different why didn’t he say it earlier? He never specified Lee until now.

Trump also said that Biden and other presidential candidates are making him “look very young.” Trump is 72, Biden is 76. Not much difference. Bernie Sanders is 77. Elizabeth Warren is 69. Jay Inslee is 68. John Hickenlooper is 67. Everyone else are in their 30s to 50s. So Trump is the third oldest. He probably is also one of the least healthiest – known to be at least a bit overweight.

From an interview with Fox News, Trump said:

  • “But we have a fantastic [health care] plan that we’ll be rolling out and subject to us winning back the House, keeping the presidency…” So where’s the plan? Doesn’t exist.
  • Trump claimed that three reporters [two from Fox] should get Pulitzers. They favorably report about him.
  • “… these are the top people at the FBI where you had absolute dirty cops” and then said ” I know FBI guys, these are the best in the world”. The US must have two FBI agencies.
  • “So, I really say, now we have to get down because this was a coup. This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government.” I’d like to see who have been arrested for the “coup”. Nobody. Does he know the definition of a coup [as well as treason]?
  • “This was a coup… This was an attempted coup.” So which is it?
  • For the coup “I think it’s far bigger than Watergate.” Yes. He’s an expert. 45 years ago, he was probably too busy ripping people off.
  • “It was like a one-sided witch-hunt as I called it.” Isn’t it usually that?
  • “The fake dossier which even ‘The New York Times’ now says was fake…” This was the same New York Times which he has previously gone after continuously. So they are good when it suits him and bad otherwise.
  • “We have fighter jets, the F- 35, the F-18. We have jets the likes which no country has at all.” Except they have been sold to other countries. Canada, Saudi Arabia, …
  • “I could have fired Mueller. I could have fired anybody that I wanted to fire, Article 2.” Mueller can only be fired for good cause. “Article 2” in the constitution says nothing about who he can fire.

At a recent conference, Trump touted his administration’s border security efforts, including a southern border wall, as a great deterrent to drug smuggling. Trump called the US’s immigration laws “horrible, obsolete, weak, pathetic” and blamed the Democrats for not changing them. And who’s been in office for over 2 years with 2 years of that with a Republican majority in the House and Senate?

At one point this week, Trump was on a mega tweet storm. How big? Trump has tweeted [and retweeted] 52 tweets. In about a 30 minute span at one point, he retweeted 24 items — about nine different topics and from 15 people. The retweets came from all of is favorites. The tweets were mostly from the usual topics: Robert Mueller Report, immigration, collusion, obstruction, etc.

Trump told the NRA that he, “didn’t need a gun” to stop what he called a “coup.” He called them “bad apples” and claimed that they resigned. Those that seem to have resigned are from his administration. He said “We are taking power out of Washington DC and returning it to the people where they belong… taking place at the highest levels… Corruption at the highest levels” and mentioned “spying”.

Trump tweeted “No Collusion, No Obstruction – there has NEVER been a President who has been more transparent….” Would love to know how he measures that.

Trump also tweeted that Twitter has a liberal bias and does everything it can to make it harder for conservatives to use the platform. [He offered no specific, fact-based examples.]Maybe it’s because some conservatives don’t know how to type or know what Twitter is.

Trump lived with a poodle, Chappy, with his first wife, Ivana, who wrote in her memoir, “Raising Trump,” that “Donald was not a dog fan.” Chappy, she later said, “had an equal dislike of Donald.”

Trump held a briefing for the children of reporters on Take Your Child to Work Day. He went after the kids’ parents by saying “I like you more”. You don’t talk about a parent in front of a child.

Iowa’s longest-serving Republican state lawmaker, Andy McKean, is ditching the party in a protest of what he called President Donald Trump’s “unacceptable behavior” and is joining the Democrats. McKean, a moderate from eastern Iowa whose 29 years in the legislature include stints in the House and Senate, announced his party switch.

Fox News goes after Mueller

Both Donald Trump and his former chief political strategist Steve Bannon are urging Roy Moore to concede, as the defiant Republican Senate candidate refuses to admit defeat to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama senate election.

Fox News personalities truly seem more outraged at Robert Mueller than at the Russian government for attacking the US democracy. Sean Hannity declaring that Mueller and his team of investigators were an “utter disgrace.” Hannity then amped up the hysterics by claiming that this investigation poses a “direct threat to you, the American people, and our American republic,” as he called for Mueller to resign.

Fox’s Lou Dobbs proclaimed it was “time to kill the investigation.” Dobbs then bizarrely added that “the person who should be investigated is Barack Obama.” Why? Because the Russian interference “occurred under his administration.” Apparently he thinks that Obama helped Trump get elected so that Trump could try to dismantle every accomplishment of his presidency.

Former Speaker of the House and Fox News political contributor Newt Gingrich, who had praised Mueller when he was first appointed in May as a “superb choice” whose reputation was “impeccable for honesty and integrity,” said on air this week that “Mueller is corrupt. The senior FBI is corrupt.”

Trump tweeted “Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met.” Can you tell if he’s talking about the FBI’s man hours and money or those of the Democrats? If you do not know them, you usually never met them!

Trump claimed that he didn’t know or had never met the [fifteen] women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault, despite evidence to the contrary. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders qualified the comment during her daily press briefing, saying Trump was only referring to the three women who appeared at the news to reiterate their accusations against Trump. That’s despite the fact Trump’s tweet made no such specification. [I wonder if anyone takes Sanders seriously.]

Trump did not dismiss the idea of pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn after he pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the US.

While Trump continues to go after FBI, claiming it needs to be reformed, but then he told some FBI students that he has “their backs.” Doesn’t seem like it if you are going after the department you belong to.

It is, however, a well-known [but hushed] fact that the FBI tends to lean towards the right. So Trump’s constant bickering about the FBI doing the Democrat’s work is nonsense.

Trump tweeted “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!” Trump’s standard type tweet: attack one and then attack someone at the end who have nothing to do with the first person attacked.

Trump attacked Gillibrand who has called for his resignation after multiple women renewed their sexual misconduct allegations against him. When he said she was a “lightweight” who would “do anything” for campaign contributions. Trump didn’t explain further what he meant.

“This is the same sentiment the President has expressed many times before,” Sanders said during the daily briefing. “The system is clearly broken and it’s clearly rigged for special interests. This President can’t be bought and it’s one of the reasons he’s President today.” [Are you laughing?]

According to Federal Election Commission documents, Trump donated $4,800 to Gillibrand for Senate in 2010 and $2,100 to Gillibrand Victory Fund in 2007. Trump went to her campaign office – she didn’t go to his office.

USA Today editorial board bashed Trump as “a president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush” after Trump’s tweet against her.

Omarosa Manigault Newman, Trump’s Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison, who is also an African-American, will leave her. Initially it was said that she resigned but reports say she was fired – escorted out of the White House. If so, she would be a two time fired person as he fired her on The Apprentice.

But Manigault Newman repeatedly denied reports of a dramatic confrontation between with White House chief of staff John Kelly, to ask Trump about her dismissal or physically escorted her out of the White House. Supposedly, both Kelly and former chief of staff Reince Priebus wanted to let Manigault Newman go, adding that many in the White House had little idea what she did.

Sanders could not give an actual account of the number of non-whites in the Trump administration. In fact when Manigault Newman leaves, there will be 2 in senior positions.

Trump will authorize the acting NASA administrator Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. to “lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars”. [I have a suggestion of who should be first to go…]

After Trump announced that the US would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol and it would help with the peace efforts, UN ambassador Nikki Haley repeated what Trump said. Meanwhile, probably all Muslim countries consider the efforts dead and/or cannot trust the US to mediate.

A Trump judicial nominee, Matthew Spencer Petersen, who currently serves as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him by a Republican senator, including his lack of experience on trial work, the amount of depositions he’d worked on and more. He was asked [among others] how many depositions Petersen had worked on [less than five], federal trials [no], state trials [no] and the last time he had read the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure — he said he couldn’t remember. He should of recused himself instead of wasting time.

With Disney buying a big chunk of 21st Century Fox which owns various Fox Trump was worried what would happen to his [precious] Fox News even though the deal already said that Fox News would not be sold off. Does he read?

“The Coca Cola company is not happy with me–that’s okay, I’ll still keep drinking that garbage,” said Trump in 2012. But he drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke a day.

According to a report, people who report drinking artificially sweetened beverages end up at higher risk than non-diet soda drinkers for lots of negative outcomes, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension and stroke, as well as dementia. Some research suggests that artificially sweetened drinks can increase one’s appetite and the desire for sweets.

A Boston University School of Medicine study from this year found that people who reported drinking at least one can of an artificially sweetened soft drink each day were almost three times as likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot, compared with those who avoided these diet beverages. One-a-day diet soda drinkers were nearly three times as likely as those who never drink diet soda to be diagnosed with dementia, as well, the researchers found.

Trump signed into law legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

Sean “Garlic” Spicer is writing a book called The Briefing, to be release next summer by a “prominent” conservative publisher. Don’t expect anything revealing about Trump. Even then, it will be checked out by government officials to make sure nothing of national security will be mentioned. So it will be boring as hell and will be in the high discounted bins within a few months of release.

A former Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy said that Trump tried to kiss her in an elevator in “2005 or 2006,” which she said surprised her but did not make her feel threatened. It’s unclear whether Trump was married at the time since she  does not recall the exact date. “He took me for lunch at Trump Tower, just us two. He said goodbye to me in an elevator while his security guy was there; rather than kiss me on the cheek he leaned in to kiss me on the lips.”

The FCC has killed net neutrality rules. The rules required [among other things] all traffic has equal strength. One ISP cannot limit the traffic speed [example Netflix] while allow others [for example their own services] to get a regular or higher speed. Not surprisingly, Trump wants the net neutrality rules killed as he wants to kill as much regulation.

Congress has 60 legislative days to act once the rule is submitted. The Senate will have to enact the resolution by a simple majority and the President has veto power. Democrats are against removing the regulations.

After the FCC repealed the Obama-era net neutrality rules, Trump held a press conference to claim that more than 1,500 regulatory actions have been delayed or canceled by his administration in 2017.

Sanders said the administration “supports” the decision to repeal net neutrality – and the idea of a “free and fair internet.” Well not really free and it isn’t fair if an ISP restricts the traffic speed from a competitor while giving their own services more speed. If you are using [for example] Amazon’s Prime video service and your ISP is throttling the speed, you would probably want to switch to another ISP. I know I would.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he will sue to stop the “illegal rollback” of Net Neutrality following the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to repeal it.

Trump was all happy when he announced that one poll had his approval rating at 46%. But his disapproval rating was 51%. I think most leaders would not be advertising that more than half of the country disapproves him.

Trump still is boasting his election win. “And we didn’t get to 270; we got 306,” he declared, according to a transcript of his remarks, which the press was not permitted to view. “That’s even better, right? So we had an amazing time.” He’s forgetting the loss in various elections including in Alabama this past week.

Russian hacker Konstantin Kozlovsky testified to carrying out attacks at the request of the Russian FSB (the KGB-successor). The testimony is a first-hand account of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election that directly contradicts Putin’s denials of any involvement. Now will it lead anything to Trump or his team.