Trump continues to put his foot in his mouth

Happy 4th of July to the Americans out there. This will probably be one Americans may not want to remember.

Donald Trump denied that he had been briefed on reported US intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan, and he appeared to minimize the allegations against Moscow. Trump tweeted “Nobody briefed or told me” or Vice-President Mike Pence or chief of staff Mark Meadows about “the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.”

Others have said that the briefing wasn’t sent to Trump because they didn’t find it credible. However, multiple US intelligence agencies plus in the UK knew about the briefing. A number of congressmen, including Republicans, have suggested that even if there is a chance that the information is true, Trump should of known about it – and instead of defending Moscow but later called it a Russian hoax. He later said it was a media and Democratic party hoax even though there is clear evidence that the White House knew of the bounties since early 2019.

US intelligence officials concluded months ago that Russian officials offered rewards for successful attacks on American service members last year, at a time when the US and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war. No surprised that Russia officials denied the report. However they said that “low intellectual abilities of the propagandists of American intelligence, who instead of inventing something more plausible have to make up this nonsense” – and not blaming the actual reporting.

The reports were passed to top officials at the National Security Council, including former national security adviser John Bolton, who would have ultimately decided whether or not to brief Trump on the matter, adding that they did not know whether he had chosen to do so. But Bolton was aware of the reports. Bolton is supposedly a veracious consumer of intelligence. More than one official would make the decision whether to include issues such as this in a briefing.

According to former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, Trump never read any briefs in the meetings. Instead, you would get his attention with pictures or videos. If neither, he won’t be interested. [Doesn’t this sound like a toddler?]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell participated in a Trump campaign online chat, in which he said Obama “should have kept his mouth shut” instead of calling the president’s response to COVID-19 “an absolute chaotic disaster” and added “…clearly the Obama administration did not leave to this administration any kind of game plan for something like this.” After a bit of thinking, McConnell admitted he was wrong a few days later.

The game plan, whose existence was publicly revealed by Politico in March, is called the Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents. The plan book had 40 pages plus 29 pages of appendices. It contains step-by-step advice on questions to ask, decisions to make, and which federal agencies are responsible for what.

Dr. Celine Gounder called the Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore, which Trump is attending, “beyond irresponsible” as coronavirus cases increase in the US. The event will not require masks [although supposedly available – maybe leftovers from the infamous Tulsa rally!] or social distancing for the expected 7,500 – assuming they can get that much. She said it’s like that Trump is asking his supporters to jump off a cliff.

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said face masks will be offered. Can’t wait to see how many will wear them. If there is bright spot, South Dakota has a low case rate. However, some will come from other states. A potential “super spreader”.

Trump – of course – wants fireworks over the mountain. This is in an area where the terrain has been dry. They may end up getting a big fire. Earlier on in his term, he actually thought that maybe they could carve his face in the mountain – to boost his ego of course.

Protests from Native American activists are expected in the area, amplifying calls to return Mount Rushmore to native people as it was taken from them even after a treaty in 1868 was basically tossed within 10 years after gold was discovered. Expect Trump to make some of his usual comments like maybe calling them terrorists, Anonymous protesters, anti-American, radical left….. You get the idea. Three of the four presidents carved have questionable lives.

“We’re getting them at the great monument. We’re getting them. I got fireworks. For 20 years or something it hasn’t been allowed for environmental reasons. You believe that one? It’s all stone. So I’m trying to say where’s the environmental reason? Anyway, I got it approved, so I’m going to go there on July 3rd, and they’re going to have the big fireworks,” Trump said during a May interview. Actually it has been since 2009 and it is not all “stone”. Has he ever been there?

In a deleted tweet, the Democratic National Committee said “Trump has disrespected Native communities time and again. He’s attempted to limit their voting rights and blocked critical pandemic relief. Now he’s holding a rally glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore — a region once sacred to tribal communities.” The Trump campaign responded claiming that Democrats “HATE America.” Nope. Just white supremacy.

Trump retweeted a video showing one of his supporters in Florida shouting “white power” at protesters of his administration – which was later deleted. The video shows Trump protesters and supporters shouting profanities at each other. After a protester calls a Trump supporter a racist, the man responds by raising his fist and shouting “white power.” The “white power” was said almost at the beginning of the video which itself was full of profanity by a bunch of seniors!

White House spokesman Judd Deere said the president “is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.” And if you believe that….

According to the New York Times, there has been at least 140 instances during his 3.5 years that he retweeted something that he shouldn’t have.

Trump, who claims masks are a “double-edged sword,” refuses to publicly wear one himself. But “wearing the mask is the best opportunity for us to keep this economy open, keep us working, keep us safe and help us as we build towards that vaccine where we’re in a much stronger position than any country before,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.

A judge of the New York State Supreme Court temporarily blocked the publication of an unflattering tell-all book written by Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, that Simon & Schuster is set to publish in July. But it was Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, who has sought to block the book. Mary trump’s lawyers says that the ruling “flatly violates the First Amendment” and will appeal.

A court then decided to lift the temporary restraining order against Simon & Schuster. But a temporary restraining order remains in place against Mary Trump pending a July 10 hearing. The book is set to be released on July 28.

Mary Trump’s attorneys are pressing a judge to fully clear her path to publish a bombshell book about dealings with her family, including her uncle Donald Trump, claiming the confidential settlement she signed decades ago was based on fraudulent financial information. “I relied on the false valuations provided to me by my uncles and aunt, and would never have entered into the Agreement had I known the true value of the assets involved,” said Mary Trump.

Trump insisted his niece as author of the upcoming Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man is “not allowed to write a book.” Evidently referring to the brutal legal fights in the family when Donald’s garbage father died, Trump said: “When we settled, she has a total […] signed a nondisclosure.”

The Trump campaign has reserved $69 million in television ads beginning in September through Election Day in seven states: Arizona, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump also won all of these states in 2016. These are key swing states — and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden happens to have clear leads in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, plus leads within the margin of error in Ohio and North Carolina. Biden has spent just $4 million in those states.

A group of 200 people who worked in the President George W. Bush administration or his campaigns have banded together to support Joe Biden saying the endorsement of Biden is “not necessarily in full support of his political agenda but rather in full agreement with the urgent need to restore the soul of this nation.” Trump may not be happy – or just brush it off.

At least eight Secret Service agents are currently holed up in a hotel in Phoenix, some suffering the flu-like coronavirus symptoms after coming down with the disease while preparing for a visit by Pence. Not to be outdone, last month, up to 15 agents who tested positive for the virus loaded into cars and drove themselves home, avoiding flights after becoming infected while preparing for Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally. When these agents signed up, they thought they’d be taking a bullet for a president – not a disease.

With the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement [the new NAFTA agreement] coming into effect, the US is all set to already slap on tariffs to Canadian because of recent “surges” in steel and aluminum exports, “substantially from Canada,” contrary to the agreement that ended the year-long stalemate in May 2019. The Aluminum Association don’t want additional tariffs because US made aluminum can’t make up the amount they need.

Trump’s campaign directed the removal of thousands of “Do Not Sit Here, Please!” stickers from seats in the Bank of Oklahoma Center in the hours before Trump’s Tulsa rally. As part of the BOK Center’s safety plan for the June 20 rally, arena management had purchased 12,000 do-not-sit stickers with the intention of keeping people apart by leaving open seats between attendees.

“The rally was in full compliance with local requirements. In addition, every rally attendee received a temperature check prior to admission, was given a face mask, and provided ample access to hand sanitizer,” Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director said ignoring the issue. Neither Trump nor the White House asked that the stickers be removed, said a senior White House official. Uh huh. So some people did it on their own and no one stopped them. Surely BOK people didn’t remove it.

Trump tweeted “95% Approval Rating of President Trump in the Republican Party. I would imagine the 5% are the RINOS’ and stupid people who don’t want to see great Judges & Supreme Court Justice’s….” Blah, blah blah. Embarrassing when your party doesn’t back you 100% and is the poll really trustworthy.

Trump tweeted on June 27th that “Corrupt Joe Biden said yesterday that we have over ‘120 million’ people dead of Coronavirus!”. Actually it was days before that. Oh Donnie, do you remember Covfefe? What language was that? Or had problems walking down a simple ramp?

Twitch, the video streaming service popular with online gamers, has suspended an account belonging to the Trump campaign, becoming the latest tech platform to take action against Trump. “In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed,” said a Twitch spokesperson. Twitch is owned by Amazon – which Trump dislikes as Amazon is owned by Jeff Bezos.

Trump tweeted he was 6-0 in special elections since the mid-term elections in 2018. Actually he was 6-1 as the Democrats kept Maryland. Four of the six were considered easy wins for the Republicans anyways.

He then says he is 82-1 in primary and special elections. When you are basically the only one really running in a primary, how could you lose?

Not surprising Pro-Trump media like Fox News, have followed Trump’s politics. Interesting to note that until you get to the prime-time news on Fox, masks are mentioned quite often as everything else in the news. As soon as the prime-time shows start then it’s about law and order or anything positive for Trump – so forget about the pandemic. It’s as if for a few hours it doesn’t exist.

And this what the few tech savvy Trump supporters do: hackers are taking Roblox credentials leaked on a web site, accessing accounts, and leaving the same “Ask your parents to vote for Trump this year” message on thousands of Roblox profiles. [Roblox is a “sandbox” game where you can create mini games.]

A week of legal woes for Trump

Attorney General Bill Barr’s declaration he replaced Geoffrey Berman of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York [SDNY] renewed the debate over the extent to which Barr is acting on Donald Trump’s interests rather than the nation’s. Trump denied involvement in firing Geoffrey Berman. Yet Barr said he personally fired Berman.

The office of Berman, who initially refused to quit, is leading a probe into Trump’s lawyer Rudolph Giuliani and associates and has also indicted a Turkish state-owned firm involved in an Iran sanctions-busting case which Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has raised with Trump. He also investigated Michael Cohen. Berman has decided to resign as his deputy will be allowed to take over.

Scores of former Justice Department officials had already called for Barr to quit over a series of interventions that appear specifically designed to benefit Trump politically.

Berman had already gone after both Democrats and Republicans previously. He was even on Trump’s transition team and a Trump donor who was installed by the Trump administration in 2018. SDNY is known to go after white collar crime [primarily on Wall Street], as well as terrorism and other major crimes.

Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who has never been a prosecutor. This could also open up further questioning in the backgrounds of current and former Trump associates. Even then the confirmation would have to go through the Senate to confirm which may be difficult to do.

Berman recently refused to sign a letter from the Justice Department that criticized New York City’s coronavirus restrictions that affect religious institutions. Barr wasn’t aware of the dispute, and it had nothing to do with the ouster of Berman.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham announced that he will honor tradition to let home-state senators sign off on a replacement for Berman’s post, meaning that Democrats essentially have veto power over a replacement to a position considered the most powerful US attorney job in the country. So Clayton will not change his mind unless Graham forced to or says “I never said that”.

The Department of Justice officials held off on pushing out Berman because his exit would have been certain to cause an uproar and charges of political interference. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the “dismissal reeks of potential corruption of the legal process. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, said “America is right to expect the worst of Bill Barr, who has repeatedly interfered in criminal investigations on Trump’s behalf.”

A federal judge, Judge Royce Lamberth of the DC District Court, has denied the Trump administration’s attempt to block the upcoming publication of a book by former national security adviser John Bolton. The primary reason was that the book has already been released to many.

Trump considers it a victory because the judge also noted that it opens up to claw back proceeds from the book, including from any movie and TV rights, and other consequences for disclosing classified information. Bolton could still be exposed to criminal liability. Lamberth had also slammed Bolton for moving the publication forward before he formally got the administration’s approval.

One reviewer from the National Security Council had worked with Bolton over several sessions to remove all classified information from the book. But once she finished early this spring, other officials deemed details still in the book to be classified, and the White House told Bolton this month it wasn’t ready for publication.

Trump already announce Bolton is guilty by saying “Bolton broke the law and has been called out and rebuked for so doing, with a really big price to pay.”

Bolton departed the Trump administration in September 2019; Trump says he was fired, Bolton says he resigned. Trump tweeted, “President Bush fired him also. Bolton is incompetent!” Bolton left the George W. Bush administration as UN ambassador when his term expired. Bush said at the time that “he did a fabulous job for the country.” If he was incompetent [and fired by Bush], why did he hire Bolton?

And in another legal loss, the Trump administration doesn’t have the authority to divert Pentagon funds to construct additional barriers on the US-Mexico border, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals court ruled 2-1. The transfer of $2.5 billion circumvented Congress, which holds the authority to appropriate money.

And in a further court case loss, Judge Peter J. Kelly of the Queens County Surrogate Court in New York dismissed an attempt by Trump’s younger brother, Robert, to block the publication of a forthcoming unflattering tell-all book by Mary L. Trump, Trump’s niece. The case was dismissed citing a lack of jurisdiction. Robert Trump can proceed with filing a new lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court.

The filing said that after the death of Fred Trump, litigation ensued over his will. As part of a settlement, the filing said, a confidentiality provision was agreed upon by all parties, including Mary Trump. What a family! Even fighting over a will!

After just coming back from Tulsa, Trump then went to Phoenix – a state that has had huge increases in COVID-19 since they re-opened – to attend a “Students for Trump” rally inside a church. No social distancing, very few masks, and no temperature taken when entering. Trump himself had no mask – of course. Another possible “Super Spreader”.

Peter Navarro, White House trade Advisor, said “We are preparing for a second wave in the fall” – contradicting Trump and he claimed that China not only spread the virus but created it. This is coming from a Trump trade advisor – so he’s an expert in medical issues. He said China is “guilty until proven innocent” and added “Many more people would of died if we didn’t open up the economy.” Whaaaaat?

Members of the Texas congressional delegation on both sides of the aisle are asking the Trump administration to reconsider its decision to halt direct funding to several coronavirus testing sites in Texas, where there has been a surge of COVID-19 cases. The federally funded testing program was intended to jump-start initial capabilities in critical areas across the US, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At the end of the month, some sites in Texas will close because of a lack of funding.

Woops. In an interview, Trump goofed by saying “when” Joe Biden wins the presidency – not if. [Biden is not immune. He mentioned 120 million US deaths – not 120,000 deaths – although it is 125,000 now.]

As European Union nations continue to ease coronavirus restrictions, the EU is recommending that member states block American visitors from visiting their countries due to the surge of coronavirus cases in the US. Russia and a few other countries were include as well. The US placed severe travel restrictions on large parts of Europe earlier this year plus China, due to concern over coronavirus spread. I’m still expecting Trump to whine about it. What’s good for the gander is good for the orange goose.

Trump and Barr continue to claim of mail voter fraud will be quite big in November. As each county has different ballots [i.e. local elections in addition to state and federal], it is difficult to have fraud in mail in voting. There are also other information that will make fraud unlikely. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Barr, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and others in the administration have previously used mail in voting.

Trump for months has publicly accused Obama of committing crimes, but has repeatedly declined to say which crimes in particular when asked by reporters. Recently, Trump offered, without evidence, that Obama had committed treason for spying on his campaign. In reality, there is no evidence that the Obama spied on Trump’s campaign or committed any acts that reach the definition of treason.

Under the Constitution, treason is narrowly defined: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” So he never read any parts of the constitution. Not the first, second or 25th Amendments at least.

More than two weeks after his controversial photo-op outside a Washington church, Trump offered a new explanation last week for why he didn’t enter St. John’s Episcopal Church. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said there were “a lot of insurance reasons. You know, the church was boarded up.” ” for why he couldn’t go in. But Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said only a small room in the basement of the church, a nursery, had been damaged in a fire the day prior, and “the main sanctuary was not harmed at all.” The church was boarded up to protect the windows that were not affected by the fire as well as those that were.

Trump’s latest proclamation outlines a number of new restrictions on visas for temporary foreign workers. He says it’s because of the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has forced officials to do more to protect American jobs. Business groups and immigrant rights advocates are crying foul. They say these restrictions will ultimately harm the economy, and they’re accusing the Trump administration of using the public health crisis as a pretext to enact unnecessary immigration restrictions. Latest halt will last until January and could be extended.

Trump, who has previously predicted a “miracle” would occur or the virus would just disappear in the warmer weather, again declared falsely that the danger had passed — even with the nation racing towards another deadly summit of infection. Tell that to the thousands who have contracted news cases. Over half the states have now reported an increase in cases within the past week or so. Houston, for example, has just a 3% vacancy rate in ICU beds.

Pence briefly addressed the recent disruptions by demonstrators outside the White House, saying the US will prosecute those who attempted to remove a statue of Andrew Jackson and recently vandalized the historic church that was set on fire during demonstrations a few weeks ago. Damn I sure hope so! Earlier this week, Trump said he plans to sign an executive order related to force cities to “guard” monuments. Yes. I can see local police forces or US marshals wasting their manpower in guarding a statue instead of [hopefully] protecting citizens.

Trump personally instructed Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to restore the only Confederate statue in Washington, DC, after it was torn down last week. Trump raged at the sight of the statue being burned and torn down on June 19, tweeting, “The D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn.” He later instructed Bernhardt to put the statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike back up.

Trump tweeted “I was going to go to Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, but wanted to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced. The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped.” So he’s not concerned about COVID-19 cases increase in 25+ states. He cares more about his supposedly “law and order” issue [which seems to be aimed more at minorities] than the virus.

Pence won’t contradict what Trump has said that wearing a mask is a good thing. When asked about how the campaign allowed people at 2 recent rallies not wearing masks? Pence said it is because it is enshrined in the constitution that people can do what they want. Legally, no. The government can enforce if they want to [if something that is legitimate] but we know already that Trump will not force citizens to wear a mask.

Here we go again. Twitter put a warning label on a tweet from Trump in which he warned if protesters tried to set up an “autonomous zone” in Washington DC they would be “met with serious force!” “We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group,” Twitter said. Twitter users, including Trump’s supporters, will be unable to retweet the offending tweet due to the measure.

House Democrats approved a bill to admit Washington, DC, as a state, marking the first time either chamber of Congress has advanced a DC statehood measure. The bill would shrink the federal capital to a small area encompassing the White House, Capitol building, Supreme Court, and other federal buildings along the National Mall. The rest of the city would become the 51st state. [But I thought Canada was the 51st state?]

In an interview last month Trump said that DC statehood will “never happen unless we have some very, very stupid Republicans…. DC will never be a state,” Trump said in the interview. “You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So we can have two more Democratic — Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That’ll never happen.” But it could happen as early as next year the way the polls are going for Trump!

Trump tweeted “MANY people in custody, with many others being sought for Vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park. 10 year prison sentences!” So you’ll be seeing them in prison soon? Which one will be your cell mate? [And I don’t think any will get 10 years. Chances of that happen is the same chances as Trump getting a third term.] His definition of many is probably one or two.

 

Another typical Trump week

The Trump administration will scrap ObamaCare’s non-discrimination protections for sex and gender identity under a final rule. In a statement, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination will be based on “the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.” Advocates fear the policy will make it easier for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to deny care or coverage to transgender patients, as well as women who have had abortions.

Not a good week for more court cases for Donald Trump. First the Supreme Court says federal law protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination. Then the court wouldn’t hear any cases related to sanctuary cities law in California. Then, 10 court cases related to Second Amendment laws were also not heard.

And in the biggest blow, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA], an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. Chief Justice John Roberts, a right wing judge, sided with the left leaning judges.

“These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives,” he tweeted. He also added that maybe there still isn’t enough right wing judges in the court and the court doesn’t like him. Or maybe the cases he is bringing to the court are week or are being presented by incompetent lawyers. That said, judges should be going by the rule of law and not by their beliefs only.

Trump’s slow and halting descent down a ramp following his commencement speech at West Point lit up the internet over the weekend, with many speculating about whether he was in ill health. “The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery,” Trump claimed in a tweet. But the weather was sunny and dry. What slippery?

Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are already attacking former Trump national security adviser John Bolton over the book Bolton intends to publish next week about his time in the White House. This isn’t surprising since it comes just over 4 months before the election and Trump already has his hands full with shootings, protests, a pandemic, the economy, … Here is what they claimed:

  • Barr claimed that the timing of Bolton’s book is “unprecedented,” suggesting it is novel for a former official to write about ongoing policy issues while the president who appointed him is still in office. That isn’t true. In just about every president’s term going back quite a few, a former member of the administration wrote a book while the president was still in office.
  • Trump claimed that Bolton “knows” he has not come close to completing the White House manuscript review process. Bolton’s lawyer, however, says Bolton was told in late April that the process was finished.
  • Trump asserted that Bolton should face “criminal problems” for publishing allegedly classified information he says “any conversation with me is classified.” Though the president is in charge of deciding what is classified, experts in national security law called Trump’s sweeping claim absurd. Trump is staking a claim for far more secrecy than previous presidents have sought — and ignoring an executive order that makes clear that certain material should not be classified.

According to the upcoming John Bolton book [to be released next week], Trump was allowing China to build what could amount to be concentration camps to hold Chinese Uyghurs Muslims a couple of years ago. Supposedly Trump asked Chinese President Xi to help him win the upcoming election.

Despite alleging by Trump [with no evidence] that the World Health Organization “enabled” the Chinese government’s sweeping cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic’s origins, House Republicans are urging the Trump administration to reconsider its recent decision to terminate relations with the WHO, arguing the US can do more to affect change as a member.

Seems there are quite a few groups from the right who aren’t fans of Trump. The Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump.

A group of Republican operatives has launched a new super PAC to help turn out disaffected GOP voters for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Matt Borges, a founder of the group. This includes Anthony Scaramucci, who served as White House communications director in the Trump administration for 10 days.

The group, called “Right Side PAC,” will focus on targeting voters in battleground states like Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Borges, a former chair of the Ohio Republican Party and an alum of the George W. Bush administration, said. The group will focus on data, targeting and turnout, and does not have plans to run television or radio ads.

Trump and members of his administration – including Vice President Mike Pence – are claiming not to believe the media regarding a second wave. The media is saying a second wave could appear in the fall when the flu season begins. However, the media is saying the first wave is not over yet while the Trump administration claim it is. If you look at the recent statistics, it hasn’t been dropping because [primarily] the re-opening in southern states.

New coronavirus cases are spiking in some states across the US, even as Trump claimed the opposite. “If you look, the numbers are very minuscule compared to what it was. It’s dying out,” Trump said. Now who do you believe? In comparison, Italy has almost wiped out the virus – this considering it lead early on.

The FDA pulls its emergency use authorization of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment, citing the latest scientific evidence. Trump won’t be happy. US stockpile stuck with 63 million doses of hydroxychloroquine.

Facebook said it had taken action against ads run by Trump’s re-election campaign for breaching its policies on hate. The ads, which attacked what the Trump campaign described as “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups,” featured an upside-down triangle. The Anti-Defamation League said the triangle “is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps.”

The ads targeted the far left group Antifa, calling on Trump supporters to back Trump’s calls to designate the group a terrorist organization. But the US government can’t call any US based group a terrorist organization – just from foreign countries. So they don’t know the law… Just like Trump.

Not to be outdone, Twitter labeled a video tweeted by Trump as “manipulated media.” The move marks the third time Twitter has taken action against Trump in a month. Trump tweeted a video with a fake CNN graphic; the video claims, “America is not the problem. Fake news is.”

The video, which runs for 60 seconds, starts with footage of one part of a viral video that shows a black child run from a white child. The fake CNN graphic reads, “Terrified todler [sic] runs from racist baby.” You can tell right away, the video is fake when they can’t even spell toddler right. In the original video from 2019, the two toddlers actually run to each other and hugging.

Trump supporters and cronies are now saying that the video was a parody or other questionable excuses. If a parody, why not use a news network that Trump likes? Instead CNN was used because Trump dislikes with a passion. He routinely picks on them for low ratings, that infamous wrestling video and others.

“Before President Trump came in with the National Guard and calmed our streets with law and order….” is what White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said to the press. Where was this?

After the video above, when asked whether the toddler video that was shared by Trump is fake news, McEnany said “The President was making a satirical point and was quite funny if you go watch the video.” And if you believe that I got a piece of land to sell on Mars.

Trump lumped together “protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes” and said they would not be afforded what he’s decried as gentle treatment if they gather outside his Tulsa rally. The city has imposed a curfew and an estimated 100,000 could be near the event. But then the area around the Bank of Oklahoma Center. Masks and sanitizers are to be given out – however it is expected that many won’t use them at the event. Tulsa has seen recently an increase of cases in the area.

A senior Google security official said that Iranian hackers had recently targeted email accounts belonging to Trump’s campaign staff. Not to be outdone, state-backed hackers from China have targeted staffers working on the US presidential campaign of Democrat Joe Biden. So you know which party each country probably prefers more – although I’m sure for China it was more of a toss-up.

Numbers don’t look good for Trump. Biden is leading among female registered voters by 59% to 35%, a 25-point margin when the numbers aren’t rounded. This according to live interview polls of registered voters from May and June compiled by The New York Times. This has been the highest amount when looking at polls for the last 70 years. The next largest margin was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

An Economist/YouGov poll in 2019 asked, “Compared to other presidents since World War II, would you say that Trump is more or less intelligent?” Forty-seven percent said that he is less intelligent, 22 percent said he has about the same intelligence, and just 21 percent thought he is more intelligent. In 2016, the Quinnipiac poll asked a similar question and 74 percent of people said yes, and only 21 percent said no.

H.L. Mencken’s 1920 prediction that one day the White House “will be adorned by a downright moron” has now come true.

Trump’s campaign site selling a onesie [that’s a single piece garment for babies] for $18 and is a “limited edition”. The problem is that the onesie’s text says “Baby Lives Matter”. It is an anti-abortion onesie that mimics the “Black Lives Matter” movement’s slogan. And I’m sure it’s made in China.

Recently, McEnany make an illogical argument defending Trump’s decision rejecting renaming 10 US military bases named after Confederate leaders, claiming that the bases are defined by people who serve there and not those they are named after. Did they all serve there?

“If you change the name, what you are saying to the men and women who left those forts, who died for this country in many cases, you are telling them that the institution they left was fundamentally and inherently racist because of the name that is on it,” she said. In fact, these 10 betrayed their country by siding with the Confederate states.

The senate impeachment – part 2

Well, a true democracy where politicians voted with their conscious instead of their party [or their wallet or job] wasn’t seen today when the Senate voted 51-49 not to interview witnesses or view documents that has evidence.

With this vote, it is now all but guaranteed that the Senate will vote not to throw Donald John Trump out of the White House.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer forced votes on four amendments [including to call witnesses] and they were all not surprisingly defeated.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that Republicans’ vote against witnesses and documents “makes them accomplices to the President’s cover-up.”

If there was any bright side [and there really wasn’t], Trump won’t be able to walk in the House this coming week for the state of the Union address and not be able to gloat in his speech that he won. All he won was something that was obvious even before there was a Senate trial. The only question was whether there would be enough Republican Senators that would actually be unbiased. Only 2 changed sides.

Democrats demanding new witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial are seizing on a report that he ordered former national security adviser John Bolton to keep military aid to Ukraine frozen in a bid to coerce political favors. “I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens [Joe & Hunter]. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination,” Trump tweeted.

Yes. This is like all the other times he has denied he did, say or knew someone.

“The Democrat controlled House never even asked John Bolton to testify. It is up to them, not up to the Senate!” Trump also tweeted. House Democrats sent Bolton an official request to testify. He declined to appear — because the White House did not authorize him to do so. A letter was sent on October 30 to Bolton’s lawyers requesting Bolton’s voluntary testimony at a deposition on November 7.

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly says he believes Bolton’s allegation that Trump told Bolton that US security aid to Ukraine was conditioned on an investigation of Trump’s political rivals, adding that Bolton should be heard from. “If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton,” Kelly said.

The White House has issued a formal threat to Bolton to keep him from publishing his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.” In a letter to Bolton’s lawyer, a top official at the National Security Council wrote the unpublished manuscript of Bolton’s book “appears to contain significant amounts of classified information” and couldn’t be published as written.

Bolton’s lawyer notified the NSC last week that if Bolton is called to testify, he will use some of the part of the chapter related to The Ukraine mess.

Trump mentioned that Bolton’s book contained classified information. However, outside of Bolton’s people, the NSC, and the public was the book leaked and maybe the the NSC?

Bolton wrote that Trump gave him the instructions in May 2019 where the conversation also included acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s lawyer Rudy “Loose Lips” Giuliani and White House lawyer Pat Cipollone. Trump released a statement claiming he “never instructed John Bolton to set up a meeting for Rudy Giuliani….”

A nearly 90-minute recording of Trump at a 2018 donor dinner that included indicted businessmen, Lev Parnas, a person Trump has claimed he doesn’t know. It includes Trump speaking animatedly about removing the US ambassador to Ukraine — at one point stating, “Get rid of her!” Parnas is the Soviet-born businessman who subsequently worked with Giuliani.

GOP Senator James Lankford was interviewed and was asked about this tape which occurred at a dinner. Parnas was chatting with Trump for 90 minutes. Lankford’s excuse? Trump came to the dinner, ate, chatted with a few people and then left. Surely you would remember a 90 minute conversation – let alone other times Parnas was with Trump. Lankford’s other excuse? Do you remember what you did 15+ months ago?

Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said “Not a single witness testified that the President himself said that that there was any connection between any investigation and security assistance, a presidential meeting or anything else.” Well, when you don’t allow any witnesses who were part of the administration to be called, of course there are none!

Sekulow also said “In the blind drive to impeach the president, President Trump, in reality, strategically has been the best friend and supporter of Ukraine certainly in our recent history. These are the facts.” Hmm. You sure? Withholding the aid [and supposedly not telling them]? If you are expecting a package and it is past a deadline, don’t you call the sender? Blame the Ukraine and not Russia] on 2016 election tampering when US intelligence servers said it was Russia?

Sekulow also said “The transcript shows that the President did not condition either security assistance or a meeting on anything.” Read the transcript.

Trump’s legal team continues to put the blame on Ukraine’s corruption for cutting off aid that partially led to his impeachment even though he hid nothing in the two previous years. Ukraine wasn’t corrupt then? They also claim – with no proof – that Ukraine interfered with the elections and not Russia.

Trump’s legal team are also still claiming that the whole reason to for the impeach Trump is to nullify the 2016 elections because just about everyone in government outside of the administration believe Russian interfered with the election. By nullifying the election, they would claim that Hillary Clinton would become President. Impossible. We would like the last three years of hell to disappear, but it won’t happen this way.

And of course if Trump was tossed out as President, Mike “Expressionless” Pence would become President. But the tossing out would hurt the Republicans’ chances of winning the next election.

Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s legal team, said the charges against Trump – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – were not impeachable offenses, which he said must be a crime under existing law. Legal scholars and Dershowitz himself argued the opposite view during the 1998 impeachment trial of Democratic President Bill Clinton. Dershowitz excuse for the change? He has done extensive research since then and has concluded that “no, it has to be a crime.” Sure Alan.

“When you compare that to what Trump has done with Trump University, with so many other things, I think there’s no comparison between who has engaged in more corruption and who is more likely to continue that if elected President of the United States,” Dershowitz said in 2016. “So I think what we’re doing is we’re comparing, we’re saying, look, neither candidate is anywhere close to perfect, let’s vote for the less bad candidate.”

In a 2016 book, the law professor called him a “destabilizing and unpredictable candidate” who “openly embraces fringe conspiracy theories peddled by extremists.”

In an odd statement, Dershowitz said that while he disapproved of Mike Pompeo berating a reporter, “if he can help bring about peace in the Middle East, I’ll forgive him his rudeness towards a reporter.” Trump praised Pompeo’s behavior toward a National Public Radio reporter [see later] as “very impressive” and having done “a good job on her”.

This coming from the President of the free world: “Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!” Sounds a bit like a death threat. Corrupt? How? Was he paid off by someone? Trump knows this topic well as he is using his administration with plenty of nepotism. How much was he charging the Secret Service to use golf carts again? [$588,000 in 3 years. Yes. Renting.]

Asked if he took Trump’s social media post as a threat, Schiff said, “I think it’s intended to be.” Critics have accuse Trump of using an anti-Semitic trope in referring to the Jewish lawmaker as “shifty.”

White House spokeswoman Stephanie “Parrot” Grisham told FOX News Channel she had not spoken to Trump about the tweet but, “I think he means he hasn’t yet paid the price with the voters.” Same for Lankford. And yet, Schiff had 78% of the vote in his district in 2018. The Republican didn’t even hit 20%. In a “blue” district, unlikely the voters will switch to the GOP. a.k.a. Useless excuses.

Schiff’s suggestion regarding witnesses: “We’re going to let the chief justice make a fair determination of who is pertinent and who’s not. We’re not going to let the House decide who the President’s witnesses are. We’re not going to let the President decide who the House witnesses are. We will let them submit their top priorities and let the chief justice decide who is material and who’s not. That is fully within your power.” That, of course, didn’t happen.

In the question and answer phase of the impeachment trial, various Republicans have sent questions to Chief Justice John Roberts, who reads all questions first, but would not read any questions that named the alleged Ukraine whistleblower.

The day before the Senate vote on having interviews and bring in documents, Trump did an interview with his propaganda, department, FOX News, where he raked up 27 false claims in a short interview. Everything from impeachment [he didn’t win 196-0 in the House], lower estate taxes and “Man of the Year” in Michigan, USMCA [“the biggest trade deal… in the history of the world”, 2016 election, etc.

At a rally in Des Moines, Iowa – not far from where the Democrats will have their first primary – Trump said about Schiff: “Shifty Schiff is a very sick person… He lies awake at night shifting and turning. Shifting… Shifting and turning in his bed, sweating like a dog…. “Oh what a sick guy he is.” Maybe he should attend one of his wife’s anti-bullying sessions.

“We’re having probably the best years in the history of our country, and I just got impeached. Can you believe it?” he asked. And what does the economy got to do with his corruption? He then added “They want to overthrow the entire system of government… Today I hit my highest poll numbers since I got elected.” You know that last sentence was definitely false.

He predicted a straight sweep for Republicans in the November election, saying the GOP would win the House, the Senate and he would stay in the White House. Sure Johnny.

How petty. Trump’s defense team showed a video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi passing out pens to impeachment managers after signing the articles of impeachment earlier this month with Sekulow calling it a “celebratory moment.” So exactly why wait 4+ days to say so? Doesn’t every major signing usually have the president [and not just Trump] do the same thing?

The US doesn’t seem to like it when another country interferes in their election but it looks like Trump will interfere again in the upcoming Israeli election when he is expected to release a “peace” plan. When a part of it was released last year, the Arab countries easily rejected it [no shock that Iranian backed countries would, but others also.] The plan could give a boost to PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Others suggest it is a way to deflect attention away from his impeachment trial and Netanyahu’s issues as well.

More pettiness: A NPR reporter was notified that she was being removed from the press pool covering Pompeo’s upcoming trip to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. The sudden change came just a few days after Pompeo responded angrily to an interviewer from the public radio outlet.

According to the reporter, Pompeo shouted and cursed at her after the interview ended. Pompeo did not deny that, but he called the reporter a “liar” and accused her of violating an off-the-record agreement. The reporter and NPR said she did not do that, and dozens of journalists came to her defense. Now we know why Trump hired Pompeo.

The reporter said Pompeo also questioned her intelligence by directing the reporter to identify Ukraine on a blank map of the world. An aide fetched the map for Pompeo. The reporter pointed to Ukraine, and Pompeo moved on. In a statement the next day, he implied [without outright claiming] that the reporter actually pointed to Bangladesh, a country thousands of miles away.

And then another NPR reporter was being removed from the press pool covering Pompeo’s upcoming trip to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan as well. The White House gave no reason for it.
Trump “spiritual adviser” and White House staff member Paula White is defending her recent prayer at her church in Florida that “satanic pregnancies” be miscarried.

Even FOX News, Trump’s former propaganda department, is getting into the polls with 45% approve his performance but 54% don’t [January 19-22 polling]. The same poll said 50% should convict and remove Trump, 44% said no.

Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll’s lawyers served notice to a Trump attorney. She accuses Trump of raping her in the 1990s are asking for a DNA sample, seeking to determine whether his genetic material is on a dress she says she wore during the encounter. Trump would need to submit a sample on March 2 in Washington for “analysis and comparison against unidentified male DNA present on the dress.” Carroll filed a defamation suit against Trump in November after Trump denied her allegation.

Trump said in June that Carroll was “totally lying” and he had “never met this person in my life.” While a 1987 photo shows them and their then-spouses at a social event, Trump dismissed it as a moment when he was “standing with my coat on in a line.” [Of course you know that Trump denies or gives an excuse for anyone who accuses him.]

Trump “won” a German poll as the greatest threat to world peace at 41%. Kim Jong Un, Ali Khameneni, Vladimir Poutine and Xi Jinping combined had less than Trump!

Larry Shannon Hargrove “wrote” a song with the lyrics “You are so impeachable to me/Can’t You See/You Lie and you lie, you just lie and you keep on lying” — all sung to the borrowed tune of “You Are So Beautiful.”

A new hire (again) and another controversy

After dumping John Bolton recently, Donald Trump named Robert O’Brien, the US hostage negotiator, his new national security adviser. ” He will do a great job!” Trump tweeted as he did for every hire.

Speaking to reporters, Trump said “Robert O’Brien said, ‘Trump is the greatest hostage negotiator in history.’ He happens to be right,” Trump said. “We are 38-0. 38-0, ask Robert.” I’m sure reporters were scratching their heads collectively. There is a score? Name those hostages.

Trump personally dispatched O’Brien to help free US rapper A$AP Rocky from Swedish prison earlier this year. Trump is including him in that ridiculous count. But the rapper wasn’t a hostage from [say] a terrorist organization.

A communication supposedly between Trump and a foreign leader prompted a whistleblower complaint that is now at the center of a dispute between the Director of National Intelligence and Congress. An official in the American intelligence community was so bothered by a “promise” Trump made to a foreign leader that the official filed a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general of the intelligence community.

The White House and the Justice Department have advised Office of the Director of National Intelligence that the controversial complaint is outside intelligence activities as covered by laws governing intelligence whistleblowers. So far, the director of national intelligence has not allowed lawmakers access to the complaint.

Trump called the story “ridiculous” and described the whistleblower as partisan [blaming “the Radical Left Democrats and their Fake News Media partners”] and reiterated that his conversations with foreign leaders are appropriate. So he’s above the law.

Unknown if the complaint involves Trump, but Trump always assume he’s involved. By law, the Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, was supposed to turn over the complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees within a week. He has not done so.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff that he does not know the exact nature of the complaint, as he has not yet received the details from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, nor does he know the whistleblower’s identity. He also said that his committee may use legal action to get access to a whistleblower complaint involving Trump’s communications with a foreign leader. Schiff and other congressional Democrats are growing more and more agitated with the White House and Maguire, who have blocked their access to the complaint.

After a supposedly Iranian back attack on a Saudi Arabian oil plant, Trump tweeted that the US is “locked and loaded” and is thinking of attacking the Iranians or their backers. What’s wrong with this picture? Well on more than one occasion, Trump said if other countries want the US’s help then they need to pay for their services. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s military budget is at least 6 times that of Iran. I think they can afford to do their own bombing. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility. Trump has since lowered the rhetoric.

After the attack, Sen. Lindsey Graham added the following to his comments “The measured response by President @realDonaldTrump regarding the shooting down of an American drone [earlier this summer] was clearly seen by the Iranian regime as a sign of weakness.” Trump responded with “a sign of strength.”

Trump refused to strike Iran with a military option but instead apply more sanctions against Iran. Critics point out that there isn’t much left to sanction. Trump is also worried that he doesn’t want a military conflict so close to the next election. He also wanted to wait for a final intelligence report. Yet, he hasn’t trusted his intelligence departments previously. So why now.

But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “…anytime you have an act of war of this nature, there’s always risk that that could happen. … This is an attack of a scale we’ve just not seen before.”

Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, appearing before the House Judiciary Committee in the panel’s first official “impeachment hearing,” refused to answer key questions about potential obstruction by Trump and repeatedly argued with Democrats. He slamming committee Democrats, criticizing Obama-era intelligence officials, praising Trump’s successful presidential campaign and jabbing at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He denied collusion with Russia but avoided commenting on the obstruction issue.

To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month during a rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Trump said about Steve Cortes, a CNN contributor and Trump’s brand of conservative: “He happens to be Hispanic, but I’ve never quite figured it out because he looks more like a WASP than I do.”

Trump added “Nobody loves the Hispanics more. Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics? He says the country. I don’t know. I may have to go for the Hispanics, to be honest with you. We got a lot of Hispanics. We love our Hispanics. Get out and vote.”

As Trump will visit the UN, many of his fellow world leaders will be participating in a summit meant to address climate change. Not him. He is chairing his own session focused on worldwide religious persecution. Not every country in the UN was invited, and Trump probably wouldn’t have been asked to speak even if he wanted to. Other countries that rely on coal, like Japan and Australia, may also be excluded. But some key US allies like Germany, the United Kingdom and France are expected to participate.

The US will send a principal deputy assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs. Yes. Not even someone higher like the head of the EPA. During the G7 summit in France, Trump skipped a session focused on climate change that all the other world leaders attended. Trump aides are characterizing as the centerpiece of his visit to the UN. An official said “The Secretary-General will be participating in the religious freedom event.”

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to revoke California’s authority to set vehicle emission standards. Trump administration will find the EPA previously acted unlawfully by granting the state a waiver from the Clean Air Act and allowing it to develop stricter standards than those of the federal government. About a dozen states have adopted California’s standards.

As part of the “purge” at the Department of Homeland Security, general counsel John Mitnick has been fired. This is an ongoing clean up when ousting of former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was dumped in April. Acting public affairs assistant secretary Andrew Meehan announced his departure, along with at least two other officials from DHS.

At a rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Trump said:

  • Trump repeated his claim that a “Google executive,” someone who “worked at Google,” reported that Google bias may have cost Trump up to 10 million votes in the 2016 election. – Except that flawed study was conducted by a psychologist, not a Google employee or executive.
  • He said the Democrats have an agenda of “open borders.” – Except they don’t. On the record saying that.
  • He boasted that he was the one who got the Veterans Choice health care program passed. But I’m good at getting things.” – Except the program was created in 2014 in a bill signed by President Barack Obama.
  • He said his border wall is being built “fast.” – Except as of the end of August, zero additional miles had been built during Trump’s term; 60 miles of replacement barriers had been built. (Trump has argued that these replacement projects should count as his wall.) He said of his USMCA trade agreement, “Unions love it.” – Except the president of the AFL-CIO federation says it will be a “disaster for workers” if it is not amended. Other unions generally are in agreement with the AFL-CIO.
  • He said the Mueller investigation cost “$40 million.” – Except the final total was $32 million, and the government is expected to recoup about $17 million from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a result of Mueller’s convictions.
  • Trump said, “We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. – Except the Republicans will always do that.” Except the Republicans are now trying to get the courts to declare Obamacare void, without a plan to replace those pre-existing protections if their lawsuit succeeds.
  • He suggested that the Democrats’ Green New Deal proposal would require people to have no more than “a single car,” and would prohibit people from driving “more than 162 miles.” – Except the Green New Deal resolution does not include any restrictions on the number of cars people can own or how far they can drive.
  • He said the US has the “cleanest air that we’ve ever had in this country.” – Except by several measures, US air was cleaner under Obama than it’s been under Trump. There were more “unhealthy air days” for sensitive groups in 2018 than in 2016.
  • He said Asian American unemployment numbers are the best in history. – Except the unemployment rate for Asian Americans did briefly fall to a record low under Trump, but it is now slightly higher than it was in Obama’s last month in office.
  • He said that, before the 2016 election, Cubans in Miami “gave me the Bay of Pigs award. Can you imagine, right? The Bay of Pigs award.” – Except Trump got an endorsement from the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, not an award. Oink!

Trump is suing his long-time accounting firm Mazars USA and New York district attorney Cyrus Vance to attempt to stop his accounting records and tax returns from being sent to the local prosecutor.

Speaking at a town hall at the Carter Center in Atlanta, former President Jimmy Carter made his feelings known on a Donald Trump victory in 2020, saying if Trump were reelected for a second term it would be ” a disaster to have four more years of Trump.” Expect Trump to respond in his usual way.

The White House plans to withdraw the nomination of Jeff Byard, Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, seven months after he was nominated to the position. Instead, Trump is expected to nominate acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor – who is the agency’s confirmed deputy administrator.

On a somber day, Trump does what he does best

[Or not.]

9/11 continues to be a day of remembrance for Americans but that’s not as much of the case for Donald Trump.

“If it weren’t for the never ending Fake News about me, and with all that I have done (more than any other President in the first 2 1/2 years!), I would be leading the “Partners” of the LameStream Media by 20 points. Sorry, but true!” He tweeted that just 27 minutes before the first airplane hit New York 18 years ago.

[And for the 100th time, there is no way to confirm that he has done more than any other President within the first 2.5 years. You know it is a #FakeFact by him.]

He also tweeted ” In a hypothetical poll, done by one of the worst pollsters of them all, the Amazon Washington Post/ABC, which predicted I would lose to Crooked Hillary by 15 points (how did that work out?), Sleepy Joe, Pocahontas and virtually all others would beat me in the General Election….” Don’t think it was 15 points.

Outside of an image the only thing he tweeted about 9/11 was that he would speak at the Pentagon.

Trump remembered the victims, first responders and U.S. troops who have battled in Afghanistan. “For the families who join us, this is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss,” Trump said. He then ruined things by adding “If anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit.”

Trump also made statement on how he helped but some of Trump’s statements about his 9/11 experiences cannot be verified, including claims that he sent construction crews to help clear the site, that he had “hundreds” of friends die at ground zero and that he witnessed television coverage of Muslims in the US cheering the destruction. This isn’t surprising.

President George W. Bush and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was in his Pentagon office when the plane hit the building, held a separate private wreath-laying several hours later at the Pentagon. A snub maybe?

Trump claimed that he would host a secret meeting at Camp David with leaders of the Taliban and the President of Afghanistan. There was an agreement in “principle” and would require Trump’s approval. Trump then tweeted that he scrapped the meeting after the Taliban took credit for an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed a dozen people, including an American soldier.

Trump said the US has made “a lot of progress” toward ending the war in Afghanistan in negotiations with the Taliban in recent weeks and made clear his disdain for the US’ ongoing military presence in Afghanistan. But he also claimed “I could win Afghan war in a week”. Sure Donnie. Why don’t you try that except most allies would object because there would be many civilian and US casualties.

Critics, including in within “his” party, wonder how he can invite the enemy so close to 9/11 to Camp David.

Even opposition from within his own national security team, including Vice President Mike Pence, could not deter Trump from pressing forward with his plan to host Taliban leaders at the rural presidential getaway.

Trump tweeted that he has asked national security adviser John Bolton to resign, saying “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation…”

Bolton tweeted minutes after Trump’s announcement, “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let’s talk about it tomorrow.'”

The tweet came just one hour after the White House press office said Bolton was scheduled to appear at a press briefing alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Bolton clashed with Trump over a number of issues including inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David, Venezuela and North Korean issues.

Trump supposedly had received multiple phone calls and appeals to replace Bolton with someone who agreed with him more and was willing to follow through with his decisions when he didn’t. So what’s the point of having an advisor? Can’t always agree with your boss.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch “Moscow Mitch” McConnell has said that any federal election security mandates would trample on states’ rights to run their own elections. In an impassioned 25-minute Senate floor speech recently, he claimed Democrats’ real goal was “nationalizing election authorities” and that they were pushing for “partisan wish list items that would not actually make our elections any safer.”

Some are saying he doesn’t want to potentially anger Trump – who still contends that Russia didn’t interfere in the 2016 election even though the government intelligence community said they did. It would make his 2016 less legitimate.

Trump said that the United States needs to be “careful” in making sure everyone entering the country from the Bahamas has proper documentation, suggesting dangerous individuals could sneak into the US along with those seeking refuge following Hurricane Dorian. “I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members, and some very, very bad drug dealers.” So no “bad hombres”?

Trump has privately and repeatedly expressed opposition to the use of foreign intelligence from covert sources, including overseas spies who provide the US government with crucial information about hostile countries. Spying on countries that the US consider enemies are one thing. But it is getting blurred with Trump chummy with Russia and North Korea. A report said that the United States in 2017 removed one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government.

Trump claims that if you cheat on your spouse, you shouldn’t hold office. Well, he cheated on wife #1 with wife #2 and has had plenty of reported affairs and flings. Maybe he gets a special statute of limitations” because he announced this rule for him like a week.

Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote against Trump’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but only after changing his position behind the scenes. He began to believe that Ross’ rationale for the citizenship question had been invented, and that, despite the deference he would normally give an executive branch official, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ claim had to matter in the court’s final judgment.

A panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York revived a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is illegally profiting from his hotels and restaurants in New York and Washington in violation of the Constitution’s anti-corruption, or emoluments, clauses. It found that a lower court had wrongly dismissed the lawsuit.

Gregory Cheadle, the man then-candidate Donald Trump called “my African American” at a 2016 rally is leaving the Republican Party and no longer supports Trump. “I’m just sick and tired of the way blacks and other people of color have been treated by this administration and by the GOP,” Cheadle said.

At a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina recently, among the dumb comments:

  • “You know we won the greatest election, certainly one of them but maybe the greatest but we won one of the greatest.” – Over 1,000 days later, he’s still talking about it. Maybe his only true great thing he did in life. He talks about that win more than about his 5 children and his 3 wives.
  • “Every time I meet a foreign leader, almost every time, they say congratulations on what you’ve done with the economy.” – Uncheckable and most likely untrue.
  • “More Americans are working today than ever before in the history of our country almost 160 million Americans.” – But there are also more Americans in the working class.
  • “You know the other side, I don’t think they’re big believers. They’re not big believers in religion that I can tell you.” – As in the Democrats aren’t religious.

The Federal Reserve should cut US interest rates to “zero, or less,” said Trump in a tweet. Lower rates would give the country the chance to refinance its debt pile at lower rates. The United States does not refinance its debt this way.

Republicans won the special elections in North Carolina recently [House 9] but wasn’t much of a win. Trump won by 12 points the last time and the Republican barely won this time – 2 points. The Democrats haven’t won that district since 1962! Trump claimed that the Republican winner was losing by 17 points just 3 weeks ago. Unlikely. The Republicans, however, won the other special election easily.

Microsoft’s President Brad Smith recently released his book “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age” where he revealed how the Trump administration wanted Microsoft to help spy on other countries. The paragraph read, “As an American company, why won’t you agree to help the US government spy on people in other countries?” Brad Smith noted that Microsoft made it clear to the government that they weren’t open to any discussion on the issue.

Trump says the United States has agreed to a two-week delay in a planned increase in tariffs on some Chinese imports as “a gesture of good will.” He says Chinese Vice Premier Liu He requested the delay “due to the fact that the People’s Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary … on October 1st.” October 1st was the day for the increase to take effect.

Yahoo claims that 300,000 jobs have been killed by Trump’s trade wars with another 700,000 by the end of 2020.

Andrew Harris tried to hack his way into systems belonging to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to steal Trump’s tax returns just before the 2016 US election. The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of computer fraud in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania court and faces up to two years in federal prison and a fine of up to $200,000.

Swedish authorities say that a man has been denied a vanity plate with the letters TRUMP because it violated motor vehicle department rules, calling the letter combination “offensive.” The rules state nothing political.

Another two resignations, more scandals, typical Trump week

National security adviser H.R. McMaster has resigned [did he really?] and will be replaced by former US ambassador and Fox News analyst John Bolton. McMaster claims he is leaving the military and retiring from public service. Bolton’s hard edged, hawkish views on issues like North Korea, Iraq and Syria make him a controversial pick.

As recently as March 8, the White House was denying reports that McMaster was on his way out, with White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declaring on “Fox & Friends” that “General McMaster’s not going anywhere.” The Pentagon had been quietly looking to see if there is a four-star military job suited for McMaster.

Donald Trump’s lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from his personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation. Dowd, who has urged Trump to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and resist attacking him publicly, resigned as his disagreements with Trump intensified and Trump stepped up his attacks on the special counsel.

At least four defense attorneys at major law firms were approached to join Trump’s legal team in recent weeks. This includes a former US Solicitor General and 2 lawyers that have worked for previous presidents. All turned Trump down, for various reasons, including concern that the President doesn’t listen to his lawyers and that their law firms represented other clients that would pose conflicts.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he received “assurances” that Trump is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. “The special counsel should be free to follow through with his investigation to its completion without interference,” Ryan said during a House GOP leadership news conference on Capitol Hill. “Absolutely, I am confident that he will be allowed to do that.”

But Trump’s approach to the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as his rhetoric and his legal team have begun to reflect an increased focus on winning the fight for public opinion rather than cooperating with the actual probe. This include tweets like “Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime.”

“A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!” Trump tweeted of the special counsel investigation. “”Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?” Except Mueller himself and Mueller’s boss [Rod Rosenstein] are both Republicans. Unsure about those under Mueller but there are more than 13.

Trump admitted that a majority of Americans may not be ready to support the death penalty for “the really bad pushers and abusers.” “It’s possible,” Trump said. “It’s possible that our country is not ready for that and I can understand it, maybe. Although personally I can’t understand that.” He added: “I think unless you do that, unless you have really, really powerful penalties led by the death penalty for the really bad pushers and abusers, we are going to get nowhere.” Maybe the pushers, but abusers?

Trump said his administration would be addressing the problem of overprescribing of opioids, adding that the Department of Justice is looking “very seriously” into bringing litigation against drug companies. “We’ll ensure opioid addiction is not subsidized by the American tax payer.” As if people are getting their opiods exclusively from drug companies.

Trump, who as a candidate used the Clinton Foundation to slam his opponent Hillary Clinton, heralded an opioid program backed by the Clinton family foundation. Trump touted the work of Adapt Pharma, a program that makes Narcan — a type of drug that can save someone who is overdosing on opioids — more available in colleges and universities. The program was made possible in 2017 because of a partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Maybe a bit tongue and cheek, Chelsea Clinton, someone who has been critical of Trump throughout his administration, thanked the President for mentioning the effort.

Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government open until September, then excoriated Congress for passing the plan in the first place. “I said to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again,” Trump said. And yet we know how much we take his word for. Right? He had threatened a veto early. More Fake Presidential News.

In a post bill signing conference/speech, Trump also called on Congress to give him a “line item veto” for all government spending bills, echoing a desire expressed by previous presidents who lamented parts of congressional legislation. He also called on Congress to get rid of the filibuster and “go to 51 votes in the Senate” in order to have “success” in Congress.

The Supreme Court has previously found that the line-item veto violated the Presentment Clause of the Constitution, which says the President does not have the power to unilaterally amend or repeal legislation (Clinton v. City of New York). Most senators oppose giving up the filibuster rule, which was designed to ensure the minority party has some say in the legislative process.

During his speech, Trump argued that Democrats have stood in the way of DACA recipients gaining permanent legal status, while casting Republicans as would-be saviors. “The Democrats fought us, they just fought every single inch of the way. They did not want DACA in this bill.” Will anyone believe him?

A $#.6 billion cut in spending offered by Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was chopped from the final bill.

Trump lamented the “ridiculous situation that took place over the last week,” saying the bill was quickly put together and lawmakers were given little time to read through it. At 2300 pages, I doubt it but it would be quite a read. Then again, the government would of shut down after today. Who’s to blame there? I thought he was commenting about the many things that happened in his administration. Scandals, resignations [really firings, right?], etc.

Trump tweeted “Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming.” $1.6 billion doesn’t go to [sic] far when building the Trump Wall. With the probably corruption in building the mess, expect just a few hundred feet if lucky.

Trump claimed during his speech that the stock markets were doing well. Unsure which stock market he was looking at as the Dow Jones dropped 425 that day. The market sold off after Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on about $50 billion of Chinese imports to retaliate for theft of intellectual property. 1100 points were lost in two days in the Dow Jones. The worry is that a tit-for-tat escalation between the two largest economies in the world will ruin the solid economic backdrop

After saying that Canada and Mexico received exemptions for any tariffs, the administration says that tariffs will be imposed on May 1st, if the NAFTA deal is not signed by then. No one is really surprised that Trump changed his mind…. again. The European Union, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea and Australia will not be subject to the trade penalties with [so far] no strings attached.

Meanwhile it looks like Trump is caving in again as he had thrown out the requirement that all vehicles sold in the US must have 50% or more American content. With that gone, an updated NAFTA agree is more likely – assuming Trump drops removing Article 19 [which is the trade arbitration – US has lost every time to Canada].

Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to Trump’s campaign, reportedly gained access to information about 50 million Facebook users. The data was collected by a professor for academic purposes in accordance with Facebook rules, the company said. But then the information was transferred to third parties, including Cambridge Analytica. The transfer violated Facebook policies.

One of the first uses of a trove of Facebook data on tens of millions of Americans that has thrown Facebook and Cambridge Analytica into crisis was in 2014 by a super PAC run by John Bolton, Trump’s new national security adviser.

A former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who allegedly had a nine-month affair with Trump is suing the company that kept her original account from publication. Shortly before the presidential election, American Media Inc., the company that owns The National Enquirer, paid $150,000 to McDougal, but did not run her story in a tabloid maneuver known as “catch and kill.” The contract did not require the Enquirer to run the story and required McDougal’s silence. American Media is owned by a major Trump supporter.

The Trump administration has offered a two-and-a-half-year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. In exchange, the Trump administration wants $25 billion for the proposed Trump Wall with Mexico and other security measures. Democrats say for that amount, DACA recipients and people who might qualify for the program must get more: a chance at citizenship.

Trump initially didn’t congratulate Vladimir Poutine after his landslide election “win”. Poutine spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that maybe Trump’s schedule didn’t allow it and suggested he might call later. Maybe he’s too busy tweeting rants against Robert Mueller and doesn’t have time to congratulate Poutine in a tweet.

The White House said that it is “not surprised by the outcome” of Sunday’s election, and that no congratulatory call was planned. That quote sounds interesting. Trump did contact Poutine later and quite a few Republicans were upset that he did so – especially when not bringing up the subject of the election meddling or the fact that Poutine’s election win was suspicious.

Trump tweeted “I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him.” The difference was 6 years ago, Vladimir Poutine wasn’t turning into a corrupt dictator who has amassed billions that should of gone to the people and his government wasn’t known to be involved in hacking US elections.

Trump was infuriated after it quickly leaked that he had been directly instructed by his national security advisers in briefing materials not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent election victory during their call. Warnings from multiple national security advisers and briefing materials that said “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” was included.

Trump will hire an attorney to join his personal legal team who has alleged that he is being framed by a group of FBI and Justice Department officials. Former US Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe DiGenova will be joining the legal team. This comes two months after DiGenova appeared on Fox News to allege that FBI and Justice Department officials carried out “a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime.”

Wondering if fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will launch a lawsuit in case he can’t get his pension – although it sounds like he has had at least two offers from the Democrats to work at a federal agency [any that can have him] for at least a couple of days.

After McCabe’s firing, there is still rumbling that Robert Mueller will be next. Trump gloated in tweets at McCabe and then came around to attack Mueller and his Russian investigation. But senior Republics have warned him that firing Mueller will cross the line and probably open a constitutional crisis. It would be “the beginning of the end of (Donald Trump’s) presidency,” predicted South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Trump said Rick Saccone lost the Pennsylvania special election, despite the fact that he has not yet conceded the race. “We’re 5-0 and then we lost by 300 votes the other night, right? 300 out of 200-twenty-some-odd-thousand votes.” He said in a speech – but Saccone lost by 700.

Former FBI director James Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” won’t be released until April 17 but is already a number one best seller.

A long-time Fox News analyst, Ralph Peters, sharply criticized the network, denouncing the outlet as a “propaganda machine” devoted to Trump, and saying that it was “wittingly harming our system of government for profit,” in a stunning internal email announcing his exit from the company.