207 more weeks of this guy?

Donald Trump opened another large can of worms when he banned people from 7 [Muslim] countries for at least 90 days. It happened so fast in an executive order that many travelers from those country were off guarded and were either detained at airports or told to go back to where they came from. New York mayor said the executive order was so disorganized.

In addition, accepting refugees have been also halted. Not surprised, many countries – aside from those 7 – were upset because of the executive order. Iran responded by banning Americans to Iran for at least 90 days. Others wonder why Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, North Korea and other major terrorist [growing] countries were not included.

Trump claims that Muslim refugees could get into the US easier than Christians but [again] offered no logical reasons or proof.

Catching some off guard [in terms of time, not the expectancy], Trump announced that the US will go ahead and build a wall between the US and Mexico – with Mexico paying. The Mexican president went on TV to say that Mexico will not pay for any wall and was not happy with the announcement that the wall will be built. The Mexican president is considering canceling his trip to see Trump very soon. [The Mexican president’s poling numbers are actually lower than Trump.]

Trump claims that he and the Mexican president decided to postpone their meeting even though the Mexican president said that he canceled the meeting after Trump tweeted basically that if Mexico doesn’t pay for the wall then don’t come.

Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Poutine had a chat with his padawan [Starr Wars lingo for apprentice] Donald Trump. [Of course the name “Apprentice” is also the name of Trump’s show he hosted and is somehow still listed as producer.]

The entire senior level of management officials of the State Department resigned recently, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era. Those resigned have worked with both parties. All had submitted their resignations prior to Trump’s January 20 inauguration as is required of officials holding jobs appointed by the president but some were not appointed. They were not required to leave the foreign service but chose to retire or resign for personal reasons, the department said.

Trump is ready to allow torture [such as waterboarding] against foreign detainees and to keep Guantanamo Bay, Cuba open after Obama tried [unsuccessfully] to shut down the prison as well as to reopen CIA detention facilities outside the United States. The draft directive also orders a review of interrogation methods used on terror suspects and calls for suggested modifications that would not violate the U.S. legal ban on torture. Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo would be consulted but they didn’t know of the draft executive order. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the administration looked at it during the elections but won’t be used. So why is it mentioned now?

Senior members of the Trump administration have been accused of blatant hypocrisy after it was revealed they are continuing to use personal email accounts. Key advisors to the president, Kellyanne Conway and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as press secretary Sean Spicer and chief strategist Steve Bannon, all have accounts on the Republican Party’s rnchq.org domain, and are continuing to use them in addition to their official government accounts, according to Newsweek.

According to hacker WauchulaGhost [who claimed to have hacked 500 pro-ISIS accounts], the Twitter accounts for Trump, Melania Trump and Mike Pence are more vulnerable to hackers because of a basic Twitter security setting they’re not using. With a little bit of work “he” figured out that the Twitter account for Pence is a associated with a less secure Gmail account and both Trumps also use Gmail accounts.

While Trump says he wants to create American jobs, why is his personal phone a Samsung phone – clearly not made in the USA.

Not too smart. Sean Spicer may have tweeted his password for something. 

Trump is still using his less secure Android smart phone to send out his tweets and make calls even though he was supposed to give it up 5 days ago.

“Social media postings sometimes provide an important window into a person’s mental health,” the Department of Defence tweeted. “Know what to look for.” Didn’t take long for comments such as: “@DeptofDefense have you look at the posts by your Commander in Chief? @potus needs immediate help” and “Medal of Freedom for whoever at @DeptofDefense was responsible for this, please.”

Trump tweeted that he is ordering a “major investigation” into voter fraud, revisiting unsubstantiated claims he’s made repeatedly about a rigged voting system. Trump has been fixated on his loss of the popular vote in the election and a persistent frustration that the legitimacy of his presidency is being challenged by Democrats and the media. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have finalized their election results with no reports of the kind of widespread fraud that Trump is alleging.

Trump “does believe that, I think he’s stated that before, and stated his concern of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have brought to him,” Spicer said. And then he said only that Trump “has believed that for a while based on studies and information he has.” No evidence has been made public – if it exists. Probably not.

[Unsure why Trump would bring up this nonsense. He won the election. Again this makes him look a bit unbalanced. Does he always want controversies in his term?]

A number of studies have found no evidence of widespread voter fraud. The Truth About Voter Fraud, a report written by experts at The Brennan Center for Justice, found voter fraud rates were between 0.00004% and 0.0009%.

Trump’s own daughter, Tiffany is registered in both Pennsylvania and New York. Did she vote in both? Trump’s Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon is registered in Florida and New York. Did he vote in both?

Spicer said that Trump believes in widespread voter fraud, in part, as a 2014 study by Jesse Richman and David Earnest found more than 14% of non-citizens in 2008 and 2010 “indicated that they were registered to vote.” But the sample was so small that it had a huge error range.

“I am to a large extent an environmentalist” Trump said. What? From a guy who doesn’t believe in climate change.

From Trump’s own Twitter account, he says 2 pictures from his inauguration will be hung in the press room at the White House. But if you look closely, the date is January 21st, 2017 – not 20th. [Click on the image in this link showing the crowd.]

In other news, amateur hour. The Trump administration had to recall a press release after they spelled UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s first name wrong. No “H” in the first release.

Trump already signed at least 14 executive orders. Way more than the last half dozen presidents combined.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says that recent threats have forced her to receive an extra layer of security, and she apparently blames the news media. She has Secret Service protection. “We have packages delivered to my house with white substances.” But remember that she’s on the propaganda team. Did she actually get threats and received “white substances”.

A Trump administration freeze on new Environmental Protection Agency contracts and grant awards raised fears that states and other recipients could lose essential funding for drinking water protection, hazardous waste oversight and a host of other programs — while a communications blackout left them dangling in uncertainty. Emails to staff banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media accounts contributed to the information vacuum. Some have created “rogue” Twitter accounts to get around the decree.

Buried at the end of a confirmation hearing last week of Jeff Sessions, who if confirmed will take the helm at the Justice Dept. under the new administration, is a note saying as attorney general is in favor of putting backdoors in encryption.

An online reporter from LifeZette [a pro-Trump site] was able to ask a question at a White House press conferences and briefings where normally only major news outlets are traditionally allowed. I guess we’ll see Breitbart soon…

Trump warned business leaders that he would impose a “substantial border tax” on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States, while promising tax advantages to companies that produce products domestically. So companies can either jump ship [say to Canada as it is close to the US] or build in the US and watch either their profits to shrink [which won’t help their stock] to keep the prices steady or increase prices because the labor in the US is higher than most countries.

A lawsuit alleged that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments. Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause in the Constitution that prohibits him from receiving money from diplomats for stays at his hotels or foreign governments for leases of office space in his buildings, according to the suit filed by a legal watchdog group.

Trump said that he would hand over control of his company to his two adult sons. He announced several other measures in an attempt to mollify critics who contend that his financial interest as head of a global real estate company could conflict with his pursuit of the public good. Problem is that there has been no indication he has done anything about it.

Humor time – not fake news:

British PM Theresa May almost did not make the trip to Washington recently after rumors when out that Donald Trump was about to issue an executive order for the US to build a wall between the US and the UK and the UK would have to pay.

 

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Trump’s policies are changing fast

With Donald Trump’s election win, it seems his policies that he did announce [and revised] during the campaign have changed already.

The “extreme vetting” as well as banning Muslims was removed right after the election.
All throughout the campaign, Trump wanted to arrest Hillary Clinton because of her Email server situation. Now he is having second thoughts.

As well, he will not amount any challenge to same sex marriages saying the courts have made their decision but he still thinks who has the right to have an abortion [Roe vs Wade] can be changed.

He even may pick a conservative Supreme Court nominee that has some non-conservative thoughts.

Remember having Mexico paying for the wall? Now he may get it build and charge Mexico in addition that the wall he proposed may only be built in certain areas.

If the estimated 11 million illegals that he wants to deport, that down to an estimated 3 million – those who are troublemakers.

Before he wanted to dump “Obamacare”. Now he says he will keep the better parts of it.
NAFTA? Sounds like he’s thinking of renegotiating parts of it.

I am wondering what his supports will think when he softens his stance.

In other news, Trump gave equal partnership in running the administration to Steve Bannon. Bannon was the head of an “alt right” web site that would be consider farther right than the GOP. Going through the site you may find anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist articles. He didn’t even want his daughters to go to a private school because Jews would be there [his ex-wife claimed].

Trump’s team denied everything [nothing changes] claiming Bannon worked at Goldman Sachs. Maybe originally owned by Jews, less than 2% is owned by individuals. The rest is owned by the public or various investment companies. They also said he worked in Hollywood [the old stereotype where the [far] right thinks Hollywood is run by Jews.

 

Another Trump week in review

In the latest nonsense, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of being a bigot. Yes a bigot. Why? He is claiming she is courting the black vote to get herself elected. Let’s see. A recent poll had her around 91% of the black vote, Trump at under 2%. Does he know the definition of a bigot?

Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was asked if Trump would change his rhetoric in his meeting with Mexican President Pena Nieto. She said, “I think you’ll see a very presidential Donald Trump.” Well, being “presidential” shouldn’t be so hard for most presidential candidates. Trump is a different story.

Trump claims he “not flip flopping” on immigration but told Fox News he would “work with” undocumented immigrants, rather than deport them. Two days later he told CNN that he would offer “no path to legalization” and would deport them. In Mexico, he told the Mexican President how much he liked Mexicans saying many of them have been a positive influence in the US. But then he said back in the US that “Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation.” He then said he won’t allow them in until they properly leave the US and come back in the legal way.

Did he lie to the Mexican President?

Pena Nieto later tweeted, “I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall.” Trump later said “”They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall.” I think they know but won’t pay! Tim Kaine said Trump “didn’t have the guts to look the Mexican president in the eye” and demand that Mexico pay for the wall.

While Trump had told reporters in Mexico he and Pena Nieto did not discuss who would pay for the proposed border wall, but from above comments they did. Did he lie to the Mexican President?

Prior to his short trip to Mexico, Trump said he would deliver the full immigration policy but Donald Trump, Jr. said that the speech won’t address every aspect of Trump’s immigration policy but more pieces would be revealed “in the coming weeks and months.” [After the election?] Why so long?

Back from Mexico, Trump brought on stage a family where a child in that family killed by a person living in the country illegally in addition to other victims’ families. I guess Trump continues to bring up to the stage victims that have suffered from things he are against [immigrant, Iraq war, etc.]

Trump continues to whine about the Clinton Foundation and that it should be shut down – and yet he has contributed $100,000 in the past.

Meanwhile Trump seems to still think he will win over black voters, even though he is currently polling at 1 percent and probably started another in a string of many controversies. He told the Conservative Chronicle that after his first term he will be extremely popular with African American voters. “I’ll be more popular than fried chicken and watermelon in the black community,” he said.

Trump went after Anthony Weiner after his third sexting scandal and his wife Huma Abedin leaving him. He then said that it was another bad decision by Clinton. For hiring Abedin? After Trump complimented Abedin on leaving Weiner? Oh, Trump has donated to Weiner’s campaigns in the past. His bad decision?

After Dwyane Wade’s cousin was killed, Trump’s first tweet about the shooting ended this way: “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” A few hours later he offered on Twitter condolences. I am guess someone suggested he did the latter. Asked whether the initial tweet was presidential or appropriate, GOP officials and campaign advisers instead talked about anything else they could think of. They spread of various media outlets to do damage control.

Clinton’s “health” issues came up again with trump saying she should divulge her health status. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani encouraged doubters to “go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness.'” – “Put down”? Karl Rove appeared on Fox News to launch a flurry of accusations that Clinton was not physically well [but like Trump, offers no proof].

In 2015, Trump offered a doctor’s letter from a Dr. Harold Bornstein who concluded that Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Doesn’t that line remind you of someone who’d say that? Dr. Bornstein had not been a member of the College of American Gastroenterology for over 20 years but claims he has. One example is the hyperbolic boast that Trump’s lab results were “astonishingly excellent.” Also odd was Bornstein noting that Trump’s test results were “positive”. Shouldn’t that be “negative”?

A model originally from Montreal claims that while she was working at the Trump Model Agency, she was paid for her work but under the table because she was under-age. She was put up in a lower class hotel to stay [she described] and required to pay the agency $1600US per month. The agency also charged her 20% of her salary to taxes – but she was paid under the table. They also charged her for various other things that were also questionable. She wasn’t the only model under-age. A Trump spokesman says it has nothing to do with Trump or the campaign – and yet the agency has his name [and probably owned by him – unless it went bankrupt!]

Considering the increased number of Hispanics in Arizona, Trump is actually leading that battleground state.

Trump’s proposed Mexican wall is opposed by 61 percent of the country but backed by 78 percent of his supporters.

Trump continues to change his stance on immigration. Initially he wanted to deport all 11 million illegals. Now he’s changed his mind and just get rid of the bad ones – but what happens if the bad ones have family – especially if one or more family members are born in the US.

Trump also wants to do away with the automatic citizenship if born in the US if the parents are illegals. I would guess he has the same thoughts about tourist citizenship, where a pregnant mother comes to the US just to give birth so the child would be American and eventually that child could sponsor his/her parents.

Native-born children of immigrants, even those living illegally in the U.S., have been automatically considered American citizens since the adoption of the 14th Amendment in 1868. And yet Trump is still suggestion that these children will also be deported if he has his way. But flip-flopping again Trump has suggested he might be “softening” on the deportation force and that he might be open to allowing 8illregal immigrants to stay as long as they pay taxes. But then he said “unless they leave the country and come back.” [I guess depends on the time of day or day he will say something different.]

Not a good sign when Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus demurred: “I just don’t speak for Donald Trump.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the killing of someone pushing a stroller “is unacceptable in an American city”. So it could almost be sad that killing someone not pushing a stroller is OK?

Since early June, Clinton has spent $77 million on TV and radio ads. Trump is at $5 million. Trump plans to spend another $10 million but Clinton has already reserved $9.2 million in air time. Both have primarily target the 9 battleground states. Both are promoting their economic/tax message aimed at the middle class. Neither Trump nor Clinton’s tax plans would have any major impact on how much the middle class pays, analysts say. But the trump ad is consistent in previous untruthful comments: “Spending goes up, taxes go up. Hundreds of thousands of jobs disappear.”