A light week from lightweight Trump

It was actually a quiet week for Trump controversies.

Donald Trump lashed out at Omarosa Manigault Newman, saying the former White House adviser — who is promoting a tell-all book and airing secret audio recordings — “got fired for the last time.” When was the other times? His show. In one of the recordings released by Omarosa, Trump didn’t even know that Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her even though Trump and Omarosa were friends going back to her Apprentice days.

He went after her after the audio was released by saying “Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her.” Aside from calling her a less than presidential name, how much of that tweet is true. Probably very little.

He then tweeted “When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me – until she got fired!” If what Kelly said was true, it shows us that Trump doesn’t know how to hire people – let alone not listening to advisors.

Omarosa said that she recorded a number of conversations in the White House for her own protection. She has further recordings. Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Omarosa may have broken the law by recording private conversations at the White House. May? He’s a lawyer. Doesn’t he know? Not surprising White House staff lashed out [wondering if told to do so].

Trump continued to go after Omarosa saying “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” Funny how none of his accusations never became public until now. “Quickly”? She was fired a long time ago and he ignored Kelly’s advice in not hiring her in the first place.

Trump calling her a “dog” could add to the further criticisms that he is a racist even though he has called some white people dogs as well.

White House press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders claimed that Trump’s description of his former aide as a “dog” had “nothing to do with race and everything to do with the President calling out someone’s lack of integrity.” As well, she was claiming he was “voicing frustration” and he was “particularly” frustrated with her actions following her time at the White House.

Trump tweets: “There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people….” His definition of “fake news” is not the same as everyone’s.

His tweet came after 350 newspapers all have one thing in common this past week: A statement supporting the free press and decrying Trump’s attacks against the media. Each paper wrote its own editorial. Some of the participants are emphasizing the local nature of most news coverage, and saying Trump’s extreme rhetoric — labeling journalists “enemies of the people” or “fake news” stories — hurts everyone, not just the political reporters who enrage him the most.

Not surprisingly, some Trump supporters on Fox News called this collusion as well as Trump himself.

Trump announced that he had revoked former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance, marking an unprecedented use of a president’s authority over the classification system to strike back at one of his prominent critics. The White House provided no evidence that Brennan has misused his security clearance since leaving government. Trump claims nobody knows who Brennan is. Seriously?

Retired Adm. William McRaven, the man who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, issued a stunning rebuke of Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of Brennan, defending the former spy chief as “one of the finest public servants I have ever known.”

Sixty former CIA officials warned Trump in a statement that “the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.” The letter, which comes after Trump’s decision to revoke former Brennan’s security clearance, was signed by former CIA officials who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations in positions such as analysts, senior analysts and officers.

Trump said that he canceled a US military parade planned for Veterans Day weekend, blaming Washington city officials for inflating costs amid reports that indicated the event’s price tag had soared over initial estimates. An estimated half the cost is non-military related such as security. I would guess security is critical for him? Even then, maybe another $45 million is military related.

Earlier this year, the White House budget director told Congress that the cost to taxpayers could be $10 million to $30 million. Those estimates were likely based on the cost of previous military parades, such as the one in the nation’s capital in 1991 celebrating the end of the first Gulf War, and factored in some additional increase for inflation.

The city estimated its expenses would be $21.6 million, and the Washington mayor said the city would have expected to have been reimbursed by the government. About $13 million of the city’s expenses would be for police costs. Other expenses include fire, emergency medical services and transportation. So already that is way more than the way under estimated $10 million.

Trump claims there will be a parade in 2019 and will be cheaper. Good luck there. Tanks and heavy equipment were ruled out of the parade as it would rip into the Washington infrastructure and would cost quite a bit just to transport.

Laughingly, the Trump administration want a sixth part of the US armed forces that could be called Space Force. You read that right. Costing billions of dollars to set up there isn’t even a definite strategy of what it would do in space. Reminds me of Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars “initiative”.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon’s approach to space. But in July 2017, Mattis said he didn’t want a separate Space Force before they “could define the problem”.

The Pentagon first will establish a Space Force to oversee and co-ordinate space operations and a Space Development Agency to accelerate the development and fielding of space technologies for the military. It also will build up larger numbers of servicemen and servicewomen with expertise in space operations.

According to a poll, a majority of Americans (55%) say they don’t support the new plans to establish a Space Force; only 37% said they do. Among veterans, 47% back it, 50% oppose it.

Peter Strzok, a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was fired by the FBI after he sent text messages criticizing Trump to a colleague. Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team a year ago after the texts were discovered. Question is why wait a year before firing him.

Strzok’s lawyer said his client was fired by FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich. He said the 21-year veteran of the FBI was removed because of political pressure and “to punish Special Agent Strzok for political speech protected by the First Amendment.” The lawyer said the FBI had overruled the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which he said had determined that a 60-day suspension and demotion from supervisory duties was “the appropriate punishment.”

Trump has signed an order that reverses the Obama-era Presidential Policy Directive 20, which sets forth a specific process that must take place before cyberweapons can be deployed. Presidential Policy Directive 20 required multiple agencies to sign off on offensive cyber operations.

“Simpleton” Sanders issued a rare correction [she rarely admits her mistakes] after falsely declaring that Trump has created three times as many jobs for African-American workers as former President Barack Obama did during his two terms in office. “I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump.” Obama created 3 million in 8 years.

In another usual ridiculous claim by him [with no evidence], Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller is waiting for a verdict in the trial of Paul Manafort before resuming negotiations for a presidential interview.

After a new military spending bill was named after Trump nemesis senator John McCain, not at one time did Trump mention McCain’s name in his speech. Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act into law. Along with allocating $716 billion in defense funding, the bill put restrictions on government use of products manufactured by a number of China-based technology firms like ZTE and Huawei.

Magician Penn Jillette, one half of the duo Penn &Teller, claims he heard President Donald Trump say “racially insensitive” remarks during his time appearing on the reality competition show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Asked if tapes of Trump making those comments exist, Jillette said, “Yeah, I was in the room.”

David Glosser, uncle to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, defended an editorial excoriating his nephew and the administration’s immigration policy saying “I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.”

Fox News goes after Mueller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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