Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Did Donald Trump change his mind on domestic spying?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“Last week, I made an impassioned plea on Fox News Channel directly to the president. I reminded him that he personally has been victimized by unlawful surveillance and the political use of sensitive surveillance-captured data; that the Constitution requires warrants for surveillance and they must specifically describe the place to be searched and the person or thing to be seized; that warrants must be based on probable cause of individual behavior, not an area code or customer list; that the purpose of these requirements is to preserve personal privacy and prohibit bulk surveillance; and that he took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. About an hour later, the president issued a tweet blasting bulk surveillance and unmasking. Two hours after that, he issued another tweet supporting the enactment of the FISA amendments. What’s going on here?” (01/18/18)


The myth of Trump’s “global retreat”

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“An increasing number of observers argue that President Trump is orchestrating fundamental changes to US grand strategy, dismantling the US-led international order and relinquishing America’s overseas commitments. It’s not true. … why do people have it so wrong? The problem comes from taking Trump’s rantings too seriously. His occasional rhetoric suggesting a reduced global role for the United States is contradicted by his actions. He isn’t guided by any cohesive foreign-policy ‘vision’ beyond knee-jerk impulses to project toughness.” (01/18/18)


Kelly: Trump was an idiot about the wall but he got smarter. Trump: Nope. I’m still an idiot about the wall.

Source: United Press International

“President Donald Trump responded Thursday to comments from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly saying his campaign promise to build a border wall was ‘not informed.’ Kelly told lawmakers that ‘candidates say things during the campaign that are not informed,’ said Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., according to the Los Angeles Times. ‘He made it very clear we’re not talking about the Trump wall of the campaign — that was campaign rhetoric,’ Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., said. ‘There was an understanding the concrete wall does not make sense.’ In an apparent response to Kelly’s comments, Trump said Thursday on Twitter the wall ‘has never changed or evolved’ from what he initially planned for.” (01/18/18)


No, I don’t really care much about Donald Trump’s sex life. Here’s why.

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“By Election Day — November 8, 2016 — everyone who wanted to know the truth about Donald Trump’s sex life, marital foibles, etc. had received a crash course on them. And then America voted. Case closed. Those who voted for Trump believed his denials (and will presumably continue to disbelieve them no matter how many breathless exclusives follow this one), or voted for him in spite of what they knew (and would likely do so again), or just didn’t consider the issue important (and probably still don’t). Those who voted against Trump because of their perceptions of how he treats women or how honest he is when it comes to, among other things, marital vows can feel smug and affirmed, I guess, but their minds were likewise already made up and are almost certainly going to stay made up.” (01/17/18)


Trump’s ridiculous ultimatum on the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“It has been clear for years that Trump wants to renege on the nuclear deal, but it’s also clear that he wants to be able to blame someone else when he does so. The problem for Trump is that his bad faith on this issue is so obvious to everyone that his attempt to shift the blame for his poor policy choices won’t work. Our European allies won’t yield to his ridiculous ultimatum because they have no reason to do so. If the U.S. opts to break the commitments it made under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it will do so without obtaining their assistance in providing political cover.” (01/15/18)


For libertarians, no silver lining with President Trump

Source: Reason
by Sheldon Richman

“I confess I was indulging in wishful thinking when I thought I detected a silver lining to Donald Trump’s election as president. That’s what comes of being an optimist and a libertarian romantic. Beware apparent silver linings; they may be fool’s gold instead. The ultimate hoped-for silver lining was that having a man such as Trump — need I furnish a list of unflattering descriptors at this late date? — on top of the political heap would discredit the very idea of government itself. A scaled-down version was that with Trump in charge, the bloated presidency might finally receive the long-overdue inspection it deserves.” (01/14/18)


Report: Trump team paid porn star $130k to keep quiet about extramarital affair

Source: New York Post

“A lawyer for Donald Trump arranged to fork over $130,000 in hush money to an ex-porn star a month before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about an alleged hookup she had with the future president, a new report said Friday. Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for the Trump Organization, set up the payment to Stephanie Clifford — whose nom de smut was Stormy Daniels — after her lawyer negotiated a nondisclosure agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. … Cohen wouldn’t talk about the $130,000 payment but said in a statement that ‘President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.’ The president has repeatedly said that all of the more than a dozen women who’ve accused him of sexual misconduct or assault are liars.” (01/12/18)


Another open letter to Trump

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. Trump: Yesterday you crowed that you’ll renegotiate NAFTA to ensure that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will be paid for by Mexicans. I do wish that you’d make up your mind. You repeatedly complain that under current NAFTA rules Mexicans export to us Americans too many goods and services — an outcome that, you insist, damages the American economy. Yet your boast that you’re ‘going to take a small percentage of that money [from a renegotiated NAFTA] and it’s going toward the wall’ implies that Americans will receive Mexican-produced goods and services as payment for the wall.” (01/12/18)


Fire and Fury: A Trumpist soap opera

Source: spiked
by Tim Slater

“Public life … lacks coherence and drama. (History, by contrast, attains coherence and drama only in hindsight.)’ So writes Michael Wolff in his incendiary expose on the Trump administration, Fire and Fury. That pap reflection unintentionally reminds us that this 300-page piece of palace-intrigue journalism, hastily written just months after he spent 200 or so days hanging around the White House, is too seeping with soap-operatic drama for it to feel remotely credible. As you leaf through this ‘insiders’ take’ on the chaotic Trump White House, and the definitely unhinged and potentially infirm man at the centre of it, one’s inbuilt bullshit detector doesn’t stop buzzing.” (01/12/18)


Trump lauded delivery of F-52s to Norway. The planes only exist in “Call of Duty.”

Source: Washington Post

“President Trump’s announcement of U.S-made F-52s fighter aircraft delivered to Norway may have rattled its neighbor Russia, the source of rising tension among NATO allies. Was it a secret advanced jet capable of beating its Russian counterparts? A ruse to fool intelligence analysts? Neither, it turns out. The ‘F-52’ is a fictional jet only available to fly if you’re a gamer at the controls of ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.’ Trump lauded the sale of the fictional planes alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House on Wednesday, remarking on the very real and growing defense relationship with America’s Northern Europe ally. … Trump was reading from a statement, and it appears he combined the figure of 52 planes with the ‘F’ designation assigned to fighter jets in the U.S. inventory, such as the F-35 Lightning II.” (01/11/18)