Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Trump's tightening legal noose

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

"The Donald Trump I know is a smart guy who often thinks a few steps ahead of those whose will he is trying to bend. But I lately wonder whether he grasps the gravity of the legal peril that is beginning to show up around him. In the past week, we learned of an unfiltered public confession of frustration and weakness among his lawyers and we learned that his former chief confidant and campaign manager is about to be indicted. This is very bad news for President Trump. Here is the back story." (09/21/17)


Trump has filled, not drained, the swamp

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"There is no campaign promise that Donald Trump has failed to honor more flagrantly than his oft repeated pledge to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, D.C. He has violated the letter of his promise and trampled all over its spirit. His supporters ought to be furious. But few perceive the scale of his betrayal or its brazenness. Are they skeptics of the Russia investigation? Forget the Russia investigation. Even if no wrongdoing is proved on that matter, the Trump Administration’s behavior would still be epically swampy." (09/21/17)


Trump tries to distract from failing domestic agenda with new sanctions on North Korea

Source: CNN

"President Donald Trump announced a new set of sanctions on North Korea Thursday and praised China for taking action to limit financial transactions with the isolated communist nation. The effort to project forward momentum in his bid to isolate Pyongyang came at the end of Trump's four-day visit to the United Nations General Assembly, where the crisis has taken prominence in rapid-pace meetings with more than a dozen world leaders. … The executive order Trump inked just ahead of the lunch enhances US Treasury Department authorities to target individuals who provide goods, services or technology to North Korea, Trump said." (09/21/17)


Trump as populist

Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeffrey Friedman

"Almost everyone, including President Trump and the vast majority of his supporters, would agree that he is a populist. Usually, this is thought to entail that he, and they, are opponents of the status quo (which he portrays as 'rigged' by 'elites'). This is too flattering, both to Trump and to the status quo. It’s convenient for Trump to pose as a rebel. Who doesn’t love a little rebellion? And it’s all too tempting for his critics to go along with the act — not only objecting to his odious policies and questionable sanity, but denying any continuities between him and 'us.' Everyone is happy if Trump is treated as the 'other.' But in many crucial respects, he isn’t. In fact, Trumpist populism may best be seen as a caricature of the fundamental impulses of modern government." (09/20/17)


Turkey: Erdogan claims Trump apologized to him for indictments of Erdogan's thugs

Source: Express Tribune [Pakistan]

"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed US President Donald Trump called him to apologise for the indictment of 15 Turkish security officials in Washington earlier this year. In an interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS, Erdogan said Trump had called him a week ago to apologise and ensured to follow up on the incident. … The Turkish leader’s statement, however, was denied by a White House official who told the Guardian that the two leaders 'discussed a wide range of issues but there was no apology.' Earlier this month, a US grand jury indicted 19 people, including 15 Turkish security officials over a brawl described by Washington’s police chief as a brutal attack on peaceful demonstrations outside the Turkish ambassador’s resident in Washington in May." (09/20/17)


Trump skips morning Thorazine dose, delivers psychotic diatribe to UN

Source: Washington Post

"President Trump warned the United Nations in a speech Tuesday that the world faces 'great peril' from rogue regimes with powerful weapons and terrorists with expanding reach across the globe, and called on fellow leaders to join the United States in the fight to defeat what he called failed or murderous ideologies and 'loser terrorists.' … 'The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,' Trump said, before calling Kim by a nickname he gave the dictator on Twitter over the weekend. 'Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself.' … Trump also called the U.N.-backed Iran nuclear deal 'one of the worst and most one-sided' agreements ever, and 'an embarrassment' to the United States." (09/19/17)


Trump using RNC money to pay legal fees in Russia fishing expedition

Source: The Hill

"President Trump is reportedly using money from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and his reelection campaign to pay some of the legal costs surrounding the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The payments, of unknown amounts have already been made, and would be disclosed on federal election forms, the RNC confirmed to The Hill. … Trump has also used money from his campaign coffers for lawyer costs associated with the Russia investigation being run by former FBI director Robert Mueller …" (09/19/17)


Trump pushes reform in United Nations debut, calls for "changing business as usual"

Source: Washington Post

"President Trump called on the United Nations to enact reforms to the world body, pledging Monday in his debut here at the annual General Assembly meetings that he and his administration will be 'partners in your work.' Speaking at the opening session of the four-day conference, Trump said the organization founded in 1945 has 'not reached its full potential' in recent years because of a bloated bureaucracy and 'mismanagement.'" (09/18/17)


Conservatives should want to preserve the Iran nuclear deal

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

"Following the Obama administration’s signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program and imposed rigorous limitations on it for the foreseeable future, Congress passed legislation requiring the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the agreement. President Trump has done this twice so far. But he has given strong indications that he will refuse to do it a third time. With the next 90-day deadline approaching on October 15, the survival of the Iran deal hangs in the balance. The problem with Trump’s stated intention to refuse to certify Iranian compliance is that Iran is, in fact, fully complying." (09/15/17)


Is Trump destroying the GOP?

Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

"Many politicos thought that President Donald Trump would be more open and inclusive once most Republicans backed their presidential nominee. Clearly, Trump’s actions during his first year in office have shown little willingness to drift from his message or his base. He has successfully trumpeted his presidency and election win as a mandate to implement populist priorities and has been tone deaf to dissenting voices outside his cabal of loyalists. Perhaps Trump believes that the rest of the GOP will see the error of their ways and fall in line behind him. More likely, he will continue to divide the GOP as he and his supporters consciously shake the party from any moorings in principled conservatism. This does not bode well for the Republican Party." (09/15/17)