Tag Archives: Donald Trump

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)


Mnuchin: Trump will "demand" increase in military spending

Source: The Hill

"President Trump will 'demand' an increase in military spending when he and Congress negotiate an end-of-year budget deal, his Treasury secretary said Tuesday. Steven Mnuchin said at a conference that Trump agreed to a three-month deal on the budget and debt limit last week because the alternative was a one year-deal, which would have hindered military spending." (09/12/17)


Trump, Schumer conspire on plan to repeal debt ceiling altogether

Source: Washington Post

"President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) have agreed to pursue a deal that would permanently remove the requirement that Congress repeatedly raise the debt ceiling, three people familiar with the decision said. Trump and Schumer discussed the idea Wednesday during an Oval Office meeting. The two, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.), agreed to work together over the next several months to try to finalize a plan, which would need to be approved by Congress. … Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has suggested scrapping the existing debt-limit process and replacing it with one that automatically lifts the borrowing limit every time Congress appropriates future spending." (09/07/17)


Trump on debt: Even more establishment than the establishment

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"The Washington Post reports that US president Donald Trump and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) 'have agreed to pursue a deal that would permanently remove the requirement that Congress repeatedly raise the debt ceiling.' That must be a bitter pill to swallow for those who thought they were electing an 'anti-establishment' president to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, but it should be no surprise. After all, Trump built his business career on going into debt up to his neck, taking a profit when things worked out, and leaving his partners holding the bankruptcy bag when they didn’t." (09/07/17)


Trump strikes a deal with Democrats to fund the government — right in front of Ryan and McConnell

Source: Rare

"President Donald Trump went around his own party Wednesday, siding with Democrats on a deal to fund the government and raise federal borrowing limits for three months — all to help speed cash to hurricane survivors. 'We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer,' Trump said after a brief White House pow-wow with congressional leaders, the Associated Press reports. 'We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred, very important.' Trump didn’t mention House Speaker Paul Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who were also present at the meeting but opposed the Dem-backed deal. As part of the agreement, legislators will speed a $7.9 billion hurricane relief package to the president’s desk by the end of the week, before FEMA’s annual funding dries up at the federal fiscal year’s close at the end of September." (09/06/17)


What drives opposition to immigration? In-group favoritism, out-group hostility, and Donald Trump

Source: Niskanen Center
by Will Wilkinson

"Trump is the most overtly xenophobic and ethnocentric major-party presidential nominee in living memory. His transparent hostility to Mexican immigrants and Muslim refugees set him apart from the crowded field in the Republican primaries, which he won decisively. And it would seem that Trump could not have claimed victory over Clinton in an extremely tight election had his blatant bigotry turned off Republicans who had opposed him in the primaries. But it clearly didn’t bother them enough to cross party lines or stay home on Election Day. Friedman agrees that Trump’s success was due in large measure to his oppositional stance on immigration. But he argues that xenophobia doesn’t drive opposition to immigration, nationalism does. And that’s why he concludes that the xenophobia theory of Trump’s success is false." (09/06/17)


Trump ends DACA but gives Congress window to save it

Source: CNN

"The Trump administration on Tuesday formally announced the end of DACA — a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program as of Tuesday and rescinded the Obama administration policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. … The administration also announced a plan to continue renewing permits for anyone whose status expires in the next six months, giving Congress time to act before any currently protected individuals lose their ability to work, study and live without fear in the US." (09/05/17)


House Intel subpoenas FBI, DOJ over Trump "pee dossier"

Source: The Hill

"The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the FBI and Department of Justice for documents about a controversial dossier that linked President Trump to Russia. The committee issued the two identical subpoenas on Aug. 24, requesting that both agencies hand over documents containing information about the dossier, the FBI’s relationship to its author and whether the FBI had supported an opposition research project against Trump in the last months of the 2016 presidential campaign, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday. … The panel also issued subpoenas Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear before the committee to say why they hadn’t handed over the documents." (09/05/17)


Watch what Trump does, not what he says. He may not actually end DACA.

Source: The Intercept
by Ryan Grim

"For signs of whether Trump actually intends to deport nearly a million recipients, pay far more attention to the six-month delay than the report that he has 'decided to end' the program. During those six months, he’ll ask Congress to deal with the issue. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has made the politics easy for Trump, having already come out against ending the program. Either Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fail to act — giving Trump an opening to quietly extend the program again while blaming a do-nothing Congress — or Congress will pass something, and the program gets a blessing from the legislature. In both cases, DACA recipients could retain their protections." (09/05/17)