Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Trump’s budget is the ultimate con

Source: The Atlantic
by Derek Thompson

“In the biggest picture, the Trump budget is a multi-trillion-dollar transfer of post-tax income from the poor and sick to the richest 1 percent. This not only explicitly reverses many of the president’s campaign promises. Even stranger, it represents an extraordinarily unpopular vision for government by a president who is obsessed with demonstrating his own popularity.” (05/22/17)


Palestine: Trump becomes first sitting US president to visit Western Wall

Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall on Monday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit one of Judaism’s holiest sites. The historic visit is part of Trump’s efforts to highlight ‘the need for unity among three of the world’s great religions’ on his first foreign trip, senior administration officials said. Trump’s stop at the Western Wall came between Sunday’s visit to Saudi Arabia where he called on Muslim leaders to ‘drive out the terrorists and extremists,’ and his forthcoming visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Trump stood alone with his hand on the wall for several moments before tucking his note between the cracks. … The Western Wall is not officially recognized as Israeli territory, and the Trump administration has not been clear about whether they believe the holy site is part of Israel.” (05/22/17)


Donald of Arabia: A disgusting spectacle

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“[T]he less said about Trump’s speech in Riyadh the better: it was a farrago of falsehood, kowtowing, and brazen hypocrisy. To top it off, he announced that a new ‘Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology’ is to be opened in the Kingdom — which is, itself, the world capital of extremist ideology, having done more to spread religious hatred than any country on earth. Of all Trump’s many betrayals — and they’re piling up at such a rate that he’s creating a veritable Mountain of Mendacity — this Saudi trip has got to be the one that will demoralize and alienate even his hardcore supporters. After rising to power on the strength of portraying Islam as inherently violent and dangerous, he’s now joining hands with the leaders of what he once described as ‘the hateful ideology of radical Islam.’ It’s as if Mother Theresa had embraced the Church of Satan.” (05/22/17)


US DoJ names special prosecutor for “Russian election meddling” probe

Source: Politico

“The Justice Department on Wednesday named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel investigating Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election, including any possible involvement of President Donald Trump’s campaign in that effort. Meeting the increasingly strident demands of Democratic lawmakers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Mueller to oversee the probe, despite recent White House statements that they viewed the appointment of a special counsel as unnecessary. … Trump has called the Russia inquiry a “taxpayer-funded charade,” and said accusations of collusion are ‘fake news’ and a ‘hoax’ pushed by Democrats as an excuse for losing the election.” [editor’s note: I’ll be interested to see if any evidence ever is actually revealed, or if this thing is going to continue running on fumes forever – TLK] (05/17/17)


This dangerous moment

Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“Douthat is correct about the perils of someone of Trump remaining in office. He does not know what he’s doing, and cannot control himself. Nobody in Washington can or should trust him. He has all but destroyed his own presidency. True, he gave us a good (we think) Supreme Court justice, but all the other things Trump might have accomplished will almost certainly not happen now, because of the non-stop drama that Trump causes. And he’s such a narcissist that even after he has screwed up so badly in the past two weeks that he has some Republicans in Congress using the i-word (impeachment), he stood today before graduating Coast Guard members and whined about how mean everybody is to him …. ‘No politician in history … has been treated worse or more unfairly’ …. If one of my kids said that, I would chastise them for self-pity and excuse-making. You would do the same to your kids. This is a 70-year-old man who is President of the United States. So it’s a massive risk having a man-child like this as Commander in Chief of a nuclear-armed great power. Having said that, removing him, even if done constitutionally, also runs a massive risk …” (05/17/17)


Comey memo says Trump asked him to end Flynn investigation

Source: New York Times

“President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. ‘I hope you can let this go,’ the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. … Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter. ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,’ Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. ‘He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.'” (05/16/17)


Trump letter accounts for more than $100 million in Russian income since 2008

Source: McClatchy DC Bureau

“President Donald Trump collected at least $100 million from Russian people or organizations between 2008 and this March, according to a personal letter from his tax counsels that he released Friday in response to a senator’s unofficial query. The amount could be higher. The letter notes that money from sales of condominiums or other products would ‘not have been separately identified as ‘Russian’ in your books.’ … Trump released the letter, saying it had been sent to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who had asked former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a recent Senate hearing if he had ever seen ‘a situation where a Trump business interest in Russia caused him concern.’ Clapper’s answer appeared to be less than a wholesale no — he said he’d seen nothing to concern him in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election but that he couldn’t answer beyond that because it could interfere with an investigation.” (05/12/17)


Two dead canaries in the coal mine

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Every so often, a canary in a coal mine must have died of natural causes. But circumstances being what they were, the prudent course was never to presume a benign explanation. Common sense and self-preservation called for presuming the worst. This is not a time that affords the luxury to wait and see what Trump does next, or who Trump appoints to be the next Director of the FBI. This is a time to act. It is a time for Congress to force a special prosecutor. … Ask any Trump ex-wife, creditor, or subcontractor if he deserves to be given the benefit of any doubts. His entire life suggests the answer is no. Americans should start acting like it.” (05/11/17)


Why was James Comey fired? Donald Trump can’t find the words.

Source: The Intercept
by Mattathias Schwartz

“We know that Donald Trump fired James Comey, his F.B.I. director and perhaps the greatest threat to his presidency, yesterday afternoon. What we don’t know, at least not in any official way, is why. Almost as striking as Trump’s sudden decision to dismiss Comey are the wildly disparate reasons that he and his administration have put forth for taking such drastic action, and the presumption that Trump does not owe the country a substantive explanation. ‘He’ll do it when he wants to,’ said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on CNN this morning. Having this president hand-pick his own F.B.I. director, as many have noted, poses a serious threat to our democracy. So does the notion that he can fire the old one and never have to say why.” (05/10/17)


Trump meets with Lavrov, Kislyak at White House

Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak at the White House Wednesday amid the swirling investigation of Russian contacts with Trump campaign and transition officials in 2016 and Tuesday’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was handling the probe. Kislyak has been a central figure in the controversy, as then-national security adviser Michael Flynn was fired after it emerged that he had misrepresented conversations with Kislyak to others in the White House. Flynn is now one of the key figures in the investigation. The Russian Embassy tweeted a photo of Trump shaking the hand of Russia’s ambassador in what appears to be the Oval Office. Current and former US intelligence officials have accused Kislyak of being a top spy and recruiter of spies, a notion that Russian officials have dismissed.” (05/10/17)