The great thing about Trump is that the character of the people he surrounds himself with are incredibly predictable.
Over time, they'll give prosecutors more than enough string to hang them.
Until then, we get to see a textbook definition of why Presidents separate themselves from their financial ties when they are elected...all except Trump, of course.
In this context, the donation of his $400,000 salary, which would be an *amazing* salary to anyone else, just looks like arrogance and dismissal from Trump. "What? That suitcase of money on the street? No, hardly worth my time to pick it up. I'll order Congress to do it for me."
America has real problems to face and tough issues to overcome. Sadly, the Trump administration seems bound and determined to be one of those issues. forsaking any connection to reality, they are inventing out of whole-cloth issues for the fatuous public to be concerned with.
From Trump himself, to his spokespeople, to the people he has appointed, they are attacking the US government in every way possible.
The Presidency should be more about serving the people of the country rather than making Trump and his friends money, I don't care how "entertaining" he chooses to make soundbites on the 6 o'clock news.
The only way this is going to be solved is for Trump to be removed from office. That will happen either when he's impeached, or when the Russians and/or Chinese openly come into power and remove him from office. At this point, there doesn't seem to be any middle ground.
And with a fell swoop Spicer squares the circle.
So, Trump lies on Twitter, implies several crimes from the heads of the most powerful government in the world, and then points to the news noise as "evidence".
Even the most die-hard Trump fan has to admit that this is simply self-aggrandisement. Trump made up a story to distract the world from the Russia allegations. He's trying to amp the volume on the lies to hijack an investigation and make it lead away from the guilty.
So much for the White House and Communications Secretary being quiet on this.
I believe Trump knows there's absolutely nothing to this wiretap story...he's simply trying to distract you...by claiming that he himself is the evidence that proves Obama's guilt.
The American public deserves to know the truth. Trump: Time to shut up and let the investigation run...both the one you want, and the one you don't.
Bad (or sick) President. Sad!
So, Trump has made huge promises that no Americans will lose coverage under TrumpCare. Incidentally, Paul Ryan, the main driver behind this version of the plan would not say no Americans will lose coverage.
What both of them have said is that they don't want the CBO (Congressional Budget Office, the official accountancy firm for Congress) to look at this bill, as they know full well that the bill will not hold financial water.
Funny though, the CBO has analysed the plan as written so far, and they're sure that up to 24 million of the poorest folks in the US will lose coverage under TrumpCare.
Think about that. 24 million of the folks that voted overwhelmingly /for/ Trump will be screwed out of coverage that ObamaCare gave them.
Trump is sure acting a lot like a loser from where I sit.
There really is no other way to describe Kelly Ann Conway.
Kelly, here's an easy way to remember it: microwaves (or any electromagnetic radiation, for that matter) will never metamorphose into little spy cameras, because that would be magic.
Come to think of it, I wonder if Trump is using magic when he calls this first couple of months "a well oiled machine", or if that's just the drugs.
What is it with the Republican-led Congress? They really don't want businesses to have to give you insurance.
In 2008 Congress passed a law stating that you cannot be discriminated against based on your DNA. In other words, businesses can't offer Health Insurance benefits, and then take them away because of your DNA.
Up until now. HR 1313 explicitly says that GINA doesn't apply to businesses, and would allow them to coerce you to give up your DNA for testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars. Then, it prohibits any discrimination charge based on the GINA law.
The bill was approved on Wednesday by the committee considering it...22 Republicans for, 17 Democrats against.
Trump's not the only one who can be painfully sneaky. TrumpCare is getting all the headlines. At this point the Republicans clearly do not feel that it's going to make it. It would seem that they're willing to lose that particular battle, as long as they get lots of little digs like this in.
Once again, to anyone who feels that the current administration is "doing their job" or "fighting for the little guy", I ask you: how is this helping the little guy?
So Trump played the electoral college and got 3M fewer votes than Hillary (the majority of the voters wanted her).
Now he and his supporters are claiming that he's got a mandate. To me, a 'mandate' implies an overwhelming majority...but in this case, they'll call it that to get you to forget that more people wanted Hillary.
Fair enough. He won claiming he wanted to "drain the swamp". He's said it in many speeches...but then again.
The funny thing about Trump is that you can *never* rely on what he says, you have to watch what he does.
In this case, he's issued over 90 executive orders repealing things like Dodd-Frank (protecting people from big business), the rule that keeps coal mines from dumping into rivers, cutting $54B out of programs his voters are a majority of, and the Trumpcare health plan that will remove insurance from 6M-10M people (disproportionately hitting the older voter, who went for Trump).
With his attack last Saturday on the government, he's making sure that the government is too broken to function.
Is this /really/ what people who voted for Trump want? A government, hobbled, unable to function, unable to rein in bad people, spending vast sums for NO BENEFIT?
I'd say he's showing his true colors very quickly indeed.
This might be our only hope.
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Interestingly, both Trump and Spicer have been trying to not be noticed quite so much recently.
That does *not* mean that Trump's not been busy making himself and other people rich.
Trump has come out radically in favour of the GOP's version of TrumpCare.
Nevermind that if you voted for Trump, you are more likely to be negatively affected by this moronic, unworkable, and inevitably short-lived program.
Of course, Trump hates to worry about things like that when he's out golfing at taxpayer expense (8 out of the last 10 weekends, he and his entourage have flown to his resort in Florida...thanks for letting us pay for that Donny.)
But that's okay...I don't think he's going to fret too much over the 10th tee. See, he's got a plan.
The only folks who can legitimately question the financials of this plan is the Congressional Budget Office. Anyone else, and they are just spouting sour grapes, or are a tool of the media (the "enemy of the people").
The budget office will no doubt tell Trump the plan won't work. He'll be trying to pass it anyway in the hopes he'll be seen to be Doing Something.
However, when it fails, he's not about to take the blame.
Oh no, he's already started planning to blame the budget office for not knowing what they're talking about.
And as much as I'd like to say I never say this sorta thing: Neener, Neener, told ya so.
It's Wednesday, and the saga of Trump's tweets about wiretapping continue to roll on.
Does Trump have any evidence for the outrageous claim he made on Saturday?
At this point, it seems fair to say that he does not. So...what do you do when you don't have the thing you claim to have had?
You say that the President (although he's at odds with intelligence services) has access to documents that normal people shouldn't be able to see...and from an excess of nobility isn't going to share those with Congress, but would rather Congress investigate to determine if something exists there.
You can almost hear the patronising "you'll feel so much better when you come to the conclusion on your own" after that.
I will agree with Trump on one thing: it's high time an investigation is launched. Let's dig it all up...the wiretaps, money laundering, election peddling, conflicts of interest, lies, Russians...
Oh yes, Mr. President...let's have that investigation after all.