Category: Trump

Rudy Giuliani’s Calls To Trump Are Conveniently Secret | HuffPost

Trump ― the man who was obsessed with the fact that Hillary Clinton used a private email server as secretary of state ― continues to use a personal cellphone, despite warnings from security experts. The practice also, conveniently, allows him to avoid extra public scrutiny.

Trump’s cellphone does not have security features to shield his communications from espionage, and he has reportedly resisted measures to make his phone more secure.

via Rudy Giuliani’s Calls To Trump Are Conveniently Secret | HuffPost

Trump quashes hopes of early resolution to US-China trade dispute | Business | The Guardian

“They’d like to have a rollback but I’ve not agreed to anything,” Donald Trump told reporters.

The anonymous author of a widely anticipated book on the Trump White House has described the US president as spiraling from crisis to crisis “like a 12-year-old in an air traffic control tower”, according to scathing extracts published by the Washington Post on Thursday.

The unnamed author, identified only as “a senior official in the Trump administration”, also says that colleagues considered resigning en masse in order to raise alarm about the president’s conduct, but ultimately decided against it, according to the Post.

via Trump quashes hopes of early resolution to US-China trade dispute | Business | The Guardian

Anonymous Trump Official’s Book Says the President Sends Aides into ‘Full-blown Panic’ and ‘Stumbles, Slurs, Gets Confused’ | The Smirking Chimp

via Anonymous Trump Official’s Book Says the President Sends Aides into ‘Full-blown Panic’ and ‘Stumbles, Slurs, Gets Confused’ | The Smirking Chimp

Democrats Rack Up Election Wins In The South Ahead Of 2020 | HuffPost Australia

Apparent Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear celebrates with supporters in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday...

Democrats Rack Up Election Wins In The South Ahead Of 2020
In Virginia and Kentucky, Donald Trump hurt Republicans far more than he helped.

via Democrats Rack Up Election Wins In The South Ahead Of 2020 | HuffPost Australia

Key Donald Trump impeachment witness changes testimony over Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ 

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A key witness in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry has reversed his evidence, indicating he did believe there was a quid pro quo in which US military aid would be denied to Ukraine unless it publicly launched a corruption investigation into Joe Biden.

via Key Donald Trump impeachment witness changes testimony over Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ 

Impeachment: ousted US envoy to Ukraine felt threatened by Trump, transcript shows

Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch became a primary target.

Republicans have called for the release of the transcripts as Democrats have held the initial interviews in private, though Republican lawmakers have been present for those closed-door meetings.

Laying out the anatomy of a chilling smear campaign, former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House investigators in a transcript released on Monday that Ukrainian officials warned her in advance that Rudy Giuliani and other allies of President Donald Trump were planning to “do things, including to me” and were “looking to hurt” her.

The former envoy, who was pushed out of her job in May on Trump’s orders, testified that a senior Ukrainian official told her that “I really need to watch my back.”

via Impeachment: ousted US envoy to Ukraine felt threatened by Trump, transcript shows

Syria’s Al-Assad: Trump, Openly Criminal, is the best US President we could Wish for

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“Trump speaks with complete transparency; he says, “We want the oil. This is the American political reality since at least the end of the Second World War: ‘We want to get rid of so-and-so. We want to provide a service in return for money.’ This is the American political reality. What do we want more than a transparent enemy?”

via Syria’s Al-Assad: Trump, Openly Criminal, is the best US President we could Wish for

Trump’s gloating of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death diminishes trust of allies

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If even Israel cannot count on US help in a fight, what chance does any other US ally have? Trump’s America may defend its own most immediate and most obvious interests. But we are learning that Trump does not include American allies in that definition.

via Trump’s gloating of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death diminishes trust of allies

Doubts over Donald Trump’s dramatic account of Baghdadi raid | World news | The Guardian

Footage of the US special forces raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian compound reportedly consisted of overhead surveillance footage and no audio, prompting questions over the extent of the dramatic licence taken by Donald Trump in describing the final moments of one of the most wanted terrorists in the world.

US officials who also watched the feed have declined to echo details of Trump’s macabre account of the Isis’s leader death on Saturday, including that Baghdadi was “whimpering, crying and screaming all the way”

The soldiers involved would have been wearing body cameras, but that footage was yet to be given to the White House at the time of Trump’s press conference, the Times report said.

The US defence secretary, Mark Esper, declined to endorse aspects of Trump’s cinematic account in an interview with ABC’s This Week programme on Sunday morning.

“I don’t have those details,” Esper said, when pressed on how Trump knew Baghdadi had whimpered and cried. “The president probably had the opportunity to talk to commanders on the ground.”

via Doubts over Donald Trump’s dramatic account of Baghdadi raid | World news | The Guardian

Trump’s own rules of civility taught World Series fans to boo and chant, “Lock him up!” | Salon.com

Screenshot_2019-10-29 Trump’s own rules of civility taught World Series fans to boo and chant, “Lock him up ”.pngEssentially, Trump is positioning himself above the law. That’s a position that’s easy to take when walled away from your constituents in the White House, surrounded by enablers and illusions of “fake news,” but less so when confronted with a stadium full of citizens chanting for him to answer for his illegalities.

Essentially, Trump is positioning himself above the law. That’s a position that’s easy to take when walled away from your constituents in the White House, surrounded by enablers and illusions of “fake news,” but less so when confronted with a stadium full of citizens chanting for him to answer for his illegalities.

via Trump’s own rules of civility taught World Series fans to boo and chant, “Lock him up!” | Salon.com

Pelosi slams Trump for cutting Democrats out of loop on Baghdadi raid | World news | The Guardian

Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters on Capitol Hill this week.

Another UNPRECEDENTED move by  Trump ODT)

Top Democrats reacted with anger to Donald Trump’s decision to go ahead with the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid without giving them advance notice, on grounds that they were not to be trusted with such highly sensitive information.

In a break with precedent, Trump excluded senior Democrats on the so-called Gang of Eight – the group of congressional leaders who by law are to be informed of covert actions ordered by the US president – from all operational intelligence.

Those cut out of the loop included Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, and Adam Schiff, who chairs the House intelligence committee.

via Pelosi slams Trump for cutting Democrats out of loop on Baghdadi raid | World news | The Guardian

US sends more troops to north-eastern Syria to protect oil fields from Islamic State, Kurds pull out – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A United States military convoy moves through Syria.

via US sends more troops to north-eastern Syria to protect oil fields from Islamic State, Kurds pull out – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump’s Endless Wars

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Trump’s not bringing the troops home. He’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad, while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.

Donald Trump loves to talk about ending the endless U.S. wars that he inherited as president. He tweets about it. He endlessly criticizes his predecessors for their martial mistakes.

But like the old saw about the weather, Trump talks a whole lot about endless wars but doesn’t do anything about them.

via Trump’s Endless Wars

Turkey to halt military operation against Kurds in N. Syria, ceasefire will last for 120 hours – US VP Pence — RT World News

Turkey to halt military operation against Kurds in N. Syria, ceasefire will last for 120 hours – US VP Pence

Erdogan threw Trump’s ‘don’t be a fool’ letter in the trash – reports

via Turkey to halt military operation against Kurds in N. Syria, ceasefire will last for 120 hours – US VP Pence — RT World News

Betrayal of Kurds one of Trump’s gravest errors

Kurds saved the Yazidis in Iraq. The Kurds saved America from ISIS and now for Trump’s sake they have been betrayed and they will never be allowed to enter the paradise he calls America (ODT)

via Betrayal of Kurds one of Trump’s gravest errors

Trump impeachment inquiry gathers pace as more officials testify | US news | The Guardian

George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, second from right, arrives to appear before a joint session of House committees considering possible impeachment of Donald Trump.

The impeachment inquiry is moving at dizzying speed. The Axios website noted that if everyone agrees to appear, Democrats will have interviewed 11 administration officials by the end of next week. Every witness has “bolstered the case against Trump”, Axios added, leaving White House officials demoralised or panicked.

Trump impeachment inquiry gathers pace as more officials testify | US news | The Guardian

Why? 3 Possible reasons Trump is threatening Turkey with Sanctions after Greenlighting Syria Invasion

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Could it be as simplistic as trying to wedge the Dems politically and having them come out ‘for war’.Trump after all wants desperately to say he fullfilled his election promises.  Struggling with the both the Style and Meaning of a President both Internationally doing what he says others can’t all for his domestic image. After all all he does is Campaign, watch TV, Twitter, sue and sack People posture and play golf. Jerry Lewis couldn’t have played him better. (ODT)

via Why? 3 Possible reasons Trump is threatening Turkey with Sanctions after Greenlighting Syria Invasion

Is Donald Trump mad? (Revisited) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Mental deterioration can afflict any of us quite suddenly. On the other hand, it can overcome us in a number of smaller steps. Could this be the case with Donald Trump?

Let’s recount some recent events that are indicative.

Take the devastating fires in Southern California that Vox described ”…as the single most destructive and third-deadliest fire in state history”. In its account of the fires, Reuters reported: ”Donald Trump is known for his fiery comments, but his recent tweet has outraged prominent celebrities who slammed it as ‘demented’.

What did he say? Did he empathise with those who had lost their houses? Did he express horror at the appalling loss of life? No. He reflected on the emergency, in a Tweet of course, with: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” A dire threat as a proxy for empathy!

This example alone is sufficient to raise the suspicion of significant mental deterioration, even in someone as bizarre as Trump.

The president of the California Professional Firefighters assailed Trump with “The president’s message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines.” Celebrities lashed out at Trump’s ’ill-judged and out-of-touch’ tweet as an absolutely heartless response…there aren’t even politics involved. As you tweet, there are good American families losing their homes and evacuating into shelters.”

But that’s just the start. Read the rest of the piece here.

via Is Donald Trump mad? (Revisited) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump’s Saigon Evacuation Moment, as US Troops Flee and Syrian/Russian Forces are invited in by Kurds

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All US special forces personnel are being withdrawn from Syria after Turkish artillery targeted some of their bases to force them back from the border, and after Turkey cut off their supply lines. At the same time, Syrian Arab Army troops are advancing on the Kurdish northeast of Syria, raising the danger of US troops getting caught in the crossfire. A thousand such troops are too few even to defend themselves, and although no one is saying so, I suspect they also fear the anger of their betrayed allies, the People’s Protection Units or YPG, among whom they have been embedded, but whom Trump has now turned over to Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan’s abattoir.

via Trump’s Saigon Evacuation Moment, as US Troops Flee and Syrian/Russian Forces are invited in by Kurds

Donald Trump announces truce in China-US trade war after two days of talks with Chinese negotiator – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump's trade wars

via Donald Trump announces truce in China-US trade war after two days of talks with Chinese negotiator – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump hails the US-China trade ‘lovefest’, but the verbal agreement is a long way short of his ambitions – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President Donald Trump points to his left with a stern look on his face while standing at a lectern during a rally.

via Trump hails the US-China trade ‘lovefest’, but the verbal agreement is a long way short of his ambitions – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal is an election strategy and an impeachment distraction – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A very close-up shot of Donald Trump's face

via Donald Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal is an election strategy and an impeachment distraction – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Turkey captures border town as US calls for end to offensive against Kurds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A dramatic explosion is seen over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain.

Trump gave the nod and Turkey took the option. Sticks and stones break boned Trump now words will allow death to happen (ODT)

Key points:

  • US warns of devastating sanctions against Turkey, “great harm” to ties
  • Kurds say nearly 200,000 people have been displaced
  • Iran offers to mediate between Kurds, Syrian regime and Turkey

via Turkey captures border town as US calls for end to offensive against Kurds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Bolton Went Ballistic’: New Report Finds at Least 4 Officials Were Panicked by Trump’s Ukraine Conduct | The Smirking Chimp

Trump declares all American Institutions corrupt and therefore has the right of executive privilige. The right od a Dictator (ODT)

By contrast, the new report paints a picture of widespread opposition to the president’s actions within his own White House.

Four, and possibly more, national security officials in the White House were concerned about Trump’s actions, according to the report, both before and after the president’s now-infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In the call, Trump strongly indicated that U.S. assistance to Ukraine could be contingent on Zelensky giving him what he wanted, specifically: investigations into the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden.

via ‘Bolton Went Ballistic’: New Report Finds at Least 4 Officials Were Panicked by Trump’s Ukraine Conduct | The Smirking Chimp

Republicans, Foreign Policy Experts Condemn Trump’s Decision To Abandon Kurds | HuffPost

HOW CAN AUSTRALIA OR ANY OTHER NATION TRUST AMERICA WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHIVE. AUSTRALIA YOUR BEING CONNED TRUMP WON’T DO ANTHINGTO HELP IF YOUR CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE IT’S THE LEAST TRUSTED COUNTRY IN THE WORD TODAY. (ODT)

Trump appeared to address some of the concerns over his decision to withdraw support in northern Syria, tweeting Monday that he would “totally destroy” Turkey’s economy if its leaders did anything he considers to be “off limits.”

“The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected,” he wrote. “It is now time for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!”

via Republicans, Foreign Policy Experts Condemn Trump’s Decision To Abandon Kurds | HuffPost

Old Dog Thoughts 11,000 Syrian Kurds died fighting IS for America. Trump waves a fond goodbye and lets Turkey in to do what they want.

Fighting Fake News with REAL8/10/19; Betrayal of the Kurds Bret McGurk once Trump’s special envoy on ISIS replies; Meanwhile Bolt asks us to choose;

Lawyer says second whistleblower backs complaint against US President Donald Trump – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office

via Lawyer says second whistleblower backs complaint against US President Donald Trump – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Impeachment Frenzy Rattles Trump as the Out-of-control President Goes to War with the CIA | The Smirking Chimp

First the FBI now the CIA any Independant arm of government is a danger to this President why? Because they alone threaten his image and spin. (ODT)

via Impeachment Frenzy Rattles Trump as the Out-of-control President Goes to War with the CIA | The Smirking Chimp

Trump’s Assault on the Constitution: Politics as World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

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Does Trump understand democracy? I’m really asking.

His approach to politics is combative — kill-or-be-killed. If you hit him, he will hit you back harder, no matter what the rules of the game are.

That might be a great strategy in a WWE ring. It’s less good in life.

Trump gives demeaning and sometimes racist (“Pocahontas”) nicknames to political opponents. He never apologizes, even when he has been caught admitting to sexual misconduct with women (and been accused of plenty more by a host of women) or making fun of a disabled person.

He appears to believe you are either the winner or the loser, and he must be the winner. His only strategy has been brute force. And he doesn’t seek out solutions in which all parties win.

This approach has been very destructive on the policy front. But it’s not clear whether it’s going to work for him in the long term.

via Trump’s Assault on the Constitution: Politics as World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Trump Completely Loses His Mind At Press Conference With Finland’s President | Crooks and Liars

Trump Completely Loses His Mind At Press Conference With Finland's President

Donald Trump had an absolutely bananas press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Oh, and the President of Finland was there too, watching in abject horror, as the President* had a real time meltdown on live tv.

There were so many completely batsh*t crazy moments, but one of the worst had to be at the end, when Trump snarled and raised his voice at Reuters reporter, Jeff Mason. What got Trumpy so upset? Mason asked him what he wanted Zelensky/Ukraine to do about Hunter Biden. Simple question, right? Well, Trumpy didn’t like it…not one bit.

Here are some other moments from the press conference:

Trump Completely Loses His Mind At Press Conference With Finland’s President | Crooks and Liars

Trump’s Intelligence Chief Offers a Timely Reminder: Trump Is a Liar – Mother Jones

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A president should not brazenly lie and make shit up.

At the Maguire hearing, the acting DNI was asked about the whistleblower—whose identity remained a secret. Is the whistleblower a “political hack,” Rep. Adam Schiff followed up: “You don’t have any reason to accuse them of disloyalty to our country?” Maguire provided an unequivocal response: “Absolutely not…I think the whistleblower did the right thing.”

In other words, there was no basis for Trump’s denunciations of the whistleblower.

Later, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) returned to this subject. She asked Maguire, “Do you believe the whistleblower was spying…on the president?” Maguire answered, “I believe the whistleblower complied with the law and did everything they thought, he or she thought was responsible under the Intelligence Community Whistleblowers Protection Act.”

Speier then asked Maguire if Trump had asked him to share the identity of the whistleblower. “I can tell you emphatically no,” he said. And had anyone else in the White House or Justice Department done so? “No,” he said.

So if Trump and the White House did not know the whistleblower’s identity, how could Trump question this person’s loyalty, blast him or her as a partisan plotter, and accuse the whistleblower of spying?

via Trump’s Intelligence Chief Offers a Timely Reminder: Trump Is a Liar – Mother Jones

It Blows | Mock Paper Scissors

“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.“

The “people” that gave the Whistleblower the information wasn’t a person but people yes people all part of Trump’s Administration and now even his envoy to the Ukraine has “quit” (ODT

via It Blows | Mock Paper Scissors