Category: Trump

On key date he was reportedly briefed on Russia bounty story, Trump was live-tweeting Fox News and hosting network personalities at the White House | Media Matters for America

Trump Fox

Already, Fox News is spinning for Trump on this point, with Fox & Friends co-hosts claiming, “All presidents don’t read all of their briefings,” and adding, “It might have been printed in it, it doesn’t mean that he actually heard about it.”

via On key date he was reportedly briefed on Russia bounty story, Trump was live-tweeting Fox News and hosting network personalities at the White House | Media Matters for America

Senate Republicans Make Sure Trump Can Hide Offers Of Foreign Election Help | Crooks and Liars

Senate Republicans Make Sure Trump Can Hide Offers Of Foreign Election Help

Why would Republicans, supposedly “America first” adherents, want to prevent Americans from knowing about foreign interference in our presidential election – unless they have something to hide?

via Senate Republicans Make Sure Trump Can Hide Offers Of Foreign Election Help | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump Is a Very Dumb Man

The male version of Sarah Palin has arrived (ODT)

John Bolton’s absurd, self-aggrandizing new book reveals a shocking secret: Donald Trump knows next to nothing about Africa. The continent is better off without his ignorant meddling.

via Donald Trump Is a Very Dumb Man

Delisting Chinese Firms From US Exchanges – Stephen Lendman

Trumpism and the drag on a nation(ODT

According to commander of US Naval Forces in Europe, Africa, and NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Admiral James Foggo:

“NATO can no longer ignore China’s activities in Europe.” Citing no credible evidence, he falsely claimed Beijing aims to undermine the international rules-based order.

Claiming as well that it maintained peace throughout the post-WW II era ignored endless US preemptive wars against invented enemies.

Is US conflict with China inevitable — given the country’s growing prominence on the world stage while the US declines?

China pursues cooperative relations with other countries. So do Russia, Iran, and other nations the US is hostile toward.

Washington’s drive for unchallenged dominance risks unthinkable nuclear war if it pushes things too far against nations able to hit back hard in self-defense if attacked.

via Delisting Chinese Firms From US Exchanges – Stephen Lendman

Antifa, Boogaloo boys, white nationalists: Which extremists showed up to the US Black Lives Matter protests? – ABC News

A man carrying an assault rifle while wearing a bulletproof vest, sunglasses, facemask and a hat walks along a Seattle street.

via Antifa, Boogaloo boys, white nationalists: Which extremists showed up to the US Black Lives Matter protests? – ABC News

Why are police across the US piling on the cartoonish violence & racist rhetoric when they know they’re being watched? — RT Op-ed

Why are police across the US piling on the cartoonish violence & racist rhetoric when they know they’re being watched?

via Why are police across the US piling on the cartoonish violence & racist rhetoric when they know they’re being watched? — RT Op-ed

Kooks, Never-Maskers and our Pandemic Death Toll: The High Cost of Republican Malevolence

Despite having months to right-foot the White House’s initial, lackadaisical response to the looming disaster, the country is in many ways in a more dire position than it was in March.

via Kooks, Never-Maskers and our Pandemic Death Toll: The High Cost of Republican Malevolence

The Supreme Court Has Given the Green Light to Bosses and Financial Managers to Steal From Workers

Ransacking workers pensions funds (ODT)

Robbing workers’ pension funds has long been central to Wall Street’s business model. In last week’s Supreme Court ruling, Brett Kavanaugh and his conservative cadre of justices opened the door for financial managers to take their looting of those pension funds even further.

via The Supreme Court Has Given the Green Light to Bosses and Financial Managers to Steal From Workers

Cementing GOP Takeover of Courts, Senate Confirms ‘Anti-Voting Rights Extremist’ as Trump’s 200th Federal Judge | Common Dreams News

Taking over the judiciary is the GOP’s neverending exercise (ODT)

via Cementing GOP Takeover of Courts, Senate Confirms ‘Anti-Voting Rights Extremist’ as Trump’s 200th Federal Judge | Common Dreams News

Presidential harassment! Why Trump believes playing the victim will help him win | Donald Trump | The Guardian

 

Donald Trump at his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday

Voter suppression, Trump’s all over it;

The US president seems to be preparing to contest a defeat in November by railing against ‘rigged’ mail-in ballots – but his party is the one attempting to suppress voters

via Presidential harassment! Why Trump believes playing the victim will help him win | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Trump Doubles Down on Claim He Ordered Slowdown in Covid-19 Tests Just as Fauci Testifies: “It’s the Opposite. We’re Gonna Be Doing More” | Common Dreams News

via Trump Doubles Down on Claim He Ordered Slowdown in Covid-19 Tests Just as Fauci Testifies: “It’s the Opposite. We’re Gonna Be Doing More” | Common Dreams News

Trump family tries to block publication of book by president’s niece – report | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump in San Luis, Arizona, on 23 June.

Trump’s suing his niece soon it will be the rest of his family he’s been running a Sue-a-thon all of his life. (ODT)

Donald Trump’s family has gone to court to try to block publication of a tell-all book by the US president’s niece, Mary Trump, the New York Times reported.

According to her publisher, New York-based Simon & Schuster, Mary Trump’s book will describe “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse” within the Trump clan.

via Trump family tries to block publication of book by president’s niece – report | Donald Trump | The Guardian

As EU Looks to Reopen Borders, US Covid-19 Surge Means Americans May Not Be Welcome | Common Dreams News

Americans Not Welcome

The European Union is preparing to allow travelers from dozens of countries into the 27-member nation bloc starting July 1—but Americans are unlikely to be welcome for the foreseeable future due to the Trump administration’s failure to control the coronavirus pandemic.

via As EU Looks to Reopen Borders, US Covid-19 Surge Means Americans May Not Be Welcome | Common Dreams News

Stories about TikTok teens taking down Trump ignore simpler explanations for his low turnout in Tulsa | Media Matters for America

Trump on a pink background with the Twitter and TikTok logos

Either way, focusing on these efforts glosses over the actual likely takeaways from the event.

via Stories about TikTok teens taking down Trump ignore simpler explanations for his low turnout in Tulsa | Media Matters for America

Trump Has a Half Billion in Loans Coming Due. They May Be His Biggest Conflict of Interest Yet. – Mother Jones

Trump’s biggest creditor is Deutsche Bank, which in the late 1990s took a gamble on the real estate developer whose history of corporate bankruptcies made him untouchable by most other lenders. Although Trump and the Frankfurt-based bank pulled off several profitable deals, eventually Deutsche’s commercial lending division learned the hard way one reason why other banks considered him persona non grata: If pushed by his creditors on payments, Trump shoves back. In 2008, after he defaulted on a loan for his Chicago hotel and condo development, he filed a multibillion-­dollar suit accusing Deutsche Bank and others of contributing to the recent financial meltdown, which he blamed for his inability to repay the loan.

via Trump Has a Half Billion in Loans Coming Due. They May Be His Biggest Conflict of Interest Yet. – Mother Jones

Pompeo demands Europe ditch trade with China and choose FREEDOM over TYRANNY (in favor of US) — RT World News

Pompeo demands Europe ditch trade with China and choose FREEDOM over TYRANNY (in favor of US)

America is waving a big stick at everyone. Trump is doing the Kim Jong Un dance ODT)

via Pompeo demands Europe ditch trade with China and choose FREEDOM over TYRANNY (in favor of US) — RT World News

Reverse Logic: Trump Sanctions the International Criminal Court – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This executive order is more an act of strident protest and petulance rather than anything effectual. ICC officials are concerned but undeterred. Magnitsky remains the spectre at the feast; but he would surely find this latest chapter both comical and slightly absurd. “Asset freezes and travel bans are for human rights violators, not those seeking to bring human violators to justice,” insisted an alarmed Richard Dicker, international justice director at Human Rights Watch. The human rights defenders have become the sanctioned ones.

via Reverse Logic: Trump Sanctions the International Criminal Court – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Bolton’s bombshell Trump book: eight of its most stunning claims | Donald Trump | The Guardian

John Bolton during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington DC, 9 May 2018.

Verification of known facts Sarah Palin was a Mensa genius compared to Donald Trump (ODT)

via John Bolton’s bombshell Trump book: eight of its most stunning claims | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Trump-friendly Pollster Gives Him Bad News as Signs Show Some of His Supporters Are ‘Exhausted’ | The Smirking Chimp

But on Monday, Trump got similarly bad news from a much friendlier source. Just the News, an outlet started by media ally John Solomon, released a new survey with longtime pro-Trump pollster Scott Rasmussen.

According to this poll, Trump is 12 points behind Biden, 36-48. This is pretty devastating — it’s in territory that essentially guarantees the electoral college won’t save Trump, and even wide bands of a margin of error don’t help him much. It’s just one poll, of course — but in combination with the CNN survey and many others showing Trump’s approval falling, things are looking bleak for the president. It remains possible he could recover from these depths, but it’s clear he needs a change of course.

via Trump-friendly Pollster Gives Him Bad News as Signs Show Some of His Supporters Are ‘Exhausted’ | The Smirking Chimp

Trump administration sues former adviser John Bolton to block his book – live | US news | The Guardian

John Bolton.

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Trump administration sues to block John Bolton book

via Trump administration sues former adviser John Bolton to block his book – live | US news | The Guardian

Trump’s Favorite Channel, OAN, Lies About Buffalo Protester

One America News, a far-right cable channel that rounds up internet conspiracy theories for its viewers, has spent the past week trying to smear Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old Catholic peace activist who was assaulted by Buffalo police officers at a protest against police brutality, and remains hospitalized with a brain injury.

The channel’s obsessive focus on Gugino is part of a wider effort to tarnish protests against racism and police violence that OAN has pursued for years. In 2016, one of its hosts denounced the Black Lives Matter movement as “a farce.” On Monday, a black college football star, Chuba Hubbard, described his coach’s decision to wear an OAN T-shirt as “unacceptable” and “completely insensitive to everything going on in society.”

Although OAN’s reporting on Gugino has been filled with glaring factual errors, misleading characterizations and innuendo scraped from the lower depths of the internet, its smears have been amplified on Twitter by President Donald Trump.

via Trump’s Favorite Channel, OAN, Lies About Buffalo Protester

Trump reportedly to take legal action to block John Bolton’s tell-all book | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Bolton with Trump in the Oval Office in May 2019. Simon & Schuster have teased Bolton’s effort as ‘the book Donald Trump doesn’t want you to read’.

  • ABC News says Trump expected to file suit seeking injunction
  • The Room Where It Happened due for publication next week

via Trump reportedly to take legal action to block John Bolton’s tell-all book | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump rally a ‘dangerous move’ as coronavirus cases spike in US

Donald Trump during a rally in North Carolina last year.

Trump the American role model of irresponsibility (ODT)

But the decision to pull the trigger now was driven, in large part, by the mass anti-racism protests that

via Donald Trump rally a ‘dangerous move’ as coronavirus cases spike in US

‘This Is Big’: Top GOP Pollster Is Stunned by the Sudden Shift in Public Opinion on Black Lives Matter | The Smirking Chimp

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“Over the last two weeks, support for Black Lives Matter increased by nearly as much as it had over the previous two years, according to data from Civiqs, an online survey research firm,” Cohn and Quealy wrote. “By a 28-point margin, Civiqs finds that a majority of American voters support the movement, up from a 17-point margin before the most recent wave of protests began.”

“Public opinion didn’t even shift this fast in support of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s,” noted Luntz.

There are also clear signs Trump isn’t handling the moment well. His approval rating has fallen since the protests began. And Joe Biden’s lead over the president in head-to-head polls has increased over the same period. Meanwhile, 67 percent of Americans say that Trump has increased racial tensions, according to a poll from NPR, PBS, and Marist

via ‘This Is Big’: Top GOP Pollster Is Stunned by the Sudden Shift in Public Opinion on Black Lives Matter | The Smirking Chimp

Trump targets ICC with sanctions after court opens war crimes investigation | US foreign policy | The Guardian

Mike Pompeo and William Barr at a press conference Thursday.

Trump has attacked the UN, WHO now the ICC insistin America is a law unto it’s ow with no International responsibilities. He Trule is modeling America on Nth Korea (ODT)

The Trump administration is launching an economic and legal offensive on the international criminal court in response to the court’s decision to open an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan carried out by all sides, including the US.

via Trump targets ICC with sanctions after court opens war crimes investigation | US foreign policy | The Guardian