Category: Trump

Donald Trump denies assaulting Rachel Crooks inside Trump Tower – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Rachel Crooks stares out the corner of her eye at a press conference

Key points:

Rachel Crooks tells The Washington Post Donald Trump forcibly kissed her in an encounter at Trump Tower in 2005
Mr Trump denies the allegations saying he “doesn’t know” and has “never met” Ms Crooks
Ms Crooks is calling for the release of a video tape which allegedly shows the encounter

via Donald Trump denies assaulting Rachel Crooks inside Trump Tower – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians strikes at the heart of the meddling matter | US news | The Guardian

After the indictment was released, Trump tweeted: ‘The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!’

What Robert Mueller delivered in Friday’s indictment were the first charges for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. He is getting to the heart of the matter.
Robert Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help Trump
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The special counsel also buried once and for all Donald Trump’s mealy-mouthed obfuscations over whether Russia was responsible for this confidence trick of breathtaking scope and scale. Former CIA director-general Michael Hayden has described it as the political equivalent of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

But what Mueller has not yet produced is compelling evidence that demonstrates the president or his campaign knowingly coordinated with Russians to cheat Hillary Clinton out of the election.

via Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians strikes at the heart of the meddling matter | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump cites mental health not gun laws in speech on Florida school shooting – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Key points:

Mr Trump directly addressed children who may feel ‘lost alone, confused or even scared’
No specific policy recommendations were made but he pledged to help secure schools and tackle mental health issues
Barack Obama tweeted out an emotional plea for ‘common-sense gun safety laws’

He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence.

When Donald Trump tweeted his go-to response full of “prayers and condolences,” some students responded to him, demanding he acknowledge gun control laws.

“Why was a student able to terrorize my school mr president,” one student tweeted.

When Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren tweeted the standard conservative line that “this isn’t about a gun,” multiple students responded to her on Twitter.

“I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours,” one tweeted back. “It was about guns. You weren’t there, you don’t know how it felt.”

via Donald Trump cites mental health not gun laws in speech on Florida school shooting – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tone deaf? Trump warns ‘mere’ abuse allegation can shatter lives

Trump cautioned on Saturday that lives can be shattered by a "mere allegation".

Trump, in a pointed response to the uproar over charges of domestic violence by two top aides, cautioned on Saturday that lives can be shattered by a “mere allegation” and asked whatever happened to “due process?”

Self serving Trump seems to forget due peocess begins with ‘allegations” and the presumption of innocence. That presumption is squandered when 13 ++ persons are called liars  as in the case of Wienstein and the even the President. Trump has the option and the wealth to take his accusers to court but it seems under advice he never will.

via Tone deaf? Trump warns ‘mere’ abuse allegation can shatter lives

Devin Nunes Made ‘Material Changes’ To Secret Memo Before It Went To Trump, Democrat Says | HuffPost

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee made “material changes” to a secret memo he shared with lawmakers before sending it to the president to approve for final release, the top Democrat on the committee said Wednesday night.

via Devin Nunes Made ‘Material Changes’ To Secret Memo Before It Went To Trump, Democrat Says | HuffPost

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Cherry-Picking Intel, Nunes and the Iraq War Disaster | Informed Comment

Cherry-Picking Intel, Nunes and the Iraq War Disaster

Nunes has gone through thousands of pages of that material, or had his young staffers do so, and picked out passages here and there that support some sort of conspiracy theory about the FBI versus Trump, alleging that the FBI improperly relied on the Steele dossier in looking into Trump’s connections with Russia.

Here is a caution against the Nunes memo that the Republican Party intends to release: it is the sort of thing that got us into the disastrous Iraq War Cherry-picking raw intelligence is one of the ways the hawks around Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld bamboozled Washington and the American people into overthrowing a major Middle Eastern country.

via Cherry-Picking Intel, Nunes and the Iraq War Disaster | Informed Comment

The Fascist underpinnings of Trump’s State of the Union

The Fascist underpinnings of Trump’s State of the Union

Fascism pretends to incorporate the good of the masses (hence the phony Nazi claim on the word “socialism”) while in fact acting in barracuda fashion solely for the benefit of the corporations and elite. It is plutocracy dressed up as a mass movement. Its rhetoric separates out the good workers (white, native-born) from the bad workers (brown or black or Semite, immigrant) in hopes of setting them against one another, for the benefit of the rich spectators. Fascism separates out the poor (about 15 percent of Americans) as lazy burdens on the other workers and enacts punitive policies toward them. Thus, Trump portrays taking away health care insurance from 26 million people as a triumph for workers.

via The Fascist underpinnings of Trump’s State of the Union

Don’t Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest Abe | HuffPost

 

Like most of Trump’s pronouncements, this was boilerplate projection. If anything is full of lies, it is the president himself. As The Washington Post documented back in November, Trump had made 1,628 “false or misleading claims” in less than 300 days in office ― for an astonishing average of 5.5 false statements a day. That pace has not abated.

via Don’t Let Dishonest Don Erase Honest Abe | HuffPost

Did Trump just Paint a target on backs of US Diplomats & Businessmen?

Did Trump just Paint a target on backs of US Diplomats & Businessmen?

China has already stolen a march on the US with regard to trade with Africa. Beijing does $200 bn a year in trade with the continent, while the US does only $100 bn. The next time an American firm is competing with a Chinese one for a contract and the offers are similar, you could well see a tilt away from the US on the basis of Trump’s filthy language.

Did Trump just Paint a target on backs of US Diplomats & Businessmen?

Donald Trump denies ‘language’ used amid fury over ‘shithole countries’ remark

After meeting with Norway's prime minister Erna Solberg, Trump asked why the US couldn't take more Norwegian immigrants.

“To no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true,” Durbin said. “He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly. I cannot believe in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.”

via Donald Trump denies ‘language’ used amid fury over ‘shithole countries’ remark

Trump Asks ‘Why Are We Letting People From Shithole Countries Come Here?’ | Crooks and Liars

 

It took nearly a year, but finally Trump’s racism oozed out all over the White House today during a discussion on immigration.

According to a Washington Post report, Trump went off during a discussion on immigration reform and the DREAM act compromise reportedly agreed to by lawmakers, asking “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

Trump was specifically referring to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as lawmakers proposed restoring protections for immigrants from those countries.

via Trump Asks ‘Why Are We Letting People From Shithole Countries Come Here?’ | Crooks and Liars

Our Narcissist In Chief | HuffPost

the clinical definition of narcissistic personality disorder.”

Using the Mayo Clinic’s formulation, “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others,”To now reread the behavioral markers I listed is eerie, for they could serve as a précis for Trump’s first year in office:

An exaggerated sense of self-importance. An unwarranted belief in your own superiority. A preoccupation with fantasies of your own success, power and brilliance. An unreasoning fury at people you perceive as thwarting your wishes or desires. A tendency to act on impulse…

A need to always be right. An inability to tolerate criticism or critics… A compulsion to conform your ever–shifting sense of “reality” to satisfy your inner requirements… A tendency to lie so frequently and routinely that objective truth loses all meaning.”

via Our Narcissist In Chief | HuffPost

Seriously, How Dumb Is Trump? | HuffPost

 

By his own account, in 1976, when Trump was starting his career, he was worth about $200 million, much of it from his father. Today he says he’s worth some $8 billion. If he’d just put the original $200 million into an index fund and reinvested the dividends, he’d be worth $12 billion today.

via Seriously, How Dumb Is Trump? | HuffPost

In a 30-minute interview, President Trump made 24 false or misleading claims

President Trump made a false or misleading claim at rate of one claim every 75 seconds.

President Donald Trump gave an impromptu half-hour interview with The New York Times recently. Reporters combed through the transcript and here’s a quick round-up of the false, misleading or dubious claims that he made, at rate of one claim every 75 seconds. (Some of the interview was off the record, so it’s possible the rate of false claims per minute is higher.)

In a 30-minute interview, President Trump made 24 false or misleading claims

Trump “not welcome” in UK after Neo-Nazi retweets: London Mayor | Informed Comment

 

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“As Mayor, I will always speak up to protect the interests and security of Londoners. I have previously called on Theresa May to cancel her ill-judged offer of a state visit to President Trump,” Khan said.

“After the latest incident, where President Trump used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country, it is clear that any official visit here would not be welcomed,” he added.

via Trump “not welcome” in UK after Neo-Nazi retweets: London Mayor | Informed Comment

In Bid to Save Big Oil $900M, Trump Moves to Scrap Offshore Drilling Safety Rules | Common Dreams

In Bid to Save Big Oil $900M, Trump Moves to Scrap Offshore Drilling Safety Rules

The BSEE proposes eliminating regulations that were put in place in response to the deadliest offshore drilling disaster in U.S. history
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, found to be partially caused by lax safety regulations, killed 11 people and injured 16. (Photo: Florida Sea Grant/Flickr/cc)

The oil and gas industry is poised to save hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade thanks to a rollback of offshore drilling safety regulations that have been proposed by the Trump administration—including the elimination of the word “safe” from one rule.

via In Bid to Save Big Oil $900M, Trump Moves to Scrap Offshore Drilling Safety Rules | Common Dreams

Trump tries to undo FDR’s rescue of UK from Fascism| Cheered by the KKK and UK First Trump leaves it to his Press secretary to clean up

Trump tries to undo FDR’s rescue of UK from Fascism

On Wednesday, our nazi president Donald J. Trump tried to press fascism on Britain, pissing all over the graves of the 34,137 US service personnel who lost their lives in the Battle of Normandy and northern France, fighting Nazism.

Trump on Wednesday retweeted three racist, anti-Muslim postings that had recently been put up by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, a Neo-Nazi organization that smears Muslims and immigrants. Fransen was convicted of “religiously aggravated harassment” for harassing British Muslims in a largely Muslim neighborhood.

Last year, a man influenced by Britain First killed British member of parliament Jo Cox for being insufficiently fascist. Her widower, Brendan, tweeted, “Trump has legitimized the far-right in his own country; now he’s trying to do it in ours.”

Trump tries to undo FDR’s rescue of UK from Fascism

Latest shooting a problem of mental health, not guns, says President Donald Trump: He’s right US politicians are insane

Devin Kelley (inset) opened fire on the Sunday church congregation before a neighbour confronted him with a rifle.

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Hours after a mass shooting that left at least 26 people dead, the Texas attorney general said American churches should be “arming some of the parishioners” or hiring “professional security”.

Trump’s politicised reaction to New York attack a far cry from Las Vegas shooting | US news | The Guardian

President reacted to New York attack by targeting Chuck Schumer for sponsoring diversity immigrant visa program under which Sayfullo Saipov entered US

Source: Trump’s politicised reaction to New York attack a far cry from Las Vegas shooting | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump says calling women liars over harassment was political speech

 

Washington: President Donald Trump’s contention that women who accused him of sexual harassment were lying was just a political opinion expressed during the 2016 campaign, his lawyers argued as they sought to block a suit by a woman who appeared on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice.”

Source: Donald Trump says calling women liars over harassment was political speech

Make no mistake, Donald Trump is at his zenith – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

He has failed to pass legislation, under a legal cloud and facing threats of impeachment, but that’s not the end of the story.

Source: Make no mistake, Donald Trump is at his zenith – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

America’s Biggest Private Prison Company Just Hosted Its Annual Conference at a Trump Golf Resort – Mother Jones

Business for private prison operators like Florida-based GEO Group has been booming since Trump took office, and perhaps that shouldn’t come as a surprise. GEO Group spent hundreds of thousands of dollars supporting the Trump campaign last year: The prison giant donated $225,000 through a subsidiary to a pro-Trump super-PAC, according to campaign disclosures, including a gift of $100,000 on August 19, 2016, just one day after the Obama administration announced it would phase out its use of private prisons because of their high rates of violence. The Post also reports that GEO gave $250,000 to the president’s inaugural committee.

Source: America’s Biggest Private Prison Company Just Hosted Its Annual Conference at a Trump Golf Resort – Mother Jones

Donald Trump slammed by Republicans Bob Corker and Jeff Flake for his ‘disregard of truth’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US senator and fellow Republican Bob Corker eviscerates President Donald Trump repeatedly on national television.

Source: Donald Trump slammed by Republicans Bob Corker and Jeff Flake for his ‘disregard of truth’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Accusers ask: Harvey Weinstein fell — why didn’t Donald Trump?

Almost a year after New Yorker Jessica Leeds and other women stepped forward with harrowing accounts of being sexually assaulted by a powerful man, another scandal with similar elements exploded.

Source: Accusers ask: Harvey Weinstein fell — why didn’t Donald Trump?

Donald Trump: John Kelly ‘disgusted’ military deaths politicised, fallen soldier controversy continues – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump questioned whether Obama had called family of General Kelly when his son was killed in combat in AfghanistanSome relatives of war dead say they have not received a call from Trump despite his boastMother of soldier killed in Niger says President disrespected son, after Trump denied story

Source: Donald Trump: John Kelly ‘disgusted’ military deaths politicised, fallen soldier controversy continues – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)