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NY Times: The Right Builds an Alternative Narrative About the Crises Around Trump


WASHINGTON — Enemies from within have launched a “deep-state” smear campaign, news organizations are acting with ulterior motives, and the worst attacks are yet to come.


As Americans process a dizzying week of damning revelations about the president — his firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey; his disclosure of highly sensitive intelligence to the Russians; and his plea to Mr. Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation of his fired national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn — Mr. Trump has found shelter on the right, where the collective judgment of the conservative media and the Republican Party so far seems to be to dismiss the allegations as “fake news,” shift the blame and change the subject.

With varying degrees of credibility and credulity, conservatives have fed stories that Mr. Trump is the victim of sabotage by an adversarial intelligence community full of Trojan horse holdovers from the Obama administration.


And if there is any criminal wrongdoing, these accounts pin that on the leakers inside the “deep state,” a phrase popularized by Trump administration officials such as the chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, to describe the vast bureaucracy of federal employees seeking to undermine the president.


Sadly to Trump people the more dirt that comes out on Trump and company the more they
will "see" a vast liberal/media conspiracy to bring down Trump.

NY Times op/ed: Free Advice to Trump Aides: Quit While You Can

Free Advice to Trump Aides: Quit While You Can

On Monday night, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Trump’s widely admired national security adviser, held a hastily convened news conference to try to knock down reports that Mr. Trump had shared highly classified information with Russia — only to have Mr. Trump appear to confirm the reports in two Tuesday morning tweets.

“General McMaster spent decades defending this nation, earning his integrity and honor. Trump squandered it in less than 12 hours,” responded the Republican strategist John Weaver in a tweet. The journalist and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, David Frum, asked: “How does McMaster not resign today? That thing he said ‘did not happen’ the president has just defended doing.”


Thanks to copious leaks, we already know a lot more about the internal workings of the Trump White House than we do about past administrations, but there is still immense interest in what is really going on and how the major players feel about it. It would be worth the price of a hardcover just to learn how Kellyanne Conway — who, according to the “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, said she needed to shower after defending Mr. Trump during the campaign — sleeps at night.


Those who stick around, however, will discover that in politics, being part of a national story can be ruinous. Members of Mr. Clinton’s administration had to shoulder huge legal bills, some running into hundreds of thousands of dollars, after being forced to testify before congressional committees and grand juries. As Mr. Stephanopoulos noted in 1998, “A single trip to the grand jury can cost you $10,000.”


Part of Donny's morning tweet; "airline flight safety"

Yes, Don when I think of Putin and Russia "airline flight safety" is what
comes to my mind right away.

Dutch Inquiry Links Russia to 298 Deaths in Explosion of Jetliner Over Ukraine (NY Times)

A Dutch-led investigation has concluded that the powerful surface-to-air missile system used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine two years ago, killing all 298 on board, was trucked in from Russia at the request of Russian-backed separatists and returned to Russia the same night.

The report largely confirmed the Russian government’s already widely documented role not only in the deployment of the missile system — called a Buk, or SA-11 — but also in the subsequent cover-up, which continues to this day.


Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump
...to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.

NY Times Editoral Today .... The dam is broken .... The Republicans Guide to Presidential Behavior

It wasn’t so long ago that Republicans in Congress cared about how a president comported himself in office. They cared a lot! The president is, after all, commander in chief of the armed forces, steward of the most powerful nation on earth, role model for America’s children — and he should act at all times with the dignity his station demands. It’s not O.K. to behave in a manner that demeans the office and embarrasses the country. Shirt sleeves in the Oval Office? Disrespectful. Shoes on the Resolute desk? Even worse. Lying? Despicable, if not impeachable.

Now seems like a good moment to update the standards. What do Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders think a president may say or do and still deserve their enthusiastic support? We offer this handy reference list in hopes of protecting them from charges of hypocrisy in the future. They can consult it should they ever feel tempted to insist on different standards for another president. So, herewith, the Congressional Republican’s Guide to Presidential Behavior.

If you are the president, you may freely (accept):

• occupy the White House with the help of a hostile foreign power


Trump is crazy .... just last week ..... 3 examples

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago More China just agreed that the U.S. will be allowed to sell beef, and other major products, into China once again. This is REAL news!
9,885 replies 11,584 retweets 41,690 likes

In 2016 the US exported $21.4 billion in ag products to China. USDA figures



Trump wants 'goddamned steam catapults on new aircraft carriers


President Trump said he has told the Navy to return to decades-old steam-powered catapult technology to launch aircraft from the new Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers, rather than use a new digital launch system.

Trump’s comments came during an interview with Time magazine, released in excerpts Thursday, where he bashed the new Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and said the Navy would instead be “going to goddamned steam.”

“I said, ‘You don’t use steam anymore for catapult?’ ‘No sir.’ I said, ‘Ah, how is it working?’ ‘Sir, not good. Not good. Doesn’t have the power. You know the steam is just brutal. You see that sucker going and steam’s going all over the place, there’s planes thrown in the air,’” Trump said in the interview.

“It sounded bad to me. Digital. They have digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out. And I said—and now they want to buy more aircraft carriers. I said, ‘What system are you going to be—‘ ‘Sir, we’re staying with digital.’ I said, ‘No you’re not. You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good.’


Trump tells The Economist he invented the phrase 'priming the pump'

Source: The Hill

President Trump in an interview published Thursday said he invented the phrase “priming the pump,” a common saying used in economics.

“Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just… I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do,” Trump said during an interview with editors for The Economist.

The president also cited the phrase “priming the pump” when answering a question about his tax plan increasing the deficit.

“Well, it actually did,” Trump answered, disagreeing with the editors who said the Reagan tax plan did not increase the deficit.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332889-trump-tells-economist-he-invented-the-phrase-priming-the-pump

Merriam-Webster's Twitter account has corrected Trump:

Merriam-Webster ✔@MerriamWebster
The phrase 'priming the pump' dates to the early 19th century.

Tomato List 2017

Jet Star
Black Krim
Cherokee Purple
Better Boy
Sun Gold
Lemon Boy

Serrano peppers
CA Wonders Bell Pepper
Red Chili cayenne

It. Basel
Cinnamon basil

leaf stuff
Swiss Cahard

I have room for 1 or 2 more Toamtoes
AK Traveler, old German, Hillbilly, or Mr. Stipey ?????

He is crazy .... latest tweet .... Trump, China will now important US Ag. Products


Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago
China just agreed that the U.S. will be allowed to sell beef, and other major products, into China once again. This is REAL news!
9,885 replies 11,584 retweets 41,690 likes

In 2016 the US exported $21.4 billion in ag products to China. USDA figures


Donald Trump Continues to Eat Like a Middle Schooler Whose Parents Are Working Late


President Trump’s dietary preferences have been well documented — this is the man who eats KFC on private jets and who replaced President Obama’s apples and almonds with Lay’s potato chips. And it seems the White House staff is already attuned to Trump’s needs; according to a Time report published Thursday, he gets special treatment at mealtimes.

The waiters know well Trump’s personal preferences. As he settles down, they bring him a Diet Coke, while the rest of us are served water, with the Vice President sitting at one end of the table. With the salad course, Trump is served what appears to be Thousand Island dressing instead of the creamy vinaigrette for his guests. When the chicken arrives, he is the only one given an extra dish of sauce. At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else. The tastes of Pence are also tended to. Instead of the pie, he gets a fruit plate.

The wisdom of Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“Well, I can speak to my own personal experience,” she said. “I’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president’s decision and I think that we may have to agree to disagree. I’m sure there are some people that are disappointed, but I’ve certainly heard from a large number of individuals and that’s just myself, and I don’t even know that many people in the FBI.”

https://thinkprogress.org/sarah-huckabee-sanders-countless-fbi-agents-comey-f74b5dec8721 audio @ link

The Nation: We may be witnessing the unraveling of Donald Trump's Presidency

In his paranoia about his legitimacy as president, Trump is pushing us to the brink of a constitutional crisis.

By Joan Walsh


Donald Trump began his presidency in a troubling crisis of legitimacy, given charges
that Russia meddled in the election to help him defeat Hillary Clinton, and that Clinton
won the popular vote nonetheless. This crisis is now devouring him.


Trump’s cover story for Comey’s dismissal—that brand new deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein wanted him gone, ironically due to his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices last year—has completely come undone in 24 hours. On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Comey told Congressional leaders that days before his firing he’d submitted to Rosenstein a request for resources to expand the Russia probe. By Thursday morning, a half-dozen major news outlets produced deeply reported pieces, some based on as many as 30 sources, revealing that Trump has been seething over Comey’s handling of the investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian government officials—and that his anger hardened into a plan to fire him last week. The Washington Post reported that Rosenstein threatened to resign, angry at being falsely depicted as the person behind Comey’s firing. (The Justice Department is denying that report.)

It seems that on May 3, Comey committed his unforgivable sin while testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump signaled his anxiety with a tweetstorm the day before. “The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?” one tweet read. Comey sealed his fate when he acknowledged his actions might have played a role in Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. It made him “mildly nauseous,” he said, to think he tipped the race to the Republican. Comey himself was confirming Trump’s darkest fear, the font of his angsty, crazy late night and early morning tweets: that he hadn’t won the presidency legitimately.


If there’s any remaining doubt that his personal legitimacy crisis is driving his crazy behavior, Trump is dispelling it by choosing today to sign an executive order establishing a commission to investigate (false) charges of voter fraud, headed by ace voter-suppressor Kris Kobach. Trump seems so comfortable with the rule-breaking and corruption he mastered in the private sector, he doesn’t completely understand that he might want to shield his personal motivations more artfully. He’s claimed Clinton built her popular vote margin with illegal voters; now that he’s dispatched with Comey, he’ll use Kobach to slay his other legitimacy phantom.
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