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"This was the nightmare scenario": The West Wing revolts after Trump embraces Putin

As he flew home from Helsinki on Air Force One following his disastrous press conference with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump reacted with surprise at the horror and outrage that was being expressed by much of the American political world. By the time he landed, the surprise had turned to anger. “He was enraged there was a lack of people out there defending him,” one Republican close to the White House told me. The mood among West Wing advisers was downright funereal. “This was the nightmare scenario,” another Republican in frequent contact with the administration said.

Trump had weathered epic crises of his own making before, from the Access Hollywood tape to Charlottesville to “shithole countries.” Each time he survived withering criticism by doubling down and counterattacking. But as he woke up Tuesday morning, Trump had to recognize that his embrace of Putin on the world stage was a crisis of a different magnitude, and he personally stepped in to try to manage the fallout.

While National Security Adviser John Bolton, according to a source, thought Trump’s remarks were ill-advised, he believed that walking them back would only add fuel to the outrage pyre and make the president look weak. But Chief of Staff John Kelly was irate. According to a source, he told Trump it would make things worse for him with Robert Mueller. He also exerted pressure to try to get the president to walk back his remarks. According to three sources familiar with the situation, Kelly called around to Republicans on Capitol Hill and gave them the go-ahead to speak out against Trump. (The White House did not respond to a request for comment.) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan held televised press conferences to assert that Russia did meddle in the election.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/07/the-west-wing-revolts-after-trump-embraces-putin


Is this a sign that the wheels are finally coming off the bus? There has been more pushback from Republicans to the Helsinki remarks that I can remember from any other time.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Jul 18, 2018, 03:15 PM (8 replies)

Trump is no longer our leader': Texas GOP lawmaker says it's time to impeach Trump after Putin meeti

When I was ten years old, over a plate of rice, beans and tortillas, I watched the evening news in front of an old Emerson 19-inch tube TV. On the screen was a man who looked like a grandpa, resembled the dad on “Father Knows Best,” and who spoke of a Shining City on the Hill — whatever that meant.

I didn’t know who Ronald Reagan was at that time, but I knew he was an honorable man. I knew that he cared for me and my family. And I knew that even though I did not look like him, I wanted to be like him: fearless, just, righteous — an American.

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I was one of the only Republican elected officials in the country to plead with the American voters to abandon this charlatan prior to his election. For my transgressions, I was summarily unelected from the Texas Legislature. I have no regrets. I always do what I believe is right. That is not politically expedient, but it helps me sleep at night.

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But what he doesn’t know is that you are not a fool. You, like me, are an American. And no man will own your heart and mind like this president thinks he owns you.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-no-longer-leader-texas-gop-lawmaker-says-time-impeach-trump-putin-meeting/amp/?__twitter_impression=true


By Jason Villalba, State representative, R-Dallas

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Jul 18, 2018, 11:21 AM (6 replies)

People of higher intelligence loved his Helsinki performance.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1019520574371123200?s=20


Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki. Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting. We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come!

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Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Jul 18, 2018, 06:38 AM (21 replies)

Trump and Putin vs. America

From the beginning of his administration, President Trump has responded to every new bit of evidence from the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A. that Russia intervened in our last election on his behalf by either attacking Barack Obama or the Democrats for being too lax — never President Vladimir Putin of Russia for his unprecedented cyberhit on our democratic process. Such behavior by an American president is so perverse, so contrary to American interests and values, that it leads to only one conclusion: Donald Trump is either an asset of Russian intelligence or really enjoys playing one on TV.

Everything that happened in Helsinki today only reinforces that conclusion. My fellow Americans, we are in trouble and we have some big decisions to make today. This was a historic moment in the entire history of the United States.

There is overwhelming evidence that our president, for the first time in our history, is deliberately or through gross negligence or because of his own twisted personality engaged in treasonous behavior — behavior that violates his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Trump vacated that oath today, and Republicans can no longer run and hide from that fact. Every single Republican lawmaker will be — and should be — asked on the election trail: Are you with Trump and Putin or are you with the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A.?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/opinion/trump-and-putin-vs-america.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Mon Jul 16, 2018, 08:32 PM (0 replies)

Why hasn't Trump registered as an agent of a foreign government?

He seems to fit the definition under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is a United States law passed in 1938 requiring that agents representing the interests of foreign powers in a "political or quasi-political capacity" disclose their relationship with the foreign government and information about related activities and finances. The purpose is to facilitate "evaluation by the government and the American people of the statements and activities of such persons." The law is administered by the FARA Registration Unit of the Counterespionage Section (CES) in the National Security Division (NSD) of the United States Department of Justice.[1] As of 2007 the Justice Department reported there were approximately 1,700 lobbyists representing more than 100 countries before Congress, the White House and the federal government.[2]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Agents_Registration_Act
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Mon Jul 16, 2018, 07:00 AM (1 replies)

Turn off the lights.

https://twitter.com/owillis/status/1017792436779864064

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Jul 13, 2018, 12:57 PM (1 replies)

'Still Can't Believe It Worked': The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue

It took plastic cocoons and anti-anxiety pills, bravery and providence, to save the soccer team. “So many things could have gone wrong,” said one official.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/world/asia/thailand-cave-rescue-seals.html#click=https://t.co/60uFKlbv9V


More details on how the soccer team was rescued. It's even more suspenseful than we knew. There were some very close calls.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:47 PM (9 replies)

Trump says NATO nations make major new defense spending commitments after he upends summit

Source: Washington Post

BRUSSELS — President Trump upended the NATO summit here Thursday by calling an emergency meeting of leaders and threatening that if all member countries do not immediately increase their defense spending commitments, the United States would go it alone, according to diplomats with knowledge of the private discussions.

It was not clear whether Trump was threatening a U.S. withdrawal from NATO, but some diplomats perceived his comments that way.

Trump told NATO leaders that if they did not meet their defense spending targets of 2 percent of gross domestic product by January, the United States would go it alone, according to two officials briefed on the meeting. The officials said Trump threatened to “do his own thing.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/trump-upends-nato-summit-demanding-immediate-spending-increases-or-he-willdo-his-own-thing/2018/07/12/a3818cc6-7f0a-11e8-a63f-7b5d2aba7ac5_story.html?utm_term=.4f7d6fb85aa3



Can Trump really pull us out of NATO on his own or does he need Congressional approval?
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Jul 12, 2018, 06:28 AM (25 replies)

And now, for the rest of the story.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1016754517415624704

A recent Emerson College ePoll said that most Americans, especially Hispanics, feel that they are better off under President Trump than they were under President Obama.

1:42 PM - Jul 10, 2018
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But that tweet doesn’t tell the whole story, according to the Emerson professor who helped lead the study.

Although some aspects of the president’s tweet are based in truth, the overall sentiment is an exaggeration that cherry-picks from the poll, said Spencer Kimball, an adviser to Emerson College Polling.

For one, the poll, which came out Monday, specifically asked respondents whether they are “better or worse off financially than you were two years ago.” The question asks about personal financial standing and does not mention Obama.

“We were asking specifically about finances,” Kimball said, “which is a stretch to then say what the president has put out there with the ‘Obama’ because it doesn’t have Obama in the question.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/07/10/trump-just-tweeted-about-emerson-college-poll-but-his-facts-weren-quite-right/SkKC6RatNX86J4m7bTNsgN/story.html


This is a pretty interesting article showing how the truth can be twisted.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Jul 11, 2018, 11:56 AM (2 replies)

Diplomatic malpractice.

Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” recoiled in horror as they watched President Donald Trump rant against Germany and other NATO allies at a breakfast event opening an annual summit.

Host Joe Scarborough said the president was obviously and clumsily trying to impress Russian president Vladimir Putin, whose longterm strategic goal is to weaken or break up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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Nick Burns, who served as ambassador to NATO under George W. Bush, strongly condemned the president’s statements and behavior.

“It’s just infuriating to watch this happen,” Burns said. “You cannot imagine any American president, all the way back 75 years, deciding to become the critic-in-chief of NATO. I mean, it’s Orwellian. He’s making our friends out to be our enemies and treating our enemies like Putin as our friends.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/diplomatic-malpractice-ex-nato-ambassador-torches-trumps-orwellian-breakfast-tirade-allies/
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Jul 11, 2018, 11:19 AM (0 replies)
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