Trump Being Trump…

Woo Hoo! Add another item to Trump’s list of oops. Either this guy is stupider that many thought or else he is so delusional that he thinks because he’s “president” nothing can touch him.

AXIOS – One day after tweeting that he had “not spoken to Roger [Stone] in a long time,” President Trump called Stone after watching him on various news shows in the aftermath of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, per The New Yorker.

The reason for Trump’s call: Simply to tell Stone that he did a good job on television — not surprising, as Trump is known to value loyalty above all else.

But a wrinkle: Because Stone is a witness at the center of the federal government’s Russia investigation, this could compound potential obstruction of justice concerns for Trump. One of Obama’s White House ethics lawyers told The New Yorker: “Trump just added another item to the investigators’ checklist.”

Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic Toc…

 

Trump’s Infatuation With Dictators…

If the following article is not enough to make every red-blooded American patriot’s blood boil nothing will. Trump is a dangerous threat to our democratic republic and its ultimate survival. Should he survive and his agenda be fully implemented our representative democracy as we have none it will be gone

USA TODAY – President Trump makes more money when he embraces regimes that violate human rights. From the Philippines to China and Turkey to Saudi Arabia, the president’s adoration for authoritarian abusers is bad for those being oppressed but good for his wallet.

Staggering conflicts of interest that directly link Trump’s bank account to despots around the world are already transforming U.S. foreign policy. Trump is selling America’s moral authority to make more money by slapping TRUMP on shimmering new buildings.

Last week, a transcript leaked of a call between Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Trump praised Duterte for the “unbelievable job” on dealing with “the drug problem.” He was referring to a state-sponsored murder campaign dressed up as an anti-drug initiative. Duterte’s goverment uses death squads to kill people in cold blood in the streets. An estimated 7,000 people have already been slaughtered. Most victims are poor. There is substantial evidence that the police often kill first, plant drugs on the victim second, and then falsely claim self-defense third.

More BELOW THE FOLD.

Its Fake News, Unless It Fits The Trump Line…

Again we see the glaring Trump hypocrisy. After months of calling credible news sources fake news and criticising the media use of anonymous sources Trump tweets a Fox “News” story that, well, uses an anonymous source. It just so happens the Fox “News”  report was a pushback against report Jared Kushner attempted to establish backdoor communication links with the Russians.

THE HILL – President Trump on Tuesday retweeted a Fox News report citing an anonymous source that pushes back on another report that White House aide Jared Kushner tried to establish back channel communications with Moscow.

Trump’s retweet comes just days after the president blasted the use of anonymous sources in news reports.

The Fox News report Trump shared is titled “Jared Kushner didn’t suggest Russian communications channel in meeting, source says.” It pushes back on a Washington Post story last week that said Kushner in December sought to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and Moscow during a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The Fox News item says Kushner spoke with Kislyak about Syria during the December meeting. It added that during that meeting, the Russians “broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner.”

It cites a source familiar with the matter and says the idea of a permanent back channel was not talked about.

Trump on Sunday, though, went after leaking of information and warned people not to trust stories that include the words “sources say.”

“Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names…it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. is the enemy!” Trump tweeted.

Trump and his aides often rail on the media and the use of anonymous sources, calling news outlets and negative stories “fake news.”

Just another example of the Trump hypocrisy. Apparently only news outlets that fail to kiss up to the BLOTUS are fake and only anonymous sources that support the BLOTUS are credible.

We are in for a very long slog I’m afraid.

The 4th Circuit Court Of Appeals Upholds Freeze On Trump’s Travel Ban…

High Fives to the 4th Circuit, and a big thumbs down to Trump and Sessions. May the SCOTUS uphold the 4th Circuit Appellate Courts decision.

The Washington Post – A federal appeals court on Thursday left in place the freeze on President Trump’s revised entry ban, handing the administration another legal setback in its efforts to block the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.

The broad, decisive ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit means the Trump administration still cannot enforce its travel order that the government says is urgently needed for national security.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court.

In a 10-to-3 decision, the Richmond-based court said the president’s power to deny entry into the United States is not absolute and sided with challengers, finding that the travel ban “in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination. (emphasis mine)”

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