Misadventures of a minority-elect President 23

Trump is gutting the EPA despite claims of loving clean air and water, escalating his campaign or terrorizing immigrants, destroying laws to increase his profits at everyone else’s expense, Trump’s raging tweets due to growing frustration over his own malfeasance, still trying to deflect attention from his growing scandals, White House backtracking on Trump’s wiretapping claims, the mad insanity of Donald Trump, Trump’s conspiracy theory over wiretapping started by right-wing radio host, another leaked video shows trouble in Trump’s land of delusion, Trump’s team trying desperately to pacify him, some say Trump must be removed from Twitter, Trump signs second attempt at Muslim ban by Executive Order, far-right media gives Trump answers to his questions, more evidence our distractor-in-chief trying to make the public avoid what matters in his lackluster presidency, mistaking his stupidity for cleverness, Trump’s travel ban 2.0 will probably still face legal problems, we’ll soon find out how far alternative facts can take your failing presidency, Trump – the enigma, suffering from an inferiority complex over his predecessor and more.

Trump Says He Loves Clean Air and Water. So Why Is He Gutting the EPA? article from Mother Jones. –

“The dirty details of the president’s environmental policies.

Even President Donald Trump likes clean water and air. During his speech to Congress Tuesday night, Trump certainly didn’t dwell on the matter: His pledge to “promote clean air and water” was lumped in a sentence with commitments to work with both parties, push for paid family leave, and “invest in women’s health.” But it was still there.

No matter who you ask—Republicans or Democrats—everyone likes to breathe air and drink water that won’t kill them. Air and water poll so well, in fact, that Republicans will almost never come out and say that their policies might actually make them dirtier. Trump used similar lines about clean air and water throughout the campaign, saying things like, “We are going to work very, very hard on clean air and clean water.” The subject also appears near the bottom of the energy section of the White House website…”

Teed off: Critics say Trump water rule helps his golf links article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –

Trump administration escalates campaign of fear and terror against immigrants article from the World Socialist Web Site. –

“Another week of the Trump administration’s campaign against undocumented immigrants has brought another round of atrocious cases in which longstanding US residents have been snatched from their families and either jailed or deported.

The litany of horrors has been almost entirely ignored by the national media and the Democratic Party, which is focused on a ferocious battle within the state over foreign policy. It is not the administration’s brutal crackdown on immigrant workers that is the subject of criticism from within the political establishment, but Trump’s ties to Russia.

On Tuesday, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after dropping his daughter off at school in Los Angeles. Two carloads of ICE agents stopped the car that the 48-year-old Avelica was driving and arrested him in front of his wife and 13-year-old daughter. The father of four US citizen children, Avelica has lived in southern California since he was 21 and has worked steadily throughout that time, 60 and 70 hours a week, in local restaurants…”

What people are saying about White House call for inquiry article from ABC News. –

Why are Trump supporters taking to the streets? article from the Christian Science Monitor on Yahoo! News. –

Inside Trump’s fury: The president rages at leaks, setbacks and accusations article from the San Francisco Chronicle. –

“President Donald Trump spent the weekend at “the winter White House,” Mar-a-Lago, the secluded Florida castle where he is king. The sun sparkles off the glistening lawn and warms the russet clay Spanish tiles, and the steaks are cooked just how he likes them (well done). His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner – celebrated as calming influences on the tempestuous president – joined him. But they were helpless to contain his fury.

Trump was mad – steaming, raging mad.

Trump’s young presidency has existed in a perpetual state of chaos. The issue of Russia has distracted from what was meant to be his most triumphant moment: his address last Tuesday to a joint session of Congress. And now his latest unfounded accusation – that Barack Obama tapped Trump’s phones during last fall’s campaign – had been denied by the former president and doubted by both allies and fellow Republicans…”

Ex-CIA director on wiretap claim: Trump apparently ‘forgot that he was president’ article from Yahoo! News. –

More claims that Trump is desperately trying to deflect attention away from his growing list of scandals.

E.J. Dionne: Trump has gone completely through the looking glass article from the Salt Lake Tribune. –

“WASHINGTON • Donald Trump’s astonishing and reckless accusation that he was wiretapped on orders from President Obama should finally be the tipping point in how the country views him and his presidency.

Obama, through a spokesman, said the charges were “simply false.” It appears that Trump issued his wild tweet storm Saturday morning largely on the basis of reports in conspiracy-minded right-wing media.

He signaled his lack of evidence first by reportedly pushing his White House staff to ransack sensitive intelligence information to find support for his claim. Then on Sunday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wanted Congress to look into the matter and that the administration would offer no further comment…”

White House Spokeswoman Walks Back Trump Wiretapping Claims article from the Huffington Post. –

Birth of a conspiracy theory: How Trump’s wiretap claim got started article from CNN. –

Right-wing radio host Mark Levin started our minority-elect President’s conspiracy theory and Breitbart took the bait.

The mad insanity of Donald Trump article from Capitol Hill Blue. –

“After managing to read, pretty much word for word, text written for him by someone else in a speech to a joint session of Congress and managing, briefly, to appear “almost presidential,” Donald J. Trump reverted to his manic self with paranoid Twitter “tweets” claiming former President Barack Obama wiretapped him and got into a pissing contest with Arnold Schwarzenegger over “The Apprentice” television show.

The pathetic and dangerous insanity of the 45th President continues to dominate his floundering opening of his administration.

Republicans and Democrats alike shook their heads Saturday after reading Trump’s latest Twitter Tsunami and increasingly wonder how much time is left before something will need to be done to remove the man elected to office by the largest minority of voters in American history.

Some see Trump as a modern version of Charles Foster Kane, the title character of Orson Welles great film, Citizen Kane, about a deranged millionaire, modeled on publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst…”

The Messed Wing: Video Emerges of Trump’s Purported Tirade Against Steven Bannon, Reince Priebus article from Inside Edition on Yahoo! News. –

Another leaked video shows trouble in Trump’s land of delusion.

Team Trump tries to pacify its ‘raging mad’ president article by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

“NBC News confirmed the details over the weekend of an Oval Office discussion on Friday in which Donald Trump “furiously blasted senior staff.” The president was apparently furious over Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself in the Russia probe just one day after Trump said he shouldn’t.

The Washington Post had a similar report overnight, noting that Trump summoned his senior aides on Friday morning for a meeting in which he “simmered with rage.” The president wanted Sessions to ignore the pressure, “fighting with the full defenses of the White House.”

The piece added, “As reporters began to hear about the Oval Office meeting, [White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus] interrupted his Friday afternoon schedule to dedicate more than an hour to calling reporters off the record to deny that the outburst had actually happened.”

Oh. In other words, Priebus spent more than an hour lying to reporters…”

John Oliver explains how Trump’s growing Russia scandal is like Watergate, only stupider article from the Week. –

Beau Willimon On Donald Trump: “POTUS Must Be Removed From Twitter” article from DEADLINE on Yahoo! News. –

The ‘Morning Joe’-Donald Trump Bromance Is Over article from the Daily Beast. –

When Trump has questions, far-right media gives him answers article by Rachel Maddow from MSNBC. –

“Fairly early on Saturday morning, Donald Trump started sharing some thoughts. Before hitting the golf course again, the president told the public that he’d “just found out” that former President Obama tapped his phones during the presidential election. “This is Nixon/Watergate,” the Republican said. “Bad (or sick) guy!”

Almost immediately, nearly everyone, including White House officials, began wondering where the president heard this unhinged conspiracy theory. As NBC News and other major news organizations reported, it wasn’t from official sources.

A senior U.S. official in a position to know told NBC News that Trump’s allegations have no merit, and the president did not consult with people within the U.S. government who would know the validity of the charge before making claims on his favored communications platform.

It seems safe to assume Trump “just found out” about this deeply strange conspiracy by reading a report from Breitbart News, a right-wing website that was run by his chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon…”

Analysis: The Trump White House faces multiple threats seeking to investigate itself article from the Chicago Tribune. –

President Trump: What the new White House has done so far article from UPI. –

Trump signs Muslim ban 2.0 article from Think Progress. –

“On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning nationals from six Muslim-majority countries and halting all refugee resettlement.

The order comes a little over a month after Trump first signed a similar ban, which has since faced multiple legal challenges. Under the new order, nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will not be able to obtain visas to the United States for 90 days. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will determine whether the governments of the targeted countries are providing enough information about their nationals who wish to enter the United States, and reassess whether they should stay banned after the first 90 days.

The order also suspends all refugee resettlement for 120 days, while the DHS reviews “screening procedures to ensure refugees admitted in the future do not pose a security risk to the United States.” The United States will not take in more than 50,000 refugees for the 2017 fiscal year?—?60,000 less than planned under the Obama administration. The order will go into effect on March 16 at 12:01 EST.

The new ban does have some differences from its first version, which has now been revoked. Nationals of Iraq will not be targeted under this order, due to “negotiations that have taken place between the Government of Iraq and the U.S. Department of State in the last month,” according to a fact sheet from the White House. Legal permanent residents (green card holders), dual nationals, current visa holders, diplomats, and people who have already been granted asylum or refugee status are not affected under this order. There will be case-by-case exceptions for other nationals of the targeted countries. This eliminates some of the confusion from the first ban. Syrian refugees are also no longer singled out for an indefinite ban under the new order…”

On Trump’s wiretap allegations, White House’s defenses don’t add up article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

The Distractor-in-Chief: Trump Counts on Media Falling for His Off-the-Wall Tweets and Failing to Focus on What Matters article from AlterNet. –

Trump’s charge that he was wiretapped takes presidency into new territory article from the Chicago Tribune. –

Donald Trump thinks he was pretty clever shifting the Russia focus to Barack Obama. He wasn’t article from the Telegraph on Yahoo! News. –

“For a White House that so disdains the media, it sure spends a lot of time obsessing about it. After the giant sigh of relief that met President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress a week ago, the unveiling of a pared-back Muslim-majority country travel ban was put back to allow the glow to linger a little longer. But that went out the window twenty four hours later with the revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had lied about meeting with the Russian ambassador.

Rendered apoplectic, not least by Mr Sessions’ decision (cowardly, in his view) to recuse himself from all further investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s election, Mr Trump then found a way to change that conversation again by making the explosive claim in a series of Tweets on Saturday morning that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower in October without offering any evidence to support it…”

Trump’s new travel ban could still face legal problems article from McClatchy News. –

Trump’s Obama Gambit: It’s Utter Nonsense – but Not as Dumb as It Seems article from AlterNet. –

The Trump Experiment May Come to an Early Tipping Point article from Common Dreams. –

We’ll soon find out how far alternative facts can take a failed presidency:

“President Trump’s astonishing and reckless accusation that he was wiretapped on orders from President Barack Obama should finally be the tipping point in how the country views him and his presidency.

Obama, through a spokesman, said the charges were “simply false.” On Sunday afternoon, the New York Times reported that FBI Director James Comey had asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s claim. It appears that Trump issued his wild tweet storm Saturday morning largely on the basis of reports in conspiracy-minded right-wing media.

He signaled his lack of evidence first by reportedly pushing his White House staff to ransack sensitive intelligence information to find support for his claim. Then on Sunday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wanted Congress to look into the matter and that the administration would offer no further comment.

Trump has a problem either way. If he was not wiretapped, he invented a spectacularly false charge. And if a court ordered some sort of surveillance of him, on what grounds did it do so?…”

Trump – The Enigma article from Information Clearing House. –

“March 05, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – President Trump may be wondering himself about the miracles and mysteries and confusions he creates. As a megalomaniac, he is the only one who knows everything. His ideas range and flash from right to left, crisscrossing the political spectrum to favor the globalized world – and yet he is largely acting against globalization – and in the ‘interest of people’. That would be great.

He also seeks truth by telling truth; that Obama and Hillary created ISIS and the CIA created Al Qaeda, that 9/11 was not the way the Nine-Eleven Commission says it was, and that the Government lies about statistics. Poverty, unemployment and inflation figures are much higher than those published by the various US statistical offices. He loves BREXIT, congratulating Teresa May for it, and joyfully predicts the end of the European Union and of the Euro. It would be a good thing for the world. But does he mean what he says? – As a megalo he loves to be an Enigma.

The non- intervention policy – as candidate Trump he said he would not intervene in other countries’ affairs. Fair enough. That’s what most of the world wants; that’s what most of the Americans who voted for him want. Yet, Donald Trump, the almighty, along with his chief vassals of Europe, France, Germany and the UK, has just tried imposing new sanctions on Syria, among other deceitful allegations, because of some military commanders’ use of toxic gas attacks. By now, most of the informed world knows that this is a lie and nothing but a UN proven lie – a lie that has been repeated since the beginning of the CIA imposed war on Syria in 2011 to justify ‘regime change’…

…Trump, the enigma. These are just a few of the bountiful contradictions and controversies of the new Trump Administration. If he manages to stop Globalization, the nefarious trade deals set up under Obama, bringing back the work force to the US, rehabilitating his country’s decaying infrastructure and bringing back security to the common citizen, plus decent health care and education – and foremost, keeping wars at bay, then he has achieved more for the US and the rest of the world than any of his predecessors for the last 100-plus years. – To be fair, The Donald, less than 50 days in office, deserves the benefit of the doubt, as anybody would who dares oppose and attack the “fake news” lie culture of western media.”

Trump rages over the comparison of his weak performance and the accomplishments of President Obama article from the Daily Kos. –

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