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A Month of Trump

 

Exhibit One: The Weather Report
 
It should be noted, as we discuss the various candidate climate plans that the Trump administration plan is "steer toward the cliff and slam your foot on the gas."
— Seth Dee Michaels ?????? (@sethdmichaels) September 4, 2019
 
 
They should have called this hurricane "Donald" instead of "Dorian" because it's slow, it has no direction, and it destroys everything it touches.
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) September 3, 2019
 
Three former NOAA administrators, Jane Lubchenco, D. James Baker and Kathryn D. Sullivan, write at The Washington Post about the dangers of politicizing the weather:

Even a hint that a forecast or warning was influenced by politics would undermine the public’s trust and the ability to respond quickly and effectively under potentially life-threatening conditions. 
If political appointees overrule trained scientists, imposing political concerns on scientific matters, they endanger public safety as well as the credibility and morale of the agency charged with protecting that safety.
 
Exhibit Two: Foreign Affairs (No, not that kind this time)
 
Exclusive: The US extracted one of its top spies from Russia in 2017, worried about exposure and Trump’s handling of intelligence
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 9, 2019
The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.
The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian spy specifically, prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure, according to the source directly involved in the matter.
 
Aaron David Miller, a senior fellow for American Diplomacy and U.S. Foreign Policy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writes about Trump’s proposed meeting with the Taliban at Camp David:
Symbolism. It’s awful. Sure you negotiate with your enemies. But you don't host Taliban leaders at your historic presidential retreat days after they claimed responsibility for yet another deadly attack in Kabul that killed a U.S. serviceman and 11 others, not to mention the deaths of thousands of their fellow Afghans and U.S. forces over the years.
It’s also very bad negotiating. At least in Arafat’s case, he had recognized Israel, had been negotiating with the Israelis for years before, and while his commitment to forswear violence was pretty empty, Palestinian and Israeli security cooperation was robust and often effective.
 
Some Air Force crew members are getting nice Trump-owned digs abroad. Since 2017, the Pentagon has reportedly spent at least $184,000 at Trump’s Scottish Turnberry resort. The bulk of the cost has gone to accommodations for several dozen flight crews making refueling stops. In the previous two years, the Defense Department spent far less at Trump Turnberry: $64,380. See any potential conflicts here?
- The New York Times
 
 
$10 million from cyber operations and $26 million from warship maintenance. Good thing there hasn't been a spate of cyber-attacks against US infrastructure. Or for that matter we haven't had any lethal collisions involving Navy Destroyers that nearly sank.
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) September 4, 2019
 
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Israeli officials “played” Donald Trump during talks, using “misinformation” to manipulate the president. He warned that a “healthy amount of skepticism” is necessary when dealing with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“They did that with the president on a couple of occasions, to persuade him that ‘we’re the good guys, they’re the bad guys,’” Tillerson said at a panel discussion Tuesday at Harvard University.
 
Exhibit Three: Domestic Affairs (Usually Undocumented)
 
Here’s the backstory: On September 13, progressive activist Adam Green posted video of Omar dancing to a Lizzo track during a Congressional Black Caucus event that had taken place earlier that day. On Monday, Williams posted the video of Omar dancing to Lizzo, but falsely claimed it was filmed on September 11.
“GET THIS WOMAN OUT OF OFFICE,” Williams wrote, above the video. “Ilhan Omar partied on the anniversary of 9/11 because she believes ‘Some People Just Did Somethings.’ President Trump was bashed for playing golf On MLK day but it’s okay for Omar to party?” On Wednesday morning, Trump himself shared Williams’s tweet, writing above it, “IIhan Omar, a member of AOC Plus 3, will win us the Great State of Minnesota. The new face of the Democrat Party!”
 
President Trump says new border wall has technology.
The General with him;
"Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing that."
-Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 19, 2019

Exhibit Four: The Reality Show Gangsta

Wow, my colleagues are good. Trumps interaction with the foreign leader included a promise that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower, the officials said.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) September 19, 2019
 
Trump: PLEASE IMPEACH ME, IM TIRED AND I WANT TO GO HOME! LOOK, IM EXTORTING A FOREIGN LEADER FOR PERSONAL GAIN!
Pelosi: No Donald, I’ll never impeach you. I’m going to make you suffer.
— Mig Greengard (@chessninja) September 20, 2019
 
Trump White House accidentally sends talking points to Democrats – then demands the email be ‘recalled’
 
WASHINGTON — President Trump expressed disgust Thursday morning with the explosive whistleblower complaint, slamming the intelligence officer and the White House aides who helped him or her as “almost a spy” and suggested it was treason.
Speaking at a private breakfast in New York, Trump described reporters as “scum” and raged at the Democrats’ new impeachment proceedings, which were spurred by the whistleblower’s complaint alleging that Trump tried to strong-arm Ukraine’s leader to interfere in the 2020 election.

[…]

“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” he continued. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
   _LA Times
 
At The Exit: On the Other Hand
 
"I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election."
Every American should read this whistleblower complaint.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 26, 2019
 
Hmm, that seems a little long for a election slogan.
You're never going to fit that on your bumper stickers.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) September 26, 2019
 

Unkwil

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