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Is Trump A Good Guy? Bad Guy? Political Genius? A Nut?

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    Steve Bannon has a legitimate point


    By Fareed Zakaria
    Sunday
    Posted at 6:00 AM

    The fire and fury over Michael Wolff’s book has largely centered on the personalities and power struggles within the White House. But behind all of that lies an important political development, one that explains the real rift between Donald Trump and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. President Trump seems to have abandoned populism.

    Remember candidate Trump? His signature issue was immigration, on which he promised an unyielding hard line, including a border wall and mass deportations. His “Contract with the American Voter” was brimming with populist measures, from tough actions against China to a trillion-dollar public works program. His economic plans focused on goodies for the middle class, from a 35 percent tax cut for middle-class families to deductions for child and elderly care. He called for severe restrictions on lobbying and for term limits on members of Congress.

    Trump’s final campaign ad featured images of billionaire financier George Soros, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen and Goldman Sachs’ CEO Lloyd Blankfein, darkly narrated by a Trump speech in which he warns against the “global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.”

    Flash forward to President Trump today. There is no wall, and the president now speaks of a “bill of love” that could offer a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants he once promised to deport. His relations with China have been decidedly chummy, as have those with another country he excoriated on the campaign trail, Saudi Arabia. The main focus of his economic program has been to return vast sums of money to large corporations. Most of his tax law’s benefits go to those firms and to people in the highest income brackets.

    Oh, and these economic policies are being designed and implemented by Blankfein’s former No. 2 at Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn, and a former Goldman partner, Steven Mnuchin.

    More so than the personality clashes between Bannon and Jared Kushner, and the gossip about who is up and down in the White House, this is the great divide that developed in the early months of the Trump administration. Bannon must have watched with incredulity as the candidate who campaigned as a fiery outsider against the Republican establishment essentially handed over the reins of his government to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell is quoted in Wolff’s book as saying, “This president will sign whatever is put in front of him.” Moments after Trump blasted Bannon last week, McConnell’s political team tweeted out a GIF of the majority leader beaming.

    Where did Trump’s populism come from in the first place? To answer this question, the book to read is not Wolff’s gossipy confection but Joshua Green’s highly intelligent “Devil’s Bargain.” In it, Green points out that Trump had a mish-mash of political views that leaned in no particular direction. But he began going on talk radio and addressing conservative audiences and realized that it was not economics but social and cultural issues like immigration that got the crowds fired up. Trump was initially “indifferent to the idea” of a wall, according to Green, but campaign aide Sam Nunberg is quoted as saying that when Trump tried out the idea for the first time at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January 2015, “the place just went nuts.”

    Unencumbered by any deep ideology of his own or any ethical qualms — as demonstrated by his embrace of birtherism, for example — Trump was able to adopt these issues far more quickly than his 16 competitors in the Republican primaries. He distinguished himself by taking on the most hard-line positions, and thus winning over the GOP base. That, in addition to his colorful, charismatic style, created a bond between him and a new bulwark of the Republican Party, the white working class, that appears, for now, unbreakable.

    I don’t agree with many of Steve Bannon’s proposals, but he was surely right in recognizing the populist fury that runs through a large swath of the country. One wonders what will happen to it as time passes and Trump’s voters notice that they have ended up with something quite different than they had imagined. During the presidential transition, Bannon told Wolff that the Trump era would be like America in the 1930s, with a massive public works program that would get blue-collar workers back into shipyards, mills and mines. Instead we appear to have a return to the 1920s, an era of unrestrained capitalism, giddy market exuberance, a shrunken state and dramatically rising inequality. Is this what the laid-off steelworker in Ohio voted for?

    Fareed Zakaria’s email address is comments@fareedzakaria.com.

    http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/20180114/steve-bannon-has-legitimate-point
     
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    Trump’s nuclear-button tweet was a stroke of ‘stable genius’


    By By Marc A. Thiessen
    Sunday
    Posted at 6:00 AM

    When the president suggested that he could envision a limited nuclear war with our communist adversary, critics were “horrified” and “appalled” while the regime called his remarks “dangerous madness.”

    The president in question was not Donald Trump. It was Ronald Reagan, who in his first year in office raised the possibility that the United States and the Soviet Union could survive an exchange of tactical nuclear weapons. That same year Richard Pipes, Reagan’s director of East European and Soviet affairs on the National Security Council, told The Post he thought the probability of nuclear war was about 40 percent. These remarks sent a signal to Moscow that Reagan was not like those who came before him. He did not want war, but he would not shy from one if provoked.

    That message was received. In 1981, then-KGB chief and future Soviet leader Yuri Andropov declared at a major KGB conference that Reagan “was actively preparing for war and that a nuclear first strike was possible.” Two years later, Margaret Thatcher shared intelligence from KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky (who was working for the British) that Russian officials were increasingly convinced Reagan was getting ready for a nuclear first strike and was running drills to prepare for it. Indeed, NATO did carry out an exercise for a nuclear exchange - “Able Archer 83″ - which included planes taxiing onto runways with realistic dummy nuclear warheads. Again, Reagan did not disabuse the Soviets of the notion. Quite the opposite: The next year he joked when testing his microphone before his weekly radio address “We begin bombing in five minutes.” The belief of Soviet leaders that Reagan might just be crazy enough to push the nuclear button constrained Soviet behavior and helped make possible a peaceful end to the Cold War.

    Now Trump is trying to send a similar message to the North Korean regime. His recent tweet telling Pyongyang that his nuclear button is “much bigger & more powerful” than Kim Jong Un’s was neither unstable nor stupid. To the contrary, it was part of an intentional campaign designed to get North Korea to understand that Trump, unlike his predecessors, is willing to use force to stop Pyongyang from threatening American cities.

    For decades, the North Koreans have believed that they are untouchable because they can incinerate Seoul with conventional weapons. Now, they are on a crash course to develop and deploy the capability to incinerate U.S. cities with nuclear weapons. They think the pursuit of these weapons is making them even safer. Trump is trying to convince them that the opposite is true. The best chance to prevent such a use of force is if North Korea receives and believes this message. So we’d all better hope that Trump succeeds.

    On “Fox News Sunday,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo underscored Trump’s message, declaring that “We want the regime to understand that, unlike before, we are intent on resolving this and it is our firm conviction that resolving this diplomatically is the correct answer but that this administration is prepared to do what it takes to assure that people in Los Angeles, in Denver, in New York are not held at risk from Kim Jong Un having a nuclear weapon.”

    All those in the perpetual outrage machine who are calling Trump a “madman” for his tweet are also inadvertently helping him send that message to Pyongyang — just as Reagan’s critics helped convince Moscow that he was a madman.

    Are Trump’s threats of military action a bluff? No. As national security adviser H.R. McMaster recently explained, Trump is “not going to allow this murderous, rogue regime to threaten the United States with the most destructive weapons on the planet.” Trump tweeted in August that “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”

    This does not mean nuclear war. If North Korea persists in testing, it could involve a targeted military strike taking out Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and nuclear facilities. Furthermore, as my American Enterprise Institute colleague Oriana Skylar Mastro recently pointed out, “Kim understands that a second Korean War would end with his demise, and therefore he has incentives to avoid such escalation. Assuming Kim is rational then, it is possible that the United States could conduct a limited surgical strike and North Korea’s response would be minimal.”

    Trump’s tweets are intended to prevent us from getting to that point. They are not only entirely rational but also strategically smart. Let’s hope his critics keep questioning his sanity, because it can only help convince Kim that Trump is serious.

    Marc Thiessen writes a this column for The Washington Post on foreign and domestic policy and contributes to the PostPartisan blog. He is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

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    Foreign governments, candidates, trade groups spent at Trump properties: report
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    Sixty-four trade groups, foreign governments, Republican candidates and others stayed at or held events at properties linked to U.S. President Donald Trump during Trump's first year in office, a political watchdog group said in a report released on Tuesday.

    The arrangements represented "unprecedented conflicts of interest" because Trump oversees the federal government and has not divested from properties he owns or that carry his name, Public Citizen, a nonpartisan group, said in the report.

    Shortly before taking office last year, Trump said he would hand off control of his global business empire to his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and move his assets into a trust to help ensure that he would not consciously take actions as president that would benefit him personally.

    Many government and private ethics watchdogs said the president should have gone farther, divesting assets that could cause a conflict of interest.

    The White House declined comment on the Public Citizen report, which is based on filings to the U.S. Federal Election Commission and news stories. It referred the issue to the Trump Organization. A spokesperson there did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Representatives of four foreign governments - Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - held events at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the report said. That hotel, just blocks from the White House, was the most popular Trump property, accounting for more than half the 64 events.

    Public Citizen has joined 17 Democratic lawmakers in suing the U.S. General Services Administration for documents regarding the Trump Organization's 2013 lease of the property from the U.S. government.

    FEC records, which require disclosing campaign expenditures over $100, show that 24 groups backing candidates for Congress held events, most of them fundraisers, at Trump properties. All, like the U.S. president, were Republicans.

    Also holding events at Trump properties were oil and mining interests, representatives of the vaping industry and a college football team, the report said. It did not cite a figure for the combined spending of the 64 groups at Trump properties.

    (Reporting by Warren Strobel; Additional reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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    Trump fueling assault on democracy, report says
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    2 hrs ago



    President Donald Trump often claims that he has achieved unprecedented levels of success during his first year in office but a damning assessment from one non-partisan group warns that the administration's attacks on the press and brash foreign policy approach have intensified the ongoing global assault on democracy.

    Released Tuesday by the watchdog group Freedom House, the new report concluded that the Trump administration has facilitated the erosion of American democratic standards and contributed to the decline of global freedom.

    "Democracy is under assault and in retreat around the globe, a crisis that has intensified as America's democratic standards erode at an accelerating pace," a summary of the report states.

    The report found that 2017 marked the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom with states like Turkey, Venezuela, Poland and Tunisia among the 71 countries registering declines in standards.

    That trend illustrates the "fragility of freedom and democracy when institutions have not been established," according to Republican Ohio governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich.

    While Freedom House has tracked a slow trend of decline in the US over the last seven years, that decline accelerated in 2017 due to "growing evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, violations of basic ethical standards by the new administration, and a reduction in government transparency."

    Trump's 'unprecedented attacks' on the press

    While the press and judiciary have "remained resilient" in the face of Trump's "unprecedented attacks," Freedom House warned that the administration's combative media tactics could ultimately weaken those key institutions -- a result that would carry significant implications for US democracy and America's standing in the world.

    "The core institutions of American democracy are being battered by an administration that has treated the country's traditional checks and balances with disdain," said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.

    Kasich, who has been a vocal critic of the current administration at times, warned that Trump's attacks on the press could also encourage a growing number of authoritarian regimes to further restrict freedom of speech in their own countries.

    "My concern is I don't want any autocrats to look at what's happening here and apply it to their own countries," he told reporters.

    Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is expected to deliver a floor speech on Wednesday in which he will compare Trump's attacks on the news media to the rhetoric of late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

    According to an excerpt of the speech, Flake will criticize the President for calling the news media the "enemy of the people," calling it "an assault as unprecedented as it is unwarranted."

    Flake made clear in an interview Monday with CNN, however, that he did not intend to compare Trump to Stalin but wanted to note that the President's attack on the press as "the enemy of the people" recalled Stalin.

    Opening the door for Russia

    On the international stage, the report said that the administration has abdicated the US's traditional role as a "leading champion of democracy" and opened the door for repressive nations like China and Russia to extend their global influence.

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright pointed to Russia's "orchestrated anti-democratic campaign" as one of the most complex factors currently at work.

    "We are dealing with a KGB officer playing a weak hand really well," she said of Russian President Vladimir Putin, pointing to his strategy of undermining American democracy and dividing the US from other democratic countries.

    "I think we have to see this is asymmetric but really be aware of what's really going on," she said.

    Last week, Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin released a report that concluded the US will not be prepared to defend against possible Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections or the 2020 presidential contest unless it takes action now.

    Titled "Putin's Asymmetrical Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe: Implications for U.S. National Security," the report draws from European experience to outline ways in which Russia's "malign influence operations" can be deterred.

    It also highlights Trump's repeated refusal to acknowledge US intelligence assessments that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

    "Without leadership from the President, any attempt to marshal such a response will be inherently weakened at the outset," it says. "President Trump has been negligent in acknowledging and responding to the threat to US national security posed by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's meddling."

    The administration pushed back against the report and a statement from the National Security Council said: "There will most certainly be consequences for those who seek to interfere with our elections."

    But the Trump administration's fundamental view on US responsibility to protecting global democracy presents challenges to the struggle against authoritarian regimes, according to the report.

    "The Trump administration has made a sharp break from the political consensus of the last 70 years by casting aside democracy as the animating force behind American foreign policy," Abramowitz said.

    "The hastening withdrawal of the United States from its historical commitment to supporting democracy overseas makes the challenge posed by authoritarian regimes all the more powerful and threatening," he added.

    Albright echoed Abramowitz's concern over the US failing to set the example for other nations.

    "One thing we've said is compromise is important -- at this moment we are not a great example," she said. "We are an exceptional country but exceptions can't be made for us."

    Kasich raised concerns that Trump administration's threats of unilateral action to undermine the Iran nuclear deal and "confusing" push to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could have serious repercussions with key US allies.

    Fueling the fire

    Concerns that the US is retreating as a leader of global democracy have only been magnified by recent criticism over Trump's disparaging remarks about immigrants from the African continent and Haiti.

    Several US lawmakers and international leaders have slammed the reported comments as racist and a reflection of the administration's willingness to sacrifice American values to pander to a base of supporters who support exclusionary policy measures.

    Trump has rejected accusations of racism in recent days and defended any comments he made during the Oval Office meeting as tough talk on immigration that aligns with his "America First" agenda.

    He has also taken the opportunity to launch another attack on the media, claiming his comments were misrepresented.

    But the controversy and ensuing battle to shape public perception are consistent with many of the administration's actions that prompted criticism in Tuesday's report.

    CNN's Nicole Gaouette contributed to this report.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...y-report-says/ar-AAuKwqJ?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
     
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    Trump's buyers may have laundered money: Investigation finds over a fifth of his US condominiums have been purchased by unidentified organizations in secret and in cash since the 1980s
    • More than a fifth of Trump's condos in the US went to unidentified buyers who paid in secret and in cash, an investigation has found
    • More than 1,300 Trump condominiums were bought by shell companies
    • Treasury Department has said these characteristics suggest the buyers may be laundering money
    • Over $205 million in sales were to business based in foreign countries who are notorious for keeping records and banking information confidential
    • These include the British Virgin Islands, Panama and the Cayman Islands
    • Shell companies buying the properties and all-cash deals are not considered illegal, but are practices that could indicate money laundering
    • Neither the White House nor the Trump Organization responded to repeated requests for comment


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    "characteristics suggest," "practices could."
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    Trump isn’t crazy; he’s Trump

    BY Barbara Res
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 5:00 AM

    I met Donald Trump 40 years ago, when I was a young engineer working for the general contractor on the New York Grand Hyatt Hotel. Trump was the developer.

    After that project, I went to work for Trump as his vice president in charge of construction of Trump Tower, then, on and off, for the next 16 years.

    Over that period, I observed him becoming more and more full of himself and more quirky. He was mercurial, difficult, demanding, mean and petulant. He was also charming, witty, effusive and confident. In other words, pretty much the same as he is now.

    This is the Donald Trump we have as President today. He is the same man. This is who the people elected. He has many traits that many of us now find unacceptable, amateurish and irresponsible. That doesn’t make him crazy.

    In my view, people are confusing Trump’s fitness for the presidency with his mental stability. He was never qualified for the job. People should have known that. Trump is not a great developer, he is not a great businessman and he is not anything like a genius.

    His assertion of being supersmart is nothing new. He always claimed to be smarter than his opposite, whether it was a contractor, architect or city commissioner. Trump bragged about how he graduated at the top of his class at Wharton (he always lied, too; he was apparently a middling student) as proof positive of his brilliance.

    He also talked about the uncle he still conjures up today, who really was a genius, as proof that it is in the genes. That he does this now reflects that he is desperate, not nuts. He is not used to being challenged.

    The more that Trump is forced to confront reality, the more he denies it and goes to extremes to continue his farce. Trump does and has always believed his own deceptions. He says it and it becomes real, at least to him.

    Does having Ivanka and Jared running the show indicate that he is losing it? No. In my experience, Trump always put incompetent people in highly important positions, because he has huge problems trusting people.

    Fred Trump, the old man, taught Donald that honest employees were stupid, and anyone with any brains would steal his boss blind. So Donald turned to his family for their inherent loyalty. Early on, Trump had Ivana involved way beyond her depth, interfering with the construction of the Hyatt and Trump Tower.

    Later, she was put in charge of the Castle Casino, and then made president of the Plaza Hotel. Her only real qualification was that she could be trusted, although Trump did actually expect that she could do it because she was smart.

    Notorious for hiring the very young, Trump put a novice twentysomething who happened to be very pretty in charge of the Miss Universe pageant. Does this sound familiar vis-à-vis Hope Hicks, the young and attractive communications director?

    Because being a sycophant has now become more important to him than ability, Trump’s selection of aides appears incoherent. But he gets what he wants in effusive praise and unwavering adulation.

    I watched Trump go from hiring the best and brightest to hiring the obsequious during the ’90s. He has only gotten worse.

    Mishaps, malapropisms, threats and contradictions have been hallmarks of Trump’s persona for as long as I have known him. That he changes his direction midstream, even midsentence, is consistent with past performance.

    Trump has a singular agenda and an uncanny sense of which way the wind is blowing. He is manipulative and can adapt to the situation when he can’t change it. And without having honesty to constrain him, he can be all over the place.

    Much has been made of Trump’s working hours and golf time. Again, nothing new here. Shortly after I started with Trump, he began coming in later and leaving earlier. The fact is, Trump, in a sense, is never not working. Sitting at a desk is not the determinant.

    Even during his copious television watching, Trump believes he is doing research for his job. If people would accept that Trump’s singular role in life is to promote his agenda, and become richer and more famous, and that he works at that tirelessly, then his conduct makes more sense.

    Trump today is not really different from the man I worked for, he is just more so. More rich, more famous, more powerful, more Trump-like, but not crazy.

    Res is an engineer and attorney. She is the author of a memoir entitled “All Alone on the 68th Floor: How One Woman Changed the Face of Construction.”

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    Trump is officially overweight with BMI of 29.9, takes daily anti-baldness pills and needs to change his diet but is in 'excellent health' overall reveals first medical exam
    • Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who also served Barack Obama, declared Trump to be in 'excellent health'
    • But he advised the 71-year-old to improve his diet and exercise
    • Trump is teetering on the edge of obesity at 239 pounds and a height of 6 feet 3 inches, giving him a BMI of 29.9
    • President is cognitively sound, Jackson said, after giving Trump an assessment that screens for issues like Alzheimer's
    • Assessment came at Trump's request after claims from his critics that he's mentally unsound and may have dementia
    • 'He has incredibly good genes,' Jackson said at hour-long briefing and also said life of abstinence from alcohol and tobacco played a part
    • If he changes his diet and exercises more he could 'live to 200' said presidential doctor


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    Yale Psychiatrist: Why We Cannot Be Silent About Trump's Mental Health


    BANDY X. LEE
    January 17, 2018 6:00 AM

    Questions about Donald Trump's mental fitness to serve as president keep mounting. A historically unprecedented number of mental health professionals have mobilized to express concern about the dangers of the mental instability we see in Mr. Trump, coupled with the power of the presidency. Through the National Coalition of Concerned Mental Health Experts, we called for a full neuropsychiatric examination and a capacity to serve evaluation.

    When Mr. Trump presented for his annual physical exam last week, however, even a standard mental health screen was omitted. He had dismissed concerns by stating he is a "very stable genius," which only further raises them. Mental health experts who tried to raise legitimate questions about his serious psychological, neurological and cognitive signs have been chastised into silence. Leading this effort, sadly, is the American Psychiatric Association, which has denounced what we are doing as "armchair psychiatry."

    By publishing "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President," we hoped to fulfill our duty to the public by providing information that could help preserve its well-being and safety (even the royalties are going into a fund for public service). An alarm may be loud because of the gravity of a danger, but the solution is not simply to shut it off.

    To be clear, we are not diagnosing or trying to break "the Goldwater rule." Armchair psychiatry is precisely what we are trying to avoid by calling for an urgent evaluation based on dangerousness. A reader compared our action to that of a state trooper: When a trooper observes a car being driven recklessly, she isn't assessing that the driver is an alcoholic or a drug addict. The trooper pulls the driver over because he is presenting danger to life and property and must be taken off the road.

    What are the danger signs here? Psychologically, past violence is the best predictor for future violence, and Mr. Trump has engaged in verbal aggression, boasted about sexual assaults, incited violence in his followers and continually provoked a hostile nation with nuclear power. He has also shown impulsivity, recklessness, paranoia, a loose grip on reality, a lack of empathy, rage reactions and a constant need to demonstrate power — and, with the greatest arsenal in human history under his sole command, even a nuclear holocaust is not off the table.

    Cognitively, he has shown a noticeable decline in his ability to form complete sentences, to stay with a thought, to use complex words and not to jump from one topic to another. Given the critical importance of mental sharpness in the office that he now holds, these are also dangerous signs. In terms of functioning, we cannot be sure that he has the capacity to take in needed information and advice, to process that information, and to consider consequences so as to make sound, logical, reality-based choices. Yet he is in charge of the most powerful military and the future of all humankind.

    Sometimes it takes a specialist to see that something is not normal rather than a "brilliant strategy" or just "Trump being Trump." For instance, when the president had an episode of slurred speech in a public address, a layperson may be content with the explanation of dry mouth. But a neurologist knows to suspect that it could very well be a temporary stroke that is a harbinger to a permanent stroke — even if not, the chances are not worth taking. In another instance, when he used expletives to describe entire regions of the world, some may see it as his being his usual childish and crude self, but a psychiatrist may recognize patterns of deterioration that he has long been worried about — and even if not, the risks are too great to let the dangers continue.

    Those who recognized the dangers knew that they would be subjecting themselves to the very dangers they warn about. For some of us who took seriously our obligation to the public and not just to our private patients, the dangers are unfolding right now. While the physical threats and false rumors by Mr. Trump's supporters have long been expected, and public numbing or denial before the magnitude of danger are a natural part of the course, the silencing on the part of our own professional organizations is incomprehensible. Silence allows danger to breed, and if our president will not assure us, and Congress will not act, then it is up to the people, who have a right to know — and the power to determine the country's course.

    Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., is a forensic psychiatrist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine. She was the editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President."

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    Oh dear. Yet another triggered leftist.


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    This has been going around for a while. Fake? True? Does it really matter? Does anyone care? Good Tune?

    "The Sex Was Textbook Generic" - Stormy Daniels Dishes On Trump Hookup
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    by Tyler Durden
    Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:22


    Stormy Daniels - the former porn star who claims to have had an affair with President Trump back in 2006, shortly after his marriage to First Lady Melania Trump - is refusing to go away. On Wednesday, In Touch, the glossy supermarket tabloid, published excerpts from an interview that Daniels - real name Stephanie Clifford - gave to the magazine back in 2011.

    In the excerpts, Daniels discusses her, uh, liaison with Trump in intimate detail. The affair took place in a Lake Tahoe Nevada hotel suite. In Touch corroborated the story with Daniels’s good friend, Randy Spears. Her ex-husband, Mike Moz, also confirmed the story.
    Daniels also reportedly took and passed a polygraph test administered by In Touch at the time of the interview.

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    The most salacious details included in the story was Daniels’s description Trump’s bedroom demeanor.

    Stormy told In Touch, “[The sex] was textbook generic,” while discussing the fling they had less than four months after Donald’s wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. "I actually don’t even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me.’"

    Trump met Daniels at the American Century celebrity golf tournament in July 2006. Trump asked her to dinner, to which she readily agreed...

    When she met with Trump, she was greeted by a bodyguard named Keith - presumably former Oval Office Director of Operations and Trump Organization Security Chief Keith Schilller...

    It all started at the American Century celebrity golf tournament in July 2006. “[Trump] was introduced to everybody. He kept looking at me and then we ended up riding to another hole on the same golf cart together,” Stormy recalled, adding that the business mogul later came to the gift lounge her adult-film company, Wicked Pictures, sponsored and asked for her number, which she gave him, before they posed for a photo together.

    “Then he asked me if I wanted to have dinner that night. And I was like, ‘Yeah, of course!’” she told In Touch. Stormy, dressed up to go out on the town, arrived at Trump’s hotel room, where she says she was greeted by a bodyguard named Keith, who let her inside. Stormy claims Trump was sprawled on the couch watching TV, wearing pajama pants. “We ended up having dinner in the room,” she revealed to In Touch.

    After the deed, Daniels said the two hung out for a bit. Then Trump promised to call her - though it’s unclear whether he ever did.

    At one point, Stormy told In Touch, she excused herself to go to the bathroom.

    “When I came out, he was sitting on the bed and he was like, ‘Come here.’ And I was like, ‘Ugh, here we go.’ And we started kissing.” After having sex, Stormy said, "We hung out for a little while and he just kept saying, ‘I’m gonna call you, I’m gonna call you. I have to see you again. You’re amazing. We have to get you on The Apprentice.’"

    Trump has vigorously denied having an affair with Daniels, and the White House has contested a Wall Street Journal story claiming Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 to stop her from sharing her story with Slate and Good Morning America in October 2016, shortly after the Access Hollywood tape leaked.

    Of course, this is just an excerpt. Daniels was pretty active in sharing her story about five years ago, it seems, back when Trump was the star host of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice." In Touch will publish a 5,000 word interview with Daniels later in the week...

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...ic-stormy-daniels-dishes-trump-hookup-intouch

     
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    I know back when I was a billionaire player ladies man I skipped right past beautiful, clean, willing college age women and went straight to the aging tattoo'd diseased skank ex porn stars.


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    Stormy Daniels reportedly told political advisors Trump 'had her spank him with a Forbes magazine' during a 2006 affair when she was considering running for Senate in 2009
    • President Donald Trump has been accused of having a 2006 affair with adult actor Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephani Clifford, which they deny
    • He's also been accused of paying to keep her quiet, which has not been denied
    • Motherboard obtained emails between political consultants hired by Daniels in 2009 when she was thinking of running for Senate that discuss the alleged affair
    • The emails say Trump 'had her spank him with a Forbes magazine'
    • This comes after In Touch published an interview from 2011 of Daniels allegedly describing an affair with Trump
    • Slate reporter Jacob Weisberg also published an account Daniels reportedly gave him in 2016 of the alleged affair, at a time the reporter said she thought Trump wouldn't pay
    • Just Thursday, The Wall Street Journal said Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, formed a Delaware LLC called 'Resolutions Consultants, LLC' in September 2016 for the purpose of making a $130,000 payment to Daniels, but later used a company called 'Essential Consultants, LLC' instead
    • 'Resolutions Consultants, LLC' is very similar to 'RCI,' a pseudonym Slate's Jacob Weisberg said was shown in a document Daniels sent him when they spoke


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    Russia researcher testifies that Trump had ‘pattern’ of Kremlin-connected money laundering
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    12 hrs ago


    Trump appointee resigns after racist, sexist comments



    A Russian gangster operated an illegal gambling ring out of a Trump Tower apartment. President Trump had a “pattern” of making real estate deals with Russians indicative of money laundering. Eric Trump bragged about having unlimited access to Russian money for his golf course developments. And Trump associates crossed paths with a number of Kremlin-connected oligarchs during the campaign.

    Those are just some of the explosive revelations from the newly released testimony that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson gave to the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    Simpson’s organization is first and foremost known for tasking former British spy Christopher Steele with digging into Trump’s Russian entanglements. Steele made international headlines after it was revealed that he compiled the “Trump-Russia dossier” — an infamous cache of documents that claims the Russian government has blackmailed Trump to do its bidding after obtaining damaging information about him, including a video tape allegedly showing him engaging in “perverted sexual acts.”

    During his testimony before the House select intelligence committee on Nov. 14, Simpson told investigators that none of the information Steele obtained about Trump stood out as improbable.

    “What we did do is look at names and places and people and whether they matched up with information we could get elsewhere. And all of that, as far as it went, checked out,” Simpson told the committee.

    Simpson gave similar testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee in August — transcripts of which were made public by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein last month.

    Contrary to the Senate testimony, Simpson’s House testimony was predominantly focused on Trump’s alleged history of cutting shady business deals involving Russians and money laundering.

    Simpson testified that Russian gangster Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov ran a “high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower” while on the run from authorities trying to arrest him over allegedly rigging a skating competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.

    “Generally speaking, the patterns of activity that we thought might be suggestive of money laundering were, you know, fast turnover deals and deals where there seemed to have been efforts to disguise the identity of the buyer,” Simpson said of Tokhtakhunov’s Trump Tower operation.

    Tokhtakhunov has connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Simpson continued, and when Trump went to Moscow in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant, the gangster was spotted with Trump and “lots of other Kremlin biggies” in a VIP section.

    Simpson explained that almost all oligarchs and organized criminals in Russia have ties to the Kremlin and often operate on their behalf or with their blessing.

    Based on that premise, Simpson said Trump’s ties to the Kremlin are rather extensive. For several of Trump’s larger real estate developments, Simpson said wealthy Russian criminals with ties to Putin helped him commit fraud by pretending to buy stake in his properties in order to convince actual buyers to chip in after banks had refused to give Trump credit.

    “If people who seem to be associated with the Russian mafia are buying Trump properties or arranging for other people to buy Trump properties or arranging for other people to buy Trump properties, it does raise a question about whether they’re doing it on behalf of the government,” Simpson said.

    Simpson added that he has the same suspicions for Trump’s son, Eric Trump, who once bragged about not needing banks to fund his real estate ventures since he supposedly has access to $100 million in Russian cash.

    In another glaring part of the testimony, Simpson said that several of Trump’s associates and relatives — including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump — crossed paths with Russians during the campaign so many times that it could’ve hardly been “coincidences.”

    California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee that interviewed Simpson, said the testimony is strong enough to implore Congress to act.

    “Simpson raises questions on money laundering the Committee must investigate,” Schiff tweeted after the testimony was made public on Thursday afternoon.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has started digging into Trump’s alleged history of money laundering, according to reports. Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government has already produced four federal indictments against Trump associates.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...ey-laundering/ar-AAuRTYx?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
     
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    We should've elected you for POTUS then.

    So what if Trump is a criminal. We already knew that. So were the others before him,

    Trump was a big time con artist too. But now the con is on the American people. I never posted a word and never mentioned his name once prior to Trump running for POTUS, back when he was just another wealthy criminal.

    But now, his crimes are against all of us, he is now a wealthy politician criminal. He lied to us during the campaign and he continues to do so now.
     
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    Let's (for arguments sake) say you are correct. What can the average forum member do about it?
     
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    Mr Funnymoney I was going to post a smart ass snark comment for you but after actually reading a few of your droning self aggrandizing monotonous posts I decided not to. I just feel sorry for you instead.

    I wish you well and I won't bother you again.


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    The same things they can or could have done last administration , or the ones before that. Nothing has changed really. The players have changed and the chairs have been moved around in the theater but the decline of liberty and freedom simply marches on.

    Ron Paul has provided some suggestions in the past. I pay my plumber in silver SAEs. I also mention, to people I run into at various different times and places, the day where the laws of physics were suspended. But those are small peanuts, the average forum member at this forum can probably only do so much - it's not a lot, but it's more than nothing.

    But who knows, other forum members may be able to figure out better suggestions. Maybe it would be a good idea for you to create a thread and ask them? Actionable intelligence is what made GIM1 grow and become relevant, but repairing America will probably take a lot more than just that.
     
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    'Disgusted' and 'scared': What Americans say they think of Trump's first year in office as more than half 'strongly disapprove' of his job performance
    • A new NBC poll has the president's approval rating at 39 per cent
    • It's a record low for a president in his first year
    • 38 per cent of Americans say they are 'disgusted' with his first year
    • The second-highest ranking description offered was 'scared' at 24 per cent
    • 23 per cent picked 'hopeful' and just 12 per cent picked 'proud'
    • The one-year anniversary of the Trump presidency is Saturday


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    lmao..............

    'He is obsessed with sharks': Porn star Stormy Daniels claims she watched Shark Week with Donald Trump who was 'terrified' of the deep sea predators during their alleged affair
    • President Donald Trump has been accused of having a 2006 affair with adult actor Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, which they deny
    • He's also been accused of paying to keep her quiet, which has not been denied
    • Daniels told In Touch Weekly about one bizarre meeting when she claims she watched Shark Week with Donald Trump who was 'terrified' of the creatures
    • 'He is obsessed with sharks. Terrified of sharks. He was like, "I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die"'
    • The full In Touch interview transcript reveals that Daniels also says she could recognize Trump's genitals if she had to


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    'My 401(k) and my 403 have soared': Pennsylvania women who voted for Trump voice support after first year
    • Women have cited President Donald Trump's immigration policies and tax reform as reasons for their support
    • Approval rating among Republicans has only slightly dipped from 84 percent in his first month to 78 percent in the last month
    • Many supporters have said they focus on his actions and not on his language
    • Additionally, allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women have done little to damage his standing
    • Trump has denied the allegations and most women said they did not believe the accusers
    • But some female supporters are disappointed that Trump has failed to act more 'presidential' in office


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    'Negotiating with Trump is like negotiating with jello': Schumer lays the blame for the shutdown firmly at Trump's door and says the president's wobbling after their cheeseburger summit is why they are at loggerheads
    • President Donald Trump blamed Democrats early Saturday morning for the shutdown of the federal government
    • 'Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border,' Trump tweeted
    • The Democrats accused Trump of reneging on a deal that they say he agreed to with Senator Charles Schumer of New York at the White House earlier Friday
    • Schumer he tried to bring border wall to the table in exchange for DACA protections and shutdown is completely Trump's fault
    • Senate Republicans fail to attract 60 votes to prevent government shutdown
    • Five Democrats who represent red states voted with Republicans in Friday's vote
    • GOP lost four senators who wouldn't vote for the Trump-backed bill
    • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that Democrats voted against the bill to undermine Trump's new tax law
    • White House called Democrats 'obstructionist losers' in an official statement after the vote
    • Pence also scorched the Democrats in a statement, saying they are causing 'brave men and women in uniform' to stand their post without pay
    • McConnell called the shutdown 'completely avoidable,' said Dems held the vote 'hostage'


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    'A perfect day for all women to march!' Trump risks the ire of thousands marching AGAINST him by telling them to 'get out there now' and CELEBRATE his achievements in his first year in office
    • President Trump weighed in on the Women's Marches across the country on Saturday afternoon with a tweet
    • Marches are underway in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia
    • More are being held in other parts of the country and overseas to mark a year since last year's mass protests
    • They coincide with a government shutdown and with President Trump's one year anniversary in office
    • The marches also take on the momentum of the Me Too and Time's Up movements against sexual misconduct
    • They are not expected to draw the same numbers as last year's demonstrations which drew millions
    • In Washington DC, liberal marchers were confronted with anti-abortionists who held up signs of dead fetuses


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    Today's chuckle..........

    Stormy Daniels kicks off her 'Make America Horny Again' tour with the song 'Hey Big Spender' at a South Carolina strip club on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration
    • Stormy Daniels performed at The Trophy Club in South Carolina Saturday night
    • Wearing a pink dress, she kicked off the show with the song 'Hey Big Spender'
    • Follows reports Donald Trump paid her to stay quiet about their alleged affair
    • New details have been revealed in an interview she did with In Touch magazine
    • Interview was conducted in 2011 but was published in full for the first time Friday


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    War hero senator calls Trump 'Cadet Bone Spurs' and says she won't be lectured by a 'five-deferment draft dodger' following the president's claims the Democrats are holding the military hostage
    • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) blasted President Donald Trump on Saturday
    • She called him a 'five-deferment draft dodger' and blasted his lack of leadership
    • Her comments came after he tweeted on Saturday, blaming Democrats for the government shutdown
    • Trump also said the Democratic party was holding our military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration'
    • The shutdown came on Saturday at midnight after a a stopgap spending measure was blocked
    • Trump has blamed the Democrats for the shutdown, tweeting on Saturday that they decided to 'play shutdown politics'
    • However, Democrats have argued that Trump's demands on an immigration compromise was what led to the shutdown


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    But, but I was taught that if I yell and scream like an out of control infant eventually reality will dissipate and re-conform to my selfish desires!?
     
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    No one really cares about your hurt feelings Tammy. War hero? Who were you fighting for Tammy? No one is lecturing you that I can see. He gets to have an opinion just lie you do!

    You may leave the country permanently any time you'd like Tammy. We have more than our share of finger pointing politicians and we won't miss ya and don't come back!
     
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    7 Questions With A Man Who 'Knows What Trump's About' | Forces TV
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    US Ambassador to the UK, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaks to Forces News about Donald Trump's war of words and the future of the 'special relationship'.

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    The awkward debate around Trump's mental fitness
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    The rule that keeps psychiatrists from talking about Trump.

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    Trump has made questions about his mental fitness unavoidable, with nearly every major news network now openly discussing whether the president has the the cognitive stability to do his job. But psychiatrists and mental health experts have been largely absent in the debate about Trump’s mental health. That’s thanks to the Goldwater Rule, a decades-old ethical guideline that’s coming under serious pressure as Trump starts his second year in office.

    In their series Strikethrough, Vox producers Carlos Maza and Coleman Lowndes explore the challenges facing the news media in the age of Trump. Follow Carlos on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/CarlosMazaVox
     
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    Trump the ‘epitome of failed leadership’ – Former Clinton aide
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    Congress is gearing up for a debate on immigration policy that was responsible for the recent 3-day government shutdown. Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-North Carolina), who tells Larry that “we’re a nation of immigrants,” but that he would favor a merit-based system over the current visa lottery. Then former Hillary Clinton spokesman and vice-chair of Vote Vets Peter Kauffmann points out that Democrats reached multiple agreements with President Donald Trump, only to have his White House staff “overrule their boss” every time. Kauffmann also blasts the Trump administration’s “unconscionable” and “despicable” use of the military as “a prop” against political opponents.
     
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    Trump 'ordered for special counsel Robert Mueller to be FIRED a month after he began Russia probe - but backed down when chief White House lawyer threatened to quit over carrying out the order'
    • Trump ordered White House counsel Donald F. McGahn to fire Mueller in June, according to a New York Times report
    • But McGhan allegedly said he would rather quit than fire the former FBI director
    • The president claimed Mueller had three conflicts of interest in the case
    • One of them was a dispute over Mueller's fees at Trump's golf club in Virginia
    • Another was that he may have worked for a law firm representing Jared Kusher
    • Ty Cobb said the White House would not comment out of respect for the probe
    • Mueller is investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election
    • He learned of the incident in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former officials in inquiry into whether Trump obstructed justice


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    5 things Trump's attempted firing of Robert Mueller teaches us

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    Trump Ordered Mueller Firing Last June



    President Donald Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, only to be talked out of doing so when White House general counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit rather than carry out the directive, The New York Times reported Thursday night.

    That's a wow.

    Especially because time and time again over the past year, Trump -- and his senior advisers -- have insisted that he had never, ever, never, not once considered anything like firing Mueller.

    "I haven't given it any thought," Trump replied in August -- two months after he reportedly ordered Mueller fired --- to a question from a reporter as to whether he had considered firing the special counsel.

    So, besides the fact that Trump -- contrary to his public assertions -- not only thought about firing Mueller but asked that it be done, what else does The New York Times story teach us (or remind us) about Trump?

    1. Trump has a tin ear

    Remember the timeline here. Trump fires then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. That same month -- May 17 to be exact -- Mueller is appointed as special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and tasked with overseeing the investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

    Within a month -- June 14 -- The Washington Post reports that Mueller's probe has expanded beyond the 2016 election to examine potential obstruction of justice in regard to Comey's firing.

    It's right around that time that Trump ordered the firing of Mueller. McGahn objected because, according to the Times: "McGahn disagreed with the President's case and told senior White House officials that firing Mr. Mueller would have a catastrophic effect on Mr. Trump's presidency."

    Which is, of course, 100% right. And yet, somehow, Trump, the self-proclaimed political genius of our time, wasn't able to grasp the effect that firing Mueller might have on his presidency.


    2. Trump is paranoid

    This isn't something we learned from the Times story, but something the story should remind us all.

    The reasons that Trump believed Mueller should be fired, according to the Times, were: a) Mueller carried a grudge over membership fees at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia. (Mueller left the club in 2011 but has denied there was any dispute over membership dues.) b) Mueller had worked most recently for the law firm that represented Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and c) Mueller had talked to Trump about returning as FBI director shortly before being named special counsel.

    None of those three reasons are fireable offenses. The law firm and FBI job excuse are flimsy -- at best.

    But it's the idea that Mueller, a man who spent 12 years as the head of the FBI, would somehow be biased against Trump for what may or may not even be a dispute over membership fees at a golf course really takes the cake. Mueller would risk his entire career and reputation solely to get back at Trump for golf dues?

    On its face it's laughable. And yet, Trump believed it.


    3. Trump can be talked down

    There's a tendency to assume that once Trump makes his mind up about something -- or someone -- that's the final word. The Mueller episode suggests that's not true.

    McGahn essentially called Trump's bluff on Mueller. As a lawyer, he thought it was a bad idea that would create many more problems than it would be worth. You want him fired, do it yourself, McGahn dared Trump. "Mr. McGahn also told White House officials that Mr. Trump would not follow through on the dismissal on his own," reads the Times report. "The President then backed off."

    That's instructive. Trump, despite the fact that he had convinced himself -- on shaky evidence -- that Mueller deserved to be fired, wouldn't (or couldn't) pull the trigger on his own.


    4. Trump's top aides have no real idea what's going on

    That may seem harsh but, candidly, it's the best-case scenario to explain the fact that several of Trump's top aides repeatedly insisted over the past year -- including well after June 2017 -- that the President had never even considered firing Mueller.

    "The President has not even discussed that," senior counselor Kellyanne Conway said in August 2017. "The President is not discussing firing Bob Mueller."

    "As the White House has consistently said for months, there is no consideration of firing the special counsel," said Trump lawyer Ty Cobb in December -- a full six months after Trump reportedly nearly did.

    How to reconcile these quotes with the Times reporting? Either Conway and Cobb (and others who said similar things) were lying or they just weren't looped in that Trump had, in fact, wanted to fire Mueller and only stopped when McGahn refused to do the dirty work.


    5. Trump's lawyers are telling him the investigation is almost over to keep him from firing Mueller

    The idea of getting rid of Mueller remains an active possibility in Trump's mind, according to the Times story. This paragraph, in particular, is jaw dropping:

    "Mr. Trump has wavered for months about whether he wants to fire Mr. Mueller, whose job security is an omnipresent concern among the President's legal team and close aides. The President's lawyers, including Mr. Cobb, have tried to keep Mr. Trump calm by assuring him for months, amid new revelations about the inquiry, that it is close to ending."

    We've known for a while now that Cobb (and others) have been assuring Trump that the Mueller investigation is winding down, with no real evidence to back up those claims.

    Now we know why. Because by telling Trump that it will all be over soon, his lawyers keep his desire to fire Mueller at bay. Why fire someone and make yourself look guilty when that same person is about to declare you innocent, goes the thinking. Just a few more days/weeks/months and this will all be over so no need to do anything rash, the lawyers tell Trump -- and, in so doing, buy themselves more time to let Mueller do his job.

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    searcher Mother Lode Found Site Supporter ++ Mother Lode

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    EXCLUSIVE: Melania Trump has been spending nights at a posh D.C. HOTEL since the president was accused of having a fling with porn star Stormy Daniels - before the first lady unexpectedly flew to Palm Beach
    • Melania Trump has been spending time away from Trump and the White House since news of his alleged tryst with porn star Stormy Daniels broke
    • The first lady left Washington D.C. for West Palm Beach Thursday afternoon in an unannounced trip, just as her husband was holding court with top European CEOs in Davos
    • Melania had been scheduled to attend the summit with her husband
    • 'It's been upsetting and humiliating; her relationship with President Trump has become strained,' a White House source told DailyMail.com
    • Trump's alleged $130,000 cover up of the relationship was first reported in mid-January
    • But details of the alleged tryst were then published in a celebrity magazine, based on an earlier, never-before-published interview with Daniels
    • Daniels claimed she could intimately describe the president's manhood and even revealed sex positions they had enjoyed


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5304663/Melania-staying-hotel-Stormy-Daniels-scandal.html#ixzz55KDa2DVz
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    It's like were a million miles away from MAGA.

    So Melania is jealous of Daniels? Is that what makes the news?

    Did we ever find out exactly how many Americans were killed and injured, just a few days ago, in that half day long attack by the Taliban at a famous Kabul hotel where they were staying?

    Woops, sorry, back to Melania, She didn't want to go to Davos, poor thing, how's she feeling?
     

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