• Same story, different day...........year ie more of the same fiat floods the world
  • There are no markets
  • "Spreading the ideas of freedom loving people on matters regarding high finance, politics, constructionist Constitution, and mental masturbation of all types"

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

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Impeachment, pardons, a red wave and a Trump fightback: What could happen next as president is accused of crime by his own attorney - and GOP and Democrats fight for Congress

  • The House minority leader said impeachment isn't a priority 'unless something else comes forward'
  • Justice Department guidelines state that a sitting president can't be indicted
  • Cohen pleaded guilty to coordinating with an individual (Trump) to violate campaign laws in porn star and Playboy model agreements
  • Wealthy Democrat Tom Steyer immediately ran adds pushing his impeachment drive
  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called for letting the Mueller probe 'play out'
  • Trump lauded Manafort as a 'brave man'
  • White House press secretary Sarah Sanders teed off when she got an impeachment question after issuing brief statements on Cohen
  • 'The idea of an impeachment is frankly a sad attempt by Democrats,' she told reporters
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Dream on! Steven Tyler demands that Donald Trump stop playing Aerosmith songs at his campaign rallies

  • Trump has been playing the Aerosmith hit Livin' On The Edge at recent rallies
  • Tyler hit out at Trump saying his music is 'for causes not for political campaigns'
  • Added that it wasn't about 'Dems Vs Repub' but about protecting songwriters
  • Also claimed that the song is giving the false impression that Tyler supports him
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Dream on! Steven Tyler demands that Donald Trump stop playing Aerosmith songs at his campaign rallies

  • Trump has been playing the Aerosmith hit Livin' On The Edge at recent rallies
  • Tyler hit out at Trump saying his music is 'for causes not for political campaigns'
  • Added that it wasn't about 'Dems Vs Repub' but about protecting songwriters
  • Also claimed that the song is giving the false impression that Tyler supports him
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...playing-Aerosmith-songs-campaign-rallies.html
I demand that Steven Tyler stop showing himself in public. The sight of him causes intense nausea to millions of Americans. There aren't too many people uglier than that slug
 

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Senator Richard Blumenthal: White House Looking Like A Criminal Enterprise | Hardball | MSNBC
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In an interview with Fox and Friends, Trump lashed out over the plea deal Cohen reached with federal prosecutors.
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Chris Cuomo: Trump has transitioned into 'mob boss mode'
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CNN's Chris Cuomo breaks down President Trump's "mob boss mentality" on "flippers."

From the comments:

- Trump said that he was the law and order candidate. That candidate became the POTUS and now he lashes out the justice system as a crooked system to investigate him. Nice.

- This shit is like watching South Park. It doesn’t seem like real life.

- Giuliani his attorney is going to say, he was talking about flipper the dolphin xd.

- Trump isn't a mob boss. He can only dream of being the boss. He's nothing higher than a fool that's in hock to the mob - the Russian mafia, who will do Putin's bidding in exchange for being able to keep their stolen billions.

- The man is a crook. He does businesses with crooks. Nearly all of his friends and associates are crooks. He only cares about himself and his crooked friends. He has conned his way into the White House. As the saying goes "fool me once, shame on you.....fool me twice, shame on me". Well, we all have an opportunity to undo this travesty in November. If you failed to vote this November, then you only have yourself to blame.
 

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When It Comes to Presidential Wrongdoing, Remedy Often Political
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In the United States, it is said no one is above the law. But what happens when a president is implicated in criminal wrongdoing? The question resonated this week after President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws, he says at the direction of then-candidate Trump. Historically, dealing with possible criminal activity in the Oval Office has been a mix of the legal and the political, as we hear from VOA National correspondent Jim Malone.
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Trump is either a one-off revolution against the establishment or he was intentionally put into place by the establishment to kill conservatism once and for all, thereby clearing the path for real fascism in America when he and the Rs are removed. Regardless, I think by draining the swamp Trump is actually setting the stage for the biggest liberal takeover of Congress ever...and resultant policy that will make Obama look like Nixon.
A liberal takeover of Congress? A slight Dem majority in the midterms, MAYBE. But the American public isn't buying what the Dimocratic Party is shoving down our throats. When you have Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders being touted as 2020 White House wannabes, two candidates-in-waiting who make Hillary Clinton look conservative, only an idiot would believe that electing what the Dems have become could possibly save America.
 

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Trump turns McCain’s death into another political firestorm about Trump

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Felicia Sonmez, Josh Dawsey, John Wagner
7 hrs ago



It’s the standard Washington protocol — a member of Congress dies, and the flags over official buildings are flown at half-staff. That’s what happened when John McCain died Saturday.

But first thing Monday morning, the flag over the White House was back at full-staff, and a barrage of bitter criticism soon followed, with detractors — including the American Legion — interpreting the fleeting tribute as a sign of President Trump’s pettiness.

He had refused to utter McCain’s name earlier this month when signing the defense policy bill named for the senator. He had rejected staff suggestions over the weekend that he issue a statement upon McCain’s death. And now he was refusing to follow a tradition of leaving the flag at half-staff until interment.

Then, suddenly, the flag was back at half-staff Monday afternoon, and the president issued a statement offering “respect” for McCain.

By day’s end, it had become clear that in his stubborn defiance of protocol, the president had single-handedly turned the death of McCain into yet another political firestorm that was all about Trump.

“It’s all a self-inflicted wound, especially the flag,” said Ari Fleischer, who worked as White House press secretary under President George W. Bush. “The ceremonial things, the traditional things that keep a lot of people together — even if you have policy or personal disagreements, you have to know where to draw that line.”

Trump, Fleisher added, “too often draws that line in a way that hurts himself because he thinks he is hurting others.”

The day’s events were punctuated by a letter read aloud by McCain’s longtime adviser in which the Arizona Republican obliquely rebuked Trump posthumously.

Trump is not expected to attend the funeral or memorial services in Washington for McCain, a senior White House official said. Vice President Pence will speak at a ceremony Friday at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton will represent the administration at McCain’s private funeral on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

In his statement Monday, Trump wrote: “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.”

After McCain’s death on Saturday at the age of 81, Trump had initially offered words of condolence to the senator’s family in a tweet that made no mention of McCain’s storied service in the military and on Capitol Hill — a stark contrast with the effusive praise for McCain voiced by lawmakers, world leaders and members of the military.

That was followed by nearly two full days of silence from the president, who ignored almost a dozen shouted questions about McCain from reporters at three separate White House events on Monday while he tweeted on a wide range of other topics, from Tiger Woods to trade with Mexico.

Trump’s silence reflected the bitter years-long battle between the two men. Trump has said that McCain, who spent more than five years as a POW in Vietnam, was “not a war hero” and continued to snub the longtime senator throughout his battle with brain cancer.

McCain, in turn, pulled no punches in criticizing the president on foreign policy and other issues, most recently in a stinging denunciation of Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump had rejected the advice of top aides who advocated releasing an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a “hero.”

On Monday morning, images of the flag atop the White House at full-staff — and behind it, the Washington Monument encircled by flags, all at half-staff — blazed across the nation’s TV and computer screens. Criticism was not far behind.

The American Legion, a veterans organization, issued a sternly worded statement calling on Trump to treat McCain with more reverence.

“On the behalf of The American Legion’s two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed through his [interment],” said Denise Rohan, the group’s national commander.

Several administration officials said Trump was frustrated with the TV coverage and felt besieged — that nothing he said about McCain would be enough. Trump also suggested to advisers that many of those speaking out on television were merely looking for reasons to attack him and that some of the same people now praising McCain previously did not like the senator.

Yet among those hailing McCain was Ivanka Trump, Trump’s daughter and senior White House adviser, who on Monday called the late senator “an American patriot who served our country with distinction for more than six decades.”

“The nation is united in its grief and the world mourns the loss of a true hero and a great statesman,” the first daughter said in remarks at a meeting of the Organization of American States in Washington.

Trump told advisers over the weekend that lavishing praise on McCain would not be genuine because he did not feel that way. “Everyone knows we don’t like each other,” the president said, according to one White House official who spoke with him.

Even so, after speaking with a number of close advisers Monday, including Bolton, Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — all of whom urged him to clean up the mess — the president backtracked.

Trump wrote much of Monday’s statement, White House officials said, and wanted to express that he disagreed with McCain on policy and politics.

Later, at a White House dinner celebrating evangelical leaders, Trump said that “our hearts and prayers” are with McCain’s family and made note of this week’s planned events in honor of the senator.

“We very much appreciate everything that Senator McCain has done for our country,” Trump said.

Trump’s proclamation came hours after an emotional news conference in Phoenix at which McCain’s longtime adviser and family spokesman, Rick Davis, read a farewell statement from the senator that contained a veiled critique of the president. In the letter, McCain did not name Trump but called on Americans to rally behind the country’s founding principles rather than hiding behind walls and succumbing to political tribalism.

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe,” McCain wrote in the letter. “We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.”

Trump campaigned on a promise to build a wall across the U.S. border with Mexico and force Mexico to pay for it.

McCain’s statement also referred at some length to the populist and protectionist forces that helped propel Trump to the office McCain twice failed to win.
“We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil,” McCain wrote. “We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world.”

White supremacists who marched in Charlottesville last year chanted “blood and soil,” a translation of a Nazi slogan. Trump appeared to defend the rallygoers, who clashed with counterprotesters, when he said there were “fine people on both sides.”

At the Capitol on Monday, the Senate convened for the first time since McCain’s death. Inside the chamber, the wooden desk that McCain occupied for six terms was draped in black. A vase of white flowers had been placed on top.

One by one, McCain’s colleagues rose to deliver somber tributes to him. They included Sen. Jeff Flake (R), McCain’s junior Arizona colleague, who welled with emotion as he spoke of the late senator’s legacy.

“If John McCain can forgive the North Vietnamese torturers, we can at least forgive each other,” Flake said.

Yet it was Trump’s actions that dominated the conversations between senators and reporters in the marble hallways just outside the chamber.
“I don’t know why the administration had the flag lowered for such a brief period of time,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said. “It seems to me that it would be appropriate to keep the flag at half-mast until Senator McCain has been buried.”

Asked whether Trump had let his personal views stand in the way of paying proper respects to McCain, Collins responded: “It certainly looks that way.”

Some Trump allies, including Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), suggested the dust-up was being blown out of proportion. Both Trump and McCain were “two of the most stubborn people I ever met,” Inhofe said, arguing that if McCain had been the one in the White House, he would have behaved similarly to Trump.

“If the tables were turned, it’d be the same way with McCain. The flag is lowered, so he’s doing it with respect, but everyone knows they didn’t get along,” Inhofe said.

Other lawmakers decided to sidestep the topic entirely.

“I’m not gonna get into that,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said when asked about Trump’s re-lowering of the flag. “What I am gonna say is this week’s about John McCain and his legacy and his lifetime of service to this country. You can get into the fight between the president and John McCain. I’m not going to.”

The varied opinions on Capitol Hill were themselves emblematic of the America comprising “three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals” that McCain described in his letter. In the end, the Arizona Republican noted, “we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement.”

“If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times,” he wrote. “We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.”

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Donald Trump WAS personally involved in plan to build a new FBI headquarters beside his Washington D.C. hotel, inspector general finds

  • General Services Administration inspector general says Trump was involved in two White house meetings about the future of the FBI building
  • Brutalist office complex is across road from his Washington D.C. hotel and he has reportedly called existing building one of the ugliest in the city'
  • But he also reportedly spoke against previous plans to move FBI HQ out of D.C.
  • Report from IG says staff at the meeting with Trump were forbidden from telling what president had said
  • Virginia rep Gerry Connolly said claims Trump was involved had been dismissed as a 'conspiracy theory' but were now confirmed as true
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I also heard that Trump put his underwear on backwards this weekend....very disrespectful!
 

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President Non Grata: Trump often unwelcome and unwilling to perform basic rituals of the office

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Shunned at two funerals and one (royal) wedding so far, President Trump may be well on his way to becoming president non grata.

The latest snub comes in the form of the upcoming funeral for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), which, before his death, the late senator made clear he did not want the sitting president to attend. That the feeling is mutual — Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised McCain as a “hero” — only underscores the myriad ways Trump has rejected the norms of his office and, increasingly, has been rejected in turn.

Less than two years into his first term, Trump has often come to occupy the role of pariah — both unwelcome and unwilling to perform the basic rituals and ceremonies of the presidency, from public displays of mourning to cultural ceremonies.

In addition to being pointedly not invited to McCain’s funeral and memorial service later this week — where former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will both eulogize the Arizona Republican — Trump was quietly asked to stay away from former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral earlier this year. He also opted to skip the annual Kennedy Center Honors last year amid a political backlash from some of the honorees, and has faced repeated public rebuffs from athletes invited to the White House after winning championships.

“We’re not talking about a president going and having a rally in a state that voted against him,” said Tim Naftali, a presidential historian at New York University who previously served as the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. “We’re talking about a president who can’t even go and participate in a ritual where presidents are usually welcomed, and that is one of the consequences of his having defined the presidency in a sectarian way.”

Trump’s bitter feelings toward McCain came to dominate the first 48 hours after the senator’s death, as the president ignored repeated entreaties to offer any thoughts on McCain and flew the flag above the White House at full-staff for much of the day on Monday. He ultimately, and grudgingly, caved to public and private pressure Monday afternoon and issued an official proclamation to lower the flag in honor of McCain’s death.

“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump’s conspicuous absences at both McCain’s and Barbara Bush’s funerals offer perhaps the starkest examples of the ways in which Trump finds himself ostracized from some of the duties other presidents performed as almost de facto aspects of their job.

“It is a tearing of the fabric of the presidency that he’s not invited, but I understand why he’s not invited because he’s personalized the presidency in a way no previous occupant of the presidency has done,” Naftali said. “Donald Trump has never accepted the fact that he is the head of state.”

A senior White House official rejected the notion of Trump as persona non grata, saying for example that it is not the norm for sitting presidents to attend the funerals of former first ladies, in part because of disruption it causes. Obama, for instance, did not attend the funeral of former first ladies Betty Ford or Nancy Reagan when he was in office. Instead, Michelle Obama went in his place, much as Melania Trump attended Bush’s funeral.

The official added that Trump has hosted and attended events not in line with traditional Republican orthodoxy, specifically pointing to his various meetings with labor unions soon after taking office, as well as his attendance at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum last year despite controversy surrounding his visit.

Yet Trump has also found himself excluded from — or opting out of — other, more routine parts of the presidency. During a trip to the United Kingdom in June, his visit with Queen Elizabeth II was undermined by reports in the British press that she was the only member of the royal family willing to meet with him. And two months earlier, the president notably did not receive an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, though the duo — who are reportedly no fans of Trump — eschewed nearly all political guests.

Trump also skipped last year’s Kennedy Center Honors after three of the five honorees said they either would or might boycott the traditional White House reception pegged to the celebration. And Trump has faced high-profile rebellions from athletes he’d hoped to honor.

In June, for example, the president hastily disinvited the entire Philadelphia Eagles from a White House event in honor of their Super Bowl championship after growing frustrated that, in protest of some of his policies, the team had planned to send only a small delegation of players. The party went on, sort of, albeit without the guests of honor.

Previous presidents have also dealt with defectors, of course, and a number of athletes and teams have still visited Washington to be feted by Trump.

In many cases, the rejection is mutual. Trump — who prefers the comforts of his Trump-branded resorts and restaurants — rarely ventures far from his cosseted bubble. He is generally uncomfortable crossing into hostile territory, and prefers to frequent places where he is likely to be lauded, rather than rebuked.

“We’ve kind of elected this apex predator, and you don’t sit T-Rex down at the dinner table,” said Alex Castellanos, a Republican media consultant and strategist. “I think civilized society doesn’t want him behaving crudely at the dinner table, and he has no interest in their pretensions.”

At his recent rallies, Trump has taken to expounding on his lack of acceptance by the so-called elites, proclaiming it a badge of pride. And his disdain for what he terms political correctness is similarly applauded by many of his supporters.

“The thing to realize is that Donald Trump’s base revels in him playing the transgressive jerk,” said Rick Wilson, author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies” and a veteran of Republican campaigns.

Wilson added that with McCain in particular, the funeral snub perhaps stings more than most, in part because Trump can’t abide not being the main focus of adulation. “You know what is making Donald Trump the craziest right now is he’s not the center of attention,” Wilson said. “He’s crawling the damn walls because they’re running story after story on John McCain and he hates it because he’s not the center of attention.”

Trump also has sometimes struggled in the role of consoler-in-chief, another key demand of the presidency. When he visited hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico last year, he drew widespread scorn for describing his trip as “lovely” and tossing paper towels into the crowd as if shooting baskets, even as his administration struggled to cope with the deadly tragedy. He came under condemnation again this year when, during a listening session for those affected by the Parkland school massacre, he held note cards with a basic reminder of emotional empathy printed in black Sharpie: “I hear you.”

Andrew H. Card, chief of staff under President George W. Bush, said that he struggles with the current political climate in part because he was raised to believe the president, whoever he or she is, is deserving of respect, and that he thinks both sides are to blame.

“When the president doesn’t appear welcoming, it’s his problem, he’s created a problem,” Card said. “When others refuse to accept an invitation, I think that’s wrong.”

But, he added, a paradox is that Trump in many ways has created the very environment he now chafes against. “I do think the president gives permission for what I would consider to be rude behavior,” Card said, “and yet he reacts so poorly to other people’s rude behavior.”

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Trump warns of violence if GOP loses midterms
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President Donald Trump warned there will be "violence" if the Republicans lose their majority in Congress as a result of the 2018 midterms, in a recording now heard by CNN.
 

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How President Donald Trump Is Increasingly Becoming 'President Non Grata' | Deadline | MSNBC
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WaPo’s Ashley Parker, former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi, former RNC chairman Michael Steele, Daily Beast politics editor Sam Stein and MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan on Trump’s reaction to John McCain’s death and a key consequence of his reluctance to adhere to presidential norms
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Analysis: What's lost when the president can't show up?

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Julie Pace
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WASHINGTON — What's lost when the president of the United States can't — or won't — show up?

As the remembrances for the late Sen. John McCain shift from Arizona to Washington the rest of this week, President Donald Trump will be glaringly missing. The McCain family asked him to stay away from the four-day tribute to the storied Republican lawmaker. And even if they hadn't, it's unlikely Trump would have been eager to eulogize one of his fiercest critics.

But Trump's absence is about more than just a personal feud between two dramatically different politicians. His inability to seize the ceremonial, symbolic power of the presidency, both in times of sorrow and joy, threatens to change an important aspect of the office itself and remake Americans' expectations of their commander in chief.

"There's a loss," says Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University. "A lot of the stuff (Trump) does become norms. That's the power of a presidency. Now a president can be this way."

The American presidency has always been tangled in partisan divisions. Most recent presidents have been elected by narrow margins after campaigns focused on party loyalists. Like Trump, his predecessors have frequently stuck to friendly environs, preferring the adulation of supporters to the criticism of detractors.

But most modern presidents also have recognized that the office comes with certain ceremonial expectations. Americans not only look to the president to run the government, but also to lead in times of tragedy or cheer in moments of national pride.

In the days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Republican George W. Bush rallied Democratic-heavy New York, standing on a pile of rubble at the World Trade Center and throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees game. Democrat Barack Obama walked the streets of reliably red territory in Missouri, Alabama and elsewhere, hugging residents after natural disasters. He helped ease tensions in South Carolina when he broke into a rendition of "Amazing Grace" at a funeral for victims of a black church shooting.

McCain asked both Bush and Obama to speak at his funeral Saturday at Washington National Cathedral. Trump is expected to be at the White House, just a few miles away.

Trump stunned many members of his own party during the presidential campaign by mocking McCain's capture during the Vietnam War. Their relationship never recovered, and McCain emerged as one of Trump's sharpest GOP critics. In the days after McCain succumbed to brain cancer, Trump resisted aides' efforts to pay tribute to the senator and only grudgingly put out a statement honoring him.

What's striking is that Trump was elected despite few Americans believing he was well-suited to take on some of the traditional obligations of the presidency. A Pew Research Center survey in November 2016, just before the election, showed that 66 percent did not believe he would set a high moral standard for the office. A Pew poll this summer showed that 71 percent believe he has not.

Many Trump supporters argue that he was elected in part to defy convention and change expectations for the presidency. Indeed, the same Pew poll found that 60 percent of those who approve of Trump listed his personality or approach to politics among the things they like most about him.

But some of his supporters have suggested he's missing an opportunity.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, both a close friend of McCain and a Trump ally, urged the president this week to be "a big man in a big office."

"John McCain was a big man, worthy of a big country," Graham said on CBS. "Mr. President, you need to be the big man that the presidency requires."

At times, Trump has tried to unite or heal in moments of tragedy, with varying degrees of success. He traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, but he feuded with the Democratic mayor of San Juan ahead of his arrival and the lasting image of his trip was his throwing rolls of paper towels into a crowd. He called the mother of an American soldier killed in Niger to offer condolences, but wound up tangling with a congresswoman who criticized him for telling the family that the solider knew what he was signing up for.

Increasingly, Trump is simply absent in moments when a president would be expected to show up. He was reportedly asked to not attend funeral services earlier this year for Barbara Bush, the matriarch of one of the nation's most prominent Republican families. And with athletes and celebrities often unwilling to be seen alongside Trump, he's sometimes had to skip functions such as the Kennedy Center Honors and cancel sports teams' championship celebrations at the White House.

Doug Heye, a Republican strategist who has been critical of the president, said the real concern is not whether Trump can reinstate some of those ceremonial functions, but whether he could bring the country together if he needed to.

"If we need a united national response, and we're not united, that makes the job of president to do those good and right things harder," Heye said. "That seems not possible right now."

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AP polling editor Emily Swanson contributed to this report.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Julie Pace has covered the White House and national politics for the AP since 2007. Follow her at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC


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Trump Notably Absent From McCain Tributes
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Notably absent from the final tribute ceremonies for U.S. Senator John McCain, who died last Saturday, is President Donald Trump. McCain and Trump disagreed on a number of issues, including U.S. relations with Russia. Some analysts view the feud as emblematic of the clash of values within the Republican Party. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.
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If someone assisted LEO in setting me, my family and business up, undermining my candidacy for POTUS (that I personally funded) and attempted to get me arrested, I wouldn't show up to their damn funeral either.
 

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'Fake news': Trump hits out at poll that shows his disapproval rating is at a record high

  • A new Washington Post/ABC poll gives Trump a 60 per cent disapproval rating
  • Trump tweeted Friday night that the poll is 'fake news' and promoted a Rasmussen poll showing his disapproval rating at 48 per cent
  • 61 per cent of voters saying Trump committed a crime if he directed Cohen to make payments
  • As Trump has vented about the prosecution of former campaign chair Paul Manafort, only 17 per cent said his prosecution is unjustified
  • A majority of 64 per cent said Trump should not fire attorney general Jeff Sessions, who Trump complains lost control of the Justice Department
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The real reason Bob Woodward's book is so damaging for Trump

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Bob Woodward's new book -- "Fear: Trump in the White House" -- exploded onto the political scene on Tuesday morning. It included anecdotes like: President Donald Trump's aides purposely keeping information from him in order to protect the country; a failed mock-interview in preparation for a potential sit-down with special counsel Robert Mueller over Russia; and Trump lashing out at aides, most notably Jeff Sessions, referring to his attorney general as "mentally retarded."

All of this is salacious. And makes for great headlines.

But what's truly worrisome for President Trump and his administration is that the portrait Woodward paints of a chaotic, dysfunctional, ill-prepared White House is all strangely familiar. It's the same vision of the White House that Michael Wolff wrote way back in January in "Fire and Fury." It's the same picture that Omarosa Manigault-Newman constructed in her memoir of her year in the White House. It's the same story that White House reporters at CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and virtually every other mainstream media outlet has told of the Trump White House.

Sure, Omarosa could be a disgruntled former aide trying to make money while exacting revenge on her enemies. Sure, Michael Wolff could have been misled by a few sources with scores to settle with Trump. Sure, reporters could get a detail or two wrong. Sure, Woodward could have cast a scene or two in ways that are less than favorable to Trump.

But how could all -- and I mean all -- of the reporting on this White House reach a striking similar conclusion? The portraits of Trump drawn by Wolff, Omarosa and Woodward are all eerily similar to one another -- a man hopelessly out of his depth in the job, but entirely incapable of understanding how desperately out of depth he actually is. A man motivated almost entirely by personal grievance. A man willing to humiliate people who work for him, to play staffers against one another, to scapegoat underlings to keep blame off of himself. Someone who has so much self-belief that he rarely adequately prepares for situations involving international diplomacy and national security. Top aides who view that their jobs are primarily keeping Trump from causing serious harm, and grousing every step of the way about the man.

And now Bob Woodward -- without question the preeminent political reporter and chronicler of the White House in the last four decades -- has written a book that confirms every bit of the portrayals we've seen about who Trump is, who he surrounds himself and how he conducts his business.

The consistency in those storylines is virtually impossible to explain in any other way than this: It's true. To believe otherwise, you have to convince yourself that not only the entire daily media but also the likes of Wolff and Woodward all got together and agreed on how to portray Trump across tweets, stories and books. Which is, of course, beyond ridiculous.

The Point: What Woodward's book does is confirm all of the negative stories we've already heard about Trump and his administration. This isn't the work of a reporter with credibility problems or a press-loving former aide. This is the story. This is the President and how he really acts and thinks.

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Anthony Scaramucci: Maybe Woodward's book is all true. So, what?
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Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci reacts to Bob Woodward’s tell-all book about President Donald Trump and his administration.
 

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Trump DENIES ever calling Jeff Sessions 'mentally retarded'
Trump slams Woodward's book as a 'fraud' and DENIES ever calling Sessions 'mentally retarded' after claims Kelly called the president an 'idiot' and Mattis bemoaned his grade-school intellect

  • Bombshell book says Kelly and Mattis questioned president's mental faculties
  • President dismissed quotes as 'made up' and accused the author of being biased
  • Trump allegedly called Jeff Sessions 'dumb Southerner' and 'mentally retarded'
  • He denied these claims in another angry tweet posted at 11pm on Tuesday
  • Veteran Watergate journalist Bob Woodward also quotes numerous other aides
  • Claims ex-economy advisor Gary Cohn branded the president 'professional liar'
  • Says lawyer John Dowd told him not to testify to Robert Mueller due to legal peril
  • Dowd allegedly told president: 'Don't testify. It's either that or orange jumpsuit'
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But how could all -- and I mean all -- of the reporting on this White House reach a striking similar conclusion?
Because virtually all of the ones doing said reporting never really wanted him in office. They wanted the hag.

The portraits of Trump drawn by Wolff, Omarosa and Woodward are all eerily similar to one another -- a man hopelessly out of his depth in the job, but entirely incapable of understanding how desperately out of depth he actually is. A man motivated almost entirely by personal grievance.
They are eerily similar because they all wanted the same thing. Ie: Trump not in the WH.
 

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Sanders discredits Woodward book on Trump
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In an interview on ABC, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the new book on President Trump written by journalist Bob Woodward does not depict what is going on inside the White House.
 

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Is that all they've got?

A book?

I was expecting another MK Ultra FF.
 

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'Deny everything that's said about you. Never admit': What Trump told a friend about women
'Deny everything that's said about you. Never admit': What Trump told a friend who had acknowledged bad behavior towards woman is revealed in Woodward book

  • President Trump had advice for a friend who had shown bad behavior toward women, according to Bob Woodward's forth coming book 'Fear'
  • 'Never show weakness. You've always got to be strong. Don't be bullied.'
  • Trump showed a strong response during the 2016 campaign when an interview he did with 'Access Hollywood' was released
  • He has also furiously denied affairs with porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal
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West Wing Witch Hunt: Trump is ordering investigation into who's leaking in the White House
West Wing Witch Hunt: Trump is ordering investigation into who's leaking in the White House in wake of Woodward book and anonymous New York Times opinion piece

  • President Trump wants to know who in his administration is talking to the press
  • His investigation comes in the wake of revelations from Bob Woodward's new book and an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times
  • Trump is asking his loyal aides to discover the leakers
  • There is already a list of suspects
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‘TREASON?’ President Donald Trump Blasts Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed | Hardball | MSNBC
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Rather than dispute the content of the anonymous op-ed late today, the President lashed out at The New York Times.
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Letter Gary Cohn stole from Trump's desk to stop him signing it appears in Woodward book
'TRADE IS BAD': Trump's private scrawlings are revealed in documents stolen off his Oval Office desk that ended up in Bob Woodward's bombshell book in massive White House security breach

  • Journalist Bob Woodward's book lays out how economic advisor took an unsigned memo to start pulling out of the deal from Trump's desk
  • It is described as one of a number of episodes took to manage the president
  • It didn't go through the normal channels where former staff secretary Rob Porter would put it together, according to the book
  • Woodward's book contains a copy of the unsigned draft letter
  • White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied that current aides to Donald Trump believe he is an imbecile
  • Said a series of matching accounts across bombshell books are works of 'fiction' from anonymous sources with axes to grind against the president
  • Feverish hunt for leakers expands as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky recommends lie detector tests

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Trump had inauguration photos edited to make crowd appear larger
Trump demanded that several of his inauguration photos be EDITED to make the crowd appear larger - a day after he was sworn in and saw his meager audience next to Obama's in that viral side-by-side image

  • Donald Trump requested that his inauguration photos be edited, a report said
  • The president and former White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, made phone calls asking that a government photographer make crowds appear larger
  • The calls came one day after Trump was sworn into presidency in January 2017
  • The government photographer said he simply cropped in on extra white space
  • He said he 'assumed' their requests were to have the photos cropped, although that is not what they formally asked for
  • The special request by the president came shortly after he saw the viral side-by-side image of his sparse audience in comparison to Obama's from January 2009
  • It has not been confirmed whether the edited photos were released to the public
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President Donald Trump Talks Impeachment, His Own Mental Health | The Last Word | MSNBC
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Reports describe an increasingly paranoid President Trump after the anonymous NYT op-ed written by a senior WH official. But at a rally in Montana tonight, Trump reflected on impeachment and all the people who say "he's lost it." Tim O'Brien and David Frum join Lawrence to discuss.
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Reports describe an increasingly paranoid President Trump after the anonymous NYT op-ed written by a senior WH official.
That was in fact the whole point of the un-provable "op-ed". To cause him to doubt and second guess the motives of those around him.

So that they could then write articles stating how paranoid he is.

What is paranoia anyways?

Google says it's "a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically elaborated into an organized system."

"Delusions of persecution." Hmmm, seems to me that Trump has been being persecuted since day one. So no delusion there. It's real.

"Unwarranted jealousy". I don't see anything he's doing as being overly jealous, does anyone else? The guys a f'in billionaire in his retirement years who no one was accusing of being a bigoted sexist racist faschist pig.
....until the day he appeared serious about running for POTUS. Then he's suddenly all those things and more. A veritable Hitler they try to say. What I ask is, what changed? Trump? Or all his detractors? All I see is the same rich guy I been seeing for years. Only now he's the POTUS.

"Exaggerated self importance". Ok. This ones at least debatable. However, he is a billionaire. I myself would think that would be a typical characteristic of most billionaires.
....but if you're a billionaire, is it really exaggerated? You probably would be somewhat important just in being a billionare. Certainly to those who work for you.

"Typically elaborated into an organized system". The only "organized system" affecting him is the one attacking him. Because it is in fact an organized system with a lot of power.
With Obozo in office, the media machine mostly gushed over him non stop 24/7. With Trump the opposite is true, but only because he beat their anointed one.
...and it's probably a lot easier being POTUS while being gushed over.


They also say that it's not paranoia if they really are out to get ya. Ask yourself this. Are they out to get him? Did they even give him a fair chance before condemning him?
 
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'I don’t talk the way I am quoted': Trump says quotes in Bob Woodward's bombshell book sound fake
'I don’t talk the way I am quoted': Trump says direct quotes in Bob Woodward's bombshell book sound fake as hunt intensifies for op-ed writer who torched the president in the New York Times

  • President Trump says an anonymous op-ed slamming him in The New York Times was an act of 'treason'
  • Trump called the writer an 'anonymous gutless coward' but twice mangled the pronunciation of 'anonymous' – settling for 'anomonous'
  • Senior aides scrambled Thursday to disown Wednesday's op-ed that slammed the president's leadership style as impetuous, petty and ineffective
  • FBI Director Chris Wray became the latest top official to deny being the author
  • The Woodward book has Trump alternately dropping repeated F-bombs, while also using jargon terms like 'KORUS'
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has suggested lie detector tests for senior aides
  • Outside advisor tells the Times Trump has a list of a dozen suspects
  • Requiring sworn affidavits is an option
  • During his Thursday speech Trump demanded the Times hand him its nameless author's head on a platter 'for the sake of national security'
  • The culprit could be a non-Republican lurking in his administration, Trump suggested, or 'it may be a deep-state person that's been there a long time'
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FBI Director Chris Wray became the latest top official to deny being the author
If I were in Trump's place, I'd have everyone sign a statement under oath and penalty of perjury that states that they agree if they attempt to subvert the Presidents orders in any manner, that it is in fact an act of treason.

That way if they are later shown to be the source, automatic conviction for treason.
....and if they aren't the leak, there'll be nothing to worry about. Hell, I'd ask every gov employee in the Executive Branch sign one in order to keep their jobs.

Edited to add: the people working at all these agencies think it normal to ask all of us to prove our innocence, how 'bout they do the same?
 

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That was in fact the whole point of the un-provable "op-ed". To cause him to doubt and second guess the motives of those around him.

So that they could then write articles stating how paranoid he is.

What is paranoia anyways?

Google says it's "a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically elaborated into an organized system."

"Delusions of persecution." Hmmm, seems to me that Trump has been being persecuted since day one. So no delusion there. It's real.

"Unwarranted jealousy". I don't see anything he's doing as being overly jealous, does anyone else? The guys a f'in billionaire in his retirement years who no one was accusing of being a bigoted sexist racist faschist pig.
....until the day he appeared serious about running for POTUS. Then he's suddenly all those things and more. A veritable Hitler they try to say. What I ask is, what changed? Trump? Or all his detractors? All I see is the same rich guy I been seeing for years. Only now he's the POTUS.

"Exaggerated self importance". Ok. This ones at least debatable. However, he is a billionaire. I myself would think that would be a typical characteristic of most billionaires.
....but if you're a billionaire, is it really exaggerated? You probably would be somewhat important just in being a billionare. Certainly to those who work for you.

"Typically elaborated into an organized system". The only "organized system" affecting him is the one attacking him. Because it is in fact an organized system with a lot of power.
With Obozo in office, the media machine mostly gushed over him non stop 24/7. With Trump the opposite is true, but only because he beat their anointed one.
...and it's probably a lot easier being POTUS while being gushed over.


They also say that it's not paranoia if they really are out to get ya. Ask yourself this. Are they out to get him? Did they even give him a fair chance before condemning him?
Self-importance? Sorry...he's the frickin' POTUS. Most powerful human on the planet? Yeah..."exaggerated". Right. That just blows the entire report...sorry.
 

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'Plaid shirt guy' removed from Trump rally for facial expressions
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A high school student was asked to leave a Trump rally in Montana after making animated facial expressions during the President's speech.
 

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Obama says Trump is 'a symptom, not a cause' in Illinois speech
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President Barack Obama took a direct shot at his successor in a speech Friday, calling President Donald Trump a 'symptom' of a societal problem where powerful forces manufacture and capitalize on 'resentments.' He said his successor has been 'capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.'

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Obama says Trump is 'a symptom, not a cause' in Illinois speech
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President Barack Obama took a direct shot at his successor in a speech Friday, calling President Donald Trump a 'symptom' of a societal problem where powerful forces manufacture and capitalize on 'resentments.' He said his successor has been 'capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.'

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It's about time Obozo admitted to being a f-up.