Misadventures of a minority-elect President 36

Germany strikes back after Trump’s duplicitous claim it owes the U.S. for ‘vast sums’ of defense, George W. Bush gave us Trump, a new tool to let your officials know you’re holding them accountable in the resistance to Trump, the Trump Cabal’s plan to kill fracking rule on public lands, more on the devastating affect Trump’s budget would have on poor working people, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway can’t handle ‘alternative fact’ critics, a fake news story the White House really liked, opining whether or not a leader without credibility can lead, blow back from fraudulent wiretap starts forming and more.

Germany rejects Trump’s claim it owes NATO and US ‘vast sums’ for defense article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/03/19/germany-rejects-trumps-claim-it-owes-nato-and-us-vast-sums-fo/21902568/

George W. Bush Gave Us Donald Trump. Now He Wants To Be Forgiven article from the Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/george-w-bush-trump-forget-history_us_58c6e69ee4b0598c66989c6e

Hopefully American’s won’t forget too easily what he did.

Trump Administration to Kill Fracking Rule on Public Lands article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/environment/trump-administration-kill-fracking-rule-public-lands

Resistbot – a new tool in the resistance against Trump to let your officials know you’re holding them accountable. –
https://resistbot.io/

These Are What the Brutal Consequences of Trump’s Proposed Budget Slash for the Labor Dept. Would Look Like article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/what-slashing-labor-department-budget-21-percent-would-mean

“The proposed $2.5 billion cut would devastate low-income workers.

The Trump administration’s “budget blueprint” would devastate worker safety, job training programs and legal services essential to low-income workers. Its cuts include a 21 percent, or $2.5 billion, reduction in the Department of Labor’s budget.

The budget would reduce funding for or eliminate programs that provide job training to low-income workers, unemployed seniors, disadvantaged youth and for state-based job training grants. It eliminates the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) training grants as well as the independent Chemical Safety Board. Also targeted for elimination is the Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal assistance to low-income Americans.

“Cutting these programs is cutting the safety net for the most vulnerable workers, those striving for the middle class,” said Matt Shudtz, executive director at the Center for Progressive Reform. “This budget would eliminate training programs for them, the kind of things people need to move up in the world. It is very anti-worker and anti- the most vulnerable workers…”

Conway: ‘Alternative fact’ critics are ‘f–ing miserable’ people article from the New York Post. –
http://nypost.com/2017/03/18/conway-alternative-fact-critics-are-f-ing-miserable-people/

Anti-Trump billboard artist receives death threats article from USA Today. –
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/18/anti-trump-billboard-artist-receives-death-threats/99369828/

Here’s a ‘fake news’ post the White House liked article from CNBC. –
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/18/heres-a-fake-news-post-the-white-house-liked.html

“The White House staff has a lot on its plate these days – repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform, immigration, North Korea and Russia, infrastructure, just to name a few.

So they may not have time to actually read everything that comes across their desks before the next tweet or blog post.

Case in point: One of the staff’s daily duties includes updating a White House blog , called “Your 1600 daily,” that rounds up Oval Office memos and news highlights, with links to media reports that often include positive news coverage of the Trump administration.

On Friday, the White House posted a link to what – upon first glance – appeared to be a favorable review of the Trump’s “skinny” budget proposal that would add more than $50 billion in new defense spending by slashing other federal programs…”

Hightower: Trump Is Already Proving He’s a Dunce More Than a Wizard at the Game of Politics article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/hightowertrump-already-proving-hes-dunce-more-wizard-game-politics

Can A Leader Without Credibility Lead? article from Forbes. –
https://www.forbes.com/sites/victorlipman/2017/03/19/can-a-leader-without-credibility-lead/#6cd3a6a344ed

“How would you feel if the CEOs of, say, Rolex, Lego and Walt Disney (who happen to be the top three of Forbes’ 2017 Most Reputable Companies) made consistently false, inaccurate or misleading statements to their investors?

What kind of management would that be? How long could it continue without substantive consequences?

Well, how should we all feel when the “CEO” of the United States, historically one of the most reputable of countries, makes consistently false, inaccurate or misleading statements to the public?

What kind of management is that? How long can it continue without substantive consequences?

Don’t take him literally. “This is the problem with the media – you guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally” was how Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, put it.

Think about it: This is pretty preposterous stuff. If we don’t take our president literally, how are we supposed to take him? Naturally not everyone will agree on policy, but isn’t it reasonable to assume a president will be generally truthful and accurate in what he says (or tweets)?…”

Ex-UK ambassador calls White House wiretap claims ‘gratuitously damaging’ article from the Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/19/white-house-trump-wiretap-uk-ambassador-peter-westmacott

Breitbart Has A Glenn Beck And Rush Limbaugh Problem: Advertisers Despise Hate article from Media Matters. –
https://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/03/16/breitbart-has-glenn-beck-and-rush-limbaugh-problem-advertisers-despise-hate/215707

Trump’s propaganda network is starting to suffer.

Top Dem on House intel panel hopes Comey ends ‘wild goose chase’ over Trump wiretap claims article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/top-dem-on-house-intel-panel-hopes-comey-ends-wild-goose-chase-over-trump-wiretap-claims-171439887.html

Report Confirms Fox News’ Napolitano Repeated Russian Media For His British Intelligence Conspiracy Theory article from Media Matters. –
https://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/03/17/report-confirms-fox-news-napolitano-repeated-russian-media-his-british-intelligence-conspiracy/215751

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