Misadventures of a minority-elect President 62

Chronicling the misadventures of our minority-elect President’s alternate reality, alternative facts and the miscreants that comprise his administration so you don’t have to:

Our illegitimate president accused of political blackmail over his fraudulent Obamacare replacement, White House denies it – consider the source – as Syria military claims US airstrike blows up ISIS chemical weapons depot killing ‘hundreds,’ dropping the ‘mother of all bombs’ in Afghanistan easily construed as a crime against humanity by our war criminal President, our pussy-grabbing minority-elect President is shutting down his modeling agency, dubiously lying about his relationship with Steve Bannon – who is being paranoid since being demoted, the constant flip flopping by our minority-elect President reveals the depths of his incessant ignorance, Trump’s offspring only interested in profiting off their name since daddy’s in the White House, Russia, Iran and Syria warn U.S. over Trump’s war crimes, Trump’s budget director says he’ll cut Social Security whether Trump knows it or not, how our delusional leader acts like a glorified gangster, time to hold Trump accountable, Trump’s confusion over his his military as opposed to the U.S. military, why things could get interesting for Trump if he fires Bannon, bracing for more war from trigger-happy Liar-in-Chief, Bill Moyers ponders whether or not Trump will EVER become President, the presidential learning curve remains steep for Trump, Chinese media having fun at Trump’s expense and much more.

House Democrat accuses President Trump of ‘political blackmail’ article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/13/house-democrat-accuses-president-trump-political-blackmail/22039015/

Syrian Military Claims ‘Hundreds’ Killed After U.S. Airstrike Hits ISIS Chemical Weapons Site article from Newsweek on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/syrian-military-claims-apos-hundreds-165543499.html

You’ll see little mention of this in America’s corporate media. As usual the U.S. denies it, but the best way to get an idea of what is going on in a country is to view their News site(s).

Hundreds Killed as US Bombs ISIS Chemical Depot: Syrian MoD article from Information Clearing House. –
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46856.htm

US drops largest non-nuclear weapon on Afghanistan: A crime against humanity article from the World Socialist Web Site. –
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/04/14/pers-a14.html

“The US military’s dropping of the largest non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border Thursday is a crime against humanity. Even as the US government and the mass media were engaged in a lying propaganda campaign denouncing Syria and Russia for the use of poison gas, the American military was positioning the monstrous weapon—the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB)—for use in Afghanistan.

While the Pentagon has released few details about the impact of the bombing, one can be certain that the total number of deaths resulting from the dropping of the MOAB is a massive multiple of the number killed in the alleged Syrian gas attack, assuming—and this is by no means certain—that the gas attack even took place.

Seventy-two years after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, American imperialism has proven once again that it is the most ruthless and criminal force on the planet.

The use of the MOAB has implications that extend beyond Afghanistan. It demonstrates—and this is, in fact, the principal aim of the attack—that there are no restraints on what the US military is prepared to do in pursuit of the interests of American imperialism…”

The Education of Donald J. Trump article from The Atlantic on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/education-donald-j-trump-161703500.html

Leaked Email: President Trump’s Modeling Agency is Shutting Down article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/leaked-email-trump-models-will-officially-shut-down

That has to hurt our pussy-grabbing President…

AP FACT CHECK: Steve who? Trump shortchanges a relationship article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-fact-check-steve-trump-shortchanges-relationship-185333843–politics.html

Unsurprisingly, Trump is now lying about his relationship with Steve Bannon.

Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility? article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/trump-flip-flop/index.html

The constant flip flopping by our minority-elect President reveals the depths of his incessant ignorance.

White House decides against releasing visitor records article from The AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-decides-against-releasing-visitor-records-170022820–politics.html

More secrecy from our lackluster leader…

Steve Bannon’s Loss of Power Is Turning Him into a Paranoid Lunatic article from GQ. –
http://www.gq.com/story/steve-bannon-is-paranoid

It appears former President Bannon is getting paranoid:

“Steve Bannon is in trouble. And no, not just because the once unstoppable force that was Bannon in the White House has taken a precipitous fall in our Shadow President rankings. No, Steve Bannon is in trouble because he’s made mistake after mistake since the Trump team transitioned from campaign mode to governing mode. Bannon was instrumental in both Muslim bans that were struck down by the courts, he was a major part of the failed health-care bill, and he made the mistake of not just being in charge while Trump’s already tenuous popularity plummeted, but also courting attention.

Bannon appeared on the cover of Time magazine, which seemed to imply that he was secretly pulling all the strings. Combine this with the very public reports of his battle with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and you’ll eventually get the kind of comments Trump made to the New York Post about the Shadow President’s diminishing power.

“I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump said. “I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve. I’m my own strategist and it wasn’t like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary.” He ended by saying, “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”

Well, The Washington Post has a new report out about how Bannon is handling everything and what his future may hold. It turns out the guy who once thought Sarah Palin would make a great president might be somehow getting crazier…”

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US article from The AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-iran-syria-issue-warning-us-120423171.html

Trump’s budget director: Yeah, we’ll cut Social Security, whether Trump knows it or not article from the Daily kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/12/1652551/-Trump-s-budget-director-Yeah-we-ll-cut-Social-Security-whether-Trump-knows-it-or-not

Paul Krugman Explains How Trump Operates Like a Glorified Mobster article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/paul-krugman-explains-how-trump-operates-glorified-mobster

Trump kids push for changes to White House policies to maximize profitability of Trump brand article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-kids-white-house-policy-changes-43c1d6ad5d10

Robert Reich: We’re Letting Trump Behave Like a Dictator article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-were-letting-trump-behave-dictator

“There’s no legal justification for airstrikes in Syria and Afghanistan. The president must be held accountable.

The starkest difference between dictatorships and democracies is that democracies are ruled by laws, and dictatorships are ruled by dictators.

The “rule of law,” as it’s often referred to, stands for laws that emerge from a process responsive to the majority, that are consistently applied, and are applicable to everyone regardless of their position or power.

Donald Trump doesn’t seem to understand this. Within a matter of days, Trump has bombed Syria and a group of fighters in eastern Afghanistan…”

Trump just crossed a line: ‘what I do is I authorize my military’ article from The Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/13/1652928/-Trump-just-crossed-a-line-what-I-do-is-I-authorize-my-military

Steve Bannon Could Make Donald Trump’s Life a Living Hell If He’s Fired article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/steve-bannon-could-make-donald-trumps-life-living-hell-if-hes-fired

FBI director: Public should know of agenda-driven fake news article from The AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-director-public-sensitive-fake-news-150344210–politics.html

Maybe he should stop spreading it himself…

Ask Yourself: Will Donald Trump EVER Become President? article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/14/ask-yourself-will-donald-trump-ever-become-president

“As our institutions bend and buckle and approach the breaking point, the president bombs Syria and is hailed by an obeisant media

It’s been a week now since Donald Trump once again became our president.

Here’s how it happened.

After he unleashed missiles on a Syrian airfield, members of Washington’s national security establishment and elite pundits swooned. Top Democrats and Republicans led the way. Good soldiers all in the military-industrial-political complex, they stood smartly at attention and saluted the commander-in-chief for sending a message to the world, although exactly what the message meant remains far from clear.

The headline above Glenn Greenwald’s story at The Intercept summed up the response: “The Spoils of War — Trump Lavished with Media and Bipartisan Praise for Bombing Syria.” The hawkish Hillary Clinton, who long had been critical of Barack Obama for not bringing Bashar Assad to heel, “appeared at an event” — and this was before the bombing even happened! — “and offered her categorical support for what Trump was planning.”…”

Trump’s praise for the military comes with a caveat article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-praise-the-military-comes-caveat

Nationwide marches set to protest Trump tax returns article from The Hill. –
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/328863-nationwide-marches-set-to-protest-trump-tax-returns

Trump Isn’t George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, or Obama—He’s Trump article from The Atlantic. –
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/donald-trump-is-george-w-bush-hillary-clinton-and-barack-obama-rolled-into-one/523044/

Americans Bracing for More War Under Trigger-Happy Trump article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/14/americans-bracing-more-war-under-trigger-happy-trump

The presidential learning curve remains steep for Donald Trump article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-presidential-learning-curve-remains-steep-donald-trump

“One of Donald Trump’s most important early flip-flops came just 11 days into his presidency. As a candidate, Trump broke with Republican Party orthodoxy and endorsed lowering prices on prescription drugs by using Medicare’s negotiating power. That, however, did not last.

On Jan. 31, after a meeting with executives and lobbyists from the pharmaceutical industry, Trump denounced the idea he used to support, calling it a form of “price fixing” that would hurt “smaller, younger companies.” Trump had one set of beliefs, he heard conflicting information, so he adopted a different set of beliefs.

The Wall Street Journal noted a similar shift this week on the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump was skeptical of Ex-Im Bank, which funds U.S. trade deals, calling it “unnecessary.” The bank has been a target of Republican criticism, which Mr. Trump seized on.

But that view changed earlier this year after he talked to Boeing Co. CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who explained to him what role the bank plays, according to people familiar with the matter.

Explaining his new position, Trump told the Wall Street Journal this week that he “was very much opposed” to the Export-Import Bank, but “it turns out [that] lots of small companies will really be helped.”…”

Chinese Media Can’t Stop Making Fun Of Donald Trump article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-china-media-mocked_us_58f039c5e4b0da2ff85fa722

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