Misadventures of a minority-elect President 72

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:

Trump’s latest unintelligible interview is – in addition to profoundly ignorant – something else, it’s much harder making decisions as President than you’d normally make – except the ones that affect your bottom line, pushing his wall funding in spending dispute with Democrats in the final week of his first 100 days – many of which have been filled with resistance, anti-Semitism thriving in Trump’s White House, Trump having a difficult time accepting the fact that he will always be a minority-elect President with no mandate, winners and losers from Trump’s first 100 days, Trump’s ignorance keeps getting in the way, that the GOP keeps obstructing the Trump-Russia investigation speaks volumes as to its validity, the growing disaster of the Trump administration starting to take its toll on the GOP, State Department posts on Mar-a-Lago – our minority-elect President’s Winter White House – raising ethics concern in Trump’s gilded era, a study of our for-profit President’s corporate government is quite revealing and more.

Did Donald Trump just give his most unintelligible interview yet? article from The AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-just-gave-unintelligible-interview-yet-103314679.html

Trump: Decisions as president ‘much harder than you’d normally make’ article from The New York Post. –
http://nypost.com/2017/04/24/trump-decisions-as-president-much-harder-than-youd-normally-make/

Trump pushes wall funding in spending dispute with Democrats article from The AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/budget-deadline-looms-trump-pushes-border-wall-funding-071957498–politics.html

100 days of Trump Resistance: the wins so far and battles to come article from The Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/24/100-days-of-trump-resistance-wins-so-far-battles-to-come

“As President Trump approaches 100 days in office, Adam Gabbatt surveys the resistance movement’s biggest moments so far, key groups, and challenges ahead

It’s not just by chance that Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been so underwhelming. The president’s failure to pass healthcare reform, to ban people from entering the country, and arguably to achieve anything of note (beyond his supreme court justice) is down, in no small part, to the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

Activists have pressured their representatives, held mass demonstrations and scrambled to protect those at risk in a rollercoaster few months. Trump has until January 2021 to turn things around, but there seems little sign of the resistance fading away…”

The Stain of Anti-Semitism at the White House Isn’t Going Away article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/anti-semitism-white-house-isnt-going-away

Trump’s 100 days: what we’ve learned article from The Hill. –
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/330019-trumps-100-days-what-weve-learned

How do Donald Trump’s first 100 days rate historically? article from Politifact. –
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/apr/24/donald-trump/how-do-donald-trumps-first-100-days-rate-historica/

Trump’s dubious claim of having accomplished more in his first 90 days is patently false.

Donald Trump Reportedly Made Melania Promise She’d “Get Her Body Back” Before He Agreed to Have a Kid article from Elle. –
http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a44729/donald-trump-melania-trump-pregnancy-body/

ANALYSIS: How Trump accomplished so little yet so much in first 100 days article from ABC News. –
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/analysis-trumps-impact-exceeds-accomplishments-100-days/story?id=46970907

“Amid the chaos and disruption that have defined President Trump’s first 100 days, a giant contradiction breaks through.

Few modern presidents have accomplished so little in the opening months of their time in office. And yet few modern presidents have done more.

Trump has so far failed to deliver on most of the cornerstone commitments of his candidacy. His legislative agenda is stalled, his foreign-policy evolutions have brought more tensions, not fewer, and his travel ban and border wall have been effectively blocked by the other branches of government.

In terms of basic governance, Trump may even struggle to avoid a government shutdown right around Day 100. He has conducted himself in a way that has veered wildly from facts — with time wasted on unsubstantiated accusations that threaten to diminish the power of the presidency…”

Trump administration can’t keep its story straight on ‘Dreamers’ article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-administration-cant-keep-its-story-straight-dreamers

Trump fumes about supposedly ‘fake’ polls giving him a dismal approval rating article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-fumes-supposedly-fake-polls-giving-dismal-approval-rating-131804187.html

Trump can’t handle the fact that he’s a minority-elect President with no mandate whatsoever.

Winners and losers of Trump’s first 100 days article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/winners-losers-trumps-first-100-days-172242831.html

Wall Street, investment brokers, CEO’s, the Pentagon, Carrier workers, energy and auto companies and Ivanka Trump were the winners. Losers included Obamacare recipients, Federal bureaucrats, immigrants, the marijuana industry, forgotten idiots that voted for him and Trump himself.

Donald Trump’s ignorance keeps getting in the way article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/donald-trumps-ignorance-keeps-getting-the-way

“There’s much to discuss in Donald Trump’s stunning interview with the Associated Press, but it’s worth pausing to pay special attention to the president’s explanation for his criticism of NATO.

“They had a quote from me that NATO’s ‘obsolete.’ But they didn’t say why it was obsolete. I was on Wolf Blitzer, very fair interview, the first time I was ever asked about NATO, because I wasn’t in government. People don’t go around asking about NATO if I’m building a building in Manhattan, right? So they asked me, Wolf … asked me about NATO, and I said two things. NATO’s obsolete – not knowing much about NATO, now I know a lot about NATO – NATO is obsolete, and I said, ‘And the reason it’s obsolete is because of the fact they don’t focus on terrorism.’”

For now, let’s put aside NATO’s counter-terrorism work and instead focus on Trump’s welcome concession: when he first started publicly discussing his perspective on the alliance, he didn’t “know much” about NATO. After all, his focus was on New York real estate, not international affairs.

He did, however, pontificate anyway, criticizing NATO while seeking the nation’s highest office…”

Trump Is Totally Reliant on the Media – Maybe That’s Why He Pretends to Hate It So Much article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/media/trump-totally-reliant-media-maybe-thats-why-he-pretends-hate-it-so-much

The Senate investigation into Trump-Russia is a hot mess article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/senate-investigation-trump-russia-mess-dc8c708f8baa

The fact that the GOP keeps obstructing the investigation speaks volumes as to its validity.

Robert Reich: How Trump Degraded the Presidency in Just 100 Days article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/robert-reich-how-trump-degraded-presidency-just-100-days

Trump reportedly asked Trumpcare opponents to tell the press their meetings with the president ‘went great’ article from Business Insider. –
http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-asked-ahca-opponents-to-say-meetings-went-great-2017-4

Is there anything our lackluster Liar-in-Chief tells the truth about?

Donald Trump has one real measure of success: Ratings article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/24/politics/donald-trump-ratings/

“For the decade-plus before he decided to run for office, Donald Trump was a reality TV star. And from that experience, Trump has drawn one, clear conclusion: Ratings are the only measure of success that mean anything in this world.

That emphasis on watchability has pervaded his White House and is the single best way to understand how Trump views his presidency, the media and the world.

Two recent examples make this focus on ratings crystal clear:

1. The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker and Bob Costa reported Monday on a recent working lunch at the White House where the topic of press secretary Sean Spicer came up — specifically whether Trump was considering firing the sometimes-embattled mouthpiece. “I’m not firing Sean Spicer,” Trump said, according to an attendee who relayed the encounter. “That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.”

2. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump was asked about why he hasn’t been more successful in changing minds of those who disagree with him…”

Republicans sound alarm on Trump’s troubles ahead of 2018 article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/24/trump-congress-midterms-2018-237505

Donald Trump’s Presidency Has Inspired 11,000 Women To Run For Office article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trumps-presidency-has-inspired-11000-women-to-run-for-office_us_58fd863ae4b06b9cb917d111

I voted for Trump and I feel betrayed article from The Dallas Morning News. –
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/04/24/voted-trump-feel-betrayed

State Department Posts on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Raises Ethics Concern article from NBC News. –
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/state-department-posts-trump-s-mar-lago-raises-ethics-concern-n750406

President Trump’s Corporate Government article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/24/president-trumps-corporate-government

“America has never seen anything like this.

We’re 100 days into Corporate Government.

While giant corporations have for decades and on a bipartisan basis exerted far too much influence over government decision-making, we’ve never seen anything like the Trump administration.

The key officials in the federal government, starting with the president himself, come from Big Business; the administration openly seeks guidance and direction from giant corporations and corporate CEOs on policymaking; and the Trump administration is rushing to deliver subsidies, tax breaks and deregulatory gifts to the giant corporations to which the administration apparently owes its primary allegiance.

A day-by-day review of the administration’s first 100 days in office shows that virtually every day there has been a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests and/or another development in Donald Trump’s get-rich-quick-scheme known as the American presidency…”

A copy of Public Citizen’s FOR-PROFIT PRESIDENT report can be found here (PDF).

Etiquette experts share troubling analysis of Trump marriage article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/24/etiquette-experts-decode-trump-marriage/22053400/

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