[Discussion] Hope to Remember The Trump Administration Thread as being 'transparent and honest'

Let's follow and discuss what our newest presidential administration gets up to, the good, the bad, the lawsuits, and the many many indictments.

bekkilyn wrote:
lunchbox12682 wrote:

I.. what?

If only you knew how to use a map, you wouldn't need to ask!

Too true.

cheeze_pavilion wrote:
lunchbox12682 wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
gewy wrote:

He ended the statement with this gem: "It's worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine," obviously implying that she had pointed at Bangladesh instead of Ukraine, which is patently ridiculous since they're not even in the same continent. Conveniently worded however, in that he's not technically lying, since he's not actually stating that she pointed at Bangladesh.

He probably has Belarus and Bangladesh confused.

Can he show us on a map?

I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and I believe that our I education like such as, South Africa, and the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, our education over here in the US should help the US, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.

Link? Don’t remember seeing Trump saying this.

Jayhawker wrote:
cheeze_pavilion wrote:
lunchbox12682 wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
gewy wrote:

He ended the statement with this gem: "It's worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine," obviously implying that she had pointed at Bangladesh instead of Ukraine, which is patently ridiculous since they're not even in the same continent. Conveniently worded however, in that he's not technically lying, since he's not actually stating that she pointed at Bangladesh.

He probably has Belarus and Bangladesh confused.

Can he show us on a map?

I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and I believe that our I education like such as, South Africa, and the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, our education over here in the US should help the US, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.

Link? Don’t remember seeing Trump saying this.

It was a reference to this

Serengeti wrote:

Yeah, I was joking about Trump having said that.

farley3k wrote:

Totally unrelated bitching on my part.

Tomorrow I am taking my dog to Ankeny, IA for surgery at a vet friends practice. The dog has to stay for several hours and I was expecting to just tootle around Des Moines. Perhaps go to the big mall, or take in a movie, etc.

Now I found out trump will be holding a cult rally in Des Moines. So traffic will be annoying, and there will be a lot of nuts in town. I wonder who much it will tie up the eastern interstate? The airport in Des Moines is on the south side so hopefully they won't have to close any of the roads I will be taking.

Go someplace that won't be crowded, like a library or independent bookstore.

H.P. Lovesauce wrote:
farley3k wrote:

Totally unrelated bitching on my part.

Tomorrow I am taking my dog to Ankeny, IA for surgery at a vet friends practice. The dog has to stay for several hours and I was expecting to just tootle around Des Moines. Perhaps go to the big mall, or take in a movie, etc.

Now I found out trump will be holding a cult rally in Des Moines. So traffic will be annoying, and there will be a lot of nuts in town. I wonder who much it will tie up the eastern interstate? The airport in Des Moines is on the south side so hopefully they won't have to close any of the roads I will be taking.

Go someplace that won't be crowded, like a library or independent bookstore.

Or a church. They'll be off busy worshipping their new messiah.

H.P. Lovesauce wrote:
farley3k wrote:

Totally unrelated bitching on my part.

Tomorrow I am taking my dog to Ankeny, IA for surgery at a vet friends practice. The dog has to stay for several hours and I was expecting to just tootle around Des Moines. Perhaps go to the big mall, or take in a movie, etc.

Now I found out trump will be holding a cult rally in Des Moines. So traffic will be annoying, and there will be a lot of nuts in town. I wonder who much it will tie up the eastern interstate? The airport in Des Moines is on the south side so hopefully they won't have to close any of the roads I will be taking.

Go someplace that won't be crowded, like a library or independent bookstore.

Opera house? Art museum? Science museum? Black History Museum?

Mixolyde wrote:
H.P. Lovesauce wrote:
farley3k wrote:

Totally unrelated bitching on my part.

Tomorrow I am taking my dog to Ankeny, IA for surgery at a vet friends practice. The dog has to stay for several hours and I was expecting to just tootle around Des Moines. Perhaps go to the big mall, or take in a movie, etc.

Now I found out trump will be holding a cult rally in Des Moines. So traffic will be annoying, and there will be a lot of nuts in town. I wonder who much it will tie up the eastern interstate? The airport in Des Moines is on the south side so hopefully they won't have to close any of the roads I will be taking.

Go someplace that won't be crowded, like a library or independent bookstore.

Opera house? Art museum? Science museum? Black History Museum?

I think you missed the Iowa part.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

I think you missed the Iowa part.

Don’t be so hard on my home state, Des Moines has a museum. It’s in the Kum & Go.

A slightly obscure issue that I just found out about and worries me a lot:
Foreign Policy: At Embassies Abroad, Trump Envoys Are Quietly Pushing Out Career Diplomats: “There’s zero support or pushback from the department for the career people,” said one former U.S. official.

Lana Marks is a successful fashion designer and member of U.S. President Donald Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. Though she has no prior diplomatic experience, Marks is also Trump’s ambassador to South Africa, and last month she forced out her second in command, the veteran career foreign service officer David Young. According to multiple current and former officials familiar with the matter, the issue arose following Marks’s attempts to elevate her son to a senior role in the embassy, an apparent violation of State Department rules.

The general rule is that US ambassadors are there to be smiling faces while their #2 are the career diplomats who do the actual diplomatic work. This is alarming.

Another one of those posts where we encounter the "are we supposed to like this post?" dilemma.

Oh, the State department has been critically understaffed for basically the whole of his Presidency. Trump's lack of understanding of soft power will take perhaps a generation to fix for the US, if it even can be fixed at this point.

This is fine...

Washington (CNN)Chad Mizelle, a Trump administration official who is viewed as an ally of senior White House policy adviser and immigration hardliner Stephen Miller, has been tapped to be the Department of Homeland Security's top attorney.
Mizelle has less than 10 years' experience as an attorney and will now run the DHS Office of the General Counsel, which oversees 2,500 attorneys and is ultimately responsible for all of the department's legal determinations.
Mizelle, a 2013 graduate of Cornell Law School, was an associate with a law firm where he represented New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in challenging his "Deflategate" suspension, according to a resume obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by American Oversight, a non-partisan ethics watchdog that investigates what it says is misconduct in the Trump administration.

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I bet John Yoo's happy that it's only a matter of time before he won't be considered history's evilest lawyer any more.

At some point are we going to classify the Federalist Society to be a terrorist organization?
They aren't conservative. They ARE tear-it-down-at-all-costs zealots.

Trump repeatedly asked Reince Priebus if Wisconsin badgers are 'mean to people,' how they 'work,' and what they eat, according to a new book

Priebus was Trump's chief of staff for roughly six months, from when Trump took office to the end of July 2017.

During that time, Trump would often "waste Priebus's time" during briefings about foreign and domestic policy by pelting him with questions about badgers, the book says.

William Barr Says He Will Not 'Be Bullied' in Response to Trump's Attacks

The attorney general said that the president’s attacks on prosecutors’ handling of his friend Roger Stone’s sentencing undermine the legal system and the Justice Department.

I'm having a hard time finding anyone who believes him.

That's the thing, he isn't being bullied. He's doing exactly what he wants to be doing: expanding the power of the executive, and furthering the goals of the GOP. He's dropping this "won't be bullied" thing so he can try and retain an air of credibility and independence.

Hope Hicks is leaving Fox News and coming back to the White House, this time as a senior adviser reporting to Jared Kushner. Her official title will be counselor to the president.

And Trump's longtime personal aide who was fired in 2018 because he was under investigation for financial crimes and an online gambling problem that jeopardized his security clearance is returning from his exile as the senior adviser for campaign operations for Trump 2020. He's now going to be in charge of the Presidential Personnel Office. The PPO recruits and vets 4,000 political appointees all throughout the government, 1,200 of which require Senate approval.

Reroute the swamp!

Investigation is over guys! No one can get in trouble any more and no one's going to ask you to testify against me! Come on back!

Pentagon to divert $3.8 billion from its budget to build more of Trump’s border barrier

WaPo wrote:

The Defense Department said it is diverting $3.83 billion from elsewhere in its budget to build ­177 more miles of President Trump’s border barrier, setting in motion a broader White House plan to take some $7.2 billion from the Pentagon budget this year for the project without congressional approval as Trump heads into the election.

The Pentagon informed Congress on Thursday of its plans to divert the $3.83 billion from the purchase of aircraft and other equipment and instead use the funds for the construction of border barriers. The Pentagon is moving the money using a counternarcotics law that allows the Defense Department to build fencing for other federal, state and local agencies in known drug-smuggling corridors.

According to budget documents reviewed by The Washington Post, the Pentagon is pulling the funding from two F-35 fighter jets and two Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for the Marine Corps; one P-8A reconnaissance aircraft for the Navy; and four C-130J transport planes and eight MQ-9 Reaper drones for the Air Force.

In addition, funding will be diverted from programs to update Humvees and trucks for the Army, buy $1.3 billion in “miscellaneous” new equipment for the National Guard and Reserves and develop certain U.S. Navy vessels. The Pentagon told Congress the funding is either in excess of the military’s needs or is not yet needed given the timeline of the programs in question.

The $7.2 billion the White House is targeting in the Pentagon budget this year would give Trump enough money to complete nearly 900 miles of new barriers by 2022, a plan that allows him to campaign for reelection on his signature immigration initiative — and the budget to pay for it.

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The Trump administration is making the moves without approval from Congress, which under the U.S. Constitution is given the power to appropriate federal funds. Some U.S. states and advocacy groups are challenging the legality of the administration’s plans in federal courts.

While lower courts have temporarily halted the use of military funds, the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court in a separate case have allowed the Trump administration to go forward with the transfers — and barrier construction — while litigation is pending.

Last year, Trump bypassed Congress to take $6.1 billion from the Pentagon budget for the border project.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is challenging the legality of the administration’s actions on border barrier funding in court, said it would move to stop the latest transfer of military funds.

“Multiple courts have ruled that it is illegal for Trump to pillage military funds for his xenophobic border wall,” said Dror Ladin, an attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project. “Not one court has given his unlawful power grab the stamp of approval. We’ll be back in court to block these additional, unauthorized transfers.”

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In a letter to the Pentagon’s acting comptroller, Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.), chairman of the House subcommittee on defense appropriations, said his subcommittee rejected the Defense Department’s latest request to reallocate the funds.

The Pentagon has previously said that by law it doesn’t need approval from Congress to move funds when the amount is lower than the reprogramming cap. It does have a duty to inform Congress, as the Pentagon did Thursday.

In earlier administrations, Defense Department officials typically sought approval from leaders of the relevant congressional committees as a matter of course for large reallocations, even if the approval wasn’t technically required by law.

In his letter to the acting comptroller, Visclosky said that with its unilateral action, the Defense Department was continuing to breach “the historic and unprecedented comity” that has existed between his committee and the Pentagon.

Refill the swamp!

Hey, he said he was going to drain it. He said nothing about leaving it drained.

Seems more like he drained the levees and is filling the swamp.

Something about the phrase "elite tactical agents" makes me picture a 300 pound doofus in body armor.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Something about the phrase "elite tactical agents" makes me picture a 300 pound doofus in body armor.

Think more stormtroopers with armored cars and silencers.

Edit:
BORTAC is closer to SWAT or military special forces than Deputy Billy Bob geared out in some hand-me-down plate carrier and ACOG.

So the military apparently had an extra $7.2 billion this year that it didn't really need? And yet we still can't seem to be able to afford single payer health care.

Chaz wrote:

So the military apparently had an extra $7.2 billion this year that it didn't really need? And yet we still can't seem to be able to afford single payer health care.

But mah taxes will go up!!!1!

- 42 Trillion estimated over the next 10 years paid by US citizens for health care under this current system.

-30 Trillion if it becomes a single payer system.

- 42 trillion and we still have 30 million without insurance.

I would see my taxes increase approximately $500, but I’d not have to pay insurance AND I’d be deductible free... that’s a net gain on both fronts.

People that argue that the government will mess it up are disingenuous, to say the least. They run Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security all just fine when Republicans aren’t actively trying to sabotage those programs.

This whole choosing your healthcare is a dumbf*ck argument. Bernie is offering me a new car, while Pete is telling me I can go ahead and keep my 1994 Toyota Corolla because reasons.

Someone in Mexico: "Hey, remember that time we thought Trump was going to make us pay for his wall?"