Monday, February 20, 2017

The Trump Daily Thought

The Trump Presidency
The Second 30 Days 
The First 30 Days

Between Election And Inauguration
The Third 10 Days
The First 30 Days

March 21, 2017, T+60: Ivanka moves into West Wing and the mainstream press doesn't know how to handle this. Can you imagine if a disbarred lawyer running a "pay for play" foundation were in the West Wing? My hunch is that it would not even be a news story. 

March 20, 2017, T+59: NSA has some 'splainin' to do. Documents reveal that Trump family was indeed under surveillance by at least one US intelligence agency.

Marh 19, 2017, T+58: the week that guaranteed Trump's re-election. The Congressional Budget Office "marked up" the TrumpCare bill. This is key: Democrats tried to focus on the CBO's guestimate as to how many Americans would choose to buy Obamacare insurance without the threat of fines and taxes. Answer: very few. This speaks to how unattractive Obamacare insurance products were and are. One could have added: how many folks will actually lose access to medical care under TrumpCare? Answer: even fewer.

March 18, 2017, T+57: anyone who doesn't think the Trump Tower wasn't "under surveillance" by US intelligence agencies is either naive or brain dead. Just ask Angela Merkel what she thinks.

March 17, 2017, T+56: Trump has his mojo back. Earlier this week he said he would drop "climate change" from environmental reviews. Today it's being reported he will pull back EPA's fuel efficiency determination, "opening the door for reduced standards."

March 16, T+55: President Trump needs to let tech industry know they can either support better vetting of "immigrants" from unstable governments or expect massive slowdown in work permits; this is not rocket science.

March 15, T+54: getting back into his groove; will drop "climate change" from environmental reviews. President Trump needs to keep doing similar things to regain momentum.

March 14, T+53: it appears the "smart" Republicans don't want their name attached to any healthcare bill unless it's clearly titled "The Bill That Repeals ObamaCare" and means what it says. Right now, it looks like ObamaCare will simply wither on the vine. But stranger things have happened.

March 13, 2017, T+52: all remaining US attorneys general asked to resign or be fired -- fake news. It's nothing new. 

March 12, 2017, T+51: moving into the second half of the first 100 days. The Senate remains on track to confirm the President's cabinet by President Pence's first term. NYT says it's the slowest transition in the nation's history. And the president's own party is in charge. The Senate is in session eight days in April. It's amazing the government can keep functioning with so few key players in place. Can you say "Deep State"?

March 11, 2017, T+50: overnight, it seems, the conversation has changed. Now it's all about the former administration wire-tapping the opponent during the campaign, and the current surveillance of Americans by national intelligence agencies, whether or not either are true, it really doesn't matter does it? The important thing is the narrative.

March 10, 2017, T+49: fight is on. US Marines on the ground in Syria, attacking Raqqa, the ISIS capital.

March 9, 2017, T+48: this is really, really cool. Why would the FBI director, Comey, "ask" Jeff Sessions the Attorney General to not investigate allegations of wiretapping Trump Towers? The answer: Comey knows where the investigation would lead. Two facts (at least as we know them, and as reported by The New York Times):
  • one of Trump's aides was wiretapped
  • that aide did indeed work out of Trump Towers where he would have been wiretapped
A third fact:
  • anyone using the same phone (or phones) that were used and wiretapped by that aide would also have had their conversations "tapped" by the "tapping organization" (the FBI, in this case)
And there you have it.

By the way, doesn't Comey work for Jeff Sessions? Yes, but Comey wears two hats, and it is his "second hat" that is requesting that the Justice Department not investigate.

March 8, 2017, T+47: from elsewhere --  
"If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, period."
"Your insurance premiums will go down by $2,500."
"There is not a smidgen of truth my IRS targeted conservative non profits."
"My AJ and Bill Clinton only met on the tarmac to talk about grand kids."
"I did not order Trump Towers bugged."
March 7, 2017, T+46: one has to laugh. With regard to the Trump Towers wire-tap, the Los Angeles Times says Trump makes the claim with NO proof; sort of like the alt-left saying, without proof, that the Russians influenced the 2016 US election. I can't make this stuff up.

March 6, 2017, T+45:
Trump says Trump Towers was wire-tapped during the 2016 campaign.
Obama says no.

Who are you gonna believe?
March 5, 2017, T+44: looking forward to alt-left scandal-du-jour.

March 4, 2017, T+43: I find Senator Schumer small, trivial, mean, ... I would call him a worm, but I find worms, at least earthworms more pleasant. Perhaps I could call him a tapeworm. 

March 3, 2017, T+42: it may be time for the attorney general to appoint an independent counsel to look into a) the money President Obama gave Kenya on the last day he was in office; and, b) the Clinton Foundation.

March 2, 2017, T+41: time to start thinking BIG -- President Trump, February 28, 2017.

March 1, 2017, T+40: whatever happened to the Ukraine, the Crimean, the Baltic states, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Brexit, Greece implosion, Venezuela implosion, Mexico?

February 28, 2107, T+39: the Trump rally is a "huge indictment" of the Obama administration, how absolutely abysmal that administration really was. It explains why the alt-left is working so hard to delegitimize this administration.

February 27, 2017,T+38: elitists vs populists. Very interesting phenomenon.

February 26, 2017, T+37: Trump says he won't attend annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. Good for him. I wouldn't either. He takes the presidency all too seriously.

February 25, 2017, T+36: from what little I get from the press, I'm led to believe that Trump's instincts are better than the generals he appointed to his inner circle. He was correct: politically, he knows more than the generals. Exactly what he said. 

February 24, 2017, T+35: is it just me or are we seeing fewer media attacks on Trump?

February 23, 2017, T+34: this is pretty remarkable. Trump, in one toss-away sentence has boxed Sweden into a bad, bad corner. Everyone knows that Sweden has an immigration problem, not least of which, Sweden. But now, because of Sweden's reaction (necessitated by mainstream media), Sweden cannot take any action, repeat, any action, that would seem to be anti-immigration of illegal aliens or anti-immigration of anyone who has no plans to assimilate into Sweden's culture. I find that very, very remarkable. Sweden has been boxed into a corner by a single toss-away sentence uttered by the US president during a typical Trump rally. [Update, February 24, 2017: The New York Times has a huge article on Sweden struggling with immigration issues. Link here.]

February 22, 2017, T+33: maybe it's just me, but we haven't heard from Kellyanne Conway in a long time. In addition to everything else, she looked exhausted. I truly hope she is taking some time off to spend with her children. Seriously.

February 21, 2017, T+32: even many Dems say they are happy with Trump's choice for National Security Advisor. But why wouldn't they? The position does not need Senate confirmation.

February 20, 2017, T+31: Trump changes the conversation. Again. And, of course, he's right. Again.

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