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  # 2130054 20-Nov-2018 10:10
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He isn't winning the game, so lets change the rules. Acosta has his pass back, and all reporters are now allowed only one question, unless Trump or officials allow it. So Mr Acosta, what is your one question, so Mr/Ms Other Journo, fire away with as many as you like (if they suit me)


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  # 2130170 20-Nov-2018 12:09
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linw:Lower than a snake's belly. 

 

Even worse. The snake's belly is a legitimate and useful part of its body.

 

Trump isn't even a legitimate member of the human race, let alone useful.





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  # 2130202 20-Nov-2018 12:47
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Breaking news: Ivanka Trump has been exposed using personal email account to send government emails for months and months. Something deliciously ironic there. 

 

 





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  # 2130269 20-Nov-2018 13:57
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Rikkitic:

Breaking news: Ivanka Trump has been exposed using personal email account to send government emails for months and months. Something deliciously ironic there. 


 



https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ivanka-trump-used-a-personal-email-account-to-send-hundreds-of-emails-about-government-business-last-year/2018/11/19/6515d1e0-e7a1-11e8-a939-9469f1166f9d_story.html

Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails about government business last year

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By Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey

"Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with a White House examination of her correspondence.

White House ethics officials learned of Trump’s repeated use of personal email when reviewing emails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies to respond to a public records lawsuit. That review revealed that throughout much of 2017, she often discussed or relayed official White House business using a private email account with a domain that she shares with her husband, Jared Kushner.

The discovery alarmed some advisers to President Trump, who feared that his daughter’s practices bore similarities to the personal email use of Hillary Clinton, an issue he made a focus of his 2016 campaign. Trump attacked his Democratic challenger as untrustworthy and dubbed her “Crooked Hillary” for using a personal email account as secretary of state.

Some aides were startled by the volume of Ivanka Trump’s personal emails — and taken aback by her response when questioned about the practice. Trump said she was not familiar with some details of the rules, according to people with knowledge of her reaction.
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The Washington Post - It’s time for the rats to leave Trump’s sinking ship

 


November 19

 

Like a television show that has jumped the shark, President Trump’s frantic act grows more desperate and pathetic by the day.

 

Asked by Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” to grade his presidency, Trump absurdly replied: “Look, I hate to do it, but I will do it, I would give myself an A-plus. Is that enough? Can I go higher than that?”

 

Much closer to the mark is the assessment by Republican lawyer and operative George Conway, the husband of one of Trump’s closest White House aides, counselor Kellyanne Conway: “The administration is like a s---show in a dumpster fire.”

 

And it is all getting worse. The cravenness, incompetence, corruption, dysfunction, insanity - all of it.

 

Trump is anxious to award himself high marks because the nation, in no uncertain terms, just flunked him ...

 

In the Churchillian sense, the midterm election was the “end of the beginning.” My understanding is that rats tend to leave a sinking ship.

 

 





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  # 2130501 20-Nov-2018 16:49
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The Washington Post - Trump is surrounded by fools

 

This short article is behind a paywall, so I am quoting it in full:

 



By Dana Milbank, November 19

 

President Trump is surrounded by fools.

 

There’s that fool William H. McRaven, Special Operations commander of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and the other fools in the U.S. military, who should have brought down bin Laden “a lot sooner,” because “everybody in Pakistan” - all 208 million of them - knew the terrorist leader was living in “a nice mansion.” Trump alone “predicted Osama bin Laden” in 2000 when “nobody really knew who he was.”(Were they waiting for Trump to give them bin Laden’s Zip code plus four?)

 

There are the fools in the CIA, who have concluded based on so-called evidence that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered last month’s killing of Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. But Trump alone understands that we’ll never know the truth, because the crown prince denied involvement “maybe five different times.”

 

There’s that fool Chris Wallace at Fox News, who didn’t understand why Trump skipped Arlington National Cemetery on the Monday after Veterans Day after skipping a visit to a U.S. military cemetery in France two days earlier. But Wallace, if he were wiser, would have known Trump was “extremely busy on calls for the country” as well as “doing other things.”

 

There are the foolish Finns who, after Trump claimed Finland avoided forest fires because “they spent a lot of time on raking,” are now mocking him by posing with garden tools in the woods. But Trump knows Finnish forest-raking is real because Finland’s president, Sauli Niinisto, told him about it just last week (even if Niinisto can’t remember this).

 

Worst of all are the fools in California - people who insist on calling the fire-destroyed town there “Paradise” instead of “Pleasure,” as Trump prefers to call it - who assert that the fires were caused by drought instead of their own mismanagement. As Trump well knows, “there is no drought” in California and there is “plenty of water.”

 

No one has suffered as many fools as Trump has. But this is to be expected when a “very stable genius” leads a “stupid country.”

 

Trump knows “more about courts than any human being.” He knows “more about steelworkers than anybody.” He knows “more about ISIS than the generals do,” and “more about offense and defense than they will ever understand.” He knows “more about wedges than any human being that’s ever lived.” He even knows more about medicine than his doctor, dictating a doctor’s letter predicting he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

 

How does Trump know so much about so many things? Explaining his disagreement with scientists on climate change, Trump told the Associated Press: “My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years. Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science.”

 

Given Trump’s natural scientific instinct, you don’t need a B.S. from Trump University to know how frustrating it must be to be contradicted repeatedly by “experts” - some in his own administration!

 

The intelligence community unanimously believes that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but Trump’s instinct says there’s no reason to disbelieve Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials.

 

Satellite imagery shows that North Korea has enhanced its ability to launch missiles, but Trump says, “I don’t believe that.”

 

The scientific consensus supports the theory of climate change, but Trump says “it could very well go back” to cooling.

 

Trump’s instinct has led him to a number of scientific discoveries over time:

 

  • “The worst hurricanes were 50 years ago.”
  • Vaccines cause autism in “many” healthy children.
  • The flu shot is “totally ineffective.”
  • Exercise is unhealthy.
  • Coal is “indestructible.”
  • Windmills are a “killing field” for birds and can make people who live near turbines “go crazy after a couple of years.”
  • It’s okay to look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse.
  • California is “shoving” water out to sea “to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish.”

With such a high level of technical expertise, Trump waited 19 months into his presidency to name a White House science adviser. More than 1,000 members of the National Academy of Sciences accuse Trump of the “denigration of scientific expertise and harassment of scientists.”

 

But they don’t understand. Trump knows more about science than the scientists do.

 

And this is the problem with being surrounded by fools: Though Trump gives his presidency an “A-plus,” most Americans - about 60 percent - do not appreciate his brilliance.

 

He deserves better - and he should demand it. He should walk away, withdraw his excellence, maybe get a place in Pleasure  and leave us to suffer our own foolish “scientists” and “experts” and “facts.”

 

That would really show us.

 

 





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Trumpy is probably wondering why Mr Einstein didn't stick his hand up to be his new science adviser.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2130515 20-Nov-2018 18:09
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Ivanka used private email for government business.

 

 

vanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with a White House examination of her correspondence.

 

White House ethics officials learned of Trump’s repeated use of personal email when reviewing emails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies to respond to a public records lawsuit. That review revealed that throughout much of 2017, she often discussed or relayed official White House business using a private email account with a domain that she shares with her husband, Jared Kushner.

 

The discovery alarmed some advisers to President Trump, who feared that his daughter’s prac­tices bore similarities to the personal email use of Hillary Clinton, an issue he made a focus of his 2016 campaign. He attacked his Democratic challenger as untrustworthy and dubbed her “Crooked Hillary” for using a personal email account as secretary of state.

 

Some aides were startled by the volume of Ivanka Trump’s personal emails — and taken aback by her response when questioned about the practice. She said she was not familiar with some details of the rules, according to people with knowledge of her reaction.

 

The White House referred requests for comment to Ivanka Trump’s attorney and ethics counsel, Abbe Lowell.

 

In a statement, Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Lowell, acknowledged that the president’s daughter occasionally used her private email before she was briefed on the rules, but he said none of her messages contained classified information.

 

 

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  # 2130517 20-Nov-2018 18:15
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I think what President Doofus is trying to say, is that, if he lived in a stable with a bunch of geriatric horses, he might be the smartest one there.





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  # 2130737 21-Nov-2018 06:45
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I see a judge has barred Trump from refusing asylum for illegal border crossers


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  # 2130800 21-Nov-2018 08:33
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It was never about denying asylum. IT was always about gaining points for the deplorables, and creating a distraction.

From Trump perspective, if he had been allowed to deny asylum, he'd pleased the deplorables.

Since a judge ruled he can't, he can say "I tried, but the Judges won't allow me"

I suggest he was trying to weaken checks-and-balances, but I think it was a happy mistake for him.

Hopefully he won't start a war, or launch nukes, in another distraction.

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  # 2130801 21-Nov-2018 08:42
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Ok, understood

 

As to war and nukes, never happen.


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The Washington Post - Trump’s statement smearing Jamal Khashoggi and giving Saudi Arabia a pass

 

November 20

 

President Trump on Tuesday pretty much erased any doubt that he wouldn’t hold the Saudi royal family accountable for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi - even as the CIA has concluded with high confidence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind it.

 

Below is the statement in full:  (paywall)

 

 

America First!

 

The world is a very dangerous place!

 

The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.”

 

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has agreed to spend billions of dollars in leading the fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism.

 

After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries - and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!

 

The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone. Indeed, we have taken strong action against those already known to have participated in the murder. After great independent research, we now know many details of this horrible crime. We have already sanctioned 17 Saudis known to have been involved in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, and the disposal of his body.

 

Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that - this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!

 

That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world!

 

I understand there are members of Congress who, for political or other reasons, would like to go in a different direction - and they are free to do so. I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America. After the United States, Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world. They have worked closely with us and have been very responsive to my requests to keeping oil prices at reasonable levels - so important for the world. As President of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm.

 

Very simply it is called America First!

 

 

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Ivanka plans for the future:

 

 


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