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  #2505479 15-Jun-2020 22:01
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Trump: Final ten feet I ran down to level ground.

Ten feet. This statement belongs in the same category as pandemic reduced to ashes.

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  #2505492 15-Jun-2020 22:09
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The thing that's starting to amaze me after a few years of this topic - not so much all the crazy Trump stuff in this topic although that is amazing. It's all the crazy Trump stuff that didn't make it into this topic.

 
 
 
 


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  #2505517 15-Jun-2020 23:04
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  #2505530 15-Jun-2020 23:17
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That's not hell. Where is the phone that can't tweet and the vegan meal and the abandoned golf links and the exercise treadmill and the new Mexican owner of Mar-a-Lago and the far left Fox News and the empty bronzer bottles and the wall to keep Americans out?

 

 





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  #2505533 15-Jun-2020 23:28
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Rikkitic:

 

That's not hell. Where is the phone that can't tweet and the vegan meal and the abandoned golf links and the exercise treadmill and the new Mexican owner of Mar-a-Lago and the far left Fox News and the empty bronzer bottles and the wall to keep Americans out?

 

 

Don't forget Breitbart.


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  #2506942 17-Jun-2020 20:28
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The Washington Post - Forget vaccines and treatments. The very stable genius has a foolproof coronavirus cure.

 

today

 


Forget vaccines and treatments. The very stable genius has a foolproof cure for the pandemic.

 

“If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any,” President Trump said at the White House Monday.

 

Precisely! And if I stop weighing myself right now, I will gain very few pounds, if any. What we don’t know cannot possibly hurt us. This is very much a part of Trump’s governing philosophy.

 

If he stops John Bolton’s book* from being published, there will be very few damaging revelations, if any.

 

If his Office of Management and Budget stops releasing economic forecasts in its midyear review, the economy will have very few problems, if any.

 

If Trump’s Labor Department asks states to stop the release of their unemployment claims until later, there will be very few jobless people, if any.

 

If the administration stops the public disclosure of recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program, there will be very few cases, if any, of waste, fraud and abuse. ...

 

The head-in-sand strategy has become endemic during the pandemic. 

 



 

* The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton

 






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Stuff: 'A nightmare of traumas': Trump family feud revealed

Trump's niece – the daughter of Fred Jr – has written a book slated to be published in July that could explode the image of a unified Trump family.

In a description of the book posted on Amazon late Monday night, Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, is said to describe “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse.
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/donald-trumps-america/300036981/a-nightmare-of-traumas-trump-family-feud-revealed

 
 
 
 


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  #2507060 18-Jun-2020 08:34
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Surprise!

 

"The president pleaded with Chinese leader Xi Jinping for domestic political help, subordinated national-security issues to his own reelection prospects and ignored Beijing’s human-rights abuses", excerpts from the book "John Bolton: The Scandal of Trump’s China Policy"





 

 

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  #2507063 18-Jun-2020 08:39
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Sorry, the WSJ is behind a paywall - here is an excerpt from the excerpt:

 

 

In Buenos Aires on Dec. 1, at dinner, Xi began by telling Trump how wonderful he was, laying it on thick. Xi read steadily through note cards, doubtless all of it hashed out arduously in advance. Trump ad-libbed, with no one on the U.S. side knowing what he would say from one minute to the next.

 

One highlight came when Xi said he wanted to work with Trump for six more years, and Trump replied that people were saying that the two-term constitutional limit on presidents should be repealed for him. Xi said the U.S. had too many elections, because he didn’t want to switch away from Trump, who nodded approvingly.

 

Xi finally shifted to substance, describing China’s positions: The U.S. would roll back Trump’s existing tariffs, and both parties would refrain from competitive currency manipulation and agree not to engage in cyber thievery (how thoughtful). The U.S. should eliminate Trump’s tariffs, Xi said, or at least agree to forgo new ones. “People expect this,” said Xi, and I feared at that moment that Trump would simply say yes to everything Xi had laid out.

 

Trump came close, unilaterally offering that U.S. tariffs would remain at 10% rather than rise to 25%, as he had previously threatened. In exchange, Trump asked merely for some increases in Chinese farm-product purchases, to help with the crucial farm-state vote. If that could be agreed, all the U.S. tariffs would be reduced. It was breathtaking.

 

The decisive play came in May 2019, when the Chinese reneged on several key elements of the emerging agreement, including all the structural issues. For me, this was proof that China simply wasn’t serious.

 

Trump spoke with Xi by phone on June 18, just over a week ahead of the year’s G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, where they would next meet. Trump began by telling Xi he missed him and then said that the most popular thing he had ever been involved with was making a trade deal with China, which would be a big plus for him politically.

 

In their meeting in Osaka on June 29, Xi told Trump that the U.S.-China relationship was the most important in the world. He said that some (unnamed) American political figures were making erroneous judgments by calling for a new cold war with China.

 

Whether Xi meant to finger the Democrats or some of us sitting on the U.S. side of the table, I don’t know, but Trump immediately assumed that Xi meant the Democrats. Trump said approvingly that there was great hostility to China among the Democrats. Trump then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability and pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win. He stressed the importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words, but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise.

 

Trump then raised the trade negotiations’ collapse the previous month, urging China to return to the positions it had retracted and conclude the most exciting, largest deal ever. He proposed that for the remaining $350 billion of trade imbalances (by Trump’s arithmetic), the U.S. would not impose tariffs, but he again returned to importuning Xi to buy as many American farm products as China could.

 

Xi agreed that we should restart the trade talks, welcoming Trump’s concession that there would be no new tariffs and agreeing that the two negotiating teams should resume discussions on farm products on a priority basis. “You’re the greatest Chinese leader in 300 years!” exulted Trump, amending that a few minutes later to “the greatest leader in Chinese history.”

 





 

 

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  #2507068 18-Jun-2020 08:49
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Putin and Xi must just have a whole room set aside that they can retreat to any time they think of Donald Trump and start laughing so hard they feel faint.





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  #2507077 18-Jun-2020 09:15
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@SaltyNZ:

 

Putin and Xi must just have a whole room set aside that they can retreat to any time they think of Donald Trump and start laughing so hard they feel faint.

 

 

One of the funniest comments ever.





 

 

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  #2507079 18-Jun-2020 09:20
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Bolton apparently claims that the POTUS didn't know that the UK is a nuclear power, thought Finland is part of Russia, and was much closer to making a decision for the US to pull out of NATO than previously reported.

 

 


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  #2507272 18-Jun-2020 12:04
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Rikkitic:

 

That's not hell. Where is the phone that can't tweet and the vegan meal and the abandoned golf links and the exercise treadmill and the new Mexican owner of Mar-a-Lago and the far left Fox News and the empty bronzer bottles and the wall to keep Americans out?

 

 

 

 

Oh no, he has a phone that can tweet but ALL of his tweets are labelled as "misleading or lies"

 

And what would REALLY set him off is Ivanka sitting on Obamas lap.


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  #2507636 18-Jun-2020 18:04
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"Bolton Book Says Trump's Offenses Went Beyond Ukraine"

 

 

The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” (aff link) was obtained by The New York Times in advance of its scheduled publication next Tuesday and has already become a political lightning rod in the thick of an election campaign and a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon.com even before it hits the bookstores.

 

Trump did not seem to know, for example, that Britain was a nuclear power and asked if Finland was a part of Russia, Bolton writes. The president never tired of assailing allied leaders and came closer to withdrawing the United States from NATO than previously known. He said it would be “cool” to invade Venezuela.

 

At times, Trump seemed to almost mimic the authoritarian leaders he appeared to admire. “These people should be executed,” Trump once said of journalists. “They are scumbags.” When Xi explained why he was building concentration camps in China, the book says, Trump “said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which he thought was exactly the right thing to do.” He repeatedly badgered Barr to prosecute former Secretary of State John Kerry for talking with Iran in what he insisted was a violation of the Logan Act.

 

In the face of such behavior, even top advisers who position themselves as unswervingly loyal mock Trump behind his back. During his 2018 meeting with North Korea’s leader, according to the book, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slipped Bolton a note disparaging the president, saying, “He is so full of shit.”

 

But unlike some of the so-called “axis of adults,” as he calls Tillerson and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who tried to minimize what they saw as the damage of the president’s tenure, Bolton used his 17 months in the White House to accomplish policy goals that were important to him, like withdrawing the United States from a host of international agreements he considers flawed, like the Iran nuclear accord, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and others.

 

Bolton thought Trump’s diplomatic flirtation with the likes of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Vladimir Putin of Russia were ill-advised and even “foolish” and spent much of his tenure trying to stop the president from making what he deemed bad deals. He eventually resigned last September — Trump claimed he fired him — after they clashed over Iran, North Korea, Ukraine and a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

 

Bolton did not agree to testify during the House impeachment inquiry last fall, saying he would wait to see if a judge would rule that former aides like him should do so over White House objections. But after the House impeached Trump for abuse of power for withholding security aid while pressuring Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Bolton offered to testify in the Senate trial if subpoenaed.

 

Senate Republicans blocked calling Bolton as a witness even after the Times reported in January that his then-unpublished book confirmed that Trump linked the suspended security aid to his insistence that Ukraine investigate his political rivals. The Senate went on to acquit Trump almost entirely along party lines. But Bolton greatly angered critics of the president for waiting to make his account public until now.

 





 

 

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"Trump wants to find and prosecute whoever told media about bunker visit: NYT"

 

 

President Trump demanded officials find and prosecute people responsible for leaking information about his visit to a bunker beneath the White House amid protests, The New York Times reported. 

 

Trump’s comments regarding the leak about the bunker come as the president has complained to advisers that no matter what he does he, cannot get “good” stories from the press, the Times reported. 

 

He also complained that nothing he does is good enough amid criticism over his handling of the death of George Floyd, according to the report. Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody last month sparked nationwide protests over police brutality. 

 

The Hill reached out to the White House regarding Trump’s reported comments. 

 

Earlier this month, Trump denied reports that he was rushed to an underground bunker as protests grew violent. He told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade during a radio interview that he had gone to the bunker to “inspect” it during the day and not during the protests at night. 

 

Attorney General William Barr, however, later undercut Trump’s claims and seemingly confirmed reports that Trump was rushed to the bunker on the evening of Friday, May 29, as protests near the White House intensified. 

 





 

 

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