Trump: The Presidency in Peril

People can have a hard time recognizing that they’ve been conned. And Trump is skilled at flimflam, creating illusions. But how long can he keep blaming his failures to deliver on others—Democrats, the “dishonest media,” the Washington “swamp”? None of this is knowable yet. What is knowable is that an increasingly agitated Donald Trump’s hold on the presidency is beginning to slip.

Source: Trump: The Presidency in Peril | by Elizabeth Drew | The New York Review of Books

Top Trump staff caught off-guard by NATO speech: report

President Trump’s national security team was blindsided by his speech last month to NATO leaders that did not reaffirm a key NATO provision, Politico reported.

Trump reportedly disappointed and surprised his own top staff when he did not reaffirm the Article 5 provision during his speech — a measure that was supported by national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The officials reportedly thought that language was included in the speech ahead of its delivery, only realizing a change had been made when Trump spoke.

Source: Top Trump staff caught off-guard by NATO speech: report | TheHill

Trump's Travel Ban Would Have Allowed the London Bridge Attackers into America

Today London Police named two of the three men responsible for the horrendous attacks this past weekend. One was 27-year-old Khuram Butt and the other was 30-year-old Rachid Redouane. Neither of these men were from the list of countries on Donald Trump’s travel ban, so even if London were to screen individuals based on Trump’s methodology, this incident would not have been avoided.

Source: Trump’s Travel Ban Would Have Allowed the London Bridge Attackers into America – IR.net – Independent Reporter

Trump’s Travel Ban Would Have Allowed the London Bridge Attackers into America

Today London Police named two of the three men responsible for the horrendous attacks this past weekend. One was 27-year-old Khuram Butt and the other was 30-year-old Rachid Redouane. Neither of these men were from the list of countries on Donald Trump’s travel ban, so even if London were to screen individuals based on Trump’s methodology, this incident would not have been avoided.

Source: Trump’s Travel Ban Would Have Allowed the London Bridge Attackers into America – IR.net – Independent Reporter

Trump’s DC hotel received $270,000 from Saudi lobbyists trying to gut law allowing victims to sue terrorism sponsors

Do Trump’s voters know that their hero took money from the Saudis to coverup their involvement in 9/11?

The money was spent as part of a lobbying effort against Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which allows U.S. nationals to sue foreign governments for acts of international terrorism, even if the U.S. does not recognize the entity as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Congress passed JASTA in September, overriding a presidential veto signed by former President Barack Obama.

The payments in question were part of a $8.4 million lobbying effort against JASTA. According to documents filed with the Justice Department, the group, Qorvis MSLGroup, paid nearly $200,000 to Trump International for lodging, among other expenses. The group claims its lobbying goal involves “describing the unintended consequences that JASTA poses to U.S. interests, including potential legal liabilities arising for U.S. military, intelligence and diplomatic personnel.”

Donald Trump: Nobody wants to work for him because he is 'crazy', senior Republican says

Donald Trump is struggling to find new staff to work for him because everyone thinks he is “crazy”, a senior member of the US President’s Republican Party has said.

Michael Steele said potential White House employees were put off by an environment in which aides are “flying by the seat of their pants”.

“The talent pool is shrinking, because who wants to sign up for crazy?” added Mr Steele, who served as chairman of the Republican National Committee between 2009 and 2011.

“Nobody wants to step into a situation where you’re flying by the seat of your pants and don’t know whether what you just said will hold up from one news cycle to the next,” he told The Hill. “Nobody is going to be lining up for positions with that much uncertainty.”

Source: Donald Trump: Nobody wants to work for him because he is ‘crazy’, senior Republican says

Donald Trump: Nobody wants to work for him because he is ‘crazy’, senior Republican says

Donald Trump is struggling to find new staff to work for him because everyone thinks he is “crazy”, a senior member of the US President’s Republican Party has said.

Michael Steele said potential White House employees were put off by an environment in which aides are “flying by the seat of their pants”.

“The talent pool is shrinking, because who wants to sign up for crazy?” added Mr Steele, who served as chairman of the Republican National Committee between 2009 and 2011.

“Nobody wants to step into a situation where you’re flying by the seat of your pants and don’t know whether what you just said will hold up from one news cycle to the next,” he told The Hill. “Nobody is going to be lining up for positions with that much uncertainty.”

Source: Donald Trump: Nobody wants to work for him because he is ‘crazy’, senior Republican says