Frank Rich: Donald Trump’s ‘Independence’ Is a Complete Farce

This reporter seems not to have fallen for this ‘new Trump’ charade:

The new coinage that Trump is somehow an “independent,” with its implicit invocation of the Teddy Roosevelts of American history, is a way of dignifying and normalizing erratic behavior that hasn’t changed from the start. It’s the latest iteration of those previous moments when wishful centrist pundits started saying things like “Today Trump became president” simply because he stuck to a teleprompter script when addressing Congress or bombed Syria. Trump is an “independent” in the same way a toddler is. He jumped at the Democrats’ deal solely on impulse. He remains a drama queen who likes to grab attention any way he can, especially when he thinks he can please a crowd, whether the mobs at his rallies or the press Establishment he claims to loathe but whose approval he has always desperately craved. The most telling aspect of this whole incident was his morning-after phone call to Schumer to express his excitement that he was getting rave reviews not only from Fox but CNN and MSNBC as well.

Steve Mnuchin Requested Government Jet for Honeymoon

Rather than ‘draining the swamp’ this looks more like draining the national treasury:

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin requested the use of government jet to fly him and his wife throughout Europe for their honeymoon.

A Treasury Department spokesman confirmed the request to ABC News, saying that Mnuchin asked for government assistance in order to maintain a secure method of communication throughout his travels.

“The Secretary is a member of the National Security Council and has responsibility for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence,” the spokesman said in the statement. “It is imperative that he have access to secure communications, and it is our practice to consider a wide range of options to ensure he has these capabilities during his travel, including the possible use of military aircraft.”