And things will only get worse under this madman in the White House. Trump combines incredible incompetence and frightening Fascistic tendencies:
The latest MSC report followed up on last year’s forecast that the United States under President Donald Trump could forfeit its established role as the guarantor of international security by acting unilaterally and furthering an American-centric vision at the cost of its traditional allies.
Under Trump, the US has given up on policies based on shared values, showing little interest in developing regional or global institutions that shape international relations, and instead favoring bilateral ties that serves its own interests, according to the report’s assessment.
After the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that it was planning a military parade at the request of President Donald Trump, one retired general wasn’t having it….
“The military is not Donald Trump’s to use and abuse in this way. Our military is the very best in the world — they are not to be reduced to stagecraft to prop up Donald Trump’s image. Any commander in chief who respects the traditions of the military would understand that.
Unfortunately, we do not have a commander in chief, right now, as much as we have a wannabe banana republic strongman.”
The Trump administration has refused to join several North and South American nations in supporting same-sex marriage and transgender rights.
Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights found Costa Rica in violation of its treaty obligations under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) for LGBT people, and ordered 16 nations in the region to make same-sex marriage legal.
After that decision, seven countries in the Organization of American States (OAS) LGBTI Core Group signed a statement supporting the court’s opinion.
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay all signed the statement, with the United States the only member of the OAS LGBTI Core Group that refused to do so. Trump’s refusal is all the more glaring given Chile, which currently does not have marriage equality, supported the measure.
Congressman Trey Gowdy’s comments help put to rest the crazy Trump/GOP/FOX News hype over the ‘Nunes Memo.’ What was intended to save Trump from Mueller is a gigantic flop:
“I’m sure the president is frustrated,” Gowdy said. “So I’m sure that that instructs some of what he said. I actually don’t think it is has any impact on the Russia probe for this reason.”
“There is a Russia investigation without a dossier,” Gowdy said. “So to the extent the memo deals with the dossier and the FISA process, the dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower. The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica.”
“It also doesn’t have anything to do with obstruction of justice. So there’s going to be a Russia probe, even without a dossier,” he said.
President Trump is a FOX News creation. Therefore, in order to bring the current occupant of the White House to justice we must hold FOX accountable. That includes boycotting and protesting the network:
Fox News and Sean Hannity have, through their own brand of propaganda, successfully manipulated the president of the United States into taking action that the FBI has “grave concerns” about and that his own Justice Department described as “extraordinarily reckless.”
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee took an unprecedented vote this week to declassify a memo prepared by Republican staff of Chairman Devin Nunes that accuses the DOJ and FBI of abusing their authority to obtain a surveillance order from the FISA court. On Friday, Trump chose to release the document.
This should be a top story. But the press can’t walk and chew gum. It has to beat to death the same thing. America going bankrupt is a national security matter. Therefore it’s just as important as the Russians interfering in our elections and whether Trump colluded with Putin. Trump, and the GOP, bankrupting America should be in the news every day:
It was another crazy news week, so it’s understandable if you missed a small but important announcement from the Treasury Department: The federal government is on track to borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year — Trump’s first full year in charge of the budget.
That’s almost double what the government borrowed in fiscal year 2017.
Here are the exact figures: The U.S. Treasury expects to borrow $955 billion this fiscal year, according to a documents released Wednesday. It’s the highest amount of borrowing in six years, and a big jump from the $519 billion the federal government borrowed last year.
Treasury mainly attributed the increase to the “fiscal outlook.” The Congressional Budget Office was more blunt. In a report this week, the CBO said tax receipts are going to be lower because of the new tax law.
This should be a top story along with the Russia investigation. How could the U.S. government not have an ambassador to a country where we have tens of thousands of troops. In an area where war could break out at any time. It shows this President has no understanding, or concern, for American national security:
…for more than a year now since the departure of the last American ambassador, Mark Lippert, a veteran of Barack Obama’s White House staff, a gregarious figure, accessible and outspoken. While North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has been ordering missile shots and South Korea has undergone a cataclysmic domestic leadership transition, the U.S. embassy here has plodded on with no one to enunciate U.S. policy definitively through the first year of Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency.
This administration could have appointed someone who would’ve been very capable. But was pulled because he wasn’t insane enough for this White House. That begs the question: who is crazier Kim Jong Un or Donald Trump:
For nearly six months now, American diplomats could also note that one of America’s leading scholars, a veteran of the White House staff of George W. Bush, a bona fide conservative often reviled by liberals for his “hardline” views, was about to take the post. Victor Cha, a distinguished professor at Georgetown University and chief Korea expert at the influential Center for Strategic and International Studies, a powerful Washington think tank, seemed ideally suited for the post.
Alas, that’s not to be. Cha may have been targeted by liberals as a right-winger with close ties to South Korean as well as American corporations, but he clearly wasn’t enough to the right to suit everyone. No sooner had the White House dropped his name from the running this week, Cha had an op-ed in the Washington Post outlining his opposition to a preemptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities—not even a “bloody nose” attack that some White House figures believe could be carried out without inspiring the massive response that everyone fears.
Over on Fox News, Shep Smith and Chris Wallace were also decidedly unimpressed with the memo’s findings. “It’s a bombshell, it’s a smoking gun, look at it, it’s a disgrace what’s happening in this country, if you look at it you see it, it’s a disgrace,” Smith said, mocking those on the far-right who believes it proves FBI misconduct. Smith then threw his hands up in the air and said, “I don’t see it, I’ve looked at it, I’ve seen it, I don’t see it.”
He is saying something that is becoming increasingly clear. And everyday that passes we learn more:
[Nick] Akerman said on MSNBC, “This is a job that is being done for Putin. It really — ironically confirms everything that Christopher Steele said. The reason Christopher Steele went to the FBI in the first place was because he believed he was seeing a crime in action. That is a major political candidate for president who is under the thumb of the Soviets — or I shouldn’t say Soviet, but the Russians and was subject to blackmail. And that is what it looks like is happening.”
Not convinced. Then why does Trump defy the entire Congress (in violation of the law) by not enforcing sanctions on Russia?:
The U.S. State Department said on Monday a 2017 U.S. law was deterring billions of dollars in Russian defense sales, but it did not announce any sanctions under the measure designed to punish Russia for allegedly seeking to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation are deterring Russian defense sales,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “Since the enactment of the … legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions.”
With the statement, President Donald Trump’s administration signaled it was not imposing new sanctions under a bill he reluctantly signed into law in August, just six months into his presidency.