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Trump Presidency

Bernnie Federko

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There have been many holy-crap-that-did-not-just-happen days in the Trump White House. But few top the soap opera of Oct. 16, 2019 — exactly Day 1,000 of the Trump presidency.
  • A GOP official in California told Axios' Margaret Talev: "The needle on the Batsh*t Crazy Meter may have gone past the red zone today."
Roll the camera:
  • A one-page letter from Trump to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (read it below) sounded fake when it first surfaced on Twitter, but was real: "Let's work out a good deal! You don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy — and I will. ... Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool! I will call you later."
  • During a meeting with the congressional leadership in the Cabinet room, according to a senior Democratic aide who provided a readout, Trump said that Jim Mattis, a four-star Marine general and Trump's first defense secretary, was "the world's most overrated general. ... You know why? He wasn't tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month."
  • Pelosi told reporters in the White House driveway afterward: "What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown — sad to say."
  • Trump tweeted: "Nancy Pelosi needs help fast! There is either something wrong with her 'upstairs,' or she just plain doesn’t like our great Country. She had a total meltdown in the White House today. It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!"
  • Trump had said in the Oval Office earlier about the withdrawal from Syria that endangered our longtime allies, the Kurds: "Syria may have some help with Russia, and that’s fine. It’s a lot of sand. They’ve got a lot of sand over there. So there’s a lot of sand that they can play with. But we were supposed to be there for 30 days; we stayed for 10 years. And it’s time for us to come home. ... The Kurds are much safer right now ... They’re not angels, if you take a look."
  • The House voted 354-60 to condemn Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.
At the White House, Trump told Pelosi, according to the Democratic aide: "President Obama drew a red line in the sand. In my opinion, you are a third-grade politician."
  • House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer said: "This is not useful."
  • Pelosi and Hoyer stood and left the meeting.
  • According to the aide, Trump as they left said: "Goodbye, we'll see you at the polls."
What's next: Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were wheels-up at 6 p.m. for a 12-hour flight to Turkey.
  • Trump goes to Texas today, for a rally in Dallas tonight.
The bottom line: Day 1,000 is one they'll write books about.

Bernnie Federko

TRIBE Member
Rudy Bo Booty in some kind of situation, maybe treason?

Michael McKinley, a career foreign service officer and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's de facto chief of staff until last week, told House investigators behind closed doors that he could no longer look the other way amid the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, AP reports.

  • ❗"I was disturbed by the implication that foreign governments were being approached to procure negative information on political opponents," McKinley testified.
A Florida man accused of conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions — David Correia, 44 — flew to JFK Airport in New York City to turn himself in, and was freed on bail. (AP)


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Trump’s Failed Foreign Policy in Miniature
By DANIEL LARISONOctober 17, 2019, 9:33 AM

The BBC reports that Trump’s letter infuriated Erdogan, who chucked it in the trash after reading it:
In response, Turkish presidential sources told BBC Turkish: “President Erdogan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and put it in the bin.”
Ragip Soylu confirmed this in his own report:
Turkish officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Middle East Eye that they responded to Trump’s letter in kind and with stronger language.
“We just dumped his letter into the trash,” one of them said.
“The date on the letter is 9 October, the same day we began Operation Peace Spring. Our president gave the best response by launching the operation on the same day at 4pm,” the official told MEE.
Trump’s letter was embarrassing and bizarre, and the Turkish government took it as an insult. The Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davotoglu responded to it publicly:
“The Turkish nation and state were offended,” he tweeted.
The president seems to have been the only one who didn’t realize that the letter would be taken as an insult and discarded. The U.S. would have already had a hard time persuading Turkey to agree to a ceasefire if there had been no letter. Now that the letter is public knowledge, Erdogan has another reason to ignore the Trump administration’s demands. The letter is the sort of thing that one would normally expect to be leaked by someone hostile to the president. In this case, the president was eager for people to know about it in the belief that it would make him look good and “tough.” He was passing out copies of it at the same meeting where he blew up at the Democratic leadership:

The Erdogan letter is Trump’s failed foreign policy in miniature: ignorant, blustering, threatening, and ineffectual. Trump’s attempts at diplomacy fail across the board for several reasons, but his basic lack of respect for the other side is an important factor in all of them. Because he knows so little, he doesn’t grasp what the other governments want, and he seems to think that the only thing anyone else cares about is money because that is what matters most to him. He threatens economic ruin of whole countries in the way that he threatens to sue people, because he cannot imagine that there are interests and values more important to others than lucre. His complete lack of empathy means that he cannot understand how others perceive the world, and that means that he frequently misjudges how others will view his reckless and abusive behavior. Just as he thought the summary of the Zelensky call would vindicate him when in fact it confirmed that he had committed a flagrant abuse of power, he thinks that his letter to Erdogan was “very powerful,” as he put it, when it was ridiculous and guaranteed to provoke derision and anger in Ankara. Because he surrounds himself with nothing but yes-men and flatterers, there is no one able to tell him how foolish he is, and so he makes blunder after blunder while patting himself on the back for his ingenuity.
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That's some kind of leadership to have the department you're in charge on you either abandon you or just outright defy you because you're crooked.
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