Trump Month Two: Talks on health care and on tax overhaul
Feb 22 2017 by Harriet Stone
Michael Flynn was asked to resign last week as President Donald Trump's national security adviser.
Mr. Trump has appeared rattled by the numerous reports of dysfunction and infighting emerging from the White House during his first month in office, a lot of them revolving around a power struggle between his chief of staff Reince Priebus and top strategist Stephen Bannon. Meanwhile, there were repeated contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence operatives while the Russians were meddling. This is not normal.
So when General Flynn spoke with Putin's ambassador to the US before the inauguration, particularly about reducing recent economic sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration, it may have been seen as a routine discussion for the pro-Russian Trump crowd.
Former Mossad director Danny Yatom came out strongly, saying he knew Flynn personally and affirming that he would not have leaked Israeli intelligence information to Russian Federation even if he may have violated certain USA norms by discussing sanctions relief to Russian Federation before Trump had taken office. Pressed on whether the plan would be coming from the White House, Priebus said, "We don't work in a vacuum".
At what point do Republicans in Congress start looking out for their political future and go after President Trump's ties to Russian Federation? We need to understand why because, contrary to Mr. Trump's view, Russian Federation is not America's friend, and while Mr. Putin may be Mr. Trump's BFF, Mr. Putin is no friend to the American people.
On Feb. 16, Trump denied reports that his presidential campaign had contacts with Russian officials throughout 2016.
When Trump took the oath of office, he did so with the lowest approval rating of any incoming president. The latest Rasmussen poll shows that more than 50 percent of likely USA voters approve of Donald Trump's job performance, so far.
President Trump returned to his comfort zone this weekend, rallying Saturday night in front of thousands of Floridians to begin his re-election campaign for 2020. A better question would have been, "Mr. President, with all of the problems at home and overseas, how have you found the time to play 306 rounds of golf during your presidency?" And Trump then bizarrely kept his veep clueless as to the fact that he'd been passing Flynn's lies to the public. "The White House is running so smoothly, so smoothly".
Immigration was Trump's signature issue during the election campaign and to fulfil his promises, he signed two executive orders on January 25. "At the same time we will be issuing a new and very comprehensive order to protect our people".
"If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press", Senator John McCain told NBC's Meet the Press Sunday. Thankfully, though, our agencies have notched more victories than defeats and have averted more disasters than they've allowed. Trump said Thursday there hadn't been any.
"The CIA and NSA don't need to tell the president and others at the White House who is the source of the intelligence they received - they don't need to know", he said.
Unique and unlike any other American President before him, he's an egomaniac, bully and misogynist and not to mention crass; he makes ex-President Bush look clever.
When the word came down that the Democratic National Committee had determined it had been hacked by what its security firm said were foreign actors associated with the Russian government, I don't think anyone saw an immediate connection.
The latest Rasmussen poll says that Donald Trump's approval rating is high because most Americans support Trump's belief that "radical Islamic terrorism is a threat to America".