Steve Bannon appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday as part of its Russia inquiry. During his testimony, the White House, reportedly, decided what questions Bannon should, or shouldn’t, answer. The one that slipped through was Bannon’s admission that he had spoken to Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and legal spokesman Mark Corallo, about Donald Trump Jr.’s confounding campaign meeting in Trump Tower, with Russian actors, about the adoption of orphans –code for lifting sanctions.
Today, US Senator Dick Durbin questioned the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kiersten Nielsen about the now infamous Immigration reform meeting that occurred last Thursday in the oval office. During that meeting, President Donald Trump is said to have used S--t hole (or is it now S--t house?) in describing certain black and brown-populated countries.
Many Trump supporters on social media, once again, are calling the Haitian, African, South American comments as just more liberal PC and hate coming from the President’s antagonists.
Perhaps it is PC to them. But more than anything else for those not bothered by a long trail of hateful, despicable comments by Donald Trump is the simple fact, we once again, are witnessing another episode of the Trump administration and President Donald Trump, lying.
The president called Haiti a “shithole” this week, along with El Salvador and African nations, while expressing a wish for more Norwegian immigrants to the U.S. Then, he denied saying it, despite a senator’s first-person account of hearing the comment at a meeting to discuss immigration. Thus goes the White House, where another day means more insults, and more lies. Donald Trump represents an unending assault on the probity, and dignity, normally attached to U.S. presidents. Ever careless of history, and ignorant of its meaning, Trump manages to damage America’s standing in the world as often as he praises himself.
Under United State Code Title 18, Section 871, it is a felony for an individual to “knowingly and willfully” make a “threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.” The punishment for this crime is severe, with a possible 5-year prison sentence and a fine of $250,000.
Now, Herr Trump is tweeting that he didn't use the language that apparently, Senators in the room say he did, in this latest round of controversy coming out of this White House.
Despite a number of news outlets reporting that the “King of Chaos”--as one person described him today on CNN--did utter those outrageous words about Haiti, Africa and elsewhere--he denies making the comments.
Tuesday brought two major developments involving President Donald Trump to the forefront. The issues? Government transparency.
President Donald Trump wants the world to know that he is very smart, a very stable genius, that he does “everything proper”. He insists there is no collusion with Trump, but there definitely is collusion with Clinton, the Democrats, the FBI, Obama administration members, Jim Comey, Bob Mueller and anybody and perhaps anybody who has concerns with Russian meddling in our elections.
“They smile in your face, All the time they want to take your place...” Ojay’s Back Stabbers
The Dow just reached 25,000, the economy is booming, and ISIS has been decimated, so of course the news media is talking about none of these stories. The latest Donald Trump frenzy surrounds the new book, Fire and Fury, which is basically a full-frontal attack on the President. The author, Michael Wolff, has a history of questionable journalism. Several of the people quoted in this book, such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and close Trump friend Thomas Barrack, Jr. have totally denied making the statements the author has attributed to them.
However, one person who is not disputing any of the extensive quotes in the book is former Trump campaign adviser and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The author relied on Bannon for a large part of the material in the trashy book of Trump bashing.
Donald Trump issued a cease and desist letter to Henry Holt and Company, publisher, Michael Wolff, author of “Fire and Fury,” Steve Bannon, and, soon enough, everyone in the United States who can read. Katie Tur, a MSNBC reporter previously attacked by Trump, called the revelations by Trump’s staff akin to “cannibalism on the deck of the Titanic.”
Did President Donald Trump overplay his hand in dealing with the now-controversial-book in which he threatened a cease and desist?
Richard Painter, former ethics attorney for President George W. Bush questioned the logic of Donald Trump's cease and desist of the controversial book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
As recently reported, President Donald Trump is using the cold snap in the US to cast doubt on climate change. He tweeted that “In the East it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up.”
Donald Trump sat down with the not-quite-yet-failing New York Times to end the year with one last hurrah, via an impromptu interview. The President, among other things, told the paper not less than sixteen times that there was no collusion with Russia. Trump could save time if he ordered the phrase to be included on the Great Seal of the United States. More practical, though, and certainly more remunerative, Trump Stores could sell a “No Collusion” hat for supporters, while Ivanka Jewelry might spell it out in diamonds for those willing to rebate some of their winnings from the new Trump tax relief for the rich bill.
It would be an understatement to say that this past year has been controversial on the political scene. Three major stories dominated the news from my perspective. Obviously at the top of the list was the continuing saga of Donald Trump. Then there was the Alabama Senate race that became the nation’s number one soap opera. And we learned that the government spends millions of dollars running down rumors of UFOs.