An Analysis: Trump is riding a high wave………BUT????


Donald Trump is riding a high wave as the economy continues to post record-breaking numbers!  This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report.  For the first time in 17 years unemployment fell below four percent as 164,000 new jobs were created.  Consumer confidence is up.  There is optimism in the Korean peninsula.  Yet, although there is growing skepticism of the effects of the heralded Republican passed December’s tax bill as echoed by Senator Marco Rubio, for the most part on surface things appear to be going favorably.

BUT…….

can he stop shooting himself in the foot?

 

Riding on the coattails of all of the fundamental economic restoration strategies implemented by the Obama administration, Trump appears to be positioned for continued success in the months ahead, particularly as long as he can hold onto the reins of the presidency?  The big BUT is can he stop from shooting himself in the foot?  Can he stop having so many news blunders where the media is consumed with ferreting out the truth?  Can he grasp and comprehend that running the United States has much different accountability standards than running Trump enterprises?

The American people didn’t elect a Saint!

Illustration by Seymour Chwast

Donald Trump has been around a long time.  In his early 70’s people know him as a savvy businessperson, an expert in managing media, a keen negotiator and even as a con-man, a manipulator, a person of unethical character or an outright pathological liar, just to name a few.

The constant refrain you hear from Trump supporters is the Democrats are just upset they lost the election.  Or, they will state they voted and support him knowing full well he wasn’t a saint but someone who would support their positions.  All might be true but however it is justified the presidency holds the prestige of being the top voice in the free-world.  Thus, it’s one thing to push agendas but it is another for the leader to establish the ideals, character and integrity that represent all who call the United States home.

Even though there have been successes, Trump’s presidency has been riddled with negative responses based on his actions.  So, however it is justified there can be no excuse for minimizing his actions just for the sake of feeling he is on “your side.”  The thirty-five to forty percent who have taken a blood oath to support Trump deserve him responding to their issues.  But, what about the other sixty of so percent who did not vote for him?    They too are citizens of the United States and look for the government, especially the president to represent their issues as well?

 

No Collusion!  No Russian interference! No Obstruction of Justice!

cartoon courtesy of Marian Kamensky

For all of those who swear Robert Mueller has overstepped his mandate or directions from Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosonstein I would plead they step away from the TV or Cable shows that project a witch hunt is being conducted and to please read IN FULL the original mandate as listed HERE.

As specific as it is, what is clear is that Mueller has the responsibility to investigate any areas which morph from the original charge, yet is clearly tied to Russian interference.   It is that charge which has gotten in the craw of Trump and those who swear Mueller is “off his rocker.”  Hence, Stormy Daniels!  Hence Kushner, Hence Manafort supporting the notion of a back channel and so many other actions which have criminal implications.

How can you give an opinion on anything you have not read or fully understand?

 

You may remember when the United States invaded Iraq one of the primary spokespersons was the character known as Baghdad Bob?

He took to the airwaves to communicate to the public the impact of the invasion with the intent to minimize any threat to his country.  His rants became laughable as they were stoked in denial even though most had enough sense to see the obvious and realized how ridiculous he sounded.

 

Like Baghdad Bob, Trump has taken to the airwaves to proclaim he, his White House and his campaign have done nothing wrong.

 

cartoon courtesy of HAZE

YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME…….BUT YOU CAN’T FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME

Worse, how in the world can anybody proclaim various results or outcomes about an investigation that has not been completed?  Shockingly this is done even as those in Trump’s inner circle have pleaded guilty to a variety of crimes?  Why claim you had nothing to do with Russia when there is so much evidence to the contrary?  There is nothing wrong with having relationships with anyone, but why deny knowing full well the truth will eventually come out?

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

 

There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt!

3:45 AM – 2 May 2018

 

Approximately three months ago or on March 11th Trump nemesis Congressperson Maxine Waters stated the obvious, “If Mueller doesn’t get Trump……Stormy Will!!”

Again, it is no crime to have a relationship with a porn star.  Yet, all of these months later something so simple is creating a migraine headache for Trump, as his earlier statements of denial are being corrected with facts or the latest snafus by longtime ally, Rudy Giuliani.

 

Who remembers the tax return hustle?

 

Years ago, candidates running for the office of President established a tradition of publicly disclosing full copies of their tax returns.  The reason was simple as it was to establish there was no conflict with regard to their income and investments.

 

Trump boast himself as a successful businessperson.  Early during the campaign he promised his tax returns would be released to the public.  As time went on, month after month he kept singing a song that as soon as his audit was completed, he would fully release the returns.  The problem is he knew full well he had no intention of ever releasing the returns.  Trump has used this ruse time and time again whenever he had not intentions in complying with various request.  He gives the intimation he will cooperate, then at the last-minute he claims some dubious reason prevents him from complying.

“I will absolutely give my return but I’m being audited now for two or three  now so I can’t,”  Donald Trump

The latest barrage of Donald Trump claiming he would unequivocal do something BUT…..has to do with the notion of him sitting down with an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators.

Trump sounds convincing but those who understand his behavior have accepted it is just another one of his ruses to proclaim support, knowing full well he will never comply.  No doubt, his most rabid supporters, or those who admit he may have issues but as long as “their agenda” gets accomplished, he has their support and have accepted Mueller is out to get him!!  Just this morning he belted out he would love to sit down with Mueller as long as he feels he can trust them.  The problem with that retort is he knows full well he will never trust them but his strategy is to stoke the notion with his supporters that he is fully cooperating with the investigation.

“Nobody wants to speak more than me — in fact, against my lawyers. Because most lawyers say, ‘Never speak with anybody.’ I would love to speak, because we’ve done nothing wrong.  I  have to find that we’re going to be treated fairly because everybody sees it now and it’s a pure witch hunt.”  Donald Trump, May 4, 2018

Dealing with a Know-it-All

Many agree it was Trump’s populist message which was supported by a thirsty media that propelled him to eventually zip past the republican contenders and snake bite Hillary Clinton in the end.  Unfortunately, he takes no prisoners and maintains the posture there is nobody that knows more about anything than him!  So whether its Attorney’s, Accountant’s, White House Secretary’s, Doctor’s or even media spokespersons, he has continued a dangerous pattern in undercutting their voice by his behavior which has done more to damage his basic credibility.

Sadly, Donald Trump may never be indicted for anything, let alone spend any time in the brig.  The same cannot be true for those who salivated associating with him (i.e., Manafort, Kushner, Flynn, Paige, Cohen, etc.) as they have been dealt the blow of maneuvering serious legal issues.

Come clean with the people and the ride could be as smooth as silk!

As good as things appear to be going such as the economy or jobs report; as evidenced by the Russia issue, the Stormy issue, the media issue, the tax issue or just basic credibility, Trump has brought these problems on himself by actions or tweets he has directed.  Then again, what we are witnessing could be the disruptions many voted for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump:  George Papadopoulos who?


“You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

George Papadopoulos v united states

Donald Trump portrays himself as a prolific successful business person.  He is known by his bombasity, arrogance, bullying and otherwise keen on convincing anyone who comes in contact with him that his faults are few, if any.   He has claimed to only associating with the smartest people, going to the best schools, having the best luck, on and on.  Those who support him maintain he is simply misunderstood and his gift is what this country needs to move forward.  Those who do not support him, can’t understand why the supporters can’t see the obvious?

 

While many pleaded for caution as he announced his run for the presidency, there were more who grew frustrated with government and the politicians who operated within it.  Thus, as Trump ran a Boston on the field of candidates of the GOP primary, the result was successfully high-jacking the party by becoming their leader.  His personality convinced more than a handful of voters that he would provide the type of leadership they were desperate for.  His bottom line proclamation to his supporters was it was now or never!  The rest is history.

Sometimes it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

Another interesting thing about Donald Trump is his boastful remarks.  Unfortunately words do matter and in his case they have proven to be a thorn in his side.  Yet, he talks and tweets as if in some type of robotic craze, then gets upset when people challenge the very remarks which came from him.

You may recall during the presidential campaign of 2016, Trump boasted with great gravitas how the professional politicians; particularly Hillary Clinton operated with an army of staff?  The contrast that he offered was that his team consisted of a fraction of his opponents.  He promised he knew what he was doing and when questioned on the number of staff operating his campaign, he boasted one of his favorite phrases, “trust me!”

 

Can he be a great guy and a liar at the same time?

 

This brings us to the Papadopoulos connection.        Some have intimated the entire Russia issue would be a non-issue, if not for Donald Trump commenting about it during the campaign.  There is no crime in meeting with Russia.  The problem Trump finds himself in is because he professed a blanket denial of having ANY connection!  How hard would it have been just to say, “sure, I have connections……? what’s the big deal?”

 

During the course of the past eighteen months, Trump and his supporters have insisted the entire Russia issue is ridiculous and only used as a disguise to block him from successfully executing his agenda.  Despite evidence to the contrary, Trump has dispensed an army of supporters who frequent the media airwaves with the core objective to dismiss the entire issue as nonsense.  In reviewing some of their comments you feel as if they have taken a “blood oath” in promising never to agree to obvious contradictions, especially when the topic is Trump and his actions.

 

The sin of arrogance

One part of an arrogant personality is attempting to exude confidence and projecting knowing more than most.  It is nothing wrong with this trait, as long as it is truth.  It becomes a big problem when it is clear the person is being dishonest and merely speaking to speak, as if the sound of their voice will overwhelm any common sense.

 

Part of Trump’s behavior is never admitting “you don’t know” as perhaps in his mind that shows a sign of weakness?  The irony is it is absolutely nothing wrong to state “you don’t know, if in fact you don’t know,” especially if asked a question.

The Washington Post Editorial Board Meeting

It was March 2016 and Trump’s popularity was steamrolling through the nation.  He met with the Washington Post editorial board and for some bizarre reason belted out the name of George Papadopoulos.  As a matter of fact, if you are even concerned, go back and listen to the audio and you will conclude he hesitated when the question was posed, yet felt he had to provide something so among other names Papadopoulos was mentioned as a key part of Trump’s team.  The words came from Trump’s mouth.

The transcript of the interview shows Post Publisher Fred Ryan Jr. saying to Trump, “We’ve heard you’re going to be announcing your foreign policy team shortly. … Any you can share with us?”
Trump responds in part, “Well, I hadn’t thought of doing it, but if you want I can give you some of the names … Walid Phares, who you probably know, Ph.D., adviser to the House of Representatives caucus, and counter-terrorism expert; Carter Page, Ph.D; George Papadopoulos, he’s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy; the Honorable Joe Schmitz, [former] inspector general at the Department of Defense; [retired] Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; and I have quite a few more.”

Yet, now that the Mueller probe has finally started unleashing names of those accused of wrongdoing, Trump has insisted Papadopoulos is a nobody.  He has insisted he didn’t know who in the hell Papadopoulos is, yet can’t explain why he volunteered his name to the Washington Post in the first place!.

The October 31st tweet

Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump

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….came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!

 

What do Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Bagdad Bob have in common?

When the Papadopoulos news broke Trump demanded Sarah Huckabee Sanders face the press and insist not only was Papadopoulos a nobody and a liar but that his involvement had nothing to do with the Trump campaign?


Some of you may remember the infamous Bagdad Bob who swore Iraq was not being attacked – despite the obvious

Unfortunately, however you try to slice it, the facts are Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to his behavior and the indictment highlights more than enough information for a reasonable person to conclude indeed his actions were at the heart of the campaign and specifically dealt with an attempt to connect it with Russia.  Of course, those who are not happy of Mueller’s indictment of Papadopoulos are very quick to offer the red-herring about Hillary Clinton and the uranium deal, or for allegedly paying for the Trump dossier, or anything which will divert your attention to the real issue; the serious indictment of Papadopoulos.

 

Papadopoulos presents a problem.  While he may in fact was just a motely volunteer, his overzealousness caught the attention of leadership within the campaign.  As the fledgling team bragged their frugal operation at the same time they embraced Papadopoulos and what he had to offer.  Interestingly many of them are perhaps a bit fidgety, thus who knows how many will have federal marshals’ contacting them.  Only time will tell what the impact will conclude and whether Donald Trump and his supporters will come to accept what most others already know; his campaign sought support from the Russians.

This week’s news could result what some have insisted – the entire Mueller investigation is a big “NOTHING BURGER.”  At the opposite end of the spectrum, social media has already projected a different conclusion in this “Russia with Love” clip.