Yesterday, Donald Trump faced the news agencies with his first press conference in six months. However, I believed I was watching an infomercial instead of a press conference. Trump laid the groundwork saying he was going to come clean about his “divestment” but he didn’t come close.
Off to his right there was a table which Trump claimed was all of the paperwork that he “signed to divest” himself from his businesses. Only when you listened to what he said, he didn’t divest himself from his businesses. He merely named his two sons, Don, Jr. and Eric to run it for him.
Furthermore, several reporters asked to view the documents, but were refused access to them. That begs the question of were they real or just another stunt like the “Trump” stakes he once tried to use as a prop?
He claimed that it was a “trust” and that the two sons would never discuss business with him. In other words, we are supposed to “believe me” again, without any proof. He did promise that the company would not do any more new business overseas. But, that is just as much a promise as his other promises that we are supposed to “believe” like Mexico paying for his Berlin Wall.
The oddest thing was when his lawyer declared herself a Supreme Court Justice to state categorically that “a foreign government paying a hotel bill is just business and not an emolument”. Of course the conflict of interest still exists in tww manners.
First, how do we know that the “foreign government” wasn’t pressured or decided to stay in his hotel just to impress him and get more favors? Secondly, since he is not divesting himself from the hotel, it will be in violation of its lease the moment he takes office since the lease states that no elected official can be an owner in the hotel.
He once again mentioned that he would place “huge border taxes” on American companies who make their products overseas. But, he never mentioned his own products or his daughter’s products or his wife’s products. Nor did he mention when he was going to open factories in America to make those products rather than in the twelve or so countries they are now made in.
The head of the Office on Government Ethics called his plan “meaningless”.
Apparently, Mr. Shaub doesn’t agree with the idea that if Trump would divest himself, he “would take a huge financial loss” as his lawyer said. Rather, he said that he should divest himself since he is going to be President.
This problem is about conflicts of interests. It isn’t necessarily all about laws. How can anyone in this country be sure that when Trump makes a decision on something overseas, he isn’t doing it to line his own pockets and those of his kids? We can’t. That is why divestment is the best way for him to go. At the very least, a true blind trust would be far better than what he announced.
Then of course there was the usual rancor towards the press. Especially in light of that claim and “dossier” that Russia has something on him. I am not going to comment about all of that because it is unverified, and I hate to be like so many on the right and claim unverified stories are true if they happen to hurt the other side.
However, it is right to point out that no one in the Intelligence Community in this country wrote that dossier or “leaked” it. His reference yesterday to our intelligence community and asking if “this is Nazi Germany” is really rich considering all of the unverified stories that were floated by Republicans against Hillary Clinton for the last 30 years and Trump’s own lies passed as facts about President Obama’s birth certificate..
Seems that if the so-called “fake news” hurts Democrats that is just fine with the right-wing. If it hurts their hero, then the world is coming to an end. If you watched the confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions the other day, you heard Ted Cruz making all kinds of accusations without facts against Democrats who were asking tough questions.
Last night, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, called Trump to talk to him about this story. Clapper said:
I emphasized that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC. The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.
Clapper further said he was “dismayed” by the leaks and agreed they are “extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security. He further went on to say that the DNI included this information because it existed, true or not, and that they felt he should be aware of it because it affected him.
So early this morning, Trump took that as a signal to lie again. He tweeted about his conversation with Clapper:
James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts. Too bad!
The tweet suggests that Clapper called the information made up and phony facts. Maybe Trump is simply calling them that. But, which is it?
The one thing that was missed by all of the pundits at the infomercial and those who “analyzed” it was a simple statement that should send shivers down everyone’s back if you believe in the “freedom of the press”.
He said: “I used to hold a press conference all of the time. I haven’t held one in a long time because there have been too many bad stories about me.” SAY WHAT?
That was a very subtle and obvious threat that if the press doesn’t treat our Slanderer in Chief with kid gloves, he won’t talk to them at press conferences. He admitted he hasn’t held a press conference in six months because he was “hurt” by all the bad things the media has said about him. Poor baby.
For some reason, Trump has declared war on both the media and our Intelligence Agencies. Is that because of his love affair with Putin or because he fears that they could actually stop his authoritarian take over of the government?
I don’t care if you like the Intelligence Community or not. They are necessary for the defense and security of our country. If you plan to lead those agencies, you should not declare war on them. While he was doing his infomercial, his nominee for Secretary of State was on Capitol Hill telling his confirmation hearing that if China continues their activities in the South China Sea, they would be prevented from going to their an-made islands.
He didn’t say how they would be “stopped” and that has a lot of people worried. Which means that if things get worse in the South China Sea, Trump will need his Intelligence Community to help him figure out the best way to act. Or, for that matter, what is exactly going on.
Fortunately, I do not believe that our Intelligence Community would jeopardize our country. But, it would only take one or two rogue agents to throw a monkey wrench into the works. Trump should think about that.
As every human generation in the history of the planet, we live in a world with very dangerous players. The Intelligence Community is our eyes and ears as to what those dangerous players are up to. You cannot afford to piss them off too much. You cannot publicly say that you don’t trust them. They are necessary and very important to help you make the right decisions.
Whether or not you were looking for his divestment from his business, or how he will react to Russia’s intervention in our election process, or what health insurance, if any, you can expect from his “replacement’ plan for the Affordable Care Act, or his willing to be honest with the American People, you came away from his infomercial very disappointed.
All we got was another “look at how wonderful I am and how terrible all you little people are” infomercial. I am amazed how much Donald Trump tells American People just how stupid they are, and they won’t fight back.
Every time he speaks, he tell us that we are the most stupid, ignorant people on the face of the planet. He tells us that we aren’t smart enough to deal with foreign countries when it comes to trade or defense. There is no doubt that when he said during one of the debates “I alone can fix it” he really believed it.
If we are so stupid, why did he name the most anti-public education nut to run our Education Department? You would think that if we are so stupid, he would want the education of our children be his primary agenda item. I guess he wants us to remain stupid, even after our savior Donald Trump is dead and buried.
I can’t speak for you, but I came away from his infomercial with far more doubts about him. If he was trying to make me feel better about his upcoming administration, he failed miserably. He actually made me more nervous about him and his choices.
Many pundits seem confused by the fact that Trump supporters are not fazed by all of these problems about him. Remember, even Richard Nixon had his supporters who failed to believe that he was the crook he claimed not to be after all the facts proved it to be true. So, I am not surprised by Trump supporters.
They are the minority. At some stage, Trump will do something so obviously wrong he will get caught just like Nixon did. The one major difference between Trump and Nixon is that Nixon at least tried to keep his mouth shut about everything. Trump isn’t that smart. He loves to brag about himself, especially when he thinks he has pulled a fast one.
One last point for my evangelical friends. Maybe you should be asking yourself if Trump is your anti-Christ? His actions and greed proves he is no “savior”.