The events of the past two weeks confirm that President Donald Trump has a full plate that’s getting fuller by the day.
On the one hand, one could argue, ‘So what else is new?’
On the other, although MAGA supporters still are very much on his side, they are beginning to ask about the people in his administration. Their actions — or inaction — must weigh on him terribly.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions tops the list. Granted, he has done sterling work in rooting out gang members not only in the US but also south of the border.
However, he has done nothing about Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Lou Dobbs interviewed Lt Col Tony Shaffer, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy. Both said that Sessions must step up to the plate. Of course, they know the background, starting with Sessions’s almost immediate recusal of involving himself in anything campaign-related continues to put Trump and his family under great pressure.
Sessions’s inactivity on this front has also incensed not only Trump conservatives but also his independent supporters. I read it constantly at The Conservative Treehouse as well as at The Trumpet. No one knows whether the Deep State got at Sessions, but that is what most Trump voters suspect. Trump will have to make a lateral transfer to get someone into the AG slot within the next few months or he will completely lose his Department of Justice to the likes of Rosenstein and Mueller.
Remember in August, when Sessions issued a not-so-scary threat against leakers? The leaks continued for the rest of the month, from none other than Robert Mueller.
Another area of concern for Trump supporters — conservatives and ex-Democrats alike — is DACA. Yes, Trump rescinded Obama’s executive order for the programme, but he also gave Congress six months to come up with legislation in that area. Once again, no one can be sure what his game plan is, so we’ll have to wait and see. Trump supporters are concerned the president might go for DACA legislation or (another ‘one-off’) amnesty in exchange for ‘the wall’, for which he supposedly will receive funding and, where it exists, is being renovated.
One thing is for certain: DACA recipients are not children. They were only allowed to apply once they were 15. The average DACA recipient is 25-years-old. Even the Chicago Tribune (via the Washington Post) says, ‘Don’t buy into all of that rosy PR about DACA’.
On Saturday, September 16, he made his promised $1m donation to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
On Sunday, in anticipation of the 72nd UN General Assembly, Fox News warned the United Nations to pay attention to what Trump would be telling them:
Which is: the United States is done with being blamed for everything that goes wrong in the world, and then paying to fix it …
Speaking of paying a fair share, Trump is also likely to remind his listeners that the United States coughs up an outsize 22 percent of the UN’s overall budget and 28 percent of its peacekeeping funds. He may also allude to the fact that some of those so-called peacekeepers are guilty of rape, another topic too sensitive for the refined world body to act upon …
Perhaps most important, the assembled multitude this week will get to hear first-hand what Trump means where he talks about making America Great Again and America First. The only things threatened by those twin dogmas are the status quo that has long ignored or scorned U.S. leadership and values, and the hope that no one would notice that a so-called global economy works in favor of some nations like China and India, but not the United States.
Incidentally, that same day, Hamas agreed to hand Gaza to a unity government of the Palestinian Authority.
Ahead of his maiden speech to the annual U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump hosted a short event to boost support for changes to the United Nations.
“In recent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement, while the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 percent and its staff has more than doubled since 2000,” Trump said.
“The United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistleblowers and focus on results rather than on process,” Trump said.
Later that day, Trump met with his good friend Benjamin Netanyahu:
In a brief joint press availability President Trump stated an optimistic outlook, “an absolute go”, toward the potential for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.
No doubt Trump and Bibi were also delighted that the US’s first permanent military base opened that day. The Times of Israel reported:
It is located not far from a US military radar installation east of Dimona that tracks ballistic missiles once they are launched and provides details on their flight paths to defense systems.
US military forces are routinely based in Israel, both for joint exercises and for routine cooperation with the IDF, but [Brig. Gen. Tzvika] Haimovitch described the new base as a meaningful change.
“We established an American base in the State of Israel, in the Israel Defense Forces, for the first time, with an American flag,” he said.
On Tuesday, the day of his speech, Trump spoke his classic rhetoric:
This is our hope for the diverse nations of the world. We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife.
This did not go unnoticed by the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, roundly criticised for saying:
US President Donald Trump is “steering world to peace”.
President Trump forces the Gulf Cooperation Council (Gulf States, GCC) to own their stake in bringing the extremists within the Muslim Brotherhood under control. Trump doesn’t withdraw the U.S., but rather outlines the expectation that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Oman take lead and pressure the Brotherhood’s enabler, Qatar. The U.S. supports the GCC and their efforts, but the ownership is directly assigned to the GCC to create the necessary peace. President Trump then takes the role of negotiator in common cause.
Trump’s UN speech was a triumph. Bibi tweeted:
In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.
Netanyahu added that Trump spoke the truth about dangers facing our world and that he:
issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity.
It must have been good, because when Trump entered the room for lunch, he received a round of rapturous applause.
Here is a link to the transcript of Trump’s speech. I am positive that Stephen Miller — the only good thing Jeff Sessions brought to the White House — wrote it. The prose is stunning in places. Three brief excerpts follow:
… To put it simply, we meet at a time of both of immense promise and great peril. It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair …
As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first. (Applause.)
All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.
But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.
The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else …
If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.
The remainder of the speech discussed the most prominent threats facing the world, among them North Korea, ISIS and refugees.
On Wednesday, Trump met with Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II. He also had lunch with the leaders of South Korea and Japan, announcing new sanctions against North Korea. China must have felt the rumblings, because, just before, Beijing:
announced their central bank has instructed all of China’s banks to stop financial transactions with DPRK entities (proxy provincial financial systems).
Reuters has more.
With regard to Maria, as you probably know, the media are trying to turn it into Trump’s Katrina. My articles explain why they are wrong. Unfortunately, most Americans are not receiving that message. I will continue to provide updates on my site.
Then there is the ongoing NFL kerfuffle, again, another area where Trump’s opponents rounded on him. I have provided information about the greed in the league, which continues to lose viewers and ticket holders.
However, despite all the criticism from the Democrats, the media, Hollywood and purity testers like Steve Bannon, The Trumpet pointed out the positive (emphases in the original):
Obsession has led to the cultural moment. President Trump we now can see, trumps the culture. This is not due to those that admire the man. President Trump trumps the culture because his enemies have made him the cultural icon and brand of the coming era.
In other White House news, on September 12, Hope Hicks replaced Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Oddly, she has no Twitter account. The one under her name was fake, which was why Twitter took it down. Mercedes Schlapp, a print and broadcast journalist, was appointed the senior advisor for strategic communications. Apparently, Schlapp is a Bush supporter … Sorry, I had to pause to shake my head. Who lets these people in?
And, speaking of ex-employees, Anthony Scaramucci is launching The Scaramucci Post on Monday, October 2. He says it isn’t about Left or Right but about Right and Wrong, a more societal than political outlook. He sounds strangely calm and sensible in this video. That said, the bellicose billionaire seems unsure of how to handle his launch. Why tweet it to the world?
Dr Sebastian Gorka made a visit to Israel on September 12. The Jerusalem Post has a good interview with him. Gorka told the paper that he and Steve Bannon ‘left the building, we did not leave Trump’. Hmm. Gorka maybe. Bannon definitely not. Gorka hasn’t tweeted much about Trump at all, so we’ll see.
Away from Washington, the two Phoenix branches of Motel 6 had been sending ICE a daily list of their guests. The Phoenix New Times reported:
… between February and August, ICE agents made at least 20 arrests at Motel 6s, showing up roughly every two weeks. (Since many of the documents we reviewed contained only vague details about where ICE encountered an individual, the actual number is likely even higher.) …
“We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in,” one front-desk clerk explained. “Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.”
Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a spokesperson for ICE’s Phoenix division, declined to comment on whether the agency is in the habit of reviewing hotel guest lists, or investigating tips sent in by Motel 6 employees.
Unfortunately, once Motel 6 HQ got wind of this shortly afterwards, the Phoenix branches had to discontinue this practice.
On Wednesday, September 13, the New York Post reported that Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner appeared at divorce court in Manhattan. It is possible that the public might not be informed of proceedings, which the couple has asked to be kept anonymous. The judge countered that their case was already far from anonymous.
On Monday, September 25, Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison. He must report to prison by November 6. The man known to his victims as Carlos Danger broke down in tears.
Huma can now return to being Hillary’s primary caregiver. Rebel Media journalist Laura Loomer has been crashing Hillary’s book signings to ask both her and Huma sensitive questions. Loomer questioned Hillary about her emails, Haiti money and Seth Rich. She asked Huma about Weiner’s sexting. All to no avail, but she did make a delightful nuisance of herself.
Trump’s off to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, October 3. Enquiring minds wonder if San Juan’s mayor will finally show up to a FEMA meeting that day.