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Showing posts with label President Trump. Show all posts
Showing posts with label President Trump. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

All Things Trump: 10,000 Lies

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It has been just over two years since Trump occupied the Oval Office and the US Presidency. Records, polls and " ...the best ever" have been his common and most uttered babbling over the past few years. Well, he has now ascended to a level in the US Presidency which has never been so high and will never fall to another US President.

The Washington Post has fact-checked Trump to the 10,000 lies level. ASTONISHING and shameful at the very same time.

Is there any wonder current polling is showing a deep lack of interest in reelecting the carnival barker so call "President"The Independent UK.

Let's end with a link to the Washington Post piece. 

The Washington Post:  President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pro-Publica: Koch Brothers Alum In The White House?

You Helped Us Find Hires the White House Never Announced, Including a Koch Brothers Alum

Thanks to your help, we’ve found many previously unannounced Trump White House hires, including a longtime member of an anti-ACLU group and an ex-Washington Times columnist.

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Mike Roman, a longtime Republican opposition researcher who worked for billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch before joining the Trump campaign, is now the White House’s director of special projects and research. He is one of a half-dozen unannounced hires the White House has made since President Trump took office.

Roman, who led the Kochs’ surveillance and intelligence-gathering unit before it was disbanded in April 2016, is best known for promoting a video showing members of the New Black Panthers allegedly intimidating voters outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008. That controversial video of two men yelling racial slurs led to infighting and political recriminations inside the Justice Department and became a flash point for conservative media.

We found out about Roman’s job as well as the titles of other White House staffers with the help of readers. (Roman’s title was not included in his White House financial disclosure, but a White House official confirmed his position to ProPublica. The official also confirmed the other staffers’ job titles but did not respond to other questions.)

Roman, who made roughly $246,000 in salary from the Koch-backed Freedom Partners, according to his financial disclosure, was also a contributor to the conservative news site Breitbart and was tapped to run Trump's “election protection” poll-watching efforts this November. He did not respond to ProPublica’s requests for comment.

His new White House position was only made public after we asked you to help us find the names of current White House staffers who meet the salary and job title criteria for filing disclosures.

Last month, the White House counsel’s office said it would release staffers’ financial disclosures upon request. But there was a catch: To get disclosure forms, you first had to know staffers’ names — and the White House hasn’t actually released the names of all those who are on staff.

So we and the public were left guessing about who had filed disclosures. Working with The New York Times and the Associated Press, we quickly found and posted most of them.

But there were about 25 White House staffers who were required to file financial disclosures whose names we didn’t know. (Some staffers are exempt from having to file disclosures, including those who make less than $161,755 annually.)

Readers sent us a slew of names, mostly White House staffers who had noted their hires on Twitter or LinkedIn. We requested their financial disclosures, and the White House has been responding. Here’s the status of each request. Some notable names so far:

John K. Mashburn, a deputy cabinet secretary, who helps oversee the White House liaisons acting as the president’s eyes and ears at dozens of federal agencies. Mashburn, a prominent social conservative and congressional aide to the late Sen. Jesse Helms, worked for the Trump campaign as a policy director starting in April 2016. He also received $7,341 in consulting fees from the American Civil Rights Union this spring while he was employed by the White House. Started by a former Reagan administration official as a check to the American Civil Liberties Union, the nonprofit ACRU “monitors and counters organizations that threaten our constitutional rights and promotes election integrity,” among others things, according to its website. (An executive order signed into law in 1989 and modified in 1990 prohibits presidential appointees from being paid for outside employment “during that Presidential appointment.” But it’s unclear if Mashburn was being paid for work prior to his Jan. 20 start date.)

Abe E. Goldschmidt, a special assistant to the president working in the newly created Office of American Innovation, worked for Trump’s campaign in the fall while simultaneously working as an assistant prosecutor for the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office. He was a White House intern in 2007 and later was a research analyst for Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential run and a confidential assistant for the Department of Homeland Security, according to his LinkedIn profile. Goldschmidt worked for the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office from August 2012 to November 2016. (In response to questions, the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office said Goldschmidt followed rules and “requested a personal leave of absence to participate in a political volunteer activity. He submitted his request prior to this activity as he was aware that Assistant State Attorneys may not engage in outside volunteer or paid work without approval and that any activity must be confined to their own free time. His request was approved.”)

Sean Doocey, the White House’s deputy director of presidential personnel and a special assistant to the president, worked as the director of research for Trump’s campaign and as director of human resources and security at Barbaricum, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm. He was also a gatekeeper for the Trump transition team.

Kelly Riddell Sadler, a former deputy opinion editor at The Washington Times, is now a special assistant to President Trump. (In her final column, dated April 4, Sadler wrote about the president’s flagging job approval numbers: “So long as Mr. Trump continues to spur the economy and people’s confidence in it, what they think of him will fall to the wayside.”)

Doocey, Mashburn and Roman were appointed on Inauguration Day and Goldschmidt was appointed Jan. 24. Sadler’s appointment date was not disclosed.

Reached by phone, Doocey confirmed his appointment and declined further comment. Goldschmidt, Mashburn, Matich and Sadler did not respond to ProPublica’s requests for comment.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Clenched Fists, Meet The Press With Lies, and Trumpism

Four days into Trump in the White House and we watch as our world "turns."  Never have we epxerienced a national leader who so closely resemble all too familiar international strongmen and dictators. From his frequent use of the late sixties coined Black Power clenched ad raised fist through a flawed strategy of lie, lie, lie until the world believes it all.

Let's start with a piece from AOL News.

Excerpt from an AOL article published today.
MARK ABADIJan 24th 2017 4:00AM

President Donald Trump's first job-approval rating is in, and they are the lowest an incoming president has ever received.
AOL piece linked, here.

Observation with an eye towards privilege, disparate treatment and flat-out ignoring the reality of Trump.  Check out the manner in which the nation is accepting behavior we formerly considered reprehensible. 


President Donald Trump pumps his fist after addressing the crowd during his swearing-in ceremony on January 20 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump pumps his fist after addressing the crowd during his swearing-in ceremony on January 20 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. | Getty

Now imagine former president Obama displaying a clenched fist at an inauguration. Even liberals would have gone bonkers. The disparate nature of the situation denotes a level of privilege and unbalanced treatment that is nothing shy of shameful.

Another point worthy of consideration relates to former presidential candidate Hermann Cain and Trump. How is it Cain was accused of reaching up the skirt of a supporter (official) in an attempt to grope her and Trump's self-professed tendency to exercise rich guy (celebrity) privilege via "grabbing the Pussy" escape serious abhorrence?

It is time now for an MSNBC report on Trump's first day in office. From a meeting with congressional leaders through another pressed with lying Spicer (Press Secretary). Of particular interest,  Trump's nascent claim he lost the popular vote due to millions of illegal immigrant votes. Yes, Trump lost the popular vote and the bigger problem is why the US electoral systems can facilitate an election win-win the supposed winner did not garner a majority of votes. Of course, Republicans and Trump will address the issue as Hillary Clinton carried the popular vote by (round-up) 3 million votes. Video linked, here.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell also addressed what can only be described as the nation's first pathological liar to the level of a serial liar.  It is worth noting corporate TV uses the word "falsehood". No, Trump and company people are lying to the max.

As the days pass and the lies accumulate, the rational person should wonder when Trump will official name his Administration "LIE" CZAR.