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Showing posts with label Trump. Show all posts
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

FactChecking Trump

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FactChecking Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

In a wide-ranging interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” President Donald Trump repeated several false and misleading claims, while putting a new twist on some of them:
  • Trump falsely claimed Russia “wouldn’t be able to help me at all,” even if he had called Russia “to help me with an election” in 2016. Russian companies financed and carried out an extensive social media campaign, and Russian government agents hacked into Democratic computers to obtain and stage the release of damaging documents, U.S. prosecutors allege.
  • Trump said “nobody really knows” if North Korea has continued to build more missiles, even after Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un in June. But the Washington Post, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported in July that North Korea was doing just that, and Fox News confirmed the report.
The president also repeated his false claim that the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that caused the controversial separation of families at the Southern border was “the same as the Obama law.” He again wrongly stated that the U.S. pays “almost the entire cost of NATO to protect Europe,” and he overstated the U.S. trade deficit with China. 
Russia’s 2016 Election Interference
In his interview with CBS’ Lesley Stahl, the president repeated his unsubstantiated claim that China interfered in the 2016 U.S. election (“I think China meddled too”) and offered a new twist regarding Russia’s role during the presidential campaign. He falsely claimed Russia “wouldn’t be able to help me at all,” even if he had sought out the U.S. adversary for help.
Trump, Oct. 14: Do you really think I’d call Russia to help me with an election? Give me a break. They wouldn’t be able to help me at all. Call Russia. It’s so ridiculous.
The special counsel’s investigation into the 2016 election is ongoing. But, contrary to the president’s claim, there is evidence that Russia helped Trump’s election chances in multiple ways.
In July, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III filed an indictment against 12 members of a Russian military intelligence agency known as the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, or GRU. The officers “engaged in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and released that information on the internet under the names ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2.0’, and through another entity,” a Justice Department press release said.
“The object of the conspiracy was to hack into the computers of U.S. persons and entities involved in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, steal documents from those computers, and stage releases of the stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” the indictment said.
For example, WikiLeaks, identified as “Organization 1″ in the indictment, released Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s emails on Oct. 7 less than an hour after the Washington Post reported that Trump once bragged about groping women. 
“In order to expand their interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Conspirators transferred many of the documents they stole from the DNC and the chairman of the Clinton Campaign to Organization 1,” the indictment said. “The Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, discussed the release of the stolen documents and the timing of those releases with Organization 1 to heighten their impact on the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
In addition to the damaging releases of hacked emails, three Russian organizations and 13 Russian nationals were indicted in February for their role in an extensive pro-Trump social media advertising campaign.
The indictment alleges that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-based online propaganda company, oversaw the pro-Trump influence campaign, which was financed by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a man described as “Putin’s cook” or “Putin’s chef,” and his two companies, Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering.
“From at least April 2016 through November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators, while concealing their Russian identities and ORGANIZATION affiliation through false personas, began to produce, purchase, and post advertisements on U.S. social media and other online sites expressly advocating for the election of then-candidate Trump or expressly opposing Clinton,” according to the indictment, which referred to the Internet Research Agency as the “organization.”
Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, told a Senate panel last year that “approximately 126 million people may have been served content from a Page associated with” the Internet Research Agency. At the same hearing, Sean J. Edgett, Twitter’s acting general counsel, said the company identified 36,746 automated accounts, known as bots, that “generated approximately 1.4 million automated, election-related Tweets, which collectively received approximately 288 million impressions.”
In addition, Internet Research Agency mobilized Trump supporters for political rallies, focusing on so-called “purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida,” according to the indictment, quoting from documents, such as emails and private Facebook messages, obtained during the investigation. Trump, who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, captured the Electoral College votes and the election by narrowly winning in key swing, or “purple,” states, such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
In a Jan. 6, 2017, report, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016″ to “undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency,” as well as “help President-elect Trump’s election chances.” The report “did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcomes of the 2016 election,” because it “does not analyze US political processes or US public opinion.”
North Korea’s Missiles
As he has done in the past, Trump boasted about the relationship he has developed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president said Kim “understands denuclearization and he’s agreed to it.”
That’s not quite accurate. Trump and Kim issued a joint statement in June saying that North Korea will “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” but they have yet to come to an agreement on the terms of a denuclearization plan.
“He doesn’t wanna go to war, and we don’t wanna go to war, and he understands denuclearization and he’s agreed to it,” Trump said. “And you see that, he’s agreed to it. No missiles.”
When Stahl pressed Trump, asking if North Korea “may actually be building more missiles,” Trump responded, “Well, nobody really knows.”
Stahl: But is it true that they haven’t gotten rid of a single weapon, and they may actually be building more missiles-
Trump: They want to–
Stahl: With nuclear–
Trump: And I will tell you that they’re closing up sites.
Stahl: But–
Trump: Setting it up.
Stahl: Is what I said true, that they haven’t? Gotten–
Trump: Well, nobody really knows. I mean, people are saying that. I’ve actually said that.
Stahl: What? That they’re still building missiles, more missiles?
Trump: We don’t really know, Lesley. We really don’t know. But I assume–
Stahl: Suspect that?
Trump: Let’s say the answer is yes, okay? In the meantime, they haven’t tested a missile. They haven’t tested a rocket. They definitely haven’t done a nuclear test because you know about them real fast. It sort of moves the earth. And we have a relationship now.
The Washington Post, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported on July 30: “Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.” That was a month and a half after the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
A day after the Post article was published, Fox News confirmed the reports “that North Korea is now busy once again building more missiles.”
“U.S. officials telling Fox News, this is a quote, ‘It is business as usual’ at a factory near Pyongyang that builds ICBMs capable of reaching the United States,” reported Greg Palkot, a senior foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News Channel. “Analysis of satellite photography showing, quote, ‘There is no evidence of a halt of work.’ We’re talking about the long-range liquid-fueled missiles used three times last year in test firings that could, potentially, reach the East Coast of the United States. Recent work activity visible.”
Michael E. O’Hanlon, a senior fellow and director of foreign policy research at the Brookings Institution, told us, “President Trump is technically correct because we aren’t completely sure about what is built at each factory or whether construction will conclude for each missile now in the works.”
“But,” he told us via email, “the circumstantial evidence is very strong that North Korea does in fact continue to build more long-range missiles (and nuclear weapons) and that should be the presumption upon which US policy is based.”
Kelsey Davenport, director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association, said in an email to “North Korea did not commit to halt missile production, so it is very likely that Pyongyang is continuing to build nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Kim Jong Un made clear in his January 2018 address that the mass production of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles was a goal for the upcoming year. Recent satellite imagery indicating activity at missile production sites also points toward the conclusion that North Korea continues to quantitatively expand its nuclear arsenal.”
During the Jan. 1, 2018, address referenced by Davenport, Kim Jong Un said, “The nuclear weapons research sector and the rocket industry should mass-produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.”
Joshua Pollack, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and editor of the Nonproliferation Review, told us that for the the Washington Post story, some of his CNS colleagues used commercial space imagery and confirmed that “the Sanumdong missile R&D facility is active, although they could not independently establish what activities were underway inside.”
“The intelligence community clearly has better resources than CNS does, so I assume that they are in a better position to make such determinations,” Pollack added.
“Separately, CNS did independently discover this year that North Korea has pressed ahead with the construction of new production facilities at a different plant, the Chemical Materials Institute, which makes missile components.” Pollack said.
That’s consistent, he said, with statements Kim Jong Un made during a visit to the site in August 2017.
“So by the available indications, we have concluded that missile production is underway, consistent with plans declared in Kim Jong Un’s Jan 1, 2018 speech — the same speech in which he unveiled his new diplomatic initiative,” Pollack said.
Trump Repeats
The president repeated several claims we’ve written about before:
On the administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy: Trump repeatedly claimed that the “zero tolerance” policy that caused the controversial separation of families at the Southern border was “the same as the Obama law. You know, Obama had the same thing.” That’s misleading. There were some family separations under previous administrations, experts told us when we examined this claim in June, but there was no blanket policy to prosecute parents and, therefore, separate them from their children. 
Members of the Trump administration have claimed that there’s nothing new about this, yet a new policy was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early April to refer all illegal border crossings for criminal prosecution. Since children can’t be held in adult detention facilities, the referral resulted in parents being separated from their children.
The Department of Homeland Security wasn’t able to provide any figures for family separations under the Obama administration, but it said 2,342 children had been separated from their parents from early May to early June of this year. Trump signed an executive order to end the separations in late June.
On NATO: Trump said the United States “shouldn’t be paying almost the entire cost of NATO to protect Europe.” It doesn’t. The U.S. pays just over 22 percent of NATO’s commonly funded budget, which includes civil, military and security investment expenses and is funded through a formula based on the gross national income of each member country.
The president has repeatedly complained about indirect NATO spending — what each country spends on its own national defense. But even there, the U.S. share of total defense spending by member countries in 2017 was 67 percent, according to inflation-adjusted figures from NATO.
On Christine Blasey Ford: The president was asked why, in a campaign-style rally in Mississippi, he had made fun of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school. Trump said: “What I said is the person that we’re talking about didn’t know the year, the time, the place.” But that’s incorrect. Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the alleged attack occurred in the summer of 1982 in an upstairs bedroom of a house in the Bethesda area of Maryland. What she could not provide was the exact date and address of the alleged attack.
On trade with China: Trump repeated his claim that China takes “$500 billion a year out of the United States in the form of trade and others things.” As we wrote in “Trump’s Numbers,” the goods-and-services trade deficit with China was $351 billion for the most recent 12 months on record. In 2017, the U.S. trade deficit in goods with China was $376 billion, but that was partially offset by a trade surplus of $40 billion in services, such as software, legal and communications services, for a total trade balance of negative $336 billion.
Correction, Oct. 18, 2018: The story was updated to reflect that CNS used commercial space imagery to confirm activity at the Sanumdong missile R&D facility for the Washington Post story, not after it ran.
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“Nobody really knows” if North Korea has continued to build more missiles.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

US Deficit Increased By 17% Over 2017

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Yesterday we posted a short piece about the White House and the CBO's recent revelations of a 17% increase in the US deficit. That is a 17% increase over last year's Deficit increase. the nation went from $666 billion deficit in 2017 to a $770 billion deficit in FY 2018.

Here is what perspective looks like. From Obama to Trump and a hefty tax cut for the nations wealthy.

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Of course, you recall the many on-camera appearances of Paul Ryan, Trump and McConnell as well as other GOP politicos speaking about how the wealthy American tax cut would not increase the Deficit. Did you actually believe them?

Since you are reading this post vs speaking with a person, it is OK, to honestly consider your faith in (pre-tax cut) GOP rhetoric as the party works to legislate for its constituency (not me and you).  

Well, Democrat Chuck Schumer's Twitter page addresses the rhetoric of which you may have bought into.  
Is there any veracity at the inner core of the GOP?  

The question is rhetorical.

And, the ultimate Trump/Ryan/McConnell victims?  The poor according to Forbes.

On another front, it appears we have another permanent ward of the state who fought to force you to work past age 70.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: 60 Minutes Interview

Asked if he believes he treated Ford with respect, the President said, "I think so, yeah. I did." 
"You know what?" Trump added when told it appeared he had accused Ford of lying in a speech. "I'm not going to get into it, because we won. It doesn't matter. We won."

Trump on 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl.

Why 60 Minutes broadcast an interview with Donald Trump has to fall in the realm of rationale based in because he is the President along with a suspicious consideration of .....and will draw millions of viewers. While Trump supporters may have found the interview comparable to Trump's oozfest rallies, the 26 minutes on air offered historic existentially embarrassing archive minutes.

If you did not see your president at his literal worse, give what follows a few minutes; even if you skip through the interview.

A minute on Saudi Journalist killing.

CNN article, linked here.

"...We won",  he said.  Is this a game pitting US conservatism against the world?  It seems to be a common trait and consideration from many conservatives.  Life is a big game

I recall a situation within mere weeks of Trump's November popular vote loss while having dinner with a neighbor family.  As we approach the dinner I noticed a couple of efforts by the wife (or girlfriend) to elicit comments or reactions regarding Trump's inane and idiotic post-election speeches.  She got one form me nor the wife.  

As we worked through dinner, somehow the conversation moved to retiring early for bed.  The wife proclaims she had to be awake late to watch "the news".  From that point the conversation moved to the reality we did not vote for Trump. Oh man, the atmosphere changed.  The fellow immediately raised his hands in the air as if his turn at a stadium wave waved his arms back and forth and went to a chorus of "We won, we won, we won."  Really?  The fellow looked like he was in a scene from the 60's hippie movie replete wiAcid-induced ed chanting.  upon seeing the unbelievable spectacle, I suggested we avoid discussion of politics while partaking in the meal. The women hesitated for a moment and stated; "Ok not dinner but I have one thing to say." At that point, she moved into Sean Hannity mode (her late-night news viewing without question) and went here: " I love my country!  Seriously, I mean really? She went there. As if my non-trump vote disqualified me from a love of country.

These are the same exhibitionist Americans who like so many on the right exercise their rights, fly the US flag 24/7-365  (day, night weather) without regard for US Flag etiquette and protocol. They live in a simple-minded, dangerous and false reality promulgated and nurture by republicanism. A political ideology and practice inseminated by Richard Nixon, honed by Ronald Regan and has now metastasized into trumpism. 

60 Minutes?

The issue of why broadcast with a president who lies far more than he issues truisms, stands as something of an expectation. Yet, there is something rolling around in my mind settles on; why bother. Trump is a pathological liar, he apparently has motives to avoid any confrontation with dictators or moneyed opportunities.

The 60 Minutes interview was a farce.   It is important to remember, if we elected a clown, we gt a circus.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Trump's White House

Did Trump actually host a Kanye West and Jim Brown lovefest after Hurricane Michael? 

Thirty-Eight seconds of Trump feeding manure to his audience at last night's rally.  Total hypocrisy as we look back at how Trump criticized Obama for attending a rally during the aftermath of a hurricane.  

The first 1:04 of the following video is typical of "everyday Trump". What is a day without a healthy dose of fat lies?

The MSNBC 11th Hour segment relates to Trump's decision to proceed with a Pennsylvania rally as a portion of his voting bloc base (southern states) suffered through the worst hurricane to hit landfall over the Florida panhandle. Brian William The 11th Hour

Speaking of feeding his supporters and ignoring the weather catastrophe in his Red states, Trump hosted a few so-called black people for a 'swording kissing (to keep it clean) oozfest.  No one oozed more than the obviously mentally disjointed Kanye West.

More: "the party of crime". A few days after the New York Time published an extensive piece regarding the Trumps and alleged tax fraud over the decades. He actually went there and received boisterous applause from his audience. Take a few minutes and watch this....

We will allow CNN's Anderson Cooper to sum up Trump's day after Hurricane Micheal.

Did he host such a lovefest?  I believe he did.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Kavanaugh Confirmed

Kavanaugh confirmed to Trump's Court.....

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Trump gets his Get Out OF Jail Justice.


Monday, October 1, 2018

US Conservatism's Love of Dictators From A Trump. Kim Jong Un, and Russia Perspective (Video)

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It is one of those days when sitting and developing a piece for the page, just isn't going to take place.  

Enjoy the social media reports and whatever you do, visit the MSNBC links towards the bottom of the age  The On Assignment segments with Richard Engel are award-winning journalism in my opinion.

First, let's visit with a couple of social media posts.
While I am enjoying a non-writing day, I cannot help but post a few additional items I viewed last night on MSNBC. If you viewed the segments from the On Assignment show you have no need to proceed.

The first segment relates to a nascent phenomenon of US conservatives literally loving the Russian society. Despite being one of the most repressive nations across the globe, US conservatives have latched onto Putin; Russia as surely as they continue to moniker Ronald Reagan as one of the nation's great presidents. Ronald Reagan was a facade of how US conservatives wish their world to exist. While the following segment doesn't touch upon Reagan's contributions to a rebirth of US racism (post the 1960s and ear 1970s.

From his overt affinity for Bob Jones University (with all known racist policies) through his part in advancing the GOP's successful Southern Strategy, and his outright disgusting handling of early AIDS cases, Reagan was the epitome of US social regression.  And, the GOP still to this day loves his being and legacy.  

Alas, the following segment doesn't visit Reagan's social regression beyond touching on Russia's anti-LGBT policies. As you view what follows, think about the dangerous abyss to which Trump has us all standing on the precipice and leaning over the edge.

Shameful isn't it?

How about some dessert?



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Trump, FOXPEN, And The News

Image result for trump unga laughterAs Trump visited the United Nations last week, he left what will surely become an entry into the annals of US Presidential quotes. Sadly, the specific quote I reference relates to Trump's lying boast about his first two years in office.

Remember this...?

Thirty-nine (39) seconds of infamy: the "unexpected"  laughter.

As we move away from Trump's infamous week and his insane rambles at the United Nations, and a later press conference, take a look at how Fox News, FOXPEN-Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network, broadcast the 39 seconds to its viewers.

As you run through the following twitter thread (and video), it is important to recall authoritarian regimes are propped up and supported by media which offers false reality to sycophant or unsuspectingly naive viewers (or listeners).

Actually the two videos an comments from the twitter account holder are my primary interest. If the thread includes various comments for readers, please ignore them.

There is no cable news nor mainstream media network which more strategically edits video than Fox News. Network owners, managers, and producers apparently consider their viewers' cash-cow revenue bait who relish false reality news and current events from the Right.  While the vast majority of Fox News viewers know of the UN laughter, they return day-after-day for doses of pure psychologically twisted entertainment. PT Barhum nemesis in life had a phrase which encapsulates the fox Viewer to the max What is the old adage of "...(one) born every minute?" 

Why criticize Fox as you I have in the previous text? In all candor,  businesses have a business model to give the customers (viewer) what they want.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Kavanaugh Remarks, Beer And Questions OF Judicial Fitness

Trump Praised A Farcical Senate Appearance

Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!
Yes, and therein lies the problem. A White House official issued a comment before Kavanaugh's opening statement and referred to it as "game-changing." While we do not recommend viewing the full 44:00 minutes of Kavanaugh's Opening remarks, we have linked it here for your perusal: linked.

A key moment in the remarks was as such: 
"calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups."
Problem. Didn't Kavanaugh clearly declare himself a judicial activist via those few words? He issued words which do not seem to have been written by a competent and "in control of his faculties" Federal Judge. He offered a Trump-like declaration. He offered an anti-Democrats declaration. and he issues words which came across as child-like and without deep contemplation: "...the Clintons".

For the Opening remarks to an indication of what was to come.  Kavanaugh responded to Senior Committee Member Feinstein (D-CA).

A rant perspective from Michael Beschloss, NBC News US historian: 

Kavanaugh rant raises questions about his political impartiality

A minute related to conservative dogma against Justice temperament. Seems the GOP's world started last week. The confirmation of Sotomayor.

While responding to a question from another Democrat Senator, Kavanaugh again showed a lack of preparation, a lack of judgment (from a Judge) and a moment of telling defensiveness.

Brett Kavanaugh likes beer, but not questions about his drinking habits

Beer... (one minute)

Bill Maher in closing ( a bit long but good)

Why is all that is Trump come across as well below the level of acceptable behavior for high office?