Trump’s Way of Doing Government
There isn’t much a fish can do once that hook is in its mouth and the taut line is being pulled closer to the boat. It can attempt to swim away, inflicting pain on itself and damage to its most important orifice, but one must do whatever one can to get away from the peril.
Donald Trump has, once again, demonstrated vividly his convoluted and confused soul. Yesterday (2-13-2018), was not a good day for the Commander in Chief of the United States of America.
We all watched with great interest as the top men who protect us from evil doers around the world and at home: Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, Mike Pompeo, Director of Central Intelligence Agency, Lt. General Robert Ashley, Director Defense Intelligence Agency, Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI went before Congress to bring the Senate Intelligence Committee up to speed on worldwide threats.
Disclosed there were some cold, hard facts about what this country faces from global and local risks to our security. It was clear, beyond the usual partisan questions, that these group of highly respected experts disagreed with President Trump’s assessment of Russian interference in our country’s business and democratic processes. Our Great Orange Leader’s view that the threat is not real and only a punchline for a red state rally is not acceptable. Trump must be a better leader on this issue.
What the president says to these gentlemen behind close doors is unknown, but what they demonstrated yesterday was less theater and more reality check. Dan Coats was very clear, “Persistent and disruptive cyber operations will continue against the United States and our European allies using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy. Frankly, the United States is under attack.” And now we wait for the President to either come out of the closet on this crisis or remain in the dark, therefore sending the wrong message to Putin and to the citizens he has sworn to protect.
All six men agreed that we have a problem and that the Russian interference is real. Astonishingly, none of them have been instructed or ordered by President Trump to do anything about it. Imagine an executive not addressing a problem or attack from a competitor in business. That would be dereliction of duty and a blatant disregard of their fiduciary responsibility, a reason for dismissal from any public company.
And through the questioning of these security officials, we learned that Chris Wray is not about to share information or discuss the Russian investigation with Donald Trump. That was very good for America.
But one of the other answers he gave sent a shiver through the spin doctors in the West Wing. After trying to pin the Rob Porter Scandal on the FBI, Trump’s current whipping boy, Wray disclosed that their work on Porter’s clearance was completed and sent to the White House a long time ago. In fact, if the procedures were followed as Wray described, the president’s people probably knew about Porter’s problem last year and covered it up.
We’re all numbed by the flow of lies and fabrications from the people surrounding Trump. Most likely, these lies come directly from the horse’s mouth.
There have been endless cable news quarter-hours discussing whether the White House takes security clearances seriously and if retired General John Kelly should be dismissed. Not sure why replacing Kelly would make a difference, when you still have the head of the snake. Without removing Trump from office, we will continue to suffer through disjointed messaging, inconsistent plans, inept positions and worse, LIES, LIES, LIES!
Just when you think yesterday was completely a loss for Trump, it became even worse. News broke last night that the Donald’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, when answering a Federal Election Committee inquiry about the source of money paid to a porn star, admitted he paid the “actress” $130,000 out of his own pocket. To prove that Trump’s campaign didn’t violate campaign finance laws, Cohen fell on his sword for the President. That payment was paid during the campaign and after the Access Hollywood “pussy grabbing” tape was released. Not sure if anyone declared the payment as a business expense, but then, Trump hasn’t released his tax returns. More secrets.
We don’t know if Donald Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels 11 years ago, but we do know that she got more than one hundred thousand dollars from Trump’s attorney for something. It would be hard to determine how much that was per hour, but then she was clearly a private contractor. If this doesn’t bother the evangelicals, then Christianity is surely doomed to collapse within itself. When do the leaders of the church stand up and condemn this man?
And why do we keep hearing phrases like, “on-going” or “I don’t want to get into process” as armor against questions seeking the truth. Is Donald Trump capable of sensitivity and honesty?
If hard, cold facts and admission of hush money paid for hot, illicit sex don’t make a difference with those who support this lunatic, then maybe we are off the tracks as a nation. The next step in this saga is the release of the Robert Mueller findings. Trump can hear the footsteps. He hasn’t been heard from on Twitter for 16 hours, gee, nothing to see, or just nothing to say? Sad, really sad.
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