Make the US Politics Thread Great Again


#3879

And here are the details:


#3880

#3881

#3882

I’m prepared to accept that in a speech filled with jokes, that that line was probably a joke too. But the US president shouldn’t joke about becoming a dictator. Not a good look.


#3883

Even as jokes he has a habit of praising authoritarians.

Praise for Xi, praise for Putin, praise for Duterte’s extra-judicial drug killings.


#3884

He is just working out how to spin it. May have to wait until tomorrow’s press


#3885

This also looks bad:


#3886

“Drain The Swamp!” they chanted.


#3887

Best Onion headline ever:


#3888

Like doesn’t quite seem appropriate.


#3889

I was told (and have not fact checked) that Trump clocked up his 100th golf day as president…


#3890

The best of all Presidents?


#3891

Correct.


#3892

To be honest, I had a time for about 3 months when I too chalked up a round of golf every 4-days. I was an unemployed recent uni-grad but I guess the similarities are striking.


#3893

Won’t stop until he beats Kim Jong-Il’s record.


#3894

The one where he never pooped?


#3895

One can only hope.


#3896

This is a long, brilliantly-constructed, and ultimately frustrating read about Christopher Steele, his dossier, and the ease by which Russia attacked the US election process.


#3897

From the article referenced above:

One subject that Steele is believed to have discussed with Mueller’s investigators is a memo that he wrote in late November, 2016, after his contract with Fusion had ended. This memo, which did not surface publicly with the others, is shorter than the rest, and is based on one source, described as “a senior Russian official.” The official said that he was merely relaying talk circulating in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but what he’d heard was astonishing: people were saying that the Kremlin had intervened to block Trump’s initial choice for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney. (During Romney’s run for the White House in 2012, he was notably hawkish on Russia, calling it the single greatest threat to the U.S.) The memo said that the Kremlin, through unspecified channels, had asked Trump to appoint someone who would be prepared to lift Ukraine-related sanctions, and who would coöperate on security issues of interest to Russia, such as the conflict in Syria. If what the source heard was true, then a foreign power was exercising pivotal influence over U.S. foreign policy—and an incoming President.

As fantastical as the memo sounds, subsequent events could be said to support it. In a humiliating public spectacle, Trump dangled the post before Romney until early December, then rejected him. There are plenty of domestic political reasons that Trump may have turned against Romney. Trump loyalists, for instance, noted Romney’s public opposition to Trump during the campaign. Roger Stone, the longtime Trump aide, has suggested that Trump was vengefully tormenting Romney, and had never seriously considered him. (Romney declined to comment. The White House said that he was never a first choice for the role and declined to comment about any communications that the Trump team may have had with Russia on the subject.) In any case, on December 13, 2016, Trump gave Rex Tillerson, the C.E.O. of ExxonMobil, the job. The choice was a surprise to most, and a happy one in Moscow, because Tillerson’s business ties with the Kremlin were long-standing and warm. (In 2011, he brokered a historic partnership between ExxonMobil and Rosneft.) After the election, Congress imposed additional sanctions on Russia, in retaliation for its interference, but Trump and Tillerson have resisted enacting them.


#3898

Some of the lackeys refusing to comply with subpoena now. I guess that’s because they’ve just had enough of this unreasonable mess now.