It’s a tale of two very different men. While Donald Trump ran around the Middle East backtracking on all his campaign promises to appease the audience, Former President, Barack Obama spoke to tens of thousands in Berlin.
Accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the former president spoke about the Affordable Care Act and the continued Republican onslaught on the law.
“Obviously, some of the progress that we made is imperiled, because there is still a significant debate taking place in the United States,” he said,according to NPR. Though Obama noted that it did not insure all Americans, it did help an overwhelming amount of citizens. “For those 20 million people, their lives have been better,” he said. “And we’ve set a standard for what’s possible that people can build on.”
The former President also hit Trump and his “build a wall” slogan, saying, “we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall.”
WATCH: Pres. Obama talks human rights and health care at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. pic.twitter.com/bnZOgPovq1
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 25, 2017
This has nothing to do with Trump being from New York as stated to my by a co-worker. This has everything to do with Trump being a pompous, disrespectful, ass, who thinks everyone – including prime ministers, are below him.
In a meeting today with NATO leaders, Trump is seen looking aggravated as he pushes away Montenegro’s Prime Minister, Dusko Markovic.
One day after a Republican politician bodyslams a reporter, Trump puts his thuggish-street ways on full display for everyone to see. This is beneath the office of the Presidency.
Did Trump just shove another NATO leader to be in the front of the group? pic.twitter.com/bL1r2auELd
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 25, 2017
CNN is reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance.
Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn’t note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years, officials said.
The new information from the Justice Department is the latest example of Sessions failing to disclose contacts he had with Russian officials. He has come under withering criticism from Democrats following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.
Sessions initially listed a year’s worth of meetings with foreign officials on the security clearance form, according to Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores. But she says he and his staff were then told by an FBI employee who assisted in filling out the form, known as the SF-86, that he didn’t need to list dozens of meetings with foreign ambassadors that happened in his capacity as a senator.
It all makes sense. It is now obvious why Melania Trump stays in New York while her husband is destroying America in Washington. It has nothing to do with their son being in school, it has everything to do with Melania’s apparent disgust of physical contact with the donald.
There are many videos online showing Melania doing everything she can to avoid touching her husband, but the more recent video of their trip to the middle east speaks volume.
I remember the times when some in the press stumbled over themselves to pin a scandal on former president, Barack Obama. It wasn’t easy, so the simplest things were often blown up into a so-called “scandal.”
From Obama putting his foot on his desk in the Oval office, to the color of a suit he wore, to him chewing gum, were blown up into a “scandal.” Now compare those actions to those of Donald Trump, and the obvious obstruction of justice soup he is now boiling in.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) May 22, 2017
I think it has been proven over and over again that Donald Trump has actively tried to interfere with the FBI investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia.
From the news that Trump asked the head of the FBI, James Comey, to pledge his allegiance to Trump himself, then admitting that he was tired with the investigation into his campaign when he fired the head investigator, to Trump inviting Russian officials into the Oval Office and telling them that firing Comey revealed the “pressure” from him, show major instances and directly point to obstruction of justice.
But so far, Donald Trump appears immune as no one appears to have the backbone to call it obstruction.
And now this – more proof of obstruction of justice. The Washington Post reports that Trump asked senior officials to help him hide any evidence of Trump’s campaign and possible collusion with Russia.
President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.
Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.
Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.
Trump sought the assistance of Coats and Rogers after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI was investigating “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
The good thing, and perhaps the only good thing, about the Trump Administration (shudder) is that you never really have to wait very long before the real story becomes apparent. This is decidedly not a regular presidency or White House where the shrouds of secrecy and intrigue hide covert actions for months or years at a time. They do try, the people with some political experience, to navigate Trump through what should be safe political harbors, but then he slams his foot on the speedboat’s gas and heads towards the bathers. And the bathers are the ones who voted for him.
Such has been the previous, tumultuous week in a fast-moving storm that seems to have no sunshine behind it, only darker clouds.
It’s clear that the president dismissed James Comey for delving too deeply into the matter of Russian interference in the election and the extent to which Trump campaign/ administration workers involved themselves in that contretemps. Trump also clearly believe(s)(d) that firing Comey would lessen the pressure the FBI guy was putting on the administration. Calling Comey “nuts” was just Trump projecting his fears and insecurities.
Which he does a lot.
In fact, I’ve come to believe that when Trump uses words like nuts and witch hunt, he’s actually referring to himself because that’s the type of behavior he’s exhibiting and the type of management style he’s using in the White House. Further, the country seems to be turning a corner on the president and his credibility. People like Trump, who think that they’re always right and are bolstered by people who are loyal to him, tend to believe that those who disagree with them must have something wrong with them. It’s difficult to run an administration on that, as we’re learning. And the worst part is that it’s getting even more difficult to see anything the president says as having the weight of probity or thought (if it ever did).
He’s also making it difficult for the Republicans to project a unified message on their agenda because Trump’s tweets keep getting in the way. And besides, the conservative agenda is not widely popular anyway, as the fight against the ACA repeal proves. Add in the other components such as huge tax cuts for the wealthy, and you have a real problem. And when James Comey makes his public testimony, the country will stop and listen.
Trump will not be impeached, and I would urge those who are calling his behavior and words treasonous to redirect their energies to 2018 and to confronting legislators who support his agenda. Let the Mueller investigation run its course and see where it leads. In the meantime, Trump will continue to hurt himself by trying to explain his actions and contradicting his aides, and his aides will leave because it’s really the president who can’t be trusted.