Donald Trump is embarking on his first foreign trip as president, and in an effort to keep his fragile state of mind in tack, leaders in these upcoming countries are being told to “praise” and “compliment” Trump on his election win.
The Hill is reporting that embassies and leaders who have met with Trump have been speaking among themselves and with other dignitaries about how to handle the new president, and a number of themes have emerged, the report said. Among them:
– Compliment Trump on his election win, and compare him favorably to former President Obama.
– Don’t expect him to know your country’s history or hot-button issues.
– Make a short presentation tailored to his attention span, and don’t try to bring up a long list of issues.
“If you were prepping people for Donald Trump, the two or three points would be: one, bear in mind this is still a guy who focuses on wins,” Peter Westmacott, a former British ambassador to the U.S., told the Times.
“Secondly, he is a deal maker, a pragmatist. Third, this is a guy with a limited attention span. He absolutely won’t listen to visitors droning on for a half-hour — or longer if they need an interpreter.”
That Comey would go to these lengths to avoid Trump tells me that Trump was constantly trying to obstruct this investigation.
Can you say obstruction of justice?
According to a New York Times report published Thursday, Comey tried to blend into the Blue Room’s blue curtains during a White House visit for a ceremony honoring law enforcement officials who provided security at inauguration.
Comey recounted the incident to his friend, Brookings Institution fellow Benjamin Wittes, who told the story to The Times. Comey, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall, was wearing a dark blue suit and stood near the similarly colored curtains in the back of the room, hoping that Trump would not spot him.
“He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away without an individual interaction,” Wittes told the Times.
However, Comey was spotted by the president, who called out to him and joked he had become “more famous” than himself. Trump went in for a hug when Comey was reportedly trying to only give Trump a handshake.
I can only hope Ailes was able to repent for all the
lies, sorry, miss-information he and his co-conspirators at Fox News delivered to the American people.
Here is an except of a statement from his wife, Elizabeth.
“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” Ailes said in the statement. “Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back.”
Speculations are being fueled that the relationship between MSNBC and Lawrence O’Donnell is coming to an abrupt end. O’Donnell’s contract on The Last Word ends in four weeks and the two sides have not come to the negotiating table. This is raising questions and people are various theories as to why O’Donnell is not being respected by MSNBC’s leadership.
One theory was supplied by Yashar Ali from HuffPo. Ali raised a very important point when he suggested that Donald Trump could be the reason MSNBC has not re-negotiated Lawrence’s contract.
In 2011, O’Donnell called on NBC to fire Trump, then the host and executive producer of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” for pushing his racist and inaccurate “birther” conspiracy against President Barack Obama. In 2015, he also claimed that Trump was lying about his wealth. Trump threatened to sue O’Donnell for making false statements but never followed through on his threat (which O’Donnell had predicted).
According to three sources, Trump has pressured MSNBC President Phil Griffin to fire O’Donnell on multiple occasions. Griffin alluded to Trump’s push for O’Donnell’s ouster in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter last month, saying, “[Trump] started calling me all the time in 2011 to say Lawrence O’Donnell was a ‘third-rate’ anchor.” Griffin and O’Donnell enjoy a cordial relationship but Griffin’s power as the President of MSNBC has been diminished by Lack since he returned in 2015. As a result, Lack will be the one to decide whether O’Donnell stays and under what terms.
Those were not the words of a left-wing political blogger with high hopes, nor a hyperactive Twitter maven spouting conspiracy theories. They came from David Gergen, the typically moderate, mild-mannered CNN analyst and former aide to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat.
Gergen appeared on CNN Tuesday night to discuss to discuss the controversies that have overwhelmed the Trump administration in the past week.
At the top of the list were reports that President Trump had asked then-FBI Director James B. Comey to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser. The revelation has fueled claims that Trump might have obstructed justice, which in the past has been treated as an impeachable offense.
If true, it could mean devastating consequences for the president, said Gergen, who served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, both of whom faced the impeachment process.
“I was in the Nixon administration, as you know, and I thought after watching the Clinton impeachment I’d never see another one,” Gergen told host Anderson Cooper. “But I think we’re in impeachment territory now for the first time.”
Cooper asked: “Really?”
“I think that obstruction of justice was the number one charge against Nixon that brought him down,” Gergen responded. “Obstruction of justice was the number one charge against Bill Clinton, which led to his indictment in the House.”
Never one to hold his silence on matters of importance, Keith Olbermann did not mince words when it was revealed that Donald Trump gave Russian officials Classified Intelligence during their Oval Office meeting last week.
Trump’s own words confirmed the multiple reports that he revealed classified information to the Russians. In his twitter rant, Trump claimed presidential privilege as the reason, saying that as president, he has “absolute right” to give Russia the classified intelligence.
As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
Trump and his White House Minions were taken aback, yet again, by the universal outrage to his intelligence disclosure. Naturally, they tried to divert blame, saying that instead of focusing on what Trump did, we should all be damning the person who leaked the details of the meeting to the press.
Let’s weigh those options – Trump giving Russia America’s classified intelligence, or getting angry with the person who leaked information about the meeting to the press. I’m grateful to the person who brought this info to light.
Keith Olbermann is grateful to that person too. In defense of that person, Olbermann told Trump exactly what he thinks about him.”
“YOU are the leaker, you stupid, pea-brained, motherfucking traitor,” Olbermann said. “RESIGN.”
YOU are the leaker, you stupid, pea-brained, motherfucking traitor. RESIGN. https://t.co/ZRXevAonG9
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 16, 2017
Remember in 2014 when Trump questioned if it was allowed to “impeach a president for gross incompetence?” Well the rest of America is wondering that very same thing today!