Monday, February 20, 2017

Dan Rather blasts Trump's attack on the press as 'a deep betrayal

WILLIAM STEAKIN,     AOL.COM           February  18th 2017 Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather took to Facebook on Saturday and called President Donald Trump's recent attacks on the press a "deep betrayal of our national history."

"I have resisted commenting on President Trump's outrageous attack on the press," said Rather, who felt the need to speak out following Trump's recent tweet claiming the media was "the enemy of the American people."

Rather, however, refused to address Trump's claim directly, instead focusing his attention toward Republicans he deemed as Trump's "enablers." "By their silence on this travesty normalize a behavior that is antithetical to our Constitutional principles," he continued.

"Future generations will not look kindly on profiles in cowardice."

The former anchor's statement follows President Trump's unprecedented Thursday press conference, that MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough called "one of the most chaotic, rambling press conferences anybody has ever seen."

Following the media's negative response to the presser, and multiple polls from Pew, Gallup, and FOX News showing Trump's approval rating at historically low levels, the president tweeted out "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"

Trump then used conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's praise of the controversial press conference as evidence that any critiques of the presser are "fake news" and "dishonest."

"One of the most effective press conferences I've ever seen!" says Rush Limbaugh. Many agree.Yet FAKE MEDIA calls it differently! Dishonest," Trump tweeted.

Rather wrapped up his Facebook post with a message to his colleagues in the media. "To my fellow journalists, I know you will not be bullied or intimidated. Keep doing your job. Your country depends on your service. Courage."

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Dan Rather on Saturday
I have resisted commenting on President Trump's outrageous attack on the press with his tweet calling the media "the enemy of the American people." It is a sentiment that is a deep betrayal of our national history. The evidence to the contrary is so overwhelming that to choose any one example is to play into the alternate reality Mr. Trump is seeking to exploit for his cynical political purposes.
My message is not for he who will not listen. Instead I wish to address his enablers, specifically those in the Republican Party who by their silence on this travesty normalize a behaviour that is antithetical to our Constitutional principles. Future generations will not look kindly on profiles in cowardice.
And to my fellow journalists, I know you will not be bullied or intimidated. Keep doing your job. Your country depends on your service. Courage.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kellyanne Conway blasted by the president of her alma mater WTF

February  19th 2017 
Kellyanne Conway has been called out by the president of her alma mater, Trinity Washington University, in a recent school blog post titled, "On Lies and the Truths We Must Tell."

In the piece, Patricia McGuire states that "Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway, Trinity Class of 1989, has played a large role in facilitating the manipulation of facts and encouraging the grave injustice being perpetrated by the Trump Administration's war on immigrants among many other issues."

She goes on to point out, "Ms. Conway invented the now-infamous phrase 'alternative facts' to defend Trump's claims about the size of crowds at his inauguration, a thinly-veiled autocratic scheme..."

The school president then says, "Ms. Conway has been part of a team that thinks nothing of shaping and spreading a skein of lies as a means to secure power. Perhaps the 'Bowling Green Massacre' comment was truly a mistake, as she claims, but she repeated that canard on three different occasions as an explanation for why the travel ban, an executive order that clearly discriminates against Muslims, was necessary."

In response, Conway told the Washington Post, "It's a disappointment to have the president of the university lift up other Trinity graduates who have a casual relationship with the truth."

Trump's adviser reportedly brought up fellow alum Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and others who, in Conway's words, "attack me, and never have the courtesy of calling or emailing me to ask what I meant on any given occasion."


Nevertheless, comments to the critical blog post appear to be largely positive, with one self-identified former alum writing, "Thanks, Pat, for your clarity and eloquence. You give voice to the Trinity I know, respect and love."

Trump isn't adjusting well to life in the White House — he's reportedly experiencing 'cabin fever'

Business Insider     JEREMY BERKE    February  19th 2017 
President Donald Trump reportedly isn't adjusting well to life in the White House after his first month in office.

That's according to Axios' Mike Allen's latest newsletter, in which he writes that a Trump adviser told him the president is experiencing "cabin fever" in the White House.

Trump is reportedly experiencing headaches and frustration that he can't spend his evenings dining at restaurants like he could around Trump Tower in his old neighborhood in New York City.

Trump's campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida yesterday — where he mentioned a nonexistent incident of refugees committing crimes in Sweden — was "partially about Trump management," Allen writes.

The rally was a chance for Trump to escape from the pressure-cooker environment in Washington after a month of turmoil, and bask in the adoration of his most passionate supporters.

Trump will spend Sunday interviewing candidates to replace Mike Flynn, the president's former national security adviser who was ousted over his connections to Russia.

Witchy wants to know :
Could those who believe in Teump explain to me what he has done that makes you feel so confident in placing such trust in him, that you don't even see the need for the media to report on him?
Is it  because this loose mouth charlatan doesn't know anything about world events or domestic  affairs for that matter. He is completely clueless just like his staff.
Let the truth be told ...tRUMP  will never be able to adapt to any lifestyle where he is not the total king and ruler, he really did not anticipate the power of our constitution and the resolve of both republicans and democrats to protect our way of life. It will be our constitution that is his downfall.
A womanizing racist bigot obviously can convince enough people to vote for him but he CANNOT convince the real Americans to join him in dismantling our constitution....Nuff said .

Saturday, February 18, 2017

McCain defends a free press: 'That's how dictators get started'

 NBC News     CHUCK TODD AND MATT RIVERA   
 February  18th 2017 
Sen. John McCain is taking a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump's ongoing attack on the fourth estate, cautioning that "how dictators get started" is by shutting down the press.

The Republican Arizona senator, in an exclusive interview on Meet the Press airing Sunday, admitted that the relationship between the media and elected officials can sometimes be tense — highlighted by the Trump administration's repeated sparring with reporters and the president calling news organizations "fake news."

Watch the interview with Sen. McCain on Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press

Half-jokingly, McCain said, "a fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you."

His defense of the media came in response to a Friday tweet from President Donald Trump in which he called certain news outlets "the enemy of the American People."

Speaking from Germany, where he was attending the Munich Security Conference, McCain said that without a free press, "I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started."
McCain clarified that he wasn't referring to the president as a dictator, but that attacks on journalists who are questioning those in power are usually a hallmark of autocratic governments.

"When you look at history," McCain said, "the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history."

Witchy sez : Listen folks , think for yourselves.. There are 3 things the United States of America does not need and should be abolished. First, there is no need for hand guns in the general public. Secondly, there is absolute no need for pit bull terriers. Thirdly. there is absolutely no need for Donald J. Trump for any reason.
Hey that's just me and the way I roll ... nuff sez.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

President Trump speaks out on Melania's White House role: 'The things they say are so unfair' WTF !!

CHRISTINA GREGG, AOL.COM         February  16th 2017 
One day after an Us Weekly report claimed Melania Trump finds it "miserable" to be the first lady, President Trump spoke out on his wife's White House role.

As her first major move as first lady, Melania Trump announced earlier this week that the White House visitor's center will reopen on March 7, 2017 -- allowing for tours of the storied estate.

These oppositional stories have caused many to question Melania Trump's White House role, and how she will differ from first ladies of years past.

"She is going to be a fantastic first lady," Trump said in his lengthy Thursday press conference. "She is going to be a tremendous representative of women and of the people."

The first lady made her first White House appearance since Inauguration Day on Wednesday, when she met with the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and joined her husband in hosting Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife for dinner.

The president also noted that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, will be working closely with the first lady.

Melania also made headlines recently when model Emily Ratajkowski revealed a New York Times reporter called Mrs. Trump a "hooker" during a conversation the two had at a party. The reporter has since apologized.

"She gets so unfairly treated...I've known her for a long time," Trump said. "She was very successful, a very successful model. She would go home at night, and didn't even want to go out with people."

"She was always the highest quality that you'll ever find," the president said of his wife. "The things they say are so unfair."
The president also noted that Melania Trump feels very strongly about women's issues -- something the first lady has yet to speak publicly on since the inauguration.

Ivanka Trump, though, was present at a White House meeting this week attended by President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on women's business initiatives.

"They're not doing this for money, they're not doing this for pay," Trump said. "They're doing this because they feel this, both of them."

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump weighs in on on America's trade relationship with Canada: 'We'll be tweaking it'

US News         ANDREW SOERGEL       February  13th 2017 

Leaving little downtime between his visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the end of last week, President Donald Trump hosted another foreign dignitary Monday as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to the White House.

Trudeau – who was elected prime minister from Canada's Liberal Party in 2015 and who reportedly maintained a congenial relationship with President Barack Obama – became the third international leader to personally visit Trump in Washington following his inauguration, trailing Japan's Abe and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

Hanging over the visit were Trump's promises to renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement – a deal designed to foster trade relations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Canada represented the largest buyer of American goods exports in the world last year.

Trump and Trudeau, however, said in a joint statement Monday that they have "affirmed their longstanding commitment to close cooperation in addressing both the challenges facing our two countries and problems around the world."

"No two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the United States," the statement said. "We recognize our profound shared economic interests and will work tirelessly to provide growth and jobs for both countries."

The two individually made similar comments at a news conference Monday afternoon, with Trump promising that America "is going to have a great relationship with Canada" under his watch.

Trudeau, for his part, praised Monday's "very productive meeting" and indicated "maintaining strong economic ties is vital to our mutual success."

"At the end of the day, the president and I share a common goal. We both want to make sure that hardworking folks can go to work at a good job, put food on the table for their families and save up to take a vacation every once in a while," Trudeau said.
Prior to the news conference, the two leaders participated in a roundtable discussion focused on opening up more opportunities for the advancement of female business leaders. Those in attendance included Julie Sweet, who heads information technology outfit Accenture's American and Canadian operations; Carol Stephenson, who sits on General Motors' board of directors; and Tina Lee, CEO of T&T Supermarket Inc., according to White House press pool reports.

Trump's daughter, Ivanka, reportedly played a role in organizing the event. The two North American leaders also announced the formation of the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders – an initiative aimed at bolstering female workplace participation and removing barriers holding working women back.
"This initiative is more than just about dollars and cents. This is about ensuring that women have access to the same opportunities as men and prioritizing the support and empowerment of women who are senior business leaders and entrepreneurs," Trudeau said. "In doing so, we'll grow the Canadian and American economies and help our businesses prosper."

Trump and Trudeau also touched on national security and terrorism concerns during the news conference and made several passing references to trade dynamics. The new U.S. administration has made restructuring trade with Mexico a key priority, but analysts believe Trump won't be able to retool NAFTA without also impacting America's business with Canada.

The two did not appear to have reached any sort of trade finality as a result of their meeting Monday, but their joint statement acknowledged that "Canada is the most important foreign market for 35 U.S. states," that "more than $2 billion in two-way trade flows across our shared border every day" and that "millions of American and Canadian middle-class jobs, including in the manufacturing sector, depend on our partnership."

Trump said he and Trudeau discussed policies that would be "a lot better for trade and a lot better and a lot faster for trade," possibly involving new technological innovations.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trump administration struggling to fill White House communications director role

President Trump has been gradually filling his cabinet positions, but there's one key position in his administration that's proving tough to find a candidate for: Communications director.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been doing double duty in the role, but it's unusual for the same person to hold both positions.

CNN has reported that a source tells them Trump has been unhappy with Spicer's performance.

Jason Miller, who managed communications for Trump's campaign, was going to fill the post but stepped down during the transition.

Politico reports that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has been attempting to find a new candidate but has been having trouble due to the challenges of working in Trump's unusual administration.

Former John McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt told Politico, "[W]hen you look at the complete and total chaos emanating from the White House on a number of issues, it's clear they have no strategic planning function."

Witchy wants to Know :
 We have the most inept administration we have ever had. Trump has botched every move he has made, with the exception of signing his name to several documents. The implementation of the travel ban was as inept as you can get, and his first military mission was a complete failure. Why did The Trump team come up with year old info, that we already had, as a justification for this failed mission? Why?
Now for some laughs :
Larry, Moe and Curly are already on staff.... what about Shemp?
Now really?? 3 weeks in , get a grip!!  He has done more damage in 3 weeks than any so called president has done in 8 years!  Such a dividing figure!
Wanted: WH Communications Director: Must be able to keep a straight face in all meetings, be able to say the phrase "bad dudes" in at least 12 languages, be able to stand in front of an 8 alarm fire and claim that you do not smell smoke and be able to help other staff members find pesky light switches in dark rooms. Resume and salary requirement to: Trump House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC
Would  you  want to be the communications director if you worked for a president who tweeted all the time.  waste of time for any serious professional ?