Saturday, February 18th, 2017

29 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion

(Extra!)

“At Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Florida, Trump addressed a hangar packed with supporters in an event organized not by the White House but by Trump’s own campaign committee. “I’m here because I want to be among my friends and among the people,” Trump told the enthusiastic crowd before running through a long list of campaign promises and what he said were his administration’s early accomplishments.” National Public Radio, 18 February 2017

“Trump used [Air Force One] to stage a dramatic arrival at a hangar filled with 9,000 of his supporters. For 45 minutes, Trump basked in the glow of the love of those who still believe in him and who interrupted him with adoring applause nearly 100 times. He reiterated his campaign promises, bragged about things he has already done, blamed Obama for leaving him with “a mess like you wouldn’t believe,” denounced the “fake news” media, pulled a fan onto the stage, referenced a terrorist attack in Sweden the night before that didn’t happen, and compared himself to Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln.” The Washington Post, 18 February 2017

“Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their country. During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by terrorists. “You look at what’s happening,” he told his supporters. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” Nothing particularly nefarious happened in Sweden on Friday – or Saturday, for that matter – and Swedes were left baffled.” The New York Times, 19 February 2017

Video and full transcript of Trump’s speech, via Vox.com

 

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“[A] conversation between Milo Yiannopoulos, the incendiary right-wing author and lecturer, and Bill Maher, the comedian and host of HBO’s “Real Time,” on that program Friday night was a largely docile, chummy affair. There was little conflict or cross-examination, as both men chided the political left for avoiding or drowning out Mr. Yiannopoulos’s views rather than engaging with them. Describing himself as “a virtuous troll,” Mr. Yiannopolous said, “I hurt people for a reason.” The New York Times, 18 February 2017

“After being asked by [Bill] Maher why he singled out a transgender student for ridicule during a recent speech at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, [Milo] Yiannopoulos intentionally referred to the former student as a “he” (she is a she), saying, “He had already left the university. And I make no apologies for protecting women and children from men who are confused about their sexual identity … I did it on purpose … I think women and girls should be protected from having men who are confused about their sexual identities from their bathrooms.” [Larry] Wilmore stepped up to the plate. “I just think it’s sad, because the same arguments that were used against gay people, treating them like aliens who wanted to fuck anything that moved and that’s why we should avoid them at all costs, are being used [against the trans community].” The Daily Beast, 18 Feburary 2017

“Milo Yiannopoulos … spoke at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he … used his platform to mock a transgender student, displaying her name and photo prominently … “He got into the women’s room the way liberals always operate, using the government and the courts to weasel their way where they don’t belong … I have known some passing trannies in my life. Trannies – you’re not allowed to say that. I’ve known some passing trannies, which is to say transgender people who pass as the gender they would like to be considered.” He then referred to the photo, which was still onscreen, and said, “Well, no. The way that you know he’s failing is I’d almost still bang him.” New York Magazine, 15 December 2016

 

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I tried to stay up late last night and I got through Stephen Colbert’s monologue and his interview with Julie Andrews, then I was done. Managed to stay up past eleven, didn’t make it to eleven-thirty. Just didn’t have the juice. Of course, the big fat cheeseburger tranquilizing me from the inside out probably didn’t help nor, I think, did the beer I was drinking. If I want to stay up late tonight, I’ll have to be a bit more sensible about it, eat a salad for dinner and follow up with a cuppa decaf, then maybe get a nap. This is what you have to look forward to in your middle age, kids, if you want to stay up late enough to watch Colbert or Saturday Night Live.

I’m not sure I’m still in middle age, now that I think about it. The last half of middle age, maybe. When does middle age end and old age begin? I’m just going to pick and number and say 70. I like the sound of that. That’s still a few years away.

You’d think that after staying up past eleven and this being a Saturday, I’d get to sleep in late BUT NO, I DID NOT. Like clockwork, all three cats came to the bedroom door to whine for food. They’re good about leaving us alone all night long, but when the clock strikes five they’re right there. Almost as if they can count. Before we brought the kitten home, I’d just shuffle into the kitchen, dump an indeterminate amount of kibble in two dishes, leave it out for them to fight over, and shuffle back to bed, but the kitten is a crazy-ass force to be reckoned with. If I were to leave three bowls out, he would find a way to eat all of them, leaving none for the other two, or so little as to make no difference. He still eats his din-dins in a separate room. Even if I elect to leave him locked up in there and go back to bed, as I did this morning, there’s pretty much zero chance I’m going to fall asleep again after doing all that running around.

But I did try. Laid there for about a half-hour. The bed was super cozy-warm and the house was quiet as a tomb, but even so, I gave up at five-thirty, rolled out of bed and made myself a hot cuppa before firing up the laptop to see how much longer we’ve got before the first shots of the revolution are fired. I figure it’ll be six months, maybe a year. Not more than a year. I don’t see how this craziness can go on more than a year. Or maybe it can. The Great Depression dragged on for years while Roosevelt’s government kept a sharp lookout for warning signs of the next revolt. That was a pretty bad time, but circumstances were markedly different than we find ourselves in now. Just for a start, Roosevelt generally tried to appeal to the better natures of the public instead of kissing up to nationalists and raging against the press. So there’s that.

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Friday, February 17th, 2017

28 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion

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“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Donald Trump, 17 February 2017

“It’s not normally news when language shifts meanings – when the definitions of words like “decimate” or “literally” start to soften. Few (aside from copy editors and dictionary publishers) would call it a crisis. But with fake news there are serious potential problems … problems that go even beyond disputes over what is fact and what is fiction. The shifting definition of fake news may be a sign of a broader gap between right and left. In July, author George Saunders painted a picture of that gap:

“Intellectually and emotionally weakened by years of steadily degraded public discourse, we are now two separate ideological countries, LeftLand and RightLand, speaking different languages, the lines between us down. Not only do our two subcountries reason differently; they draw upon non-intersecting data sets and access entirely different mythological systems.”

National Public Radio, 18 February 2017

“[T]he notion of the news media as an enemy of the public – especially when voiced by a sitting president – went a step beyond Mr. Trump’s usual rhetorical turns. The New York Times, 17 February 2017

“Although Trump has long colorfully criticized news coverage and sparred with reporters who question him, he had not yet labeled the fourth estate as being an enemy of the country. The Washington Post, 17 February 2017

 

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28 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion

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“When President Trump called on [Jake Turx] at a news conference on Thursday, saying he was looking for a “friendly reporter,” Mr. Turx was prepared. He had spent an hour crafting a question about a recent surge of anti-Semitism, with a preamble that he hoped would convey his supportive disposition toward Mr. Trump. But the exchange did not go the way he expected. A few hours later, with the clip replaying on social media and Jewish groups issuing news releases, Mr. Turx, 30, was still reeling. His editor, Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, watched aghast from the magazine’s offices as his young correspondent received a tongue-lashing from the president: “It was a very disheartening moment for us, to watch him being berated.” The New York Times, 17 February 2017

“The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border … The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana. Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general. The memo is addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It would serve as guidance to implement the wide-ranging executive order on immigration and border security that President Donald Trump signed Jan. 25. Such memos are routinely issued to supplement executive orders. Also dated Jan. 25, the draft memo says participating troops would be authorized “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States.” The draft memo also mentions other items included in Trump’s executive order, including the hiring of an additional 5,000 border agents, which needs financing from Congress, and his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The signed [executive] order contained no mention of the possible use of state National Guard troops.” The Associated Press, 17 February 2017

 

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28 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion

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“Robert S. Harward, the retired vice admiral and former Navy SEAL who was President Trump’s top choice to replace his ousted national security adviser, on Thursday turned down the post in the latest setback for a White House already in turmoil. Mr. Harward had harbored strong reservations from the beginning about taking the post because of Mr. Trump’s unpredictable style and the level of chaos that has engulfed his White House.” The New York Times, 16 February 2017

“A friend of Harward’s said he was reluctant to take the job because the White House seems so chaotic. Harward called the offer a “s*** sandwich,” the friend said.” CNN, 16 February 2017

“Well, I guess one of the reasons I’m here today is to tell you the whole Russian thing, that’s a ruse. That’s a ruse. And by the way, it would be great if we could get along with Russia, just so you understand that. Now tomorrow, you’ll say “Donald Trump wants to get along with Russia, this is terrible.” It’s not terrible. It’s good. We had Hillary Clinton try and do a reset. We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country. You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons? Like, lots of things are done with uranium, including some bad things. Nobody talks about that. I didn’t do anything for Russia. I’ve done nothing for Russia. Hillary Clinton gave them 20 percent of our uranium. Hillary Clinton did a reset, remember? With the stupid plastic button that made us all look like a bunch of jerks. Here, take a look. He looked at her like, what the hell is she doing with that cheap plastic button? Hillary Clinton, that was the reset, remember it said reset? Now if I do that, ooo, I’m a bad guy.” — Donald Trump, 16 February 2017

 

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Thursday, February 16th, 2017

27 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion

“U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.” The Wall Street Journal, 16 February 2017

“Trump has in fact been receiving what’s known as the President’s Daily Brief, [which] does not routinely include raw data or discussion of sources and methods … former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn wanted to pull together overnight intelligence reporting, including raw data, for the president to review, and this may explain the reported roadblocks.” Fox News, 16 February 2017

“China has awarded Donald Trump a 10-year trademark for construction services in his own name, a decade after the businessman began his attempts to have the measure approved. It is thought to be the first trademark awarded to Mr Trump’s real-estate business since he was elected. It comes days after the US President said he would stick to the country’s “One China” policy, ending weeks of speculation he could break four decades of foreign policy by addressing Taiwan directly rather than as part of “One China”. Mr Trump previously stirred up diplomatic concerns after he arranged a phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen shortly after the 2016 election. The call was the first by a US president-elect or president since Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979. Following the phone call, China lodged a protest with US officials. Mr Trump won the legal dispute over the right to use his name in China shortly after he was elected US President.” The Independent, 16 February 2017

“[F]or 77 minutes, the president offered the verbal equivalent of the brash and impetuous early-morning tweets that have become the alarm clock for much of Washington. He took aim at everything from the recent controversies over Russia, which he dismissed, to the “criminal leaks” within the intelligence community. Although he inherited a growing economy, low inflation and low unemployment, he repeatedly portrayed a country in shambles under President Barack Obama.” The Washington Post, 16 February 2017

18 WTF Moments From Trump’s Unhinged Press Conference That time he explained uranium:
“We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country. You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons, and other things. Like, lots of things are done with uranium, including some bad things. Nobody talks about that.” The Rolling Stone, 16 February 2017

 

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

26 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion

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Before we get on to the stuff that happened today, I feel I just have to backtrack to a story that apparently broke last weekend and I somehow missed it:

“I understand that they [women] feel like that is their body,” [Oklahoma] State Rep. Justin Humphrey said, referencing women. “I feel like it is a separate – what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant. So that’s where I’m at. I’m like, hey, your body is your body, and be responsible with it. But after you’re irresponsible then don’t claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you’re the host and you invited that in.” NewsOK, 13 February 2017

He’s using the word “host” in the same way biologists use it when talking about parasites like wasps and worms, right? Not the best choice, if you ask me. Makes me wonder what kind of a man thinks that pregnancy is something that happens to women, willingly or unwillingly, rather that something men and women do together?

Now, on to the shitshow!

“Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election … American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee … The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election … the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Mr. Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the government outside of the intelligence services …” The New York Times, 14 February 2017

“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, echoing his boss in Washington, warned on Wednesday that the amount of American support for NATO could depend on whether other countries meet their own spending commitments. “Americans cannot care more for your children’s future security than you do,” Mr. Mattis said in his first speech to NATO allies since becoming defense secretary. “I owe it to you to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the fair demand from my country’s people in concrete terms.” “America will meet its responsibilities,” he said, but he made clear that American support had its limits.” The New York Times, 15 February 2017

“Two days after Trump’s [electoral] victory, Russia’s deputy foreign minister told a reporter in Moscow that “there were contacts” between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. “Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage,” he said. That prompted a vigorous denial from Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who insisted there had been “no contact with Russian officials.” The Washington Post, 15 February 2017

“Join me in Florida this Saturday at 5pm for a rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport! Tickets: http://bit.ly/2lQarqaFLORIDA” Donald Trump, via Twitter, 15 February 2017

“Trump is hosting his first rally of the 2020 campaign just 29 days into his presidency. The idea of a “permanent campaign” has been floating around American political circles since 1980, when Sidney Blumenthal used it as the title for a book. Yet Trump’s choice to hold a campaign rally less than a month into his presidency breaks new ground. Where his predecessors practiced electoral politics between cycles, none was willing to do so as baldly, as quickly, as Trump. Trump … is planning a straightforward campaign-style rally on Saturday. It’s at an airport, in a swing state, and it’s being advertised through his campaign website. His press secretary even called it a campaign event. Making the event a campaign event rather than a speech … means that … it might also grant Trump more leeway to make straightforwardly political arguments and attacks that it might be unseemly for a president to make at an official event – though Trump has shown such little regard for those unwritten rules that it’s hard to imagine he could be significantly more strident.” The Atlantic, 15 February 2017

“It’s now official: President Donald Trump is planning a rally Saturday evening at Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Free tickets for the event, scheduled for 5 p.m., can be obtained by going to Trump’s website. Doors are scheduled to open at 3 p.m. The White House [said]that Trump’s plane would be stopping at the Melbourne airport on Saturday as he made his way down to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, the third visit in as many weeks to what the Trump administration calls the “Winter White House.” the Orlando Sentinel, 15 February 2017

“The fast food executive Andrew F. Puzder withdrew his nomination to be President Trump’s labor secretary on Wednesday amid growing doubts among Republican senators that he can be confirmed. The chief executive of the CKE Restaurants fast-food chain, owner of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., had come under intense fire from Democrats and liberal groups who accused him of mistreating his workers, opposing the minimum wage and supporting automation in the workplace. The attacks on his policy views were compounded by intense scrutiny of his personal life, including allegations that he abused his ex-wife in the 1980s.” The New York Times, 15 February 2017

 

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This is possibly the saddest, most desperate message Trump has tweeted since his inauguration:

“This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.” Donald Trump, via Twitter, 4:08 am, February 15 2017

I mean, talk about grasping at straws. Like anybody gives a shit about Clinton’s campaign besides Trump. There’s something soothing about the oddly old-fashioned use of hypens, though, so thanks for that.

Then Trump goes and pretty much confirms that the press has been printing intelligence from the same reports he’s been briefed on:

“Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia” Donald Trump, via Twitter, 4:19 am 15 February 2017

“U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration … The man’s lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody. The program was established in 2012 by Democratic President Barack Obama to allow those brought to the country while young to attend school and work.” Reuters, 15 February 2017

 

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

25 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion

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“Russia has secretly deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints from American officials that it violates a landmark arms control treaty that helped seal the end of the Cold War … The ground-launched cruise missile … is one that … had been tested in violation of a 1987 treaty that bans American and Russian intermediate-range missiles based on land … the Russians now have two battalions of the prohibited cruise missile. One is still located at Russia’s missile test site at Kapustin Yar in the country’s southeast. The other was shifted in December from that test site to an operational base elsewhere in the country.” The New York Times, 14 February 2017

“[A]cting attorney general [Sally Yates] informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail … The message … was prompted by concerns that Flynn, when asked about his calls and texts with the Russian diplomat, had told Vice President-elect Mike Pence and others that he had not discussed the Obama administration sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election. James R. Clapper Jr., who was the director of national intelligence, and John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, shared Yates’s concerns and concurred with her recommendation to inform the Trump White House. They feared that “Flynn had put himself in a compromising position” and thought that Pence had a right to know that he had been misled.” The Washington Post, 14 February 2017

“The head of the Secret Service [Joseph P. Clancy], a retired presidential detail leader who was given the assignment of shoring up the agency in a period of crisis, is leaving his post, a little more than two years after arriving in one of Washington’s toughest jobs.” The Washington Post, 14 February 2017

 

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25 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion

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“Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser removes an immediate political headache for the White House but will do little to dispel suspicions about his ties with Russia that now threaten to envelop President Donald Trump’s nascent administration. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee … warned that the controversy was far from over. “Flynn’s departure does not end questions over his contacts with the Russians, which have been alleged to have begun well before December 29,” Schiff said in a statement. “These alleged contacts and any others the Trump campaign may have had with the Kremlin are the subject of the House Intelligence Committee’s ongoing investigation … Moreover, the Trump Administration has yet to be forthcoming about who was aware of Flynn’s conversations with the Ambassador and whether he was acting on the instructions of the President or any other officials, or with their knowledge.” CNN, 14 February 2017

 

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Monday, February 13th, 2017

24 days since the National Day of Patriotic Devotion

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“President Trump and his top aides coordinated their response to North Korea’s missile test on Saturday night in full view of diners at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida – a remarkable, public display of presidential activity that is almost always conducted in highly secure settings. The scene … was captured by a club member dining not far away and published in pictures on his Facebook account … Shortly before Richard DeAgazio, a new member of Mr. Trump’s club, snapped the pictures, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its eastern coast.

“HOLY MOLY !!! It was fascinating to watch the flurry of activity at dinner when the news came that North Korea had launched a missile in the direction of Japan,” Mr. DeAgazio wrote later on Facebook, describing how the two leaders “conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference … Wow…..the center of the action!!!” The New York Times 13 February 2017

“Richard DeAgazio … did the current president no favors with his fanboy posts from Mar-a-Lago this weekend in a public dining room as the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, and the president of the United States scrambled to respond to a North Korean ballistic missile test. It was a remarkable display on Mr. Trump’s part of a lack of concern for prying eyes and security awareness. Mr. DeAgazio also posed with the service member who carries the nuclear launch codes for the president.” The New York Times, 13 February 2017

“[T]he photos appear to corroborate an important detail from the CNN report. “The patio was lit only with candles and moonlight, so aides used the camera lights on their phones to help the stone-faced Trump and Abe read through the documents,” Liptak writes. In DeAgazio’s first photo, you can see a phone flashlight being used in that way.

Why is this important? Mobile phones have flashlights, yes – and cameras, microphones and Internet connectivity. When Edward Snowden was meeting with reporters in Hong Kong at the moment he was leaking the material he’d stolen from the NSA, he famously asked that they place their phones in the refrigerator – blocking any radio signals in the event that the visitors’ phones had been hacked. This was considered the most secure way of ensuring that the phones couldn’t be used as wiretaps, even more secure than removing the battery. Phones – especially phones with their flashes turned on for improved visibility – are portable television satellite trucks and, if compromised, can be used to get a great deal of information about what’s happening nearby, unless precautions are taken.

“Precautions weren’t taken. One of DeAgazio’s photos shows Trump using a phone at the table, within view of other diners (and while sitting next to a foreign leader). It’s not clear what phone Trump is using in that picture, but it’s known that he uses a relatively old Android device, even while serving as president. As we noted last week, Trump generally uses that device when he’s not in the middle of a work day. Shortly before the dinner with Abe, he tweeted from it. The Washington Post 13 February 2017

“Trump and Abe turned their dinner table into an open-air situation room. Aides and translators surrounded the two leaders as other diners chatted and gawked around them, with staffers using the flashlights on their cellphones to illuminate documents on the darkened outdoor terrace.” The Washington Post, 13 February 2017

“Flynn’s possible talk of sanctions – and the fact that he likely misled Vice President Mike Pence about his talks – created a turbulent 72 hours for the White House, leading many to speculate that Trump’s national security adviser could be asked to leave three weeks into his tenure. But Kellyanne Conway, the counselor to the president, said that was not the case. “Gen. Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the President,” Conway said on MSNBC. She later declined to detail how much the President knew about the issue and when he knew it, deeming those conversation private.” CNN, 13 February 2017

“Michael Flynn has … delivered his resignation to … President Donald Trump … Flynn resigned late Monday. At issue was Flynn’s contact with Moscow’s ambassador to the United States. Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak appear to have discussed U.S. sanctions late last year, raising questions about whether he was freelancing on foreign policy while President Barack Obama was still in office and whether he misled Trump officials about the calls.” The Associated Press, 13 February 2017

“Americans believe the world at large sees the U.S. more unfavorably (57%) than favorably (42%), their worst assessment of the country’s image in 10 years. A year ago, Americans’ perceptions were more positive than negative. Fewer than three in 10 Americans (29%) say leaders of other countries have respect for the new president, with 67% saying world leaders do not have much respect for him. Gallup, 10 February 2017

 

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