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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