Thursday, August 3, 2017

Trump's Newest Pressing Issues Among Lingering Pressing Issues Branching Out

Work the Phones (w/New Slant): Save Campaign Promises 
(Seeking help from Mexico and Australia)

Three current “hot” items issues are here piecemeal in this post: (1) Mueller’s cases building against Trump; (2) Trump’s international phone calls – the wall and limiting legal immigration, and (3) the War in Afghanistan – the U.S. is not winning 
that war.

Short Video Introduction to Set the Scene as It Were - note that during those phone calls that Flynn (since having been fired) and Bannon were also present — so who leaked the transcript to press? LOL LOL LOL 

My Personal Introduction: I strongly believe that die-hard loyalists still sticking with and defending Trump do so not because they actually believe and trust him or even somewhat disagree with his performance in office to date – which has been pretty awful very poor according to all historical measurements and standards, but is much more tuned to their hatred for and about Hillary Clinton, the DEMS, and a need to follow their own views and opinions and those they see and hear across rightwing Talk Radio and placed like FOX – therefore avoiding criticizing Trump at all costs by their pretense otherwise.

In short: Those loyalists are by any definition hypocrites not only regarding any of their public statements and such, but more so to themselves.

Mueller’s case against Donald J. Trump is about obstruction of justice and it is building up Steam by his ordering of a Grand Jury.

Right after Mueller was appointed Special Counsel in May, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told several of the highest-ranking managers of the bureau they should consider themselves possible witnesses in any investigation into whether President Donald Trump engaged in obstruction of justice, according to two senior federal law enforcement officials.

McCabe told colleagues that he too is a potential witness in the probe of whether Trump broke the law by trying to thwart the FBI's Russia investigation and the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Two senior federal law enforcement officials also have confirmed the new revelations illustrate why they believe the potential case against Trump is stronger than outsiders have thought, with one of them adding: “What you are going to have is the potential for a powerful obstruction case. You are going to have the former Director testify, then the acting director, the FBI CofS, the general counsel, and then others, one right after another. This has never been solely about “the word of Trump against what Comey has/or had to say. This is more like the FBI vs. Donald J. Trump.”

Trump and his supporters have long argued that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the special counsel to bring an obstruction case against Trump. The case would rely on the word of one man versus another, that of the president of the United States versus the director of the FBI he fired. But this was never the case.

Including Comey, as many as 10, and possibly more, of the nation’s most senior law enforcement officials are likely to be questioned as part of the investigation into whether Trump committed obstruction of justice and that is according to two government investigators with first-hand knowledge of the matter.

Comey’s notes on his conversations could also be used as evidence.
This is an extract of Trump’s later call to the Mexican president re: the Wall and penalty for not paying for it:

Mexican President ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO to TRUMP: “To tell you the truth, Mr. President, I feel quite surprised about this new proposal that you are making because it is different from the discussion that both of our teams have been holding.”

Note: The proposal that caught Peña Nieto by surprise and was addressing was a tariff on goods imported from Mexico to the United States. Trump agreed that a tariff had not been discussed in talks between White House adviser Jared Kushner and Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray but said Peña Nieto should have expected it, based on Trump's campaign rhetoric.

TRUMP to PENA NIETO: “Enrique, if I can interrupt — this is not a new proposal. This is what I have been saying for a year and a half on the campaign trail. I have been telling this to every group of 50,000 people or 25,000 people — because no one got the people in their rallies as big as I did. But I have been saying I wanted to tax people that treated us unfairly at the border, and Mexico is treating us unfairly.”

(Note: Astonishing how Trump wove that aspect into their conversation … seeking to fluff himself again about winning and how he did).

Other elements in those two international phone calls (Aussies and Mexico) can be read here from the Washington post in the transcripts.

War in Afghanistan – Now Trump’s War: The U.S. has been unsuccessful in curbing Afghanistan's drug trade (re: SIGAR (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction). Some $8.6 billion has been spent trying to stop their opium production and trading (which BTW is the largest in the world and it growing now faster ever).

SIGAR’s IG said in their report: No matter which metric you use, the anti-opium effort has been a real failure,” Gen. John F. Sopko, SIGAR’s IG, told NBC News last year. That money is part of an estimated $119.7 billion spent by the U.S. in an attempt to rebuild Afghanistan.

SIGAR, which scrutinizes U.S. spending there, told NBC News last year how much of this money has been wasted on such things as useless aircraft, unnecessary facilities, and buildings that literally melted in the rain.

They also said: “Add that to the fact that the Afghan government is cobbled together from the winners and losers and it is shows large division.” (Re: Senior fellow Shashank Joshi at RUSI (the Royal United Services Institute).

So what now, um, Mr. Trump?

1.  Some of Trump's advisers want to send several thousand additional troops to Afghanistan.
2.  Others favor the U.S. reducing its role in the war all together.

Joshi at RUSI believes that the former would not work adding: “Why would more troops make a difference now when over 100,000 did not during the Obama surge?” — (Note: This may be closer to Trump’s view) since “withdrawal is clearly his instinct, but he clearly wants to wash his hands of the war as most American generals offer that as a way to stop the bleeding, but and that might not be enough for Trump, since he likes winning.”

My Summary: Trump is weakest on foreign policy and the evidence supports that: his phone calls about policy that takes him back to the election and how he won, and avoiding hard decisions while copying other ideas like the Aussie merit immigration system, and North Korea hanging over everyone’s head with nuclear threats – and of course old Vlad Putin and that mess waiting to be resolved and yet can’t be admitted to by Trump – ergo: he is still in deep denial about the whole Russian thing – astonishing, isn’t it?

Related closing tidbit:

Retired Marine General John Kelly, Trump’s new W/H CofS, is focused on ending chaos in the White House.

Trump world’s vicious backstabbing is not in any event the administration’s most important problem. A devotion to lying is a far graver danger to this presidency, and military efficiency from Kelly will not dispel it.

Recent and Serious Example: The Washington Post’s report on Don Jr’s Russian lawyer meeting and conflicting statement have been recently confirmed by the White House that in fact the president was the prime mover behind those misleading statement (in fact, he drafted the response for release about the purpose of the meeting – adoption – not dirt on Hillary Clinton) as to whether the Russian lawyer was in fact peddling derogatory information about Clinton simply and clearly now ratifies the pattern of deceit and misdirection on all matters Russian.

Thus, behaving as if you are guilty won’t convince others that you are innocent.
However, Trump seems convinced that he can survive whatever comes his way as long as he keeps his much-celebrated political base with him. But this is not as easy as it sounds for either Trump or his party because his base is fundamentally divided.

Stay tuned is my best advice at this point – the onus is now on SC Robert Mueller.

Thanks for stopping by.

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