Jump to content
 
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Trump's Biggest Whoppers


Recommended Posts

zCnxSmsq_bigger.jpg

10 things you need to know today:
8:19 AM · Oct 18, 2019·Sprout Social
 
Win McNamee/Getty Images
 

1.

Mulvaney acknowledges then denies Ukraine quid pro quo

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Thursday admitted that the Trump administration held back military aid to get Ukraine to investigate Democrats, then hours later walked back the comments. In his first comments, Mulvaney said the White House held back $400 million in security funding to get Ukraine to investigate a debunked theory that the country was involved in 2016 election campaign hacking in a bid to help Hillary Clinton beat President Trump. He said the aid was never linked to Trump's desire for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. In his later statement, Mulvaney said "there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election." [CNBC, The Washington Post]

 

2.

Turkey agrees to 5-day ceasefire in northern Syria

Turkey agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria to allow Syrian Kurdish forces to withdraw from areas under attack by the Turkish military, Vice President Pence said Thursday after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. Pence said the U.S. had committed to helping the Kurds, who fought alongside American troops against the Islamic State, and Erdogan had agreed to halt his offensive, although the fighting did not appear to cease immediately. President Trump's decision to move U.S. forces out of the area cleared the way for Turkey to launch its operation. The House on Wednesday passed a bipartisan measure opposing Trump's move, with critics saying he abandoned strong allies. [The Washington Post]

 

3.

Sondland testifies that Trump delegated Ukraine policy to Giuliani

Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told House impeachment investigators on Thursday that President Trump delegated Ukraine policy to his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Sondland, testifying under subpoena after declining a request to appear last week, said in an opening statement obtained by The New York Times that the president had rebuffed his top diplomats' advice to meet with Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, without any preconditions. "We were also disappointed by the president's direction that we involve Mr. Giuliani," Sondland said. "Our view was that the men and women of the State Department, not the president's personal lawyer, should take responsibility for all aspects of U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine." [The New York Times]

 

4.

Rick Perry resigning as energy secretary

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday told President Trump he plans to resign by the end of the year. Perry's decision came as he became a focus of the House impeachment inquiry of Trump. Perry, a former Texas governor, was one of three political appointees referred to as the "three amigos" who oversaw Ukraine policy for Trump after acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney transferred the job away from career staff, State Department official George Kent told lawmakers in closed-door testimony. Perry reportedly urged Trump to take the July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that prompted a whistleblower complaint and then the impeachment inquiry. Perry had recently denied press reports that he was planning to step down. [USA Today, CNBC]

 

5.

Trump awards 2020 G-7 summit to his own Miami resort

The White House announced Thursday that President Trump would host next year's Group of Seven summit at his Doral resort near Miami, Florida. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump's property would host the event "at cost" so that Trump would not profit from the summit. Democrats criticized Trump's decision to award the contract to his own hotel, noting it will bring hundreds of foreign leaders and staff to the financially struggling resort. The move was "among the most brazen examples yet of the president's corruption," said House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), whose committee is one of three conducting the impeachment inquiry of Trump. "He is exploiting his office and making official U.S. government decisions for his personal financial gain." [The Washington Post, The New York Times]

 

6.

EU backs Brexit deal, setting up vote by British Parliament

European Union leaders unanimously backed a proposed Brexit deal on Thursday, hours after EU and U.K. negotiators reached the draft agreement. The deal would prevent a hard border between EU member Ireland and Britain's Northern Ireland, the two sides of the U.K.'s only land border with the EU. The deal now goes to British Parliament, which rejected proposals presented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May. Johnson said the proposal was "a great deal for our country." Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn disagreed. "It seems the prime minister has negotiated an even worse deal than Theresa May's, which was overwhelmingly rejected," Corbyn said. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the agreement was "fair and balanced." [The Associated Press]

 

7.

Mexico captures, then releases El Chapo's son

Mexican security forces captured drug boss Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel and son of imprisoned drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but promptly released him. The federal officers who detained Guzman came under intense fire from suspected Sinaloa cartel members, and violence erupted across the Mexican city of Culiacan, with masked men firing high-powered weapons and blocking roads with burning vehicles. City residents were forced to take cover, many left with no choice but to lie flat in the street as bullets flew overhead. The release of Guzman was seen as a humiliating defeat for Mexico's government. Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said the decision was necessary to protect lives. [Los Angeles Times, CNN]

 

8.

Record-setting New England storm cuts power to hundreds of thousands

A powerful nor'easter storm hammered New England with winds gusting to 90 miles per hour and heavy rains on Thursday. The storm caused floods and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people. The intense weather also caused train delays and forced authorities to cancel classes at many schools. Many roads and businesses also were closed. CBS News weather contributor Jeff Berardelli said the storm became a "bomb cyclone," which occurs when a storm's pressure drops 24 millibars within 24 hours. CBS Boston reported that this storm's central pressure plunged by 30 millibars in just 15 hours, setting a record for lowest pressure during October in the area. [CBS News, NPR]

 

9.

U.S. imposes tariffs on $7.5 billion in European goods

The Trump administration on Friday imposed tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European Union goods, including parts and planes made by Boeing-rival Airbus, French wine, and Scottish whiskies. The tariffs took effect at midnight after U.S. and European negotiators failed to agree on a deal in last-minute talks. Aircraft from Britain, France, Germany, and Spain imported to the U.S. now will face a 10 percent tariff, a move the Trump administration announced earlier this month after the World Trade Organization ruled the U.S. could impose tariffs to offset illegal preferential treatment of Airbus by the EU. French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, who is scheduled to meet U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday, warned that "Europe is ready to retaliate." [France24, MarketWatch]

 

10.

Trump denounces Democrats as 'crazy' during Texas rally

President Trump blasted Democrats during a rally in Texas on Thursday, calling them "crazy" for pursuing an impeachment inquiry against him. "At stake in this fight is the survival of American democracy itself," Trump said. The remarks hit what has become a recurring theme for Trump as House Democrats investigate Trump's relationship with Ukraine. A day earlier, he denounced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as "crazy Nancy" after she walked out of a meeting on Syria that devolved into insults. During the rally, Trump also continued his attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden over his son's work for a Ukraine energy company, the issue at the heart of the House inquiry into whether Trump used his office to undermine a political rival. [MarketWatch]

Link to post
Share on other sites
Link to post
Share on other sites

VMxR7qeu_bigger.png

Turkish President Recep Erdogan told reporters Friday that "Reports of clashes between” Turkish & Kurdish forces in NE Syria “is nothing but disinformation” and says "Turkish security forces will not withdraw from northern Syria as part of the deal reached Thursday with the US”
 
8:51 AM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
Link to post
Share on other sites

tweWUB8Y_bigger.jpg

My law school professors used to say, “When the facts are against you, argue the law. When the law is against you, argue the facts. And when both are against you, just pound your fists on the table & shout really loud.” That’s what my Republican colleagues are doing now.
 
9:45 AM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter Media Studio
  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

_DSC0662_-_CU_crop_-_Copy_bigger.JPG

They commit crimes. They gaslight. They lie & lie & lie. They stand by while their ruler violates the constitution. They make excuses for the vicious abandonment of our allies. Worse, they empower him to go farther & tell us to get over it. They will not stop until he is stopped.
 
9:02 PM · Oct 17, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
  • Sad 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

DqKNeMaJ_bigger.jpg

GOP Rep. Mike Conaway, who sits on Intel, told me he’s not concerned with Rudy Giuliani’s role driving US policy toward Ukraine. “The president gets to run his White House the way he wants to, he’s got trusted advisers - some are on the US payroll, some are not.”
 
Conaway added: “So he should have wide latitude as to how he gets his advice.”
10:17 AM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
 
  • Haha 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, NipkowDisc said:

 

She’s the most powerful woman in our country, calling out the most stupid and worthless man in our country, telling him he’s FOS, and the would-be dictator has no clothes......”and oh, btw, i can see that it is a teeny tiny weeny, you whiny little bbmeeech!”

Link to post
Share on other sites

zrvH549d_bigger.jpg

If the reports are correct that Trump thought Mulvaney did great when he watched it — only to be told later by the lawyers that it was a disaster — it likely means Trump to Mulvaney to say it.
 
Or Mulvaney, worried about his own exposure, talked Trump into letting him say it.
 
11:10 AM · Oct 18, 2019·TweetDeck
  • Thanks 1
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

14a7247b839fe127fb83492a21a08172_bigger.

Are congressional leaders truly going to skip over blatant abuses of the Constitution such as Trump's giving the finger to the emoluments clause when they consider impeaching him?
11:12 AM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter Web App
  • Sad 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

DPjc49xK_bigger.jpg

Trump's D.C. hotel has become a symbol of his corruption. Democrats want to know how the federal agency that owns the building approved the lease.
 
11:19 AM · Oct 18, 2019·SocialFlow
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

y6yTzWn6_bigger.png

President Trump’s threatening letter in which he urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to not be a “fool” or a “tough guy” was not well-received, with Erdogan today condemning the message as undiplomatic and saying “we haven’t forgotten it”
 
12:01 PM · Oct 18, 2019·SocialFlow
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

kUuht00m_bigger.jpg

Just spoke to President @RTErdogan of Turkey. He told me there was minor sniper and mortar fire that was quickly eliminated. He very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work. Likewise, the Kurds want it, and the ultimate solution, to happen. Too bad there wasn’t this thinking years ago. Instead, it was always held together with very weak bandaids, & in an artificial manner. There is good will on both sides & a really good chance for success. The U.S. has secured the Oil, & the ISIS Fighters are double secured by Kurds & Turkey. 
I have just been notified that some European Nations are now willing, for the first time, to take the ISIS Fighters that came from their nations. This is good news, but should have been done after WE captured them. Anyway, big progress being made!!!!
 
11:42 AM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
 
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

PJkWzk4u_bigger.jpg

Trump personal lawyer Charles Harder sends letter to CNN vowing to sue the news org for bias against Trump. “Please contact the undersigned to discuss an appropriate resolution of this matter, which would include a substantial payment of damages.”
 
This guy sent a similar letter to stop the Michael Wolf book, Fire and Fury, threatening a defamation suit. The publisher responded by moving up the pub date.
 
12:50 PM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Ol9FGSWZ_bigger.jpg

Notable:
@Acosta asks Trump "Do you want to clarify what Mick Mulvaney said yesterday"
 
"I think he clarified it," Trump says & quickly pivots ("And I do have to say this. We yesterday had a tremendous day in Texas.)
 
Never comes back to Mulvaney quid pro quo, doesn't defend him
 
1:03 PM · Oct 18, 2019·TweetDeck
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

cBvhDd7p_bigger.jpg

Senate Republicans just voted to advance another one of Trump’s judicial nominees, who earned a rare and embarrassing “not qualified” rating from the ABA. Justin Walker has never tried a case, civil or criminal, but every GOP senator voted to advance him.
 
6:48 AM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter Web App
  • Sad 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

T_zuh2wX_bigger.jpg

LISTEN TO ME CLEARLY: This grossly unqualified guy is 37. The @GOP is PURPOSELY picking federal judges who are between 35-40. Why? They want them there until they are 80, 85 and 90.
 
And these @GOP judges absolutely WILL oppose civil rights. They WILL be anti-consumer and pro-business.
@realDonaldTrump has handed the judiciary over to The Federalist Society. The GOP votes on the courts. Dems ignore the courts. That is idiotic. 
 
1:08 PM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
  • Haha 1
  • Sad 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
© 2020 Turner Classic Movies Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Settings
×
×
  • Create New...