Trump presidency

In a playground tit-for-tat, Trump told Nancy Pelosi that he was canceling her military transport for her ‘excursion’ to Belgium, Egypt, and Afghanistan. In a letter to the Speaker, he said:

Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed.

He then added his reasoning:

In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate. 

Trump’s favorite gambit is to demean, and here he smears Pelosi’s trip to the troops. But it is hard to see how it was a ‘public relations event’ when no one knew it was happening. And if it was, then how is it different than his visit to the troops in Iraq during the shutdown.

Her stop in Brussels that was mandated by regulations covering pilot flying times. And the delegation was using the stopover to meet with top NATO officials and assure them of Congress’ iron commitment to the defense organization.

Egypt he just made up — it wasn’t on the agenda. 

He did allow that the Speaker had the prerogative to fly on commercial aircraft if she so chose. But as he had announced her itinerary he knows that act would place Pelosi in great peril. 

His satisfaction at his spite was short lived as many quickly pointed out that an administration delegation was being sent to the economic summit in Davos next week. The White House was forced to quickly declare that outing had also been nixed.

But Trump’s concern for the 800,000 great American workers didn’t stop Melania Trump using a military transport to flee to Florida. The sharp eyes at CivMilAir tweeted this:

#MelaniaForceOne – An hour on, 32,000ft heading towards Florida.Place your bets for PBI

USAF C-32A 98-0001 EXEC1F

I’m guessing Trump thought he could get away with this. But everything he does rebounds to his detriment. Pelosi’s trip to Afghanistan had value. Even his administration’s mission to Davos had a purpose. But those trips are no more. But the First Lady still jets hither and yon for what reason no one knows. She does nothing. And Trump has no time for her.

Let her stay in Florida. But as son Barron attends St Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland, I imagine that she is traveling with him for some sunshine over the extended Martin Luther King Jr. Day extended weekend and she will be jetting back north on Monday. While 800,000 great American workers are still not receiving pay.

That’s the Trumps for you.


Ninja Nancy Pelosi Is on a Roll. Her Letter to Trump Is more Proof.

January 18, 2019

Today Nancy Pelosi told Trump he could shove his State of the Union. Yesterday no Democrats attended Trump’s shutdown lunch summit/photo op. And this follows her sunglassed, James Bond style, ass-kicking of Trump in December’s “I’ll own the shutdown” whine-fest. She even alpha-dogged Schumer to show where the true center of the Democratic universe is. Two […]

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Man Kills Girlfriend, her Kids, and her Mother. The Reality of Gun Violence in the US

December 30, 2018

In St. Charles, Missouri, Richard Darren Emery shot and killed Zoe Kasten, 8; her brother, Jonathan Kasten, 10; their grandmother, Jane Moeckel, 61; and their mother, Emery’s girl-friend. After a shoot-out with the police, he abandoned an attempt to flee in his pickup and tried to carjack another vehicle. He stabbed the driver seven times before fleeing into the […]

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How to Tell a Conservative that Trump’s Border Wall is an Expensive and Pointless Folly.

December 30, 2018

 In Trump’s monomania about getting his wall funded, he has adopted the narrative strategy of professional wrestling. There are good guys (guess who) and the bad guys. The good guys want to save America like a modern day Superman, and the bad guys (the Democrats) are plotting her destruction. The plotlines are simplistic and easy […]

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Mattis’ Resignation Letter Tells Trump He Isn’t Keeping America Great.

December 20, 2018

Gen. James Mattis quit as Secretary of Defense. It is no surprise that a man as steeped in military tradition would resign rather than work for a man who formulates his capricious military policies on the fly – without consulting the men and women who have made the military their lifetime study.  The straw that broke the […]

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From Argentina to Twitter, Trump Shows Evidence of Mental Decline.

December 10, 2018

Trump did not have a good weekend at the G-20 in Buenos Aires. He appeared befuddled when he wandered off the stage after shaking hands with President Macri of Argentina instead of staying for the ‘family photo’. And a mic caught him telling the aide who chased him down “Get me out of here”. Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin […]

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Trump’s Army of Whiny White Men.

October 21, 2018

There is no area of American life where white men are not entirely in charge —  executive suites, politics, professional sports, religion, the media, and the judiciary. And yet to listen to Trump, you would believe that white men are inches from being lined up against the wall and shot. The Kavanaugh unpleasantness has illuminated this pathetic, […]

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Trump Is no Hitler. So Which Autocrat Does He Most Closely Resemble?

October 21, 2018

Let’s play the dictator game. Trump‘s authoritarian tendencies have invited comparisons to autocrats across the centuries. So let’s ask which of these men — and they are invariably men — does Trump most resemble. I’ll leave out the Asian contingent as the cultural divide makes comparisons hard. Predictably the first name thrown around is ‘Hitler’. It’s a cheap […]

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Kavanaugh Talks Like a Man with Something to Hide.

September 24, 2018

Why doesn’t Kavanaugh call for an FBI investigation? You would think an innocent man would.

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