Bad week for wannabe American dictator Donald John Trump.
His reality show episode poorly disguised as a summit meeting with North Korean leader and mass murderer Kim Jong Un was a poorly-run show where he made concessions but never received anything of substance.
The real headline of the Trump-Kim summit should have been: “U.S. weakens its 70-year alliance with South Korea.” The most striking elements of Trump’s initiative were not simply that he lavished praise on North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, but also that he announced the cancellation of military exercises with South Korea, adopting North Korea’s own rhetoric by calling them “provocative.”
As usual, Trump cozies up to dictators who savagely kill their own countrymen and women and ignores longtime allies — typical action by a traitor.
Trump himself delivered the expected tweet on Friday morning: “The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI.”
The real story of the report is quite different. It finds that Trump’s claims of a “rigged system” to protect Clinton are outright fabrications. They are, as is so often the case with Trump, lies. And the report finds no reason to lose confidence in Robert Mueller’s continuing investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
That investigation appears to be rigorous, fair and nonpartisan — which is precisely why it scares Trump and his enablers so much.
An even more savage blow to the president who isn’t came from New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood who filed suit with charges that Trump and his family misused money from his foundation
“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said. “This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the foundation accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”
Underwood has been on the job just over a month but the AG”s office has spent more than two years investigating this latest Trump scam, which includes flagrant violations of campaign finance laws, lavish self-dealing and widespread illegal collusion with his presidential campaign.
Underwood’s office also submitted referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission and both are expected to open investigations into suspected illegal activities and violations of the law that could bring touch criminal charges and the threat of prison time.
Trump, the lawsuit details, turned the foundation into and illegal arm of his presidential campaign, directing expenditure of funds that violate federal laws that prohibit use of foundation funds for political use.
The foundation raised $2.8 million in campaign funds in a fundraiser in Iowa.
Other violations, the lawsuit reports, include payment of $10,000 for a portrait of Trump, which is against tax laws that prohibit use of foundation funds for tax purposes and payment of $100,000 to settle a tax dispute between the city of Palm Beach and Trump’s lavish Mar-a-Lago resort.
The lawsuit wants millions of dollars in restitution to New York state and wants Trump and his three eldest children — Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric — barred to working with or any other involvement with any charities in New York or other states that have ties to any state charities.
Legal experts tell Capitol Hill Blue the lawsuit lists serious charges that could be one of the “smoking guns” that might being Trump’s House of Cards tumbling down.
Virginia voters turned thumbs down to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race and the party of the sick elephant doomed its chance to unseat popular Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in this year’s 2018 midterm elections by selecting hate-filled Corey Stewart as the Republican challenger.
Former Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bowling said it best in a Tuesday night tweet:
I am extremely disappointed that a candidate like Corey Stewart could win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served. Every time I think things can’t get worse they do, and there is no end in sight.
While Stewart presented himself as an outright Trump clone, the race for the GOP nomination to oppose Kaine in the Senatorial race this year gave voters not much of a choice. All three candidates supported Trump.
Second-term delegate Nick Freitas of Culpeper blamed school shooters on “the abortion industry.”
Democrats all but wiped out the once 2-1 Republican majority in the Virginia House last year and the newly constituted General Assembly voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act after four straight years of defeat at the hands GOP domination.
Polls show Trump with low overall approval ratings in Virginia, which is why the Old Dominion became the only Southern state to vote against him in 2016 and Kaine is expected to easily win re-election to the Senate against Stewart this fall.
Stewart’s win for the GOP shows how splits continue to hurt the party. Freitas had strong endorsements by the Koch’s Americans for Prosperity, the National Rifle Association and Sen. Rand Paul.
Paul’s America’s Liberty PAC dumped $225,000 into a TV campaign for Freitas in the final week of the primary race and even that didn’t stop Stewart from winning.
Like Trump, Stewart also aligns himself with white supremacists. He sought help from the far-right racist groups early on in his campaign then later tried to disavow their support.
Stewart, in a video shot during Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20 of last year, called Paul Nehlin, self-professed “pro-white” candidate for Congress in Wisconsin, his “personal hero” and praised him openly.
On that same night, Nehlin posted a number of tweets on Twitter attacking Muslims and Jews and posted an altered picture of Meghan Markel, now England’s Duchess of Sussex.
Stewart, under fire, quickly removed mention of Nehlin from his campaign website, and said his hero “went nuts and started spewing a bunch of stupid stuff.”
But aligning himself with racists is a habit with Steward, who attended a news conference with Jason Kessler, organizer of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville dominated by violence and the murder of a 32-year-old woman who opposed the white supremacist.
Stewart’s actions brought a strong response from primary opponent Freitas:
I’m getting a little tired of the Republican Party getting slammed with these sort of accusations because someone like Corey Stewart can’t figure out who he should not be associating with. This isn’t him getting caught in a picture with somebody. This is him proactively associating himself with these people.
That, however, did not stop Stewart from becoming the Republican nominee for the Senate this year. It didn’t stop the party from selecting another racist, foremr Senator George Allen for losing campaigns for Senate against Jim Webb and Kaine.
Political science professor Stephen J. Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg says Stewart’s tactics of support for Confederate monuments and waving a roll of toilet paper to object to expansion of Medicaid may turn on the extreme right-wing elements of Virginia Republicans but they are, thankfully, a shrinking minority in the Old Dominion.
“His ability to generate headlines over such things as waving toilet paper in Richmond and the Confederate legacy movement are poison with those moderate suburban voters who decide statewide elections in Virginia,” Farnsworth told The Washington Post. “The strategy that wins a Republican nomination may doom a general-election candidacy.”
How much destruction does wannabe president/king Donald Trump have to inflict upon America before his pandering Congressional leadership and morally deficient supporters accept what he is: A dangerous criminal guilty of fraud, obstruction of justice and treason.
Like the coward he is, Trump waited until he was safely on Air Force One before ordering his representatives to pull out of the G-7 signatory agreement after agreeing to it while in Canada.
Trump claimed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “insulted” America in his comments at the end of the meeting. He called Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak” and accused him of “false statements.”
Then he dispatched two aides to up the insult ante on Sunday morning talks shows.
“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,” said Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And that’s what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference.”
“POTUS is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around,” Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea.”
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Robert D. Hormats, advisor uo Republican and Democratic presidents at a dozen Group of 7 summit meetings, starting at the first in Rambouillet, France, in 1975, when it was still the Group of 6, told The New York Times.
“The irony is this institution that was designed largely by the United States was really designed to shore up alliances and political relationships and resolve economic issues. This just served to do the opposite of that.”
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister, meeting with reporters after Trump’s abrupt about-face, says that if anyone should be insulted, it was Canada,. Trump, she said, cited a national security justification for his tariffs on steel and aluminum.
“The national security pretext is absurd and frankly insulting to Canadians, the closest and strongest ally the United States has had,” she said. “That is where the insult lies.”
Adds Roland Paris, a former foreign affairs advisor to Tredaux:
“Big tough guy once he’s back on his airplane,” Paris said on Twitter. “Can’t do it in person, and knows it, which makes him feel week. So he projects these feelings onto Trudeau and then lashes out at him. You don’t need to be Freud. He’s a pathetic little man-child.”
Consider what America has become: A vapid nation with a morally challenged former TV reality host president who lies constantly and is under multiple investigations for conflict of interest, obstruction of justice, fraud and other acts typical of a con artist.
Congress is run by a corrupt congregation of yes men and yes women who let the president run wild with no concern or control.
Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post notes that Trump enablers like Kudlow or Chief of Staff John Kelly used to argue:
We are a moderating influence. It would be worse without us. He isn’t that bad. But they do not moderate Trump, and he is that bad — irrational, cruel, impulsive, anti-democratic and stubbornly ignorant. Trump attacks the things they ostensibly believe in (e.g. democratic alliances, defense of democratic values, the international free-trade system, the rule of law). Nevertheless, they stay on.
They sit back while Trump loots the U.S. Treasury, rolls back protections for consumers, disregards increasing threats to the environment and shows more concern for saving jobs in China than in the country he promised to “make great again.”
His real goal is to make “American disintegrate and end” and he’s doing all that he can to achieve that goal as his cult-like following cheer him on.
No sir, the Republican Party as you knew it — and I knew it — is in a Trump-induced coma. As Trump dragged down your party, Republican voters cheered, and your so-called leaders have cowered.
Congressmen have shielded and protected him, excused and accepted him. The party as a whole — or at least the vast majority of it — has turned its back on much of what it once held dear, and heretofore adhered to: a common sense of morality, ethics and norms or propriety.
To be clear, much of what Trump has surfaced among Republicans has always been there — sexism, racism, xenophobia, anti-immigrant hysteria — but Trump has elevated it, venerated it, and branded it. This is the Trumpublican Party, a party reborn in Trump’s own image, one existing to worship him with blind allegiance and follow him with mindless obeisance.
I worked on the dark side of politics for a dozen years in Washington, much of it as an operative for the GOP. They paid me enough to ignore their racism, their homophobia and their blatant sexism. It is not a coincidence that I left politics the same year I joined Alcoholics Anonymous and got sober.
Virginia, where I now live, has had its share of Republican flakes like Virgil Goode, the Muslim-hating bigot who represented parts of this area but finally fell when even the rednecks couldn’t take him any more.
To be fair, other parties have their crackpots. In Virginia’s 10th Congressional district up in the northern part of the Commonwealth, Nathan Larson still lives with his parents and is running as an independent Libertarian.
Larson’s platform: He supports a “patriarchal system” that states women must remain under the control of men. He favors abolishing age restrictions for marriage and any laws against marital rape and he says white supremacy is a “system that works.”
Larson wants to legalize incest and says Adolph Hitler was “a good thing for Germany.”
Virginia Libertarian party official Bill Redpath says the state party expelled Larson from its ranks.
For his campaign, Larson crafted two web sites, one promoting legal suicide for convicted pedophiles and/or “potential sex offenders” and another devoted to “incels,” ones who rant and rave about feminism and claims that “female empowerment” has deprived them of sexual gratification.
Both were shutdown by their web hosts but The Washington Post reportsthat “incels” are part of an Internet subculture that is gaining media attention.
Larson is also a convicted felon who pleaded guilty in 2009 to threatening to kill President George W. Bush or Barack Obama as “an act of civil disobedience meant to call attention to the tyranny of the U.S. government. He spent 16 months in a federal prison with another three years of supervision but can still run for office after Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored voting and civil rights to thousands of convicted felons in Virginia.
One other point: Larson says he voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in the 2016 Presidential election but says he now supports the “cultural changes” by President Trump.
Looks like the inmates are taking over the asylum once called America.
Five months ago, the lawyers for Donald Trump crafted an incredible 20-page letter to special prosecutor Robert Mueller claiming their client, as president, has “absolute authority” on any and all investigations, including the one against him.
The letter surfaced Saturday in The New York Times and attempts to make a case that Trump is above the law in any and all matters that concern him and anyone else he deems invulnerable.
Mr. Trump’s broad interpretation of executive authority is novel and is likely to be tested if a court battle ensues over whether he could be ordered to answer questions. It is unclear how that fight, should the case reach that point, would play out. A spokesman for Mr. Mueller declined to comment.
The letter states:
It remains our position that the President’s actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself, and that he could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired.1
Notes Charlie Savage of The Times:
This is a striking line — and an ambiguous one. Mr. Trump’s lawyers may be suggesting that he had the lawful power to shut down the investigation into the national security adviser at the time, Michael T. Flynn, or even to pardon Mr. Flynn if he wanted — so that whatever he said to Mr. Comey about that case could not have amounted to obstruction. But the sentence may also leave open the possibility that he could order the obstruction investigation into himself shut down or even pardon himself. No president has ever purported to pardon himself, and it is unclear whether he could.
The letter continues:
We express again, as we have expressed before, that the Special Counsel’s inquiry has been and remains a considerable burden for the President and his Office, has endangered the safety and security of our country, and has interfered with the President’s ability to both govern domestically and conduct foreign affairs. This encumbrance has been only compounded by the astounding public revelations about the corruption within the FBI and Department of Justice which appears to have led to the alleged Russia collusion investigation and the establishment of the Office of Special Counsel in the first place.2The Special Counsel acknowledged that he was aware of and understands this burden and, accordingly, has committed to expedite his effort.
The letter briefly shifts in tone to an attack on law enforcement institutions and the legitimacy of the investigation. The president and his allies routinely use such language in the public relations arena. But his lawyers’ use of it in a private missive to Mr. Mueller is striking: a reminder to the special counsel that he will face more than legal pushback if he subpoenas the president or accuses him of wrongdoing.
The letter, and Trump himself, continues to push the limits of presidential power and the use of “executive authority.” Trump openly claims that he, as president, can and does whatever he wants without having to answer to anyone in the short term.
In the long term, voters have the final say, unless Trump finds a way to remain the nation’s “absolute authority” without ever having to stand for re-election.
In so many ways, foul-mouthed Rosanne Barr is the poster child for legions of supporters of Donald Trump.
Like Trump and most of his followers, she is racist, homophobic and a stranger to the truth. Her pontifications are laced with lies.
Also, like Trump, she goes too far, as she did with an attack on Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to former President Barack Obama, in a tweet that said “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apses had a baby=vj.”
That gave the ABC television network the reason it needed to fire Barr and terminate her television show — a revival of an old show that played to the bigotry, racism and hate that defines Trump and his cult.
The show became a hit because it played to the baser instincts that helped racist Trump “win” the 2016 presidential election with a minority of the votes and documented help from the Russians. ABC should have known better but a “hit show” means money.
Barr, like Trump, promotes outlandish right-wing conspiracy tales about a Democrats running a pedophile ring in Washington and claims that Democratic businessman and philanthropist George Soros is a Nazi.
The cult of Trump praised Barr as outspoken, provocative and “not politically correct” and that appeared to work for until she called a successful black woman “an ape.”
Trump utters such insults as a matter of course. He calls political opponents “traitors” and “unpatriotic” and tells Nigerian immigrants to “go back to their huts” while calling white supremacists ‘very fine people.”
ABC fired Barr, which was long overdue. The network was stupid to put her back on the air.
Too bad the network can’t fire Trump like NBC did when they dumped him as host of “The Apprentice.”
Sadly, Trump represents a dark side of America that festers like a rapidly growing cancer.
Writes Roxanne Gay in The New York Times:
The problem is that Donald Trump is a toxic president who amassed his power through the provocation of hate. He has behaved as if conservatism and racism are synonymous when, in fact, they are not. The problem is that having a major character on a prominent television show as a Trump supporter normalizes racism and misogyny and xenophobia.
President Trump often seems like a living embodiment of Ms. Barr’s Twitter feed, and many of his most vocal supporters revel in that. They revel in the freedom and the permission to be racist.
Donald Trump’s very existence in the White House proves America is still a racist nation dominated by bigotry and hate.
Until that problem is confronted, we will have more Donald Trump’s at president and more Rosanne Barr’s polluting the airwaves.
President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts involving the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
In a series of tweets Sunday, he repeatedly assails special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe as hopelessly biased, insisting that it is effectively controlled by Democrats. He also repeats a claim that his campaign had been cleared of collusion with Russia.
Neither statement holds up to reality.
Also in recent days, Trump tried to lay responsibility on Democrats for the separation of children from parents at the border, even though the policy comes from his own administration, and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt falsely claimed credit for pollution cleanups done mostly by the Obama administration.
A look at the questionable statements:
TRUMP: “At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption…” — tweet Sunday.
THE FACTS: Trump’s suggestion that Mueller’s team is a Democratic cabal is unsupported. Mueller is a Republican and some others on his team owe their jobs largely to Republican presidents. Some have indeed given money to Democratic candidates over the years. Trump makes a false allegation that Mueller worked for President Barack Obama for eight years. Mueller was FBI chief for less than six years under Obama, leaving in September 2013. He was chosen to lead the FBI by Republican President George W. Bush in 2001 and kept on by Obama.
TRUMP: “The Witch Hunt finds no Collusion with Russia – so now they’re looking at the rest of the World. Oh’ great!” — tweet Sunday.
THE FACTS: There has been no definitive resolution as to whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in the 2016 election, with government investigations still continuing. The special counsel’s probe into Russian meddling has produced a number of charges and convictions, none to date alleging criminal collusion. It continues to explore whether collusion occurred and whether Trump or others may have obstructed justice.
As for Congress, the GOP-controlled House intelligence committee concluded in March there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. Its final report came over the objection of committee Democrats, who said the panel had not interviewed enough witnesses or gathered enough evidence to make a definitive assessment.
The Senate intelligence committee is expected to issue a detailed assessment on Russian interference, including the question of collusion, in the coming months.
TRUMP: “Now that the Witch Hunt has given up on Russia and is looking at the rest of the World, they should easily be able to take it into the Mid-Term Elections where they can put some hurt on the Republican Party. Don’t worry about Dems FISA Abuse, missing Emails or Fraudulent Dossier!” — tweet Sunday.
THE FACTS: Trump insists that the investigations into possible Russian interference — which he often refers to as a “witch hunt” — have given up on Russia, suggesting no meaningful evidence exists that implicates the country in his 2016 win over Democrat Hillary Clinton. In fact, the Senate intelligence committee said last week that it agrees with the U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia intervened in the presidential election to help Trump. The Senate committee is continuing to investigate whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the committee, said his staff spent 14 months “reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work” conducted by the intelligence agencies. He said the committee uncovered no reason to dispute the conclusions of the intelligence assessment released in 2017.
TRUMP to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: “I know what you’re going through right now with families is very tough but those are the bad laws that the Democrats gave us. We have to break up families. The Democrats gave us that law. It’s a horrible thing where you have to break up families. The Democrats gave us that law and they don’t want to do anything about it. They’ll leave it like that ’cause they don’t want to make any changes. And now you’re breaking up families because of the Democrats. It’s terrible.” — immigration forum Wednesday.
THE FACTS: Not so. No law that “the Democrats gave us” mandates the separation of children from their parents at the border.
A 2008 law designed to combat child trafficking has been described by Trump and his administration as a principal reason for “catch-and-release” policies that he’s trying to end at the border.
The law says children traveling alone from countries other than Mexico or Canada must be released in the “least restrictive setting” — often to family or a government-run shelter — while their cases slowly wind through immigration court. It was designed to accommodate an influx of children fleeing to the U.S. from Central America.
It had the support of Republicans and Democrats, passing the House and Senate unanimously. Republican George W. Bush signed it into law as one of his last acts as president.
The law says nothing about breaking up families. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entries, pledging to criminally prosecute people with few or no previous offenses. If parents are jailed, they are separated from children who joined them under protocols described in the 2008 law.
Administration officials have acknowledged that about 700 children have been separated from their parents since October. That figure is certain to increase once the zero-tolerance policy takes hold; nearly 50,000 Border Patrol arrests since October were of people who came as families. That’s about 1 in 4 arrests by the agents.
TRUMP: “Our numbers are much better than in the past, but they’re not nearly acceptable and not nearly as good as what we could have. We’re down 40 percent from those other standards, so that’s really good — meaning 40 percent crossings.” — immigration forum Wednesday.
THE FACTS: That claim of a 40 percent drop in illegal crossings in a year is based on old statistics. Yes, Border Patrol arrests plummeted to the lowest level since 1971 during the last budget year. But they began a sharp and steady climb after Trump’s first few months in office. One likely explanation is that people who initially took a wait-and-see attitude toward Trump are now taking their chances.
Overall border arrests in April — which add people who are stopped at land crossings and other official points of entry — topped 50,000 for a second straight month. That was more than triple the number from a year earlier, which was the lowest tally on record since the Homeland Security Department was created in 2003.
Border arrests are an imprecise measure of how many people are attempting to enter the country illegally, because the numbers who make it into the U.S. are not known. But when arrests are up, that’s taken by the government to mean that more people are trying.
PRUITT, referring to a man who was listed as the landlord of a bargain-priced condo Pruitt rented in Washington last year: “Steve Hart is someone that was not registered as a lobbyist in 2017. He’s a longtime associate and friend.” — Senate committee testimony Wednesday.
THE FACTS: That’s wrong. Disclosure reports show Hart was a registered lobbyist for 35 separate entities in 2017. Among those he represented was Cheniere Energy, which owns the only operational liquefied natural gas export terminal in the U.S. The reports show Hart worked on “Issues related to the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG), approval of LNG exports and export facilities.”
Pruitt has been a vocal booster of LNG exports while at EPA, even taking a taxpayer-funded trip to Morocco in December to help persuade the North African kingdom to import more gas from U.S. producers. Such increases in LNG exports would probably benefit Cheniere.
Pruitt rented the luxury Capitol Hill condo from a corporation co-owned by Hart’s wife. He paid just $50 a night, and only paid on nights when he stayed there. A copy of the lease, reviewed by The Associated Press, shows Steven Hart was originally listed as the landlord but his name was scratched out and substituted with that of his wife, a health policy lobbyist. Pruitt used the condo last year from March through at least August.
In past public comments, Pruitt claimed Hart had no business before EPA in 2017. That turned out not to be true, either.
Records show Hart met with Pruitt in his office at EPA headquarters last year and the lobbyist emailed with EPA staff on behalf of his client Smithfield Foods. The meeting happened in July 2017, during the condo rental period, and was described by Hart last month as a discussion about the Chesapeake Bay. Smithfield and its charitable foundation have been involved with efforts to clean up the bay since EPA fined the company $12.6 million in 1997 for illegally dumping hog waste into a tributary.
In addition to the companies he personally represented, Hart was the top executive at the powerhouse lobbying firm Williams & Jensen before retiring early as a result of the scandal over Pruitt’s condo deal. Records show Hart’s former firm represented a lengthy roster of companies last year with billions at stake over regulatory decisions made by EPA, including ExxonMobil Corp., the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company.
PRUITT: “In 2017, we removed over three times the number of polluted sites of contaminated communities across the country, as compared to the previous administration. And, in 2018, we are on pace to remove as many as 10 times the number.” — Senate committee testimony Wednesday.
THE FACTS: As he has before, Pruitt is taking credit for work done by the Obama administration while disparaging its record.
The EPA declared seven cleanups complete from its Superfund priority list last year, compared with two sites delisted the year before. That’s indeed a more than threefold increase. But records show that construction work at all seven sites cited by Pruitt’s EPA, such as removing soil or drilling wells to suck out contaminated groundwater, was completed years before Pruitt was confirmed as the agency’s chief in February.
Removing sites from the list is a procedural step that occurs after monitoring data show that remaining levels of harmful contaminates meet cleanup targets, which were often set by the EPA decades ago.
An analysis of EPA records by the AP in January showed that the seven sites delisted last year fell short of the average pace set under the administrations of Obama and George W. Bush, even in their opening years.
Trump’s proposed 2018 budget sought to cut the Superfund program by 30 percent, but Congress did not go along. EPA lists more than 1,300 Superfund sites that are at various stages of cleanup.
Associated Press writers Elliot Spagat in San Diego, and Michael Biesecker and Jill Colvin in Washington contributed to this report.
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Donald John Trump promised to be “different” as candidate for President. He promised to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and corruption in Washington, to cut taxes on the wealthy and restore jobs and dignity to our government and nation.
“I keep my promises,” he claimed over and over.
Like so much of what he says, he lied even about not lying.
Last week, Trump finally unveiled is plan to control drug costs. How? With incremental steps that are so minuscule that even drug industry stocks rallied at the news. The changes might mean lower prices a little for a few seniors.
Mark up another abandoned populist promise by Trump. The swamp is even bigger and making more money for him and his rich cronies.
Trump promised to “get tough on Wall Street” and tax hedge fund manager. Didn’t happen.
He promised to push for a $1 trillion infrastructure package that he claimed would create millions of jobs.
Instead, he decided to deregulate Wall Street, cut taxes for the hedge fund rich and forgot about the infrastructure promise.
Trump’s many lies resurrected an old political joke of “how do we know when our President is lying? When his lips move.
He also promised to release his tax returns after the election in 2016. Has anyone seen them? Maybe Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is still investigating Trump, his obstructions of justice and collusion with Russia.
He promised a “detailed and full press conference” to answer questions about First Lady’s failure to use a work visawhile being paid as an immigrant in this country. Melania Trump lied at the Republican Convention about a college degree she never had and report suggest she also lied in her application for citizenship, which would make her an illegal alien. The press conference? Still waiting.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, there are three kinds of lies in America: Lies, damn lies and anything Trump says.
Bottom line? Donald Trump is a lying SOB that does not deserve our support or our allegiance.
An old routine: Constant liar Donald Trump brings in a new attorney and changes his story about the affair he claims he didn’t have with porn star Stormy Daniels but did pay $130,000 in hush money to keep it quiet right before the 2017 presidential election.
Does this bother the Republican leadership in Congress or his brain-dead followers who love to be conned?
Of course not. The GOP would have supported Osama bin Laden if he came out as a Democrat. They’ve proved that by looking the other way as Trump loots the U.S. Treasury and turns this once-proud nation into his version of a “reality show.”
Does it bother either of these groups that their beloved president now openly confirms he lied about knowing about the hush money payment? Nope. Do they shudder at the vision of Trump dropping his pants so Daniels could spank his fat, flabby butt during the sexual encounter she describes in graphic details? They loved it. Maybe it turned them on.
In separate investigations, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Justice Department officials are closing in on Trump’s lies, obstruction of justice, money laundering for the Russian mob and widespread bank fraud.
His illegal and immoral activities have existed for decades. Investigative journalist Jonathan Greenberg, working for Forbes magazine in 1984,, remembers interviews Trump calling on the phone, claiming to be “John Barron,” a name he often used to pose as a “spokesman” for himself, claiming Trump was far richer than the $200 million that Forbes Magazine claimed in its listing of America’s richest people.
It took decades to unwind the elaborate farce Trump had enacted to project an image as one of the richest people in America. Nearly every assertion supporting that claim was untrue. Trump wasn’t just poorer than he said he was. Over time, I have learned that he should not have been on the first three Forbes 400 lists at all. In our first-ever list, in 1982, we included him at $100 million, but Trump was actually worth roughly $5 million — a paltry sum by the standards of his super-monied peers — as a spate of government reports and books showed only much later.
Some Trump watchers say his refusal to release his tax returns is, in part, the face that they show he isn’t even a billionaire now. It’s all part of the con.
Go even further back in his sordid history and we discover that Trump’s claim to be an Ivy League college academic “star” is also bogus. “I did very well,” Trump said of his time at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School for business.
One of his professors, however, calls Trump “the dumbest goddamned student I ever had.” Trump, we now know, got into Wharton because his older brother lobbied “a friendly admissions officer.”
Even so, Trump claims:
Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. I went to an Ivy League college. … I did very well. I’m a very intelligent person.
He’s always been a con man. He conned hundreds of young people and their parents into paying to attend his near-worthless Trump University. He conned banks into lending him more money even after he repeatedly failed to pay them. He conned contractors to work for him and then stiffed them.
Political conning is Mr. Trump’s genius. This genius — combined with his utter stupidity in seemingly every other dimension of his being — poses a clear and present danger to America and the world.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee Monday issued a press release questioning the patriotism of Democrats who raise questions about the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State.
In a headline “Party before country?” the NRSC claimed that anyone who dared vote against Pompeo were saying “national security consequences be damned.”
Sarah Sanders, press spokesman for Donald Trump, often calls Democrats “guilty of treason” and claims those who oppose her boss “certainly don’t seem to love our country very much.”
Trump joins in with claims that anyone who opposes him is “disrespecting our country.”
Such are the illusions of Trump. In a real world (assuming such a thing exists in Washington, the Capitol or the White House), the best way to respect America is by disrespecting Trump, those who work for him and anyone who voted for this traitor-in-chief.
Questioning the patriotism of those who oppose extremism is an old political ploy but few, if any, have used it as coarsely as Trump and his legions.
Those who question the nomination of Pompeo as Secretary of State voice concerns about his serious disrespect for Muslim and gays — stances that raise serious concerns about his fitness to be secretary of state.
In too many ways, Pompeo is a sadly stereotypical Trump appointee, a lackey who accepts and promotes the bigotry, racism and hate of the real estate shyster who currently occupies the White House.
It is oddly ironic that a president who claims to be “a patriot” used questionable claims about a medical condition that has never been verified to obtain deferment from serving in the military during the Vietnam war.
Even worse, the investigations of special counsel Robert Mueller, and others by the U.S. Attorney in New York, are closing in on Trump’s unpatriotic and treasonous acts of helping Russia launder its mob money through his real estate transactions in America.
Last November, testimony to Congress shows Trump’s company allowed Russian nationals launder organized crime funds though sales of properties in New York, Miami and other locations.
Representative Adam Schiff says transcripts of the testimony “reveal serious allegations” that the Trump Organization “engaged in money laundering with Russian nationals.”
Mueller’s investigations of collusion between Trump and Russians also reveal questionable and illegal financial transactions that allowed the real estate operator to give him financial aid when traditional banking sources turned him down.
Glenn Simpson of FusionGPS, a British intelligence service, says its investigation of Trump’s activities raise “serious allegations” of “money laundering with Russian nationals.”
Trump’s claims that Democrats are being “unpatriotic” is a typical ploy by a ethically challenged businessman who accuses others of what he, himself, is doing. When caught lying, Trump claims others are lying.
Those who deal in facts, not political supposition, continue to close in on the true traitor to America, the Benedict Arnold of this century: Donald John Trump.