Trump Damage Report – 10/1/2017
Compromising Jared, CHIP dies, crazy guy in charge, Tillerson countermanded, Baldwin returns, Puerto Rico desperation, from one golf course to another, our fears about disaster-time Trump realized, basketball invites, and Mnuchin smacked down. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Sunday, October 1st, 2017.
- It’s a “pretty safe bet” that Jared Kushner has been compromised by foreign intel, Shareblue reports a former National Security Adviser has cautioned. There’s a solid chance he was paid in rubles.
- Children’s Health Insurance Program was allowed to expire by Trumpists in Congress, eradicating healthcare for 9 million children in America, The Los Angeles Times reports. Children, by and large, are not billionaires, and therefore not worthy of life, under the terms of current Republican ideology.
- Trump is urging his staff to portray him as “crazy guy”, Axios reports. Done and done. Not necessarily crazy, but late stage untreated syphilis.
- Trump is undermining Rex Tillerson, The Atlantic reports. Tillerson says one thing, Trump says another. This week, Tillerson said he had a back channel with North Korea and was working on a diplomatic solution. Trump tweeted that it wasn’t worth trying. Trump may not know that he is in charge of Tillerson and the State Department.
- Alec Baldwin has returned to Saturday Night Live with an exceptional sketch about Trump’s response to Puerto Rico, The Hill reports. Also tune in for the uncomfortable touching with Jeff Sessions.
- In Puerto Rico, residents are desperate for FEMA to show up, Mother Jones reports. It’s worth remembering that when a Republican, Trump particularly, says that government isn’t working, they aren’t complaining – they are bragging.
- More than half of Puerto Ricans are without access to drinking water, The Hill reports. Trump has grossly mismanaged this disaster from his golf course.
- Trump is now pulling himself away from one luxury golf course to attend a golf trophy ceremony at another one, Shareblue reports.
- What is happening in Puerto Rico is all our worst fears about Trump coming real, Vox reports. The real crisis has arrived, and we are witnessing the death and calamity that accompanies an uncaring and unconcerned response from Trump.
- Trump’s EPA chief Pruitt took charter and military flights that cost taxpayers $58,000, The Washington Post reports. Trump’s HHS Secretary resigned this week as a result of his massive spending on private charted flights.
- It “speaks volumes” that there has been no White House invitation for the champion women’s basketball team, Time reports. The winners of the NCAA women’s basketball title have historically been invited to the White House under previous presidents. Not this one. Trump has very well-known opinions on women, mostly as sex objects he can pay.
- Trump told Puerto Rico residents “Do not believe the fake news”, The Hill reports. Most Puerto Ricans are without power, and cannot access the news – which is real, but rightly critical of Trump.
- More Americans live in Puerto Rico than 21 states (and other things to know), CNN reports. CNN is hoping the Dotard of Covfefe may pick up a thing or two in passing.
- A leaked White House memo is detailing how to spin the Puerto Rico disaster and failure to respond, saying “the storm caused these problems, not our response”, Mother Jones reports. The storm did cause the problems. The response, or lack of response, is also a pretty massive problem.
- Trump’s aristocratic brat Steve Mnuchin says that we’re not cutting taxes for rich people, to which Bernie Sanders responds: Yes, you are, Vox reports. Based on all math, yes, they most certainly are.