Trump Damage Report – 12/29/2017
Record staff hemorrhage, 4-day golf spree, destroying Flynn, civilian deaths, firing his HIV/AIDS council, hardline ideas rise, incoherently authoritarian, screwing the elderly, explaining EU, and changing the rules. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Friday, December 29th, 2017.
- The Trump White House sets the record for first-year departures, New York mag reports.
- Trump golfs for the fourth day in a row after tweeting that it was “back to work”, Mediaite reports.
- “They’ll have to destroy him”: Why Trump’s legal team will turn on the Traitor Flynn, Vanity Fair reports.
- Trump’s defense chief Mattis is defending US efforts to reduce civilian casualties, The Washington Post reports. Despite Trump’s executive order earlier in the year making it easier to kill civilians.
- No, Trump’s approval rating has not caught up to Obama’s, CNN reports.
- Trump fired all the members of his HIV/AIDS council without explanation, The Washington Blade reports.
- Trump is unchained with staff leaving as hardline ideas rise to the forefront, Axios reports.
- Trump’s New York Times interview is a scary read, incoherent, authoritarian, and uninformed, Vox reports.
- In it, Trump made 25 false claims, The Star reports.
- Did Trump roll back rules protecting the elderly in nursing homes? Yes, he did, Snopes reports.
- Robert Reich details the top 20 lies that Trump told Trump voters.
- A Trump DC hotel employee wrote in an email that Trump is “definitely still involved” in the Trump organization, The Hill reports.
- White House officials said that the time Angela Merkel had to explain the “fundamentals” of EU trade to Trump 11 times was “humiliating”, Business Insider reports.
- What “chain migration” means, and why Trump hates its so much, Vox reports. “Chainlike” migration is where an immigrant brings their family. It is essentially family-based migration.
- The Trumpists in the Senate are looking to change the rules in order to get Trump’s unqualified nominees accepted faster, The Hill reports. That’s fine – rules that are peeled back will remain peeled back when the Democratic Party assumes control.
- Trump signed less legislation than any other President in the same amount of time, PolitiFact reports.