Trump Damage Report – 5/27/2017
American betrayal, NATO grating, Saudi bowing, Caesarism, espionage, exhaustion, swamp-building exercises, and for Putin’s engagement with Trump – he went to Jared. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Saturday, May 27th, 2017.
[Editor’s Note]: Apologies, Krista Shockey broke me. Today’s TDR will be light. Please forgive.
- “It’s my only income. I couldn’t live without it. There’s no way I could go back to work. I’ve got a lot of problems. I’m crippled in my feet, knees, back, hands. Honestly, I haven’t been following much news. I’ve got so much going on with my family. My mother died.” Krista Shockey voted for Trump in November, CNN reported. She’s one of the millions who are set to be hurt under Trump’s plan to gut dozens of social safety net programs for the poor and disabled in America.
- G7 leaders take a stroll while the exhausted Trump takes a golf cart, The Times reports. So much for stamina.
- Bipartisan efforts are underway to save a tax deduction from Trump to pay for his border wall and increases to military contractors, Politico reports.
- Trump delays the final decision for America on the Paris Agreement until next week. All but two countries in the world, Syria and Nicaragua, have signed the agreement.
- Trump offends and grates NATO, but bows to Saudi Arabia, USA Today reports.
- Trump’s budget is American Caesarism, Foreign Policy reports. That is, a charismatic authoritarian basing his power on populism who provides an exaggerated role for the military. Think parades of military tanks down main street with the dictator standing on a balcony nodding contently as they roll by.
- Trump returns from his first big boy trip abroad pushing NATO leaders and curtsying to Saudis to find a crisis over his son-in-law, Secretary of Everything, Jared Kushner, The New York Times reports. Seems Jared went to the Russian (spy) Ambassador (total spy) Kislyak to seek out a secure communications channel with the Kremlin. See, he didn’t want the United States intelligence agencies snooping in on his conversations with Putin for some reason. WHICH IS TOTALLY NOT SUSPICIOUS AT ALL.
- Former director of the CIA would consider Kushner’s actions to be “espionage”, The Hill reports. Again, he asked a foreign hostile government who had just finished engaging in an act of cyberwarfare against our democratic elections if they could provide him a means to contact Putin without CIA and FBI tracking the contents.
- Also, Jared met with a Russian banker who is also a spy for Putin, NBC News reports.
- Trump advisers are currently dodging questions about the golden son-in-law’s Russian entanglements, CNN reports.
- A Trump supporter with a history of racist rhetoric and Nazi activities killed two people defending Muslim women he was attacking in Portland on the MAX train, The Willamette Week reports. Two brave men stood up to the addled white supremacist to defend the Muslim women he was harassing, and they died, stabbed to death. If there is a train to the heavens, it is our distinct hope that these two heroes are upgraded to First Class.
- As trouble brews in Trumpland, Breitbart’s numbers crater, Vanity Fair reports. It turns out the agitprop fake news site has a much more difficult time defending the unconscionable actions of its standard-bearer than it did propagating fake news about pizza shop sex rings.
- Trump has cancelled is Iowa campaign rally, Politico reports. Poor thing, he visited like four or five countries – what would have been considered a light day for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He must be exhausted. Perhaps he’ll take a long vacation?
- The Trump administration has backed down on trying to keep waivers of lobbyists working in the administration a secret, The New York Times reports. The swamp is deeper now than it has ever been, and ethics waivers have showered from above to allow lobbyists of all stripes to toss in on the moneygrab of the Trump reign.
TAXPAYER COST FOR TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE TO DATE, AS OF MAY 27TH, 2017: $146,835,999.22
Above all, and as always, stay vigilant.