Well, there’s no Christmas party for the White House press corps this year. President Trump has nixed it.
Every year, the press is invited to feast on White House delicacies, have cocktails, and then meet and get a photo with the first lady and the president. I’ve been to many of these parties – although the Obamas stopped inviting me because they didn’t like me, and I didn’t get an invite last year, probably by mistake – and I can assure you they are wonderful affairs. The lamb chops and the shrimp cocktail are the best you’ve ever tasted.
But who can blame Trump? The press corps invited a comedian who hates Trump to perform at its annual dinner last spring. And the coverage is relentlessly negative.
Why invite a group of people who hate you and who are biased in their work when they claim to be neutral to come party with you?
There’s plenty of grumbling about this, I’ve been told by others who are more connected to the other White House reporters. I’m sure you are all broken up about it and grieving for them . . .
The Chinese are rapidly expanding their military capabilities and projecting their power around the world. Before you know it, we won’t be able to defend Taiwan, and all of our allies in Asia will be threatened.
China with its One Belt, One Road is spreading its economic tentacles all over the world, making other nations dependent and enforcing this with its expanding military. Russia is also a growing threat.
I’m no Neocon or foreign adventurist, but we have interests overseas that affect out economy and we have to defend them, and our allies.
I am certain that, at some time in the future, President Xi and I, together with President Putin of Russia, will start talking about a meaningful halt to what has become a major and uncontrollable Arms Race. The U.S. spent 716 Billion Dollars this year. Crazy!
Trump wants to cut some $30 billion from proposed spending for next year. This after Obama’s damaging cuts that have harmed our fighting men and women. I hope Trump is engaged in some kind of bargaining ploy, because otherwise, I don’t get it.
President Trump has been remarkably restrained and “presidential” with respect to the death of George H.W. Bush, doing his best to make nice with the Bushes.
Of course, he killed Jeb Bush during the campaign, rhetorically and at the ballot box, and the Bushes represent the establishment, Rockefeller Republicanism that Trump – and Ronald Reagan – stand and stood against.
But the for the funeral, everyone’s on their best behavior. The Bushes have, because they are classy people, not only invited the president to the ceremony but insisted that it will not be a festival of Trump bashing.
The Bush family will even meet with Trump privately, which will be awkward.
Looking forward to being with the wonderful Bush family at Blair House today. The former First Lady will be coming over to the White House this morning to be given a tour of the Christmas decorations by Melania. The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!
Anyway, a little unity is nice for the country. But while they Bushes are doing the right thing, and Trump is too, it’s worth remembering that everyone hates each other, and we’ll soon be hearing from various Bushes about Trump’s faults, with the suggestion that things would have been so much better under Jeb.
A majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up to help poor and ailing Americans, a Census Bureau finding that bolsters President Trump’s concern about immigrants costing the nation.
In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it.
Are Americans required not just to take millions of immigrants but to subsidize most of them too?
From a piece I have running today in the Washington Examiner:
Wasting little time to score political and rhetorical points, Democrats and members of the mainstream media are using the death of George H.W. Bush to assail a president they despise and who also happens to be Bush’s temperamental opposite, President Trump.
Already, the comparisons, in which Trump is found deeply wanting, are roaring in. The theme is consistent: Bush was reasonable, prudent, bipartisan, decent, honorable, and pursued wise policies; Trump, none of the above.
Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty, handed the job of writing the official Post obituary — which appears in the “news” section — provided an only slightly veiled dig at the current Twitter-happy president: “Although Mr. Bush served as president three decades ago, his values and ethic seem centuries removed from today’s acrid political culture. His currency of personal connection was the handwritten letter — not the social media blast.”
There’s a lot of excitement in the press about the Michael Cohen plea deal, but it should be made clear that there is no suggestion at this point that President Trump is in any legal jeopardy, though he may have lied to the American people when he suggested he had avoided business dealings with the Russians.
Unfortunately, not the first fib by the First Fibber.
Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, is cooperating with special prosecutor Mueller and pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with the Russians about building a hotel in Moscow.
And apparently, he was keeping then-candidate Donald Trump informed the whole time. Because Trump had been trying for two decades to build the damned thing.
It’s not a good idea for a presidential candidate to be dealing with a foreign power, particularly an adversary, since it could affect his policies and approach to the other country.
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