Welcome to a recap of President Donald Trump’s antics during the second week of 2018’s Trumpageddon.
For those that may have missed or already forgotten the first-week Trump show antics:
08 Jan: After not enjoying his weekend at Camp David (it’s no Mar-A-Lago), the President took his show on the road. First, Trump would visit Nashville and give a speech to a group of farmers. Trump said words, lots of the best words, which include bragging about his BIGLY electoral college victory. Trump also modestly let the crowd know how fortunate they are as he said:
“Oh, are you happy you voted for me. You are so lucky I gave you that privilege.”
Of course, He reminded his adorers that he was the one brave enough to call out any “son of a bitch” that kneels during the national anthem–’cause he alone can save ‘Murica.
Later in the day, the President would attend the College Football Playoff championship game in Atlanta, Georgia. Trump would take the field for the pre-game playing of the national anthem, in true Trump ironic fashion, he seemingly did not know the actual words.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
Trump’s daily work schedule is released. The agenda shows that the President spends a short time in the Oval Office doing work while focusing an overwhelming number of hours watching television and tweeting. According to the original Axios article:
President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11am, and holding far fewer meetings.
This is largely to meet Trump’s demands for more “Executive Time,” which almost always means TV and Twitter time alone in the residence.
The schedule says Trump has “Executive Time” in the Oval Office every day from 8am to 11am, but the reality is he spends that time in his residence, watching TV, making phone calls and tweeting.
The Axios piece also features…THIS:
The President would grade his previous day’s Congressional meeting after all the “reviews” had come in. Trump starts the analysis by saying “Welcome back to the studio.” He then would add:
“It was a tremendous meeting, actually. It was reported as incredibly good, and my performance…got great reviews from everybody other than two networks who were phenomenal for about two hours. Then after that they were called by their bosses who said “oh, wait a minute” and unfortunately, a lot of those anchors sent us letters saying that was one of the greatest meetings they’ve ever witnessed.”
Furthermore, the President would continue to push his anti-media agenda by claiming :
“Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace, and do not represent American values or American fairness.”
Again, in ironic Trump fashion, Trump would add:
“You can’t say things that are false — knowingly false — and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account. We’re going to take a very, very strong look at that. And I think what the American people want to see is fairness.”
True to Trump form, despite his previous claim as being 100% ready to cooperate with Mueller, Trump turned into Stutterin’ Donnie 8-times as he kept saying “no collusion” while walking back his previous commitment.
The day starts with Trump confusing all of D.C. by tweeting his disagreement on a scheduled Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA vote), despite his administration’s position supporting the proposal.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders will pretend Trump’s tweet led to “no
collusion confusion” but it actually totally confused everyone. Apparently, Trump’s position swap was due to watching Fox and Friends.
Mexico trolls Trump on “The Wall” and lets it be known that they will not be paying for it–ever.
The Trump administration clears the way for states to impose work requirements to receive Medicaid.
In an interview, Trump proclaims he shares a “very good relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In rejecting a compromised bi-partisan deal that would increase border security in exchange for extending DACA protection, Trump would be quoted as asking:
“Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?”
Trump’s attack on Haitians seems to support previous claims of Trump saying: “all Haitians have AIDS.”
Despite Trump’s continued tough talk that threatens to pull out of the Iran Nuclear agreement, Trump signed off to keep the U.S. in the multi-nation contract. However, the U.S. did impose additional sanctions.
Trump cancels his bigly trip to the U.K. citing Obama as the reason. Of course, Trump’s claim was 100% false.
President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Reserve is asked to keep any “White House effort to influence its oversight of Deutsche Bank AG, a troubled lender that has been drawn into investigations of Russian meddling in U.S. politics.” Also, the concern was sure to note that Trump has “significant liabilities” to Deutsche Bank.
Trump got his medical evaluation, then took another trip to Mar-A-Lago.
During a ballistic missile scare in Hawaii, President Trump was golfing. The President played on but was briefed on the situation but did not bother to tweet or comment on the scare.
Trump would comment on the Hawaii scare while some of his supporters seized on the opportunity to attack…Obama. One such advocate, convicted law-breaking Joe Arpaio was not surprised by Hawaii’s snafu, as he would point out:
“I don’t want to get into it but I know doing a certain investigation on a fake, fraudulent government document. They can’t even solve that case. They don’t even want to look at it. So either they’re incompetent or there’s something behind it.”
**Note: Someone, please explain to Law-Breaking Arpaio how IF Obama were born in Kenya–he would still be allowed to be U.S. President as his situation would be equal to that of Senator Ted Cruz. Remember, Ted Cruz’s father (who Trump claimed had helped kill JFK) was a transplanted Cuban living in Canada with his American wife who just happened to deliver a bouncing bundle of joy that all know today as Senator Ted Cruz.
Recap: Non-American dad + American mom + birth in another country = Still American by birth. To those do not understand or still do not believe the aforementioned American citizen “math” enjoy Politifact’s evaluation on the subject–that says the same thing, just different wording.
At some point during the week, Trump assures everyone that in a hypothetical 2020 election match-up, he would defeat Oprah (in his dreams).
Plus, an updated version of a Trump classic would emerge from Trump’s past relationship with a porn star.
Shortly before the 2016 election, President Trump’s lawyer would *allegedly* pay Stormy Daniels a 130,000 dollars to keep her mouth shut on the affair.
Not to spoil too many details on such a sticky situation (as yours truly wishes to write more in-depth on the topic), but it is *alleged* the “Stormy” affair occurred shortly after the then-recently married Trumps had just enjoyed a new addition to their family.
The joke would eventually be on President Trump as Stormy Daniels had granted an interview on the Trump affair back in 2011.
All of the above events, plus many more (that were left out due to this article’s intent not to be a novel on Trump week) all occurred in the second week of 2018.
To those that feel anger, despair, worry, or fear for the end of American democracy or even, perhaps, planet Earth is imminent, please read the following words of tweet encouragement from the CEO of Golden Sachs that aims to troll President Trump:
View from our building today reminds me that despite all the sh*t, American values will shine through. pic.twitter.com/b3f6W80XX9
— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) January 12, 2018