Let’s face it….Donald Trump had help from the Russians…Open Thread for Feb. 18, 2018…

Anybody who believes Donald Trump’s wet dream that he A LONE crafted a win against Hillary Clinton needs to have their head examined…

Robert Mueller’s Grand Jury inducements of 13 Russians for working WQITH the Trump campaign is is the latest, but NOT the solo evidence of the ties to the Trump campaign from Russian interests dead set against Hillary Clinton becoming President….

Trump tweeted another bull shit counter to the idea that his win was  helped by a foreign power….

But he’s NEVER gonna get the feeling off his back that he somehow isn’t legit…

Trump’s lucky that this country doesn’t actually have a fool proof way to get rid of a crooked President…

….for the first time, Americans were shown in granular detail how Russian spies worked to sway the election in Trump’s favor, with everything from social media campaigns and ad buys to the organization of rallies and payments to demonstrators dressing up as Hillary Clinton in a cage….

Trump’s retreat into a defensive crouch was quick, as he posted on Twitter Friday afternoon: “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!”

The White House also released a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders that said there was “NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.”….

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Mueller isn’t fininished yet…

But by working this the way he HAS?

He give’s himself and Rosenstein a lifeline for now….

Trump people seek to play off his tweets in talks with Foreign leaders…

It’s come down to Donald Trump’s staff people and American lawmakers to calm worried leaders around the world about their boss….

They are telling others to disregard their bosess tweets….

Imagine THAT?

Don’t listen to the words of the American President?

Sec of State is among the missing …

He’s cuts the balkls out his department ….

Really?

Who is running the America Foreign Affairs?

They’re just tweets.

U.S. lawmakers and top White House officials tried to distance the nation from some of President’s tough talk on social media while visiting a security conference this weekend in Munich, Germany.

European leaders at the conference weren’t sure who to turn to about the U.S. stance on global issues.

“Is it deeds? Is it words? Is it tweets?” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said to the Washington Post on Saturday.

Schumer rips Trump’s proposed cuts to gun background check system

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) promised Europe that the U.S. still had the same ties to the continent, despite Trump’s past threats to cut NATO funding.

“There is a lot more support for continuing our past policies than it might appear from some of the statements,” she reportedly told a crowd in Munich on Sunday….

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New Air Force One Presidential aircraft won’t be cheaper like Trump said they would be…

The two aircraft will cost approximately what was advertised in the first place….

4$ Billion …..

A typical brand new Boeing 747-8 Icosts  around $403 Million…

Donald Trump upon becoming President was surprised at the cost of the two possible aircraft and vowed to cut costs….The Air Force then went to Boeing who sold them two aircraft originally oredered by a Russian airline (don’t laugh )…

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The White House Military office stuck to the origanl price tag and Trump then spoke to the President of Boeing and annouced he’d made a ‘deal’ to cut the costs of the aircraft by Billion dollars….

That was year ago…

As with the White House Military office usuala operating?

The requirements for the President’s transportation has gone up….

The same process happened back on the new Marine Helicopter purchase that skyrocketed their costs and ended up cancelling an early replacement helicoter fleet…

Now it has been reported that the two Air Force Presiddntial jets price tag has climbed back up to the $4 Billion that Trump said he cut. down by 25%..

Two new Air Force One aircraft are still projected to cost $4 billion, despite President Trump’s claims he negotiated with Boeing to take $1 billion off the price tag, Pentagon documents reveal.

The figures appear in a document released yesterday as part of the U.S. Defense Department’s 2019 budget proposal. They provide the U.S. Air Force’s first public update on the planes’ projected cost since last May.

Service officials and Boeing — which makes the planes and will oversee their transformation into a flying White House — say they are still looking for ways to lower the price.

We continue working with the Air Force towards a best value approach to the [Air Force One] program,” said Todd Blecher, a Boeing spokesman.

The document — formally, Research, Development, Test &Evaluation, Air Force, Vol. 2 — indicates that the Air Force has already paid $1 billion to Boeing for two airframes and the engineering work needed in advance of their conversion into a VIP configuration. It says the service expects to spend another $2.9 billion between 2019 and 2023 on the two planes. And it says that the “cost to complete” is “continuing” — a sign that more money would be needed beyond the five-year budget proposal.

The Air Force, in its budget proposal sent to Congress this week, asks lawmakers to approve $673 million for some modification work that would be done fiscal 2019.

While last year’s Air Force budget proposal boasted about saving $191.6 million on the project, this year’s mentions no such savings….

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The only thing cut from the aircrafts was the inflight refueling system….

I doubt that an Air Force One has ever done a aireal refueling with a President on board…

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Trump’s daughter Ivanka’s push for paid family leave brused off by Chief of Staff Kelly…

Wow!

The President’s daughter gets the backhand, eh?

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Ivanka Trump continues to advocate internally for a paid family leave policy — though conservatives inside the administration have told me she’s getting some high-level blowback.

In conversations with associates, John Kelly has dismissively described paid family leave as one of Ivanka’s “pet projects” and said he doesn’t understand how it fits into the White House’s agenda.

  • What’s next: A White House official told me this tension came to a head a few weeks ago. The official told me the issue is being “hammered out internally” and Kelly approved a policy process to work through the issue.
  • To be fair to Ivanka, paid family leave is not a rogue endeavor, even though much of the White House considers it a non-starter…..

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Florida student shooting survivors announce national march against gun violence….

This is will be good to keep the story going…

It won’t change anything….

Republicans and some Democrats in support of keeping their guns and rifles will have comfort that few of those marching can actually vote….

And THAT is how the issue can be changed ….

Five survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida announced plans on Sunday for a nationwide march, as well as a demonstration in Washington to call for legislative action to prevent gun violence.

During a spate of TV appearances Sunday morning, students Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind unveiled plans to mobilize students to urge lawmakers to act in response to Wednesday’s fatal shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 17 of their fellow classmates and school staffers.

“We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs,” Wind told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This kind of stuff can’t just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children.”

The national demonstration, set to take place March 24, will feature calls for lawmakers to take up legislative remedies to improve mental health and expand regulations on guns, the students said.

“I will not feel safe going back to school myself until reasonable mental health care legislation and gun control legislation is passed,” Hogg told NBC. “Because, at this point, it’s unacceptable.”

The students also issued a warning to lawmakers that continue to receive funding from the National Rifle Association…..

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Israel and Iran could be edging into a armed conflict…..

While America is egaged in Trumpism, and American troops in Syria ihave been in combat against Russian merc’s and Israeli has it’s head of state possibly looking at criminal charges …..

Israel and Iran has be involved with DIRECT combat skirmishes….

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, attending a security conference with international leaders here in Munich, on Sunday brandished what he said was part of an Iranian drone shot down by Israel and warned that he was ready to go to war if Tehran continued to entrench itself in Syria….

Israel has long warned about the risk of conflict as Iranian forces and their allies, including Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, have dug in on Syrian territory and approached the boundary with the Israeli-held portion of the Golan Heights.

Israel has carried out scores of airstrikes in Syria in recent years, focusing largely on what it says are advanced weapons stores or convoys of weapons meant for Hezbollah, and it has also reportedly hit Syrian government facilities involved in weapons development and an Iranian base under construction in Syria.

“I’ve made clear in word and deed that Israel has red lines it will enforce,” Mr. Netanyahu said on Sunday. “Israel will continue to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria. Israel will continue to act to prevent Iran from establishing another terror base from which to threaten Israel.”

The Munich conference provided Mr. Netanyahu with a timely opportunity to appear on the world stage in his preferred role as Israel’s security czar and chief guardian against Iran, just days after the Israeli police recommended that he be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption cases….

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Donald Trump continues to try to sell the Russian’s didn’t help him win nonsense…

It won’t work….

His efforts to tarnish the FBI, CIA, NSA and Dept. of Justice (He’s at this since the election) isn’t gonna change the minds of most of the American public and the rest of the world…(his view does stick with his true believers though)

Trying to throw the blame even on President Obama and Hillary Clinton is making him look even more desperate…And the more he mentions this?

The more ingrained in the media and public eye it is gonna be…

I’m sure that Mueller’s people have even MORE proof that Donald Trump got help that Hillary Clinton and the world had know idea to what extent….

The man is lucky this country has no ‘do over’ mechanism…..

President Trump, in a series of angry and defiant tweets on Sunday morning, sought to shift the blame to Democrats for Russia’s virtual war to meddle in the 2016 election, saying that President Barack Obama had not done enough to stop the interference and denying that he had ever suggested that Moscow might not have been involved.

Mr. Trump, who has said little to publicly acknowledge a threat to American democracy that even one of his top aides called “incontrovertible” on Saturday, asserted that the efforts to investigate and combat the Russian meddling had only given the Russians what they wanted, saying that “they are laughing their asses off in Moscow.”

“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams,” Mr. Trump wrote.

From his Florida estate, the president has spent the weekend stewing over news coverage of an indictment secured last week against more than a dozen Russians by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel leading an investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia.

The indictment says that while the Russians began their scheme in 2014 with the goal of undermining the American democratic system, they eventually shifted their focus to trying to help elect Mr. Trump and disparage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The president has repeatedly seized on the fact that the efforts started before he became a candidate, but has glossed over the conclusion that they evolved toward supporting his candidacy. The indictment does not assert any wrongdoing by the president or anyone affiliated with him.

In another tweet on Sunday, Mr. Trump, who has tried since the campaign to sow doubts about who was behind the election intrusions, said that he had “never said Russia did not meddle in the election,” quoting a comment he made in a 2016 presidential debate.

“I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer,” Mr. Trump wrote. “The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia — it never did!”…..

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Joe Biden 2020?…Democrats for 12 years?

Maybe?

We’re less than 3 years out from election day 2020….

There are a LOT of Democrats thinking about running for their parties Presidential nomination….

Only one guy has signed up already….

He isn’t gonna get the spot….

Another guy , who isn’t even a Democrats runs a close second to the leader in polls of Democrats….

Former Vice President Joe Biden….

If your are a regular here you’ve seen several posts about the 78 year old guy who just lost his job less than 2 years ago….(there will be more)

Yea…

He’s started runs for the nomination TWICE before only to drop out…

Yes, he is well liked across the Democratic political spectrum….

Yes, he IS at ease with blue collar white males…..

And YES he’s the leader in polling of Democarts who would beat Donald Trump if the election was held right now….

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But it’s not…..

We don’t know who the Republicans will be running in 2020….

Donald Trump maybe, if he hasn’t been forced to quit….

Mike Pence if Trump does have to quit….

But if Biden does run?

The ole’ timer WILL be the guy to knock of from the Democratic pack that he is current leading….And he will have to make up his mind by early next year , if not sooner of lose the money people’s backing and the organization initiative ….

…..Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real possibility. He insisted he had made no decision, and didn’t need to yet, according to five people who either attended the meeting or were briefed on it by those who did.

Biden also expressed interest in bringing those in the room onto his team if he decides to launch a campaign. At the same time, he gave them an out: There would be no hard feelings if they decided they were content in their current roles outside of government, said the people, who demanded anonymity to discuss a private meeting.

The political world has long tried to game out Biden’s plans for 2020. After all, he came close to running last time only to see President Donald Trump pull off a victory that many Democrats openly suggest wouldn’t have happened had he, not Hillary Clinton, been their nominee. Several people came away from the meeting with the impression that if no strong Democratic candidate emerges in the next year or so, Biden would feel strongly compelled to run.

A presidential candidate twice before, Biden would be 78 on Inauguration Day if elected in 2020, a concerning prospect for some Democrats even though he’s only a few years older than Trump. One possibility that Biden’s longtime advisers have discussed privately is that he could announce his intention to serve only one term, clearing the path for his running mate to take over in 2024 and potentially setting up Democrats for a 12-year White House stretch…..

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Mueller and Rosenstein play their cards masterfully…

The Robert Mueller Special Counsel Grand Jury handowns has  grabbed the media spotlight….

They pushed the Florida High School mass shooting out of the top of the news cycle….

The fact that Mueller’s indictments cemented the fact the Russians DID help Trump played great for Trump, who focused JUST on himself….

But the best part politically for Trump was Rob Rosenstein saying that Trump was in the clear from the Grand Jury action…

That accomplices something both Mueller and Rosenstein probably wanted….(seems they know how to play the ‘game’ also, eh?)

Breathing room….

They certainly KNOW that Donald Trump has issues tied to money and other things…

But by saying he’s in the clear now ?

They settled him down….

That and they reminded everyone that they were far from finished and that they certainly have bigger fish to fry…And means they need people to let them continue doing their job….

Question though?

The indictments are against Russians…

Trump likes and defends the Russians…

This was a good / bad thing, eh?

  • We’ve only been reading about [Mueller’s] interviews with Trump associates and White House officials — because these are the folks that Washington reporters talk to.
  • But Mueller has been picking apart complicated, secretive and well-funded Russian networks that could only have originated from the Kremlin.
  • Mueller’s indictments are not the work product of some frivolous fishing expedition to indict Trump, as some of Trump’s conservative allies have claimed….

  • It will now be even harder for Trump to fire Mueller. Capitol Hill already would have gone crazy if Trump tried that. But after Mueller has done such substantive work — even earning the lavish praise of Trump lawyer John Dowd — it’s impossible to imagine Trump getting away with firing him.
  • The fact that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a press conference is significant. It was a major vote of confidence in the Mueller probe: This is Rosenstein saying he’s proud of this work, and fully supports it.
  • It’s also a notable show of independence by Rosenstein — a Heisman to the White House….

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Another woman says had an affair with Donald Trump ….

The list grows…..

This HAS got to be a very embarrassing thing for Trump’s wife Melannia….

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The lifestyle of the rich and famous…

The guy should have never ran for President….

Robert Mueller’s revelations are gonna make the affairs look like childs play….

President Trump’s political troubles with alleged extramarital affairs deepened Friday with publication of new details of his reported sexual relationship with a former Playboy model.

In handwritten notes accompanying a Ronan Farrow article in the New Yorker, Karen McDougal, Playboy’s 1998 Playmate of the Year, recalled having sex with Trump in 2006, a few months after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron.

Trump and McDougal met at a pool party at the Playboy Mansion, where Trump was taping an episode of his television show “The Apprentice,” McDougal wrote.

The New Yorker article, citing previously undisclosed texts, emails and legal records, elaborates on a Wall Street Journal report in 2016 about a convoluted deal requiring McDougal to keep quiet about the alleged affair…..

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Will Rosenstein release ALL of Mueller’s final Report to the public?

The top House Intelligence Committee Democrat has come out  questioning if Donald Trump will seek to quash r from the public some to  all of the findings from the Mueller investigation…..

Mueller’s technical boss is Rob Rosenstein and Rep. Adam Schiff  (D-CA) is afraid that Trump might try to surpress anything negative about himself or information about his financial dealings that has been hidden from the public….

His co-chair on the committtee Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is an unabashed supporter of Trump and has been continually working to undermine the Mueller investigation…

Earlier inquiries, including by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who began investigating President Bill Clinton’s financial dealings but ultimately ended with a probe of the president’s affair with a White House intern, operated under a 1978 law. That law, which expired in 1999, allowed Starr to be independent of the Justice Department and gave him the authority to decide whether to release findings on his own.

Under current rules, Mueller’s recommendations must go to Rosenstein, who then has the authority to countermand those proposed actions. Mueller is reporting to Rosenstein because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe.

Separate from criminal prosecutions being pursued by Mueller and his team, Schiff said he feared the special counsel’s office may have information “that we don’t have and we’ll be in possession of information that Bob Mueller may not have. The public should get all that information” pertaining to Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of three congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Schiff also said he continues to worry that Trump may fire Rosenstein, and anyone who replaces him could end up restricting Mueller’s probe and how the findings can be made public….

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Republican Senator’s knock Trump for not helping on a Immigation deal…

Donald Trump is working against any compromise from HIS position on a final Immigration bill….

Trump’s bill got less votes then the other bills the Senator’s worked on…

As senators began leaving the Capitol for a week-long recess, many expressed fear that no action would be taken before legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants expire on March 5, leaving them unable to legally work and subject to deportation.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a leading cosponsor of the compromise bill, who for weeks hosted a large bipartisan group of senators in her office for negotiations on the issue, said she was “disappointed in the administration’s response” to their legislative efforts.

“I don’t know how anyone could seriously say that this is somehow weakening border security,” she said before the vote. “This is the President’s own plan. Unfortunately this administration has resorted to spreading a lot of misinformation about the bill, and that makes it harder.”

She added that the DHS statement “has a lot of points that are absolutely false.”….

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