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We will survive Trump and Trumpism….Americans and the World must know this….

A former Hillary Clinton  foreign policy advisor , , does a piece in Foregin Affairs Magazine telling America and more to the point the world , that America is more than just Donald Trump….

That he might last in office for another 2 1/2 year’s MAYBE….

That if he doesn’t make it thru 2020?

American will shake his time in office and move ahead….

That because America IS a Great country of over 300 million and no one man , even as President, can stifle the aspiration and vigor of its people….

The warnings started long before Donald Trump was even a presidential candidate. For at least a decade, a growing chorus of foreign policy experts had been pointing to signs that the international order was coming apart. Authoritarian powerswere flouting long-accepted rules. Failed states were radiating threats. Economies were being disrupted by technology and globalization; political systems, by populism. Meanwhile, the gap in power and influence between the United States—the leader and guarantor of the existing order—and the rest of the world was closing.

Then came Trump’s election. To those already issuing such warnings, it sounded the death knell of the world as it was. Even many of those who had previously resisted pessimism suddenly came to agree. As they saw it, the U.S.-led order—the post–World War II system of norms, institutions, and partnerships that has helped manage disputes, mobilize action, and govern international conduct—was ending for good. And what came next, they argued, would be either an entirely new order or a period with no real order at all.

But the existing order is more resilient than this assessment suggests. There is no doubt that Trump represents a meaningful threat to the health of both American democracy and the international system. And there is a nonnegligible risk that he could drag the country into a constitutional crisis, or the world into a crippling trade war or even an all-out nuclear war. Yet despite these risks, rumors of the international order’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. The system is built to last through significant shifts in global politics and economics and strong enough to survive a term of President Trump.

This more optimistic view is offered not as comfort but as a call to action. The present moment demands resolve and affirmative thinking from the foreign policy community about how to sustain and reinforce the international order, not just lamentations about Trump’s destructiveness …..

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…”Trump has found that there are limits to his ability to shape events”

….and so…..Donald Trump has found out what other residents of 1600 Pennslivayan Ave have learned…

There is but so much you can actually control, or even get done as President of the United States…And Trump has begun to step back and let lawmakers ‘do their thing’

Running a governemnt is vastly different then running a New York City based Real Estate business…

When he took office a year ago, President Trump vowed that the “hour of action” had arrived. But as momentous events whipsawed Washington and Wall Street in recent days, Mr. Trump seemed oddly offstage, more of a spectator than the star.

He stayed largely out of sight as the stock market plummeted in its most volatile week in years. He was largely uninvolved as Congress crafted a two-year budget agreement without him, ending a brief, middle-of-the-night shutdown Friday morning after just a few hours rather than allowing the full shutdown he wanted to force an immigration deal. And he angrily chastised aides for keeping him out of the loop on spousal abuse allegations against a top aide.

There are times when it serves a president’s interests to step back and let events play out around him, but it goes against the grain for Mr. Trump, who has always styled himself as the master of his universe. The passive presidency of recent days presumably will not last, but even when he tries to impose his will on the capital and the world, Mr. Trump has found that there are limits to his ability to shape events….

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Donald Trump’s scandel tainted last 12 months…

NBC News lays it out least we forget….

……we can count at least 11 criminal/ethical/personnel scandals involving President Trump, the White House, the administration and Trump’s 2016 campaign since Trump took office. To recap:

  • Jan. 25, 2017: Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 after a surge in membership applications following Trump’s presidential victory, according to the New York Times.
  • Feb. 13, 2017: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned just after the Washington Post first reported that the Justice Department had informed the White House that Flynn could be subject to blackmail.
  • May 9, 2017: Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. Two days later, Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt the firing was due to the Russia investigation. “When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.”
  • Aug. 18, 2017: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn resigned from his role as a White House adviser amid allegations that he pushed for regulatory changes that benefited his investments….

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Mr. Trump…The American Government is NOT your private Business…

It begun to come to me that the above is the whole issue with the thinking of Donald Trump….

A 70+ year old Real Estate guy from New York City that has owned numerous companies worth millions…

If you step back and look at just about everything the guy has done in the last 18 months you get a picture of a boss who runs his own place….

His demands for loyalty….

His speaking out in terms of only his self…

Not the 300 million plus Americans…

His single minded effort to wipe ALL THINGS Obama , even if some of them are popular and working…

The focus on himself….

Trump has had to be talked down on numerous occasions from doing what a business man would do in situations that require ok’s from the ‘board’, which is Congress…

He has come to learn that one have of the board he owns…

But the rules on certain votes in the Senate makes that side of the board hostile to him…

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He is still operating like a private business guy, withholding his tax returns and information about his financials….

And he is furious that his new job allows an outside auditor, in the name of Robert  Mueller ,a Special Prosecutor,  to investigate his personal stuff and turn his people against him to do so…

While Donald Trump is always mentioned as a Billionaire ?

Who , except probably, Mueller’s IRS agents knows the truth…

We DO know that a guy who fancies himself as a businessman has had NUMEROUS business venture turn cold on him….

We do know that he reveled in calling himself the ‘debt King’…..

Both of those things he has carried into his new job….

His legislative wins are few….

His ability to increase the nation debt has been a success…

I’ve always felt that for the American Presidency?

They office makes the man…

They man does NOT make the office….

In the last year , no matter what the screaming headlines have conveyed ?

Donald J. Trump HAS actually moved as Republican, in spite of his past Democratic leanings and efforts to sell himself as an of all things a Progressive….

He has gone with the rightwingnuts of his party, against the establishment he ran against and won the nomination from….

That might have been a good business plan, being anti-establishment…But as all President’s learn…

You become THE ESTABLISHMENT….

Which IS the way the American political system is designed…

The smash mouth business model does NOT work in Government…

Compromise is the way….

 

So everyday or evening for Donald Trump is reminder that he is NOT running a Trump Organization as he has for decades and is in the background still…

He is trapped in a job that has constant reminders that it IS accountable the American people as participant stockholder’s….

It comes with media scrutiny and other preying from people who he may ask for ‘loyalty‘….But who fell that their oath to support the laws, rules and the citizens come first above Donald Trump private gain’s…..

Me?

I don’t think Donald Trump is EVER going to understand what I pointed out above…

It probably will cost him his new job and could land some of his supporters in serious legal trouble….

Electing a rich guy isn’t helping American stay as Great as it is….

It IS helping make rich business guys RICHER….

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Trump voters a year later…Mostly happy…Poll

While Donald Trump’s numbers among ALL of Americans?

His approval numbers among his ‘base’ has  kept mostly steady….

Why?

Cause separate from the Mueller investigation?

The move to the right by Trump and his admin and whatever Congress has done HAS made his supporters happy with their actions…(While worrying a whole LOT of other people…)

Why doesn’t President Trump’s base feel betrayed yet, as so many observers think it should? Pundits have argued that they would feelalienated by his State of the Union address, his firing of Stephen K. Bannon and his trip to Davos to mingle with the global elite.

Our research suggests it might be because Trump is delivering the traditional conservative policies that large shares of his voters wanted all along.

That’s what we found when we asked 2,600 Americans in fall 2016 to name something in your life that would improve if Donald Trump were elected president.” We wanted to know what immediately came to people’s minds and which aspects of the Trump pitch they found most appealing. The responses to our open-ended question suggest that Trump’s appeal was not so much based on the ways he was different from a typical Republican but rather that supercharged conservatism was a big part of what made him appealing……

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A Year Later, Trump Is Less Popular Across the Board….

We’ve been doing posts on this for the past year…

Some peole do NOT accept that Donald Trump IS losing support among the American public…

Some just drop back to the support that he has among his ‘base’….

The fact is?

He’s losing support in ALl those places…

President Trump’s approval rating fell across a wide swath of demographic groups over his first year in office, including among those seen as important to his base, like white voters, evangelical Christians and those who live in rural areas.

The data is from Morning Consult, a polling company that conducted daily tracking of Mr. Trump’s approval among all adults.

Despite losing some support across many groups, Mr. Trump remains popular with many of the constituencies that helped usher him into the White House. His largest declines were among groups that never supported him much to begin with.

While most presidents see their popularity fade after an initial honeymoon period, Mr. Trump came into office with record-low approval among independents and members of the opposite party (in this case, Democrats), and the decline started more or less immediately, said Charles Franklin, a professor and pollster at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee….

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Trump administration will allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters…

The ban put in effect after the disastrous Deep Water Horizon /BP Oil spill seems to be a distant memory…

Republican have always been about today…

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Not about conservation and not about tomorrow…

Several Governor’s are vowing to fight this action…

The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard.

The proposal lifts a ban on such drilling imposed by President Barack Obama near the end of his term and would deal a serious blow to his environmental legacy. It would also signal that the Trump administration is not done unraveling environmental restrictions in an effort to promote energy production.

While the plan puts the administration squarely on the side of the energy industry and against environmental groups, it also puts the White House at odds with a number of coastal states that oppose offshore drilling. Some of those states are led by Republicans, like Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, where the tourism industry was hit hard by the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster in 2010 that killed 11 people and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Governor Scott vowed on Thursday to protect his state’s coast from drilling, saying he would raise the issue with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke….

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A little more on the ‘i’m NOT happy with the drilling ban lifting’ from Republican lawmakers….

Republicans governors from the coastal states of Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and even South Carolina publicly expressed concerns about the drilling news, as did many members of their House and Senate delegations.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), a likely candidate for Senate this fall, noted that beach tourism is crucial for his state. “I have already asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration,” he said. “My top priority is to ensure that Florida’s natural resources are protected.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R) called on Zinke “to recognize the Florida Congressional delegation’s bipartisan efforts to maintain and extend the moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), where Trump lost by 26 points, said he will oppose the drilling plan “to the fullest extent that is legally possible” and plans to work with the Democratic attorney general to do so. “Protecting our environment and precious natural resources is a top priority for Governor Hogan and exactly why he has made clear that he opposes this kind of exploration off our coastline,” said Hogan spokesman Douglass Mayer….

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Just so everybody who support’s the American President Trump should know what they are supporting….

The piece ends with the fact that America and the World needs to bet on things staying halfway all right because his people around him,at least some of them, have a handle on controlling his actions…Not his words….

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…..from SUSAN B. GLASSER @ Politico….

When President Donald Trump sat down for dinner on September 18 in New York with leaders of four Latin American countries on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly, anxieties were already running high.

There was the matter of Mexico and his promise to build that “big, beautiful wall,” presumably to keep not just Mexicans but all of their citizens out of the United States too. And the threat to blow up the North American Free Trade Agreement. And then, a month earlier, seemingly out of nowhere, Trump had volunteered that he was considering a “military option” in Venezuela as that country’s last vestiges of democracy disappeared. Amid the international furor over his vow to rain down “fire and fury” on North Korea in the same golf-course press conference, the news that the president of the United States was apparently considering going to war with its third-largest oil supplier had gotten relatively little attention. But the leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Panama invited to the dinner remembered it well.

So, it turned out, did Trump. After the photo op was over and the cameras had left the room, Trump dominated the long table. His vice president, Mike Pence, was to his right; Pence had just spent nearly a week on a conciliatory, well-received tour of the region, the first by a high-ranking administration official since Trump’s inauguration. To Trump’s left was his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. “Rex tells me you don’t want me to use the military option in Venezuela,” the president told the gathered Latin American leaders, according to an account offered by an attendee soon after the dinner. “Is that right? Are you sure?” Everyone said they were sure. But they were rattled. War with Venezuela, as absurd as that seemed, was clearly still on Trump’s mind.

By the time the dinner was over, the leaders were in shock, and not just over the idle talk of armed conflict. No matter how prepared they were, eight months into an American presidency like no other, this was somehow not what they expected. A former senior U.S. official with whom I spoke was briefed by ministers from three of the four countries that attended the dinner. “Without fail, they just had wide eyes about the entire engagement,” the former official told me. Even if few took his martial bluster about Venezuela seriously, Trump struck them as uninformed about their issues and dangerously unpredictable, asking them to expend political capital on behalf of a U.S. that no longer seemed a reliable partner. “The word they all used was: ‘This guy is insane.’”….

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Donald Trump HAS shrunk the Government….

That is a fact….

Thru deliberate and in deliberate actions?

The Trump admin has srhunk in size….

THAT has always been a Republican want….

In doing so  ….

Things are being left to waste and ignored…..

THAT isn’t good government….

That Don’t mean shit for the Grand Ole’ Party….Who ‘s mantra is let business do WHATEVER it wants to make money…and Americans are better left on their own to live their lives…

Less government is their mantra…

By the end of September, all Cabinet departments except Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior had fewer permanent staff than when Trump took office in January — with most shedding many hundreds of employees, according to an analysis of federal personnel data by The Washington Post.

The diminishing federal footprint comes after Trump promised in last year’s campaign to “cut so much your head will spin,” and it reverses a boost in hiring under President Barack Obama. The falloff has been driven by an exodus of civil servants, a diminished corps of political appointees and an effective hiring freeze.

Even though Congress did not pass a new budget in his first year, the drastic spending cuts Trump laid out in the spring — which would slash more than 30 percent of funding at some agencies — also has triggered a spending slowdown, according to officials at multiple departments.

 The White House is now warning agencies to brace for even deeper cuts in the 2019 budget it will announce early next year, part of an effort to lower the federal deficit to pay for the new tax law, according to officials briefed on the budgets for their agencies. One possible casualty: a pay raise that federal employees historically have received when the economy is humming.

The administration’s effort so far to reshape the workforce of nearly 2 million civil servants that serves as the backbone of the government already has provoked a contentious culture shift.

Federal workers fret that their jobs could be zeroed out amid buyouts and early retirement offers that already have prompted hundreds of their colleagues to leave, according to interviews with three dozen employees across the government. Many chafed as supervisors laid down new rules they said are aimed at holding poor performers and problem workers to account.

A hiring freeze technically lifted in the spring has been kept in practice at most agencies, hollowing out many offices. And the slow pace of political appointments has left a number of departments with a leadership vacuum in their upper ranks…..

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Bannon Admits Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies.

Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state”— meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.

“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”….

Daily Kos… 2/23/17…

The Trump/Russian investigation did NOT start after the 2016 campaign…It started Before…

According to the New York Times investigation?

Yes…..Things began LONG before Donald Trump secured the Republican Presidential nomination…..

And they began with the FBI running a counter intell op against one George Papadopoulos….the guy who has footprints ALLOVER the Trump campaign and transition…

It wasn’t the dossier done by the Republicans against Trump getting the nomination and given to the Clinton as a last resort futile effort to stop Donald Trump from becoming President…

If Mr. Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and is now a cooperating witness, was the improbable match that set off a blaze that has consumed the first year of the Trump administration, his saga is also a tale of the Trump campaign in miniature. He was brash, boastful and underqualified, yet he exceeded expectations. And, like the campaign itself, he proved to be a tantalizing target for a Russian influence operation.

While some of Mr. Trump’s advisers have derided him as an insignificant campaign volunteer or a “coffee boy,” interviews and new documents show that he stayed influential throughout the campaign. Two months before the election, for instance, he helped arrange a New York meeting between Mr. Trump and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt.

The information that Mr. Papadopoulos gave to the Australians answers one of the lingering mysteries of the past year: What so alarmed American officials to provoke the F.B.I. to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign months before the presidential election?

It was not, as Mr. Trump and other politicians have alleged, a dossier compiled by a former British spy hired by a rival campaign. Instead, it was firsthand information from one of America’s closest intelligence allies.

Interviews and previously undisclosed documents show that Mr. Papadopoulos played a critical role in this drama and reveal a Russian operation that was more aggressive and widespread than previously known. They add to an emerging portrait, gradually filled in over the past year in revelations by federal investigators, journalists and lawmakers, of Russians with government contacts trying to establish secret channels at various levels of the Trump campaign.

The F.B.I. investigation, which was taken over seven months ago by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has cast a shadow over Mr. Trump’s first year in office — even as he and his aides repeatedly played down the Russian efforts and falsely denied campaign contacts with Russians.

They have also insisted that Mr. Papadopoulos was a low-level figure. But spies frequently target peripheral players as a way to gain insight and leverage.

F.B.I. officials disagreed in 2016 about how aggressively and publicly to pursue the Russia inquiry before the election. But there was little debate about what seemed to be afoot. John O. Brennan, who retired this year after four years as C.I.A. director, told Congress in May that he had been concerned about multiple contacts between Russian officials and Trump advisers….

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image……..George Papadopoulos, third from left, in a photograph released on the Twitter account of Donald J. Trump last year with a headline that described the scene as a national security meeting in Washington. CreditTrump Campaign, via Reuters

Be afraid of Trump 2018…VERY AFRAID….

Axios is out with a piece that takes the covers off of the “REAL Donald Trump’…..

So far those around him have been able to keep a lid on his wildassed views and idea’s…

Keep him somewhat in check will even MORE difficult most of those people believe….

I have repeated here over and OVER…..

Past history shows that most of the things Trumnp touched turns to SHIT….

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If you ask some close to President Trump what worries them most about 2018, it’s not Robert Mueller’s probe. It’s that establishment guardrails of 2017 come down — and Trump’s actual instincts take over.

Next year will bring “full Trump,” said one person who recently talked to the president.

Trump has governed mostly as a conventional conservative — on tax cuts, his Supreme Court pick, and rolling back regulations. Most of his top advisers are fairly conventional conservatives, so that makes sense.

  • Most of those in his current decision-making circle — even if they’re not mainstream Republicans — are defending mainstream Republican principles like free trade and an internationalist view of foreign policy.
  • But top officials paint a different portrait of Trump when it comes to what he really wants on trade, immigration and North Korea — but has been tamped down by skeptical staff and Cabinet officials.

In private meetings:

  • Trump keeps asking for tariffs — on steel and aluminum, in particular. He wants a trade war, and has for many years. His economic and diplomatic advisers persuaded him to delay trade actions in 2017.
    • Those advisers recognize that the day of reckoning will come in 2018, regardless of whether economic adviser Gary Cohn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — who advocated restraint — stay or go….

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Trump White House staff burn thru rate worst in 40 years….

Anybody Wonder why?

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The Trump White House has had more first-year departures than any other president in at least 40 years, with a 34% turnover rate, Kathryn Dunn-Tenpas from the Brookings Institute told the Wall Street Journal. That’s 17 percentage points higher than the second-highest turnover rate of 17% under Ronald Reagan….

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Aug. 18….Bannon

July 28…Preibus

July 21…Spicer

Feb. 13….Flynn

Three of the White House officials in this January photo left in the past month. Vice President Mike Pence is the only official pictured above who is still on President Trump’s staff. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Here’s a link for the list….