In less than 30 days we will have a new president and the one heading out the door has doing all he can to make his remaining time be productive for his days out of the White House.
First he has made a comment about the new stim package…well part of the stim package that is…..the package calls for %600 per the people and Trump thinks it should be higher…..
President Trump has a complaint—and some of his fiercest critics are on his side this time. In video posted to Twitter Tuesday, the POTUS called the $600 figure arrived at by Congress for round two of coronavirus stimulus money “ridiculously low,” calling on lawmakers to bump it up to $2,000. The Washington Post reports Trump suggested he would not sign the legislation without changes, and Fox News reports that Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Bernie Sanders were on board with that idea. Pelosi said “Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent,” while AOC said the amendment for $2,000 checks is “ready to go” and could be passed this week “if the Senate GOP agrees to stand down.” Sanders called on Trump to “get Mitch McConnell and your Republican friends to stop opposing it.”
Of course, that wasn’t Trump’s only complaint: He also slammed the bill as a “disgrace” full of “wasteful spending,” specifically calling out many line items. “It’s called the COVID relief bill but it has almost nothing to do with COVID,” he said. But, as PolitiFact explains, Congress actually passed a spending package: the $900 billion relief bill, plus a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill, which is where the funding for things like the arts and money for other countries comes in. Even so, others on the right were also none too happy: Trump “is right,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley. “[W]orkers deserve much more than $600, as I have repeatedly said & fought for. And there’s obviously plenty of $$ to do it – look at what Congress threw away on corporate giveaways & foreign buyouts.” The Post says congressional aides, as well as Trump’s own aides, were “stunned” at Trump’s video, which sent stock market futures down, particularly since they’ve been telling the media he would sign the bill.
I agree with Trump on this…..the cash is a joke….the waste of dollars for crap like Israel etc.
We all have been waiting for Donald the Orange to use his “mighty” pen and pardon all those people that would benefit him…..
President Trump on Tuesday pardoned 15 people, including Republican allies, a 2016 campaign official ensnared in the Russia probe, and former government contractors convicted in a massacre in Iraq. The pardons included former Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins, the AP reports. Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse Trump to be president, was sentenced to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed. Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds and spending the money on everything from outings with friends to his daughter’s birthday party. He was due to start serving the sentence next month.
Trump also pardoned former Rep. Steve Stockman, who started serving a 10-year sentence for crimes including fraud and money laundering in 2018, reports the New York Times. Trump also announced pardons for George Papadopoulos, his 2016 campaign adviser whose conversation unwittingly helped trigger the Russia investigation, and attorney Alex van der Zwaan, the first person convicted in the Mueller probe. In the group announced Tuesday night were four former government contractors convicted in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad that left more a dozen Iraqi civilians dead and caused an international uproar over the use of private security guards in a war zone. Supporters of the former Blackwater contractors had lobbied for pardons, arguing that the men had been excessively punished.
There is so much that needs doing before he leaves for the wilds of Mar-A-Logo…
For President Trump and his supporters, it’s another example of fake news. But a slew of reports about the White House paints a picture of a president pondering radical action over the next month in an attempt to stay in office. Days ago, reports circulated about Trump floating the idea of declaring martial law and having the military seize voting machines, a story Trump himself disavowed. But the reports keep coming. Coverage:
- “We cannot stress enough how unnerved Trump officials are by the conversations unfolding inside the White House,” writes Jonathan Swan at Axios. He reports that Trump has lashed out against nearly everyone in his orbit, including Mike Pence, because he perceives them as weak for not fighting hard enough for him. “Top officials are trying to stay away from the West Wing right now,” writes Swan.
- The Washington Post reports that the president is increasingly surrounding himself with a “ragtag group of conspiracy theorists, media-hungry lawyers and other political misfits” for the homestretch. The story quotes an unnamed senior administration official: “He is grasping at straws. If you come in and tell him he lost, and that it’s over, he doesn’t want to hear from you. He is looking for people to tell him what he wants to hear.”
- At the conservative National Review, Jim Geraghty says it’s vital to keep Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell away from Trump because they’re feeding him fringe views. Flynn, for example, has publicly encouraged the use of martial law, suggesting it’s not such a big deal. But Geraghty notes that while state and local governments have declared martial law after riots or disasters dozens of times, the last time the federal government did so was after the Pearl Harbor attack.
- CNN has a scathing analysis by Stephen Collinson, who warns that “dead-end loyalists” are steering Trump wrong. “No one is sure where this is heading,” one unnamed official tells the outlet. “He’s still president for another month.” ABC News has a story by Ben Gittleson, who writes that Trump “is spending his dwindling days in office entertaining increasingly desperate, last-ditch schemes to overturn the results of the presidential election.”
- Meanwhile, Politico reports that Trump met at the White House Monday to strategize with House conservatives on a long-shot challenge Jan. 6 when Congress meets to certify the Electoral College results. Rep. Mo Brooks says “dozens” of House Republicans and “multiple” senators are on board, though John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, predicted the effort is going down “like a shot dog,” per the Hill.
Can this really end in 30 days or so?
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