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‘Nowhere near close’: The bond between Trump and Giuliani is less than it appears - Washington Post .
“They were nowhere near close in spirit or how they operated,” said Cuker, a dealer in classic cars who was friends with Giuliani for many years. “Back then, Donald was more concerned with his image, his playfulness, a different kind of narcissism, whereas Rudy was much more conservative, more drawn into himself. I never saw a real bond between them. Whatever relationship they had was convenient for both.”
“To McMaster and his colleagues, Mattis’s apparent attempts to limit Trump’s options verged on insubordination,” the New Yorker explains. “One senior N.S.C. official told me that Mattis perceives his role as playing ‘babysitter’ to the President.”
Erin Simpson, a defense analyst who once worked with McMaster, tells the New Yorker that one problem for Trump’s national security team is that he always seems to favor taking the most belligerent and drastic action available to him — which may explain why Mattis sought to limit his range of available strategies. Simpson described this as a “Goldilocks problem,” in that if Trump is given a range of options that range from “too cold” to “just right” to “too hot,” he will always pass over the “just right” option in favor of the hottest one on the table. (RawStory)
Trump was right not to have attended Barbara Bush's funeral because she hated him. I think he would have gone if he thought if would be a fun way to spend the day, where he would be the center of attention. That's difficult to do at someone else's funeral. Easy to do at your own funeral. But then unless you believe you can be in Heaven looking down, you can't enjoy the fawning eulogies. Had he gone he would have been trying not to show how he was gloating on the inside because someone on his enemy list was dead.
Using The word class in the same sentence with the president's name is only accurate if the word is prefaced by "has no." Thus to deomonstrate this while TV includng Fix had extensive coverage of the funeral, Trump was keeping busy trying not to be ignored by Tweeting and of course since it was a nice day, playing golf. Melania, the enigma of a wife, showed that she is the only one that has any class in the high profile Trump family of Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka. Melania even brought regular White House staff who knew Barbara Bush because they worked there during her husband's administration.
Pictures show her looking relaxed and, unsual in other photos, having a geniune rather than forced smile. HB
By Sarah Burris / Raw Story
First Read is from Salon:
Cut to the chase (excerpt):
If the overwhelming conclusion of the Mueller report is that the Russians put Trump in the White House, then you face a second terrible problem: What do you do about Mike Pence who is also the beneficiary of Russian interference?
If the Congress impeaches and removes Trump and Pence, it will only be because the Democrats control Congress. So unless something else changes, we get President Nancy Pelosi. You can just imagine the people who will be in the streets screaming coup d’état if she's president. I think the only way to address that is for her, or whoever is speaker, to announce they will be a caretaker president who is not going to do anything extreme.
There is no good ending to the story. America will survive this, we'll get past it, but whenever Trump leaves, there's no good ending. If Trump is removed by impeachment or by the voters, whether in a Republican primary or a general election, I know what he will do. He's already told us what he will do by his actions. Trump will spend the rest of his days fomenting violence and revolution in this country.
He's be careful not to directly say "revolution," but he will call the government illegitimate. He might even call it criminal, since he called Democrats who didn't stand up during his State of the Union speech treasonous. If they're going to impeach Trump, I believe they have to have a plan to indict, try, convict and imprison him. But Trump will be a role model for some people and there may well be violence over it.
Let me be very clear and quotable about this. At an absolute minimum, Donald Trump has divided loyalties, and the evidence we already have suggests that Donald Trump is a traitor. In fact, I would say that the evidence we already have, the public materials such as emails for example, strongly indicate that Donald Trump is a traitor. However, I don't even think he understands what he's done.
Trump's morning Tweetstorm was unusual because, unlike his usual 3:00 AM venting, for some reason these Tweets were put on at around 9:00 AM. What's with that? What's on FoxNews at 9:00 AM?
I added the last line because there was nothing on Mike Kennedy's Wikipedia page about this story:
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