Trump is becoming more and more IRRELEVANT and UNIMPORTANT as his tweets descend into lies, lies, and more lies

President Donald Trump unleashed arguably his most difficult-to-decipher tweet since “covfefe,” alleging Wednesday morning that Amazon is not paying “internet taxes.”

“The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!” he tweeted.

Trump’s tweet is confusing as “internet taxes” do not exist. The president may be referring to Amazon’s years-long fight against paying state sales taxes. But Amazon lost that battle, and recently has been adding states where it does pay sales tax.

Amazon now pays sales tax in all 45 states that have a sales tax. On April 1, Amazon began collecting sales taxes in Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Mexico, the last four holdouts. Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon do not have a state sales tax.

If Trump was, in fact, referring to sales tax in his tweet, the tweet is fake news.

Despite criticizing the Post as “fake news, ” Trump, as recently as last week, has cited the Post’s reporting in a recent return to one of his old favorite pastimes: attacking Barack Obama on Twitter. Trump was clearly referencing the Post’s reporting when he blasted Obama for doing “NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling” following the Post’s blockbuster story last week on that subject.

The president’s ire at the Post Wednesday may have been inspired by their report Tuesday that a framed cover of Time magazine hanging in Trump golf courses across the country was completely fabricated.

Trump has often targeted The Washington Post as “fake news” multiple times during his presidency and has feuded with Post owner Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO. During the campaign, Trump threatened Amazon, saying “if I become president, oh, do they have problems. They’re going to have such problems.”

Trump’s attacks haven’t seemed to faze Bezos, who was just at the White House last week as part of Trump’s newly formed American Technology Council. The council aims to bring the federal bureaucracy up-to-date.

As a candidate, Trump threatened to sue both the Post and The New York Times, another favorite Trump pastime. These suits, like many other lawsuits threatened by Trump, never came to fruition.

Trump has destroyed the respect other nations hold for the US . . . except in Russia and Israel, who love him

Courtesy of Pew Research Center:

Although he has only been in office a few months, Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.

The sharp decline in how much global publics trust the U.S. president on the world stage is especially pronounced among some of America’s closest allies in Europe and Asia, as well as neighboring Mexico and Canada. Across the 37 nations polled, Trump gets higher marks than Obama in only two countries: Russia and Israel.

” Trump gets higher marks than Obama in only two countries: Russia and Israel.”  Well, imagine that.

The poll cites two reasons for the decline in Trump and America’s popularity, his policies and his character.

The policies essentially speak for themselves, but get a load of their take on his character:

In the eyes of most people surveyed around the world, the White House’s new occupant is arrogant, intolerant and even dangerous. Among the positive characteristics tested, his highest rating is for being a strong leader. Fewer believe he is charismatic, well-qualified or cares about ordinary people.

You know that is going to elicit an angry tweet.

And this might as well: 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin also get poor marks, though neither is rated as negatively as the U.S. president. Across the 37 nations surveyed, a median of 28% voice confidence in Xi, while 27% feel this way about Putin.

Trump comes in at a dismal 22% confidence rating.

Can you believe that — an American president even more disliked by the world than Vladimir Putin.

There’s something to brag about to our friends.

Trump — world’s greatest dealmaker (according to him) — stumbles, screws up closing the health care deal

“A senator who supports the bill left the meeting at the White House with a sense that the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan — and seemed especially confused when a moderate Republican complained that opponents of the bill would cast it as a massive tax break for the wealthy,” the Times reported a senate staffer revealed.

The senator also said that Trump said he would navigate tax reform later, and seemed to ignore the tax implications that are part of the new health bill.

Trump then went on to declare victory of the meeting.

“I just finished a great meeting with the Republican Senators concerning HealthCare,” he tweeted. “They really want to get it right, unlike OCare!”

“If we don’t get it done it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like and that’s OK and I understand that very well,” Trump said before the press was asked to leave the meeting.

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/trump-bombed-at-gop-senate-health-care-meeting-because-he-was-clueless-about-what-was-in-the-bill/

 

WASHINGTON — President Trump began his all-hands meeting with Republican senators at the White House on Tuesday by saying they were “very close” to passing a health care bill, just as efforts to fast-track a vote this week collapsed.

If Republicans do manage to broker a deal — as Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, pledged to do during a lively East Room back-and-forth with the president — it is not likely to be because of Mr. Trump’s involvement. Until Tuesday afternoon, the president was largely on the sidelines as the fate of one of his most important campaign pledges played out.

Mr. McConnell, who kept the president at a polite arm’s length while he oversaw negotiations over the bill, asked Mr. Trump to arrange the meeting with all 52 Republican senators during a morning phone call, in part to show senators the White House was in fact fully engaged, according to two people with knowledge of the call.

When asked by reporters clustered on the blacktop outside the West Wing if Mr. Trump had command of the details of the negotiations, Mr. McConnell ignored the question and smiled blandly.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/us/health-care-bill-trump-pence.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

Trump’s meeting with Senators this afternoon bombed . . . because he is completely ignorant on health care

According to one Republican senator, President Donald Trump may not actually know what is in the bill he was lobbying this afternoon during a closed-door meeting.

Buried in a New York Times recap of Tuesday’s GOP meeting with Trump was an anonymous quote from a senate staffer who attended the event at the White House.

“A senator who supports the bill left the meeting at the White House with a sense that the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan — and seemed especially confused when a moderate Republican complained that opponents of the bill would cast it as a massive tax break for the wealthy,” the Times reported a senate staffer revealed.

The senator also said that Trump said he would navigate tax reform later, and seemed to ignore the tax implications that are part of the new health bill.

Trump then went on to declare victory of the meeting.

“I just finished a great meeting with the Republican Senators concerning HealthCare,” he tweeted. “They really want to get it right, unlike OCare!”

“If we don’t get it done it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like and that’s OK and I understand that very well,” Trump said before the press was asked to leave the meeting.

Trump is losing Kansas: Kansas editorial blasts Trump and Gov. Brownback for screwing rural folks

Another red state is beginning to notice the policies proposed by Republicans are leaving many in their state high and dry.

A recent commentary by the Topeka Capital-Journal editorial board blasted President Donald Trump and Gov. Sam Brownback for “disregarding the needs of rural Kansans.”

While Trump has attacked the Republican House health care bill as lacking “heart,” The Capital-Journal he and Brownback seem to lack “heart” for those living in rural communities.

Cottonwood Falls, Kansas is the largest city in Chase County with 877 residents and voted for Trump by 71.8 percent. Resident Christy Davis was in a meeting after the town did surveys to understand what was needed to help residents and grow businesses. The number one request was a laundry mat, so she started one. “I thought, ‘This isn’t rocket science. Someone should do that,’” she said.

Such “quality of life businesses enable a rural community to continue to thrive so the residents don’t have to travel great distances to get core needs satisfied,” said Entrepreneurship NetWork Kansas president Erik Pederson.

But cuts to programs and reduced access to “core” services like these are making life increasingly difficult in rural America. “The administrations in Washington and Topeka are failing to address it,” the op-ed outlines.

Trump’s budget wants to gut the Department of Agriculture, nixing $28.5 billion for crop insurance that helps farmers when drought, fires, severe weather or other circumstances destroy crops. The cuts are more than a third of a reduction, something “President Barack Obama never even came close to proposing,” the paper said.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) initially poopooed the idea, saying it was “not viable” and “very troubling.” He pledged that he “will fight to ensure farmers have a strong safety net.”

Still, the proposed budget moved forward with Republican support.

“If they’re not listening to Pat Roberts, that ought to really have everybody scratching their head,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said.

“We’ve had a freeze, and we’ve had a historic prairie fire, and then we had another freeze and we’ve lost about 40 percent of the wheat crop. How on earth are those farmers supposed to stay in business without crop insurance?” Roberts explained about the cuts.

It isn’t merely the agriculture community that would be hit by Trump and the Republicans, however. There are also drastic cuts to all funding for the Essential Air Service, which gives incentives to 170 rural airports.

“This would detach rural communities from the rest of the country, which would have harmful economic effects on millions of Americans,” The Capital-Journal wrote.

“The ability to keep rural America alive and well revolves around our ability to connect to the rest of the world. That air service matters,” said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) after the budget came out.

To make matters worse, the Senate version of the Republican healthcare plan would dramatically cut Medicaid by as much as $834 billion. Hospitals in rural America have already struggled to stay open and these cuts could seal their fate.

“In Kansas, we’ve already witnessed the impact that Medicaid (or a lack thereof) can have on our hospitals,” the op-ed outlined. Kansas was one of the states that refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. “When an Independence hospital closed in 2015, administrators said the lack of Medicaid expansion was a critical blow.”

A 2016 study from iVantage Health Analytics found one-third of rural hospitals in Kansas are nearing closure. The story isn’t unique to Kansas, either. Rural hospitals closing is more common among states that refused to expand Medicaid and fought Obamacare. Kansas lost out on $1.8 billion in federal funds since 2014 fighting the ACA, the Kansas Hospital Association said.

“From laundromats to hospitals, the needs of rural Kansans can no longer be ignored,” The Capitol-Journal urged.

Kushner’s new lawyer has close ties to Russia

Jared Kushner’s new attorney hired to navigate the senior aide’s ties to President Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is from a firm that also has ties to Russia.

According to the New York Law Journal, New York law firm, Chadbourne & Parke, and its international merger partner, Norton Rose Fulbright boasts on its website that it advised Russia’s Sberbank during the acquisition of a 20 percent stake in a mineral deposit development company. It also helped a bank subsidary to acquire equity in a Russian retail group in debt restructuring.

Chadbourne also worked for the Russian state oil company Rosneft, helping them navigate financing and structuring projects with BP and with U.S. oil and gas companies. The firm also boasts that it served as a legal expert at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce for the Russian Federation. In fact, Chadbourn was one of the first international firms that was allowed to have law offices in Moscow in 1990.

The firm has a history with Trump as well, helping guide the owner of the Trump Ocean Club hotel and condo in Panama City. They represented JPMorgan Securities Inc. as solicitation agent. When it filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2013, it represented them again.

Kushner’s new lawyer, Abbe Lowell, has already weighed in on the Russia scandal. During a March interview with MSNBC, he noted the strange coincidence of both Trump and former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn blasting those who are granted immunity to testify. Months later, Flynn begged for immunity if he agreed to talk to the FBI. They declined. Trump later encouraged Flynn to take the immunity if it was offered.

“It is a little ironic, right, that both President Trump and Mike Flynn himself, during the campaign, both made those ridiculous statements that if somebody gets immunity, they must be guilty of something. But that’s clearly not the case,” Lowell said.

He went on to say that there might not be anything to it and he believes that the “presumption of innocence” is important and “means something.”

Trump associate Paul Manafort received $17 million from Russians in Ukraine

According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump’s confidante and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has registered as a foreign agent for his lobbying work in the Ukraine.

The Post report states that Manafort “retroactively filed forms” revealing that “his firm received $17.1 million over two years from a political party that dominated Ukraine before its leader fled to Russia in 2014.”

Manafort is a member of the growing group of Trump associates investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for their ties to Russia as he searches for potential collusion between the president’s campaign and the Kremlin.

Earlier this month, Slate floated the idea that disgraced Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn may be cooperating with investigators as evidenced by Flynn’s retroactive filing as a foreign agent for Russia. Manafort is now the third person associated with Trump to retroactively file as an agent, along with Flynn and former lobbying Jack Abramoff, who attempted to help the Republic of Congo get a meeting with the president.

Trump golf courses feature framed Time magazine cover of Trump . . . it’s FAKE

President Donald Trump has in the past appeared obsessed with being featured in Time Magazine — and it turns out that he may be so obsessed that he might have ordered a fake Time cover with his photo on the front to be mounted in his golf courses.

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold reports that at least four Trump golf courses have a fake Time cover of the president framed and displayed prominently on their walls.

The fake cover — which is dated March 1, 2009 — features a photo of Trump along with the caption, “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash.” Above the magazine’s nameplate is another caption that reads, “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!”

Fahrenthold says the cover is definitely fake because it “contains several small but telling mistakes,” including a red border that “is skinnier than that of a genuine Time cover” and secondary headlines that are “are stacked on the right side.”

However, Fahrenthold said he was not able to determine who created the fake cover, or why it was created in the first place.

That said, he also put it in the context of a broader pattern of Trump embellishing his own personal achievements.

“The cover seems to fit a broader pattern for Trump, who has often boasted of his appearances on Time’s cover and adorned his Trump Tower office with images of himself from magazines and newspapers. Trump has made claims about himself — about his charitable giving, his business success, even the size of the crowd at his inauguration that are not supported by the facts,” he writes.

Read the whole report at this link.

FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  JUST LIKE TRUMP!!!!

UPDATE:

Time magazine has asked the Trump Organization to remove copies of a fake cover of President Trump that were on display at the company’s golf clubs, The Washington Post reported Tuesday afternoon.

The request came after the newspaper reported that at least four Trump-branded golf clubs had displayed a fake Time magazine cover that depicted Trump with the headline “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!”

The cover, dated March 1, 2009, was never published by the magazine at any point, a spokeswoman for Time confirmed.

“I can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover,” Kerri Chyka wrote to the Post in an email.

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Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339741-time-mag-asks-trump-org-to-remove-fake-cover-from-golf-clubs