Trump tells dead soldier’s widow: “He knew what he was signing up for.”

Donald Trump on Tuesday finally called the families of four U.S. soldiers who were killed during an ambush in Niger earlier this month, only to tell the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, “he knew what he signed up for.”

“Yes, he said it,” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens) told ABC. “It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.”

Trump called Tuesday afternoon and spoke to Johnson’s widow, who’s pregnant with her third child to the deceased Army soldier. Johnson is also survived by a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

I would say Trump is a pig but I don’t want to insult pigs.

October 17, 2017: Trump’s very, very bad day

– Muslim ban struck down — again
– Carter Page subpoenaed to testify
– More bad economic numbers
– He’s pissed off the military with his attacks on families of soldiers killed in action
– McCain calls him “unpatriotic”
– Another nominee down in flames
– His net wealth has plummeted
– Republican and Democratic Senators work out compromise to save Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the face of Trump’s destruction
– All before 3pm

Trump’s travel ban is costing us billions of $$$

Courtesy of Forbes:  

After the announcement of the first two travel bans in January and March, the number of international travelers arriving in the U.S. has dramatically dropped, according to ForwardKeys, a European travel-prediction firm. 

Looking at the number of U.S. inbound arrivals – or the number of international tourists arriving at airports around the country – the firm found that the number of visitors dropped 1.3% following the announcement of the first travel ban on January 27. On June 26, when the second ban was partially re-instated, inbound visitors dropped again by 2.4%. 

Experts expected to see falling arrivals following the first executive announcement in January, when European interest in visiting the U.S. fell 12% but to see the number of arrivals impacted so quickly is startling.

“The confusing and convoluted travel bans have done nothing but worsen the country’s reputation around the world,” said Lee Abbamonte, an American travel expert who has been to every country in the world, in an email. Although he believes there should be a vetting process, he says that as it stands now, it is too stringent, and confusing for many international citizens. 

A small percentage drop in arrivals is no small potatoes when translated into a dollar amount. In 2016, the U.S. travel and tourism industry generated over $1.5 trillion in economic output, supporting 7.6 million jobs, according to SelectUSA, an international trade analyst firm. That represents 2.7% of overall GDP.

Estimates are that this slump is costing the American economy billions of dollars.

Memo to Trump

No matter how hard you try to destroy Obama’s legacy of achievement, he will still go down in history as one of our greatest presidents – and you will still go down in history as the worst president ever.

No matter how many lies you tell about Obama, he will still be remembered as an honest man – and you will still be remembered as a pathological liar.

No matter how often you bad-mouth Obama, he will still be respected around the world – and you will continue to be seen as a global embarrassment.

No matter what accusations you make about Obama “tapping your wires” or not comforting the families of fallen soldiers, he will still be known as an empathetic president untouched by scandal – and you will still be known as a self-absorbed blowhard who was steeped in scandal after scandal every single day of your time in office.

No matter how frequently you declare Obamacare a failure, Obama will still be praised for delivering affordable healthcare to millions of Americans – and you will still be the pathetic failure who couldn’t get anything accomplished for the betterment of the country.

No matter how many times you “tweet” denigrating things about Obama, he will still be remembered for his many, many eloquent speeches – and you will still be remembered as an illiterate idiot who can’t put two coherent words together, and whose most memorable statement will always be “covfefe”.

No matter how much effort you put into belittling Obama, he will continue to be seen as better than you by every measure – and you will continue to be the butt of every late-night show monologue, every political cartoon, and every satirical website that invites the entire world to laugh at your obvious idiocy.

No matter how frequently you imply that Obama’s patriotism (and his citizenship) is questionable, he will be lauded for his dedication to his country and his fellow citizens – and you will be despised for your lack thereof, along with your obvious collusion with our nation’s enemies.

In summary, Mr. Fake pResident, you can huff and puff and try to blow Obama’s house down, but he will forever be seen as an intelligent, well-informed, well-spoken, morally upstanding gentleman, revered the world over as a shining example of honesty, decency, accomplishment, and selfless dedication to the citizens he swore to serve.

You, on the other hand, will forever be seen as an unspeakably stupid, ill-informed, bloviating lout, a self-declared “pussy-grabber” who built a business empire by cheating hard-working Americans out of their money, a divisive racist who incited his followers to violence, a pathological liar who mocked the disabled – in other words, a man whose only claim to fame will always be his complete and utter failure not only as a “pResident”, but as a decent human being.

Your fate is sealed. And the only person on the planet too fuckin’ stupid to recognize that fact is you.

Jared Kushner’s family is screwed . . . and it’s all the Boy Wonder’s fault

His big real-estate deal has gone from bad to worse.

BY BESS LEVIN
OCTOBER 16, 2017 12:20 PM

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/jared-kushners-family-is-screwed-and-its-all-boy-wonders-fault?

In Trump’s eyes, Kushner is a genius businessman who will not only achieve a feat that has escaped U.S. presidents and career diplomats alike, but will also solve the opioid crisis, overhaul the government’s I.T. infrastructure, and “reinvent the entire government.” Given his track record, however, it’s unclear whether Kushner is even qualified to work as a White House intern—his only two professional achievements of note have been buying and running a newspaper into the ground and running his family’s real-estate business while his father was in prison, striking a deal that a decade later is still haunting his family.

That deal, of course, was to buy 666 5th Avenue for $1.8 billion on the eve of the financial crisis, which has become an ongoing albatross around Kushner Cos’ neck. With a 30 percent vacancy rate, an expected loss of $24 million this year, and a $1.2 billion mortgage that is due in February 2019, the Kushners want to raze the property and replace it with a glimmering Zaha Hadid-designed tower that would require borrowing even more money—including a $4 billion construction loan. Their Hail Mary plan is a problem not only because their attempts to raise funds have been rebuffed by everyone from the richest man in France, to Israeli insurance companies and banks, to South Korea’s sovereign-wealth fund, to China’s Anbang Insurance Group, but because, according to a new report from Bloomberg, even the family’s partner in the venture is actively trying to shut it down:

Their partner, Vornado Realty Trust, is telling brokers to plan for a much more mundane renovation that would leave the property as an office building, according to three people familiar with the matter. Vornado Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Roth was never enthusiastic about the Kushner plan although until now he hadn’t stood in its way. Putting an end to the Kushner effort—to salvage their overpriced investment by turning it into a Midtown jewel with expensive condos, a hotel and five-floor mall—could have profound ramifications for the family. Vornado, which owns 49.5 percent of 666 Fifth Ave., is unlikely to invest further in the property without first being reassured of its future, said three people familiar with Roth’s thinking. That means returning to the negotiating table with lenders—a battle that could result in Kushner Cos.’ losing control of the building, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing private deals.

In fact, Roth, who has said 666 Fifth “would be worth a lot more if it was just dirt,” is reportedly so disenchanted that he’s sending a message to anyone who might still be interested in the Kushners’ plan to “back off.” As Bloomberg notes, while “the success of Trump’s campaign drew investors into discussions” for 666 5th, raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest, heightened scrutiny plus “financial assumptions for the project that most found to be unrealistic” have resulted in no one wanting to come near the Kushners’ tower with a 100-foot pole.

Trumps tweets for week of Oct 9 – 16

 

Week in Donald Trump’s Twitter Feed
Attacking Promoting Bragging About
Free Press — 13 tweets Fox News — 4 tweets Himself — 8 tweets
Democrats — 8 tweets Other Trumps — 3 tweets Stock Market — 7 tweets
Healthcare — 6 tweets GOP candidates — 2 tweets
Puerto Rico — 4 tweets Tax cuts — 2 tweets
NFL — 4 tweets Las Vegas — 1 tweet
Iran Treaty — 4 tweets
Hillary Clinton — 1 tweet
North Korea — 1 tweet
Government — 1 tweet

 

 

California fires:  ZERO

Four soldiers killed in Niger:  ZERO