Decisions Prior and During Trumps Upcoming Presidency

It’s not even the inauguration yet, and Donald Trump appears to be getting warnings from notable people regarding his actions as President-Elect.

Here is what was just reported in the Washington Post titled….

TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY IS DOOMED

“Whether he knows it or not, the specter of Lyndon Baines Johnson haunts Donald John Trump. There are some jarring similarities – two big fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful. unforgiving and, most important, considered illegitimate presidents. For Johnson, that took some time to sink in; Trump is already there. Johnson ascended to the presidency upon the death of John F. Kennedy and then won election in a landslide over  Barry Goldwater. Nevertheless, an air of illegitimacy clung to him like an odor….  But Trump ought to pay attention to [Congressman] Lewis and what he represents. The President-elect will take the oath with a minority of the popular vote – a substantial deficit of almost 3 million votes. He enters the oval office with historically dismal poll numbers, lower now than right after he won the election. He has done nothing to woo the majority of Americans who rejected his candidacy…. Lyndon Johnson would no doubt warn Trump that he is already on thin ice and he will plunge through it the moment Congress takes the measure of his unpopularity.”

RICHARD COHEN…

It is a valid statement. Donald Trump still doesn’t get that fact that he will become the most powerful person in the world. Everything he says and does, on Twitter, with the news media, speeches, and personal comments made without serious thought all count and will effect everyone who has the slightest involvement in the topic at hand. But to this point even with his growing power, Donald Trump does not know how to keep quiet when he needs to.. He seems to take pride in taking fights with people. He’s made various comments about his intelligence community, and other leaders of other countries. One notable famous leader – Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, a traditional ally,  has been attacked with his words when he says….

“And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think she made a catastrophic mistake, very bad mistake,” adding that he always had “great respect” for Merkel and that he still viewed her as one of the most important world leaders.

So what’s his motive now, to rule the world with what he believes is right and everyone else may be wrong?

He is going head on with people that will be supporting him, protecting him and the citizens of this country. He behaves in a way that is seemingly non-Presidential. The result is that he is loosing support from a majority of people from the time of the election up to his inauguration. Who does this kind of thing?  Actually, no-one except Donald Trump has ever done this. His popularity is plummeting now to around 40%, while his unfavorable rating has risen to 54%. In EVERY election in the past, the nominee received rising popularity.  He is digging a hole around him that he may not be able to climb out of.

Everyone accepts that Trump won the election, even if he didn’t do it with the popular vote. He did it by the electoral vote, but the majority of voters voted for the other candidate. If Donald Trump continues in this fashion, he will eventually run head-on with his own Congress and if this happens, he will then ‘fall through the ice’ in a sense to loose complete control of his Executive branch and then after that there will be calls for his impeachment.

My last comment, turnaround is fair play. Donald Trump called President Obama an Illegitimate president as he stated he was not born in the United States. All proof has it that President Obama was born in Hawaii, and Obama himself produced his own birth certificate. That was done in hopes that Trump and Obama’s critics would stop spreading the false allegations. Now when civil rights leader John Lewis, now a member in the U.S. Congress as the Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, has now called Trump an illegitimate president, Donald Trump is the first to use his favorite media ‘Twitter’ to tweet against the civil rights icon, a person who is respected by almost all on the planet who believe in the thought of a democracy and personal freedom.

This is what he has done so far as president-elect, but what does he promise to do when he becomes president? In another column quoted from ‘The Washington Post’, columnist Michael Gerson mention this in his piece….

TRUMP HAS STACKED THE DECK AGAINST HIMSELF

“[Trump] has promised a tax cut that will, by one estimate, reduce Federal revenue by $7 trillion over 10 years. He has promised an infrastructure initiative that may cost an additional trillion. He has promised to rebuild the military. He has effectively promised not to make changes in Social Security and Medicare. And he has promised to move swiftly toward a balanced Federal budget. Taken together, these things can’t be taken together. Trump has made a series of pledges hat can’t be reconciled.”

Michael Gerson

So with the intention to bring down the national debt, he will succeed by doing the opposite, which means that his plans as stated above will never get approval through  even the Republican led Congress, as led by Paul Ryan want to do things to decrease the national debt. He still has yet to realize that he needs all the support he can get from Paul Ryan.  It appears that only the self appraised businessman does not have a solid grasp of the outcome if his policies around spending are implemented.

In just a few short days now, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. My hopes are that with knowledgeable people around him, he will govern without giving the American people all these false hopes that he plans to fix everything. He’s even stated that he now has his own medical insurance replacement, something that even Republicans can tell you that they do not know anything about.

The disarray in Washington has already started, even before Donald Trump has been sworn in, and it’s being felt around the world.

Trump Lies before Intelligence Agencies release Unclassified Report on Russian Hacking

Yesterday, the unclassified version of the intelligence report concerning Russia attacking the U.S. elections was published, and is supposed to teach us a great deal on what the Russians did with influencing our elections in 2016 along with reasons why they did it. The five page document is attached to this article. So what was the report actually about. First, it was not about Russia or Hillary Clinton, nor is it about our election in 2016. One more guess on what or who it may be about. It’s about Donald Trump. It is revealed in the report that our next president will lie about the evidence that was published by the very intelligence agencies that he will be in charge of in just a few short weeks.

Mr. Donald Trump actually put the lie in writing, even though we can read the report by the intelligence agency and observe that he is lying. This is about national security stuff, and the President-Elect will lie to us.

Again, what was published was the unclassified version of the report that is contained in this report. On every single page of the report, there is a box at the top of the page that reads as follows…

“This report is a declassified version of a highly classified assessment; its conclusions are identical to those in the highly classified assessment but this version does not include the full supporting information on key elements of the influence campaign.”

President Obama and the president-elect did receive the classified version of the document yesterday morning. Donald Trump either didn’t read the report or is making up his own assessment of the matter, disregarding what our central intelligence professionals have discovered. He publicly lied what was in the report right before it was released, not thinking that anyone other then himself knew how to read it.

The statement released by Donald Trump after he received the classified version of this report. Keep in mind that he may not have written the statement, but it is the statement published by approval from him, on the President-Elect web page and has not been redacted.

“While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election…”

Donald Trump claims that there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election. But here is what is actually in the report under ‘Scope and Sourcing’ – page ‘i’ of the report.

“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election. “

The only conclusion here is that our next to be president of the United States is lying to us.

How about other lies he made in the same statement…

“There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful”

Actually the report did not say what was published on the President-Elect website. Here is what the report actually says in page 3 of the report.

“Russia collected on some Republican-affiliated targets but did not conduct a comparable disclosure campaign…”

So you can only conclude that Russia was successful in stealing data and documents from the RNC as well, but it can be concluded that they did not outwardly publicize it because their only goal in mind was to influence the election, in favor for Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton.

The president-elect may think that the American people are idiots, especially that we know so much about him but still elected him President of the United states. Maybe he doesn’t fully grasp that we the people can fact-check his statements, as I will be doing in this blog. It was a decision that Donald J. Trump openly published, so the relevance of it is stated right here, as other decisions by our next president will be.

Donald Trump will give me so much to write about in the next four years. My goal is to update the readers and fans of this blog. Again, when Donald Trump does well, it will be stated here in all of its glory. But in reciprocal, when he does wrong, like lying to the American people, I will highlight it and state its relevance to the American people.

Immediately below is a link to the unclassified report…

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GM to Lay Off Up To 2000 Workers in Lordstown Ohio and Lansing Michigan

 

Donald Trumps main campaign slogan… “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”. You wouldn’t know it by reading an announcement by General Motors stating at least 1250 workers will be indefinitely laid-off on January 23, 2017 in Lordstown, Ohio, along with another 840 workers on January 16, 2017 at the GM Grand River factory in Lansing, Michigan. Can he save these workers like many believed he did at the Carrier Air-Conditioning Company? Ironically, Donald Trump will inherit the problem during his presidency, even though he claims that he is ‘the JOBS president’. People that work at both of these plants overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump, and now these 2000 workers will be let down by the man they voted into office. Trump is about to find out that even though he is about to become the most powerful person in the world, as POTUS, he will have absolutely no power in situations such as this.

The plant is not moving jobs to Mexico, but claims that because of dropping sales of these particular models of ‘The Chevy Cruise’ and Chevy ‘Camaro’ and Cadallac’ATS’ and ‘CTS’ luxury cars, they can no longer make a profit worth keeping the assembly lines open.

So what will Donald Trump do about this issue. Is he going to tax GM for laying off their workers? In all fairness, GM had already disclosed before Trump became President-Elect that they were furlowing workers at these plants.

 

 

Mexico to pay for ‘The Wall’ — A Confirmed EMPTY Promise

Two weeks before the swearing in of the 45th President of the United States – Donald Trump, a promise made by the President-Elect is destined to be broken. Trump now has changed his stance on who will pay for the wall. Now he plans to get the U.S. Congress to approve of a bill to pay for the wall, or let me say in a another way, the U.S. taxpayers will pay for it. He also indicated that it would be much quicker for the U.S. to build the wall with funds approved by Congress now, then get Mexico to pay for it later.  When?   Maybe when he turns 100 on June 14 2046. Really? !!!

What happened to one of his very original campaign promises that Mexico will pay for the wall? Even with this new revelation, Donald Trump will certainly find out how difficult it will be to get Congress to approve of the funds needed to pay for the wall.

How much will the wall cost? The actual cost for the rest of the border wall (roughly 1,300 miles) could be as high as $16 million per mile, with a total price tag of $15 billion to $25 billion.  How does the U.S. Congress plan to reduce the Federal Budget if they must tack on up to another $25 billion? That will NEVER happen. Nice try Donald…..

This will certainly be one of the many failed promises of Donald Trump. People who have voted for  him for making such a promise will feel let-down.

But there are also reports saying that the Republicans in congress will be willing to pay for the wall. In a chance that a bill gets approved to pay for it, the promise by Donald Trump will still have been broken, as Mexico did not pay for it, the U.S. taxpayers did.

 

The 115th U.S. Congress Sworn In – Donald Trump to become POTUS on January 20th

The 115th U.S. Congress now led by Republicans were sworn in on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2016. The new U.S. Senators were sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden, along with the House members lead by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. This is now the beginning of a total Republican takeover of Washington D.C. to now include the Executive Branch, soon to be run by the new 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, along with a solid majority of Republicans in both the House and Senate.
You would think that now it’s clear sailing for the Republicans as far as legislation powers go. In a sense, they do have the upper hand with a 52-48 advantage in the Senate and a 241-194 advantage in the House. The fact is that the U.S. Senate only needs 60 votes to approve bills, and you would think that the new Congress will have an easy time repealing Obamacare. Actually that is the furthest from the truth. In order to fully repeal the ‘Affordable Care Act’ known as Obamacare, the Republicans will have to acquire bipartisan support to get their major tasks fulfilled such as replacing Obamacare, or reforming of the immigration system. Even passing spending bills or raising the federal borrowing limit will require help from the Democrats to get things moving forward.
Nevertheless, the Republican agenda for January and February is to accomplish more in under 90 days then the Congress even attempted to handle the entire year of 2016. Their efforts will be bogged down at first, with the Democrats promising a fight with Senate confirmations, especially during the upcoming Senate confirmation hearings of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, picked by President-Elect Donald Trump as his Secretary of State, and Senator Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General. With Tillerson’s ties with Russia, both the Republicans and Democrats will vet Tillerson in his confirmation hearings, which may not turn out well. How will Tillerson handle Russia after receiving that countries ‘Order of Friendship’ award’ in 2013, now that he is supposed to represent the values of the United States in the political arena, not as a CEO of an oil business?

Why did Tillerson receive the reward? As reported in the Washington Post in an article by David Filipov on December 13, 2016,

“Tillerson won the award after signing deals with the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft, whose chief, Igor Sechin, is seen as Putin’s loyal lieutenant. The partnership had begun a drilling program in the Arctic’s Kara Sea, where Exxon made a find, and had agreed to explore shale oil areas of West Siberia and the deep waters of the Black Sea. But then U.S. sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea kicked in, and the partnership was put on hold.”

If Tillerson is not confirmed, then who may be Donald Trump’s second choice? Maybe Donald Trump may call on Mitt Romney for his second choice as Secretary of State after Trump finally figures out how difficult it will be for him to get what he wants all the time in the  Congress.
In Donald Trumps world of today, he gets everything he wants. When he becomes the President of the United States (POTUS) on January 20th, he will not have a total say on everything that he wants. He will highly depend on the U.S. Congress to pass all the bills, led by newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who does not agree with everything the new President will want, along with Mitch McConnell, who also believes that Trump is already stepping over the line when it comes about speaking in favor of Russian President Putin. He will also be sidetracked many times, beginning with the onslaught by Democrats with all of the  ‘conflicts of interest’ charges that he will face.

The question is not only how will Trump handle the U.S. Congress and issues regarding the national front, but how he and his newly confirmed Secretary of State can handle problems throughout the world, beginning with issues from Syria, North Korea, China and Iran, not to mention ISIS.

There are even more questions. Where will Donald Trump get the money or the support from the new Congress to build the wall on the Mexican border? Does anyone actually believe he will be able to get the money from Mexico? What does he plan to replace ObamaCare with, how does he pay for it? What Executive orders does he plan to reverse on day one? Will he commit U.S. Troups to wars in the Mideast? Will he attack North Korea? Will he become good friends with Russia, On the home front, will he kill Medicare or Medicade? So many questions, and so far, no answers.

On day one, January 20th, President Trump will inherit ALL of the problems of this country. He will have to make decisions every day on national and foreign fronts. I will support him publically on this blog when he does the right thing, and I will flog him with my comments when he does the wrong thing.  His first 100 days in office will be the telling tale of his presidency, and I’m wishing him well, but I truly don’t expect him to survive the onslaught of problems he will inherit. He’s chosen many people in his cabinet with no experience and expects them to help him make decisions of great importance to our security and future as a free country.