Trump Damages the Country

After almost two years of Donald Trump as president, one has to wonder why he gets away with all that he gets away with. Obviously, what contributes to him beleiving that he can get away with anything is because it is true that the Republican controlled Congress lets him get away with everything. Trump believes that he is doing well, as is proof of the growing economy. But the fact is that the economy growth was already in motion when he became president, and Obama should get full credit for it. It actually grew faster during the Great Depression, and even faster during Obamas term in office, compared to Trumps tenure so far.
Trump claims that he is a jobs creator. Yes, many have been created under Trump as you cannot deny that fact. But the real fact is that the jobs numbers for the final 6 years under Obama were greater than Trump’s today.
Trump has created a few higher numbers than Obama. As far as the 2017 deficit under Trump, it went up from $585 billion in 2016 to $666 billion in 2017. Way to go Trump. The natijonal debt crossed $20 trillion and will continue to rise, thanks to Trump.
Here is an absolute fact. If there was a sitting Democratic president in the White House with the same Republican Congress, this body of do-nothings would be alive with criticizing the Democratic president, and even go as far as not just trying to impeach him, but the fact is that the Republican controlled Congress would have already impeached him.
What is amazing is how much the 45th President of the United States Donald P. Trump has the country going into reverse, trying to tear down every good thing that President Barrack Obama has done, laying waste to America’s diplomatic legacy. Still, the lawmakers in Washington allow him to continue to let him destroy his own Republican party, which has initiated a mass exidus of Republicans from the Hill already this year, and it’s not even the mid-terms yet. It is expected that the Republicans will loose the majority in the House, and possible that they may loose the Senate. If that happens, it would be fair play that now it would be the Democrats turn to impeach the president. If there ever were a way to rid the Oval Office of the president, it would be by taking over Congress.
Like Bernie Sanders said, Donald Trump is a pathological liar. It’s OK for him to lie, one lie on top of another, and he knows it. But as soon as he hears something on the news that he doesn’t like, he criticizes the media and calls if ‘fake news’. That sounds kind of ironic. So the lies that spew out of his mouth are nothing but the truth, but the news reported by journalists have the facts to back up their claims, yet Trump calls the news “fake news”.
As Bernie has stated in his email posted here, Trump is “someone who is trying to win votes by dividing our nation up based on the color of our skin, our country of origin, our religion, our gender or our sexual orientation. Further, and dangerously, he is undermining our democratic institutions as he attempts to move us toward an authoritarian type society.”
Can Trump be re-elected in 2020? Most likely not, but who am I to judge since he won the presidency in 2016, against ALL odds. Even Trump himself could not believe that he won.
If it were up to Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, Medicare would have been all but cut out of the American society. And why is it that Congress still has yet to pass a bill living the minimum wage to $15 per hour, another that would provide “free tuition at public colleges and universities and reduction of student debt, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, fighting climate change and promoting racial, social and environmental justice”, says Bernie Sanders in the email just published on this website. How ignorant can a person with so much power be, to not believe in climate change. Well, Trump is just that ignorant.
Regarding the United States on the world stage thanks to Trump, his recent “foreign policy pronouncements seem just as dangerously detached from the real world. The United States is less safe, less secure and less respected than it has been in decades. Documenting all of Trump’s failings abroad can be dizzying” according to the Washington Post article dated January 19, 2018.
One day Donald Trump claims that he is going to meet with the North Korean president Kim Jung Un and discuss how the North Korean president must give up his nuclear weapons. He claims that if Kim Jung Un does not volunteer to give up nuclear arms, he will leave the meeting and he threatens the dictator by telling him that he could experience the strength of the United states in a fashion that the world has never seen. Can he actually act without provocation from the dictator?. The answer is no, because if he did, South Korea would sustain major casualties from the north. Again, Trump thinks that the Americans are crazy, as they are fooled to believe that he will secure the weapons from the North. That will NEVER happen. Kim Jung Un already possesses nucleur weapons and he is not about to ever give them up. The joke is on president Trump.
At any time, hopefully sooner than later, Special Counsel Robert Mueller will end his investigation of Trump’s interference with Russia in the general elections in 2016. The results will not look pretty for Trump, and it’s an unknown as to how the do-nothing Congress would react.

Bernie Sanders Take on Donald Trump

To the readers of trumpdecisionpoints.com, I wanted to share the following email I have just received from Bernie Sanders who is running again as Vermont’s Senator. I encourage everyone to read the following email from him as it contains very truthful and important information that everyone needs to know. Please leave a donation if you can.

Editor – trumpdecisionpoints.com

Bernie Sanders

Friends –

I have some important news to share, and I wanted you to hear it directly from me:

Yesterday, as Vermont’s senator, I announced my intention to run for re-election to the United States Senate in 2018.

The truth is these are painful, frightening and unprecedented times.

We have seen a right-wing extremist, Republican Congress attempt to throw up to 32 million Americans off of the health care they have, give a trillion dollars in tax breaks to the richest people in our country and the largest corporations, destroy environmental legislation, work aggressively to deny women the right to control their own bodies and end net neutrality.

We have a president who is not only a pathological liar but someone who is trying to win votes by dividing our nation up based on the color of our skin, our country of origin, our religion, our gender or our sexual orientation. Further, and dangerously, he is undermining our democratic institutions as he attempts to move us toward an authoritarian type society.

If re-elected, you can be sure that I will continue to be the fiercest opponent in the Senate to the right-wing extremism of Trump and the Republican leadership.

But being anti-Trump and anti-Republican is not enough. We need to continue our fight for a progressive agenda which will take on oligarchy and improve the lives of working people throughout our country. We need to keep pushing for Medicare for all, a $15/hour living wage, free college tuition at public colleges and universities and the reduction of student debt, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, fighting climate change and promoting racial, social and environmental justice.

It is my intention to run a strong grassroots campaign throughout Vermont, and I look forward to your support. In the coming weeks, I will have additional information about when and where we’re going to kick-off this campaign in Vermont and how you can help.

But today, I wanted to let you know that it was my intention to run again for the Senate and to ask if you could help us reach some modest fundraising goals we need to fund this grassroots campaign.

Please make a $3 donation to my re-election campaign today. We have some modest fundraising goals to hit in order to fund this effort, so your donation will go a long way toward ensuring we win in November.

The truth is, whether it is intensifying our fight against Trumpism or increasing our efforts to spread our progressive vision in every corner of the land, no one person can do that alone. We’re in this together. The progress that we’ve been making over the last several years is because people from all communities and of all backgrounds have made their voices heard and are prepared to stand up and fight back.

That is the political revolution — and it continues.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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Trump – An Ignorant President

Donald Trump obviously is not on his game with North Korea. Why did he just expect North Korea to disarm its nuclear arsenal just by his demands? Does he not realize that North Korea has always believed that they have just as much right to nuclear weapons as the United States does? If Kim Jong Un gives up his weapons now, he will be considered weak by his own people. He has spent too much of his time and money to develop his nuclear arsenal, and the only person who doesn’t see that is the most ignorant President in U.S. history, Donald J. Trump.
There is ONLY one way that Trump will disband North Korea from nuclear weapons. The United States would have to start a war, but the result would be thousands upon thousands of casualties just within the first 15 minutes, according to many reputable sources. North Korea would not have to use its nuclear arsenal to cause severe damage. Kim Jong Un can use the regular ground to ground artillery against its southern neighbor. When it came down to war, who would South Korea side with? Since the long outstanding war between the North and the South has been dissolved by a recently written treaty by both presidents – North and South Korea, the Americans would solely be the blame if an outbreak of war began with casualties in the south.
The whole world witnessed North Korea free the only three prisoners from the United States within the last month. The whole world witnessed the North and South Korean presidents shake hands and sign a treaty, officially ending the war between the North and South. The whole world is witnessing the threats made by Donald Trump against the North Korean President, even after he freed the prisoners and signed a treaty. They even agreed to dismantle one of their nuclear facilities. But that wasn’t enough for Donald Trump. He obviously is not a president that has the skills to negotiate with a dictator such as Kim Jong Un. Prove of that is when he ripped up the nuclear treaty with Iran. Proving that Donald Trump is the disrupter, he tries to destroy NAFTA, and now has harmed Planned Parenthood, taking no consideration of what good Planned Parenthood actually does. They provide screenings and care for women who cannot afford to go to doctors and hospitals. But the recent presidential action he as signed without the US Congress will severely limit the ability for women to get their services from Planned Parenthood. Donald Trump does not care about the lives of these women.
Going back to the subject of North Korea, my bet is that Trump and Kim Jung Un will NEVER meet, as now even ignorant Donald Trump realizes that the North Korean dictator will NEVER give up his nukes. Trump needs to understand that North Korea already has nukes, and it’s too late to prevent the North Koreans from producing them. They have now considered a nuclear power whether Donald Trump likes it or not. Still, Trump continues to threaten North Korea, and demand that they give up their nukes.
Only Donald Trump most likely is the ONLY person on the face of this earth that doesn’t recognize that making him one of the most ignorant people on the face of this earth.

Trump and Cohen Coverup

Anyone following the Stormy Daniels case along with her attorney Michael Avenetti has been following the more recent developments involving her attorney with respect to a man that paid her $130,000 to keep her silence regarding an affair she had with president Trump.

Below is a timeline of events since the beginning….

In January of 2015, Donald Trump marries his present wife and first lady, Melania.

Back in March of 2006, their son Barron Trump was born.

Just 4 months later, Trump has an affair with the porn-star named Stormy Daniels whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. which continued well in 2007.

Four years after the affair in 2011, she was approached by a man that warned her to stay silent about the affair.
A man threatened her with a statement similar to this “Oh it’s a beautiful little girl, would be a shame if something happened to her mom. Forget about this story, leave Mr. Trump alone.”

The money flowing begins just days before the November 2016 election as Michael Cohen pays Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep her quiet. This story was told to by untrue by Trump’s spokeswoman named Hope Hicks.

In June of 2017, Trump disclosed his personal finances with no listed debt to Michael Cohen.

Almost 7 months later, The Wall Street Journal claimed that Michael Cohen made arrangements with Clifford back in October of 2017. Michael Cohen states the payment was lawful.

About this time her attorney Michael Avenetti shows up on a scene with a Story Daniels lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court in an attempt to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that apparently only Michael Cohen signed, but not the president. Meanwhile, Trump claimed that none of the allegations are true.

On March 25th, 2018, Stormy Daniels has an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes, as she mentions that she was threatened to keep silent.

Just 10 days later on April 5th, Trump tells reporters getting ready for a flight on Air Force One that he did not know about the payment made to Stormy Daniels by Michael Cohen. Trump mentions when asked why Cohen made a payment to her, he claims, “I don’t know”.

Then Michael Cohen himself takes a big hit and is now facing a criminal investigation of his own in New York, as on April 9, 2018 Federal agents raid his office and his hotel room and his home, while seizing many records on different things, including the recorded payment to Stormy Daniels.

On April 26th, while in a phone interview with “Fox & Friends” from the Fox News Channel, Trump reinserts that he didn’t know about the Cohen payments but that Cohen did represent him in what he called the “crazy Storm Daniels deal.”

Just one month later, the former Mayer of New York Rudy Giuliani, who was hired by Trump to now be one of his lawyers, blurts out on Fox News to host Sean Hannity that Trump actually reimbursed Michael Cohen for the $130,000 that Cohen paid Stormy Daniels, which confirms Trumps lie in the past that on April 25th, he did not know of a payment to Daniels. Giuliani says the payment was completely legal, but the fact is that Donald Trump was caught in another lie to the American people. Trump comes clean after caught in the lie on May 3, 2018 making a statement on Twitter as he now claimed that he repaid Cohen the $130,000.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney of Stormy Daniels presents evidence against Michael Cohen on ‘The Late Show’. He claimed that the case is not normal. He continues to use the media and is confident that he can win the Stormy Daniels case. He also stated on this show that he believes that the president will not serve out his term. The purpose of the case is about the coverup, the lies and deceit by Cohen and the president.

He shows a $130,000 receipt coming from a First Republic bank in California instead of a New York bank on the ‘Late night show’.  If Cohen is charged in the California case, Cohen could not be pardoned by the president. He also claims that Cohen will eventually flip on the president.
He also claims that Trump will step down from office. The FBI seized 16 cell phones and tons of records belonging to Cohen and believes that the president will not be able to stand the heat of the day. Cohen was his personal attorney for approximately 15 years.

In some of the most recent findings of monies tendered by Michael Cohen, it was determined that Avenetti claims a connection of Michael Cohen accepting over $500,000 by a Russian billionaire Oligarch with ties to Putin. Besides that payment, he received more money from AT&T in an attempt to receive possible favors from Donald Trump. Avenetti claims that Cohen misled officials with lies about receiving the money. Michael Avenetti claimed in a published 7-page document that from October of 2016 through January of 2018, that Michael Cohen’s consulting firm called ‘Essential Consultants, LLC’ “engaged in suspicious financial transactions totaling $4,425,033.46.” The payment included a $500,000 payment from a Russian Oligarch named Viktor Vekselberg with a US company called ‘Columbus Nova’. He used part of those funds to pay Stormy Daniels the infamous “hush money” to keep her quiet. After the payment was made, it was believed that Vekselberg replenished the account following the payment to Miss Clifford. A spokesman for Viktor Vekselberg and Renova Group also stated the following..”Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor Renova Group has ever had any contractual relationship with Mr. Cohen or essential Consultants. As to relationship between Columbus Nova and Mr. Cohen you have to ask Mr. Andy Intrater, because Columbus Nova is a company owned and managed by him.”
Michael Avenetti also stated that there were several payments by other LLC’s to Cohen’s firm in late 2017 and early 2018. These payments included $300,902 from a company called Novartis, a pharmaceutical company, and $200,000 from AT&T but then the story was revised to state that AT&T paid Cohen allot more. AT&T now acknowledges the facts, but also now state that they should have never paid the money to Cohen, as he was never going to give them the information that they needed. It is well known now that the reason why AT&T paid Cohen to get some information about Trump, but to also maybe convince the president that he should put his blessing on the upcoming possible merger with Time Warner, in which Trump actually previously stated that he did not approve of the deal. Time Warner is presently being sued by the Justice department.
The bottom line, if Michael Cohen is convicted of crimes, he can spend decades in jail if the payments are found to be illegal, and it is possible that Trump will not be able to help him. He could face bank fraud as he may have lied on his forms with an FDIC insured bank, not to mention that he knows that he is taking money from someone that he knows to be Russian, so then he may be accused and convicted as acting as a foreign agent.
Michael Cohen is hanging low these days, but his silence now will not save him from the courts that most likely will convict him. He’s always stated that he would do anything for Donald Trump. What I really expect him to do is to turn on Trump to save his own skin.

Gasoline Prices going up thanks to Donald Trump

People are asking, “WHY NOW” for Donald Trump to crack down on Iran. This oil rich nation happens to be the world’s fifth-biggest oil producer. It is known why gas prices fell in 2006 when the nuclear agreement was struck with Iran. They ramped up their oil production by 1 million barrels per day after the sanctions were lifted in 2016. But what is going to happen now? But instead we should be asking why gasoline prices have gone up considerably within recent weeks prior to the U.S. pulling out the the Iranian Nuclear agreement. Crude oil topped $70 for a barrel this week for the first time since 2014. Because of increased oil prices, the cost of gasoline has gone up to an average of $2.81 when it was only an average of $2.34 twelve months ago.
So thank you Donald Trump. You have successfully taken away the tax break dollars that you gave to Americans with your flawed tax bill. The average for a barrel of oil will not go down any time soon thanks to Trump, and the gasoline pumps will reflect the upward trend in oil prices.
Saudi Arabia will take advantage of Trump’s actions. They claim that they are “committed to supporting the stability of oil markets.” But so far, they haven’t been able to keep gasoline prices down.
Another factor that will drive up the cost of oil and the price of gasoline are the tensions that are now brewing between Iran and Israel. Iran may attack Israel, and when that happens, gasoline prices will go up again.
The nuclear deal caused oil production to go up from 2.9 million barrels of oil per day in January 2016, to 3.9 barrels a day in April 2017.
There are other sources of oil to manufacture gasoline, but it will take time for other production such as US shale production to replace what is now readily available from Iran. There is a major surge brewing in what is considered America’s biggest oilfield, known as the Permian Basin, but that production will not be ready for another year.

So much for the plan of protecting American consumers of gasoline who depend on the oil from outside of the United States.

Mike Pence – The worst person in government?

 

George Will this week from the Washington Post in his opinion states that…

“Trump is no longer the worst person in government”. He writes that “Trump is what he is,  a floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities and not-at-all compensating vanities, which is pathetic. Pence is what he has chosen to be, which is horrifying.”

Trump is not alone when it comes to the ridiculous operations of the White House. It has been reported and there is ample evidence that Vice President Pence is just as bad as Donald Trump. On Thursday of this week, Mike Pence told Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC in an interview that it is time for Robert Mueller, special counsel for the Russia investigation, to “Wrap it up”.
Really?!!! How convenient. This Republican administration expected that the Mueller investigation would have been over by December of 2017, but thanks to the help of Donald Trump’s recent acquired counsel of Rudy Giuliani, the council will go on. Rudy Giuliani continuously says things on public TV that hurts the Trump case and helps the Mueller investigation, so I don’t know why Robert Mueller would stop now. It is my opinion that Mueller will continue with his investigation process well past the midterm elections this November. In the meantime, Rudy Giuliani is now part of the Trump attorney team to help end the Mueller investigation, starting with a possible firing of the Attorney General Rosenstein. There will be more to come here on someone who claims to be Trump’s attorney – Michael Cohen. It looks as if the president and his lawyers are making wild attempts to get Mueller taken down. Meanwhile, Trump knows that he has the power to just fire Rosenstein and get an Attorney General sworn in that would fire Robert Mueller, but it will be for a political price and also can work against him in an obstruction of justice case. Even though Trump claims he would never fire Mueller, everyone who has been following the Russia investigation with Mueller and the president seems to think that this may be Trump’s only choice. Why? Because eventually Mueller will get to Trump and ask him to testify in the Russia investigation. Everyone also knows that Trump will not willingly do that even though he spreads the lie that he will interview with Mueller if he is asked. None of his lawyers would allow it even if Trump is forced to testify. Before that happens,  the case would be determined by the Supreme Court. Then Trump will testify as he will have no choice.

Also, the U.S. Congress who seems to back the president in everything that he does, most likely will turn against him if Rosenstein or Mueller are fired.

But in the meantime, you have the Vice-President of the United States, Mike Pence, wishing that the investigation would end. He claims that Trump is a man of his word and a man of action. He totally supports the president.

But in a column from

But even more of an explanation of Mike Pence, on MSNBC – Nicole Wallace’s show, asked a longtime Republican political operative Steve Schmidt who is a frequent visitor on MSNBC, stated the following…

“He is a titanic, and I mean a titanic fraud. We’ve listened to this guy for many many years in this country and his moral high horse, assaulting the dignity of gay people, across the board. His moral preening is famous across the land, yet he is the most obsequious of all of Trump’s cultists in the Cabinet. There have been occasions, as George Will points out, Pence would speak of Trump in front of Trump, Pence complements him in an average of every 3.2 seconds. We have never seen such slobbering servility by a high government official in this country than we do with Mike Pence and Donald Trump. It is amazing.”

To think that this is what the country will have as president someday when Mueller takes down the president the new 46th President of the United States, Mike Pence. But it is what it is. You would think that Pence suspects that he may be President of the United States someday, but when he totally supports a president like Donald Trump, how successful could he ever be when the time comes. Of course, you would expect that the Vice-President of the United States would be totally behind his boss, the president. But it is a no-win situation for him.

While Pence was in the US Congress, he had several different views and did not support all the views of  Donald Trump, but now for some reason, his views are now exactly like Donald Trump. He does not stand on his own. Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s muppet. He will do and say what he is told, even though in his heart he may not truly believe what he has to say or do. Mike Pence could help guide the president, especially when it came to world affairs, like studying the Iranian Nuclear Agreement a little more before pulling out like Trump did this week. Donald Trump’s presidency is now officially a total disaster as he made the worst mistake in his presidency when he pulled out of the Iranian Nuclear Agreement not with just Iran but the P5 +1 and the EU. Mike Pence’s tenure as Vice-President is now scorched by his insistent following of the disgusting deeds of Donald Trump,

Trump Pulls out of the Iranian Nuclear Deal

Donald Trump had decided that now was the time to keep another campaign promise, and that was to unilaterally blow up the Iranian Nuclear Agreement, which was agreed to by the P5 +1 countries, while Iran agreed on the framework to make this deal. In exiting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the JCPOA, he has single-handedly potentially triggered a new crisis in the Gulf. The governments that Donald Trump single-handedly went against in his retraction of the nuclear agreement are Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom, Oman, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the Holy See and finally the European Union.

The European Union consists of the following countries… Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

In other words, Donald Trump has single-handedly decided to violate the agreement that many developed countries have agreed to. He has also re-instituted sanctions that were lifted when President Barack Obama and Iran agreed to the deal. There is no indication that any country could state that Iran broke the agreement that would initiate Trump’s actions. It appears to be purely a campaign promise that he needed to keep for his base supporters. Nevertheless, it’s turned out to be his biggest mistake of his presidency.

People in power during Obama’s term as president think Donald Trump’s actions is his biggest mistake since he became president. John Brennan, the former CIA Chief under Barack Obama stated the following on Twitter after Trump’s announcement to pull out of the deal ”This madness is a danger to our national security”. In a tweet, he also stated that “Today, Donald Trump simultaneously lied about the Iranian nuclear deal, undermined global confidence in US commitments, alienated our closest allies, strengthened Iranian hawks, and gave North Korea more reason to keep its nukes.” He also states that it “puts us at odds with the world’s major powers and is a danger to our national security.” President Obama also chimed in, deciding not to stay silent as he has in the past about Trump’s actions as president. Obama wrote “In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility to the rest of the world”  What Trump has done is totally undermine Obama after 18 months working on the nuclear agreement with Iran and other nations in 2014 and 2015.

It is being reported by Eli Okun, a rising senior studying international relations at Brown University where he works as the editor-and-chief of the Brown Daily Herald, states that Iran still wants “to preserve the deal during a limited period of talks with its other signatories, China, France, Russia, Germany, Britain, and the European Union.

It is unknown as to what Trump expects to gain by pulling out of this agreement with Iran. He definitely has less bargaining power with Iran, and leaves the door open for Iran to eventually drop out of the agreement and start manufacturing centrifuges again to produce more nuclear fuel for bombs.

Sanctions will be re-instituted against Iran within a period of 90 to 180 days as Trump claims that Iran is building a nuclear program, but he has supplied no evidence of facts that this is true. The fact is that Iran has acted in compliance with the nuclear agreement. Other European allies such as Germany, France and the UK said that they plan to continue abiding by the agreement, in hopes that Iran will continue to work with them without the United States.