Trump has repeatedly dismissed claims that the Kremlin meddled in the presidential race—characterizing it as “ridiculous” and “just another excuse.”

Trump has repeatedly dismissed claims that the Kremlin meddled in the presidential race—characterizing it as “ridiculous” and “just another excuse.”

December 16, 2016

While Trump has repeatedly dismissed claims that the Kremlin meddled in the presidential race—characterizing it as “ridiculous” and “just another excuse”—President Barack Obama has vowed to retaliate against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, who is believed to have been directly involved in the hacking effort. “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action. And we will—at a time and place of our own choosing,” Obama said in an interview with NPR that will air on Friday. “Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”  Read more here now.

January 2016 Update:

Trump continues to to deny all evidence of Russian hacking. Over the Christmas holiday New Year’s week, he states he has private information, a revelation he intends to release to the American public regarding the Russian hacking.  He seems to have America on the edge of their seats as we wait for Trump to divulge this private information.  Will he or won’t he, and how will this revelation affect his presidential image going forward?  Is the revelation just another showman stunt, more Trump nonsense to dominate and control the media?

President-Elect Trump Breaks With Long History Of Press Conferences, Continues to Avoid Press Days Prior to January Inauguration

President-Elect Trump Breaks With Long History Of Press Conferences, Continues to Avoid Press Days Prior to January Inauguration

December 15, 2016

Dec. 15 was to be the day Trump would hold his first press conference since winning the election. It was supposed to be about how he would address his potential business conflicts of interest as president. It isn’t happening — postponed, his team says, until January.

Unlike other ways of getting messages out, press conferences hold public officials more accountable to the American people because they have to answer questions in an uncontrolled environment. Read more here now.  

2016 Post-election Update:

As of January 1, 2017 president-elect Trump still has not held a formal press conference.  What does this portend for the American public in an environment which insists on a transparent administration?  Will a Trump administration continue to avoid press conferences, and after the inauguration what can we expect from a Trump White House press conference?  The omission of these press conferences leads some Americans to believe Trump is hiding something.

Donald Trump’s advisors appear to have devised a clever strategy for getting their way with the US president-elect: lying to him.

Donald Trump’s advisors appear to have devised a clever strategy for getting their way with the US president-elect: lying to him.

Donald Trump’s advisors appear to have devised a clever strategy for getting their way with the US president-elect: lying to him.

November 22, 2016

The New York Times reports that incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus deceived his boss in order to thwart a planned interview with the newspaper:

It was Mr. Priebus who relayed to Mr. Trump, erroneously, that the Times had changed the conditions of the meeting, believing it would result in a cancellation, these people said.

Three people with knowledge of Mr. Trump’s deliberations said that Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, had tried to scuttle the meeting at The Times by telling Mr. Trump, erroneously, that the newspaper was shifting its terms.  Read more here now.

2016 Post-election Update:

President-elect Trump has chosen Reince Preibus  as his White House Chief of Staff. How will Preibus’s potential to influence and former lying impact a Trump presidency? What does this say about Trump’s decision-making skills, choices and those he chooses to keep within his innermost circle?

What can the American public expect from a Trump presidency in order to preserve democracy from a leader who was elected and strongly supported by team who lies to its leader?

Melania Trump modeled in US prior to getting work visa.

Melania Trump modeled in US prior to getting work visa.

Melania Trump modeled in US prior to getting work visa.

November 5, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents from 20 years ago provided to The Associated Press.  Read more here now.

2017 Update: 

Trump previously promised a press conference on Melania’s immigration but none was ever provided as the story faded, the election ensued and Trump was elected.  Why does Trump make promises he can’t keep?  How will this impact his presidency? How will this affect Melania’s image as First Lady?

Trump promises press conference on Melania’s immigration story

Trump promises press conference on Melania’s immigration story.

August 09, 2016

At a rally Tuesday evening in North Carolina, Trump said his wife, Melania, came into the country legally.

“She has got it so documented,” Trump said, adding she will hold a news conference over the next few weeks to address the issue.  Read more here now.

2016 Post-election Update:

President-election Trump nor Melania Trump has conducted the press conference which was previously promised above.  Since Trump’s election it was determined Melania Trump worked as a model in the United States without the proper work documentation.  Why hasn’t Mr. Trump acknowledged this fact and denied the press conference he previously promised?

With statements like this and promises that remain unfilled regarding the Melania immigration matter, what does this portend for a Trump administration? How can American citizens trust the 45th president to carry through on his election promises?