Historians dispute Trump’s claim Trump National Golf Club is situated on historic section of river crossing known as ‘The River of Blood’ in Potomac River.
The plaque, which is attached to a flagpole on a stone pedestal overlooking the Potomac, reads: “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!” More from Rolling Stone here.
President Trump has been exposed as a known pathological liar. Does anyone really believe this ridiculous claim?
Mike Pompeo is Trump’s darling at CIA but will he be apolitical when the spies come calling.
Yet the attributes that have endeared Mr. Pompeo to the president — his hawkish politics and eagerness to speak his mind — have been met with a more mixed reception at the C.I.A. The agency sees its role as delivering hard truths that are unvarnished by political preferences, and there are concerns in the intelligence community that Mr. Pompeo’s partisan instincts color his views of contentious issues, such as Russia’s interference in the election or Iran’s nuclear program.
“The big test is going to be when there’s a direct confrontation between the agency and the administration,” said Vince Houghton, a military and intelligence historian who is the curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington.
“If you have another Iraq weapons of mass destruction situation, if there is a direct hit on the agency from a Trump tweet or something,” he continued, “we’ll see whether he’s embraced the C.I.A. culture — and they’ve embraced him back — versus being loyal to Trump.”
Trump lies about Boy Scouts in Wall Street Journal interview.
The Boy Scouts have refuted a statement the President has made in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. An excerpt of that interview is provided below wherein the president refers to a phone call he received from the head of the Boy Scouts claiming it was the “greatest speech ever made to them.” More from Time here.
WSJ: We were in West Virginia yesterday.
TRUMP: Oh, you did? Was that a scene, though? Huh?
WSJ: That was a scene, yes. (Laughter.)
TRUMP: Biggest crowd they’ve ever had. What did you think?
WSJ: I thought it was an interesting speech in the context of the Boy Scouts.
WSJ: They seemed to get a lot of feedback from former scouts and –
TRUMP: Did they like it?
WSJ: It seemed mixed.
TRUMP: They loved it. [Laughter.] It wasn’t — it was no mix. That was a standing –
WSJ: In the — you got a good — you got a good reaction in –
TRUMP: I mean, you know, he writes mostly negative stuff. But that was a standing ovation –
WSJ: You got a good reaction inside the arena, that’s right.
TRUMP: … from the time I walked out on the stage — because I know. And by the way, I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there. That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.
WSJ: Yeah, there was a lot of supporters in the arena.
TRUMP: And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful. So there was — there was no mix.
Trump tells Lindsay Graham he’s ready to go nuclear on N. Korea!
In a recent interview on NBC’s Today Show, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham shocked host Matt Lauer as well as a good portion of viewers when he discussed a conversation he had had with President Trump over these issues.
“There is a military option: to destroy North Korea’s nuclear program and North Korea itself,” Graham told Matt Lauer. “He’s not going to allow — President Trump (referring to what Trump had old him) — the ability of this madman to have a missile that could hit America. If there’s going to be a war to stop him, it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die over here — and he’s told me that to my face,” Graham continued.
“I’m saying it’s inevitable unless North Korea changes because you’re making our president pick between regional stability and homeland security. He’s having to make a choice that no president has wanted to make. They’ve kicked the can down the road for 20 years; there’s nowhere else to kick it. There will be a war with North Korea over their missile program if they continue trying to hit America with an ICBM. He’s told me that, and I believe him.”
Trump personally dictated Don Jr.’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian attorney.
Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared a story, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.”
The misguided Commander In Chief makes proclamations by Tweets on transgenders serving in the military while the brass doesn’t know what the hell is going on.
The decree from Trump, who himself avoided serving in Vietnam after receiving a medical deferment for heel spurs, seemed to stun military leaders and civilians alike. The Associated Press reported that the Pentagon seemed unaware of the president’s decision, refusing to answer questions about the new policy and referring all questions to the White House. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is currently on vacation. And the Senate Armed Services Committee, which oversees the nation’s military, was not briefed beforehand. Senator John McCain, who chairs the committee, released a statement condemning the decision and ripping Trump for making policy announcements over Twitter.
Trump’s overall approval rating drops to 36 percent as majority of Americans say they do not trust him in negotiations with foreign leaders.
President Trump’s standing with the American people has deteriorated since the spring, buffeted by perceptions of a decline in U.S. leadership abroad, a stalled presidential agenda at home and an unpopular Republican health-care bill, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Approaching six months in office, Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they “disapprove strongly” of Trump’s performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling. More from the Washington Post here.