Remember This: Trump quietly signed a bill reversing Obama rule to ban gun purchases by mentally ill.
President Trump killed a regulation that would have tightened gun background checks Tuesday, signing a bill to undo one of his predecessor’s executive actions following the San Bernardino shootings in 2015.
The Obama administration rule required the Social Security Administration to submit records of mentally disabled people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the FBI database used to determine whether someone can buy a firearm under the 1993 Brady Bill.
Trump lies so much his bankruptcy attorneys had difficulty representing him!
Donald Trump’s own bankruptcy lawyers testified that they had a policy of not meeting with the real estate mogul alone because he had a “problem” of constantly lying.
On Tuesday, Buzzfeed published thousands of pages of court filings from three of Trump’s bankruptcies in the 1990s. Twitter user @nycsouthpaw highlighted several pages from the Trump Plaza depositions, which reveal the extraordinary steps Trump’s lawyers took to deal with his tenuous relationship with the truth.
Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe — is this more obstruction?
The nation’s top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials. On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. More on this story from The Washington Post here.
FBI Director Comey told AG Sessions not to leave him alone with the President.
According to The New York Times the day after President Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mr. Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again with the president, according to current and former law enforcement officials.
Mr. Comey believed Mr. Sessions should protect the F.B.I. from White House influence, the officials said, and pulled him aside after a meeting in February to tell him that private interactions between the F.B.I. director and the president were inappropriate. But Mr. Sessions could not guarantee that the president would not try to talk to Mr. Comey alone again, the officials said. More from The New York Times here.
Trump fan base appears to be weakening with signs of Bannon departure.
Earlier this week, Vojvodic launched a Facebook group called, “The concerned support base of President Trump,” which quickly drew several dozen sign-ups. She also changed the banner on her Facebook page to a picture of Bannon accompanied by the declaration:
“Mr. President: I stand with Steve Bannon.”
“I’m not so infatuated with Trump that I can’t see the facts,” she said. “People’s belief, their trust in him, it’s declining.”
The swiftness and abruptness of Trump’s shift from bomb-throwing populist outsider to a more mainstream brand of Republican has taken the president’s stalwarts by surprise. More from Politico here.
The Bannon alt-right wing populists are rattled. Trump’s flip-flopping and intervening in Syria this week show signs the right is increasingly becoming alarmed. Now Trump has released a MOAB in Afghanistan and some can hardly contain themselves. What is a alt-right nationalist to do? Where can he possibly go?
Trump boasts another falsehood about his Time Magazine covers stating he’s been on it “15 times this year!”
Trump appeared at CIA and stated:
“I have been on their cover [of Time Magazine] like, 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time Magazine. Like, if Tom Brady is on the cover, it’s one time, because he won the Super Bowl or something, right? [Laughter.] I’ve been on it for 15 times this year. I don’t think that’s a record, Mike [Pompeo], that can ever be broken. Do you agree with that? What do you think?”
TIME MAGAZINE told Politico’s Playbook Trump has actually been on the cover 11 times. He was on the cover this week, 8 times in 2016, once in 2015 and once in 1989. Richard Nixon was on the cover 55 times.
President Trump used his CIA appearance as an opportunity to boast about his magazine covers and inauguration crowd attendance. Both of the claims were blatantly false, provable by facts. Why the president continues to utter falsehoods confounds the American public.
Trump attempts to gaslight the CIA on first visit while on hallowed ground!
“In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has upbraided the intelligence community for leaks and questioned its conclusion that Russia meddled in the United States election on his behalf. On Saturday, he said journalists were responsible for any suggestion that he was not fully supportive of intelligence agencies’ work.” (From New York Times, January 21, 20217)
At his visit to the CIA Saturday, President Trump said:
“I have a running war with the media,” Mr. Trump said. “They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth, and they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.”
“The reason you’re the No. 1 stop is, it is exactly the opposite,” Mr. Trump added. “I love you, I respect you, there’s nobody I respect more.”
Mr. Trump within the last week accused the CIA agency of behaving like Nazi Germany. Now he’s ignoring his feud with the CIA over the Russian hacking, the leaked CIA memo from the intelligence briefing blaming the media for his feud with the CIA without taking any responsibility.
The New York Times has posted an article on Trump’s visit to CIA today which turned out to be another stop on Trump’s self-aggrandizement tour and continued war with the media in front of a wall of unknown deceased CIA officers who gave their lives for the safety and security of our country. All we can say is “Wow!” What do you think?