opinion David Mastio and Jill Lawrence USA TODAY Published 3:39 PM EDT Mar 19, 2019 Jill: When was the last time one of your elderly uncles went on a tear about a longtime nemesis, and you realized he was talking about someone who had been dead for seven months? Maybe never, right? But if it did happen, you might gently point out the person had passed away or try a diversionary tactic to move the conversation along in a more constructive, less offensive direction. You might try especially hard if the person in question was generally considered a hero, unlike your uncle, who was generally considered a crank. Unfortunately, nobody can do that when the elderly ranter is the U.S. president letting loose on Twitter. A lot of people are debating whether President Donald Trump’s behavior and language are getting worse, by which they mean more unhinged and increasingly indistinguishable from those long lists of psychological behaviors suggesting one diagnosis or another. If … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Twitter storms are now Washington background noise
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PRESIDENT Donald Trump's inaugural committee might be in some hot water after an investigation was launched into the committee's funds. But who was on the committee, and why are they being investigated? Here's what we know. Who was on Donald Trump's inaugural committee? The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee organised events for Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence, such as the concerts, parade, balls and prayer service. The chairman of the committee was Thomas Barrack Jr, an investor and longtime friend of Trump's. The co-chairs of the committee were Lewis Eisenberg and Roy Bailey. Committee members included Sheldon Adelson and Miriam Adelson, Steve Wynn and Phil Ruffin, oil entrepreneur Harold Hamm, businesswoman Diane Hendricks, coal businessman Joe Craft, Gail Icahn, wife of Carl Icahn, Dallasites Ray Washburne, Gentry Beach, Roy Bailey, and Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets. The inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million. This hefty amount was twice more than … [Read more...] about Who was on Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and why are they being investigated?
0 Have your say Policing Donald Trump’s four-day visit to the UK cost more than £14.2 million, according to official figures. The US president prompted protests as he met the Queen at Windsor Castle, was hosted by Theresa May and played golf at Turnberry.With thousands of officers drafted in from every force in Great Britain, policing July’s trip cost more than £14,258,966, according to police figures released under freedom of information laws.The Home Office reimbursed £7.9 million to cover the additional costs to the three forces in England that “hosted” Mr Trump – the Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley Police and Essex Police. The Treasury was to refund Police Scotland.Before Air Force One touched down on July 12, the combined police and security bill had been estimated to be £10 million.And with the Foreign Office costs not yet disclosed, the total price of the visit is likely to be significantly higher.The … [Read more...] about Donald Trump: Cost to UK for hosting US President, revealed
DONALD Trump has raised some eyebrows by appointing “Roger Stone” as a top IT adviser days after the ex-aide with the same moniker was arrested over the WikiLeaks scandal. Roger L Stone was announced as the Deputy Assistant to the President and the Director of White House Information Technology today. Not to be confused with Roger J Stone, Trump’s former campaign adviser who pleaded not guilty to a seven-count indictment on Wednesday. The new IT appointment to the president’s office comes as J Stone has been accused of tech-related crimes of allegedly asking for stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could be used as leverage against Trump’s opponents. A few on Twitter were eagle-eyed and caught up the confusion of both men sharing the same name. One said: “Had to read that twice. The White House just sent out this list of appointments that includes President Trump appointing a “Roger L. Stone” to serve as an assistant and director of IT for … [Read more...] about Donald Trump raises eyebrows by appointing ‘Roger Stone’ as top IT adviser just days after ex-aide’s arrest over WikiLeaks scandal
“I’m not talking to the FBI and if your [sic] smart you won’t either. You are a rat. A stoolie. You backstab your friends – run your mouth my lawyers are dying [to] Rip you to shreds”, Roger Stone, one of Donald Trump’s closest and oldest confidantes allegedly wrote to a witness in the Russiagate investigation. The email, reading like a bad line from a gangster film, emerged in the indictments against Stone which were made public after his arrest in the early hours of this morning, with suitable dramatic footage supplied by the presence of CNN cameras at his home in Fort Lauderdale. The arrest itself was not unexpected. “Robert Mueller is coming for me” Stone had apparently told his friends back last August, adding that he was on the special counsel’s “hit list” of targets. He was innocent, he told his social media followers, asking for donations from them to help pay for his legal defence. Join Independent Minds For … [Read more...] about Opinion: Now he has been arrested, how long will Roger Stone remain loyal to Donald Trump?