opinion Marty Latz Opinion contributor Published 3:05 PM EST Jan 20, 2019 President Donald Trump’s weak negotiation skills have now led to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. And his negotiation strategies — including his proposal Saturday to link wall funding to temporary legal status for "Dreamers" — are making it far less likely that it will end with a deal that accomplishes his goal of funding a border wall. How did this happen to a self-proclaimed master deal-maker who was elected partially on the notion that he was, as described by his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, “the greatest deal-maker our country’s ever seen”? It didn’t happen overnight. Despite his best-selling negotiation book, "The Art of the Deal," and his NBC hit series, "The Apprentice," both of which portrayed him as a great negotiator, his … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s weak negotiation skills caused government shutdown
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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is not known for his piety, but his policies have made him popular with conservative Christians. With dozens of newly appointed conservative judges and two Supreme Court justices, hard-line stances against abortion and LGBT rights and vows to “protect Christianity”, Mr Trump enjoys the steady support of about three-quarters of white evangelicals. But after a pair of rulings from federal judges (both appointed by his predecessor, Barack Obama) on January 13th and 14th, one of Mr Trump’s promises to religious conservatives has hit a roadblock. On May 4th 2017, when Mr Trump issued an executive order “promoting free speech and religious liberty”, he said America “will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced ever again”. That mission included a loosening of rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that guarantee women free “preventive services” as part of any employer-provided health … [Read more...] about Two judges block Donald Trump’s rollback of contraceptive coverage
He has tried to be reasonable, tried to be patient. But Mitt Romney, with an earnest sigh, says he’s arrived reluctantly at a moment of unavoidable judgment: Donald Trump has bad character. Disrespectful. Divisive. Erratic. Yuck. Romney’s Washington Post commentary denouncing Trump — published just a day before he takes the oath as a new U.S. senator — was presumably intended as an act of political and moral leadership. Perhaps in due course, events will reveal Romney as the vanguard of a new willingness by Republican traditionalists to confront and defeat a president who so flagrantly offends their values. For now, however, Romney and his op-ed are better understood as a case study in why Trump has defied and humiliated GOP establishment figures again and again, a pattern now in its fourth year. Trump’s critics consistently show more interest in attacking his weaknesses than they do in understanding their own. And while they congratulate … [Read more...] about Why guys like Mitt Romney don’t scare Donald Trump
SINCE entering the White House on January 20 2017, dozens have left Donald Trump's administration - some were fired and some resigned. So who did the US President fire and who quit? Here's everything you need to know. Who has Donald Trump fired? James Comey The seventh director of the FBI was fired by Trump on May 9 2017. His dismissal was one of the most controversial under Trump's presidency. Comey had been leading the investigation into Trump's possible collusion with Russia to influence the result of the presidential election. Trump sent a termination letter which said the action was recommended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein, however he later gave a variety of other reasons to validate his decision. Comey claims Trump asked him to "let go" of potential charges against Michael Flynn. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian collusion after Comey's dismissal. Sally Yates The acting US … [Read more...] about Who has Donald Trump fired and who has resigned from his administration?
It was a catchphrase from his days as host of The Apprentice and, now in the White House, Donald Trump has shown he's still happy to tell someone: You're fired. Since the former celebrity businessman entered the Oval Office, the list of departures from his administration has been rising rapidly. Some have been dismissed, some have resigned. Here's a partial list of officials who have been sacked or have left the administration since Mr Trump took office on January 20 2017. Jim Mattis Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary, announced on Dec 20 he was "stepping down" because his views do not align with those of Donald Trump. It came a day after Mr Trump made the controversial decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, which includes ending air strikes. In a letter to the president the four-star Marine general appeared to criticise Mr Trump's treatment of US allies. Mr Mattis, who has served since Mr Trump took office said tt was his "core belief" that … [Read more...] about ‘You’re fired!’: Who Donald Trump has sacked and who has resigned during his time as president