Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trump-World Just Got More Worrisome: Pulls U.S. Out of UN Human Rights Council

Haley at the UN — smug, arrogant, defiant pose just like her boss
(Guess who her boss is)

UN Human Rights Council Chamber in Geneva
(View of the room that Trump wants)

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg and The AP) — The U.S. withdraws from the UN Human Rights Council.

(I note: This marks a dark bleak day for world unity and solidarity among nations).

5:11 pm (June 19, 2018):

Ambassador Nimrata “Nikki” Haley (R-SC) says the U.S. is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.”
A year ago she made clear the U.S. would stay in the council only if “essential reforms were achieved,” now she says it's clear those calls for change were not heeded. Haley is decrying the membership of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela that are themselves accused of rights violations. She says the council also has a “chronic bias against Israel.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) condemning the withdrawal, is a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the decision “sends a clear message that the Trump administration does not intend to lead the world when it comes to human rights.”

Noteworthy: The HR Council also has been a forum for criticism of Trump’s economic policies. In a report on the U.S. due to be submitted to the Human Rights Council, Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on poverty, said: Trump’s tax overhaul policy overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and worsened inequality.” 

That report also says that while the U.S. has long been the most unequal among developed nations, it’s getting worse under Trump, adding: “The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest.”

Haley says that if the council is reformed, then the U.S. “would be happy to rejoin.”

My 2 Cents: Happy to rejoin, yeah, sure. But not under Trump who wants one world order with the the Trump name brand emblazoned on everything (his only standard - not others need compete). 

Otherwise bye, bye allies, friendly nations, beneficial programs, and policies that shows the U.S. is a leader and not another third world nation that appears to be where we are heading under Trump. 

This fits the Trump pattern: ID a problem, make it worse by not solving it, or making it worse by solving it (Trump style and all alone), then blame someone else.

That is clearly backwards, not forward driven by a narrow-minded out-of-touch Trump in his own little world of irrational insane thinking about “going it alone.” The U.S. has never and can't ever got it alone - no country can for very long.

But, as I've said a long time, Trump is only satisfied when it profits him and Trump Empire, Inc., no matter the issue or deal. 

My bottom line: U.S. leadership again slips a notch now near the bottom of the sewer. 

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

It is Easy to Know a Lie and Liar: Just Don't Ask Stephen Bannon — He is Clever and Clueless

President Trump is still the #1 liar and I am #2 
(Don't ever forget that, ever)

Amazing story here from The Hill – in full disclosure (I emphasize he key parts).

Headlines: Stephen Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, says that he does not believe that Trump lies.

“[Trump] has not always told the truth,” host Jonathan Karl said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I don't know that,” Bannon responded. “This is another thing to demonize him.”
“You think the president's never lied?” Karl asked in a follow-up question.

“Not to my knowledge, no,” replied Bannon. “Except when he called me Sloppy Steve.”

“He says things that are not true all the time,” the ABC host interjected.

“I don't believe that,” Bannon said. “I think he speaks in a particular vernacular that connects the people in this country.”

Karl later noted that Trump acknowledged he lied to The New York Times about a Trump Tower meeting and asked Bannon if some lies are OK.

Bannon said that he did not know whether Trump’s comments qualified as a lie.

Trump had said that it didn’t matter that he lied to the news media about his son’s 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian nationals. The president’s lawyers said that he had dictated a statement about the meeting that Donald Trump Jr. then went on to release.

“It’s irrelevant. It’s a statement to The New York Times. The phony, failing New York Times,” Trump said last week. “That is not a statement to a high tribunal of judges, that’s a statement to the phony New York Times.” 

My 2 cents: Wow to that last statement from Trump – lie to the press who prints what he says to the public and that’s okay? 

In Trump-world I guess it is since he follows up by calling the media the Enemy of American people” and boy does that stick with his base.

Not much more to add to this back and forth except maybe to say, yep, that is Trump’s goal – lie, be convincing that it is not a lie, and expect or in some cases, demand, that his staff and loyalists believe him no matter what he says or how big or many the lies are. 

That is pretty much true and can’t be spun any other way, but boy to Bannon types along with Kellyanne Conway and Huckabee-Sanders key figures tell us practically every single day. 

My only question is this: Is this 100% Trump-driven – his natural character to lie the way he does or is someone behind the scene (maybe Bannon) guiding him in the process by fluffing him and telling him “stick to that it is working.” 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Caution Needed in Deal Making With North Korea: They are Cold, Callous, Cruel, and Cunning

North Korea Always Watching for Opportunity and Benefits
(But, they have poor record as honest brokers)


Trump, it seems and accurate, can’t ever get facts or truth straight. Everything is his way and he expects everyone to accept what he says as true and accurate – even when faced with hard facts that dispute his lies that he calls it “Fake News” or a “Hoax” or a “Witch Hunt.” 

Trump has zero credibility – none whatsoever and sadly, the entire world knows it, too. 

His latest string of a few of his lies and totally false and out-of-whack whoppers are below from The AP via MSN:

WASHINGTON (The AP) — Trump celebrated his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore with remarks that twisted history and raised false hope that the remains of all missing Americans from the Korean War will be coming home. His statements and how they compare with the facts (not remotely close BTW):

TRUMP: “Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirms his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement as soon as possible, and he wants to do that. This isn't the past. This isn't another administration that never got it started and, therefore, never got it done.”

THE FACTS: He's wrong in suggesting his administration is the first to start on denuclearization with North Korea. The Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations both did so. Clinton reached an aid-for-disarmament deal in 1994 that halted North Korea's plutonium production for eight years, freezing what was then a very small atomic arsenal. Bush took a tougher stance toward North Korea, and the 1994 nuclear deal collapsed because of suspicions that the North was running a secret uranium program. But Bush, too, ultimately pursued negotiations. 

That led to a temporary disabling of some nuclear facilities, but talks fell apart because of differences over verification.

TRUMP: “He (Kim) actually mentioned the fact that they proceeded down a path in the past and ultimately as you know nothing got done. In one case, they took billions of dollars during the Clinton regime. Took billions of dollars and nothing happened. (Again referring to Bill Clinton) He spent $3 billion and got nothing.”

THE FACTS: His numbers are incorrect. The Clinton administration, which he calls a “regime,” and the Bush administration combined provided some $1.3 billion in assistance from 1995 to 2008, says the CRS the nonpartisan arm of Congress. Slightly more than half was for food aid and 40 percent for energy assistance.

Trump is also wrong in saying “nothing happened in return.” Actually, North Korea stopped producing plutonium for eight years under the 1994 agreement. Just how much was achieved, though, is in question, because of the suspicions that emerged later that North Korea had been secretly seeking to enrich uranium.

TRUMP: “I remember a nuclear event took place, 8.8 on the Richter scale, and they announced — I heard it on the radio, they announced that a massive, you know, an earthquake took place somewhere in Asia. And then they said it was in North Korea, and then they found out it was a nuclear test, I said, I never heard of a Richter scale in the high eights.”

THE FACTS: North Korea had no earthquake last year approaching that level of severity. This isn't the first time he has misrepresented the episode. North Korea tested what it called a hydrogen bomb in September, causing an underground blast so big it registered as a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Other nuclear tests last year were associated with smaller seismic events. 

Also, note: An 8.8 quake would be 316 times bigger — and it would release 5,623 times more energy than the 6.3 it did.

On the missing U. S. troops from the Korean War – Trump got it all wrong:

TRUMP: “The families of the missing want the remains of their fathers and mothers and all of the people that got caught into that really brutal war, which took place to a large extent in North Korea. And I asked for it today. And we got it. So, for the thousands and thousands, I guess way over 6,000 that we know of in terms of the remains, they'll be brought back.”

THE FACTS: He's overstating the number of missing service personnel and glossing over the surely impossible odds of locating the remains of “all of the people” after more than six decades after that war. Of the nearly 7,800 U.S. troops unaccounted for from the war, about 5,300 were lost in North Korea. 

Several thousand are still missing in South Korea despite its close alliance and history of cooperation with the U.S. North Korea and the United States remain technically at war because the 1950-53 fighting ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. But between 1996 and 2005, joint U.S.-North Korea military search teams conducted 33 joint recovery operations and recovered 229 sets of American remains.

The agreement is to work to repatriate the remains of prisoners if located for return to the U.S. and families.

My 2 Cents: First of all he is dealing with North Korea like they were seeking to rent or buy some of this property – like a business deal. Diplomacy does not work that way – but try telling Trump that.

North Korea has a lousy record ever since 1953 when the war ended. A few reminders here – FYI what I call North Korean acts of violence:

(1)  Digging numerous tunnels under the DMZ.
(2)  Attacking Commandos hit the “Blue House” in Seoul in assassination attempt on President Park Chung-Hee in January 1968.
(3)  Captured the USS Pueblo (our electronic spy ship) in January1968.
(4)  Killed the First Lady, Yuk Young-Soo, in Seoul attempting to assassinate President Park on August 15, 1974, during Independence Day speech.
(5)  Murdered two U.S. Army officers in the DMZ the infamous “Tree Cutting incident” in August 1976.
(6)  Bombed a ceremony in Rangoon in an attempt to assassinate then President Chun Doo-Whan in October 1983.
(7)  Blew up KAL flight 858 flying from Baghdad to Seoul that killed 115 people in November 1987, by a certain “Miss Kim” who now lives in Seoul after her pardon.
(8)  Sinking of a ROK Navy ship as well as artillery fire across the DMZ in civilian homes up around the Inchon area on Y-P-do and P-Y-do (Islands) both in 2010.
(9)  Now nukes and delivery systems.

Caution is the operative word – not being duped by North Korea is paramount. They are cunning and crude and very dangerous.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

FCC Tosses "Net Neutrality" — Hold on to Your Wallet — Greedy ISPs Are A Comin' for More

Big Greedy GOP FCC led by Chairman Ajit Pai  
(He always hated the rules, but loves ISP money)

Tossing Net Neutrality now says: No rules are best rules – “go screw the public, ISPs.” /s/ Ajit Pai, FCC chairman

The original rules laid out in a regulatory plan that addressed a rapidly changing internet with broadband service. It was considered a utility under Title II of the Communications Act, but now gives the FCC new controls over all internet providers (ISPs).

The old rules prohibited (established under Obama) - ergo: Why so hated, um?

1.  BLOCKING: Internet service providers (ISPs) could NOT discriminate against any lawful content by blocking websites or apps.

2.  THROTTLING: ISPs could NOT slow the transmission of data because of the 
nature of the content, as long as it was legal.

3.  PAID PRIORITIZATION: ISPs could NOT create an internet fast lane for companies and consumers who paid premiums, and a slow lane for those who didn’t.

Now everyone is worried about:

ISPs will begin willy-nilly selling the internet in bundles, not unlike cable television packages. You want access to Facebook and Twitter – well under a bundling system, getting on those sites could require paying for a premium social media package and those two giants already super rich will bet richer.

Another major concern is that consumers could suffer from pay-to-play deals. Without rules prohibiting paid prioritization, a fast lane could be occupied by big internet and media companies, as well as affluent households, while everyone else would be left on the slow lane.

Some small-business owners are worried: They fear the industry giants could pay to get an edge and leave them on an unfair playing field.

E-commerce start-ups have feared that they could end up on the losing end of paid prioritization, with their websites and services loading more slowly than those run by internet behemoths. Remote workers of all kinds, including freelancers and franchisees in our expanding economy, could similarly face higher costs to do their jobs from home.

My 2 Cents: Equal access and information critical to helping keep the American public well-informed and well-educated gone. BIG rich ISPs and others just got richer. 

Thanks to this Corporate-minded/owned GOP. Thanks for nothing. 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Senate Intel Committee Scandal: Leaks, Lies, Loose Lips - Trump Loves It Gets #1 Fact Wrong

Former Staffer James A. Wolfe and NY TIMES Reporter Ali Watkins


Something new in DC breaks as big news if not hourly or daily, then certainly weekly — cite this the latest scandal:

James A. Wolfe (former Senate Intel Committee staffer) and Ali Watkins (NY Times reporter) – developing scandal vis-à-vis leaks two stories related are here (ABC TV affiliate) and here (MRT Midland, TX from The AP) with highlights below this headline (also from various other sources, too):

Veteran of Senate Intel Committee Charged with Lying in Leak investigation
James A. Wolfe arrested for leaks to reporters
Wolfe is a three-decade employee and longtime director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee — one of multiple congressional panels investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. He has been indicted on three false statements to the FBI after prosecutors say he misled agents about his relationships with reporters.

Though Wolfe is not charged with disclosing classified information, prosecutors say he was in regular contact with multiple journalists who covered the committee, including meeting them at restaurants, in bars, private residences, and in a Senate office building. 
He is also accused of maintaining a year’s long personal relationship with one reporter, which prosecutors say he lied about until being confronted with a photograph of him and the journalist.

Trump says: “The DOJ had caught a very important leaker and said it could be a terrific thing” (also saying he was still getting details on the case) concluding: “I'm a big, big believer in freedom of the press, but I'm also a believer in classified information. Has to remain classified.”

* Note for Mr. Trump: No classified info or documents are included in this case.

In a joint statement, the Senate Intelligence Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said the news release:  “While the charges do not appear to include anything related to the mishandling of classified information, the Committee takes this matter extremely seriously. We were made aware of the investigation late last year, and have fully cooperated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice since then.”

They then concluded:  “This news is disappointing, as the former staffer in question served on the Committee for more than three decades, and in the Armed Forces with distinction. However, we trust the justice system to act appropriately and ensure due process as this case unfolds. This will in no way interfere with our ongoing investigation, and the Committee remains committed to carrying out our important work on behalf of the American people.”

Related: The NY TIMES reported earlier that one of its reporters, Ali Watkins, had been contacted by federal investigators about the inquiry into Wolfe. A prosecutor had notified her that her email and phone records – but not the content of her communications – were obtained. 

The TIMES says Ms. Watkins denies receiving classified information from Wolfe during their relationship.

Mark J. MacDougall, Ms. Watkins’ lawyer in response to an inquiry from CNN said and concluded: “It's always disconcerting (disturbing) when a journalist's telephone records are obtained by the Justice Department – through a Grand Jury subpoena or other legal process. Whether it was really necessary here will depend on the nature of the investigation and the scope of any charges.”

A congressional source said the Senate panel was not aware that the DOJ had seized a reporter's records when it passed a resolution before this story broke to provide DOJ with documents tied to the investigation. Now the case is likely to spur a robust discussion in the coming days ahead about targeting the communications of journalists as lawmakers continue to demand highly classified documents related to the Russia investigation. The DOJ’s media policy dictates guidelines that investigators must follow before seeking a reporter's records and files, etc.

My 2 Cents: A serious charge of lying to Federal prosecutors is a crime for sure, and leaking controlled, but not classified information is “rule-breaking” but perhaps, under different conditions, not a crime but possibly a reason and cause for disciplinary action or dismissal, but not jail time (at least in my view). 

We shall see as more develops – but boy watch the FOX crowd go nuts and run with this with one purpose: continue to taint the whole Russian investigation anyway possible – this adds to the Alex Jones conspiracy and Trump tweets about a “hoax and/or Fake News.” 

This is news they like but not enough to derail the outcome I believe. Stay tuned. 

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Trump Can't Get Anything Right at Anytime or Anywhere About Anything: Factchecker's Dream

I got one fact right: 
I won and Crooked Hillary lost

One for the history books, but kids: 
(Cover your eyes)

Here post addresses how Trump “preserves, protects, and defends the Constitution” which he swore as part of the official presidential oath of office. In a word: one huge PR campaign to discredit S/C Robert Mueller and anything/indeed everything connected to the Russian probe and more from here:

In addition to all legal battles, Trump's legal team and GOP-FOX allies have waged a public relations campaign against Mueller to discredit the investigation and soften the impact of the special counsel's potential findings, and indeed discredit Mr. Mueller himself.

For example and the latest from Rudy Giuliani said in his estimation last week: “… the special counsel probe may be an entirely illegitimate investigation that needs to be curtailed because” “… it is based on inappropriately obtained information from an informant and former FBI director James Comey's memos.

Actually, Rudy Gee, that is totally NOT true. In reality, which Rudy Gee apparently does not comprehend is simple: “The FBI began its counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 to determine if Trump campaign associates were coordinating with Russia to tip the election. That investigation was opened after the hacking of the DNC and later attributed to Russia were published by WikiLeaks and thus made public.”

The nefarious and constant Trump BS spin about “fake news, witch hunt, or contention that the DEMS are angry for losing the election and that they paid for the informant and are behind the so-called Steele Dossier, etc., etc.” continues and on Trump’s terms mostly to appease his base.

All that Trump-FOX, and rightwing Talk Radio spin in and of itself is bogus yet unrelenting. Any real danger? Not Mueller and his work – but the Trump spin machine plants distrust and belief in our entire legal and law enforcement systems,  agencies like the FBI, and thee dedicated personnel therein, and all despite Trump’s cheap phony pandering otherwise he is losing this battle except for his small and narrow-minded majority of loyalists who keep buying into Trump’s BS.

Finally, this historical note: Trump has to be the dumbest man ever to occupy the W/H. He lacks the most -rudimentary understanding of both history our entire government structure – cite this classic example from this AP story:

TRUMP: “African-Americans vote for DEMS for the most part. You know, vast majority. They've been doing it for over 100 years.” (At a recent Nashville rally).

THE FACTS: Not 100 years or anything close. Most African-Americans for much of U.S. history were disenfranchised, then prevented from voting until the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA), which outlawed racial discrimination in voting.

Before then, those who could vote mostly backed Republicans until the 1932 election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose New Deal programs of economic relief helped spur a longer-term shift of black support from Republican to Democrat.

Thanks for stopping by – this post and story stands alone – no clarification needed.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Q&A: When Will the Public Turn on and Turn Off Trump and His Blatant Daily Lies

Story that Trump now walks back also in his own words
(That story hereoriginal story is below)

How can anyone anywhere anytime ever trust Trump about anything anymore? 

His trial of lies are seen in this very good review update from him and those around him who defend the lies and his backtracking (NY Times via MSN) for his reason for firing for FBI Director James Comey. 


My Q: How we allow Trump, or any President for that matter to lie this much to the public almost daily? Really — why? The Trump precise tweet (May 31, 2018 at 5:11 AM) blaming the media and not himself — pathetic to say the least:



My insert: What a crock.
But, now he is saying, as usual the blame game: “The media is blowing it out of shape ... and that was not the reason I fired Comey” (Err: We all heard you say that was the reason – a reminder here FYI – listen carefully Mr. Trump at the 1:30 minute mark or so):

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So, ladies and gentlemen - how much damage can this man inflict before we pull the plug on him? Now more attacks on our closest allies and trading friends (Canada and the EU for example). Trump slaps new and heavier tariffs on them at midnight tomorrow for their goods imported to us.  
Their reaction: They are now immediately paying him back today – and their decisions will cost tens of thousands if not millions of American jobs here at home for our exports to them.
This man is insane - totally - Wake up, America. It's almost too late.
AMERICA FIRST — BS — TRUMP MEANS GOING IT ALONE WORLDWIDE - and THAT IS AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK. His actions are 100% UN-AMERICAN w/o ANY DOUBT.

Now two key stories that show Trump is taking us “BACK TO THE FUTURE” in our entire judicial and court system and decent laws for all. Worth the read: 
2. Trump's hard-right judges will do lasting damage to America

My 2 cents and summary: Trump is such a skilled, experienced, and talented pathological liar that when he speaks he generally lies, and he does it in such a convincing way and has for so long, that not only does he believe what he says is true, but he expects and gets millions that hear him to believe it true, also. 

That is what skilled con artists do best: They sell a lie to dupe and fool people. 

Worse: it all is easily proven to be lies with tons of tons of evidence. That aspect is truly alarming and quite frankly, very, very dangerous for our national sanity and national well-being and future – a sad low standard is now acceptable and the credit goes to Donald J. Trump – congrats Amerika – we now in fact do have an “Emperor.” 

Thanks for stopping you, and as always stay tuned for updates.


Monday, May 28, 2018

Trump-Russian Ties and Connections Well Known for Awhile: Depth, Width, Impact Growing

Vlad: I'm in deep shït here, can you help — 
anyway possible would be just fine



Amazing story from here about Trump and the Russian connection from early on.

A couple of key highlights:

From Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who has led the minority on the House Intelligence Committee in its doomed investigative efforts over the last year to get to the bottom of Trump’s Kremlin ties had this to say: “There has been a systematic effort to stymie the committee by the GOP’s obstructionist and highly partisan – there is no evidence to support any “spy theory. This is just … a piece of propaganda the president wants to put out and repeat.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) now is equally blunt in his recent weekend TV show comments re: Trump’s latest “Spygate” illogic explained this way in an acid-etched interview: “I have not seen any evidence that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign. What I have seen is evidence that they were investigating individuals with a history of links to Russia that were concerning. It appears that there was an investigation not of the campaign, but of certain individuals who have a history that we should be suspicious of, that predate the presidential campaign of 2015, 2016. And when individuals like that are in the orbit of a major political campaign in America, the FBI, who is in charge of counterintelligence investigations, should look at people like that.”

Trump’s aggressive propaganda against any public airing of his secret Kremlin ties has taken many mendacious forms since his inauguration.

• In early 2017, the president claimed that he had been wiretapped. That lie which, coincidentally was not true and turned out to be of Russian origin also fell apart.

• Trump then tried out the accusation that members of his campaign had been improperly unmasked in top-secret intelligence documents. That was a lie likewise and it withered away under its own dishonesty.

• Now he and the White House insist that it was “spied” on illegally by the FBI. That too is a noxious myth and is slowly dying as well outside the feverish swamps of Trump bitter-enders — as it deserves to do.

My 2 cents: The whole story continues at the link above – it is for sure worth the time and effort to read and examine it – but the real question is simple and yet still complex: What now?

A lot is about to fall out from all this and hopefully come together in the Mueller final report to the DOJ and then logically they will pass it along to Congress at the same time reading it in a public address since.

The next move would be up the Congress – house first and hopefully the Senate for final decision – yes, I’m talking about articles of impeachment in the house and Senate trial and removal of Trump from office and the sooner the better for the country.

That process of course may or may not be up the all GOP-run House assuming two key things: (1) The GOP is not in control of Congress after the November mid-terms, and (2) Trump does not pull a Nixon and resign after he sees the handwriting on the wall about impeachment.

So, stay tuned.

Thanks for stropping by – the heat is on for sure.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Bye-Bye Trump-Kim Singapore Summit: Peaceful Reschedule or Turn Up the Nuke Heat

Painfully Obvious: So, Who Gets the Most Blame Now
(Kim, Trump-Bolton-Pence, or the Tooth Fairy)

Hey you two, make up your mind: Meet or not meet...
(Kiss and make up and stop fooling us)


UPDATED VIA NPR (May 25, 2018 late report):

Less than 24 hours after President Trump sent notice to North Korea that he was canceling next month's summit with Kim, Jong-un, Trump told reporters Friday that the meeting could still happen as planned.

Using one of his favorite phrases, Trump told reporters, "We'll see what happens," adding: “It could even be the 12th.” (Note: The original summit date was June 12).

Trump also said: “We're talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it. We'll see what happens.” 

The same evening, Trump reiterated those sentiments on Twitter, writing: “We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit.”

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THE ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS:

Background: Trump is in deep political trouble with Mueller and his personal lawyer Michael Cohen's woes; he has huge staffing issues; he can’t get or keep “the best people ever” (his words, not mine); he faces a disastrous midterm election in November; and now he has this mess [again] with North Korea since he cancelled the summit with Kim, Jong-un that was on the schedule for June in Singapore. 

So, what can Trump do now? 

Oh, simple, do as most other cornered Republicans do when in hot water start another war. North Korean is ready to boil (based on GOP fears, but not Kim’s words per se at least not yet). There is plenty of hot rhetoric and honestly this time more from our side – cite from this Newsweek piece:

In his letter to Kim calling off the summit, Trump once again raised fears that the alternative to diplomacy is military action against the reclusive, nuclear-armed state.

(Note: Trump is incapable of any kind of diplomacy so, is this his next option).

In a letter addressed directly to Kim, he cited a recent statement carried earlier by the official North Korean Central News Agency as the reason he canceled what would have been the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader.

Trump attributed his decision to North Korean Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe, Son-hui, who branded Vice President Mike Pence “ignorant and stupid and a political dummy” for his threat to overthrow Kim as the U.S. did Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 when his country was in turmoil and he was brutally murdered by that “Arab Spring” mob. 

Threatening to walk away from the summit, Choe said it was up to the U.S. to respect the talks, or face a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown.” 

Trump responded to that directly writing:You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”

Trump later told a press conference: “Our military is ready if necessary along with our Pacific allies Japan and South Korea should foolish action be taken by North Korea.”

My 2 Cents: Ouch – that is hard core John Bolton-speak that Bolton loves and always advocates.

War is what Trump and the GOP need to stay in power despite their words otherwise.

Now, Trump may actually give us another one. 

But, may I suggest this time around and right up front that all registered Republicans sign up and volunteer to be in the first wave of assaults, just to see how that pans out and catches on, okee-dokee? 

Stay tuned – it might get ugly.

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