At a press conference before he took office, then-President-elect Donald Trump said he had signed paperwork “turning over complete and total control” of his business empire to his sons. His lawyer said the more than 400 businesses would be placed in a trust by Inauguration Day. Now, nearly 100 days later, he’s nearly fulfilled this promise. President Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, are closing in on removing their names from the one business where they are still listed as managers on state filings.
But despite over 40 years of making the argument, the GOP has never confronted one salient point: The Laffer Curve has no numbers. Even if the theory is correct—and experience demonstrates it is not—the curve itself proves that there is a point where tax cuts become irresponsible, causing deficits to explode.
Funding for President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexico border may now be “off the table” in the negotiations to fund the government for the next five months, but several other thorny issues still stand in the way of a bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown this weekend.
The president will be “pretty broad in the principles” of tax reform that he lays out with more details coming in the summer, his director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, told the Associated Press. But what it boils down to is major hikes in the amount people can deduct from their taxes and large cuts for small businesses and corporations.
On the other hand, according to Peter York, author of Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World’s Most Colorful Despots, “Trump’s design aesthetic is fascinatingly out of line with America’s past and present.” York’s 10 rules of dictator style include tips like “Go big [i.e.,] ludicrously overscale” and “repro” (brand new), “draw from hotels” and use glass, second to only gold.
Reports from the World Health Organization have shown that Americans are among the most anxious, depressed people in the world—and that was before a reality television star settled into the White House, bringing with him a percussive beat of mean-spirited executive orders, obnoxious presidential tweets and bare-knuckled attacks on civil society as we know it.
Donald Trump sold the country on the idea that he would be a businessman president, that he would create new jobs and strengthen the economy. But does he have any idea how to do so? While Trump certainly ran his own business, his track record is spotty, dotted with bankruptcies and side deals that kept him afloat even as his various properties careened in and out of Chapter 11 with disturbing frequency.
Donald Trump makes a lot of goofs. Yes, he’s seriously mistaken on nearly every aspect of foreign and domestic policy — all the big, scary and dangerous stuff — but he also just gets the little things wrong, too. He frequently sends out misspelled tweets. He makes off-the-cuff statements with colleagues that are meant to be self-aggrandizing but instead unintentionally drive home how much he doesn’t know about how things work.
An ABC News/Washington Post survey released Sunday said 96 percent of Trump supporters remained in his camp, compared with 85 percent of Hillary Clinton backers who said they would still support their candidate. Even as Trump held onto his supporters, he remained unpopular among the larger electorate. He was the first president going back to Harry S. Truman with a negative job approval rating early in his administration, according to ABC/Post and Gallup polling.
Last month, ProPublica revealed that the Trump administration had installed hundreds of political appointees across the federal government without formally announcing them. The more than 400 officials were hired in temporary positions for what the White House calls “beachhead teams.” Government hiring rules allow them to have those positions for up to eight months.
Donald Trump would prefer to forget such matters. In a 2013 deposition for a court case related to Trump Soho, Trump claimed he only met Sater a couple of times and would not recognize him. Sater seems to feel the relationship is closer. In February, he and Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen prepared a Ukraine peace proposal for the president, although it’s not clear it ever reached the Oval Office.
Trump’s lawyers told a federal court in the state Thursday that “forcing the ‘private organizers’ of a political rally to accept everyone” who wants to join in with their own political message violates the First Amendment, because “a speaker has the autonomy to choose the content of his own message.”
A word of advice to gruff billy goat Trump, 70, and pal Bill. Go back to graceful Jack Kennedy, who charted courses for the country, but never combed gray hair. Self-deprecating wit is the secret sauce to disarming people. Try it sometime. Though it might be easier for these men to land on the moon. Yet it works wonders.
From my perspective Trump’s conflicts of interest are unprecedented in scope. But conflict of interest laws are often not cut and dried. They involve interpretation by lawyers within the Justice Department and judges, who can give a stamp of legitimacy (or illegitimacy) to presidential practices.
The Trump administration, obsessed with imagery, has adapted this approach to national security. The president tweets bellicose warnings to North Korea. The vice president goes to South Korea to don a bomber jacket and stare implacably across the Demilitarized Zone. An aircraft carrier steams toward the Sea of Japan — or rather, Trump claims it’s doing so even as it heads the opposite direction, thousands of miles away.
“It’s weaker than it could have been,” Ron Hira, a political scientist at Howard University and longtime H-1B critic, told me. “Some things can be done through policy guidance, policy memos and regulation writing.” On the other hand, Hira was pleased that Trump at least acknowledged the problem, something his predecessors had not done.
Several Republican lawmakers have declared their support for calls for Trump to release his returns. Republicans Mark Sanford, Ted Yoho and Justin Amash of the House Freedom Caucus are all backing a Democratic measure to compel Trump to make the documents public, reported CNN.
Overall, the taxpayer expenses for Trump’s domestic travels, including his golf trips to Florida, have been staggering: $20 million in less than three months, a clip that would add up to $80 million a year. As CNN recently reported, Trump’s outings are “putting the president on pace in his first year of office to surpass former President Barack Obama’s spending on travel for his entire eight years.”
According to CNN, the FBI used information from the “dirty dossier”—a 35-page document alleging deep ties between Trump and the Russian government first published by BuzzFeed—to help convince the FISC that Page merited surveillance. The FBI is monitoring Page as part of its ongoing investigation into alleged Trump campaign links to Russia and whether Moscow interfered in the U.S. presidential election.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the mix-up was due to a deliberate attempt to psych out North Korea’s leaders — or a false narrative that resulted from miscommunications up the chain of command. On Sunday, North Korea attempted to test a ballistic missile, but it exploded seconds after launch.
Obama wasn’t importing anybody. But otherwise King was right. Naturalized immigrants, or their natural-born children, would likely over time vote Democratic. A raw political power move, maybe. This was astute political analysis underneath a layer of racism.
Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have been among the more disastrous in American presidential history. Not only has he seen his healthcare bill go down in flames and his discriminatory executive orders overruled in federal court, he has failed the very people who voted him into office. Politifact has been tracking over 100 such promises, and while Trump has followed through on some, like slashing regulations, he has broken countless others. Here are ten ways he has bamboozeled his base.
White Nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach accused Donald Trump of inciting him to assault an African-American woman at a political rally on Monday, claiming that the White House resident ordered that he and other supporters remove any protesters in attendance, and making him liable for damages in any lawsuits against him.
After Republicans won control of the White House and both houses of Congress, 61 percent of Americans told the Pew Research Center in December that they were very or somewhat confident that Trump could work with the House and Senate. Just 38 percent expressed little or no faith in the new president.