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President Trump’s Chaotic And Bizarre First Month Is Unprecedented

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Reprinted with permission from Media Matters for America.

Presidential historians and veteran Washington correspondents say President Donald Trump’s first month in office — which has been marred by numerous scandals and vicious attacks on the press — is more “chaotic” and “bizarre” than any administration’s first month in history.

Trump put his anti-press venom on display again last Thursday in a wild press conference, during which he doubled down on claims that the press is out to get him and traffics in “fake news.”

“This is a new level of bashing the press,” Yale University history professor David Blight said shortly after the press conference ended. “It’s a complete disaster. All he is doing is daring the press to keep hunting.”

Blight is among several historians and veteran D.C. correspondents who spoke to Media Matters about how Trump’s first month in office compares to those of his predecessors. They painted a picture of Trump’s first weeks as an unprecedented mix of chaos and mounting scandals.

“In all the administrations I’ve observed, and all the ones I’ve studied, I’ve never seen such confusion and internal tension so early as in this one,” H.W. Brands, a presidential historian who has written books on Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Ronald Reagan, said via email. Referencing the recent resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, Brands added, “I can’t recall a top adviser being forced out so soon. The knives are out; more casualties seem likely.”

According to Brands, “This administration, with very little experience of Washington — and with often expressed contempt for Washington’s ways — has had a rougher start than any in living memory.”

William H. Chafe, a Duke University history professor and former president of the Organization of American Historians, called Trump’s early weeks “totally unprecedented.”

“There’s been so much instability, so many scandals, and no legislation,” Chafe said. “By this time, Obama had already passed his stimulus package in Congress. You are talking about a completely unprecedented situation.”

Patrick Maney, a Boston College presidential historian, said many presidents have started out with troubles, but not at this level.

“This is sort of like warp speed. What is amazing to me is that this has happened in such a short time,” he said, later pointing to Trump’s anti-press approach as “rawer than any I have ever seen. Even Nixon and Clinton at their angriest with the press, it wasn’t at the same level as Trump.”

Longtime Washington, D.C., journalists and former White House correspondents also say Trump’s first month is unprecedented.

“Everything about Trump is a whole higher level of confusion because of the way he operates,” said Ron Hutcheson, a former Knight Ridder White House correspondent and past president of the White House Correspondents Association. “The media part is truly unprecedented.”

He added, “There appears to be no effort at message discipline. I am sure the comms team has one, but the president keeps stepping on it. That’s a huge change. He has experienced comms people who get the concept of, ‘let’s figure out what we want to deliver our message.’ But inevitably it gets fouled up, and usually because of something the president does.”

Marilyn Thompson, a former three-year Reuters Washington bureau chief during the Obama Administration and 27-year D.C. journalist called the administration “a rudderless ship.”

“He feels like he has stumbled in a very short time into any number of serious national security and ethical breaches that are just uncustomary,” she said. “They are hostile to the press in a way that I have never seen before and it is not a good recipe for running the country.”

Andy Alexander, a former Cox Newspapers Washington bureau chief, echoed that view: “It’s nothing new for White House officials to spin stories, shade the truth, conceal information or intentionally mislead. But what we are seeing today is routine prevarication on a large scale, with frequent assertions that are demonstrably false.”

Marvin Kalb, a D.C.-based reporter from 1963 to 1987 and former Meet the Press host, pointed to the ongoing questions about the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia.

He called it a “thoroughly remarkable inability of Congress to launch a top to bottom investigation of the Trump-Russia connection. It’s one of the most important stories at the beginning of any administration that I have ever seen.”

Clark Hoyt, a former longtime Washington reporter for Knight Ridder who covered the Nixon White House and resignation, also ran its D.C. bureau from 1987-1993 and 1999-2006. He also found no past equal to Trump’s first weeks in office.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Hoyt said. “From the moment that you come in, I have never seen an inaugural address that failed to reach out. Then declaring you are at a running war with the media, then the disorganization from within, the chaotic nature of activity within the White House.”

Asked how the press should approach such an unusual administration that attacks them, lies constantly, and seeks to divert attention, presidential historians said journalists should dig in even deeper.

“You have to ask the toughest questions you possibly can,” said Duke University’s Blight. “The press should be asking for evidence, evidence, evidence, examples, examples, examples” when claims are made.

Maney of Boston College said reporters should not let every little item or tweet distract them from focusing on bigger, in-depth stories such as Russia or large-scale policy plans.

“One error the media has made is this across-the-board criticism and ignoring some more serious issues,” he said. “Some of this is just bizarre, some of it I don’t know how the press can handle it.”

Meg Jacobs, a presidential historian at Princeton and Columbia universities, also urged journalists not to back off, even when they are attacked.

“They have to continue to call him out where they see him fabricating and straying from the truth,” she said. “They have to cover his efforts to transform the relationship with the press as a story as well as the substance of what the administration is doing.”

IMAGE: U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a translation during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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  1. dbtheonly February 23, 2017

    You mean unpresidented.

    Trump’s spelling and grammar were hilarious when done by the great Lou Costello. When done by the President of the USA, not so funny.

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  2. Dominick Vila February 23, 2017

    Ideological differences, and changes in direction, have been part of our history since we became a nation, but I don’t recall an administration – Republican or Democrat – so determined to destroy our social fabric, turn our foreign policy into chaos, and reverse all the progress that has been made during the past century in just one month.
    The only positive thing that I can say about Donald Trump is that he didn’t hide his views, his plan, or his ignorance throughout the campaign cycle. He told us, time and again, what he was planning to do, and he is doing exactly what he promised. The problem is not Trump, the problem are the millions of Americans that voted for him, and that continue to support his agenda.

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    1. dbtheonly February 23, 2017

      Dom,

      Suggest the problem is really that the Republicans have had only one policy for 8 years. Oppose President Obama. They were primed to follow that with Oppose Clinton, but the unexpected happened.

      They’ve got no plans. They’ve got no policies. They’ve got buzz words. Now they’ve got to turn those buzz words into a policy on the run.

      I’ll go you and say there is no “Trump Agenda”. There are “Trump Slogans” but that doesn’t make an agenda.

      Suggest he way to engage Republicans is to ask them the key question: how?

      1. BDD1951 February 24, 2017

        Let’s face it. The only agenda the republicans in congress have is to get re-elected. They are not there for the American people that they are supposed to represent. They are there to have an easy career at our expense. So, they are only going to do what the Kochs and others of their ilk tell them to do.

    2. itsfun February 23, 2017

      The President wants a better health care system for all Americans. He wants to fix inner city problems. He wants to protect the sovereignly of our nation. He doesn’t want boys and girls in the same bathrooms and locker rooms and showers. If that is reversing “progress” then we have a poor idea of progress.

      1. Dominick Vila February 23, 2017

        Replacing a subsidized health care system with one focused on tax credits that benefit the wealthy is not progress. His proposed corporate tax breaks do not help small businesses. Rounding people up like cattle is something reminiscent of the Third Reich. Foreign policy proposals advanced by instilling fear and exploiting ethnic, religious, and cultural intolerance is closer to the medieval tactics than what prevails nowadays in the civilized world. Trump has not proposed, or done, anything to improve our standard of living or protect our national security.

        1. mike February 23, 2017

          Rounding up criminals not cattle, something Obama totally ignored after 2013. What is very evident is when Obama did it you all just buried your heads and kept on glorifying him but now that trump is doing it all hell is breaking loose.
          Here is the type govt. is picking up.
          “approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.”
          At don’t see anything close to the simple traffic violations which you tried to use in an earlier post days ago.
          Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444999/trump-deportation-policy-obama-legal-illegal-immigration
          http://cis.org/vaughan/Map-124-criminal-aliens-released-obama-policies-charged-homicide-2010
          Try this on for size.
          http://cis.org/ICE-Document-Details-36000-Criminal-Aliens-Release-in-2013
          More
          http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ice-releases-19723-criminal-illegals-208-convicted-of-murder-900-of-sex-crimes/article/2589785
          One month in office without a full cabinet but only the left thinks that his whole agenda should be proposed and implemented. Such silliness. Dom, you are so full of sh** on so many levels

          1. Dominick Vila February 23, 2017

            According to the lCE link you provided, the majority of the 36,000 illegal immigrants that were released were guilty of traffic related violations, including DUI. I have no problem with 36,000 people who have broken our laws being deported. In fact, I support it. I have a problem with a plan to deport one million people, most of whom have never broken our laws since they came to the USA. Funny you would point out that President Obama deported more illegal immigrants than all previous Presidents, after denying it for years. Yes he did. His policy was focused on deporting criminals, not people that committed minor violations, or a blanket policy that, according to him, includes one million Mexicans and Central Americans.

          2. mike February 24, 2017

            Here is the BS you said a few days under “the problem we live with.”
            “Judging by the recent images of ICE rounding up thousands of people for “crimes” such as getting a speeding ticket, I think it is fair to say that racism in America is being supplanted by overt Fascism…and millions of fellow Americans don’t seem to mind.” Talk about fake news.
            As to the Obama deportation record read and weep. More fake news. Like the rest of the left your head is buried in the sand.
            http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-deportations-20140402-story.html
            Obama released murders, rapist, etc. so save me your Bull Sh**.
            Kelly said yesterday “that there will be no mass deportations.”

          3. CPANY March 2, 2017

            I want to deport anyone who is in America illegally. Many are criminals, even gang members.

            There’s a “town” on Long Island called Brentwood. it has a major crime problem, caused by Hispanics from El Salvadorwho are thoroughly immersed in the dope trade. Lately, because the rival gangs are engaging in murder, it’s no longer safe to be there. The Brentwood schools have been literally taken over by the Hispanic criminals.

            We need to get rid of this crap, without regard to due process.

          4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 23, 2017

            Your decimated brain can only frame responses in terms of “us versus them”.

            Will you ever grow up, become an intelligent being who has at least an ounce of integrity, and prove that you’re not 100% amoral??

            Learn to think objectively, and on your own, without having to show us links to at best questionable info. Once you develop your inert “inner eyes”, you’ll be able to present cogent and sensible posts that come from your heart and from your mind, and not originating solely from your medula oblongata and limbic system.

          5. mike February 23, 2017

            A-aron!
            Keep trying but no cigar with your stupid post.
            “Growing up” should be directed at the left. The real “us versus them” is the left.
            What I see is the left in total meltdown since November. A party with no direction, identity, and weakest not seen since 1929.

        2. itsfun February 23, 2017

          Where is it written that a new healthcare plan will be focused on tax credits to benefit the wealthy? Is that more of your made up stories? His proposed corporate tax breaks will help all of America. He has already saved jobs for Americans, look at the auto manufactures that are now committed to build new plants in America. President Trump is having immigration people enforce the laws we currently have. He is rounding up criminals. If you are so worried about the law breakers, why not have some move in with you, or you could rent a house for them and feed, cloth, educate, and give them free medical care. The Presidents foreign policy is to protect our nations sovereignty. That protects our nations security. We as a nation have every right to say who can and can’t come into this nation.

          1. Dominick Vila February 23, 2017

            Replacing ACA subsidies with tax credits was an idea advanced by Paul Ryan. In its original form, it was to be indexed in a way that the highest tax contributors would benefit the most from the tax credits. Recent statements indicate the GOP may have backed off from that idea, and that they are actually willing to leave many of the provisions in the ACA intact. The corporate tax reductions will help corporate America. It will do nothing for small business, who more often than not use different tax policies and tables to pay their obligations. As to whether or not Trump’s policies will help America, that remains to be seen. His proposed tariff on imported good will result in American consumers paying more for the imported goods they buy, it will influence inflationary trends, and will result in higher interest rates to control inflation.
            Obviously, it is also likely to encourage retaliation by the countries being targeted, which would have an adverse effect on our ability to compete against similar products made in other countries. For example, a 20% price increase of a Boeing plane may be large enough to encourage foreign customers to purchase an Airbus.

          2. itsfun February 23, 2017

            You make a post saying his health care reform was focused on tax credits, now you say that isn’t going to happen. You try to make it sound like a done deal, when you knew it wasn’t. Tax reform will help small business and citizens. What is wrong with helping corporate America? They create jobs and a high standard of living for its employees. I have read how wonderful the liberals say it was for Obama to bail out GM. Maybe the proposed tariff will help business in the US to produce products made in foreign nations at a reasonable cost. Why do you live in fear of what other countries will do in retaliation? They need us more than we need them.

          3. Dominick Vila February 23, 2017

            The only thing we know for sure is that the GOP did not have a plan to replace the ACA when they repealed it. Since the strongest objections involve the mandate and cost, the GOP has been advancing recommendations to change subsidies for tax credits. Whether or not that is in their final proposal is anyone’s guess.

          4. itsfun February 23, 2017

            Just to a search and you will find what plans and/or ideas they have.

      2. iamproteus February 23, 2017

        itsfun, if what you say is true, that’s all well and good. But it begs the question, “How is he planning to accomplish all these wonderful things?” So far, all he has said and done indicates that he doesn’t have a clue, nor do the people he has put in his cabinet! Indeed, he and his people act as if they have no intention of doing anything to accomplish those laudable goals.

      3. Sand_Cat February 23, 2017

        )))))))))))))))))))(Laughing) Not only are you dishonest and cowardly, you are the most hapless dupe EVER.
        Keep going, man! We could all use some good laughs these days. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ecdd02af95a586a6262ef97b136c88f1ab292b038e70c8b9dad18149d79ea27d.jpg

    3. idamag February 23, 2017

      Therein is the problem.

  3. itsfun February 23, 2017

    Unprecedented Is the right word for this President. He is actually doing what he said he would do. He is doing what the voters elected him to do. That is unprecedented. He has accomplished more in one month than some Presidents got done in 4 years.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 23, 2017

      Unprecedented is the word to describe the degree of ignorance and depravity, and shallowness displayed by Trump, and wholeheartedly embraced by so many of his myrmidons who show unprecedented shallowness.

    2. bobnstuff February 23, 2017

      In real terms what did he really accomplish? He put out a number of EO that have no real power since it’s the congress that must act on them. He tried to extend the war on terror but forgot to check if he had the power to do it. He has confused our allies and made a lot of people nervous but did he really accomplish anything? In Obama’s first month he put together a stimulus package. Trump hasn’t even gotten all his appointments started. He still needs 112 people. He did get 6 rounds of golf in though.

      1. itsfun February 23, 2017

        He has saved jobs, he is rounding up criminal illegal immigrants and getting them out of the US. He will be releasing another EO that will secure our borders. The President does have the power to do what he did. The federal unelected judges have no power to stop any EO. The President is just writing another to save time in the courts. Just wait until the new supreme court justice is approved and then the President takes the case to them. The President will win in the supreme court. The only reason the President still has not all of his people is the obstruction by the Democrats. How many rounds of golf did Obama play? It has been reported his vacations cost the taxpayers over 90 million.

        1. nutbar February 23, 2017

          And Trump’s excursions to Grope A Lago have cost $40 million in the first month. Thanks for being a more pathetic liar than your hero, skippy

          1. itsfun February 23, 2017

            You are the pathetic liar here and you are also the north end of a south bound horse. You are a absolute waste of my time and you have the correct handle.

        2. bobnstuff February 23, 2017

          The judges have the power to stop Trumps EO as you might have noticed. Don’t hold your breath on the SCOTUS over turning the lower court ruling. It was a badly written order. Trump makes lots of noise but gets little really done because he doesn’t understand what his powers are. Trump can’t build a wall, congress has to approve it, Trump can’t repeal the ACA, congress has to do it, Trump can’t even repeal EPA regulation, also congresses power. His latest idea for deportation plan to send all illegals to Mexico is against international law. The Democrats can’t obstruct people till Trump puts them up. No one wants to work for him. And in the last three years Obama played 38 rounds of golf. That’s one per month, Trump is over one per week and that’s after he said he wouldn’t have time to be playing golf if he was elected. In one month Trump has spent almost $11 million on travel. At this rate he will catch eight years of spending in eight months. As far as days out of the White House he looks like he could beat Bush 43’s record.

          1. itsfun February 23, 2017

            Obama spent over 90 million on family vacations.

          2. bobnstuff February 23, 2017

            And what is all these trips to Florida, Trump lives in one of the most powerful addresses on earth, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I guess he can’t play golf in DC.

          3. itsfun February 24, 2017

            Obama went to Hawaii to play golf. Must be he couldn’t play golf in DC either.

          4. bobnstuff February 24, 2017

            He went home, remember he grow up in Hawaii. He only did it after his White House was staffed, his legislation was through Congress and he had been in office for a long time. He didn’t go golfing 6 times in his first month.

          5. itsfun February 24, 2017

            Why didn’t he go to Chicago? He got elected there. The Democrats are obstructing President Trumps appointees. President Trump has gotten more done in a month than Obama ever dreamed of getting done!

          6. bobnstuff February 24, 2017

            Obama had his White House up and staffed and a stimulus package in front to congress at the end of his first month.his legislative agenda clearly stated and up and running.He didn’t waste his time grinding out useless EO’s trying to do things he had no power over. Trump must appoint people for the democrats to obstruct them. Last I heard he still had 112 people to appoint.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_presidential_trips_made_by_Barack_Obama

          7. itsfun February 24, 2017

            Why appoint when Democrats will just obstruct? If I were in the Presidents shoes, I would name who I wanted as permeant to acting with the same exact pay and authority as the permeant. He can name any acting he wants to. That way I wouldn’t have to mess with the Dems obstruction. Donald Trump has already in just one month done more than Obama did in a year.

          8. bobnstuff February 24, 2017

            That sounds like why pass bills if Obama is just going to veto them. The Democrats can’t stop Trumps picks. They haven’t even been able to really slow them down much. Face it, no one wants to work for Trump. Trump has gotten nothing done in his first month, nothing. He has made noise but in reality he has really done very little. You have a very short memory about Obama’s first year.

          9. itsfun February 24, 2017

            Jobs saved, prices slashed on fighter jets, air force one.
            The Dems did slow down approving appointees, you can lie about that all you want. People are begging to go to work for the President and remove the corrupt from Washington. He is doing exactly what he was elected to do and the old school establishment is in a panic.

            February 16
            Stream Protection: President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 38, which scraps an Obama administration environmental rule to protect waterways from coal mining waste. Trump’s administration said the rule puts mining companies at a competitive disadvantage.

            February 14
            Anti-Corruption Repeal: President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 41, which wipes away a federal rule that requires energy companies to disclose royalties and government payments. The rule was imposed by the Obama administration last year as a transparency measure. Trump’s government said it puts U.S. energy companies at a disadvantage.

            February 9
            Police Protection: Trump signed an order to review existing laws and produce legislation to better protect federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The action is a response to increased attacks against officers in the past year.
            Crime Reduction: The president ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a new federal task force to share information among agencies, develop strategies, identify deficiencies in current laws, evaluate criminal data and make recommendations for greater safety of U.S. citizens.
            Foreign Crime Fighting: Trump issued an executive order prioritizing efforts to prosecute foreign-based crimes like drug and human trafficking. It calls for stricter enforcement of laws already on the books and efforts to “identify, interdict, disrupt, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations.”

            February 3
            Wall Street Regulation: Trump signed an executive order to ease U.S. fiscal regulations in the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 — which was a response to the financial crisis and Great Recession that Trump’s administration called “overreaching.”
            Money Manager Rule: The president ordered the Labor Department to review a rule from former President Barack Obama requiring financial managers to act in their clients’ best interests when handling retirement accounts. The department will determine whether such a mandate is necessary.

            January 31
            Supreme Court: Trump nominated federal appellate Judge Neil McGill Gorsuch to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Some Democrats promised to filibuster the confirmation process after Republicans refused to hold hearings on former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland after Scalia’s death.

            January 30
            Federal regulations: Trump signed an executive order requiring that for every new federal regulation on small and large businesses, two existing regulations must be removed. He signed the document after a meeting with small business leaders. Trump said he wants to end regulatory discrepancy between big and small business.
            CIA in the NSC: White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the CIA was added to Trump’s National Security Council — something that wasn’t done by former President Barack Obama due to the creation of the national intelligence director post in 2005.

            January 28
            National Security Council: Trump reorganized the council, adding his chief strategist, Steve Bannon. The council is a panel of officials, most of them Cabinet level, who work with the president to determine the best course of action on security issues.

            January 27
            Military strength: Trump signed an executive order to provide new resources and equipment to strengthen the U.S. military. The order promises to “rebuild” American armed forces and upgrade national and global security as part of a strategy that dictates “peace through strength.” The order directs Defense Secretary James Mattis to assess the country’s military and nuclear capabilities.
            Visa vetting: Trump signed an executive order that calls for more intensive security checks for foreign nationals seeking U.S. travel visas. The action stems from a controversial proposal Trump made during his campaign — to prevent certain refugees from nations of concern, like Iraq and Syria, from reaching U.S. shores until they can be cleared.

            January 25
            Border security: Trump signed an executive action directing federal agencies to prepare for “immediate construction” of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — a controversial project that was at the center of his presidential campaign.
            Immigration enforcement: The president signed an executive order to strip federal grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities” — U.S. municipalities that protect undocumented immigrants from federal prosecution. Trump’s order also seeks to hire 10,000 additional immigration officers, build more detention centers and prioritize immigrants for deportation.

            January 24
            Oil pipelines: Trump signed executive orders that would make it possible to complete the Dakota Access and restart the process for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

            January 23
            Abortion: Trump signed a presidential memorandum reviving a rule that prevents U.S. funds from going to certain health charities around the world that counsel on abortions. Known as the Mexico City policy, it was first instituted by former President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and has been on and off the books ever since.
            Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trump signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing the United States from the trade deal with Asia. The pact has been criticized by people skeptical of its benefits and worried over its potential to kill U.S. jobs. Proponents of the deal worry that pulling out could harm relations with key allies in the region.
            Federal workforce: Trump ordered a temporary hiring freeze for federal workers, except for the military and certain security positions.

            January 20
            Obamacare: Within hours of his inauguration, Trump took his first step toward appealing the Affordable Care Act, signing an executive order calling on government agencies to “ease the burden” of the policy.
            Trump’s order asked federal agencies to “prepare to afford the states more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.”
            Homeowners insurance: The new president also suspended a scheduled insurance rate cut for new homeowners, which had been set by Barack Obama’s government. The cut would have reduced annual insurance premiums for new Federal Housing Administration loans by 25 basis points — from 0.85 to 0.60.
            Federal regulations: Trump also ordered a freeze on all new federal regulations that had not been finalized.

          10. bobnstuff February 24, 2017

            The savings on the fighter jets were announced on Dec. 17 and had been being worked on all summer.

            The EPA regulation now lets them dump mine crap in my stream, Thanks a bunch.I’m sure his mine owners will be happy, it won’t help anyone else and won’t save any miners jobs but after all who needs clean water.

            The Utility companies no longer need to let the tax payer know that they are getting their money, so much for transparency.

            Police Protection: Trump signed an order to review existing laws and
            produce legislation to better protect federal, state and local law
            enforcement officers. The action is a response to increased attacks
            against officers in the past year. The only problem is there is no increase in attacks only in the coverage of them. If you check the numbers you will find that they have been dropping along with the crime rate across the country.

            Do you remember the crash back in 2008. Do you have any idea why we have those regulation? Now the congress has Trump support to get rid of them and turn the banks back loose to rip off people. This was a gift to his Wall St. friends.

            My favorite one are the two pipe lines. One that carries Canadian oil to the port to export, not for the US and it’s really nasty oil that eats pipelines so expect leaks like the other pumping that oil. It goes through the US because the Canadians know better and wouldn’t run it though their country. It goes through a wet land area. It also will create 50 full time jobs if we are lucky. The other was move down stream because it was to close to town but it goes under a main water source at the wider point then the original path. The jobs from this one go away by mid summer bot the risk will last for a very long time.

            I have a question for you, why does the government passes regulations and how are they passed. Do you think some guy sitting in an office decides that he’s board so he will pass a regulation. There is a good reason for every regulation on the books, there were hearings before they were passed and you can’t just repeal them without going through the same steps as passing them.

            Trump is trying to do a lot of things fast but his shortcuts just don’t do the job. Lucky for him his minions don’t know enough to understand what he’s doing.

            If you look almost all of the things that Trump is taking credit for he can’t do but in fact are the job of congress.He’s a great showman but is doing a wonderful snow job on his worshipers

          11. BDD1951 February 24, 2017

            He has family in Hawaii.

          12. itsfun February 24, 2017

            Are you sure of that? His mother has passed away, who else would that be?

          13. BDD1951 February 24, 2017

            President Obama spent on average 12 million a year on travel. This AH has already spent 11.1 million. Bush kept Air Force One in the air. I don’t think any president has spent as much as he did.

          14. bobnstuff February 24, 2017

            Bush 43 was a different kind of president for sure. I fear Trump will prove to be a mix of him and Reagan. Taking the worst from each. The sad part is there are some good ideas in what Trump wants to do but he is clueless on how to do them and he has all the wrong ideas on so many other thing. Add in his inner circle and we could end up with a destroyed nation or even destroyed world. Bush 43 took 879 vacation days to Obama’s 150. Lets see how Trump comes out. I put my money on 250 in four years.

          15. Sand_Cat February 23, 2017

            Yeah, sure. That figure from your ass, or someone else’s?
            Despite your lies and projection, Bush spent far more time on vacation, and didn’t do much that was good even when he was “working.”

          16. itsfun February 23, 2017

            The Constitution clearly gives the President the power to control our borders. If President Trump had wanted he could have just ignored them. What could they do? He is in charge of the Army.

          17. bobnstuff February 23, 2017

            The spending of money falls under the power of the Congress, Trump can build anything he wants as long as he doesn’t spend any money doing it. Also Trump is limited on domestic use of the Army for law enforcement. Our country is set up so Trump has limited powers, Three branches of government with equal power. It what our founders had in mind.

          18. itsfun February 24, 2017

            Must be Obama didn’t know that.

          19. bobnstuff February 24, 2017

            He sure did, he went hat in hand to congress a number of times and came back empty. He asked for money to deal with the illegals and was turned down. Obama know how the government worked, he know how to write an EO that didn’t need to be explained what he meant by it. He had people who understood the rules. We are seeing on the job training going on with people who can’t figure out how to turn on a light,

          20. itsfun February 24, 2017

            Obama was a complete case of OJT. He was in the Senate for one term, and spent that campaigning, not learning how Washington works. President Trump was elected because of the way Washington works. You are seeing extremely successful people in this new administration as the President drains the swamp. He is doing what he said he would do in his campaign and that is another reason he was elected. The power brokers in DC are so afraid of losing their power and money they are willing to do and say anything to try and stop President Trump. The establishment people in both parties are in a panic.

          21. bobnstuff February 24, 2017

            Obama didn’t embarrass himself with his orders. He didn’t need everything he said explained and there was one voice coming from the White House, unlike Trump who no one knows what will come out of his mouth. Trump hasn’t drained the swamp but instead filled it with Alligators. The power brokers are still there and expect a big pay off. Everything they have dreamed of they find in Trump and the Republicans.

          22. itsfun February 24, 2017

            Obama embarrassed the entire nation when he drew red lines then backed down from them. He embarrassed the nation with his being able to keep your doctor and insurance. He lied about what the costs would be. He lied about fast and furious. The alligators as you call them will eat the power brokers.

          23. bobnstuff February 24, 2017

            Trump has the British Parliament debating if the should let him have an official state visit. The Swedes are still joking about him. He has had to send people out all over the world to explain what he is saying. He has already had to fire one of his closest advisors and in under investigation by both the FBI and Congress and he’s only one month in. You have to scrape form 8 years to get close to what Trump has done in one month. By the way it’s the alligators that the power brokers work for.

          24. Sand_Cat February 23, 2017

            Yes, you’d like that, wouldn’t you? Good old Fascist police state, highly militarized, no inconvenient constitution, no laws the president can’t ignore.

        3. Sand_Cat February 23, 2017

          “Saved jobs”? Sure. Wanna buy a bridge?

    3. Sand_Cat February 23, 2017

      Welcome to never-never land. You haven’t got the guts or the honesty to admit you voted a malicious moron who is probably seriously mentally ill, something that was plain from his speech announcing he was running in the first place, and you never will admit it!

    4. I Am Helpy February 26, 2017

      What has he done, other than fail to implement some racist bans?

      I mean, we’re coming up to a week after he said he would have ISIS defeated – where’s the progress on that.

  4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 23, 2017

    It will only get worse, and Trumpists and Trumpistas who are so easily impressed by buffoonery and irrational behavior(a standard quality that’s become the norm in many quarters) feel obliged to keep feeding Trump’s ego.

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  5. yabbed February 23, 2017

    Mental illness is by definition chaotic. That is Trump. He must be impeached for the sake of this country.

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    1. Dan S February 23, 2017

      Seriously sick in the head Trump truly is. I know I just can’t bear the idea that for now he’s the so-called President for the next four years. I know I can’t tolerate it after just a month of his infantile behavior spawning town halls across the nation. People are rightly upset at the unpredictable chaotic nature of this man and there needs to be a way to remove him from office before we’re facing a true national emergency that he’s ill equipped to handle

      1. yabbed February 23, 2017

        And beyond that, there is a serious meanness in Trump that reflects so badly on our country.

        1. idamag February 23, 2017

          Most of these people, I know, that voted for him have a meanness in them.

      2. idamag February 23, 2017

        We’re going to have to bear it. Let us hope he stays on the course he is on and even the confederate states get so fed up that they will vote the t-potty people, they put in congress, out.

      3. BDD1951 February 24, 2017

        There are predictions that he will be gone by mid-summer. Let us all pray he will. And you non believers, do whatever you do instead of praying. We need all the help we can get to make it happen.

    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 23, 2017

      Indeed! The longer Donald J. Trump is allowed to carry on this charade, the more culpable Congress will be as a group in the aftermath of Trump’s eventual collapse.

  6. rednekokie February 23, 2017

    The answer is, IMHO, that the man simply does not know what he is doing — and probably never has known — which is probably why so many of his business dealings have been utter failures.
    A very dangerous person to have his finger on the nuclear trigger.

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  7. FT66 February 23, 2017

    Folks, Trump didn’t deserve at all to sit in the White House. The man doesn’t have any leadership skills to lead anyone. Will you allow me to sit in the plane while knowing I know nothing in flying and try to fly you even a mile? Of course not. Then why did you allow Trump to lead the country without having any knowledge of how to do it?

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  8. Eleanore Whitaker February 23, 2017

    Trump thought he could erase all of his debts by being president. There are many whispers in NY City about Trump not really being a billionaire at all. Trump IS a world class BS artist. He ices his cakes so thick with lies and exaggerations that eventually the cake can’t hold the weight of the icing.

    Anyone who has lived in the NY/NJ Metro area knows the Trump BS artistry. How can we not? After all, NY City has been his chief means of grifter support for decades.

    He thought he would run this government like he has always run his Trump Organization: absolute power, point and delegate to those he KNOWS are not qualified for the jobs and then when it falls apart thanks to his moronic phony corporate style decisions, everyone else gets the blame. Never Trump the Untouchable.

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    1. InGen12 February 23, 2017

      If voters had just bothered to do a little research on the man, they would have known he isn’t a great, or even good, businessman. He runs his company with the same chaos and unorganization that he’s now running our country with. He’s never been a proper CEO, never filled out a resume, or applied for a job. Had he actually had a couple of jobs working for someone other than his father, he might have picked up some management skills. But we all know that the only skills he picked up were grifter skills from daddy dearest.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker February 23, 2017

        The facts about how “NOT” successful Trump is lie with his record of hirings and firings over the past 3 decades. Back in the 80s, I worked as a tech recruiter from 1978 until 1982. Here in NJ, recruiters avoided Trump’s business like the plague. We’d already heard that he refused to pay the commissions he contracted for when he handed out job orders to recruit for employees for his real estate business.

        He was toxic then and has only grown worse now. Look how many people he has already either forced to resign or fired. Look how many refused job with him in his cabinet. Out of over 561 jobs jobs he is supposed to fill, he has filled less than 100.

        That speaks volumes of what an irresponsible skank Trump is.

      2. BDD1951 February 24, 2017

        There are republicans that vote the party no matter who’s running. A immense amount of voters that voted for him had never voted before. They are mostly ignorant asses. I worked the election and a couple of these guys came in and wanted to know if they were going to get a printout of their vote. How were they going to know that their vote was going to be counted right. Stupid people. They must have come up out of the river bottom somewhere. Also, here in Texas, abortion has become the only thing that they think about. I say abortion will never be illegal again. If it did, all those politicians would have to send their mistresses and daughters to other countries for their abortions.

    2. idamag February 23, 2017

      It will not surprise me if trump tries to have the U.S. declare bankruptcy. He siad during the campaign the U.S. should default on their loans. The Constitution forbids this, but they have ignored the Constitution in the past.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker February 23, 2017

        We are now in the midst of a government with such massive lies and distortions. That can never be good no matter how the Republicans try to launder it.

        So, it wouldn’t surprise me that the very same Trump who owes millions in fines and lawsuits would now try to pull off a US bankruptcy with Republican approval. The problem is that if he does that every country of the world we owe debts to will also take the same ripple effect Bush’s 2008 Sept. Financial meltdown took…a house of cards where ALL international banks connected to the US began to collapse.

        Trump tweeted on Tuesday that his presidency shouldn’t be “held captive by the U.S. Constitution.” Either he tweeted this at 5 AM when he should have been asleep or he just couldn’t resist fighting rules and regulations Mommy Mary Ann taught him he was entitled to flout.

        One thing about Trump is certain: He hates anything that gets in his way.

        1. idamag February 23, 2017

          His presidency shouldn’t be held captive by the Constitution? Does that mean he will abolish the second amendment? I wish the scratch-ass-and-spit people could see where this is going.

    3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 23, 2017

      Ditto all that you said. Trump has gotten away with far too much for far too long.

  9. idamag February 23, 2017

    I have to agree with John McCain that this attempt to suppress the press is the avenue to the end of democracy and the way to a dictatorship. This has happened before in history and those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. However, those of us, who do will be doomed along with the dumbasses.

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    1. FireBaron February 23, 2017

      And that was something even Cheney, with his love of secrecy and micromanagement, refused to consider!

  10. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 23, 2017

    Yes, it’s unprecedented that narcissism, a rape/groper-complex, is seen on a nation-wide scale as being acceptable; it’s unprecedented that greed should be rewarded so gratuitously by an equally unprecedented lack of morality openly embraced by so many Christians; it’s unprecedented that the electorate who railed against a monarchy and lack of religious freedom in Europe back in the 15th century would embrace billionaires and settle for an unapologetic plutocratic form of governance, and religious intolerance; it’s unprecedented that a boorish ill-mannered “Christian” on paper would be so honored and shown adulation by so many other “Christians” despite his openly lewd behavior, attacks against women, and having an openly anti-Christian attitude towards other fellow human beings; it’s unprecedented that so many in Congress with roll over and play dead in the face of an openly hostile rabid person who exalts ego above humility and who so glowingly praises Russia’s henchman—one in a long line of henchman dating back to the Czars; and it’s unprecedented that a nation that was a leader and beacon of progress and a form of openness to others would allow itself to shut it doors, take an isolationist approach to world affairs, and think of nothing besides jobs and building walls.

    It’s NOT the economy that’s the problem—rather, it’s the loss of a soul on the part of Trump, Congress, and their supporters, and the lack of “inner eyes”, “inner ears”, and rectitude of conduct on the part of a majority in the nation. The failing economy is just one of the many symptoms of a sickness of a nation that failed to address historical inequities with courage and resolve, is enamored with an economic model that values greed, individualism without a sense of connectedness, selfishness at the expense of empathy and reciprocity, and failed to pay adequate attention to the necessity of providing and encouraging all to get an education—a type of education that benefits not just the individual, but all of humanity. The latter inattention is why so many have boxed themselves into corners due to lack of initiative to educate themselves to the point of being flexible to learn new skills in order to have multiple job options in the event that other forms of employment prove obsolete and unnecessary in a changing world.

    A thriving and vibrant economy begins with the development of inner qualities and virtuous behavior—not the other way around. “Make America First” must take on a completely different using the Vision of Baha’ullah as the starting point, and bolstered and elucidated based on the interpretations of Abdu’l Baha and Shoghi Effendi, along with a guiding hand Not from Congress and the Presidency, but by the insights and “inner eye/inner ear” of the Universal House of Justice.

    Russia and China alone serve as vivid reminders of what can happen to a nation that lacks the vision, positive features, and attention to basing society on spiritual values, and instead turned to man-made ideologies that glorify the State while degrading ignoring a firm spiritual foundation. It will only get worse for such nations, and impact the rest of the world subsequently and in parallel.

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  11. rhallnj February 23, 2017

    NYC real estate comes close to being a gold mine; values have gone up about 3500% since the 70’s when Trump started. What I can’t figure out is how someone managed to bankrupt himself 3-6 times dealing with a sure thing. What kind of a businessman is he? It seems all he has really accomplished is borrowing a lot of money from questionable, unknown sources.

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  12. Beethoven February 24, 2017

    As the article kept repeating over and over, this president and his administration are truly unprecedented (as well as being “unpresidented”). Those of us with common sense and awareness of facts could see that this would happen, and tried our best to prevent it, but unfortunately there were enough totally ignorant voters who fell for Trump’s lies to put into office the most unqualified and most incompetent (by far) president ever to hold the office.

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  13. ivory69690@yahoo.com February 24, 2017

    wow the DUMPSTER cant get the media to lie for him like his brain washed and brain dead staff the step is too the DONNY DUMP CLOWN SHOW new act blocking the media from briefing well I say the media should stand together and anytime the DUMPSTER himself want to talk to the news from his addiction of attention the media should just boycott the clown . really all that comes out of his DUMPSTER mouth full of crap are lies anyway media just print what you think and feel with out having any contact with the whole DONNY DUMP CLOWN SHOW . you be getting a lot closer to the truth if you did that and stop listening to the DUMPERSTER’S side you would be a lot closer to the truth

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