‘This Isn’t a Reality Show’: Internet Outraged After Trump Tells Texans in Hurricane’s Path ‘Good Luck!’
‘Good Luck to Everybody’
Before PresidentÂ Trump headed off for a weekend at Camp David with his family, he ordered the vice president to cancel his trip to Nevada and stay in the White House as Hurricane Harvey begins to bear down on Texas and nearby states.Â
Walking to his helicopter Friday afternoon, reporters asked Trump if he had a message for the people of Texas.
“Good luck to everybody,” Trump responded after giving reporters the thumbs up. “Good luck to everybody. They’re going to be safe. Good luck,” he said,Â as he waved goodbye.
Pres. Trump to the people of Texas while departing the White House to head to Camp David: “Good luck to everybody.” https://t.co/6TtXa1kben pic.twitter.com/IMbNdfuE2Q
â€” ABC News (@ABC) August 25, 2017
He also made a fist and pushed into the air as if to say, “be strong.”
Hurricane Harvey is currently a category 3 storm. It’s being compared to Hurricane Katrina. Millions of Americans are in its path. It’s the worst hurricane to hit the U.S. in 12 years. Sadly, as hard as it is to say, people are going to be injured, and some people are in all likelihoodÂ going to die.
The Internet is not amused.
Trump’s remarks are being received just as his comments about ten Navy sailors who died last weekend when the USS John S. McCain was accidentally rammed by a fuel tanker three times its size.
“That’s too bad,” Trump told reporters Sunday night as he was exiting Air Force One.Â
Friday afternoon, on Twitter, people responded to Trump’s cavalier “good luck” remarks.Â
This isn’t a reality show, Mr. President.
People will likely die. Homes will be destroyed. The country needs leadership, not best wishes.
â€” Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 25, 2017
With U.S. set to be hit by first major hurricane in more than a decade, it’s just inexcusable for Trump not to cancel Camp David vacation.
â€” Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 25, 2017
Trump encapsulated: Horrible storm coming. Trump leaves for getaway … after two week vacation. His leadership? Wishes TX “good luck.” https://t.co/fLdnFuSD8s
â€” Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) August 25, 2017
Trump treats people facing a Cat 3 Hurricane like contestants on The Apprentice. “Good Luck”
â€” Longs Peak 14,259′ (@OskarMac2020) August 25, 2017
As Trump leaves for Camp David he was asked “What your message for people in Texas?” He said “Good luck everybody” & gave a thumbs up! WTF?
â€” USMC-SS (@USMC_DD1) August 25, 2017
Trumpâ€™s â€œgood luckâ€ & fist pump was basically the worst message imaginable. Donâ€™t leave things up to luck, and donâ€™t try to play tough guy. pic.twitter.com/hcH0C5eBHJ
â€” Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 25, 2017
I have an 82 year old aunt and a mes of cousins in Houston. All #Trump has to offer is good luck? Asshat!
â€” Cindy Robertson (@Monkeys2Fly) August 25, 2017
Once again, @realDonaldTrump shows he has NO true empathy.https://t.co/yxnxIJRyDP
â€” Shareblue Media (@Shareblue) August 25, 2017
Well, President Trump did his part, as he was leaving for holidays, he wished “good luck” to people of Texas! How sweet! ðŸ˜¡
â€” Eleanor (@Eleanor30832298) August 25, 2017
Speaking of Trump running off to Camp David in the middle of a disaster, remember when he said Hurricane Sandy was “good luck” for Obama pic.twitter.com/XNQfGxD42p
â€” Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) August 25, 2017
Heartless ass! Trump has a message for Texans in the path of Hurricane Harvey: “Good luck.” https://t.co/qmhaq4Tj3X
â€” Kelly R Hart (@KellyRHart) August 25, 2017
Does Trump NOT UNDERSTAND this is NOT how a LEADER acts? Good luck??????? https://t.co/dDPnr8s7Lc
â€” Diane (@ddusick1) August 25, 2017
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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
‘National Security Implications’: Former DOJ Official Speculates on Ruling Ordering Trump Attorney to Hand Over Docs
A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.
RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify
Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
According to an NBC News report from October, Corcoran directed another Trump attorney, Christina Bobb, to sign the letter claiming a thorough search of Mar-a-Lago had been made and all classified or “sensitive” documents had been returned. That was proven untrue after federal agents, executing a search warrant, recovered hundreds of documents with classified markings.
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