After more than a year and a half in office, you might have guessed Donald Trump would have figured out this whole “president” thing. But you’d be wrong.
As BuzzFeed showed in a new report Thursday night, Trump is often inept at achieving the most basic functions of his office, taking to Twitter when he should be going through official channels. And many in the government, BuzzFeed reports, have taken to just ignoring Trump’s tweets, even when they appear to be orders or directives.
One recent example of this phenomenon is Trump’s announcement that he was withdrawing the United States from the joint communique agreed to by the leaders at the G7 summit. He had initially signed on to the communique but later tweeted that he was pulling out because Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was mean to him.
“Since Trump’s tweet, however, there has been no formal or official follow-up by the US on the president’s demand, the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said,” BuzzFeed reported.
“The White House and State Dept. are actively ignoring the tweets of the president,” a source reportedly told the outlet. “It’s like there’s a reality TV president, in his own bubble, thinking he controls stuff. It’s like The Truman Show.”
Because of that, it seems the Trump’s initial agreement to the communique stands, regardless of his tweet. A similar situation played out at first when Trump announced on Twitter that he was banning all transgender people from serving in the military, which came as a major shock to military leadership.
Eventually, the White House followed the tweet with an official memorandum, but the action has been blocked in court. The judge indicated that the government hadn’t provided any indication that the “ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effective on the military at all.”
And just this week, Trump tweeted at Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he should end the Mueller probe. Sessions is apparently ignoring that directive, as well.
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Trump Erupts in Fury Attacking Fox News for Not Rigging Poll That Shows Biden Would Beat Him
President Donald Trump is blasting his favorite cable news channel for releasing a poll showing the current Democratic frontrunner would beat him in the 2020 race for the White House.
Fox News polls, according to Trump, are “at it again. So different from what they used to be during the 2016 Primaries,” he tweeted, saying they used to be “Proud Warriors!” for him.
“Now new Fox Polls, which have always been terrible to me (they had me losing BIG to Crooked Hillary), have me down to Sleepy Joe,” referring to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, in fact, did lose “big” to Hillary Clinton, in the popular vote, which is what polls measure.
And he insists “there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One.”
Not that it affected the poll, but Friday morning the federal government announced GDP growth slowed to 2.1% in the second quarter, down from 3.1%.
….the fact that I have gone through a three year vicious Witch Hunt, perpetrated by the Lamestream Media in Collusion with Crooked and the Democrat Party, there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
Trump Accuses FBI Officials Who Investigated Him of ‘Treason’ – After Being Told It’s a Death Penalty Crime
President Donald Trump was asked about his recent accusations of “treason,” and on Thursday afternoon named the FBI officials involved in investigating him, claiming they are guilty of the capital crime.
The President, as The Washington Post notes, has no idea what the word actually means.
“Sir,” NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander said to Trump, “the Constitution says treason is punishable by death.”
The President nodded.
“You’ve accused your adversaries of treason,” Alexander continued. “Who specifically are you accusing of treason?” he challenged.
“Well,” Trump, only too happy to entertain the question, said, “I think a number of people. And I think what you look is that they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person.”
Trying to “take down the wrong person” is not treason, despite the President’s propensity for equating himself with the federal government and with the country overall.
“If you look at Comey,” Trump added, referring to Jim Comey, the FBI Director who Trump fired, the act that kicked off the start of the Mueller investigation. “If you look at McCabe,” he said, referring to his former deputy director of the FBI.
“And if you look at people probably higher than that,” Trump said, an apparent attack on Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and President Barack Obama, who were both in charge when the Russia investigation (not the Mueller investigation) first began. Trump has previously, falsely accused them of spying on him and wiretapping him.
“If you look at Strzok, if you look at his lover Lisa Page, his wonderful lover. The two lovers,” Trump said, mockingly, referring to the former FBI attorney and to former Chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section Peter Strzok.
Calling it “an absolutely ridiculous assertion,” The Washington Post’s Phillip Bump writes, “unless Comey and McCabe raised an army to take on the U.S. military or provided direct aid to countries who are officially at war with the U.S. — countries to be named later — they didn’t commit treason. By definition.”
REPORTER: Sir, the constitution says treason is punishable by death. You’ve accused your adversaries of treason. Who specifically are you accusing of treason?
TRUMP: A number of people. If you look at Comey, McCabe, if you look at Strzok, his lover Lisa Page… 😳 pic.twitter.com/6louyWsqaa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 23, 2019
‘Tick Tock Sweetheart’: Terrified Trump Gets Mocked for Gaslighting About ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’
Four days after the release of Attorney General William Barr’s redacted version of the Mueller report President Donald Trump is both claiming it exonerates him while attacking Mueller’s team and the report.
And now he’s gaslighting Americans about the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and what acts rise to the level of impeachable offenses.
Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019
Trump is wrong on all counts. Notice, also, he’s neglected to include treason and bribery.
Article Two of the United States Constitution clearly states:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The Constitution does not define bribery, or “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
And the Mueller report in no way exonerated him, certainly not from obstruction – as much as he claims it did.
Meanwhile, if Democrats committed crimes, why is the Dept. of Justice not investigating and prosecuting those “crimes”?
On social media, Trump’s tweet garnered a good deal of mockery – and attempts to educate the President on impeachment:
sounds like you’re trying to convince yourself here
tick tock sweetheart
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) April 22, 2019
So your response to murmurs of impeachment is to lie about the findings of the report and then investigate your political opponents?
Is that what you are going with?
This should be a nice exhibit for your impeachment proceedings!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) April 22, 2019
— GirlSparky 🏖 (@girlsparky_) April 22, 2019
That’s not how any of this works, dotard. Nice try though.
— (((John M. Becker))) (@freedom2marry) April 22, 2019
From Article 1 of impeachment of Clinton: “William Jefferson Clinton has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice” Trump has done Worse!
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 22, 2019
1) “High crimes and misdemeanors” does not mean you have to break the law.
2) Even if it did, Trump is currently an unindicted co-conspirator in felony crimes stemming from Mueller’s investigation that federal prosecutors say his personal lawyer committed at his direction https://t.co/kTkMUSGBYL
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) April 22, 2019
Actually I would refer you to Volume 2, page 154 of report -it’s clear Mueller found you committed witness intimidation and obstruction of justice in your public attacks on Michael Cohen and his father in law which Mueller noted were intended “discourage” Cohen from cooperating: pic.twitter.com/Us1rt1kg10
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 22, 2019
The *only* reason Trump wasn’t charged is b/c he’s in office.🙄https://t.co/j8Tkdnav2r
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) April 22, 2019
this is just embarrassing https://t.co/QHZ643b3cw
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) April 22, 2019
Regardless of whether Trump committed the crime of obstruction, “high crimes” do not have to be actual criminal offenses. It’s not true that “you can’t” impeach without criminal offenses. pic.twitter.com/RMvsKUA92p
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 22, 2019
Fun fact: “High crimes and misdemeanors” isn’t defined in the Constitution – something Trump would know if he didn’t struggle with reading. Congress could impeach Donald Trump for jaywalking https://t.co/cF47ajWPhL
— Impeachy Keen Wisco 🏴☠️ (@Wisco) April 22, 2019
When the president has to deny impeachment charges, he’s losing. https://t.co/NWrfXlx8Cz
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) April 22, 2019
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