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‘Spectacularly Petty’: Trump Gets Brutalized for Having to Be Forced to Release Statement Honoring McCain



‘Ironically, It Took John McCain To Bring Donald Trump To His Knees Over The U.S. Flag’

President Donald Trump’s refusal as Commander-in-Chief to pay respects to Sen. John McCain has drawn national outrage, and in response Trump has finally, although grudgingly, reversed course. The White House flag is back at half-staff and the president issued a half-hearted statement paying tribute, if you can call it that, to the late Arizona Senator’s memory.

But Trump’s personal resentment of Senator McCain has guided his actions and too much damage has been caused.

First, here was Trump today being asked if he had anything to say about the late Republican Senator.

The White House posted the statement to its Twitter account, and the Press Secretary also tweeted it out. Neither President Trump’s @POTUS account nor his personal @realDonaldTrump account have tweeted the statement.

Trump is being berated on social media:

Just how petty?

Read Trump’s statement, released late Monday afternoon, about 48 hours after Sen. McCain’s passing:

Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.

I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.

At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.

Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.

Missing from Trump’s remarks: the words “hero,” “statesman,” and “patriot.”

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Trump Names His Black Supporters via Twitter



Donald Trump at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

President Donald Trump, stung by recent poll numbers, took to Twitter to apparently name all of his black friends.

The President name checked a number of black celebrities, including Tiger Woods, Kanye West, George Foreman, and Jim Brown, while suggesting that “even more” endorse his presidency.

The tweets come on the heel of a Rasmussen Poll showing the President currently has a 36% approval rating amongst black Americans. It was at 18% last year, per Rasmussen. The Rasmussen poll often shows higher approval numbers for Trump and other right-leaning candidates versus other outlets.

Trump’s approval rating per a Washington Post-ABC News poll paints a grimmer picture, with Trump’s poll numbers down to 36%, including a drop amongst both Republicans and white voters.

The same poll shows Trump’s support amongst black Americans at a mere 3%.

Woods’ comments, mentioned in the Tweet, were fairly noncommittal. When he was asked by reporters about his relationship with the President after the Northern Trust tournament in New Jersey, Woods said very little.

“Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” he said. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency,” said Woods.

When pressed further, asking how people of color may feel threatened by Trump, Woods once again ducked the question.

“He’s the president of the United States and you have to respect the office,” said Woods. “No matter who’s in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”

Woods then brushed off any further comments.

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