On Monday, President Donald Trump was once again busted in a lie after claiming the government of China called him and asked to restart talks over his disastrous trade war.
But this seems more egregious than a typical Trump lie, wrote CNN contributor Garrett Graff — as an attempt to mislead world powers about the state of international diplomacy, it could have serious consequences for America’s ability to conduct discussions of any sort, especially in an international crisis situation:
It kind of seems like a big deal that Donald Trump is just *inventing* phone calls with a key foreign adversary. If this is true, this seems a serious escalation of his lying—and bodes poorly for a future crisis. https://t.co/TgKQxHEas2
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) August 26, 2019
Trump’s tariff hikes on Chinese goods in 2018 alone cost consumers $32 billion, threatening jobs and economic activity across the country. But there is no sign China is interested in negotiating for a deal to end the standoff.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested that China doesn’t even need to negotiate with the United States — they may decide to just step back, let Trump’s tariffs ruin his own economy, and negotiate with the next administration when people vote Trump out over the losses.
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Majority of Americans Support Impeachment Over Ukraine Charges – Including One Third of Republicans
Poll taken before bombshell documents made public
The tide is turning fast against President Donald Trump. A solid majority of Americans support impeaching the President of the United States over the charges in the whistleblower’s complaint, according to a just-published YouGov poll taken two days ago – before explosive documents, including the telephone call readout, or “transcript,” and the actual unclassified whistleblower’s complaint were made public over the past 30 or so hours.
55% of Americans support impeaching President Trump, 26% oppose, and 19% don’t know.
“If President Donald Trump suspended military aid to Ukraine in order to incentivize the country’s officials to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, and his son, would you support or oppose impeachment?”
2805 U.S. adults were questioned on September 24, YouGov reports.
The majority of Democrats (76%), the majority of independents (51%), and one third (32%) of Republicans all said they would support impeachment when asked that question.
Wow. New YouGov poll on impeachment over Ukraine scandal shows support from 76% of Democrats and 51% of independents…but the number that should scare the hell out of Trump & the GOP is that it's also supported by 32% of Republicans. https://t.co/HDwzUSGu6I pic.twitter.com/AJmgEi7Sb0
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) September 26, 2019
Trump Loots Millions From FEMA to Send Migrants Back to Mexico – Just as Hurricane Season Starts
The Trump administration is taking millions of dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund and rerouting the monies to strengthen its migrant operations and build more temporary hearing locations for asylum-seekers in Mexico, literally hours before a hurricane is expected to hit land in Puerto Rico, and later, in Florida.
$271 million will be pulled from the Dept. of Homeland Security, including $155 million directly from FEMA’s operations, CNN adds, “to support its policy of returning some migrants to Mexico.”
“Combined with existing space, the funding would allow ICE to detain nearly 50,000 immigrants at one time,” NBC News reports. “ICE would gain $155 million, all from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund.”
Homeland Security “will lose $116 million previously allocated for Coast Guard operations, aviation security and other components in order to fund nearly 6,800 more beds for immigrant detainees,”
Earlier Tuesday afternoon President Trump tweeted an attempt to deny Puerto Rico emergency funds while blaming the U.S territory for sitting in the path of tropical storms and hurricanes and lying about funding he claimed they have already received.
2975 people in Puerto Rico died during and after 2017’s Hurricane Maria, thanks in part to the Trump administration’s botched operations and lack of concern.
Former Dem Senator Hilariously Nails Perfect Impression of ‘Pouting’ Trump at G7 Because Nobody ‘Likes Him’ There
During the “Overtime” segment of HBO’s Real Time, former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) made fun of Donald Trump before he arrived at the G7 summit in France, saying he will pout his way through the weekend because the other world leaders loathe him.
With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.
After the two posed as Trump and German leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.
“Pouting, the president will pout,” she smirked. “Because people don’t like him. and he knows they don’t like him. And when people don’t like him, he pouts.”
“It’s embarrassing, it’s not just ridiculous,” she added. “And it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous with everything that is going on.”
Host Maher added, “He shouldn’t even go, he doesn’t even want to be there.”
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