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‘Something Nefarious Going On’: Obama Deputy Chief of Staff Doesn’t Buy White House Claims on Trump’s Health

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The deputy chief of staff for operations in the Obama administration broke down on Monday why the White House claims on President Donald Trump’s surprise Saturday visit to Walter Reed Hospital.

Jim Messina, who also was the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, was interviewed Monday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” by anchor Lawrence O’Donnell.

O’Donnell noted the note the White House physician sent to White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham:

“You know how doctors deal with physical exams,” O’Donnell said to Messina. “How does this all read to you?”

“Not great, Lawrence,” Messina replied.

“If you look at the statement, they said, routine planned visit, and then one sentence later said, because of scheduling irregularities, we did this, we wanted it all to be off the record. You can’t have both of those things be true.”

Messina found two fatal flaws in the White House argument.

“If it was a routine planned thing, you never would do it at Walter Reed — you would have done all that stuff at the White House facilities, which are state of the art and amazing,” he explained. “If it was just routine stuff, you never would have taken him out.”

“And if you were going to take him for a routine visit to Walter Reed, you would have announced it, you would have had a photo op with the troops, you would have done a bunch of things that are regular to do,” he continued.

“The second problem, Lawrence, this is the problem when you have a White House who lies about everything, is you can’t believe them about anything,” Messina said. “You just have an absolute sense that all of this is lying and when you trot out a 10 P.M. memo from a doctor, you know they’re likely worried about something, and the problem is the truth is probably that there is something nefarious going on.”

“And Jim — quickly, before we go — there is this additional element of, we have not seen the president. And when this controversy erupts, one of the first things I think you would do is say, let’s get the president on camera, let’s show him, let’s show that he’s doing just fine,” O’Donnell said. “And Donald Trump inviting in the cameras is something they do all the time, but not since he’s gone to the hospital.”

“Yeah, it’s his favorite thing in the world, him being on TV is what he loves more than breathing, so the easiest thing would be to trot him out at the White House and do a quick photo op,” Messina said. “Anything would be easy.”

“And why didn’t they do that?” he wondered.

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Fox & Friends Defends Trump for Lying That Mexico Would Pay for the Wall Because ‘He Doesn’t Want to Make Them Mad’

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Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt is defending President Donald Trump for lying for years about Mexico paying for his border wall by saying “he doesn’t want to make them mad,” and  suggesting that at least Americans aren’t paying for it via tariffs. They are, however, paying for it directly, via taxes.

“A lot of people, especially Democrats, are saying, ‘I thought you said Mexico is going to pay for the wall?'” Earhardt told Fox News viewers Thursday, ahead of airing an interview with the president.

“He said, ‘I could easily slap a 5% tariff on their automobiles and other goods that are coming into the U.S.’ He said, ‘I don’t want to do that right now, because Mexico is so helpful because they’ve brought out 27,000 soldiers on the border to try and prevent people from coming into our country.”

What neither Earhardt nor the president understood – or, at least, admitted – is that “slapping a 5% tariff” on goods coming in from Mexico means Americans would be paying the increased costs, not Mexico.

Trump refuses to admit that it is Americans who ultimately are forced to pay the cost of his tariffs, not the country exporting the goods.

“So he doesn’t want to make them mad by slapping tariffs because he said they’ve been so helpful, unlike Congress.”

Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall, U.S. taxpayers are. And exactly zero miles of new border wall fencing has been constructed.

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Fox & Friends: Mueller Testimony ‘Didn’t Change Anything…It Changed Everything, Because It Really Did Clear the President’

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The “Fox & Friends” co-hosts Thursday morning continued their jobs as the cheerleading squad for the Trump presidency, heaping twisted, illogical, false praise on President Donald Trump so heavily that he turned around and tweeted it out to his 62 million followers.

Speaking about Wednesday’s testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before two House committees, co-host Ainsley Earhardt shared her utterly false hot takes with millions of Fox News viewers, but mostly with the all-important audience of one.

“I guess because it didn’t change anything,” Earhardt said, “we’re just where we were the day before, it changed everything, because it really did clear the president.”

It did not, in fact, clear the president.

Media Matters’ Bobby Lewis, whose job it is to watch “Fox & Friends” every day, encapsulated the direct-to-Trump-to-Twitter timeline:

To be clear of just how false Earhardt’s take was, as The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer noted, “Mueller testified that the president is an unprosecuted felon,” and “the president and his campaign welcomed Russian interference, benefited from it, tried to deflect blame from Russia, then tried to block the investigation.”

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Trump Just Tweeted His First-Ever LGBT Pride ‘Statement’ – While Ignoring All His Anti-LGBT Attacks

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It’s a first.

President Donald Trump has just tweeted a short statement recognizing LGBT Pride month – his first-ever recognition of June as Pride month. True to form, his tweets were self-congratulatory and self-promotional. But most importantly, they are a cheap attempt to cover up his horrific record on LGBTQ civil rights.

“As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals,” Trump tweeted, “on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!” he concluded.

That “effort” is not even boilerplate: there is no actual “campaign” to decriminalize homosexuality. When asked about it weeks after its “launch” Trump told reporters he wasn’t even aware it existed.

Trump’s recognition of Pride month comes just one day after his State Dept. quietly announced the formation of a new “Commission on Unalienable Rights” to “provide fresh thinking” on “natural law and natural rights,” which is code via the Christian right for anti-LGBT policies.

Let’s not forget two years ago, July 26, when Trump out of the blue and without notifying any of his military experts, announced via Twitter he was enacting a complete and total ban on all transgender service members in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Trump support of attacks on women’s reproductive rights, including the eight abortion bans passed into law this year alone, adversely affect LGBT people, especially “lesbian young women in particular are two to ten times more likely to become pregnant than heterosexual youth.”

Or Trump’s unprecedented flooding of the federal court system, including the U.S. Supreme Court, with judges who are openly and at times openly-hostile to civil rights and equality for LGBT people.

Or his embrace of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, white supremacists, and the religious right – all of whom are actively working to deprive LGBTQ people of their rights.

Or his decision to allow Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and his Attorneys General to dismantled literally every protection enacted under President Barack Obama for transgender people in America – including transgender youth.

President Trump has already proven he is the most anti-LGBT president in American history.

Two tweets don’t erase years of not just neglect, but active abuse and outright discrimination.

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