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  1. #4351

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Someone posted this on the WaPo:

    MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhl, whom I love listening to on matters like this because of her financial background, has really been pointing out in the last few days just how many costs there would be if the G7 was held at Doral, and they have been eye opening and infuriating.

    She actually used the word "disrepair" to describe the condition of the property right now, and said it would cost millions just to fix the many problems it has right now, in order for it to be in the shape it needs to be to host foreign dignitaries. In other words, WE would be paying for the upgrades it needs and to date, Donnie has refused to pay for himself.

    She then went into detail about the tens of millions of dollars it would cost to add a lot of things that would be required for them to hold the G7, such as helipads that do not exist, and then to have those things removed after the summit.

    She also pointed out that it would not just be Trump making money during the time the actual summit was held, but that for weeks beforehand, there would be advance teams visiting the property, and of course paying to stay there, in order to figure out the needs of their own delegations who would be at the summit.

    All in all, Donnie would have made out like a bandit, with both foreign and tax payer money being spent at Doral, which has been described as his one property suffering the most losses these last few years. So, while Donnie says this was never about him, this was ALL about him and no one else.
    thanks to "Mom of Two Dogs"
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  2. #4352

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Vera Bergengruen

    “We never gave a commitment to the Kurds," Trump just said in a Cabinet meeting, according to WH pool report

    Eli Stokols

    Real Trump quotes just now on G7, via pool:

    “I own a property in Florida.”
    “I don’t need promotion. I don’t need promotion.”
    “It would have been the best G-7 ever.”
    “You people with this phony Emoluments Clause.” (!)
    “If you’re rich, it doesn’t matter.”
    Josh Dawsey

    "You people with this phony Emoluments Clause," Trump tells assembled media questioning him about attempt to put G-7 at his own resort.
    Kevin Liptak

    Trump again raises Obama's Netflix deal while griping about the forced cancelation of Doral G7. He wonders why no one scrutinized Obama's business dealings (both the Netflix deal and Obama's book deal were struck after he left office).
    Idrees Ali
    Oct 20
    I’m not sure who Trump is referring to, but I’m travelling with Defense Secretary Esper and cant recall the quote Trump is using. While speaking with us Enroute to Afghanistan, Esper also made no mention of new areas being resettled with Kurds or oil.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  3. #4353

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Daniel Dale

    Trump falsely says that American soldiers were originally supposed to be in Syria for only "30 days" and then falsely says it's now been "10 years."

    Trump on ISIS prisoners and Syria: "I'm the one that did the capturing. I'm the one that knows more about it than you people or the fake pundits."

    Five days after correctly saying this is China's worst year for GDP growth in "27 years," Trump said twice today that it's China's worst year in "57 years." (China's official numbers are not good, but there's no basis for "57 years.")

    Trump on ISIS prisoners in Syria: "We. We. Not Obama. WE captured them." He kept bringing up Obama unprompted. (Many of the prisoners were captured during the Obama era.)

    Trump continued to reverse the timeline of Schiff's comments at committee, falsely saying Schiff was caught out when Trump released the (rough) transcript after Schiff spoke. Trump released the document a day before Schiff spoke.

    Trump added that there were at least 20,000 people outside the Dallas rally. He previously said it was about 30,000. The Dallas Police Department tells CNN it was in the neighborhood of 5,000.

    Trump said there were only "28" US troops in the region the US vacated even though "people said 50." HE said 50, which is what was reported.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  4. #4354

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Federal Court Allows Audio Livestream of Arguments in Trump Tax Return Case This Week
    by Jerry Lambe | 1:58 pm, October 21st, 2019

    At the urging of several non-profit groups advocating for increased public access to federal court proceedings, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed to allow a livestream audio of Wednesday’s oral arguments in the case for President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

    As previously reported by Law&Crime, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance in August subpoenaed eight years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns from the [resident’s finance firm Mazars USA as part of an investigation into whether Trump or the Trump Organization violated state laws in connection with the hush payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal.

    Trump’s attorneys filed the appeal with the Second Circuit after U.S. District judge Victor Marrero earlier this month denied the president’s request to prevent Vance’s office from enforcing the subpoenas demanding his tax returns. Marrero rejected the “extraordinary claim” that Trump, as president, was completely immune from complying with any criminal proceedings against him or his businesses.

    “The President asserts an extraordinary claim in the dispute now before this Court,” Marrero wrote in his 75-page opinion. “He contends that, in his view of the President’s duties and functions and the allocation of governmental powers between the executive and the judicial branches under the united States Constitution, the person who serves as President, while in office enjoys absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind.”

    Trump’s attorney’s restated many of those same arguments in an appeal to the Second Circuit.

    Vance’s office reportedly issued the subpoenas in August and interviewed the president’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen about “whether the Trump Organization violated state laws regarding the hush money payments to [McDougal and Daniels].” New York prosecutors visited Cohen soon after issuing subpoenas to the Trump Organization and American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer.

    Oral arguments are set to take place Wednesday Oct. 23 at 10:00 a.m., and will be livestreamed via CSPAN.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  5. #4355

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Trump’s Cabinet meetings have become about everything but the business of his Cabinet

    The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter’s insights

    By Josh Dawsey October 21 at 5:15 PM

    The Cabinet meeting was billed as a discussion of the administration’s “successful rollback of the abuses and the high cost of the bloated regulatory state.” It began with a prayer from Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. A large cardboard poster titled “CHAMPIONS” was perched behind the president’s head.

    Then with the cameras rolling and the administration facing criticism over its Middle East policy and presidential self dealing at the same time as an impeachment inquiry from House Democrats gains momentum, President Trump made it clear he had other things on his mind than cutting regulations. He had stayed inside the White House all weekend, sending more than 80 tweets and playing no golf.

    “Everybody feel comfortable over there?” he said at the opening of the 71-minute affair that was part news conference, part stream of consciousness bragging and all about Trump.

    The president boasted of personally being responsible for the capture of Islamic State soldiers; decried the criticism that he was receiving “emoluments” from foreign governments as phony; insinuated that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (R-Calif.) gave information to the whistleblower who raised concerns about the administration’s actions toward Ukraine; attacked his predecessor for signing a deal with Netflix; and turned the Cabinet Room into a stage for a lengthy advertisement for his Florida golf resort, which he originally picked to host a meeting of international leaders before backtracking this weekend in the face of bipartisan criticism.

    Under Trump, Cabinet meetings have become less about the business of his Cabinet than an opportunity for the president to invite in the assembled press to boast of his own accomplishments, lash out at his critics and to hear the praise flow forth from advisers seated around a large oval table. The gatherings, with the press in attendance, often stretch for 60 to 90 minutes.

    During a June 2017 Cabinet meeting, Trump went around the table, allowing his top aides to thank him for allowing them to serve his administration. Then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus called the opportunity a “blessing.”

    Trump trashed his former secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, during a Cabinet meeting in January, shortly after he resigned because the retired four-star Marine general said they didn’t share the same perspective on how to treat allies.

    “What’s he done for me?” Trump said.

    On Monday, the president seemed particularly aggrieved by criticism of his foreign policy decisions in the Middle East, his attempt to stage the Group of Seven meeting at his golf resort in Florida and the ongoing impeachment inquiry by House Democrats that has dominated the headlines. On every front, he said, he was undeserving of the criticism and tried to deflect it back on his opponents. “Illegitimate” and “phony” were his words du jour.

    “You people with this phony emoluments clause,” he said, dismissing concerns that hosting international leaders at the Trump National Doral Miami resort would have violated the constitutional ban on presidents accepting gifts or money from foreign governments.

    He batted back questions about whether his decision to pull troops from northern Syria and the ensuing Turkish military offensive led the to release of Islamic State solders being guarded by the Kurds. And he cited a loud cheer from a rally crowd in Texas to back his decision to remove the servicemembers.

    “I’m the one who did the capturing,” Trump, who avoided military service with a bone spurs diagnosis, said of Islamic State members. “I’m the one who knows more about it than you people or the fake pundits.”

    Much of the event seemed about self-validation as Trump’s allies describe a presidency under siege — and a president frustrated with an onslaught of criticism.

    “I’m very good at real estate,” he said, without being asked about his real estate prowess. For several minutes, he used the White House setting to talk up his resort in Florida while defending himself against claims that he uses the presidency to help his properties.

    “It would have been the best G-7 ever,” he said, now saying he would have held it “for free.”

    Critics charging that the meeting would have offered a high promotional value for Trump’s business was also a canard, according to the president.

    “I don’t need promotion,” he said. “I get more promotion than any human being that’s ever lived.”

    Without prompting, he informed the government’s top officers — and the assembled news media — about his prowess at filling arenas.

    “I can set a world record for somebody without a guitar,” he said of his rally crowds.

    At times he segued into criticizing former president Barack Obama, suggesting that he made money off his presidency, conflating his predecessor’s post-presidency book deals and contract with Netflix with charges that Trump’s businesses have directly benefited from his time in office.

    “Obama made a deal for a book. Did he run a business?” Trump asked. Obama did not have a business in office.

    He also mocked Obama for not securing a meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un — a brutal dictator who has repeatedly agreed to meet with Trump but has not agreed to give up his nuclear weapons.

    “Actually, he tried, 11 times,” Trump incorrectly said of Obama. “But the man on the other side, the gentleman on the other side, did not take his call. Lack of respect.”

    There were a number of false, or dubious, statements. Defending his attempt to stage the G-7 at his resort, he cited the benefit of having the Miami International Airport nearby. “It’s right down the road,” he said. “Some say it’s the biggest in the world.” The airport does not rank in the international top 20 for size.

    Trump said the presidency was costing him “between $2 billion and $5 billion,” though there is no evidence for such a claim — and his own disclosures show he has continued to profit while in the Oval Office.

    The president said only George Washington had given away his salary like Trump does, though historians say John F. Kennedy and Herbert Hoover donated their pay.

    As the meeting dragged on and Cabinet officials sat silently, there was little talk of the official reason for the gathering, as the president continued to field questions from reporters.

    He gave backhanded praise to Democrats while excoriating at least one prominent critic in his own party for criticizing him.

    “They’re vicious and they stick together. They don’t have Mitt Romney in their midst, they don’t have people like that,” Trump said.

    He described unidentified “lowlifes” trying to keep him from getting out of wars — and said it would be easier for him not to have to visit Walter Reed hospital and Dover Air Force Base to see dead and injured soldiers.

    “It would be much easier for me to let our soldiers be there, let them continue to die,” he said. “I go out to Dover and meet parents and it’s the most unpleasant thing I do.”

    Toward the end, he turned to the day’s official agenda — touting the economic benefits of the number of regulations his administration has cut or weakened.

    For that he first turned to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, a man Trump described as a “great, great remark maker.”

    “Let them know how we are doing. We’re doing poorly, let them know,” he told Kudlow. “But I don’t think that is going to happen.”

    It didn’t.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  6. #4356

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Shelby Holliday
    NEW: The private Instagram account of Lev Parnas reveals new clues about his access to the Trump family and his close relationship with Rudy Giuliani.

    One of Parnas's first photos, posted in April 2015, shows him posing next to Ivana Trump and his business partner David Correia.

    The caption: “Fraud Guarantee pow wow at Lique The atmosphere TRUMPS the rest! #FraudGuarantee #IvanaTrump #bigbusiness #greatvibe #lastnight #Trump”

    In August of 2015, Parnas posted four photos and a video from a Trump campaign event at Doral, including this picture with Trump and his son.

    Then, his account jumps from 2015 to 2018. In Aug '18, Parnas posted a pic of a personalized thank-you note from POTUS & FLOTUS. “Lev Parnas, Thank you for your friendship and dedication to our cause,” it reads. WH didn't respond to request for comment.

    Leading up to the midterms, Parnas posted dozens of photos from GOP events across the country.

    Between events, he put up photos of himself flying around on a private jet with Giuliani and Igor Fruman.

    Parnas also posted a slideshow of himself with members of the Trump family, including pics with POTUS, Eric and Don Jr.

    Parnas also posted a number of photos related to events and fundraisers for Gov. Ron DeSantis leading up to the midterms. A spokeswoman for Gov. DeSantis did not respond to a request for comment.

    After the midterms, Parnas posted more and more photos with Giuliani: at Yankee Stadium, smoking cigars in Warsaw, taking a private tour of a burned Notre Dame in Paris… the list goes on.

    On March 25, the day after Barr released a summary of the Mueller report, Parnas posted photos from what he called a celebratory dinner with the Trump legal team at Trump's hotel in DC.

    The last posts on Parnas’s Instagram feed are from July 29, 2019. After a post that said “thank you Vienna !!” he wrote “Good morning Madrid !!” Days after that pic was put up, Giuliani met with Ukrainian official Andrey Yermak in Madrid.

    A lawyer for Parnas said he’ll plead not guilty to the charges he's facing & said it’s no surprise he has pics with Trump bc he was a major donor & was helping Giuliani rep him.

    A lawyer for Fruman declined to comment.

    Giuliani didn't respond to a Q about the photos.

    There is video
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  7. #4357

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Ahmed Al Omran
    US State Department booked 45 rooms at Riyadh’s Burj Rafal Hotel for Kushner and Mnuchin to attend Saudi investment forum
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  8. #4358

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Tiny to Hannity:

    Daniel Dale
    Trump on Obama: "They could impeach him for the guns for whatever where guns went all over the place and people got killed, Fast and Furious. They could've killed him -- they could've impeached him for many different things." The "they could've killed him" seemed to be a slip.
    Maybe that first sentence makes sense to someone?
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

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