“My instinct was to pull out” Trump admitted as he spoke of frustration with a war that has killed thousands of US troops and cost US taxpayers trillions of dollars. While Trump refused to offer detailed troop numbers, senior White House officials said he had already authorized his defense secretary to deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan. A conflict that began in October 2001 as a hunt for the 9/11 attackers has turned into a vexed effort to keep Afghanistan’s divided and corruption-hindered democracy alive amid a brutal Taliban insurgency.Read more
This isn’t the first time people have asked, “Is the president mentally and emotionally stable?”
But now, Democrats in Congress want to take action to determine whether Trump is mentally stable to fulfill his duties as President.
Does the President suffer from early-stage dementia? Has the stress of office aggravated a mental illness crippling impulse control? Has an emotional disorder so impaired the President that he is unable to discharge his duties? Is the President mentally and emotionally stable?
On Friday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced legislation suggesting that Vice President Mike Pence, as well as President Donald Trump’s Cabinet members, had a Constitutional responsibility to get a mental health exam for Trump.Read more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Stephen Bannon, the worry always was that he could be even more disruptive to President Donald Trump’s White House from outside than he was within.
In the hours following his firing on Friday, those fears seemed warranted, as the conservative voices who viewed Bannon as one of their own howled in rage over Trump’s decision to fire his chief strategist.Read more
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A decision from President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly is imminent on whether White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will keep his job, online news outlet Axios said on Friday.
(LBN) CNN reports Bannon resigned, but other reports say Bannon was given option to resign or be fired. Chief of Staff John Kelly influenced decision to remove Bannon.Read more
He said “his soul was over there with the jihadists,” but he pleaded guilty to planning an attack at home.Read more
Activists gear up for the upcoming months with rallies ranging from support for Charlottesville, Va., victims to pro-Trump events.Read more
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) – The young man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally was fascinated with Nazism, idolized…
One of his high school teachers recalled, “Once you talked to James for a while, you would start to see that sympathy towards Nazism, that idolization of Hitler, that belief in white supremacy,” Weimer
A Virginia rally of white nationalists that erupted Saturday in violent clashes with counter-protesters brought a rain of condemnation from public officials. Following heated protests on Friday night where 15 were injured, protests became more violent on Saturday with one person killed and 19 injured after a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters. Since then Trump has been criticized for his tepid response to the heart of the problem because he didn’t condemn the white nationalists for creating the violent climate. The Governor of Virginia issued a state of emergency following the death of one protester and said the “Unite the Right” protest was an illegal protest because they didn’t seek a permit.Read more
The United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday that could slash by a third the Asian state’s $3 billion annual export revenue over Pyongyang’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests…
The new U.N. resolution adds nine individuals and four entities to the U.N. blacklist, including North Korea’s primary foreign exchange bank, subjecting them to a global asset freeze and travel ban.
Even by the standards of the Trump administration, the Scaramucci era was brief to the point of abrupt.
Many who recently learned about the sudden departure of Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director have been pondering what happened to cause him to leave so quickly. Some Trump supporter theories are that Scaramucci did what he was hired to do and that was to get rid of Reince Priebus, even if it cost them Sean Spicer’s resignation. There are now talks of Spicer returning since he resigned in retaliation to Scaramucci being hired. Others believe Scaramucci was let go because of reports that the new Chief of Staff, John Kelly, wanted Scaramucci out. Then there are others who believe Scaramucci was too much like Trump and would take the spotlight off of Trump in the media and that Trump doesn’t like to be outshined.
I think it could be a combination of all three, but I always believed John Kelly wouldn’t put up with someone like Scaramucci. However, if he expects to bring any order and hierarchy to the White House, Kelly will have to rein in Donald Trump, something that hasn’t been possible since he ran for President.