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DONALD ON DONALD: “Rasmussen just announced that my approval rating jumped to 49%, a far better number than I had in winning the Election, and higher than certain ‘sacred cows.’ Other Trump polls are way up also. So why does the media refuse to write this? Oh well, someday!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 3, 2018 09:40am
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump incorrectly claimed Thursday [2-1-18] that the State of the Union address he delivered earlier this week was the most watched in history, even though his own 2017 address to Congress got higher television ratings… The president did not make clear the source of his statistic, although the 45.6 million figure matched the one put out by Nielsen, which monitors television data. The White House did not immediately return an email seeking further information about the president’s tweet.
Despite Trump’s claim that his State of the Union on Tuesday had been the most watched ever, it actually had slightly fewer viewers than his 2017 address to a joint session of Congress, which Nielsen said was watched by nearly 47.8 million people.
Trump’s State of the Union did improve upon the most recent numbers of his predecessor, Barack Obama, whose final State of the Union address in 2016 was watched by 31.3 million people. But Obama’s early speeches before Congress significantly outdrew Trump’s: His first address to a joint session of Congress, in 2009, drew 52.3 million viewers, and his first State of the Union address, in 2010, attracted 48 million.”
-Louis Nelson, “Trump incorrectly calls his SOTU address most watched in history,” Politico, Feb. 1, 2018 08:19am
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday [1-30-18] night, a (very) lengthy speech in which he largely revisited his accomplishments over his first year in office and offered a handful of proposals he’d like to see considered in the coming year.
While it’s important not to over-analyze what the speech means for Trump’s presidency — his first year in office suggests what he says one day means very little for what he will do the next — I did jot down a few takeaways from the address. They’re below…
3. A greatest hits album
Most state of the union addresses are roughly evenly split between a touting of past accomplishments and the laying out of a vision for future governance.
Trump’s speech was 80% celebration of what he has done and 20% talking about what he would like to do. (In truth, the percentage might have tilted even more in the direction of Trump’s recitation of his greatest hits.)
It was almost an hour into his remarks that Trump first mentioned a proposal — a massive infrastructure bill — that he wanted Congress to take up. Trump did pick up some steam on the proposal front — pushing Congress to take up his immigration compromise, for one.
But, proposals and wish lists weren’t top-of-mind for Trump in this speech. Making sure he mentioned all of the things he believes he has succeeded in (and the media has overlooked) was.”
-Chris Cillizza, “6 takeaways from Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Jan. 31, 2018 09:18am
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Will be interviewed on @SquawkCNBC by @JoeSquawk coming up at 6:00amE from Davos, Switzerland. Enjoy! #WEF18 https://t.co/7egYlxnFBd”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 26, 2018 05:11am
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you to Brad Blakeman on @FoxNews for grading year one of my presidency with an ‘A’-and likewise to Doug Schoen for the very good grade and statements. Working hard!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 21, 2018 08:21pm
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Unprecedented success for our Country, in so many ways, since the Election. Record Stock Market, Strong on Military, Crime, Borders, & ISIS, Judicial Strength & Numbers, Lowest Unemployment for Women & ALL, Massive Tax Cuts, end of Individual Mandate – and so much more. Big 2018!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 20, 2018 05:31pm
DONALD ON DONALD/WOMEN: “Two reports this week offered more details about what they described as a sexual relationship between Donald J. Trump and Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic-film actress who was reportedly paid $130,000 in hush money shortly before the 2016 election.
In Touch magazine published excerpts on Wednesday from its 2011 interview with Ms. Clifford, 38, known as Stormy Daniels. In them, she said she had had an affair with Mr. Trump that started in 2006 and continued on and off for a few years.
A Slate article published on Tuesday by Jacob Weisberg, editor in chief of the Slate Group, expanded on what he told The New York Times on Friday. Slate detailed his communications with Ms. Clifford from August to October 2016. Her account is similar to that published by In Touch.
Ms. Clifford told Mr. Weisberg that her lawyer Keith Davidson, who has represented a number of pornographic-film stars and models, had negotiated the $130,000 deal with Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s lawyer. Mr. Weisberg said that she was sharing these details because Mr. Trump had not yet paid her or finalized the confidentiality agreement. The Wall Street Journal published an article on Friday reporting that the payment had been made.
Mr. Davidson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
Mr. Cohen again denied that there had been any sexual relationship between Mr. Trump and Ms. Clifford.”
-Maya Salam, “More Details Emerge About Trump’s Relationship With Porn Star,” The New York Times online, Jan. 17, 2018
DONALD ON DONALD/IMMIGRATION/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After three days of denunciations from around the world, President Trump declared that he is ‘not a racist’ on Sunday [1-14-18], even as the uproar over his vulgar remarks on immigration overshadowed critical issues facing the capital, including efforts to protect young undocumented immigrants and avert a government shutdown.
Mr. Trump also insisted that he had not made the inflammatory comments in a White House meeting on Thursday, part of a newly aggressive defense and a counterattack on Democrats by the president and his allies. But his remarks on Sunday were a departure from the White House’s initial statement last week, which did not deny the comments… His comments, while extraordinary coming from a president of the United States, echoed reassurances Mr. Trump has made several times before…
The senator, David Perdue of Georgia, also accused another participant in the White House meeting, Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, of a ‘gross misrepresentation’ of what the president had said at the session…
The rift over Mr. Trump’s comments, and how they have since been recounted, risked further eroding trust between Democrats and Republicans at the beginning of a critical week for Congress. Government funding is set to expire on Friday, and lawmakers will need to pass a stopgap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown on Saturday.”
-Thomas Kaplan, Noah Weiland, and Michael D. Shear, “Hopes Dim for DACA Deal as Lawmakers Battle Over Trump’s Immigration Remarks,” The New York Times online, Jan. 14, 2018
DONALD ON DONALD/DOW/TAXES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: ” ‘President Trump is not getting the credit he deserves for the economy. Tax Cut bonuses to more than 2,000,000 workers. Most explosive Stock Market rally that we’ve seen in modern times. 18,000 to 26,000 from Election, and grounded in profitability and growth. All Trump, not 0… big unnecessary regulation cuts made it all possible’ (among many other things). ‘President Trump reversed the policies of President Obama, and reversed our economic decline.’ Thank you Stuart Varney. @foxandfriends”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 14, 2018 08:50am and 08:59am
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [1-12-18] appeared to deny he had questioned a day earlier why the U.S. would admit immigrants from ‘shithole countries’ in Africa but acknowledged he had used ‘tough’ language, while criticizing an agreement on immigration legislation reached by a group of bipartisan senators…
Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), who was in the meeting, confirmed Friday that Mr. Trump said all of the comments attributed to him.
In a series of tweets Friday morning, Mr. Trump also said he wanted to prevent the nation from having to take in immigrants from ‘high crime countries which are doing badly.’…
At that meeting, asking why the U.S. would want to admit people from Africa, the source of many diversity lottery applicants, Mr. Trump asked lawmakers, ‘Why do we want all these people from these shithole countries here? We should have people from places like Norway,’ The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Mr. Trump also said he opposed granting a legal status, in particular, to immigrants from Haiti. One person said he asked, ‘What do we want Haitians here for?’ The White House didn’t deny the president’s comments at the time.”
-Rebecca Ballhaus and Laura Meckler, “Senator Contradicts Trump Denial of Using Crude Remark in Immigration Meeting,” The Wall Street Journal online, Jan. 12, 2018 10:14am
DONALD ON DONALD: “Thank you Adam Levine, The Federalist, in interview on @foxandfriends ‘Donald Trump is the greatest President our Country has ever seen.’ “
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 11, 2018 09:43pm
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: ” ‘His is turning out to be an enormously consequential presidency. So much so that, despite my own frustration over his missteps, there has never been a day when I wished Hillary Clinton were president. Not one. Indeed, as Trump’s accomplishments accumulate, the mere thought of…Clinton in the WH, doubling down on Barack Obama’s failed policies, washes away any doubts that America made the right choice. This was truly a change election — and the changes Trump is bringing are far-reaching & necessary.’ Thank you Michael Goodwin! https://t.co/4fHNcx2Ydg”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 7, 2018 10:23pm and 7, 2018 10:24pm
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: ” ‘His is turning out to be an enormously consensual presidency. So much so that…there has never been a day that I wished Hillary Clinton were President. Not one. Indeed, as Trump’s accomplishments accumulate, the mere thought of Clinton in the W.H., doubling down on Obama’s…failed policies, washes away any doubts that America made the right choice. This was truly a change election, and the changes Trump is bringing are far-reaching and necessary.’ Thank you Michael Goodwin! (Please read entire column) firstname.lastname@example.org”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 7, 2018 09:21pm and 09:36pm
CABINET/DONALD ON DONALD/POLITICS: “Leaving Camp David for the White House. Great meetings with the Cabinet and Military on many very important subjects including Border Security & the desperately needed Wall, the ever increasing Drug and Opioid Problem, Infrastructure, Military, Budget, Trade and DACA.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 7, 2018 09:33am
2016 ELECTION/DONALD ON DONALD/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump again insisted on Saturday [1-7-18] that he was not under investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian influence on the 2016 election, adding that ‘there’s been no collusion, there’s been no crime.’
‘Everything I’ve done is 100 percent proper,’ Mr. Trump said during a news conference at Camp David, where he was asked about a New York Times report that he had pressed Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia inquiry. ‘That is what I do, is I do things proper.’
The president said the Times article, which reported that Mr. Trump had sought to protect himself by keeping Mr. Sessions in charge of the investigation, was ‘off,’ though he did not elaborate.
The two primary issues that Mr. Mueller appears to be investigating are whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice while in office and whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mr. Trump was at the presidential retreat to meet with Republican congressional leaders and cabinet officials as they fashion a strategy for their 2018 legislative agenda.”
-Michael Tackett, “‘Everything I’ve Done Is 100 Percent Proper,’ Trump Says of Russia Inquiry,” The New York Times online, Jan. 6, 2018
DONALD ON DONALD/MENTAL HEALTH/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump, whose sometimes erratic behavior in office has generated an unprecedented debate about his mental health, declared on Saturday [1-6-18] that he was perfectly sane and accused his critics of raising questions to score political points.
In a series of Twitter posts that were extraordinary even by the standards of his norm-shattering presidency, Mr. Trump insisted that his opponents and the news media were attacking his capacity because they had failed to prove his campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign…
The president’s engagement on the issue is likely to fuel the long-simmering argument about his state of mind that has roiled the political and psychiatric worlds and thrust the country into uncharted territory. Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation to force the president to submit to psychological evaluation. Mental health professionals have signed a petition calling for his removal from office. Others call armchair diagnoses a dangerous precedent or even a cover for partisan attacks.
In the past week alone, a new book resurfaced previously reported concerns among the president’s own advisers about his fitness for office, the question of his mental state came up at two White House briefings and the secretary of state was asked if Mr. Trump was mentally fit….
Mr. Trump’s self-absorption, impulsiveness, lack of empathy, obsessive focus on slights, tenuous grasp of facts and penchant for sometimes far-fetched conspiracy theories have generated endless op-ed columns, magazine articles, books, professional panel discussions and cable television speculation.”
-Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, “Trump, Defending His Mental Fitness, Says He’s a ‘Very Stable Genius’,” The New York Times online, Jan. 6, 2018
DEMS/DONALD ON DONALD/FAKE NEWS/MEDIA/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence…Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 6, 2018 07:19am, 07:27am, and 07:30am
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Will be leaving Florida for Washington (D.C.) today at 4:00 P.M. Much work to be done, but it will be a great New Year!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Jan. 1, 2018 08:37am
DONALD ON DONALD/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday [12-12-17] that he didn’t know or had never met the women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault, despite evidence to the contrary.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders qualified the comment during her daily press briefing, saying the President was only referring to the three women who appeared at a news conference Monday to reiterate their accusations against Trump.
That’s despite the fact Trump’s tweet made no such specification.
‘Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met,’ Trump wrote. ‘FAKE NEWS!’
At least 15 women have come forward with a wide range of accusations against Trump, spanning from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women. Of the women, 13 say Trump attacked them directly and two others say they witnessed behavior that made them uncomfortable. All the alleged incidents took place prior to his assuming the presidency. Trump has denied all the allegations.
Video and photographs from the time prove Trump has met and interacted with multiple women who have accused him of sexual assault or harassment.
At least six of his accusers have offered proof that the businessman-turned-president spent some time with them, despite Trump saying he either didn’t know or has never met them.”
-Dan Merica, “White House qualifies false Trump claim he doesn’t know his accusers,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Dec. 12, 2017 07:06pm
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “Former NBC television host Billy Bush accused U.S. President Donald Trump of ‘indulging in some revisionist history’ for reportedly telling allies it was not his voice making lewd remarks as the men waited to film a segment for ‘Access Hollywood’ in 2005.
‘He said it. *Grab ’em by the pussy,*’ Bush wrote in an editorial published in the New York Times on Sunday.
The New York Times reported last month that Trump has been privately telling aides and allies, including at least one U.S. senator, that the voice on the recording was not his.
That would be a reversal from his immediate acknowledgement of responsibility after the tape surfaced weeks ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Trump said: ‘I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.’
Reuters has not been able to verify the Times report that he has been privately telling allies a different story.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Bush’s remarks. But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders played down the Times report at a White House briefing on Nov. 27.”
-Reuters Staff, “Billy Bush: It was Trump’s voice on “Access Hollywood” tape,” Reuters, Dec. 3, 2017 07:30pm
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named ‘Man (Person) of the Year,’ like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 24, 2017 05:40pm
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just took off for ceremony @ Pearl Harbor. Will then be heading to Japan, SKorea, China, Vietnam & the Philippines. Will never let you down!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 3, 2017 09:45am
DONALD ON DONALD: “My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 3, 2017 05:51am
DONALD ON DONALD: “I will be interviewed by @IngrahamAngle on @FoxNews at 10:00. Enjoy!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 2, 2017 08:29pm
DONALD ON DONALD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Interview with @LouDobbs coming up at 7pmE on @FoxBusiness. Enjoy! https://t.co/9V9z015kVl”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 25, 2017 05:46pm