7 thoughts on “Phony as ever

  1. GoT says:

    Washington’s political chaos descended into farce on Thursday when the speaker of the House and the president of the United States accused one another of being mentally unwell.
    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/23/trump-stable-genius-1342655
    Hijacking an afternoon White House event with American farmers and agriculture industry leaders, President Donald Trump began calling on his top aides to state for the public record that he was “calm” during a disastrous meeting with Democratic leaders the day before.
    “I’ve been watching her. I have been watching her for a long period of time. She’s not the same person. She’s lost it,” Trump said of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, just moments after he announced $16 billion in federal aid to growers hammered by the U.S.-China trade conflict.
    In a remarkable scene, the president proceeded to name-check senior White House staff and advisers in the Roosevelt Room whom he said had attended Wednesday’s session on infrastructure initiatives with top congressional Democrats — which Trump abandoned after declaring that the lawmakers could not simultaneously negotiate legislation while investigating and threatening to impeach him.
    “Kellyanne, what was my temperament yesterday?” Trump asked White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
    “Very calm. No tamper tantrum,” she replied before criticizing journalists’ coverage of the meeting, which Trump has complained portrayed him with a “rage narrative.”

    “The Madness of King George” (1994) [trailer] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHNSAK8d3qc

  2. HOKUS POTUS says:

    White House denies Trump storming out of meeting was a stunt : Sarah Sanders also said it’s ‘lunacy’ to think Trump would meet with Pelosi after she accused him of a cover-up. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/23/schumer-trump-infrastructure-deal-1340692
    House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.): “I’ve been in many meetings there, in the Cabinet Room. And on yesterday, when we [Democratic party leaders] entered the room, I noticed something very different. All the curtains were drawn. As you know, that room, the windows, open out onto the Rose Garden. We couldn’t see out into the Rose Garden and it was for a good reason. They had moved all of the media into the Rose Garden. They had set up, as we found out later, a podium and posters in preparation for what they knew was going to be an aborted meeting.
    So while we stood in darkness, the president entered the room, waving some papers in his hands. And he made it very clear that we would either legislate or investigate. That we could not do both. And until we, as members of Congress, give up our constitutional duties of oversight, we would not be able to work with him, or he was not willing to work with us, on trying to legislate. So it was kind of surreal.”

  3. Puzzling Evidence says:

    “In theatrical magic, misdirection is a form of deception in which the performer draws audience attention to one thing to distract it from another. Managing audience attention is the aim of all theater, and the foremost requirement of all magic acts.”

  4. Hey, Kids! says:

    “A Post photographer snapped an image of Trump’s alleged secret Mexico deal. Here’s what it says.” (Washington Post June 11 at 8:14 PM) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/06/11/post-photographer-snapped-an-image-trumps-alleged-secret-mexico-deal-heres-what-it-says/?utm_term=.97ed9fb71da5 [This post has been updated with Mexico’s response].
    “Trump reveals Mexico migrant plan by waving document around” (BBC News) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48604023 “Speaking to reporters, he [President Trump] refused to give details of the plans to curb migration, saying that he wanted to let Mexico announce it “at the right time”.
    However, he said this while waving around a single sheet of paper that had the details of the deal written on it.
    As a result, the contents of the sheet were then captured in photographs taken by news media.”

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