Excerpt from The New York Times by Andrew Ross Sorkin:
An Artless Negotiation From the President Who Penned ‘The Art of the Deal’
The page of Mr. Trump’s book that stopped me in my tracks was one that might be the one by which he will ultimately be judged: “You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.”
One can only hope.
From The New Yorker by Karen Chee:
The core argument of Giuliani’s media appearances was that there was no campaign money involved in the payment to Daniels and therefore there would be no campaign violation.
But during a Thursday morning interview with “Fox & Friends,” Giuliani alluded to the idea that campaign considerations played into the October 2016 payment to Daniels.
“Imagine if that came out on October 15th, 2016, in the middle of the, you know, last debate with Hillary Clinton,” Giuliani said. “Cohen didn’t even ask. Cohen made it go away. He did his job.”
Even Donald’s tie wants to distance itself from Giuliani.
Trump added that he did get the first lady “a beautiful card and some beautiful flowers.”
“You know, I’m very busy to be running out looking for presents, OK?” Trump said.
He wasn’t too busy to trade loving tweets with Kanye West though.
“Okay, ladies, let’s get in formation.”
Anecdote from WaPo about Trump’s physician/VA nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson:
“One trait universally cited is Jackson’s storytelling ability. He has regaled colleagues with one particular tale about administering stitches on an intimate part of his body. He even recounted it for Bush after cutting himself with a hoe at the president’s ranch in Texas. … That earned him an admiring nickname from Bush: Scrote.”
Tweet from Trump on using “Mission Accomplished”:
“The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term “Mission Accomplished.” I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!”
From Politico on Trump’s strikes in Syria:
Trump has veered back and forth on U.S. activity in the country, insisting recently that he wanted the U.S. out of Syria as soon as possible.
“After Trump’s first year we have: 1.3 trillion omnibus, no wall, war in Syria. Is Clinton secretly President?” wrote Lucian B. Wintrich, the D.C. bureau chief and White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit.
President Trump on Friday issued a pardon to Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former chief of staff to Vice President Richard B. Cheney who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the leak of a CIA officer’s identity.
“I don’t know Mr. Libby,” Trump said in a statement, “but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.”
(Hat tip to Juanita Jean)