Feb. 11 Fitch Ratings, a top credit rating agency, warned that the Trump administration poses a risk to “international economic conditions.” The top regulator at the Federal Reserve, Daniel Tarullo, at the Fed since 2009, offered his resignation, further dividing common sense from exactly the kinds of financial risks by big banks that lead, in the early 2000’s, to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
In a private meeting with 10 GOP senators to “listen” on his Neil Gorsuch nomination to the US Supreme Court, Trump says that “thousands” of people were “brought in on buses” from neighboring Massachusetts to “illegally” vote in New Hampshire. A uncomfortable silence among the Republican senators followed Trump’s lie, according to reports. Although many GOP senators are expressing “great concern” about Trump’s temperament, none have spoken out publicly. Vice.com: “Donald Trump is living out all the ridiculous stereotypes of a female president”, except for his handshakes.
Trump’s bizarre handshakes are gaining traction on social media. First, he nearly yanked off the arm of his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, during his announcement. Gorsuch pulled away in embarrassment. Yesterday, after a seemingly endless handshake in an Oval Office, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rolled his eyes when Trump let go. At Friday’s joint press conference with Abe, Trump only chose media outlets owned by the Rupert Murdoch empire to ask questions.
Russia may offer Edward Snowden to Trump as “a gift” for all that Trump has done to advance Russia’s interests.
“The Administration has abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership, confirmed a pending renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, rebuked US companies that invest abroad, while threatening financial penalties for companies that do so, and accused a number of countries of manipulating exchange rates to the US’s disadvantage,” Fitch said.
Trump’s hiring freeze hurts government, according to federal managers yesterday.
National Security Advisor Mike Flynn claimed he never discussed sanctions with Russians before Trump took office, and so did VP Pence and Trump megaphone Sean Spicer, but a US intelligence official confirmed to a NBC News report, that Flynn lied. Yesterday, Trump told reporters he was unaware of the report.
Kmart and Sears websites stopped selling Trump Home furnishing line. A federal election commissioner demanded Trump show proof of voter fraud claims.
The tangle of ethical violations and transgressions by the Trump WH is ballooning. The Emoluments Clause of the Constitution prohibits U.S. officials from receiving payments from foreign governments. Lawyers started warning about the potential for violations at Trump’s Washington hotel and overseas properties after he won the election.
From Jan. 23-26 the Saudi government paid for dozens of former veterans and their families to stay at the Trump Hotel in Washington, DC. The Saudis are desperate to overturn an Obama order allowing US citizens harmed by 9/11 to seek just compensation for the terror attack coordinated by Saudi citizens.
“The problem with Donald Trump’s constitutionally forbidden foreign government cash and other benefits is not just that any one particular payment is problematic — it’s also a systemic problem,” said Norm Eisen, who was President Barack Obama’s ethics czar and is now part of a lawsuit accusing Trump of violation the Emoluments Clause. “It’s another tile in the mosaic of unconstitutional behavior.”
Los Angeles Hispanic communities fill with panic following a series of raids by federal immigration enforcement resulting in the arrest and deportation of more than 100 people. Trump tweets and grumbles about cost of “the wall”.