Trump – from Huffington Post
Based on his own words over the past couple years, Donald Trump has always seemed to think every news outlet is “fake news” – except for Fox News and a small handful of other outlets that are sycophantic to him. So what happens when even large chunks of Fox News decide to begin distancing themselves from Trump’s worsening scandals and increasingly offensive rhetoric?
Donald Trump sat down for an interview on Friday with Maria Bartiromo from Fox Business Network, a spinoff of Fox News. Bartiromo has been generally pro-Trump in her coverage, so Trump was probably expecting a softball interview. But Bartiromo apparently felt she needed to cover her bases when it came to Trump’s recent escalating personal attacks on the late Republican Senator John McCain. Things quickly went off the rails.
Maria Bartiromo asked Donald Trump, “John McCain is dead, why are you doing this?” This sent Trump into yet another tirade about McCain. Then he blamed the media for his own attacks on McCain, insisting that he’s merely been answering the media’s questions about McCain (in most instances this isn’t true). Then Trump unleashed this tirade at Bartiromo: “I could say I have no comment but that’s not me. But you shouldn’t have brought it up. Actually, I thought you weren’t supposed to bring it up but that’s OK. Fake news, every once and a while.” Wait, what?
For starters, Donald Trump is now accusing one of his own Fox allies of being “fake news,” and he’s doing it to her face, no less. As his scandals grow worse for him, Trump is increasingly taking out his frustrations on his personal allies, and on members of his own party. Also, Trump seemed to be under the impression that Bartiromo had agreed not to ask him about McCain, but she says that’s not the case. Did Trump’s own handlers mislead him in order to get him to do this interview, or is he merely hallucinating?
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Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III follows a history of special investigators who have sought to determine if presidents or top officials have broken the law.
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Moore, a well-known and often polarizing figure in Washington political circles, served as an economic adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. In that role, he helped draft Trump’s tax cut plan.
Trump has been harshly critical of the Fed’s rate increases last year even after the central bank this week announced that it foresees no hikes this year. Moore, who has served as chief economist for the conservative Heritage Foundation, has also been critical of policy moves made by Chairman Jerome Powell, who was hand-picked by Trump to be Fed chairman.
An ardent defender of tax cuts, Moore is close to Larry Kudlow, head of the White House National Economic Council. The two collaborated in shaping the tax overhaul that Trump signed into law at the end of 2017, leading to changes that largely favored tax cuts for corporations and wealthier Americans with the idea of spurring investment and faster growth.
Reshaping Central Bank
Trump in his first two years in office has been able to reshape the central bank. He nominated four of the current five members. And he tapped Powell, a Republican who had been chosen for the Fed board by President Barack Obama, to succeed Janet Yellen as chairman. If confirmed by the Senate, Moore would fill one of two vacancies on the Fed’s board.
The selection of Moore marks a deviation from Trump’s previous selections for the Fed’s board to a highly visible public figure who has long pushed conservative economic ideology. In a March editorial in The Wall Street Journal, Moore estimated that Fed rate policies had reduced inflation-adjusted economic growth by as much as 1.5 percentage points in the past six months. Moore proposed that the Fed set short-term rates with an eye toward stabilizing commodity prices, rather than solely on overall inflation.
This approach, Moore has argued, would have prevented the Fed from raising rates as much as it has. And he contended that the approach, if adopted, would help accelerate economic growth above 3 percent, compared with the longer-run average of 1.9 percent that Fed officials have forecast.
Moore has frequently praised the administration on television, and he co-wrote the 2018 book “Trumponomics.” His partner on that book was Art Laffer, who pioneered the Republican doctrine that lower tax rates would accelerate economic growth in ways that could minimize debt. Federal debt has jumped since Trump’s overhaul to the tax code, surging nearly 77 percent through the first four months of fiscal 2019 compared with the previous year.
Voice of America
1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites)
Donald Trump has been calling the Robert Mueller investigation a “witch hunt” and a “hoax” and occasionally a “witch hoax” for nearly two years now. As Mueller has picked off more of Trump’s underlings and come closer to completing his report, Trump has ramped up his attacks on Mueller. Today, Mueller finally filed his report, bringing his probe to completion. So what does Trump have to say about it?
As of right now, roughly six hours after the news broke that Robert Mueller had submitted his report, Donald Trump has said nothing at all. This is more than a bit odd, considering that Trump usually starts rage-tweeting whenever he thinks things are going poorly for him, and he usually starts gloat-tweeting whenever he thinks things are going well for him. So how could he possibly be silent on tonight of all nights?
If anything, Trump has become more loose lipped in the days leading up to this report. He’s attacked John McCain in offensive fashion nearly every time he’s appeared in public this week. He posted fifty tweets and retweets last weekend, most of them frantic or deranged. Trump was clearly going bonkers about the prospect of this report landing. Now it’s happened, and he’s going silent.
Does this mean Donald Trump has completely snapped now that the report has been filed? If so, why isn’t he exploding with rage on Twitter? Does this mean Trump mistakenly thinks he’s off the hook, simply because no one showed up at Mar-a-Lago with handcuffs tonight? If so, why isn’t he gloating? We’re inclined to interpret his silence as a sign that he simply has no idea what to make of the filing of this report. Maybe he’ll react in the morning. We’ll see. But his silence tonight is… unusual.
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