April 6th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #77

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1,759 Responses to April 6th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #77

  1. ALEX says:

    Record fundraising for Republicans in first quarter….

    The Republican National Committee, together with President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, raised more than $53 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to party and campaign officials, fueled by the same class of online donors who flocked to Mr. Trump last year.

    Of that, the RNC raised $41.3 million in the first three months of the year—more than double what its Democratic counterpart raised in the quarter after former President Barack Obama was elected in 2008—while Mr. Trump’s campaign raised $3.3 million and a joint committee between the two raised more than $9 million.

    Frequent fundraising emails bearing Mr. Trump’s name brought in about 250,000 new online donors to the RNC, campaign and their joint committees, according to an RNC official. That marks a 398% increase over the number of new donors the RNC won in 2016—an election year.

    The comparison with past GOP fundraising hauls in the years following an election is stark. In the first quarter of 2001, when former President George W. Bush, a Republican, had been elected to his first term, the party raised $17.2 million.

    The RNC in the first quarter of 2017 also raised more than double what its Democratic counterpart raised in the quarter after Mr. Obama was elected in 2008. And Mr. Trump’s campaign haul nearly triples Mr. Obama’s campaign fundraising that quarter.

    (Excerpt) Read more at wsj.com …

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  2. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/mitch-mcconnell-charles-schumer-nuclear-option-judicial-filibuster-214991
    I know it’s Politico but it is an excellent article of the history of the filibuster squabble to date.

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  3. Martin says:

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    • cozette says:

      They have to say that. What I found interesting is that Russia said Assad did not have their unconditional support.


  4. http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-historic-first-russia-recognizes-west-jerusalem-as-israels-capital/

    In curious first, Russia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
    6 Apr 2017
    “We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. At the same time, we must state that in this context we view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said in a statement.

    Russia’s surprising announcement came as US President Donald Trump considers moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is unclear what prompted Moscow’s decision and whether other countries in its sphere of influence will follow suit.

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  5. cjzak says:

    USA shooting missles into Syria, from Fox.

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  6. Patriot1783 says:

    Brain Surgeon and Accountant all wrapped up in one 😄
    Dr Carson making HUD great again!!


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  7. bulwarker says:

    …im speechless… cant fathom why Trump would strike Syria, neocons have completely taken control

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    • They took out the airfield from which the IC asserted the airplane dropping the gas on civilians flew from. I believe they are trying to send a symbolic message.


      • bulwarker says:

        lololol the “IC” the same IC that is full of neo-cons and anti-trumpers. WHY, WHY would Assad, whose winning the war, use chemical weapons in this fashion? Its been 2 days and the IC already has it all figured out, right…

        Furthermore, why do we care what atrocities Syria is carrying out against its own people in a civil war. Why arent we striking North Korea or half of the African nations for doing WORSE things to their people…


        • TPW says:

          symbolic strike………make all the neocons “come” draw them in…..then find the real culprit for the chemical strike ……..3D chess……..could be wrong


        • I’m only going to suggest this as a possible reason, because I have nothing to offer besides guesses. I’m not in favor of foreign wars, only brainstorming in response to your question about why Assad might have acted.

          Assad has used chemical weapons “against his own people” previously. He does it to send a message to all outsiders that he will do ANYTHING to stay in power, and that if major powers send in troops, they will get gassed as well.

          We make a serious mistake thinking dictators follow rational rules, and act wisely or honestly. Hitler didn’t. Saddam Hussein threatened us (and everyone else) with WMD he didn’t have. North Korea shoots off missiles to say, “Look what we can do.”, as a symbolic display of prowess. These guys only respect brute force. More guts than brains.

          Assad knows he can’t destroy us, but also assumes our public doesn’t have the stomach for yet another drawn-out mission, which Obama reinforced by drawing rhetorical “red lines” that triggered no consequences when crossed.


    • cozette says:

      Neocons haven’t taken control. They tried to entrap Trump so they could take him down. He slipped their noose but they’re too stupid to realize it yet. Relax. Trump just made the most brilliant multi player 3 d chess move ever. Trump has won a MAJOR battle and lives to fight the next one. My tip is that you to try to figure out the many benefits of this Photo Op move. It’s really fun. BTW I was upset at first too.


  8. cjzak says:

    Limited strike. 43 Tomahawk missles from naval ships off shore.


  9. redlegleader68 says:

    Not liking this Tomahawk strike. Need some info from Trump. FNC now reporting that Trump will make a statement tonight. Ugh!


    • 2x4x8 says:

      McCain and Graham like it


      • cozette says:

        That’s one reason for the move. They were close to achieving a political assassination of Trump. They think they’ve won which is hilarious. It’s the exact opposite. How can McCain continue leading a Senate investigation into Trumps collusion with Russia now? He’d really look stupid. So the neocons knives have been sheathed. Assad has paid his gas attacks debt. The Trump is Putin’s puppet is laughable and now Trump and Putin can actually work together because they are perceived as enemies. Trump also sets the table for his negotiations with China over North Korea. Trump has just shown that his threats are credible.

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  10. Son of a B&*^tch


  11. cjzak says:

    Well now what? This can’t be a good thing and what will Russia do?


  12. cjzak says:

    Preemptive strike? Thought we weren’t going to do that. Only fight if we are attacked.


    • cozette says:

      The neoconservatives were setting Trump up. They had the photos of the poor children to air constantly as they said Trump did not invade Syria and take Assad out because he is Putin’s puppet. This was also supposed to further demonize Assad and Russia and force Trump to abandon his statement he wanted a negotiated settlement in Syria. The pictures and video were horrific. Of course. Now can Trump challenge the IC reports? Are you kidding me? Trump taking Russia’s talking points over American patriots in our CIA? So things looked bad. But this targeted attack was a brilliant move. The neoconservatives don’t understand how badly they’ve lost and on how many fronts. Trump blocked the neoconservatives invasion drumbeat. Bigly. Plus this move makes Russia is our enemy again so Trump and Putin can work together again.


  13. cjzak says:

    Hitting chemical weapons? Show of strength? Maybe it will be a deterrent.


  14. bulwarker says:

    show the warhawks just have to show Trump some pictures of kids dead and this is his response… sad, why not show him some dead kids making the illegal border crossing and he’ll change the wall into an interstate to allow illegals in

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    • Rudy Bowen says:

      That’s one of the stupidest things I’ve read today, and that’s going some. Too bad you won’t get some sort of award for it.


  15. todayistheday99 says:

    FOX increased the missile count to 60.


  16. cjzak says:

    President Trump to issue statement any time now.


  17. cjzak says:

    Pres. Trump must have told Netanyahu.


  18. cjzak says:

    I bet the leaders he’s been meeting with knew this was happening too. Fox just said they expected something was going to happen all day today. Jennifer Griffin.

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  19. cjzak says:

    Teach Assad a lesson?

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  20. Minnie says:

    Pray unceasingly

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  21. cjzak says:

    General Keane speaking now. Called it a limited action at a base far from civilians. Low risk but a show of power and warning.

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  22. Dr. Emmett L. Brown says:

    A targeted strike of an air base. Not unlike Reagan or Clinton targeted strikes in the past. I don’t have a problem with it. It at least shows that the days of us cowering and making empty threats are over. People will think twice because there will be a real threat of retaliation now.

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    • elleb77 says:

      Bet Juan McCain is orgasmic — yipee, we’re going to war. Yippee. Yippee

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    • cjzak says:

      Yep. The redline is the redline with this Pres. I still don’t like it but I am getting why it was done as information comes in.

      Liked by 1 person

    • graciegram says:

      This was VERY limited action meant to send a clear message to N. Korea, Syria, Iran, Russia. The only place hit was the airbase used to launch the plane that dropped the gas. A message has been sent that a red line was crossed. I also have no problem with it. We have been pushed too far too long.


  23. zephyrbreeze says:

    God help us. Pray for our leaders.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Joe says:

    If a war escalates, out of this action, are you in?


    • rf121 says:

      Sure, as long as he goes to Congress and requests a declaration of war against Syria, gets it, and we turn the place into a parking lot in 90 days. Otherwise, no.

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  26. missmarple2 says:


    We are at war. Where have you been? We have been at war since 9/11/2001.

    This is a targeted strike on a facility that is far away from civilians. It’s a show of power and a signal that Assad needs to shape up or get out.

    I voted for Trump to make the tough decisions. Let’s see what he says.

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  27. zephyrbreeze says:

    Hey North Korea, watch this.

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  28. Summer says:

    I think Trump’s street cred with GOPe skyrocketed.

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  31. cjzak says:

    Too many ego driven dictators got away with stuff during Obamas reign. They keep shooting off their mouths and banging their chests. Now an attack with gas that is a big huge no no everywhere in the world. Perfect time to show these dictators that USA is serious when it says it will be with limited, targeted strikes. Maybe the message being sent is what’s important here.

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    • Minnie says:

      OUR President is calling on all civilized nations to help end slaughter and bloodshed in Syria – he’s putting the world on notice that those who condemn the strike tonight are no better than the savages who killed innocents.

      He has and always will have my support.

      God bless you, Mr. Trump!

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  32. Trent Telenko says:

    Military strategy 101 — Attack the weakest enemy first.

    Syria is weaker than North Korea,

    North Korea is weaker than Iran.

    And somebody had to be first

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  33. Christine says:

    Fox just said the strikes hit just as President Trump was saying goodnight to Chinese President Xi, following their dinner. Precision timing.
    Xi now knows, in no uncertain terms, that USA means business.


  34. Christine says:

    President Trump’s statement.
    View story at Medium.com


  35. Ace says:

    What a devastating day for the Democrats.

    Liked by 1 person

  36. RandomAnonymousCrank says:

    The War Powers Act allows the President to deploy US forces to deal with an immediate threat to the United States without Congress, but that does not apply here. No Americans were killed in that supposed gas attack, nor was sovereign US territory invaded or damaged.
    Cue the Hildibeast, impeachment .


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