May 12th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #113

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782 Responses to May 12th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #113

  1. Pam says:

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  2. Pam says:

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    • Tazz2293 says:

      I am a hardened old country boy. Reading Melania’s tweet and seeing her smile while hosting the mothers brings a tear to this old hard a$$es eyes

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  3. Pam says:

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Use Gab, Mr. POTUS. Reddit. We will be there with you. Fire the Very Fake News. The VFN weary us.

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    • psadie says:

      The Judge knows something for she asked PTrump 3x if Sean Spicer would be there tomorrow…he side stepped the answer. Sean may be out and onto his other position.


  5. jeans2nd says:

    Have not seen this anywhere else.

    “This past Thursday, a three-page memorandum was signed in Astana, Kazakstan calling for the creation of four “De-escalation Zones” in Syria…”

    “the US also sent its Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Stuart Jones. According to RT International, the US decision to send Jones as an observer was preceded by a “very good” phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump…US officials have issued a statement which expresses ‘guarded optimism’ but falls short of endorsing the plan, mainly because of Iran’s role as a signatory and military guarantor.”

    The lengthy article basically indicts the entire U.S. government, specifically Obama and Kerry. It mentions “concern” that Syria might be broken up, but seems to be endorsing the specific actions and conclusions that have previously been articulated by our POTUS Trump.

    Perhaps they may notice that our POTUS and they are sympatico.

    Our SpecOps recently confronted ISIS and talked ISIS into surrending without firing a shot

    Use of contractors is down

    More and more, we are focusing our attention on fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
    ““We will further accelerate this fight to free people from ISIS’ crushing occupation and [the] enemy’s terror threat to Europe and beyond,” (SecDef) Mattis announced in Copenhagen, Denmark.”

    We are WINNING folks. The Very Fake News continues to ignore us. But, we’ve not gone anywhere. Don’t tell the VFN. Let’s send the VFN to the Syrian “safe zones” instead.

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  6. Pam says:

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  7. Lucille says:

    A fun blast from our President’s past…”Donald Trump 1980 Interview”

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  8. Oldskool says:

    Seen many posts at the Treehouse regarding trying to contact your elected representatives, and how there is no response from them. Being from NC, I emailed one of our senators in mid April, Thom Tillis, about my disappointment in him doing nothing for 2 years until now and then being the leading champion for H-2b visas. Amazingly this time I got a response, which I thought I’d share as he is the lead proponent on those things. All BS, but this is what you get.

    Dear Mr. ———–:
    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about the H-2B temporary work program. I appreciate hearing from you.
    As you are aware, the H-2B temporary worker program allows employers to hire foreign workers for non-agricultural purposes on a seasonal basis when American workers are unavailable. I share your concerns with policies that displace American workers, and I will not support any program that prioritizes foreign workers over Americans. The H-2B temporary worker program is an important backstop that allows small seasonal businesses to meet fluctuations in demand and supplement their existing American workforce so that they can continue to operate. In fact, these businesses are only eligible to hire H-2B workers after they complete a lengthy and costly process through the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security. In addition, business owners must successfully prove that they were unable to find American workers for the positions they are looking to fill.
    The bipartisan legislation I introduced this past Fall—as well as the provisions included in the Fiscal Year 2016 spending bill Congress passed at the end of 2015—are only intended to strengthen the H-2B program by establishing robust oversight measures for how the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security administer it. In addition, these provisions increase protections for American workers to ensure that no American worker is displaced when employers turn to the H-2B program to help meet their workforce needs, and they make certain that businesses pay their American employees the most competitive wages.
    Protecting our North Carolina small and seasonal businesses is one of my top priorities. Please be assured that I will only support measures that protect American workers and businesses.
    Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again about other important issues.

    Thom Tillis
    U.S. Senator

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    • KBR says:

      Maybe I will get an on-topic reply this time.
      All I get usually are auto emails and donate requests from ALL of them.

      No matter how nice I am. No matter how mean I get.

      I think they are just tired of seeing my name, lol.

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      • Do you check the box saying you want a response? I always do that a I do get a response but it takes so long that I often forget what the question was and answer is so vague it is hard to tell from that. I email Burr a lot and less frequently Tillis because he is so corrupt who cares, but that letter above is quite good for him.


      • M. Mueller says:

        No, KBR, they are not just tired of seeing your name; they are tired of US – the American people. They got by with their scams for so many years, now they just want us all to go away or die so they can continue in comfort.

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    • KBR says:

      Looks like I am in the spam bin again. Wait and maybe my response will show up.


    • psadie says:

      It is nearly impossible to reach the Senators. The phone rings and rings and no one answers and you can’t leave a message…this is on purpose for they must be getting thousands of calls so they disconnect the line.
      I have called my House Rep many times and they always answer and I speak with an aide for they then will ask me questions about the issue of the day.
      You might want to email your Senator but don’t expect any answer but I’m sure someone is reading them.

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  11. Katie says:

    The man truly loves his job! (and Mrs. Zinke is a very lucky woman 😉 )

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  12. nwtex says:

    Oh, boy! Erin Burnett (sp) CNN is going to run a piece on Keith (Schilling) in a sec.
    She best not act a fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. dogsmaw says:

    Remember when…


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    • ALEX says:

      Senator Grassely has been the Republican many of us have been waiting for on this issue…Imagine that. I have always found him the most honest and decent person and I would not want him after me if I was hiding something….

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  19. pacnwbel says:

    Listening to Rush this morning, he mentioned a quote from the book about Hillary “Shattered”.
    The authors wrote that the ‘Russians did it’ hoax was cooked up the morning after the election by Podesta and Mook to explain her devastating loss. If anyone else did catch this can they please confirm if I heard this right?

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  20. sunnydaze says:

    I don’t like this idea of shutting down the Press Conferences. Maybe I’m missing something here but it seems to me like:

    1) Sean and Sarah are doing a great job and
    2) a LOT of people watch and can see what fools the Press Peeps are, so they lose more and more support., which is a good thing.

    What am I missing here?


    • sunnydaze says:

      I’ll clarify a bit. It *would* be cool to have people in there who were more intelligent. And the American people deserve that.

      And since it seems Journalism majors are pretty stupid, even airheads, maybe replace them with rotating experts in fields who could ask relevant questions, or Business reporters because they, as a rule, seem to be more serious and interested in actual news.

      Or even just regular people who are smart and informed, or at least want to be.

      I dunno, to me that’s the question, who can replace these ridiculous “reporters ” who don’t know their a$$ from their elbow and don’t even care that they don’t know it?

      I don’t think they’d come from the so-called “profession” of journalism, cuz there’s no such thing anymore. Not at the major networks, etc anyway.

      But I’d hate to see the daily PCs go.

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      • BakoCarl says:

        “It *would* be cool to have people in there who were more intelligent.”

        Some thoughts –

        Increase the Skype terminals to 8 or 12 or 16. Schedule specific reporters from urban or more rural areas around the country that will ask good, probing questions of interest to the general public. Give the press present only one question and then move on. Don’t respond to the questions that interrupt your answer . . . just move on to another questioner.

        Let the idiots continue to ask idiotic questions. Example.
        Sean: Uh, Joe?
        Joe: How do you justify not firing Flynn earlier?
        Sean: I’ve got nothing more for you on that.
        Joe: But, but, but . . .
        Sean: Uh, Ed?

        Use extremely short answers to dumb questions and then move immediately to the next questioner. I think they’ll get the message after a bit.

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        • Weeper says:

          TY for this. It’s called a “briefing” for a reason… should be brief, and informative. Currently…..well 😉


        • sunnydaze says:

          Yes. We have this word in the English language. It’s called….”Next!”

          Stupid, repetitive questions don’t really require any more of a response.

          They just waste our time.

          Sorry Press Peeps, the average American is smarter than you and we are sick of you.

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  21. JMScott says:

    At first, this may seem off topic. But I have strongly suspect this IS the correct thread for it.

    The ransom worm, based on the NSA toolkit has infected >100,000 Windows computers world wide, already. It’s insertion vector is an email phishing attack that exploits file and printing services to propagate through the local network. That exploit was patched in late April, if MS security updates were installed. “Decrypting” and recovery costs $300 of bitcoins. The worm supports 43 languages, and seems to have an exceptional impact on health care, hospital and governmental systems.

    I believe there is a more significant and sinister motive (an impact) than is visible on the surface, and see a lot of deep dots connecting. I encourage CTH, TD and 4c to crowd source with a wide eye, looking for the hidden adgenda…

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