The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hushpuppy, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. Did he feel threatened by the good doctor's golf handicap?

    Trump alienates western allies and befriends Putin and Kim, America will be on its knees all too soon if Trump isn't brought to heel either by impeachment or some other means.

    It's no longer the land of the free.

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  4. If she wants to be useful she could try to imagine how it would fee if her son was forcibly removed from her and placed in some sort of transit camp, and if she finds it's tearing her apart she ought to consider making a public stance against her husband on the matter.

    What's happening to those families is heart breaking and I for one feel relieved I did not vote for Trump.
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  5. Nielsen defends Trumps policy of separation of children from their families

    DHS Sec. Nielsen was just dining at MXDC (a Mexican restaurant) when activists with @mdc_dsa stormed in to confront her on family separation.…
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    National Enquirer publisher subpoenaed in Michael Cohen inquiry | The Guardian

    Federal prosecutors are investigating Cohen’s links to $150,000 paid to Playboy model alleging Trump affair


    Federal prosecutors issued a subpoena to the National Enquirer’s publisher for records pertaining to a $150,000 payment the magazine made before the 2016 presidential election to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who has said she had an affair with Donald Trump.

    The subpoena, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was issued this spring by prosecutors in the southern district of New York, who are investigating the former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for alleged wire fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

    David Pecker, the National Enquirer publisher, is a friend and supporter of Trump. After paying McDougal six figures for exclusive rights to her story of an alleged affair with Trump, the magazine, which bolstered Trump throughout his presidential campaign, declined to publish the story.

    Prosecutors reportedly want to know whether a side deal was attached to the payment from Pecker to McDougal.

    Phone records show that Cohen and Pecker were in frequent contact around the time of the payment to McDougal in August 2016, the Journal quoted an unnamed source familiar with the matter as saying.

    Two months after the McDougal deal, Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to the porn star Stormy Daniels, who had her own story of an alleged affair with Trump to tell. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has sued Trump to be released from a hush agreement.

    Both McDougal and Daniels were ostensibly represented in their respective six-figure deals by the same lawyer, Keith Davidson, whom Daniels has sued, alleging that Davidson “acted in concert” with Cohen to “manipulate” her. Davidson has denied all wrongdoing.

    It is unclear what involvement, if any, Cohen had in the National Enquirer deal with McDougal.

    FBI agents raided residences and an office tied to Cohen, who worked closely with Trump for 10 years, in April. Cohen has not been charged with a crime but is waging a court battle to limit prosecutors’ access to documents seized in the raid.

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    Publisher of National Enquirer Subpoenaed in Michael Cohen Probe | Wall Street Journal

    Prosecutors eye whether company coordinated with ex-Trump lawyer on payment to bury affair allegation


    Federal authorities have subpoenaed the publisher of the National Enquirer for records related to its $150,000 payment to a former Playboy model for the rights to her story alleging an affair with Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.

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    Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen resigns from Republican National Committee | POLITICO


    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, has resigned from the Republican National Committee’s finance committee, an RNC official confirmed Wednesday.

    The official said RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel accepted Cohen’s resignation and that the former Trump attorney has been inactive on the committee for several months.

    A separate RNC official said Cohen’s decision to resign was rooted in complaints about the president’s immigration policies.

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    The day Trump caved | POLITICO

    Intense pressure, including from Republicans, prompted Trump to undo his family separation policy.

    In the face of protests at airports across the country opposing his restrictive travel ban last year, President Donald Trump defended the executive order as a necessary protection from terrorists.

    When he was confronted with bipartisan outrage and criticism from his own aides after condemning violence on “both sides” of a white nationalist rally and counterprotest in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, the president dug in his heels.

    But on Wednesday, facing what has grown into the biggest moral and political crisis of his administration, the president whose default position is to double down, simply caved in.

    Sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and embattled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting his policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

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    Trump falsely claimed for days that he couldn’t end family separations | POLITICO

    Family separations will persist under Trump's order | POLITICO
  9. Prosecutors subpoena National Enquirer records in Michael Cohen investigation
    The National Inquirer helped Trump by buying up the stories of Trump women and thereby silencing them with non disclosure agreements
    Cohen was part of this.
  10. Is Cohen Chinese then?
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    Donald Trump And Immigrant Girl Meet Face To Face On Time Cover | HuffPost


    Time magazine on Thursday revealed the cover of its latest issue, featuring President Donald Trump looking down at a frightened child asylum seeker.

    “Welcome to America,” reads the headline on the bright red cover ― the newsmagazine’s third in as many weeks to feature Trump.

    Getty Images photographer John Moore’s photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl went viral this week amid worldwide outrage over the Trump administration’s family separation policy.

    The toddler and her mother, whose names have not been released, crossed into the United States from Mexico last week. They were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and taken to a processing center.

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    Trump: Behind TIME's Donald Trump 'Welcome to America' Cover | Time


    John Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for Getty Images, has been photographing immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for years. This week one of his pictures became the most visible symbol of the immigration debate in America.

    “This one was tough for me. As soon as it was over, they were put into a van. I had to stop and take deep breaths,” Moore told TIME Tuesday, describing his reaction to the scene of a two-year-old Honduran girl crying as her mother was being detained in McAllen, Texas. “All I wanted to do was pick her up. But I couldn’t.”

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    Time Reveals 'Welcome To America.' Cover | Morning Joe | MSNBC


    Time's Alex Altman joins Morning Joe to reveal the magazine's latest issue, the cover of which features a photo montage of President Trump sharing space with the crying 2-year-old girl at the border. Sally Canfield also joins the discussion.

    Twitter:"Welcome to America"

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 1 hour ago
    We are now representing whistleblowers within ICE, outside contractors, etc. They have reached out to us to provide us with info as to what is really going on. We are going to blow this wide open and take the info to the American people so they can decide what happens next.
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    White House source: Stephen Miller revels in the misery and terror of separated children, "He’s Waffen-SS"

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  15. Good news ! Homeland security is working on a plan to reunite the families. The parents can apply to Homeland Security to be the guardians of their own children, this will take weeks to apply, unknown how long the decision will take.
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    The owner of the Red Hen explains why she asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave

    By Avi Selk and Sarah Murray, The Washington Post


    Stephanie Wilkinson was at home Friday evening — nearly 200 miles from the White House — when the choice presented itself.

    Her phone rang about 8 p.m. It was the chef at the Red Hen, the tiny farm-to-table restaurant that she co-owned just off Main Street in this small city in the western part of the state.

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders had just walked in and sat down, the chef informed her.

    “He said the staff is a little concerned. What should we do?” Wilkinson told The Washington Post. “I said I’d be down to see if it’s true.”

    It seemed unlikely to her that President Trump’s press secretary should be dining at a 26-seat restaurant in rural Virginia. But then, it was unlikely that her entire staff would have misidentified Sanders, who had arrived last to a table of eight booked under her husband’s name.

    As she made the short drive to the Red Hen, Wilkinson knew only this:

    She knew Lexington, population 7,000, had voted overwhelmingly against Trump in a county that voted overwhelmingly for him. She knew the community was deeply divided over such issues as Confederate flags. She knew, she said, that her restaurant and its half-dozen servers and cooks had managed to stay in business for 10 years by keeping politics off the menu.

    And she knew — she believed — that Sarah Huckabee Sanders worked in the service of an “inhumane and unethical” administration. That she publicly defended the president’s cruelest policies, and that that could not stand.

    “I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” Wilkinson said. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”

    When she walked into the restaurant, Wilkinson saw that there had been no mistake. The Red Hen is no bigger than some apartments, and the group table was impossible to miss: Sanders in a black dress, her husband, three or four men and women of roughly similar ages, and an older couple.

    “They had cheese boards in front of them,” Wilkinson said. Like any other family. The kitchen was already preparing the party’s main course. Wilkinson interrupted to huddle with her workers.

    Several Red Hen employees are gay, she said. They knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military. This month, they had all watched her evade questions and defend a Trump policy that caused migrant children to be separated from their parents.

    “Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave,” Wilkinson told her staff, she said. “They said ‘yes.’ ”

    It was important to Wilkinson, she said, that Sanders had already been served — that her staff had not simply refused her on sight. And it was important to her that Sanders was a public official, not just a customer with whom she disagreed, many of whom were included in her regular clientele.

    All the same, she was tense as she walked up to the press secretary’s chair.

    “I said, ‘I’m the owner,’ ” she recalled, ” ‘I’d like you to come out to the patio with me for a word.’ ”

    They stepped outside, into another small enclosure, but at least out of the crowded restaurant.

    “I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation.

    “I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’ ”

    Wilkinson didn’t know how Sanders would react, or whether Trump’s chief spokeswoman had been called out in a restaurant before — as the president’s homeland security secretary had been days earlier.

    Sanders’s response was immediate, Wilkinson said: ” ‘ That’s fine. I’ll go.’ ”

    Sanders went back to the table, picked up her things and walked out. The others at her table had been welcome to stay, Wilkinson said. But they didn’t, so the servers cleared away the cheese plates and glasses.

    “They offered to pay,” Wilkinson said. “I said, ‘No. It’s on the house.’ ”

    At the end of the shift, Wilkinson said, staff members left the usual overnight note in the kitchen for the morning manager: a problem with the credit card machine. Restock vodka and tequila.

    If you’ve ever heard the term “to 86 someone,” it comes from the restaurant industry — code to refuse service, or alternatively to take an item off the menu.

    “86 – Sara Huckabee Sanders,” read the note, below the reminder to buy more Pellegrino.

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  18. I'm almost tempted to book up for a few weeks myself, they look like the height of luxury and cost so little.

    Is there a catch ?
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    Trump slams Red Hen for being 'filthy.' Inspectors found no violations but Mar-a-Lago was cited 78 times in three years. | CNBC

    Trump’s Roach-Infested Restaurants Are Vile Compared to the Red Hen | Daily Beast

    Trump slams 'dirty' Red Hen restaurant, but let's not forget Mar-a-Lago's 13 health code violations | Mashable

    Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America | Vanity Fair

    Trump called this restaurant “filthy,” but Trump restaurants have been cited for hundreds of code violations | VICE News
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    Special counsel obtains Trump ally Erik Prince's phones, computer | ABC News


    Special Counsel Robert Mueller is digging deeper into Trump ally and Blackwater founder Erik Prince, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter.

    Prince, America’s most famous private military contractor, acknowledged last week that he “cooperated” with Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after falling under scrutiny amid questions about an alleged effort to establish a backchannel between the Trump administration and the Kremlin, something Prince has vehemently denied.

    ABC News has since learned that Mueller is also reviewing Prince’s communications, a sign that Mueller could try to squeeze Prince, as he has others, probing potential inconsistencies in his sworn testimony in an attempt to pressure him to turn into a witness against other targets of the investigation. In response to questions from ABC News, a spokesperson for Prince released a statement noting that Prince has provided Mueller with “total access to his phone and computer.”

    “As Mr. Prince told the Daily Beast he has spoken voluntarily with Congress and also cooperated completely with the Special Counsel’s investigation, including by providing them total access to his phones and computer,” the spokesperson said. “Mr. Prince has a lot of opinions about the various investigations, but there is no question that they are important and serious, and so Mr. Prince will keep his opinions to himself for now and to let the investigators do their work. All we will add is that much of the reporting and speculation about Mr. Prince in the media is inaccurate, and we are confident that when the investigators have finished their work, we will be able to put these distractions to the side.”

    A spokesperson for the special counsel did not respond to a request for comment.

    In April 2017, the Washington Post reported that Prince, whose sister Betsy DeVos is President Donald Trump’s education secretary, had traveled to the Seychelles in January following Trump’s election for a secret meeting with a Russian official with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Prince testified before the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in November that he hadn’t made the trip "to meet any Russian guy” and described his meeting with Kirill Dmitriev, the Putin-appointed head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund, as a chance encounter “over a beer.”

    ABC News reported earlier this year that Mueller has obtained evidence that calls that testimony into question. Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, a key witness given limited immunity by Mueller, told investigators that he set up the meeting in the Seychelles between Prince and Dmitriev, sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News. Documents obtained by Mueller also suggest that before and after Prince met Nader in New York a week before the trip, Nader shared information with Prince about Dmitriev.

    And that’s not the only potential inconsistency in Prince’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that appears to have caught the attention of investigators.

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    Harley-Davidson, Blaming E.U. Tariffs, Will Move Some Production Out of U.S. | The New York Times


    As President Trump pursues a protectionist trade policy, he has pointed repeatedly to Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer, as a company that will ultimately benefit. Instead, it is getting caught in the crossfire.

    The Wisconsin company said on Monday it would shift some production of its bikes overseas to avoid stiff retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union in response to Mr. Trump’s trade measures. The company said the move “is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the E.U. and maintain a viable business in Europe.”

    Mr. Trump’s trade war is beginning to ripple through the United States economy as companies struggle with a cascade of tariffs here and abroad. While Mr. Trump says his trade policy is aimed at reviving domestic manufacturing, Harley-Davidson’s move shows how the White House approach could backfire as American companies increasingly rely on overseas markets for materials, production and sales.

    The White House is waging several trade wars at once, engaging in fights with China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union, which have each responded with their own retaliatory measures. The trade spats have triggered a range of unintended consequences, including a profit warning last week by Daimler, which blamed retaliatory Chinese tariffs for a slump in the sales of the S.U.V.s it builds in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Mid Continent Nail Corporation, a Missouri-based manufacturer of nails, said last week that it had laid off 60 of its 500 employees and might be forced to close as it struggles to absorb the higher cost of the steel it imports from Mexico to produce its nails. Stock markets have swooned over the prospect of an escalating trade war that could further hurt American companies, with the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index ending down 1.4 percent on Monday.

    Mr. Trump accused Harley-Davidson of using the tariffs as “an excuse” to move production out of the United States but insisted in a tweet on Monday that his trade strategy would still work. “Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag,” he said. “I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the E.U., which has hurt us badly on trade.”

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    Harley-Davidson ‘Surrendered,’ Trump Says, Threatening to Tax It for Trade Move | The New York Times


    President Trump lashed out at one of his favorite American manufacturers on Tuesday, criticizing Harley-Davidson over its plans to move some of its motorcycle production abroad and threatening it with punitive taxes in return.

    In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the president accused the Wisconsin-based company of having “surrendered” in Mr. Trump’s trade war with Europe. He told Republican lawmakers at a White House meeting that the move amounted to a betrayal, saying, “I’ve been very good to Harley-Davidson.”

    “If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end — they surrendered, they quit!” the president wrote on Twitter. “The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!”

    A day earlier, Harley-Davidson announced that it would shift some of its production overseas in response to the European Union’s new 31 percent tariff on its imported bikes, which was imposed in retaliation for Mr. Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs.


    Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Trump accused Harley of using the trade dispute as an excuse to send more jobs offshore, after the recent construction of a plant in Thailand. The suggestion echoed the sentiment expressed by one of the unions that represent Harley workers.

    Harley developed its Thai plant to mitigate tariffs that are in place in Asia, but it decided to move more production abroad in direct response to the new European tariffs. Harley has not said where it will build the bikes for the European market or how many jobs it might cut in the United States as a result.

    Mr. Trump also revived a threat that he used to lob at companies when he was a presidential candidate, warning Harley that it would pay a financial price for moving manufacturing abroad.

    “Harley must know that they won’t be able to sell back into U.S. without paying a big tax!” the president said in another tweet on Tuesday.

    While running for office in 2016, he said on several occasions that if elected he would make Ford pay a 35 percent tax on cars that it made in Mexico and sold into the United States. He did not say what presidential authority would give him that power, and the warning on Tuesday appeared to misunderstand — or misconstrue — the fact that Harley would be using its overseas production facilities to sell motorcycles in Europe, not back into the United States.

    [Harley-Davidson’s announcement revealed the uncomfortable choices companies face as they navigate escalating trade tensions.]

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    Anti-Trump protestors demand London Mayor Sadiq Khan to allow them to fly their massive crowdfunded blimp of the US president as a big baby over capital when he visits
    Organisers have smashed their £5,000 target to create the inflatable president
    While the project now has the funds, the Mayor of London has objected the plans
    Creator Leo Murray is now battling the authorities for permission to hit the skies

    A description on the crowdfunding website states: 'I am a six metre high inflatable orange baby with tiny hands. Please help me fly.

    'Make our six meter high orange, inflatable baby with a malevolent face and tiny hands fly over central London during Trump's UK visit.'

    It added: 'So when Trump visits the UK on Friday, July 13 this year, we want to make sure he knows that all of Britain is looking down on him and laughing at him.'

    Organiser Leo Murray revealed that while the project now has the funds to go ahead, the Mayor of London has objected to the plans.

    He added: 'If we are unable to obtain consent to fly Trump Baby from Parliament Square Gardens, we may need to be creative about finding a suitable alternative location - and that could cost more money too.

    'Trump Baby needs an area of at least 5m square to safely inflate and take off from. If you know anyone with a large garden in central London, please get in touch!'

    A link to the crowdfunder can be found here.
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    'Lowlife' Colbert Video Chats With 'Lost Soul' Fallon & Conan O'Brien | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    'Lowlife' Stephen Colbert, 'Lost Soul' Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien hold an emergency late night video conference to discuss Trump's war on late night.

    Colbert, Fallon and Conan team up to tease Trump | CNN

    If At First You Don't Succeed, Call It A 'Travel Ban' | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Donald Trump celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling on his discriminatory travel ban with promises of discriminatory immigration laws.

    House overwhelmingly rejects Republican immigration bill | CNN


    The House of Representatives failed to pass a major immigration bill on Wednesday, despite a delayed vote and a last minute push by President Donald Trump to shore up support for the bill.

    The vote was 121-301. (301 voted against the bill, 121 voted for the bill.)

    It was widely expected the vote would fail. With no Democrats supporting the legislation, Republicans were going to need enough of their own members to get to a majority--a tall task for any immigration bill given the long-running, intra-party GOP battle on the issue.

    The bill represented House Republicans' most steadfast effort in decades to find a compromise between moderates and conservatives, legislation that provides a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, as well as $25 billion for border security including the President's border wall.

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    Judge Kennedy announced his retirement. This gives Trump another Justice. Kennedy is conservative so no change.
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    But will the replacement right-leaning judge or a Trump lackey?
  27. Wrong, are you sure Trump's appointment will vote for legal gay marriage and for a woman to have the right to choose abortion like Kennedy did?

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