Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

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#401 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby fountainhall » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:26 am

So the swamp just gets even deeper. Trump announces new tariffs on steel and aluminium. Obviously his close mate and former adviser Carl Icahn sold $31.4 million of shares in a company heavily dependent in steel imports a few days beforehand as a purely commercial decision. Icahn sold his shares for between $32 and $34. Good move Carl! Just a few days later as a result of Trump's announcement they had fallen to $26.37.

In my book that is far too suspiciously like insider trading.

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#402 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Gaybutton » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:51 am

fountainhall wrote:In my book that is far too suspiciously like insider trading.

My book too. I guess Ichan isn't rich enough already.

Has there ever been an administration in USA history equally corrupt or more corrupt?

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#403 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby fountainhall » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:41 pm

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#404 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Gaybutton » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:29 pm

In case your thoughts include "What Next?", how about six "What Nexts?"

1. Trump starting a trade war
2. Trump suing California over sanctuary cities
3. Kellyane Conway breaking the law by publicly advocating Roy Moore's candidacy
4. Trump getting sued by a porn star over a non-disclosure payoff
5. Trump's name being taken down from a hotel in Panama
6. Mass exodus of Trump staff, including his economic advisor - causing a major drop in stock market

I can hardly wait to see what's in store for tomorrow. What more needs to happen to get Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings and get rid of this maniac before he completely destroys the USA?

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#405 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby thaiworthy » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:22 pm

Gaybutton wrote:What more needs to happen to get Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings and get rid of this maniac before he completely destroys the USA?

Understood and completely agree. But then we get Pence.
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#406 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Gaybutton » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:50 pm

thaiworthy wrote:But then we get Pence.

True. It's hard to know which of the two would be the worst, but either way, we lose.

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#407 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Gaybutton » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:41 pm

GOLDEN FLEECE AWARDS

Senator William Proxmire has long since passed away, but the memory of his Golden Fleece Awards lives on. If Senator Proxmire was alive today, I believe he would certainly given the awards for what is going on in the Trump administration, especially his cabinet members.

I'd like someone to explain to me why these fatcats are somehow entitled to fly private government jets, at government expense, instead of commercial airlines like everybody else. Lord only knows how much was probably spent just on gourmet in-flight meals and liquor for them. If I had my way, they would not be allowed first class or even business class. Let these assholes fly cattle class.

I'd also like someone to explain to me why Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is also under investigation for "questionable" travel practices, needs new office doors at a cost of $139,000. Interior Secretary my ass!! The only interior I see him concerned with is lightening the interior of your wallet for personal travel expenses and luxury items such as office doors at that kind of price. This piece of garbage is getting office doors that cost more than many pay for an entire house.

Mr. Secretary, if you need new office doors, guess what - they sell doors at Home Depot - and for a little less than $139,000. Buy them there, and then put on some overalls and install them yourself. I have better things for my tax money to be spent on than your doors and Steve Mnuchin's luxury honeymoon.

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White House scolds Cabinet officials after embarrassing ethics reports

By Cristina Alesci, CNN

March 9, 2018

(CNN) - The White House held private meetings with four Cabinet-level officials last month to scold them for embarrassing stories about questionable ethical behavior at their respective agencies, sources familiar with the sessions tell CNN.

Internal watchdogs have launched at least nine audits, reviews or investigations across several Cabinet agencies, and stories about first-class travel, expensive office furniture, and internal strife have become commonplace.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt all met with officials from the White House counsel's office and the Cabinet liaison.

The meetings, held at chief of staff John Kelly's request, were intended to provide "a clear message that optics matter," the sources said.

The White House gave the agencies a set of guidelines in a document titled "creating a culture of compliance," according to portions of the document obtained by CNN.

Among the highlighted advice:

• "You are the best guardian of your reputation. Your recordkeeping practices must be designed with a purpose to prove innocence at the complaint phase or with the press."
• "Even if legal, does not mean you should do it -- always consider optics."
• "Optics questions: Does the event or travel further the President's priorities, your department or agency's mission; or, does it appear recreational or entertainment in nature."
• "Remember, an ethics opinion matters only if the ethics officer received all of the information."

The White House declined to comment.

During the meetings, the White House officials asked agencies to flag any possible problems, including ongoing investigations or audits.

But shortly after the session with Zinke, CNN published a report with several examples that ethics watchdogs say raise questions about whether Zinke is misusing his travel privileges, despite receiving approval from the department's lawyer and ethics officer.

The White House was disappointed after meeting with Zinke because his agency failed to mention the story, of which Interior was aware and quoted a department spokesperson on the record, the source familiar told CNN.

Asked about the White House's unhappiness, an Interior spokesperson who declined to be named, "this is such a nothing-burger."

The person added, "Cabinet secretaries and staff meet with the White House constantly about a number of issues to include advancing policy priorities and strategy."

In his meeting, VA Secretary Shulkin was told he could no longer discuss purging agency employees after he told Politico he had permission from the White House to remove insubordinates. He was also advised that stories about "palace intrigue" were unacceptable, a source familiar said.

When asked about the meeting, the VA public affairs office replied in a statement: "President Trump tasked Secretary Shulkin with reforming the VA so it could better serve the men and women who sacrificed to protect our country. Many reforms have already been enacted, many more are still needed, but nothing will distract the President, the Secretary and the Department from finding the best ways to provide care and benefits to our country's heroes."

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox denied CNN's characterization of Pruitt's White House meeting.

"This is entirely untrue," Wilcox said. "Administrator Pruitt has regular meetings with a number of officials at the White House. Throughout those meetings, the White House has offered continued support of EPA, to help the Agency succeed in furthering the President's environmental agenda."
HUD did not respond to a request for comment.

Last week, Carson canceled a $31,000 dining room furniture purchase after a whistleblower said she was demoted when she refused to break the law and overspend for redecorating Carson's office. The agency has denied the allegations. HUD's inspector general is also looking into the role Carson's family has played in department business.

It's unclear what answers the agencies provided when asked to spot potential problems, but there are open reviews and inquiries across several agencies.

EPA's internal watchdog is investigating the frequency, cost and extent of Pruitt's travel following reports of his many flights to his home state of Oklahoma and that he used taxpayer funds on first-class flights and luxury hotels that exceeded his predecessors. EPA has cited security concerns as the reason Pruitt flies first class.

Zinke's travel is also under investigation by both the Office of Special Counsel and the Interior Department's inspector general, including a visit he had with a hockey team owned by a former donor to his 2014 campaign.

Interior Dept. explains $139K doors for secretary's office

The VA's inspector general recently released a damning report about Shulkin's July 2017 trip to Europe. The report concluded that Shulkin misused taxpayer funds and inappropriately accepted Wimbledon tickets, and that his then-chief of staff doctored an email to justify the department paying for his wife's airfare to accompany him. Shulkin has said he intends to comply with all the IG recommendations, even though he disagreed with them.

In addition, multiple sources tell CNN that the secretary had been locked in battle with a group of Trump administration officials, who Shulkin says have been working to push him out of the department.

Story and video: https://us.cnn.com/2018/03/09/politics/ ... index.html
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Interior Dept. explains $139K doors for secretary's office

by Sara Ganim, Gregory Wallace and Sophie Tatum, CNN

March 8, 2018

Washington (CNN) - The doors to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's office are getting a nearly $139,000 upgrade.

The Interior Department confirmed the project Thursday, saying it is both necessary to replace old doors that are in "disrepair" and attributing the high cost to the historical nature of the building.

News of the $138,670 contract comes as several agencies are facing scrutiny over excessive spending. Last month, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson withdrew an order for pricey dining room furniture, including a $31,000 table. Zinke is also under fire for questionable travel habits.

Zinke was unaware of the expense for the doors, Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift said, saying the project was driven by "career facilities and security officials" as part of a decade-long modernization of the 1930s building.

"The secretary was not aware of this contract but agrees that this is a lot of money for demo, install, materials, and labor," Swift said in a statement. "Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical. This is a perfect example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes."

The new doors will be made of fiberglass. The previous sets of doors have been damaged for years, according to an Interior official, to the point where wind and water come into the office during inclement weather, which in turn damaged the historic hardwood floors. Damage has caused bottom panels to fall out and be "replaced with cardboard and duct tape," the official said.

The Associated Press previously reported on the door contract Thursday.

"What a waste. Just think how many dining sets you could have bought or private jets you could have chartered with that money," Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, joked on Twitter.

https://us.cnn.com/2018/03/08/politics/ ... index.html

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#408 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby Up2u » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:42 am


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#409 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby puan » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:48 pm

Up2u wrote:A win for Putin and Trump....

No surprise here. As anticipated as Christmas day falling on December 25th.

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#410 Re: Consequences of Trump's Win - 4

Postby fountainhall » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:36 pm

So another of Trump’s great and the good bites the dust. Tillerson is fired with a tweet. Why are we not surprised? A laughing stock of an administration!


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