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Donald Trump issued a vague warning to former FBI Director James Comey last month:
James Comey better hope that there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! the president wrote on Twitter, three days after he unceremoniously fired Comey.
When I saw that tweet, I nodded in recognition. I worked for Trump for about three years in the late 1980s, as president and chief operating officer of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. I saw him regularly in meetings, phone calls, and updates of day-to-day operations.
After I resigned in April 1990, I wrote a book about my time with him, Trumped: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump, His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall, in 1991. In the book, I told stories about Trumps leadership style that would come to echo his presidency years later.
I witnessed him make public phone calls that he insisted were private and use those conversations to humiliate and corner the person on the other end. I witnessed him demand loyalty from those who worked for him. I witnessed him make impulsive decisions as a result of his short attention span.
So when news of the Comey firing broke last month, as well as Trumps subsequent warning to Comey that he might have recorded conversations with him, Trumps behavior struck me as all too familiar. He was displaying characteristics Ive been telling people about for decades.
Trump Says Roe V Wade Was Overturned Because He ‘delivered On Everything As Promised’: Ex
- In a statement, former President Donald Trump said that Roe v Wade was overturned because he ‘delivered on everything as promised’
- Trump said abortion rights were overturned because he did not cave to ‘radical left Democrats, fake news media or RINOs’
- The former president referred to that trio as the ‘true enemy of the people’
- Trump said earlier in a Fox interview that the decision follows the constitution and giving rights back to states should have happened ‘long ago’
- Trump said in a message to his pro-choice supporters: ‘This is something that will work out for everybody’
- Over the course of his presidency, Trump appointed three conservative judges, all of whom voted to overturn Roe v Wade
- During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised supporters that he would only appoint ‘pro-life judges’
- Prior to June 24, Trump has been largely silent on Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion that abortion was not protected by the constitution
A Timeline Of The President’s Policies
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Donald Trump promised to be the greatest job-producing president in U.S. history. During his 2016 campaign, he pledged to create 25 million jobs in the next 10 years. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 3.1 million fewer jobs in December 2020 than in January 2017 when Trump took office.
If Donald Trump had been able to keep his campaign promise, he would have beaten the current record-holder, President Bill Clinton, who during his two terms.
To create those jobs, Trump told the Economic Club of New York he wanted to establish a national goal of 4% economic growth. Let’s look at the details of his policies and how they’ve worked during his term.
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Truck Drivers And Delivery Drivers
By far the number one job for a man of Trumps age, truck drivers made a median wage of about $32,000 per year in 2019. A total of about 1.5 million Americans do this job, and the number is expected to grow unusually quickly due the expansion of e-commerce, and the increased demand for delivery. Famously, Trump appeared to have a great time when he met with truckers in 2017, and even had the opportunity to honk the horn of a big rig.
Trump’s Daily Routine Didn’t Work For Me
On Sunday, when I had the freedom to craft my own day, I took a nap. Then I took another. Trump’s daily routine is altogether enervating. It’s decidedly not for me.
One thing I missed during this experiment was exercise I couldn’t skimp on executive time, so I skipped my morning yoga class for a week. Even in the days that followed, it was hard to get back into a workout routine.
That said, it’s always worth knowing what works and what doesn’t for you. I’m continuing to experiment with different morning and daily routines eventually, I’ll find one that leaves me feeling energized and productive.
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Liz Cheney Is Encouraging Wyoming Democrats To Change Parties To Vote For Her
Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican of Wyoming whose polling remains far behind her Trump-endorsed primary challenger as her House committees Jan. 6 hearings continue, is urging Democrats in her home state to switch parties to support her in the Aug. 16 primary.
In the last week, Wyoming Democrats have received mail from Ms. Cheney’s campaign with specific instructions on how to change their party affiliation to vote for her. Ms. Cheneys campaign website now has a link to a form for changing parties.
Joseph Barbuto, the chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party, was among those who received Ms. Cheneys instructions. Mr. Barbuto said that over the last week, his social media feeds have been flooded with Democrats and only Democrats posting about receiving mailers from the Cheney campaign.
I havent had any Republicans share online or tell me that they received it, Mr. Barbuto said on Thursday.
Recruiting Democratic support has been a sensitive topic for Ms. Cheney since she voted to impeach former President Donald J. Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. She has cast her August primary contest with Harriet Hageman, who is allied with and endorsed by Mr. Trump, as a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. Recruiting Democrats to that fight could undermine those efforts.
Her spokesman, Jeremy Adler, said on Thursday that Ms. Cheney was proud to represent all Wyomingites and is working hard to earn every vote.
I Fully Intend To Outlast These People: 18 Federal Workers On What Its Really Like To Work For The Trump Administration
Changes of administration have always brought some handwringing inside executive-branch agencies, but according to independent surveys, federal workers under President Trump are, by and large, distinctly demoralized about their professional identities. What does it feel like to toil for a government that sometimes seems to despise its own workforce? We spoke to career staff in the upper echelons of the bureaucracy who explained, anonymously but in their own words, why they feel besieged or guilty or, in a few cases, unexpectedly fulfilled.
Were forced to say the sky isnt blue and the grass isnt green.
Ive worked in different administrative-officer roles for about a decade, and one thing thats been particularly tough with this administration is theyre not as honest and forthcoming. For example, Trump froze hiring. Then, a few weeks after the official announcement that things had been unfrozen,* we were repeatedly told by the political leadership that were not allowed to hire, but were not allowed to call it a hiring freeze, either. Its been two years since weve hired anyone, weve lost 25 percent of our staff, and our employees know nobody is being hiredbut were not allowed to admit it. It feels like were gaslighting our staff.
Our employees act out a lot, but our manager doesnt have a big desire to discipline. Its hard to say, You have a bad attitude and you need to fix it, when theyre doing the work that four or five people used to handle.
Donald J Trump Foundation
The Donald J. Trump Foundation was a U.S.-based private foundation established in 1988 for the initial purpose of giving away proceeds from the book Trump: The Art of the Deal by Trump and Tony Schwartz. The foundation’s funds mostly came from donors other than Trump, whose last personal contribution to the charity was in 2008. The top donors to the foundation from 2004 to 2014 were Vince and Linda McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment, who donated $5 million to the foundation after Trump appeared at WrestleMania in 2007.
Per the foundation’s tax returns, its benefactors included healthcare and sports-related charities, as well as conservative groups. In 2009, for example, the foundation gave $926,750 to about 40 groups, with the biggest donations going to the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation , the New York Presbyterian Hospital , the Police Athletic League , and the Clinton Foundation .
A 2018 suit by the New York State attorney general alleged that Trump had illegally used foundation funds to buy self-portraits, pay off his businesses’ legal obligations, and boost his presidential campaign. The judge ruled against the Donald J. Trump Foundation and ordered Trump to pay $2 million in damages. Trump agreed to give that money and the foundation’s remaining $1.8 million to 8 charities ranging from Army Emergency Relief to the United Negro College Fund to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and to dissolve the foundation.
Heres A Timeline Of Trumps Efforts To Bend The Justice Department To His Will
The Jan. 6 committees fifth hearing on Thursday will focus on President Donald J. Trumps efforts to corrupt the Justice Department and bend it to his scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Even before the committee releases additional evidence, a damning timeline of the Trump campaigns efforts has become clear.
Between the election and the attack on the Capitol, Mr. Trump tried to push aside the acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, in favor of Jeffrey Clark, a loyalist who was pushing the department to inform Georgia officials falsely that voter fraud allegations could invalidate the states results.
Mr. Trump and his allies, including Republican House members and conservative lawyers, contacted Justice Department leaders nearly daily with demands for investigations and other steps to overturn the election. The pressure campaign ramped up on Dec. 14, 2020, when Mr. Trump announced that Mr. Rosen, then the departments No. 2 official, would replace Attorney General William P. Barr. An aide to Mr. Trump emailed Mr. Rosen talking points about voter fraud in Michigan and problems with Dominion Voting Systems machines, the first of many conspiracy theories that Mr. Rosen and his team would debunk.
The next day, Mr. Trump pressed Mr. Rosen to appoint a special counsel and support lawsuits that sought to overturn the election. Mr. Rosen rebuffed the requests, and the president said the Justice Department was not fighting hard enough for him.
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Janitors And Building Cleaners
About 100,000 people in the US work as janitors and building cleaners. It is a physically demanding job that involves working late hours, but only pays about $13 per hour. Trump continues to be in excellent physical condition for a man of his age, but as a self-described germaphobe, he likely wouldnt be a good fit for the job.
Trump And The Roe Decision
TRUMP AND THE ROE DECISION. There’s a debate among some on the right about former President Donald Trump and the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Does Trump deserve any credit for what happened?
Some anti-Trump voices say the answer is no. “Am I glad to see Roe gone?” asked National Review’sKevin D. Williamson in a recent article. “Absolutely. Do I think that Trump’s role in this could have been performed by a reasonably well-trained monkey? Absolutely.” Williamson went on to write that “no conservative who knows how to read supported Trump in 2016 because he was solid on judicial originalism,” arguing instead that “it was movement conservatism … that kept the Trump presidency from being a disaster for the right.”
Williamson is an extreme case he likes to call Trump a monkey. But other, less strident anti-Trump voices have also tried to minimize Trump’s contributions. So what is the reality? Does Trump, in fact, deserve some credit for the overturn of Roe? The answer is absolutely yes.
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The discussion began when moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump, “Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v.Wade, which includes, in fact, states, a woman’s right to an abortion?”
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What To Watch For
The Justice Department has confirmed its investigating the fake electors and whether they violated federal law, as has Fulton County DA Fani Willis, as part of a broader investigation into Trumps attempts to overturn Georgias election. Both of those investigations could result in criminal charges. Wisconsin voters have also filed a civil lawsuit against that states electors, which could result in electors having to pay damages and issue a declaration stating their actions were unlawful. The House January 6 Committee has also issued subpoenas to the fake electors and is investigating their actions, and the scheme is expected to be part of the public hearings that the committee will start holding this week. Lawmakers cant actually bring charges against anyone as part of the House inquiry, but they can turn over what they find to the DOJ and make a criminal referral for them to bring charges.
Jeffrey Rosen: The Acting Attorney General Was Pivotal In Holding Off Trumps Effort To Install A Loyalist Atop The Justice Department
Jeffrey A. Rosen led the Justice Department during the final month of the Trump administration, when President Donald J. Trump and his allies most aggressively pressed federal and state officials to undo his loss in the 2020 presidential election.
Mr. Rosen, who served as acting attorney general, is expected to help the Jan. 6 committee paint a more detailed picture of efforts by Mr. Trump and his allies to weaponize the Justice Department in their efforts to overturn the election.
He is also expected to speak to the dramatic showdown that took place in the Oval Office on Jan. 3, 2021, when top Justice Department officials said they and others in the department would quit en masse if Mr. Trump replaced Mr. Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, who ran the departments civil division and who was willing to help Mr. Trump in his efforts to undo the election.
In a statement he prepared for the committee, Mr. Rosen said that the Justice Department never found credible evidence of election fraud, underscoring one of the committees key points. Some argued to the former president and public that the election was corrupt and stolen, Mr. Rosen wrote. That view was wrong then, and it is wrong today, and I hope our presence here today helps reaffirm that fact.
Cheney also says the committee will show footage of White House officials testifying about people who sought pardons.
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