Tuesday’s Quick Hits

A little progress each day adds up to big results. –Unknown

Tuesday’s Quick Hits is the column where I post a short narrative from major stories and provide brief commentary about them.

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Trump & Syria
  • Trump’s Tax Returns
  • Trump & Nickelback
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Impeach Nancy Pelosi
  • Daines on TV

TRUMP & SYRIA:

President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility. (AP)

I’m not sure that Trump understands the Middle East, but he sure angered many on both sides with this decision.

TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS:

With President Donald Trump under siege on Capitol Hill, a federal judge dealt him a setback on another front Monday and ruled that New York City prosecutors can see his tax returns for an investigation into matters including the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a Playboy centerfold. The decision was appealed, so the tax returns can’t be seen, just yet. (AP)

Sooner or later we’ll see them.

TRUMP & NICKELBACK:

Nickelback may have taken issue with President Trump’s unauthorized use of its song last week — but the band might be getting the last laugh. After the president tweeted a doctored clip of Nickelback’s “Photograph” music video, which was taken down Thursday on a copyright claim, downloads for the track surged 569%, according to Billboard, citing data from Nielsen Music. (Yahoo)

I can see a press release from the White House telling folks that Trump helped several people get more money in their paychecks.

JIMMY CARTER:

A day after suffering a fall in his Georgia home that led to 14 stitches above his eye, 95-year-old former President Carter volunteered to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee. (The Hill)

Jimmy Carter is an American treasure.

IMPEACH NANCY PELOSI:

Even President Trump does not understand impeachment.

USA Today reports that expanding his scorched-earth defense against possible impeachment, President Donald Trump now accuses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “treason” and says she is the one who should be impeached.

USA Today rightly points out that Pelosi can’t be impeached:

Members of Congress cannot be impeached. Impeachment is a tool that Congress uses to investigate judges or executive branch officials they believe may have committed crimes.

I’ve seen many Trump supporters post “Impeach Pelosi” or “Impeach Schumer” on social media. Maybe they should have paid closer attention in their eighth-grade government class…

DAINES ON TV:

I saw U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) on a couple of cable news stations Monday. Daines issued a press release about the event at the White House:

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today (Monday) joined President Trump at the White House for the official signing ceremony of a historic trade agreement between the United States and Japan. Daines invited Montana rancher and President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Fred Wacker, to join him and other key officials at the signing ceremony at the White House.

I think the trade agreement is a good deal, but I wonder what it was like standing there for a long time and listening to Trump go on and on about almost everything except the trade agreement between the United States and Japan. Those standing there were looking tired at the end.

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4 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. Not the first time that Trumpies used unauthorized systems for communications. Boy Blunder Jared used a similar method to make deals with the Saudis.

    On a day Trump was tweeting about Clinton emails, @JoshNBCNews confirms that State officials were communicating on WhatsApp, a private encrypted communications system. In apparent violation of government policy.— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) October 8, 2019

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