President Trump and wife, Melania, touched down in Israel on Monday morning, and their arrival included a strange tarmac moment between the U.S. commander in chief and first lady. The president and first lady were greeted in Tel Aviv by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife, Sara, who walked side by side as they left the tarmac. As President Trump and Melania moved along, the president reached for his wife's hand. "It appears First Lady Melania Trump slaps away Pres. Trump's hand as he reaches to hold it while on tarmac in Israel," Niraj Warikoo of the Detroit Free Press notes via Twitter. read more
Foreign leaders are being told that they are to compliment Trump on his Electoral College win and compare him favorably to President Obama as part of the rules for meeting with the President during his first foreign trip.
Trump can only handle one point in a very short conversation, and he needs his ego flattered and a slide show.
Donald Trump's trip isn't an international visit overseas by a president. It is a global babysitting operation to give American a break for its perpetually needy, corrupt, and scandal-plagued toddler.
A congressional proposal to make service members buy into their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits surprised veterans groups on Tuesday, with advocates divided over whether it amounts to a long-term fix for the benefit or an unfair bill for veterans. "This new tax on troops is absurd," said Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Brian Duffy in a statement. "Ensuring veterans are able to successfully transition back to civilian life after military service is a cost of war, and not a fee that Congress can just pass along to our troops. Congress must stop nickeling and diming America's service members and veterans." The plan -- draft legislation from House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn. -- would deduct $2,400 from future service members' paychecks to establish eligibility for revamped post-military education benefits. This was first reported Tuesday by Task & Purpose. read more
It may only be Wednesday, but it's been an odd week for presidential speeches. On Monday, Donald Trump spoke at the annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, where his remarks veered in some unusual directions. He noted, for example, that police officers supported his campaign "big league," which seemed inappropriate, given the context.
The president also thought it'd be a good idea to use the memorial service to toss a hat during his remarks to the son of a fallen officer. The hat featured a big "45" in honor of himself (Trump is the 45th president).
Today, Trump spoke to graduating cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and took the opportunity to whine about what a victim he is. read more
When President Donald Trump casually shared highly classified intel with top Russian diplomats last week, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who was in the room, did not immediately realize the significance of what Trump divulged, according to an NBC News report out Wednesday.
Citing an unnamed U.S. official with direct knowledge of the matter, NBC reported that McMaster "is not steeped in counterterrorism" and thus was not immediately aware of the importance of the information Trump gave to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. read more