While signing an executive order in the White House, President Donald Trump revealed his attitude towards reading the executive orders that he is signing, and it confirms reports that Trump is not reading what he is signing as president.
Transcript via The White House as provided to PoliticusUSA:
So I want to thank you very much. So do we have the executive order, please?
So this is promoting agriculture and rural prosperity in America. And, now, there's a lot of words I won't bother reading everything. But agriculture and rural prosperity in America, that's what we want. And we don't want to be taken advantage of by other countries -- and that's stopping, and that's stopping fast. Okay, thank you.
Trump's attitude of there are a lot of words here so I won't read them follows a pattern that has been reported that this president doesn't read and that he doesn't read what is placed in front of him to sign. read more
As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as the Backdown President.
What a deliciously strange irony that until Monday night he set the stage for a government shutdown over, of all things, his campaign centerpiece -- The Wall.
Strange because Trump, who now calls the faux deadline "ridiculous," promised so much by his 100th day. Delicious because everything Trump does is scrumptious, especially eating chocolate cake while launching real missiles. read more
President Trump plans to unveil a tax cut blueprint on Wednesday that would apply a vastly reduced, 15 percent business tax rate not only to corporations but also to companies that now pay taxes through the personal income tax code -- from mom-and-pop businesses to his own real estate empire, according to several people briefed on the proposal.
The package would also increase the standard deduction for individuals, providing a modest cut for middle-income people and simplifying the process of filing tax returns, according to people briefed on its details. That proposal is opposed by home builders and real estate agents, who fear it would diminish the importance of the mortgage interest deduction. And it is likely to necessitate eliminating or curbing other popular deductions, a politically risky pursuit. read more
Chris Cillizza, CNN: On the 92nd day of his presidency, Donald Trump has decided the idea of his first 100 days in office as a critical yard marker is bunk. Just before 7 am eastern time, Trump tweeted this: "No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill! ... Trump, today, says it is a pointless media construct that henever bought into. A speech he gave in October 2016 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania shows that's simply not true. And I quote: "On Nov. 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities and honesty to our government. This is my pledge to you." ... He expressly said that that the 2016 election was a referendum on his 100-day plan! read more
Donald Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said during a Bloomberg Live interview that Trump would give Democrats one dollar of Obamacare funding for each dollar they give to the wall. Forget Mexico; Trump is trying to make Democrats pay for the wall.
After Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer stops laughing, he will say no.
Trump has gone from promising that Mexico would pay for the wall to trying to get Congress to pay for the wall to trying to get Democrats to pay for the wall. What Trump's latest scheme indicates is that he doesn't have the Republican votes needed to pay for the wall, so he is holding your health care hostage unless you pay for the wall. read more