Donald Trump

A ‘Fake Presidency’ Cannot Lead the Free World

USA Today reported this morning,

In claiming a link between refugees and terrorism, Trump told a political rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday: “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden … Sweden … who would believe this? Sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening Brussels, you look at what’s happening all over the world.”

There was no terrorist incident in Sweden the night before.  Just like there was no Bowling Green Massacre.  People all around the world have been reacting to Trump’s comments.
President Trump is taking ridicule for commenting this weekend on a terrorist attack in Sweden — because there wasn’t one.  “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” tweeted former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt, a frequent social antagonist of Trump….  In Sweden, the Aftonbladet tabloid told Trump in an article Sunday that events in its country on Friday included a man being treated for severe burns, an avalanche warning and police chasing a drunken driver.

Chelsea Clinton tweeted, “What happened in Sweden Friday night?  Did they catch the Bowling Green Massacre perpetrators?”

Trump claimed on twitter the next day he was referring to a Fox News segment about an American film maker who argues that officials in Sweden are trying to coverup a migrant-driven crime wave.  The New York Times reported,

Officials in both countries expressed alarm and dismay on Monday at Mr. Trump’s remarks. Senator Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said the president should get his information from intelligence agencies and not from television. The Swedish Embassy in Washington offered the Trump administration a briefing on its immigration policies. Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Lofven, said he was surprised by Mr. Trump’s comments, and noted that Sweden ranks highly on international comparisons of economic competitiveness, human development and income inequality.

Chelsea Clinton’s tweet highlights the fact the Trump administration has made a practice of saying things that are simply not true.  This fact is becoming harder to overlook.  It was the topic of conversation recently on the Morning Joe.

The Morning Joe co-host [Mika Brzezinski] questioned the administration’s credibility as she and Joe Scarborough listed false statements made by the president’s advisors on Thursday morning.

‘You have Kellyanne spreading alternative facts, saying things that aren’t true, selling clothing,’ she said alluding to Conway’s endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line.

‘You have Miller describing the powers of the presidency in an incorrect, inappropriate and lying fashion,’ she added.

Scarborough chimed in and made note of Trump adviser Stephen Miller’s claims about New Hampshire being ‘stolen’ during the presidential election.

‘One lie on top of another lie, on top of another lie, and then the president goes out and says “what a great job he did,”‘ the host said.

‘It’s a fake presidency,’ Brzezinski added.

Brzezinski’s point is further illustrated by the recent behavior of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.  Business Insider reports today that Cohen has now given four different explanations for his handling of a proposed Ukrainian peace deal.  This past Sunday The New York Times published an article that said he hand-delivered a “peace plan for Russia and Ukraine” to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn before Flynn was asked to resign.

Hours after the Times published its story, Cohen told a different story to The Washington Post.

Hours after the Times story was published, however, Cohen told The Washington Post that he hadn’t delivered the peace plan to Flynn nor discussed it with anyone in the White House.

In an interview with The Post, Cohen corroborated The Times’ reporting that he had met with Sater and Artemenko in a hotel lobby on Park Avenue in Manhattan in late January to discuss the proposal. He said that the meeting lasted less than 15 minutes and that he left with the plan in hand.

However, he “emphatically” denied “discussing this topic or delivering any documents to the White House and/or General Flynn,” adding that he told Artemenko that he could “send the proposal to Flynn by writing him at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,” The Post reported.

Then on Monday of this week Cohen changed his story again.  Business Insider sent him some questions and he responded in a series of text messages.  In his text messages, Cohen,

denies “even knowing what the plan is.” But he acknowledged in a later message that he met with Artemenko in New York for “under 10 minutes” to discuss a proposal that Artemenko said “was acknowledged by Russian authorities that would create world peace.”

“My response was, ‘Who doesn’t want world peace?'” Cohen said.

Cohen then appears to tell a slightly different story to NBC News.  He tells them that even if he had taken an envelope with a Ukrainian peace plan to the White House, “So what? What’s wrong with that?”

The Business Insider article ends quoting Cohen.

Cohen called the reporting surrounding the meeting “#fakenews.” He said he stands by his story that he didn’t do anything with the plan.

“Change your fake story or lose my number,” Cohen said. “I have no time for Trump haters.”

So Cohen claims to be the victim of fake news notwithstanding the fact that he is the sole source for all the articles on this story.   He has told four different stories about what occurred.  He is a lawyer.  Only one account can be true.  So, for those paying attention, Cohen is the sole source for, at least, three fake news stories and instead of acknowledging what he has done, he attempts to blame his dishonesty on others.

Brzezinski’s description of this fake presidency is further enhanced by the prominent role in the administration given to Steve Bannon.  He is the former editor of Brietbart.com.  It has specialized in serving fake and hybrid news stories to the alt-right audience.  Trump has giveDonald Trumpn Bannon a seat on the National Security Council.

We need to seriously consider the consequences of having our country led by a man who regularly fails to tell the truth and associates our country with fake news and Brietbart.com.  The first consequence is that the United States loses its ability to lead the free world.  Our allies will not follow an obnoxious liar.  They will look for every opportunity to distinguish themselves from us.  Justin Trudeau recently provided a powerful example.

jtrudeau-jpg-size-xxlarge-promoWhile Trump was busy making up terrorist attacks and trying to impose an unconstitutional executive order that would prohibit immigration from seven Muslim countries, Trudeau rose to speak on behalf of Muslim’s who were killed in a terrorist attack.  This was not a fake news story; it was a real terrorist attack that occurred on Sunday, January 29th, around 8:00 pm at the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec.  Six people were killed and eight were wounded.  Trudeau looked right into the heart of Muslim-Canadians and he let them know — your are a part of us.  This contrast is not lost around the world.

One of the biggest threats the free world faces right now is from Russia.  A report by the Atlantic Council details how Russia has been using a combination of overt and covert means to foster the rise of pro-Russian political parties in several Western European countries, including Britain, France and Germany.  The Head of NATO’s Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, recently stated we should expect more ‘fake news’ from Russia in the future.

This U. S. president who leads an administration that has turned lying into a political strategy recently tweeted the American news media is publishing ‘fake news’: “@nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more.”  This serves to muddy the water so it is difficulty for U. S. citizens to tell what is and is not fake news.  The only thing this tweet makes clear is the fact that Trump will never lead the democracies around the world in the face of the threats posed by the Russians; Trump is part of the problem for the free world.  You will notice he did not mention Brietbart.com in his tweet about the news media.  It has plans to expand to France and Germany.

The Russians knew Trump would disrupt the political structure of the free world.
According to the U. S. intelligence community, that is one of the primary reasons they attempted to influence the election.

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