Day 174 (July 12, 2017)
In today’s issue: The Russia e-mail aftermath.
Chaos. Confusion. And ass-covering. Here’s what’s happened in the last 24 hours.
Trump tweeted early this morning that the White House “is functioning perfectly.”
Call us skeptical but some highly-credible articles were published by the New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico that suggest things are less than dandy.
Sounds like there’s a lot of finger-pointing and blaming going around for the email scandal. For example, Kasowitz (Trump’s personal lawyer) is apparently musing about resigning because him and Trump are in intense disagreement.
Legal teams have become “a circular firing squad.”
Kushner is viewed as an “obstacle and freelancer more concerned about protecting himself than [Trump].”
Oh and this also came out: POTUS signed off on the initial statement that Donald Jr. came up with, saying the meeting with the Russian lawyer was about adoptions.
So, in conclusion: Trump can play the blame game with his advisers and his legal team all he wants - but his real liability? His very own family.
And there’s this question that’s yet to be determined:
I mean, we really can’t make this stuff up. Don Jr. apparently had much more extensive ties to Russia and had visited more frequently than his father ever did.
And still, POTUS continues to put up a united front calling his son “a great person who loves our country.”
Even after the interview he reinforced his view, calling his son “open, transparent and innocent” and blaming the chaos on a “witch hunt.”
We couldn’t have responded better than Matt Lauer this AM to the whole “transparent” front. Lauer said that Don Jr. didn’t release his emails in the name of transparency, but more so out of pressure from the NYTimes who was going to release them anyway. “That’s not being transparent. That’s trying to appear as if you’re transparent after being backed into a corner.”
And by the way, don’t let POTUS’s tweets fool you. If you’re good at reading between the lines, then you can tell Trump is worried. So much so, that he’s using his light schedule to “watch TV and fume about the latest scandal.”
In response to which Trump tweeted “I have very little time for watching TV.”
Little time for watching TV? We’re going to go ahead and not believe you on this one.
Another thing we’re skeptical of is Donald Trump Jr.’s assertion that nothing came out of the meeting. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice… ain’t gonna happen!
Because all in all, this meeting and email exchange, the lying and the inconsistency, is — as our incoherent leader would put it — not good, very bad. Believe me.
What a shit show. See you on the next episode of “Keeping up with the Trumps.”