Foreign Policy

Kushner sealed Manhattan real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering case -The Guardian

Money corrupts Congress, and other things. Businesses that play fast and loose with anyone willing to play, are bad enough. The same wheeling and dealing in the White House is a danger. That is why we vet people in power. Trouble is, playing fast and loose originates from the top of this administration.

From US News-

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, who acts as his senior White House adviser, secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now being probed by members of Congress.

Source: Jared Kushner sealed Manhattan real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering case | US news | The Guardian

Trump, Russia, and Those Shadowy Sater Deals at Bayrock – Bloomberg

The real estate deals go back to 2002, and who knows, even before. All the kids were involved. Does the family need to declare dual-citizenship?

Bayrock partnered with the future president and his two eldest children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, on a series of real-estate deals between 2002 and about 2011, the most prominent being the troubled Trump Soho hotel and condominium in Manhattan.

Source: Trump, Russia, and Those Shadowy Sater Deals at Bayrock – Bloomberg

White House leaves door open to U.S.-Russia cyber ‘dialogue’ – POLITICO

We are sure the DHS is thrilled, not to mention the rest of the intel community. The country that hacked your last election wants to share intel about hacking with you. Hmmm.
Is there any segment of our government or society that Russians are not welcome by this administration? Is there nothing that Russia can do wrong? With each new revelation, the reaction from the White House is to defend Russia and blame someone else. Something is wrong.

From Politico-

The Trump administration is still open to a cyber dialogue with Russia — despite having no plans to form the joint U.S.-Russian election security team that President Donald Trump floated to much disbelief last weekend.

Source: White House leaves door open to U.S.-Russia cyber ‘dialogue’ – POLITICO

100 Days Of Bigly

Let’s recap the successes of Donald Trump as we near the 100 day mark of this remarkable administration.

  • Your air is less protected
  • So are your streams
  • Your water is less protected
  • You can shoot bears while they are sleeping
  • You can’t see who meets with the President every day
  • No one in the administration knows anything about government
  • You are about to pay more for healthcare than you ever did with Obamacare
  • You are about to lose coverage for pre-existing conditions
  • The deficit is spiraling out of control
  • Research against cancer is on the chopping block
  • You have no fiduciary relationship with your broker
  • Wall Street is trying to take over Social Security
  • Poor kids don’t get breakfast
  • White nationalists feel more empowered than ever before
  • One third of the first 100 days have been spent playing golf
  • Executive orders, the scourge of conservatism are now commonplace
  • You first amendment rights are under attack
  • Chinese steel is bigger than ever
  • Mexico won’t even talk about the wall
  • We are losing jobs by the millions in retail
  • People with usable skills are being forced away from the US
  • The trade imbalance is still robust
  • Renewables are out. Coal is in.
  • The President refuses to show his taxes
  • The FBI is investigating the Administration for possible collusion with Russia
  • Afghanistan is heating up
  • North Korea is heating up
  • Iran is heating up

…and so many more, we lose count.

The President is correct. A lot has been accomplished in 100 days. This isn’t an administraion. This is an insane asylum.

Spicer, UAL, China

Sorreeee!

Sean Spicer doubled down on his apologies for making Hitler comments in a press conference. Aides report he sent a spiral-sliced Heavenly Ham to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “I’m sure they enjoyed it. Everyone likes a ham at Easter.”
Meanwhile the boss declined the annual White House Passover Seder. It was hosted without him. This special seder recalls the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. We assume this sounded a little to much like immigration, and well, you know how Donny hates immigrants. Especially from the Middle East.
So, Donald bags an event at the White House that would have further solidified his ties to American Jews? Jared Kushner must be thrilled.

Hey, that looks like my healthcare plan

Speaker Paul Ryan is learning a lesson from the fine customer support over at United Airlines. He wants to do to your healthcare what the airline did to their customer. Now Donald Trump is stepping into the fray, warning Democrats to get on board or else. Or else what? The healthcare plan can’t get any worse. And neither can the Democrats.

I’ve Always Loved China

The Donald bonded bigly with China this week, which proves there is no plan in this administration. Donald Trump is winging it as only an ADHD can truly understand. Months on the campaign trail blaming China for trade deficits and lost jobs are all forgotten. We are not a war with Eurasia anymore. Sean Spicer will be working feverishly to spin this one. And we wonder if Donald Trump just got conned.

Heartbroken Ivanka

We now hear that President Trump was spurred into action against Syrian nerve-gas attacks by the broken heart of his darling daughter Ivanka Trump. What a scene to imagine. Ivanka, in her White House office, sitting at her desk, a tissue in one hand, a latte in the other.

In walks the Donald.

‘What’s wrong princess?’

‘It’s those poor little babies, daddy.’

‘The ones that wash ashore in the Meditarrean every day? Hey, we got our own problems’

‘No, daddy the other babies.’

‘The ones that are starving to death in Africa? I had to cut that funding to pay for a tax cut.’

‘No, daddy, the beautiful dead babies. The Syrian babies. ‘

‘Oh, those dead babies. Well, don’t you worry your pretty head. Daddy will fix that, and bigly. Like he fixes everything else.’

‘Thank you daddy. I feel so much better. I’m not going to cancel my manny-peddy after all.’

The lies are bad enough. The hipocrisy is sickening. We cut funding for humanitarian aid and no one considers the implications. We refuse political refugees by the thousands, and lob a few rockets into Syria to make us all feel better.

The spin is grotesque. Lie after lie, we are presented with ridiculous reasons for ridiculous actions. And when one lie does not suffice, they spin another. Babies have been dying for years. We don’t want to do anything about it, because that would be very hard, and we might even make things worse. We have failed in Syria. Let’s admit tbat, and try to make things better for the Syrian people.

The babies are still dying, as they have done for far too long. Feeble flexing of U.S. might only makes us look worse.