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The Caligula Presidency: a Weekly Ovi Column - Week 21
by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
2017-11-04 08:15:54
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Week 21 - Columns 140-146 (29 October-November 4)
On the subjects of: an F for aid to Puerto Rico, the mistreatment of Gold Star Families, the disapproval ratings, generals thrown under the bus, an urgent call for Trump’s removal or impeachment.


Column 140

Trump Gives himself a 10 for Aid to Puerto Rico


The mayor of San Juan took another shot at President Trump Friday, saying his claim that he deserved a 10 for his efforts to help the island recover from a devastating hurricane shows he lives in a “fantasy world.

A month after Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, battered the US territory, roughly 80 percent of the island remains without power and there remains a shortage of potable drinking water.

 Trump, during a White House sitdown with Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, repeatedly patted himself on the back for the administration’s much-maligned relief effort, saying he deserved a 10 out of 10 and an A+.

 “We have provided so much, so fast,” Trump said. The Puerto Rican government said that more than 80 percent of the island remains without electricity and more than 30 percent do not have safe drinking water. So who is lying?


Column 141

Congress woman Nydia Velasquez Gives Trump a 4 for Aid to Puerto Rico


Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., the first Puerto Rican-born woman elected to Congress, sharply criticized President Trump’s handling of the hurricane damage on the island in an interview with Yahoo News on Friday evening. The congresswoman also suggested the president is treating Puerto Ricans differently than other U.S. citizens because they are Latinos.

Velázquez expressed shock that Trump gave himself “a 10” on a scale of one to 10 when Yahoo News had asked him to grade his response to the destruction.

“I really don’t know how he arrived at 10,” Velázquez said.

 “This is a month later. I really think that this president is delusional. He’s out of touch,” said Velázquez, adding, “I don’t know if he doesn’t or he is incapable to really understand how disgusting it is … that he seems to be more concerned with self-adulation than what is happening on the ground.”

Velázquez, who visited Puerto Rico shortly after the storm struck, did not hesitate when Yahoo News asked what grade she’d give the president’s response to the hurricane one a scale of one to 10. “Oh, four,” she said.


Column 142

WH Rushes Belated Condolences to Gold Star Families


Multiple families of military service members killed in the line duty are getting rush letters from President Donald Trump, days after Trump claimed he had called the immediate families of all service members killed since he took office.

Timothy Eckels Sr., whose son Timothy Eckels Jr. was killed when the USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship in August has revealed that  he had not heard from Trump until Friday, Oct. 20. His letter from the White House was dated Oct. 18.

The families of Corey Ingram and John M. Hoagland III, two other sailors who died in the USS John McCain collision, also received rush-delivered packages from the White House this week. The sudden outreach appears to follow mounting criticism over Trump’s reaction to the Niger ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers.

When asked why he hadn’t publicly acknowledged the deaths in Niger, Trump pitted himself against past presidents, saying he had written the soldiers’ families personal letters, while “President Obama and other presidents ... didn’t make calls.” He then followed up that remark by claiming he had called “virtually” all Gold Star families who had lost kin since he took office.

Hours after that Oct. 17 radio broadcast, the White House scrambled to identify and find the contact information for Gold Star families. The email exchange, between the White House and the Pentagon, revealed that senior White House aides knew Trump’s statement about having called “virtually” all Gold Star families was not accurate.

Multiple news outlets have found Trump has yet to reach out to a number of families who lost loved ones since January.


Column 143

Trump Disapproval Rating Jumps amid Gold Star Widow Controversy


According to the daily presidential tracking poll from Rasmussen Reports, Trump has a 41 percent total approval rating and 58 percent total disapproval rating. This latest disapproval figure is Trump’s highest since August 31, in the light of the twitter altercation he has had with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the fallen soldiers in an operation in Niger which went terribly wrong.

The back and forth went a step further when Johnson’s widow appeared on “Good Morning America shining light on Trump’s call and confirming that the president forgot her husband’s name.

“The president said that he (her husband) knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway,” Johnson said. “And it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he couldn’t remember my husband’s name.”

Trump fired back at the statement via Twitter, saying that he spoke the fallen soldier’s name “without hesitation.”

“I had a very respectful conversation with widow of Sgt. La David Johnson,” Trump tweeted. “And spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!”

As investigations into what – if anything – went wrong in Niger continues.


Column 144

Lying About Contacting Gold Star Families Confirmed


President Donald Trump said on Oct. 17 that he had contacted “virtually everybody” that had lost a loved one in the military since he was inaugurated. It turns out that Trump was lying. No surprises there.

There exists an email exchange that proves it. Roll Call obtained an email exchange between the White House and the office of the Defense secretary. The email, sent mere hours after Trump’s pronouncement on Fox News Radio, asked for the list of all information on surviving family members of all service members killed after Trump took office.

So Trump lied. The interesting thing about the email is that it shows White House officials scrambling to back up something that Trump obviously made up on the spot. The Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had to use noncommittal language, saying that the president had “made contact” with the families, which does not mean that Trump called them. They’re desperately trying to get all the information about these families who Trump can’t be bothered to contact to fix a problem that Trump caused.

Trump says some nonsense, and the pooper scooper over at the White House have to come out to clean it up. Indeed, it’s some kind of day care center for adults.


Column 145

Commander in Chief Throws U.S. Generals under the Bus


It’s an unspoken rule for the commander in chief to take responsibility for the deaths of U.S. troops abroad, even if he wasn’t involved in the planning or the execution of whatever mission went awry. Donald Trump, however, true to form, has broken with the tradition and has passed the buck to the generals.

He has told reporters that he wasn’t the one to specifically order the Oct. 4 mission in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers, indirectly implicating the generals in charge of the operation instead.

“I have generals — they are great generals,” he said on Wednesday. “I gave them the authority to do what’s right so that we win. That’s the authority they have. I want to win and we’re going to win.”

 “This sort of abdication of responsibility and accountability isn’t unique to Trump; it is a common practice of poor leaders ― accept a credit, assign all blame,” said Micah Zenko, a Chatham House Whitehead senior fellow. “It is just wholly unprecedented for an American president in modern history.”


Column 146

Tom Steyer calls for Trump’s impeachment


Tom Steyer called for Trump’s impeachment — and did so during “Fox & Friends,” Trump’s favorite channel.

This did not go over well with the president, so he fired a tweeter: “Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!”

Steyer, a billionaire investor and activist from California, has urged Democrats to make moves to impeach Trump. In fact, Steyer has launched a $10 million national ad campaign in which he calls for Trump to be impeached. The ad, titled “Join Us” features Steyer as the narrator.

“He’s brought us to the brink of nuclear war,” Steyer said in the ad, referring to heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Steyer said Trump obstructed justice in his firing of former FBI director James Comey. “And in direct violation of the Constitution he’s taken money from foreign governments and threatened to shut down news organizations that report the truth.” “If that isn’t the case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president, then what has our government become?” Steyer asked. “I’m Tom Steyer, and like you, I’m a citizen who knows it’s up to us to do something. It’s why I’m funding this effort to raise our voices together and demand that elected officials take a stand on impeachment.”


End of Week 21



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