Donald Trump has fled from the White House to Florida for the week, which is always bad news for the nation because the man is reliably far more unhinged in his pronouncements when he’s ensconced in one of his private clubs and does not have the filtering influence of his usual White House staff.
And sure enough, it’s only Tuesday but the man is in fine off-the-rails form. A small sampling of his remarks, cribbed from the pool report:
North Korea is coming along. South Korea is meeting and has plans to meet to see if they can end the war and they have my blessing on that. They’ve been very generous that without us and without me in particular, I guess, they wouldn’t be discussing anything and the Olympics would have been a failure. … As you know North Korea participated in the Olympics and it was really quite an Olympics. It was quite a success. That would not have happened. […]
People don’t realize the Korean War has not ended. It’s going on right now. And they are discussing an end to the war. Subject to a deal they have my blessing and they do have my blessing to discuss that.
Oh, good, they have his “blessing” to end the war. Oh good, he singlehandedly saved the Olympics for some reason. Oh good, someone let him know the Korean War never officially ended and he is pretty damn sure nobody else in America knew that until he said it.
In defense of his use of Mar-a-Lago, owned by his own for-profit company, as a repeated venue for visits with foreign leaders:
Many of the world’s great leaders request to come to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. They like it, I like it, we’re comfortable, we have great relationships. […]
It was originally built as the Southern White House. It was called the Southern White house. It was given to the United States. And then Jimmy Carter decided it was too expensive for the United States so they fortunately for me gave it back and I bought it.
That is … not quite true, but never mind that. The rather more salient point is the advertising job Trump is once again doing for his own private club, the one he himself is making money on, the one he bills his own Secret Service team and other government workers for golf carts, meals, and rooms, in his position as “president.”
We are likely in for much more lunacy than these tidbits as the week ticks on. Trump’s longtime attorney has seen records seized by the FBI, top defender Sean Hannity has now been caught up in the mess, the Mueller probe is ongoing, the Scott Pruitt revelations keep coming, and Donald Trump is in a pissy mood and looking for people to take it out on.