He’s at a golf course and the weather’s good, so yes he is playing golf — with whom remains yet another secret, as a gutless press can’t seem to find out unless it’s something announced officially to the stenographers.
Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyerÃ¢ÂÂs office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!
Ã¢ÂÂ Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2018
UPDATE: The Cohen-Trump tapes seized by FBI were among the items shielded by attorney-client privilege. But it was Trump side that waived the privilege, not Cohen. Not sure I understand this strategy; seems to have backfired on WH.
Ã¢ÂÂ Anthony Cormier (@a_cormier_) July 21, 2018
Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said Trump has been able to change the topic when he wants to.
“Where Trump is successful is in controlling the narrative as to what issues we’re discussing,” Murray said. “Every time he does that, he’s very successful in shaking up the media narrative and getting us to focus on a different topic.”
For the record, this is our Ã¢ÂÂfavorite President.Ã¢ÂÂ pic.twitter.com/tDOIY6nVHd
Ã¢ÂÂ Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) July 21, 2018
#TrumpRussia gets more twisted as Russians want their spy back… So which American gets arrested in Russia for the exchange
Hate to say I told you so – yesterday I predicted the Putin puppet, Trump would be working on the release of Butina. Watch for something coming this week. https://t.co/xnHJ1sfRrV
Ã¢ÂÂ Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 21, 2018
Some remarkable detail here: "Aides fretted that Trump did not recognize the massive diplomatic and security implications of turning Americans over to a regime that jails and kills dissidents." via @ashleyrparker @philiprucker @jdawsey1 @carolleonnig https://t.co/fU9Y8MWsvh
— Greg Jaffe (@GregJaffe) July 21, 2018
Remember that “interesting idea” of Putin’s? Trump was focused on the send-Mueller-to-Moscow part of the deal, not the quid pro quo interrogation of @McFaul and other Americans, per aides https://t.co/8ceO955Iv8 pic.twitter.com/Sx66BuFtVK
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 21, 2018
Having tested it in Helsinki, Trump is now doubling down on his appeasement agenda with Putin. He’s assumed (correctly) that he can sell it to his base & that the bulk of the GOP will remain loyal. The Trump-Putin tandem is winning. https://t.co/TptzVvfkC6
— Michael Carpenter (@mikercarpenter) July 20, 2018
Ã¢ÂÂ The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) July 21, 2018
Given this pattern of deflection and rationalization, is it really so implausible that a significant segment of Trump backers might complete the journey from denying Russian meddling to celebrating it? Already, GOP voters’ attitudes toward Russia have warmed considerably in the years since the then-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney identified the country as America’s top geopolitical foe. According to Gallup, the percentage of Republicans who view Russia as “friendly” or an “ally” has doubled since 2014—from 22 percent to 40 percent.
Of course, the dangers of celebrating foreign interference in the American democratic process—regardless of which party benefits—should be self-evident. But that’s a slippery slope some Trump supporters don’t seem afraid of tumbling down.
I’m calling it right here. I think Putin has Trump on video with underage girls. And I don’t think Trump’s base cares, which means GOP leadership won’t care. https://t.co/FUkPuXsYe4
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) July 21, 2018
And then there’s the continuing lies:
In May, Trump told a story about a friend who hired 3 inmates and said 2 are incredible.
In June, he said the friend hired 10 inmates and said 7 are incredible.
On Wednesday, he said the friend hired 10 inmates but “didn’t give me the exact number” of incredible ones. pic.twitter.com/3BG1Ic7XSj
Ã¢ÂÂ Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 21, 2018
And then there’s downright excess
For the cost of Trump's Ego Parade, we could cover the cost of Meals on Wheels for 4,800 veterans for an entire year, 57,962 veterans for the entire month of November or every veteran in America for 2 days (500k depend on the MoW service). #NoTrumpParade https://t.co/raP7Jjn0j3
— VoteVets (@votevets) July 20, 2018
The trolls and bots have gotten to Haberman, although her drunk-tweet while Trump was in Belgium was really beyond the pale in terms of logic.
Because it's evidence in a RICO trial? https://t.co/EBlBRtbIuQ
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) July 21, 2018
This Boris Yeltsin? On the tank with ZOLOTOV – Semion's handler for both Yeltsin & Putin, who now runs #PedoPutin's National Guard?
The same ZOLOTOV who had meetings with other RUmafia in Brighton Beach, NY – at MICHAEL COHEN's biz partner's cafe?
You don't say… pic.twitter.com/e87DFB0qAr
— Lincoln's Bible (@LincolnsBible) July 21, 2018