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Trump Having Unplanned Medical Tests Today, Is This Preparation for an Out?

I spent an entire column detailing how Sondland could end Trump’s presidency in the coming week. Rudy Giuliani is set to be arrested at any time, and god only knows what Rudy could testify to. Roger Stone was convicted and may be tripping over himself to talk, just to get his sentence reduced, despite the fact that he’s already burned himself as a convicted perjurer. The Supreme Court may or may not decide to hear the case regarding Trump’s tax returns and the state of New York. The SCOTUS may decide this week that it won’t review the case, at which point Trump’s tax returns will be in the Manhattan DA’s hands by the end of the week. The SCOTUS’s decision about whether to take the case involving the Deutsche Bank records is also about to get to the SCOTUS. As we noted, the three ambassadors changed everything about the tone regarding impeachment this week. The tide has turned discerningly against Trump. It is within this environment that Trump took an unannounced trip to the doctor today at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC, purportedly in “anticipation of a long campaign year” and “taking advantage of a rare weekend off,” he went in for a medical review, and we now know that review involved some tests. Some will tell us that “all is normal.” Except this appointment, coming unannounced, is not at all normal. Per MSN: The appointment wasn’t on his weekend public schedule that was released Friday night, and his last physical was in February. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the 73-year-old Trump was “anticipating a very busy 2020’’ and wanted to take advantage of “a free weekend’’ in Washington to begin “portions of his routine’’ checkup. She was not more specific about the testing. Is it possible that Trump is laying the groundwork for an “out”? “He is too ill to continue as president.” I am not the only one questioning how a non-emergency doctor’s appointment could become so necessary, so quickly, not the least because there is literally a physician on call at the White House at all times, and a small clinic within the facility. To go out of that environment means that “something” else is going on. Very interesting. https://t.co/5F9cDJZIcC — Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 16, 2019 Probably not. And yet, it is always good to have options, no? Trump is Trump. He is not going to throw his hands up, yell “Ya got me!” and put his hands behind his head. He will lie, cheat, steal, whatever it takes to retain whatever power, money, sympathy, and any other redeeming quality he thinks he can retain, by whatever means necessary. Including playing “sick” and handing the reigns over to Pence, who then pardons Trump and his family “so he can work on his health.” Keep an eye on it. UPDATE: Reviewing Twitter, there is a great deal of irresponsible speculation about drug abuse, which is one hell of an allegation to throw around without any proof (one can admit one is speculating, as we often do, but not make a direct accusation). There is this update by the press secretary, Bagdad Bob: From Stephanie Grisham: “After a quick exam and labs, the President is headed back downtown.The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, […]

NO ONE Is Buying Trump’s Excuse for Visiting Walter Reed, Something Is Wrong

Donald Trump wants you to know that all is well, he is just being proactive and using his time very wisely: Visited a great family of a young man under major surgery at the amazing Walter Reed Medical Center. Those are truly some of the best doctors anywhere in the world. Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019 This is, of course, insane. “Phase one” of a “yearly physical”? People who happen to be president do not do normal physicals in “phases.” Normal people do not do physicals “in phases.” So whatever else happened yesterday, we know that it was not “phase one” of a physical. There is very little official reporting on this, and it is easy to understand why. Near all reporting will be  abject speculation. I am not going to speculate on exactly what occurred yesterday, except to note the possibility that Trump might want to set-up a medical excuse, should things go badly in the next couple weeks. That is speculation, we all agree. The only “firm” fact that I can note is that very few people are actually accepting any part of this. The public understands that something extremely odd occurred yesterday, even if we don’t know exactly what it entailed. Does anybody believe a word of this? Phase One? He visited a young man who was “under major surgery”? Was he in the OR? — Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 17, 2019 The tweet is filler, it makes no sense, might not have even been written by Trump. It does sound like he visited a man who was being operated upon, and thus was likely made-up whole cloth. No, we don’t believe any of it. This gets right down to the heart of the matter: "phase one of my yearly physical" What does that even mean? That's not a thing. — Avi Bueno (@Avi_Bueno) November 17, 2019 Do not read too much into the picture below, but it does appear that Trump’s decision to go to Walter Reed was “rushed,” as we can see in these pictures: Why was everyone in such a hurry to get you to a physical?https://t.co/TCrTRRP6c5 — D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) November 17, 2019 I don’t know what that means, if anything. Meanwhile, Trump is back at the White House, attempting to control the monster he has unleashed. North Korea’s Do Koo Kim has gotten on the “Destroy Biden Train” (since that is how one gets ahead internationally these days) but maybe Kim went a little too far even for Trump. Trump is here to show us he is healthy and in control, telling Doo Koo to clam it up a bit: Mr. Chairman, Joe Biden may be Sleepy and Very Slow, but he is not a “rabid dog.” He is actually somewhat better than that, but I am the only one who can get you where you have to be. You should act quickly, get the deal done. See you soon! https://t.co/kO2k14lTf7 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019 This is life during the Trump administration. Something very unusual happened yesterday, but we won’t hear a thing that we can believe any time soon, and meanwhile we’re back into dividing ourselves politically even […]

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