Donald Trump Defends His Son, This Time From France: 'Most People Would Have Taken That Meeting'

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Where is Jim?

  • During a presser today with French President Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump defended his eldest son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. “From a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting,” Trump said. “It’s called opposition research” he added as though he had just learned the marvelous term. “Politics is not the nicest business in the world...but it’s very standard in politics,” Trump said. How wonderful that, after months of insisting that he simply doesn’t know how either politics or the law work, he’s finally become so savvy. [MSNBC]
  • Trump calls his grown children “baby.” In his defense, he might not know their names or their ages. [New York Times]
  • Meanwhile, Mike Pence is distancing himself from Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. [CNN]
  • The Trump administration will recertify former President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran despite Trump’s campaign promise to end the agreement. [Washington Post]
  • Mitch McConnell still might not be able to muster up enough votes to pass the revised Republican health care bill. [Politico]
  • Here’s an email Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz sent: “I’m on you now. You are fucking with me now Let’s see who you are Watch your back, bitch.” In another email, he used the word “bro.” Kasowitz seems as pleasant as the many men who email Jezebel writers. [ProPublica]
  • Kasowitz said he sent the emails “at the end of a very long day.” [Buzzfeed]
  • Candice Jackson, the assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, is very sorry for her “flippant” comments about campus sexual assault. On Wednesday, Jackson told the New York Times that “90 percent” of sexual assaults on college campuses were the result of “We were both drunk, we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.” Okay! [Associated Press]
  • The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to loosen the reporting requirements on the medical device industry. In addition, new legislation will require the FDA to get medical devices like implants and cardiac defibrillators, approved at a more rapid rate. This is potentially very dangerous and this story is worth reading. [New York Times]
  • Middle-aged wannabe rocker Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are getting married in Nantucket this spring. That gives everyone plenty of time to find words that rhyme with Nantucket and Brzezinski. [The Cut]
  • Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized after becoming dehydrated while working with Habitat for Humanity. Carter said he was “okay” and encouraged everyone to “keep building.” [ABC]
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DISCUSSION

mabuddichez
Ma Buddichez

Been a while since I tortured myself by reading a transcript of his dipshittery

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/13/politics/trump-transcript-air-force-one/index.html

A few choice excerpts:

A big thing we have with China was, if they could help us with North Korea, that would be great. They have pressures that are tough pressures, and I understand. And you know, don’t forget, China, over the many years, has been at war with Korea — you know, wars with Korea. It’s not like, oh, gee, you just do whatever we say. They’ve had numerous wars with Korea.

They have an 8,000 year culture. So when they see 1776 — to them, that’s like a modern building. The White House was started — was essentially built in 1799. To us, that’s really old. To them, that’s like a super modern building, right? So, you know, they’ve had tremendous conflict over many, many centuries with Korea. So it’s not just like, you do this. But we’re going to find out what happens.

No, I think, first, I want to do — well, we have a few things. We have a thing called healthcare. I’m sure you haven’t been reading about it too much. It is one of the — I’d say the only thing more difficult than peace between Israel and the Palestinians is healthcare. It’s like this narrow road that about a quarter of an inch wide. You get a couple here and you say, great, and then you find out you just lost four over here. Healthcare is tough.

One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it. In other words, if you can’t see through that wall — so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall.

And I’ll give you an example. As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall. But we have some incredible designs.