Trump Postponed VP Announcement After Nice Attack, But Not a Giant Glitzy L.A. Fundraiser

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Donald Trump, a snot-flavored Jelly Bean gaining a frightening amount of power and influence, has had a curious reaction to the ghastly terror attack in Nice, France. One the one hand, he postponed announcing his vice presidential pick; on the other, he went ahead with a giant fundraiser in Bel-Air. Who knows? Acting presidential is hard.


Lots of speculation and leaks from the Trump Kingdom Thursday indicated that he’s picked Indiana Governor Mike Pence, whose main claim to fame is his signing of some uniquely terrible anti-abortion laws. Pence is currently staying in a Manhattan hotel, having arrived last night. He’s probably just checking out the M&M store.

After the attack, Trump abruptly said that he would push back a planned Friday announcement:

But, in true reality TV fashion, there’s also some indication that Trump, besides being shaken by yet another hideous loss of innocent lives, was simply irritated that everybody’s spoiling his big announcement:

Trump spent last night at a fundraiser hosted by Carla Sands, widow of real estate mogul Fred Sands, where people paid at least $2,700 to eat “pan-seared salmon and fresh fig salad” with Trump, per the L.A. Times.


While there, he continued to focus on his big big surprise:


After the massacre at Pulse Nightclub, both Trump and Clinton cancelled planned fundraisers. And while there isn’t one right way for Trump to behave following an attack in another country, there is some, well, indication that he just hasn’t quite finished his homework. He claimed, for example, that he and his running mate were going to be on 60 Minutes on Sunday. But 60 Minutes, as CNN pointed out, airs reruns in the summer:

But on Thursday night, speaking with O’Reilly, Trump said that “in light of what’s happened tonight” in Nice, “I’m not so sure that I’m feeling good about doing 60 Minutes and I’m not sure that 60 Minutes is going to want to do anything other than this attack.”

In fact, 60 Minutes normally runs repeats during the summer months, and doesn’t react to the day-to-day news cycle. The potential Trump ticket interview on Sunday night would be a deviation from the norm.

A CBS News spokeswoman said Thursday night that it had no Trump interview to announce.


There’s something uniquely unsettling about watching Trump try to navigate how to act statesmanlike. But when all else fails, I guess, he just goes back to what he knows.


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The reason is that the attack in Nice would push the veep announcement to the bottom of the front page and Trumplestiltskin cannot be having that

Also, if anyone wants what will probably be a better meal, minus the $500K price tag

honey glazed salmon with caramelized figs

serves 4


4 fresh wild salmon fillets (3oz – 6oz depending on your need)

6 fresh purple figs

½ cup raw local honey

1 T chili powder

2 T apple cider vinegar

1 T steak seasoning

2 t extra virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a small saucepan, combine the honey, vinegar, and chili powder. Let it simmer on low so that all the ingredients can melt and combine.

Chop your figs into about ¼ th square inch pieces and place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil with formed sides (like a large bowl). Pour about half of the honey glaze over the figs. Toss then put in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Dust the salmon filets in the steak seasoning.

Turn the heat to high on medium sauté pan and pour in the oil. When the oil runs thin (when it’s heated), place the salmon filets top side down. Let them sit here for about 5 minutes. This will give them a nice color and texture.

After the 5 minutes, turn them over and pour the rest of the honey glaze over them. Pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes.

When the figs and salmon are done in the oven, take them out and baste with the honey glaze that has melted off.

Plate the salmon first then the caramelized figs on top.