Trumpism Highlights

The CDC held off publishing new guidelines for school reopenings after attacks from the White House
  • The CDC delayed new guidelines for school reopenings that were due this week, telling CNN and NPR that they are now due by the end of the month.
  • The new guidelines are coming after Trump called its older ones "tough & expensive" too difficult to enact.
  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that Trump wants schools to be "open and full," and that "the science should not stand in the way of this."
  • Trump pointed to countries like Denmark and Germany that have opened schools, though they have controlled their outbreaks and have students under strict distancing measures.

Trump's Twitter account was reportedly unaffected by Wednesday's massive hack because Twitter has given it 'extra protection' (TW)
  • President Donald Trump's Twitter account was not compromised in Wednesday's security breech because it has "extra protection," according to a report from The New York Times.
  • The account was given special protection after "past incidents," The Times reports. In 2017, a Twitter contractor deleted Trump's account for 11 minutes on their last day of work.
  • Wednesday's hack targeted powerful politicians, executives, and celebrities in a coordinated Bitcoin scam.

The Pentagon finally reveals what Trump's mysterious 'super duper missile' actually is
  • A senior Pentagon official told CNN on Thursday what the "super duper missile" that President Donald Trump first brought up in the Oval Office in May actually is.
  • The official said Trump was referring to a hypersonic glide body test that the Pentagon conducted in March.
  • Trump claimed the new weapon is 17 times faster than anything currently available, but the defense official told CNN that the weapon is actually able to fly at 17 times the speed of sound.

Trump's campaign channeled nearly $400,000 to his private business in 2 days
  • President Donald Trump's campaign sent nearly $400,000 to his private business in just two days, The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold reported Friday.
  • The campaign channeled $380,000 to the president's personal business in 43 separate transactions, documents showed.
  • The Trump Organization told Fahrenthold the money was for a weeklong "donor retreat" at Mar-a-Lago in March.
  • Open Secrets, a Washington, DC organization that closely tracks money in politics, first spotted the payments in Federal Election Commission filings from the Trump Victory Committee.

EPA staffers warn of a huge exodus if Trump wins again. 'We can't do four more years of this.'
  • Career employees at the Environmental Protection Agency were devastated when Donald Trump became president.
  • Nearly four years later, EPA staff and former officials say Trump has politicized and dismantled the agency beyond recognition. They say industry interests now have an 'overriding voice' there.
  • 'I think many of the long-term employees will be able to exhale and get back to business,' a longtime EPA official said of the prospect that Biden could win in November.
  • In an exclusive interview, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said he plans to lead the agency 'for at least the next two to three years.'
  • Environmentalists and ex-EPA staffers are thinking about ways to revive the agency but say it's going to be a monumental task. 'You have to get this agency from a fetal position into Superman.'

What we've stopped noticing about the Trump presidency.
In the way you stop smelling the stench of garbage when you live next to the dump, we've stopped noticing a disturbing fact about the Trump presidency.

The nation is beset by the worst crisis in at least 75 years. The pandemic rages because we failed to control its initial spread. The economy is grinding to a halt. Unemployment is stuck at depression levels. Mass protests demanding policing reform have transfixed the nation. An economic war with China is deepening into a Cold War.

The president isn't doing anything about any of it, and more disturbingly: Americans don't even expect him to do anything about any of it.

Is he chairing daily meetings of a pandemic task force? Is he meeting with school superintendents to find out what resources they need to open safely? Is he negotiating into the wee hours with Nancy Pelosi over the shape of the next emergency relief bill? Is he calling BLM leaders to discuss law enforcement reform? Of course he's not.

All reports indicate that he's singularly focused on his reelection. Yet the purpose of his reelection is for him to serve the nation as president, which is the very thing he is not doing.

He spends his time watching TV, hurling random attacks at Joe Biden, and shaking up his presidential campaign. We have come to see that as perfectly normal. But it's not normal!

Trump accused of calling South Koreans 'terrible people' in front of GOP governor's South Korean-born wife
Republican governor Larry Hogan of Maryland claimed Donald Trump disparaged the people of South Korea in front of his wife, who is South Korean.

Mr Hogan made the claims in a Washington Post editorial savaging Mr Trump's leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Mr Hogan, the remarks were made during a private dinner hosted by the Republican Governors Association. The governor recalls Mr Trump talking about how much he respected Chinese President Ji Xinping, how much he enjoyed playing golf with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and how well he'd gotten along with Kim Jong-Un, the dictator of North Korea.

... Trump said he really didn't like dealing with President Moon from South Korea. The South Koreans were 'terrible people,' he said, and he didn't know why the United States had been protecting them all these years," Mr Hogan wrote. "'They don't pay us, Trump complained.'"

White House blocks CDC from testifying on reopening schools
The White House has blocked officials at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from testifying to Congress on plans on school safety plans - even as Donald Trump's administration demands schools reopen within weeks despite surging coronavirus infections across the US.

The CDC Director Robert Redfield has "has testified on the Hill at least four times over the last three months", according to a White House statement. "We need our doctors focused on the pandemic response."

In a statement, House Education and Labour committee chairman Bobby Scott called the move "alarming" and condemned the administrations "strategy of prioritising politics over science" and its "devastating impact on our country throughout this pandemic".

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.