Trumpism Highlights

Trump is considering a loophole, which he found in a conservative magazine article, to bypass Congress to impose new immigration policies
  • President Donald Trump is interested in a new article in the National Review claiming a recent Supreme Court decision enables him to bypass Congress to impose his own policies, Axios reported.
  • The article has been spotted on Trump's Oval Office desk, and the president has brought it up in discussions with advisers, Axios reported.
  • It was written by John Yoo, a lawyer who drafted President George W. Bush's legal justification for torturing detainees during the "War on Terror."
  • In a recent Telemundo interview, Trump said he is considering new immigration policies imposed by executive order, citing the Supreme Court decision as justification.

UK officials reportedly told Huawei its 5G ban could be revisited if Trump loses the 2020 election
  • On July 14, the UK announced that from next year it will be illegal for telecoms operators to buy 5G equipment from Huawei. Operators must remove all existing Huawei 5G kit by 2027.
  • The Observer reports that, in the days before the announcement, government officials briefed Huawei that the motivations behind the decision were partly geopolitical. The Trump administration was exerting pressure on the UK, they reportedly said.
  • They also hinted the ban could be revisited if Trump loses the 2020 election and pressure from the US abates.

Republican governors have been holding secret conference calls to complain about Trump's chaotic coronavirus response, report says
  • Some Republican governors have been holding regular conference calls to complain about President Trump and swap ideas on how to cope with the coronavirus outbreak, reported The New York Times.
  • In recent months a number of Republican lawmakers have broken with the president to back measures to restrict the coronavirus as it spreads through GOP heartlands.
  • Trump has continued to downplay the significance of rising infection rates across the country, and has refused to unequivocally back simple preventative measures such as mask wearing.

Mark Zuckerberg slammed speculation that he and Trump have a deal allowing Trump free rein on the platform in exchange for looser regulation (FB)
  • Mark Zuckerberg denied speculation that he and President Donald Trump have some sort of deal over how Facebook manages the president's post, calling the allegations "ridiculous."
  • "I've heard this speculation, too, so let me be clear: There's no deal of any kind," Zuckerberg told Axios.
  • Theories about Zuckerberg's and Trump's relationship have been gaining steam since the pair had dinner together last October.
  • The issue came to a head in May when Trump posted an aggressive message on Facebook to anti-police-brutality protesters, which Facebook refused to flag or remove.
  • Since then, employees and civil rights groups have publicly voiced their displeasure, and major companies like Starbucks and Ford have pulled their ads from the site.

Trump's failure to grasp benefits of masks suggests he's not competent to manage crisis, says top doctor
A leading professor of medicine has called president Donald Trump “unteachable” on the subject of masks and said that it indicates he is not competent to manage the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an appearance on CNN, Dr Jonathan Reiner, professor at the George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences, responded to the president’s latest remarks regarding the wearing of masks.

He is unteachable and I can’t understand it. His failure to understand this simple public health measure, his reluctance to accept the advice of all of his public health experts, makes me wonder whether he is qualified now to manage this.”

Trump's Covid-19 response shows he has given up on competition with China that doesn't involve guns and bombs
  • The US has entered what the Trump administration and others describe as an era of great-power competition with Russia and China.
  • The US, especially under Trump, has seen military strength as the key metric for that competition.
  • But winning over the world requires more than just guns and bombs, and the US's flailing response to the Covid-19 pandemic shows it has let the foundation of its influence rot, writes Paul Musgrave, a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Trump suggests he'll send federal agents to other major US cities, saying they've done a 'fantastic job' in Portland
  • President Donald Trump on Monday hinted at plans to send federal agents to other major US cities amid mounting criticism over their presence in Portland.
  • Federal officers in military garb have reportedly been driving around downtown Portland in unmarked vans and detaining protesters without explanation.
  • Democratic lawmakers and local leaders in Oregon are livid over the Trump administration's tactics in Portland, which prompted a lawsuit from the ACLU.
  • The federal agents in Portland have been widely decried as "secret police," or anti-democratic forces typically found in countries ruled by oppressive, authoritarian regimes.

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.