News Panel Laughs At Trump Supporters Trying To Defend Free Games & Golf Trips

free slot gamesNow this was funny, Trump and other Republicans (including Bill O’Reilly) used to slam Obama every time he played Golf games, over and over, then on top of that Trump said if he was the President he would never spend taxpayer money playing Golf, he said he would be too busy doing the job of president.

Now Trump is Golfing almost every weekend, and spending 50 times more than Obama did doing it, but the Trump supporters still defend it. Except for O’Reilly, he just ignores it and never says a word about it.

In Donald Trump’s first 81 days in office, he has spent 21 of them at his Mar-a-Lago resort at a total cost to taxpayers of around $21.6 million — just on those trips.

During President Obama’s eight years in office, taxpayers spent $97 million on extracurricular expenses for himself and his family. That means we’re on pace to spend more on Trump’s extracurricular expenses in the first 365 days of his administration than we did during Obama’s entire 8 years in office.

Being that Republicans like to champion themselves the party of fiscal responsibility, while Trump, himself, frequently attacked Obama for playing golf, you would think this outrageous hypocrisy would be indefensible, right?

Wrong ! The Trump administration and his supporters are laughably trying to defend this hypocritical behavior and the outrageous amount of money taxpayers are paying so that Trump can spend roughly one-fourth of his time playing free games.

This was the topic on CNN that saw Don Lemon and two other panelists bursting into laughter at Trump supporters Ben Ferguson and Kayleigh McEnany desperately trying to spin this glaring contradiction from the Trump, the GOP, and the conservative media.

“We crunched the numbers and found that president has spent six weekends and a total of 21 days at Mar-a-Lago, the total cost of those trips around $21.6 million,” Lemon stated.

“Just for pure numbers sake, in the first 81 days of office, President Obama went to the golf course course zero times,” panelist Bakari Sellers added. “Let’s talk about the fiscal accountability or lack thereof and the fact is Trump is on a pace to spend more money traveling in his first year.”

Lemon when on to say that after all the things Trump said about Obama going golfing, if you “don’t see the hypocrisy in that, then you don’t want to see it, you’re blind.”

While the CNN host gave Ferguson and McEnany chances to defend Trump, both did everything they could to talk about anything but golf. After McEnany comically tried to claim that liberals have been hypocritical about Syria, as Lemon mockingly reminding her that the topic was about his golf trips, Ferguson went on to claim that Trump’s using these trips as tools to build relationships with other world leaders.

“He can’t do that in D.C., Camp David?” Lemon said, clearly trying to hold back laughter.

This prompted Ferguson to then claim that the choice of a Florida location is about better weather, at which point Lemon sarcastically quipped that “your golf clubs don’t work in the cold,” before reminding him that the temperatures were in the 50’s in D.C. this weekend.

“You never criticize, we show the tape of the president being hypocritical and you go, ‘no he’s not.'” Lemon stated. “You can’t even acknowledge it and you have no credibility when you do that.”

If you can watch the clip, I would suggest that you do. There were moments you could tell that even Ferguson and McEnany were trying not to laugh at the fact that they knew there wasn’t a credible defense for this glaring hypocrisy.

It’s probably not a professional look to have a panel discussion filled with frequent laughter, but even I was laughing at the completely absurd ways Ferguson and McEnany were trying to defend Trump.

As Don Lemon stated, anyone still defending Donald Trump, especially now, has lost any and all credibility. Not that they really had much to begin with if they were gullible enough to ever support and defend this unqualified clown who is now in the White House.

 

Betsy DeVos Brother Had Secret Meeting To Establish Trump-Putin Back Channel

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secret slotsThe United Arab Emirates arranged a secret slots in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi??mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting slots took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show.

He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.

The Seychelles encounter, which one official said spanned two days, adds to an expanding web of connections between Russia and Americans with ties to Trump — contacts that the White House has been reluctant to acknowledge or explain until they have been exposed by news organizations.

“We are not aware of any meetings, and Erik Prince had no role in the transition,” said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary.

A Prince spokesman said in a statement: “Erik had no role on the transition team. This is a complete fabrication. The meeting had nothing to do with President Trump. Why is the so-called under-resourced intelligence community messing around with surveillance of American citizens when they should be hunting terrorists?”

The Seychelles meeting came after separate private discussions in New York involving high-ranking representatives of Trump with both Moscow and the Emirates.

The White House has acknowledged that Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s original national security adviser, and Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner met with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in late November or early December in New York.

Trump Believes Fox & Friends More Than His Own Intelligence Community

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He trusts the 3 biggest morons on tv, just watch them for a day, it’s like the 3 stooges went to work for the RNC and they put them on tv to do a fake news show, they simply do a biased opinion show on Fox News. They are not journalists, they are propaganda puppets for Trump and the Republicans, who agree with every position Trump and the Republican party has, no matter how insane it is, or how many Americans oppose it.

President Donald Trump recently promoted a Fox & Friends report that the previous administration spied on him during the election — an idea that has been widely debunked.

As Trump congratulated Fox & Friends on its amazing reporting, he was ignoring analysis from his own intelligence officials that there’s no evidence such surveillance occurred.

Just minutes earlier, Trump’s favorite morning show tweeted that a new report over the weekend shows a very high up Obama official unmasking Trump associates for political purposes.

Which is a lie, if they were unmasked it was simply because it was known who they were while a foreigner was on a FISA wiretap. The story was made up by some unverified right-wing source, and is not true. And if they were talking to someone under a FISA warrant, they have bigger problems then being unmasked to a government official.

Trump often praises the morons and tweets about stories its hosts have recently discussed.

Trump has for weeks claimed that former President Barack Obama spied on him. But FBI Director James Comey last month told Congress that there is no information to support the president’s claims. National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers made a similar comment. And James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence during the time the alleged spying would have occurred, has also denied the reports.

Several members of Congress have called on Trump to retract the allegations, but so far he has refused. And btw folks, Trump staffers said when he did the crazy tweet he did not even know how a FISA warrant works.

Trump claims the real story is the leakers, not that people in his campaign could have been working with the Russians to steal an American presidential election, which is just laughable. The real story is Russians working with Trump, and maybe his campaign to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. The leakers are doing the American people a favor, and should be seen as great Americans, not criminals.


Trump Lied About Adding Former Lobbyists To Swamp 8:00am

Trump said he would drain the swamp and ban lobbyists, now he is giving them ethics waivers so he can hire them to work for him.

Some new Trump officials are working on policies that will benefit clients they recently served. Far from fulfilling his campaign promise to drain the swamp in Washington, President Trump is filling it with former lobbyists and consultants.

The president has relaxed ethics regulations, eliminating a requirement barring lobbyists from joining agencies that they lobbied up to two years prior.

The New York Times have highlighted some especially worrisome hires in the executive branch, including White House energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a former oil and gas company lobbyist, and Geoff Burr, a former construction industry lobbyist now working at the Department of Labor.

A lobbyist may “un-register on Monday and enter the Trump Administration on Tuesday,” Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen told said – and could also quickly return to the private sector.

Just last week, Bloomberg revealed that Marcus Peacock, a top Trump aide who worked briefly in the Office of Management and Budget, will join the lobbying group the Business Roundtable. Peacock has recused himself from lobbying the OMB for just six months – even though he agreed not to lobby his former agency for five years, according to Bloomberg.

Trump is also issuing other ethics waivers, but that’s difficult to determine because granted waivers are generally kept secret, the Times reports. The president is also keeping White House visitor logs secret, making it difficult to track corporate representatives meetings with federal officials as they create new policy.