Odds and ends. (Trump, of course)

Obstruction of what? This morning, President Trump tweeted:
“..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”

One might say, “Got him! That’s obstruction of justice!” But my non-lawyer guess is it is not because, the attorney general has recused himself from the investigation and thus has no authority to end it. If Trump had aimed that at Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, probably would be. At least it would be a great court battle. Talking of court battles…

You’re Up!: The trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort heads into Day Two, which also is probably feeding Trump’s Twitter frenzy of the last few days. The only one who really knows what Special Counsel Mueller has on Trump is Trump. Of course, there’s also Trump’s former “fixer/attorney” Michael Cohen who says he’s willing to cooperate with the special counsel’s investigation which I’m sure is feeding Trump’s Twitter anxiety. We all thinketh he protesteth (sorry) too much already but now that the charges are very real with real witnesses swearing oaths…yikes!

Trump’s maladies: Donald Trump clearly suffers from various personality disorders and one I call: Premature Realization. As soon as Trump thinks he accomplishes something, he claims victory whatever the reality may be.

North Korea? In his mind, he achieved denuclearization in that one meeting with Kim Jong Un and Trump quickly claimed victory, saying Americans can sleep easy now. Meantime his intelligence agencies report North Korea is still doing nuclear preparations. Oh that Kim, such a kidder!

Tax reduction? Done, he says. But the benefits are slow to appear to those he promised cuts — the middle class. But the cuts were so effective for the wealthy) he’s going to find a way to bypass the Congress and cut taxes more for the wealthy on his own! I can’t imagine you can do that without the Congress and if you’re thinking that Trump must know something we don’t, you’re forgetting the first paragraph in this section.

4% economic growth? Accomplished. The economy grew at more than 4 percent in the second quarter and Trump claims we’ve achieved his goal, despite most economists reporting that was a one-time result largely because of the tariffs he’s put in place and threatening, so folks exported quickly so as not to be taxed next quarter. While the economy should continue to grow, 4% seems like a wish and a prayer.

“No Collusion”: Well, as we know, we don’t know yet.

Trump’s friends. He certainly has the motliest circle of friends and close supporters I’ve ever seen. I mean, have you seen that Sam Nunberg on TV, “defending” Trump while also saying Trump had to know about that 2016 Trump Tower meeting where his son met with Russians, son-in-law and Manafort expecting dirt on Hillary? He made me forget who he was a surrogate for.

Michael Cohen? Actually, I feel a bit sorry for Cohen. He did fix things repeatedly for Trump during their years-long association. He lied for him. He hid affairs and payments from the world, meaning Trump’s wife. He clearly was a yes man, clearly knew Trump was the golden goose, and pledged undying loyalty to Trump until Trump threw him under the bus. Now, as the bus does a U-turn, Trump may be the one under it.

Rudy Giuliani? What happened to “America’s Mayor?” He was idolized in the aftermath of 9/11 for the leadership he showed. He was positioned to run for president! Now, he makes it up as he goes along for Trump, as he has found his role in the Trump Organization, as a replacement for the shady Michael Cohen. Clearly a toady, clearly not Trump’s “lawyer” but his attack dog, appearing on as many shows a day as will have him. Where have you gone, Rudy Giuliani?

Omarosa?: Miss Loyalty and Devotion’s “tell-all” book comes out soon to lift the veil on her mentor and the man who created her out of reality TV cloth. With friends like those…

Europe?: Trump held a press conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker just days after he threatened most every ally we had with tariffs, to announce a major breakthrough! I refer to it as the Seinfeld Agreement, an agreement about nothing. Basically, he announced he would have talks to negotiate an agreement. So, nothing was announced. Elaine and George would be proud.

Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store