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Hurricane Map Displayed In Oval Office Was Altered To Include Alabama

Perhaps this was Donald Trump’s way of tripling down on his forecast that “Alabama to get a bit of a beat down” thanks to Hurricane Dorian. While the National Weather Service issued a tweet contradicting and correcting Trump, today the president produced a map that had a black line (perhaps drawn with a black Sharpie?) extending the hurricane’s cone into Alabama.

Check out the video above. And here’s some reaction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While A Hurricane Threatens Several States, Donald Trump Has Found Time To Play Golf & Complain

Today Donald Trump has tweeted about “Trump haters,” James Comey, “the ‘Squad.’” “Trump Economics,” “the Failing New York Times” and, of course, “the Fake News Media.” What he hasn’t seemed to notice (other than some retweets) is that a lot of members of the media are putting themselves in harm’s way to bring reports out of the Bahamas and the Florida coast.

And yesterday he found time to criticize actress Debra Messing. Slate writes:

President Donald Trump summoned all his gravitas, rose to the moment, and addressed the country to discuss an urgent issue of national importance: Whether or not actress Debra Messing was a phony who pretends to like people, but then the second those people leave the room, get elected president, and start kidnapping children, she starts talking shit. This really happened! He really tweeted this!

And is Trump hunkered down with FEMA today? Nope, he’s playing golf, again.

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Vanity Fair: Aides Admit Trump Was Faking Those “Phone Calls” With China

Remember the surprise when Donald Trump dropped this bomb in Biarritz? The President said he’d had phone calls with top Chinese leaders who were eager to return to the bargaining table.

“China called last night our top trade people and said, ‘Let’s get back to the table.’ So we will be getting back to the table and I think they want to do something,” Trump told reporters. But the Chinese seemed flummoxed.

Vanity Fair writes: “At the time, China’s Foreign Ministry claimed to have no idea what Trump was talking about—the implication being that he’d fabricated the call to calm a panicked market.

In the ensuing days, it’s become apparent that’s exactly what happened. CNN reports:

Though Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin insisted there had been “communication,” aides privately conceded the phone calls Trump described didn’t happen they way he said they did.

Instead, two officials said Trump was eager to project optimism that might boost markets, and conflated comments from China’s vice premier with direct communication from the Chinese.

George Conway, conservative lawyer and husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, says it’s market manipulation, which is a federal crime.

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Quote Of The Day: Donald Trump On Puerto Rico

Somehow Donald Trump found a way to blame Puerto Rico for being in the path of another big storm.

For the record, it won’t ever end. Hurricane season happens every year.

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Trump Pushes To Host Next G7 At His Miami Resort

If you own a golf resort that is lagging, what better way to boost the bottom line than to force the leaders of the G7 and their enormous entourages to hold a meeting there. When the U.S. hosts the next G7 meeting in 2020, look for it to be at the Trump Doral resort in Miami. From The Washington Post:

In a news conference, Trump said that his staff had scoured the country and determined that — of all America’s resorts and resort towns — Trump’s club was the best situated to host the international meeting.

“They went places all over the country, and they came back and said, ‘This is where we’d like to be,’ ” Trump said. “It’s not about me. It’s about getting the right location.”

Trump said today in France that he didn’t care about making money and that a final decision hasn’t been made, but no other site is under consideration. Aides told the Post that Trump has pushed for months to have Doral host the event even though it raises obvious ethical issues.

Previously, The Washington Post has reported that Doral, has been losing money.

At Doral, which Trump has listed in federal disclosures as his biggest moneymaker hotel, room rates, banquets, golf and overall revenue were all down since 2015. In two years, the resort’s net operating income — a key figure, representing the amount left over after expenses are paid — had fallen by 69 percent.

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WaPo: Trump’s Company Could Save Millions If Interest Rates Fall As He Demands

Donald Trump’s demand that the Fed radically cut interest rates could have a huge side benefit, Donald Trump’s companies. From The Washington Post:

President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts. 

In the five years before he became president, Trump borrowed more than $360 million via four loans from Deutsche Bank for his hotels in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, as well his 643-room Doral golf resort in South Florida.

His loan payments could drop substantially if interest rates are lowered, as Trump has demanded. The administration has argued that lower interest rates would spur consumer investment in big ticket items such as cars and homes. But it would also save Donald Trump millions.

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CNBC: White House says Trump regrets not raising tariffs on China higher

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham is contradicting her boss this morning.

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During Unhinged Q&A, Donald Trump Declares, “I’m The Chosen One”

White House briefings are a thing of the past and it’s probably a good thing. This administration has really only one spokesperson anyway.  Donald Trump talks a lot but here’s the deal, what he says is making less and less sense.  It’s  like a scene out of Gran Torino where Clint Eastwood rants on his lawn. Only in this case, it’s the President of the United States.

Here’s one of the moments that got Trump the most riled up today. NBC’s Peter Alexander asked him a question he didn’t like and he ended up saying NBC would be out of business in the next six years and that they are “NBC has less credibility than CNN.”

In one of the many self-serving moments, Trump insisted people who were shot in the recent El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, “loved me.”

In another bizarre moment, he looked up to the sky and said: “I am the chosen one.”  

He then tripled down on his anti-Semitic comments about Jewish people.

And when asked about the Danish Prime Minister he returned to a term he often uses for powerful women, calling her “nasty.” 

 
 

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