Saturday, 28 January 2017

Trump by the numbers, the first week

Click here for a short video that provides a complete listing of all the measures put forward by the Trump Whitehouse this week.

Trump by the numbers, Day 7.

New Executive Orders: only 1, but a biggy. 'Extreme vetting' at the borders. A 90-day block on entry to the US from citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. (It is unclear if this would apply to citizens of those countries on trips abroad who already have permission to live and work in the US.) It suspends the admission of all refugees to the US for a period of 120 days, and terminates all refugee admissions from Syria - indefinately. It caps the total number of all refugees entering the US in 2017 to 50,000 (less than half the previous year’s figure of 117,000), and gives priority to religious minorities (Christians predominantly). A further list of countries subject to 'extreme vetting' will be compiled -- although the countries from which all the 9/11 terrorists originated (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Pakistan) are currently not on it....(and given Trump's known business ties to Saudia Arabia and UAE....?)

Classic Orwellian Moments: In addition to reports that Trump himself is using a private email account, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon and senior adviser Jared Kushner — Trump's son-in-law — all have been using private -- rnchq.org -- email accounts while working in the Whitehouse, Newsweek reported Wednesday. Yet, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling, supporters of President Donald Trump say he and staff should be allowed to have a private email server. "Forty-two percent of Trump voters think he should be allowed to have a private email server to just 39 percent who think he shouldn't be allowed to," according to a write-up of the poll.  This is now illegal: the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014 (H.R. 1233) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on November 26, 2014, in the wake of the furore over Hilary Clinton's email server and explicitly bans the use of private email servers for government use.

Substantial Revisionism: 1. No mention of Jews, whatsoever, in the Whitehouse statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (today). 2. Allowed British PM Theresa May to claim Trump was 100% behind NATO.

Tweets as POTUS: 90

Attacks on the media: muted today -- joked in his press conference with Theresa May.

Meters of Wall: 0 ... and now backtracking on the 20% proposed tax

Trump by the numbers, Day 6.

Total Executive orders to date: 12. Lowlights of the most recent: Creating a weekly blacklist of crimes committed by "undocumented immigrants in sanctuary jurisdictions".

Today's substantial revisionism: claiming the cancellation of next week's meeting with the president of Mexico was mutual.

Classic Orwellian Moment: Claiming that somehow Mexico will still be paying for the wall through a 20% tax on imports -- which in reality means American taxpayers will pay for the wall, and then will also pay for higher prices for consumer goods from Mexico. Of course, Mexico will retaliate and levy their own tarifs on American goods which will hurt US exports -- but in Trumpspeak this will protect the border and create more American jobs.

Tweets as POTUS: 65

Attacks on media: ongoing - and now include Stephen Banning telling the media today 'to just shut up'

Meters of Wall built: 0 ....but Mexico is paying for it...

Trump by the numbers, Day 5

New Executive Orders: 4 (Putting in motion the 'wall'; punishing US sanctuary cities; reversing Obama's pipeline blocks; banning immigration/refugees from 6 predominantly Muslim countries)

Today's substantial Revisionism: Banning numerous government agencies with scientists (EPA, National Parks, Agriculture, etc) from tweeting or posting on social media their research findings (especially around climate change and environment).

Today's Orwellian Moments: 1. Claiming, again, that Clinton won the popular vote due to millions of illegally cast votes -- 'investigation' to follow.

Number of Tweets as POTUS: 57

Attacks on media: ongoing

Meters of wall built: 0 (but plans underway....)

Gaudy Trump touches: Gold curtains in the Oval office.

Trump by the Numbers,  Day 4

Executive Orders: 4 (killing TPP; hiring freeze on non-military federal works; banning funding to international groups that provide abortions; freezing Affordable Care Act measures).

Substantive revisionism: 1 (Complete overhaul of Whitehouse website, minutes after inauguration: information on civil rights, climate change, LGBT rights, healthcare, immigration, education and the “Iran Deal” all deleted. “America first energy plan” has replaced climate change as a priority, while “Bringing back jobs and growth” focuses on lowering taxes. Civil rights has been replaced with “Standing up with our law enforcement community” and emphasizes the “lawlessness” of illegal immigration and inner cities.

Classic Orwellian moments: 3 (denial about size of inauguration; denial of attacks on CIA; comments on women's protest marches).

Number of tweets as POTUS: 37

Attacks on media: (already too many to count)

Meters of wall built: 0