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Vanity Fair: White House Allies Worry Trump Has Become Unstable


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#1 AnBr

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 09:05 PM

https://www.vanityfa...coming-unstable

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For Republicans, the cost of running the president’s “adult day care center” is increasingly unaffordable.

Promoting her new memoir Raising Trump, the president’s ex-wife Ivana Trump breezily mentioned Monday that she has a direct line to the White House, though she doesn’t call too often because Melania lives there. “I’m basically first Trump wife. O.K.? I’m First Lady,” she added. Generally guarded, Melania issued an uncharacteristic response: “There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex. Unfortunately only attention seeking and self-serving noise.”

It’s unclear why Melania chose this occasion to snap. Perhaps she’s simply getting into the sophomoric groove of her husband’s West Wing, which has seemed, impossibly, to be backsliding of late, undergoing a Benjamin Button-esque regression to what outgoing Republican Senator Bob Corker recently called an “adult day care center.”

Corker’s broadside, for which he began laying the groundwork last week, suggesting that the president’s advisers are the only thing standing in the way of “chaos,” seems to have been pre-meditated. Shortly after Donald Trump retaliated by jibing that Corker “didn’t have the guts to run for another term,” Corker unleashed a planned interview with The New York Times,* warning that the president is erratic, treats his office like “a reality show,” and is reckless enough to put his country “on the path to World War III.” He claimed most other Republicans in the Senate felt the same way, even if they wouldn’t say so publicly.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:02 PM

Here's some further analysis as it relates to the current NoKo dilemma:

http://www.slate.com...ton_did_it.html
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 11:46 PM

Trump hasn't "become" unstable. He always was, but when he's in control of his family business and not being told he can't do as he wants it wasn't as obvious as it is now.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:09 AM

I chuckled at this comment poster on a WaPo article:

"Trump would think he could foil a plane hijacker if he had a hand grenade."

And that sums up the predicament for Americans. We are passengers on a doomed flight, and we have to hope there are a few Captain Sullenbergers that can land this thing without fatalities.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:15 AM

"Become". That's funny stuff right there, as GV said.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:48 PM

Here's more information on the Tweeter Tantrummer in Chief to keep you awake at night. He's a f***ing nightmare.

First up, he wants more nukes. Why? Because more is better.

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During a July meeting with top national security advisers, President Donald Trump said that he wanted to significantly build up the United States’ nuclear arsenal, NBC News reported Wednesday morning, citing three unnamed officials in the room.

Trump said that he wanted a nearly tenfold increase in the country’s nuclear capabilities after seeing a presentation that showed how the U.S. has steadily worked to shrink the nuclear arsenal, according to NBC News. The officials in the room told Trump that it would be very challenging to build up the nuclear arsenal and explained that the U.S. is in a stronger military position than it was when the nuclear stockpile was larger, according to NBC News.

Officials told NBC News that there are no plans to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Next up we have how Kelly and Mattis really feel about Trump's fitness to be Commander in Chief.

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Last night on Chris Hayes’ show, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman suggested retired Generals Mattis and Kelly were discussing what they would do if President Trump made a “lunge” for the nuclear football. Would they tackle him? Restrain him. Sherman said he’d met with a “very prominent” Republican.

The sourcing on this is at a minimum murky. If you watch closely, what Sherman says is that this senior Republican told him he “imagined” these conversations were taking place. Later when Chris Hayes pressed Sherman on this point, Sherman said “these are the conversations that they have very good authority are taking place inside the White House. I would say this Mar-a-Lago strategy is a sort of emblematic of how general Kelly does not want the president to be out of his sight.” In other words, on his second account, Sherman suggested ‘imagined’ was a turn of phrase and that he had sources that knew these conversations were happening.

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.@gabrielsherman: GOP source says Kelly & Mattis discuss what to do if Trump lunges for the nuclear football #inners https://t.co/porBwgBB2V

— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) October 11, 2017

This comes after broadly similar comments from Senator Bob Corker, President Trump’s latest sparring partner, who said: “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him … As long as there are people like that around him who are able to talk him down when he gets spun up, you know, calm him down and continue to work with him before a decision gets made, I think we’ll be fine.”

Then there’s news about what prompted Rex Tillerson to call President Trump a “f—king moron”. According to NBC, at a meeting last summer with top national security officials, President Trump said he wanted a tenfold increase in the size of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

Apparently Trump was shown a chart something like this.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 02:03 PM

Damn, a retired military coup?





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