A Week Of President Trump : Jan 20-26,2017


Quotes & links from the past seven days.

A feature that could last for up to eight years
depending on the ratings, er, I mean polls.

Week 1

Inauguration speech >

Quoting from Bane >

“We give it back to you, the people”

Crowd size comparison >

There is empty ground exposed in the Trump photos. The same spots were almost entirely covered eight years ago

Climate change, LGBT rights, Spanish language among things removed from White House website >

The Obama administration’s priorities of civil rights and climate change were replaced with ‘bringing back jobs and growth’ and ‘rebuild American military’

Women’s March on the Saturday >

Women-led marches took place in over 600 locations spread across seven continents—including Antarctica.

A new twitter account >

Though he’s not yet done with the old one…

Trump speech to CIA >

Trump could have used the speaking opportunity to heal divisions at CIA Headquarters by instead characterizing the media’s oversight of his fledgling presidency, but instead spent the time childishly denying the serious fact that he’s openly attacked our nation’s intelligence community for investigating his dangerous and compromising ties to Russia.

Spicer using lies to scold the press >

“These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

Twitter reacts to the lies as only it can >

…as does Kelly-Anne Conway…

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s top advisers, presented the White House’s false claims about the inaugural crowd size as “alternative facts.”

…and while we have you Kelly, is he going to release his tax returns or not?

“On taxes, answers (& repeated questions) are same from campaign: POTUS is under audit and will not release until that is completed,” tweeted Conway.  (Her) tweet contradicted a statement she made on ABC’s “This Week”…

Trump’s official Day One – Monday. Some legislation by men about women… >

Surrounded by men, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday reinstating the “global gag rule,” which bans federal funding for international non-governmental organizations that offer abortions or advocate for the right to an abortion.

And even an actual press conference >

White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave the first question of his first press conference Monday to the New York Post instead of the Associated Press.

Does the President aim to change the internet as we know it?

Even though he’s actually in the White House now, he’s still not happy that he lost the popular vote >

Donald Trump likes golf, so it might not seem surprising that the President took the word of a golfer very seriously when he was weighing up pursuing a federal investigation of voter fraud.

More executive orders….

Pipelines including North Dakota…

…immigration including the wall…

…and so-called “enhanced interrigation techniques”

Each Friday we’ll feature how a different country is portraying the President, this week, the Dutch John Oliver…

Robert Fisk weighs in on the newly presidency and what it could mean for the Middle East >

Compared to the platitudinous, snide, divisive, war-mongering rant the world received from Trump, George W Bush was a visionary

Interesting podcast on the implications of Trump’s pick for Education Secretary – it might be a woman but does that make it a good thing for women?

Nancy Hogshead-Makar is a three-time gold-medalist swimmer, sexual assault survivor, and one of the most renowned Title IX attorneys in the US. We speak to her about the importance of defending Title IX and what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for the landmark 1972 legislation.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes examines the President’s obsession with his own image in his first week in an interview with possible 2020 Democratic candidate Cory Booker:

The Democratic Senator condemned President Donald Trump for repeating debunked myths about voter fraud, calling on him instead to take action against barriers to voting.

Trump Is Already Betraying the White Working Class, says The New Republic…

His economic policies, like a potential tax on imports from Mexico, would most hurt the very voters he claims to champion.

And finally, we have what should be our starting point for next week’s post, namely the impending meeting with UK Prime Minister Teresa May…

The pair will spend about an hour together in the first visit by a foreign leader to the White House since Mr Trump was sworn in last week.

We’ll be back next Friday at 5pm (Irish time) with Another Week of President Trump.  All going well of course.  JLP