Trump Really President?
- Is Trump being allowed to “play at President”
for public consumption, while the generals,
spooks, and financial pirates run the show?
These are strange times in U.S. politics. And
stranger still is the emerging character of the
Trump presidency. Events are appearing with
growing frequency, raising the question who is
really running the White House and the U.S.
government? Is Trump really the president?
sits there on the second floor, spending late
evenings into early mornings tweeting to the
world. In itself, that’s politically weird. But
even more strange is what he’s tweeting and the
next day fallout.
about the aircraft carrier task force in Asia
that was reportedly steaming at full speed to
the North Korean coast a few weeks ago, only to
learn soon after it was actually headed in the
opposite direction to Australia. Did Donald
imagine that? Was the U.S. Navy informed or
requested by its titular commander in chief to
turn around and go north … and then didn’t? Was
Trump’s command to go north perhaps
countermanded by some head of Naval operations,
or maybe someone else in the White House or
government? Or did he just imagine it all and
never even informed the Navy to head to Korea?
All the possibilities are strange. Very strange.
then there was the announcement by Trump that
his big budget was going to be announced in a
few days. It wasn’t even prepared. Government
bureaucrats had to quickly slap something
together in a couple of pages to provide to the
did it again, tweeted announcing his big tax
cuts. Again the bureaucrats were caught off
guard and had to throw some general outline
together and issue it to the press. All this
happened after it was generally known that the
tax cut proposals were not going to be developed
until late summer, and that the Obamacare Repeal
bill had to go forward first. The Obamacare
repeal was a necessary prerequisite for the
general tax cut. Its $592 billion in tax cuts
for business and investors had to come first.
Until it was resolved, it made no sense to
publicize elements of the yet bigger tax cuts of
trillions of dollars more scheduled to follow.
But Trump tweeted it anyway, and the bureaucracy
jumped, putting something down on paper. Who’s
communicating what to whom? Is Donald just
lobbing electronic policy missiles out of the
second floor of the White House, hoping some
bureaucrat will catch them before morning?
perhaps Trump is being allowed to sit up there
on the second floor of the White House and do
his tweet thing, while others actually run the
government. By others, perhaps it is
vice-president Pence in charge, working with
some inside committee of key cabinet officers
and the intelligence spooks in the NSA-CIA-FBI?
Trump being allowed to “play at President” for
public consumption, while the generals, spooks,
and Goldman Sachs financial pirates run the
hard to believe that the members of his
administration and the government State
bureaucracy knew in advance of Trump’s recent
tweets welcoming Philippines President Duterte
to the White House. Or that Trump would tweet
recently that he’s willing to meet with North
Korea’s president, for whom he, Trump, had great
respect. You can imagine the political
constipation that comment caused the spooks and
the generals in charge of State, Defense, and
30, 2016, this writer wrote a piece predicting
that Trump the right wing populist would be
successfully ‘tamed’ by the political elites of
this country that really run the show. I laid
out some ideas how that would be accomplished.
(see my blog, jackrasmus.com). But I didn’t
think it would happen so fast and so easily.
past month has witnessed Trump doing a total
about face on virtually all his right-wing
populist proposals during the election. He’s
backtracking so fast it’s a wonder he hasn’t
tripped over himself. (Check that, he has).
What explains his 180 degree turnabout?
talk of right wing populism during the campaign
all political election hype? Tell the people
whatever they want to hear to get elected, and
then go do whatever the moneybags really running
the show want from you---which is big tax cuts,
massive across-the-board deregulation, end the
taxation on Obamacare and we don’t care what
happens to the rest of it, give us some
infrastructure spending deals that resurrect
wheeling-dealing commercial property investments
with big tax loopholes, and just tweak and
rearrange existing free trade treaties.
we actually got so far from Trump during his
first 100 days is government by ‘executive
orders’—i.e. repealing environmental
protections, gutting immigrants’ rights, going
after sanctuary cities, opening up national
monuments and parks to mining and cattle
exploitation, subsidizing killer coal companies,
attacking consumer protection, smoke and mirror
changes to H1-B skilled worker import quotas
that haven’t changed, gutting K-12 education and
shifting funds to private schools from public,
opening up offshore drilling, and so on. But
elsewhere it’s been a wholesale retreat from his
election positions, proposals and promises.
Here’s a short list:
does a reversal on China, from declaring it a
currency manipulator to offering it major
concessions at the Mar-a-Lago meeting, in
exchange for help with North Korea. One wonders
if China’s offshore islands expansion is also
part of the deal.
NATO is a waste of money and unnecessary, Trump
shifts to NATO is the great bulwark against
Russia. From Putin the great leader to Putin is
responsible for Syria using poison gas--of which
still no proof thereof by the way. (Is it true,
or is it all in that great American tradition of
“yellow cake” (2003), “babies thrown from
incubators” (1990), “tonkin gulf”(1965), “the
war on drugs” (Panama invasion), “Soviets are in
Grenada,” and “remember the Maine”
(Spanish-American War) incidents that always
precede and justify US going to war).
Mexico is going to pay for the wall, to there’ll
be no wall (latest per Homeland Security
Secretary). From dumping NAFTA, to “I’m not
going to terminate NAFTA”’ (Trump quote).
then there’s Trump’s staged press conferences
with companies like Carrier Corp., indicating
they’re not going to export some jobs to Mexico
for now (as they continue to plan to export
still others at the same time). And the list of
companies announcing jobs they intend to hire in
the US without saying when, or that they already
had planned to hire them anyway prior to the
cancelling the TTP free trade deal (already
killed in Congress), to declaring a reopening of
the TTIP free trade deal with Europe. And what
about the silent deal Trump struck with Japan’s
prime minister, Shinzo Abe, when he was here?
It’s been leaked that Japan will pick up the
lead on the TPP renegotiations and the U.S. will
join it later. Or Mexico’s recent offer to the
U.S. to just apply the TPP terms to a new
‘reform’ of NAFTA by Mexico and the U..S? Watch
both these back door free trade resurrections,
they’re coming too.
what about Trump’s organizational about face,
with right wing ideologue Steve Bannon banished
from the National Security Council and
pro-Russia general Flynn banished from the
also find interesting is the intense media
attack on Trump— focusing on his Russia
connection, his tax returns, nepotism in the
White House, his companies’ benefiting (a
violation of the emoluments clause of the US
constitution) and calls for impeachment in
Congress—all of sudden all the above have
disappeared from view in the media front page.
They’ve been put on the back burner in
Congress and the press. And there’s no more
damaging leaks coming weekly from the
intelligence spooks either. Instead, what we
hear is talk about ‘now he’s coming around’,
beginning to appear presidential! Is all that
just coincidental? Hmmm.
a presidency where the Donald gets to sit on the
second floor of the White House and do his late
night tweets, and the bureaucrats scurry the
next day to clean up? Where Donald is brought
downstairs to the oval office for Executive
Order signings or occasional reporter interviews
and then trotted back upstairs? Is it a
presidency where he makes his late night calls
to his moneybag friends, like the billionaire
Mercers and others, to find out ‘how am I doing
guys’? While the rest of the representatives of
the economic and political elite run the show?
a Trump presidency, or a government by
Generals-Goldman Sachs-Pence, with son in law
Kushner functioning as intermediary between them
and the Donald? A government of second floor
tweets and first floor executive order signing
quality of the American presidency has been in
steady decline for decades. From the crook
Nixon to the inept peanut farmer, Carter; from
the movie-actor, camera friendly Reagan to the
morally sleezy opportunist Bill Clinton; from
know-nothing George Bush to the super-cautious
false progressive Obama; and now to the fake
right populist, blowhard, tweety-bird called
going to need a lot of luck to get through the
next three and a half years folks!
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