Trump’s Presidency is a Disaster Before His Inauguration


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Between the time of the election and the inauguration of an American President, the President-elect’s job is to choose the members of his cabinet and prepare to lead the country.  Donald Trump, the man who has never held elected office, seems unable to lead even the choice of his cabinet.  It was Donald J. Trump, who campaigned against the corrupt power of special interests.  The amazing thing is that Trump filled his transition team with some of the very sort of people who he has complained have too much clout in Washington: corporate consultants and lobbyists.  By way of example, consider Jeffrey Eisenach, a consultant who has worked for years on behalf of Verizon and other telecommunications clients, who was picked by Trump to act as head of the transition team that is helping to pick staff members at the Federal Communications Commission.  Then there is Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist whose clients include Devon Energy and Encana Oil and Gas, was chosen to lead the “energy independence” portfolio.  Michael Torrey, a lobbyist who runs a firm that has earned millions of dollars helping food industry players such as the American Beverage Association and the dairy giant Dean Foods, was selected by Trump to help set up the new team at the Department of Agriculture.

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To make matters worse Trump has requested top security clearance for his children, and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law.  Even though Jared Kushner has no background in foreign affairs, Trump wants him to act as a top adviser, on a variety of issues.  It appears that his son-in-law’s views and judgment are tainted by personal experiences.  For example, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was being considered for attorney general and for homeland security secretary.   However Jared Kushner has a previous bad experience with Chris Christie which resulted in  the abrupt firing of Christie.       He has been replaced as chief of the transition team by Mike Pence.

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Evidently Jared Kushner did not appreciate Chris Christie prosecuting Jared’s father when he was an ambitious U.S. attorney. Christie aggressively went after Charles Kushner, (Jared’s dad) who pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS, making false statements to the federal government and witness tampering. He served 14 months of his two-year sentence at an Alabama prison and was permitted to spend the remainder of his sentence in a New Jersey halfway house.  Jared has now made sure that anyone connected to Christie is not part of the Trump administration.

Other people, like Ben Carson,  declined a position as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Thus, reports that the transition team is in disarray seem to be accurate.

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  1. This is a replay of the city of Cleveland’s election of Dennis Kucinich as mayor. He was not ready to run a city, and he brought in outsiders who had no clue. They fought, had little fiefdoms, hated the media, and the city went bankrupt.

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  2. This has to be the next urgent step taken.

    The United States is the only country that elects a politically powerful president via an electoral college and the only one in which a candidate can become president without having obtained the highest number of votes in the sole or final round of popular voting.

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-boxer-files-longshot-bill-to-scrap-the-1479234745-htmlstory.html

    This truly is what needs to change. Not because Hillary lost. But because it is outmoded. Since the electoral college was formed, there now exists:
    electricity
    automobiles
    airplanes
    internet
    etc

    Life is different today than 225+ years ago, it has evolved, and there is essentially real-time national and global access and voice. It is time to evolve and remove the electoral college from the Constitution of the United States, so that every voter and every vote counts and is represented equally. Not so that any one party, tribally, wins. But so that it is fair for everyone, as the democracy it is supposed to serve – BUT DOESN’T.

    We must accept change, and reflect it in the living-breathing Constitution, rather than deny it with ignorance and heads in the sand.

    It might be too late. (eg: Trump, nukes, etc.)

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    1. Retire the Electoral College,
      The problem is that the people who were elected using the electoral college system are the people who would have to change it.

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  3. From what I’ve read, Charles Kushner made illegal campaign contrbutions, is guilty of tax evasion and witness tampering. Anyone who criticizes Chelsea Clinton’s father-in-law needs to know the criminal history of Ivana Trump’s father-in-law.

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  4. I don’t think the mainstream press is paying enough attention to Pence who is likely to be Trump’s co-president because the latter is so woefully uninformed about the branches of government, how legislation is created and passed, what the limits of his personal power are, etc.

    I recall that when Pence was being interviewed by the Tump family,it was reported that one of Trump’s sons said Pence would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy. To which Pence asked what Trump would be doing. Answer: Making America Great Again.

    Flash-forward and Pence gets to be president without being elected for the position so the nitwit reality-show star can play…with our monies, our national reputation and swing from whim to whim for four years (unless — Please, God — Trump is indicted or impeached.).

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  5. I found it odd “they” the trump foundation kept Chris Christie close. But now I believe that they set out to embarrass and shame him for prosecuting the son in law dad and what a simple weasel he is. They showed him the door after that. Dropped like a hot tater.

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  6. If you can’t get out and protest, can’t or won’t make serious political contributions, join the ACLU. They have vowed to fight the #notmypresident for as long as it takes. They are getting unprecedented numbers of contributions, and the phone bank is nearly overwhelmed. A good thing.

    At the very least, wear a safety pin to proclaim your solidarity with those who believe/KNOW the election was STOLEN. #safetypin

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