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mo32a, re Trump & the TPP, yes, that was not unexpected. This lends credence to the expectation that Trump is going to do exactly has he said he would during the campaign. The presidency will exaggerate who and what he already is.

I don't think so. He has already declined to prosecute HRC, denounced the alt-right, changed his mind on water-boarding and I'm guessing the wall will be the next thing that becomes virtual rather than mortar and stone. I do find it amusing that the media, who denounced him for these things is now chastising him for not following through. Even the Chinese billionaire who built a glass factory in Ohio, said, through an interpreter, "Oh, that was just campaign talk."

Every rational person that voted for him knew that he was a pragmatist and that half, at least, of what he said was just to get headlines and attention. It worked.

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I still honestly believe that he was trying to NOT WIN the election.  The American people got behind him and in th process showed the true colours of America.  He ended up winning and now has to try and actually do the job.  Of course that will mean turning tail on many of his promises.  After all the President is just a figure head, he doesn't actually run the country.

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2 hours ago, boestar said:

 The American people got behind him and in th process showed the true colours of America.

Electing Obama in 2008 was just a head fake?

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Regarding conflict of interest:


‘The president can’t have a conflict of interest,’ Trump says. And from a legal standpoint, he’s right

‎Today, ‎November ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎1 hour ago | Chris Cillizza, Washington Post

Donald Trump said lots (and lots) of eyebrow-raising things during his sitdown with the New York Times on Tuesday. On climate change. On prosecuting (or not) Hillary Clinton. But one statement – in response to a question about the various conflicts of interest between his eponymous company and his status as the soon-to-be president of the United States – was truly eye-popping.

Maggie Haberman, a campaign correspondent for the New York Times, tweeted that Trump said of his businesses: “The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”

Trump’s statement carried considerable echoes of Richard Nixon’s famous/infamous line to interview David Frost three decades ago: “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”

It’s impossible to know whether Trump was purposely channeling Nixon. (I personally think he wasn’t doing so consciously.)

In truth, it reminded me as much if not more of Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd declaring “I am the law.” (The idea of that movie was that people like Dredd functioned as judge, jury and executioner.)

Or he could have taken the idea from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close Trump adviser, who said the following to CNN’s Jake Tapper this month about conflicts of interest: “You realize that those laws don’t apply to the president, right? So the president doesn’t have to have a blind trust. For some reason, when the law was written, the president was exempt.”

No matter where Trump got the idea, it’s a very dangerous one for any president to hold: That you (or anyone) is effectively above the law.

But before we get to all of the implications that spring from that idea, let’s examine the notion of presidential conflicts of interest. According to PolitiFact, the relevant portion of the U.S. code covering it is Title 18 Section 208, which says that federal government employees can’t deal with issues in their official capacity in which they or their families have a vested financial interest.

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg Donald Trump cuts a ribbon with his family during the grand opening ceremony of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Except that the statute doesn’t hold for all federal employees. It reads: “Except as otherwise provided in such sections, the terms ‘officer’ and ’employee’ in sections 203, 205, 207 through 209, and 218 of this title shall not include the President, the Vice President, a Member of Congress, or a Federal judge.”

Here’s more from PolitiFact: “It’s been this way since at least 1974, when the Justice Department issued a letter saying Title 18 Section 208 did not apply to the president. Congress expressly codified the exemptions in 1989.

“In the 1974 letter, the Justice Department said the legislative history of this conflict-of-interest provision indicated that it was never intended to apply to the president. Additionally, the Justice Department said placing conflict-of-interest laws on the president could constrain him in a potentially unconstitutional manner, though it did not give specific examples.”

PolitiFact rated Giuliani’s claim as “true.”

So, legally speaking, Trump (and Giuliani and Judge Dredd) are on generally solid ground when it comes to conflict of interest laws. The primary ones put in place by the U.S. code simply don’t apply to the president.

But then there is the common sense reality. As in, someone who is the head of a major international real estate development company should be aware that being elected president puts him deeply at cross-purposes unless and until he fully walls himself off from the goings-on of his former life.

(For a running and regularly updated list of how Trump’s status as president-elect is helping his private companies, click here.) Because of those appearances, the president-to-be should volunteer to go far above the law when it comes to ensuring there isn’t even the glimmer of suspicion that the right hand is washing the left.

In short: Just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t make it right. (I made a similar argument about Hillary Clinton’s relentless pushback that she had broken no laws with her private email setup. That was proven to be accurate – and also besides the broader point of right and wrong.)

Hiding behind the “well, there’s no law that says I can’t do this” is not exactly presidential. And a belief that the president isn’t bound to do everything he can to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest suggests a dangerous slippery slope about what a president can and should do in office.

The best thing Trump can do now is say: I know I am not legally required to do so but I am going to bend over backwards to extricate myself from any and all conflicts of interest – real or perceived – so that the American public can rest assured I am only focused on making their lives better.

I doubt he will say anything of the sort. Which is unfortunate. And dangerous.

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Another good decision by a businessman.

Trump taps Gov. Nikki Haley as UN ambassador

Outspoken critic in line to be Trump's first female cabinet-level official

The Associated Press  Posted: Nov 23, 2016 6:59 AM ET| Last Updated: Nov 23, 2016 9:02 AM ET 

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the first woman tapped for a top-level administration post during his transition to the White House.

The choice of Haley was announced in a statement on Wednesday from Trump's transition team.

"Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country," the Republican president-elect said in the statement.

Two sources familiar with the decision, who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss it by name ahead of the announcement, said that the ambassadorship will be a cabinet-level position.

Haley, an outspoken Trump critic throughout much of the presidential race, would become his first female — and first non-white — cabinet-level official if confirmed by the Senate. She's the second Asian-American to serve as a U.S. governor
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yet another change, perhaps an indication that "The Sky" is not falling. :rolleyes:

November 23, 2016 7:22 am

Donald Trump backs away from vow to pull out of the Paris climate agreement

By Roberta Rampton Reuters
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was keeping an open mind on whether to pull out of a landmark international accord to fight climate change, in a softening of his stance toward global warming.

Trump told the New York Times in an interview that he thinks there is “some connectivity” between human activity and global warming, despite previously describing climate change as a hoax.

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Trump is nothing if not mercurial.

Re taking rational, experienced people on staff like Haley, and possibly Romney, we should be thankful and hopeful for small mercies.

Many are waiting for the disavowal of the Alt-right and it's white-nationalist values to materialize in the dropping of Steven Bannon, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Senator Jeff Sessions.

Until the president-elect, his transition process and his communications are sufficiently stable such that clear patterns of priorities and values can be perceived and who and what will be privileged in the new administration, taking anything as conclusive, including whether he is an accidental president or a serious person, is futile. 

I think what we see is merely a consummate negotiator keeping everything and everyone off-balance and conflicted.

So, would the real Donald Trump stand up? Perhaps he is already standing?

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How Trump is giving his followers the permission to pretty much do as they please

Wed Nov 23, 2016 - National Post
by Andrew Potter

“Nihilists! F— me. I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.” — Walter, The Big Lebowski.

Swastikas spraypainted on synagogues, churches, and parks. Blacks threatened with lynching. Muslim women told to remove their hijab or be set on fire.

In the first few days after the U.S. presidential election, it was maybe plausible to attribute the apparent rise in reports of hate crimes to the mutually reinforcing character of some well-known cognitive biases: It’s like when someone mentions a new book or band to you, and suddenly you see references to it everywhere.

Another possibility is that it’s bored people, teens mostly, looking for an excuse to act out and scandalize the squares. Back in the day it was listening to punk rock or smoking hash. Today maybe it involves getting the PC police riled up and a picture of your handiwork spreading on social media. Hopefully, this was at the root of the rash of racialist incidents that swept Ottawa last week. A minor has been arrested and is believed responsible for all of them.

But with this week’s reports of white nationalists openly doing the Nazi salute and chanting “Heil Victory” within a stone’s throw of the White House, it’s getting hard to deny that something is up.

As Donald Trump prepares to take office, the buzzword of the moment is “normalization” — the tendency to retreat into a habit of mind that treats Trump as a legitimate candidate who won the election fair and square, and to accept his actions as within the bounds of what is acceptable. And the warnings against passive normalization are probably well-founded when it comes to things like Trump casually inviting his daughter along to a meeting with the prime minister of Japan, or taking time out from his transition process to meet with Indian business execs who are building a Trump tower in Mumbai.

But when it comes to the wave of racist incidents, what we should be concerned about is how the normalization of Trump’s behaviour feeds into a culture where the highly deviant becomes permitted.

We tend to think of most humans as intrinsically moral beings, whose behaviour is constantly guided from within a broader framework of right and wrong. But the truth is, people aren’t moral philosophers and they don’t habitually align themselves with the good. Instead, they take their cues for how to behave from family and friends, colleagues, and leaders. That’s why bad behaviour is so contagious: Once an act that was previously proscribed becomes widely permitted, even if it is not officially sanctioned, then there are people who are going to take advantage simply because no one tells them not to.

Some of these acts will turn out to be the work of lone-wolf type actors. Like their terrorist counterparts, these are people who are alienated and disenfranchised but have no well-thought-out ideological (or even necessarily racist) views. They are basically “self-radicalized,” acting more or less in isolation.

Then there is the possibility some of these acts are being performed by members of organized racist groups, who no longer feel the need to scurry about in the shadows and who now believe their actions won’t be subject to official condemnation or legal sanction.

'When the president is a nihilist anything goes — so we shouldn’t be surprised when anything happens.'




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20 minutes ago, Don Hudson said:

So, would the real Donald Trump stand up?


Don, I don't know how much of this is factual (it's not my research), but it makes for an interesting read. The most revealing comment for me is: "When you think he just said something stupid - he didn't.  It's just that you were not his target audience."




Thumbnail sketch of The Donald: What an  achiever!

*   Donald John Trump, was born June 14, 
*   He was 70 years old on election 
*   From the Internet, he is 6'2" or 
6'3' and weighs between 195 and 200 lbs.
*   He has a full head of blond/brown hair 
(which is long and elaborately combed) and blue eyes.
*  The Internet tells us he wears a size 12 
*  Donald Trump was born the fourth of 
five children who were born over eleven  years.
*  The oldest, Mary Ann, was born in 1937 and is 
currently a Federal Judge.
*  His older brother, 
Fred Jr, died in early adulthood as a result of complications from  
*  He has another older sister, 
Elizabeth and a younger brother, Robert.

Donald Trump has been married three times.

Trump's first wife, Ivana, was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia and a 
divorcee who has been married 4 times in her life. She is a lifelong 
avid skier and worked in design at the Trump Organization.
*  Marla Maples, Trump's second wife is an actress 
and model
*  Trump's third wife, Melania is an 
immigrant from Slovenia (born in Yugoslavia) and has been a super model.
*  Two of Trump's children, Donald Jr. And Ivanka, 
have gone to Penn.  Son Eric, went to Georgetown.
*  Donald Trump tells us that he is 
*  Donald  Trump does not 
appear to have had any interest in occults, mysticism or exotic 
*  Donald Trump's oldest daughter, 
Ivanka, and her three children are Jewish.

Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka, is married to Jared Kushner who is, 
among other things, a newspaper publisher. The Kushner family is very 
successful in New York City area real estate.

Donald's  grandmother, mother, first wife, and third wife are all 
*  Donald Trump was born and raised 
in Queens NY
*  Though his family was very 
wealthy, Trump's boyhood home in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens 
was not a grand mansion.  The Trump home was a larger version of 
the homes Fred Trump built for his tenants.

There are no indications that the Trump family lived among the wealthy 
elites on vacations or at country clubs.

Queens is the largest of New York's five boroughs and the most 
ethnically diverse.
*  Trump attended a local 
private day school, the Kew Forrest School, in Queens until about 8th 
*  His secondary schooling was at New 
York Military Academy which is about 60 miles north of NYC in Cornwall on 
the Hudson.  He was in class of 1964.

Trump was never a “Preppie."
*  Trump 
never embraced any aspect of the "Hippie" movement of the time.
*  Trump was a very good high school athlete - 
football, soccer, and especially baseball.  He had potential to 
become a professional baseball player.

Even in high school - Trump liked women and women liked him.
*  Trump was generally popular in high school.
*  Trump's boarding school room mate liked him.
*  He attended Fordham University in NYC for two 
years and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton 
School of Business.
*  At that time, the Wharton 
School offered a rare program for Real Estate Business.
*  Though he was of age, Donald Trump did not serve 
in Vietnam. He was not drafted due to bone spurs in his heels (4F) and 
also student deferments. Ultimately, in  the draft lottery, he 
drew a high number.
*  By all we know, Donald 
 Trump does not smoke, drink or use recreational drugs. He'll be the 
first President in more than 25 years who hasn't smoked weed.
*  BTW: Trump's children don't smoke or drink.
*  Trump makes it well known that he enjoys sexual 
interaction with women.
*  I am unaware that 
 Donald Trump is a recreational gambler.
*  His 
 doctor publicly announced Donald to be in excellent health.
  think that to really know Donald Trump, you must know his family 
background. The Trump family story is a very American story.
Trump family history - concise version.

*  Donald Trump's grandparents immigrated to the 
U.S. From Alsace (Kallstadt, Germany) which throughout history has been 
alternately French and German.  The Trumps are German, originally 
speaking, the same German dialect as the Amish of Lancaster County, PA.
*  His maternal grandparents lived in Scotland.
*  Freiderich (Drumph) Trump made a small but 
respectable fortune in the late 19th Century in the mining boom towns of the 
American Northwest.
*  He returned to Germany to 
marry his childhood neighbor, Elizabeth Christ.
The newly married Trumps resettled in the Borough of Queens NY.
*  Freidrich was establishing a Real Estate 
business in Queens when he died suddenly at age  49 (1918).
*  In 1920, at the age of 15, Fred Trump 
(Freiderich's son and Donald's father), started a  business 
partnership with his widowed mother called Elizabeth Trump & 
*  This business was built upon the real 
estate holdings that his father, Frederich, had amassed (worth about 
$500,000.00 in today's dollars).  This is the original "seed money" of 
the current Trump Organization.
*  Elizabeth & Fred remained close business partners her entire life (she died 
in  1966).
*  In 1936 Fred Trump (age 31) 
married Mary Ann MacLeod (age 24) of Sto
rnaway, Scotland.
*  During the depression, Fred Trump built and 
successfully operated a supermarket (a new concept at the time) which 
was sold to King Kullen Co. which operates to this day.
*  Fred Trump made a lot of money building housing 
for the military during WWII.
*  Fred Trump was 
investigated by the Justice Department for making "excessive profits" from 
government contracts.
*  All (or nearly all) of the building of Elizabeth Trump & Son's non-government building was 
residential property in Queens.
*  Fred Trump 
 died in 1999 (age 94) - beloved and worth between $250 million and $300 
million.  His wife died a year later.
"The Donald's" career:  
 Donald Trump is the greatest career achiever of the "baby boomer" 
* Donald Trump has reached the 
zenith in his careers as book author, TV  entertainer, sports 
entertainer, Real Estate developer, and currently as a 
*  Donald Trump has authored 
more than 18 books.  At least one of them, The Art of the Deal was a 
top seller.
*  Donald says that the Holy Bible 
is his favorite book.  The Art of the Deal is his 2nd favorite 
book.  And The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale 
is his third favorite book.
*  He likes golf.  Donald Trump has developed more than 11 golf courses which bear 
his name.
*  Donald Trump has twice been 
nominated for an Emmy Award
*  Donald Trump has 
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
*  Donald 
Trump has been inducted to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.
*  Donald Trump has appeared in more than a dozen 
movies such as Home Alone 2,  Zoolander, and Little Rascals
*  Donald Trump has been a guest actor in more than 
6 TV shows such as Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Days of Our Lives, Sex and 
the City, and others.
*  Trump has been the 
Executive Producer of 7 TV shows.
*  Trump has been the guest host of 5 TV shows such as Extra, Larry King Live, and 
Saturday Night Live and more.
*  Donald Trump 
 has been co-producer of the longest running reality TV show.
*  Donald Trump performed in several WWE wrestling 
*  Donald performed in Wrestlemania 23 
which set attendance records and revenue records up til that time.
*  In his first candidacy for public office, Donald 
Trump received the most popular votes for the President of the United 
States out of a field of experienced and successful politicians.  And 
in most cases, he achieved this with less money than any of his 

*  Keeping in mind that 90% of start-up 
businesses fail, Trump's record of enterprise is nothing short of 
amazing. Donald  Trump has enjoyed success in at least 11 very 
different enterprises:  Professional football, Ice Skating 
rinks, Fragrance, Ice, Steaks, Wines,  Model management, Airline, 
blenders, Men's wear, Bicycle races, world class beauty contests, and 
many others.  In some of these, such as model management, his firm has 
risen to the top of that particular industry.

There are 31 buildings that bear his name.

The largest private real estate development in New York is Trump 
Riverside.  Drive down the Henry Hudson Blvd. - you can't miss them.
*  There are at least 12 Trump Towers
*  There are at least 6 Trump Plazas.
*  There are at least 11 Trump Golf Course 
developments and much, much, more in real estate.

Trump  Entertainment, casinos and resorts was recently sold to 
Carl Ichan.
*  Donald Trump's personal managing 
of the Wollman Ice Skating Rink project in the early 1980's is the 
quintessential case study for MBA students in Wharton, Harvard, and 
other business schools.  His performance there was phenomenal.
*  Donald Trump's privately held businesses have 
employed more than 200,000  people.
 I the casino business in Atlantic City, Trump had to do business with known mobsters -  and he stayed "clean" and alive.
*  Aside from his  personal investments, Donald Trump has never been a Wall Street  "player”.
The Political Trump: 

about  1967 - 1987 - Democrat (he was a 
supporter of Ronald  Reagan)
1987 - 1999 - Republican
1999 - 2001 - Reform Party (he supported Ross Perot)
2001 - 2009 - Democrat
2009 - 2011 - Republican
2011 - 
2012 - Independent
2012 - Present - Republican Donald 
Trump was openly supportive of Mitt Romney's candidacy.
Donald Trump does not seem to hold political party 
organizations in high regard.  For  the most part, his political 
involvement has been for practical reasons.  Donald Trump does not 
appear to be held to political ideology.
Some of the take aways (from those who know him):
*  Trump has an 
 extraordinarily energetic central nervous system much like Teddy 
Roosevelt,  but more targeted to industry and enterprise.
*  Trump's presidency will be very energetic, 
transparent, and communicative.
*  Trump will be 
 a very hard working President.
*  His 
 interaction with his older brother (who everybody loved) tells me that he 
thinks that everybody is like him - or wants to be - or should be.
*  His relationship with his older brother was a 
 hard lesson in tolerance for him.
*  Trump is 
 the Babe Ruth of career achievements.
*  He is 
 dumb like a fox.  When you think he just said something stupid - he 
didn't.  It's just that you were not his target audience.
*  Trump knows the people - the folk.
*  His son, Donald Jr. is right.  Trump is a 
 "Blue Collar Billionaire".
*  More than anything, his TV show, The Apprentice, was his passion. He wants all 
Americans to have confidence (like he does) to venture.
*  Donald Trump is attracted to and marries smart, 
 high achieving women.
*  Donald Trump's children are very important to him.  And it shows.


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The mainstream media continues to publish articles alleging criminal acts are being committed against vulnerable people by Deplorables and describing them as 'hate crimes'; some have been proven to be outright lies.

Where's the balance in reporting? Why aren't mainstream media articles describing the violent acts being committed against whites by members of minority communities as 'hate crimes' too?




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This is how desperate CNN has become in their efforts to somehow denigrate the incoming President. Absolute pitiful piece of journalism....and the media wonders why they got a rough ride this week. Disgusting to the Nth degree.

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"Disgusting to the Nth degree."


I dunno but....


At the worst, it seems a 'fluff piece' on a slow news day.  Entertainment. Background.  Something of interest - to some perhaps.  Certainly nothing to get one's knickers in a knot over.


And after all, it's based on at least SOME research by a real historian, rather than a 'tossed-in-the-wind' comment casting doubt on a person's birthplace, true nationality, eligibility, etc.


From the bleachers...



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spelling...gotta watch them spelling poh-leece!

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"What I meant to say was, he's doing exactly what he said he'd do, I just don't think he comprehends the forces of division that he is unleashing."

Changing an ideology is certain to unleash all sorts of nasty forces; some unrest should be expected I think. The people that voted did so in favour of some pretty big alterations to the path the Country is on. Accordingly, even though there will be consequences, imho there should be no delay in introducing the promised modifications; without some pain, there will be no gain.


"Re my comment,

"People are much bolder now than they were prior to the election."

You ask, "in what ways?"

By reading, listening, observing the "timbre" of the reportage, which can always fool one, can't it!? ;)"

I do admit, the election of Trump has left me feeling somewhat more hopeful for Canada's future. 'Bolder' seems too harsh a descriptor to categorize the after election glow most of the Right is currently experiencing; 'freer' might be the more appropriate way to illustrate the mood.

I can appreciate your having the opposite sense, the one that sees an emboldened 'far Right' who's racist etc. agenda is going to gain traction, but that's not on at all Don. I think the vast majority of the Right only seek, amongst other things of course, to stop the growing scope & influence of political correctness, which is a trend against the Right of 'Free Speech', especially when it comes to statements made contrary to the agenda of the Left. For the first time in years and it'll only because of Trump's influence, will people be free again to discuss contentious issues without fear of government oversight and intrusion.

The U of Chicago is leading the way over there thank god! I mean, who could have imagined that a generation of university students would require safe zones to protect their politically correct and overly sensitive so-called adult little heads from any expression of thought, or ideology they might 'feel' is offensive and emotionally troubling?

The West is really in need of 'Change You Can Believe In'.



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Re, your statement, "I can appreciate your having the opposite sense, the one that sees an emboldened 'far Right' who's racist etc. agenda is going to gain traction, but that's not on at all Don."

An "emboldened far-Right" isn't a figment of my imagination. These guys ARE racists and bigots. You've got your needle stuck on political correctness, a matter upon which I have written and upon which we agree.

As long as there are known racists and ideologues near or actually in the White House, it is a racist, bigoted toxic administration, ...period.

He can disavow it all as much as needs to convince himself that he's adjusting, but it is the country he needs to convince, and as always it is one's actions that speak, not one's words.

The damage done by the campaign to belief and trust in who and what is going to occupy the White House isn't going to return any time soon for half the nation. He's pulled the football away from the kicker too many times to grant him his integrity any time soon.

Dumping Bannon, Flynn & Sessions would be a start stem the fear of millions, build a firewall against the inevitable corruption which emanates from holding two conflicting jobs, and just maybe we might have the start of something to believe in. If he's not an ideologue himself perhaps he'll take science seriously?

Right now, upon what basis would anyone believe anything he says? It is his actions which must speak for him and his administration.

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2 hours ago, Fido said:

It does not exist anymorecation secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed a billionaire Republican donor who labelled him "an interloper" to be his education secretary.

Mr Trump called Betsy DeVos - the second woman appointed so far to his cabinet - "a brilliant and passionate education advocate".

She shunned him during the election race, donating money to his rivals.

Mr Trump also named another former critic, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, as US ambassador to the UN.

Both appointments need to be confirmed by the US Senate.

The incoming president said of Mrs DeVos in a statement: "Under her leadership we will reform the US education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families."

The announcement comes four days after a meeting at Mr Trump's golf club in New Jersey between Mrs DeVos, the president-elect and Mike Pence, the vice president-elect.

Mrs DeVos, a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican party, said she was honoured to accept the appointment.

"Together, we can work to make transformational change to ensure every student has the opportunity to fulfil his or her highest potential," she tweeted.

However, in an interview last March she said of Mr Trump: "I don't think he represents the Republican party. I think he is an interloper."

She also contributed to the election campaigns of the Manhattan tycoon's presidential rivals, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

Mrs DeVos is an advocate of Republican-favoured charter schools, which are publicly funded and set up - outside the state school system - by teachers, parents, or community groups.

But she also previously supported the Common Core education standards that Mr Trump and many conservatives have pilloried.

Mr Trump has vowed to eliminate Common Core, a federal maths and reading syllabus set up in most states, calling the programme a "disaster".

During the primary campaign he even suggested abolishing the Department of Education altogether, saying that education "has to be local".

Opponents of Common Core assert that is a "top-down" takeover of state and local education systems by the federal government.

Mrs DeVos' husband, Dick DeVos, is one of the wealthiest people in the state of Michigan, and ran for state governor in 2006.

Forbes Magazine estimates his family fortune to be $5.1bn (£4.1bn) which Mr DeVos' father made after co-founding Amway, a direct-selling company.

Mrs DeVos' brother, Erik Prince, founded the private security firm Blackwater USA.

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The last two Cabinet appointments, both women and anti Trump crusaders, would seem to indicate that Trump is willing to put aside the past and give the people the best candidates for the jobs; now that's leadership..


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Dumping Bannon, Sessions, Flynn, or any of Trump's other Cabinet picks just isn't on Don. Team Trump won fair & square and Hilary's crew will have to learn to live with their fears going forward.

The conflict arguments are interesting, but will likely prove to be unfounded. It's my hope that Trump will find his way and go on to become the greatest President the US has known in modern times, which means his children's business interests will flourish; can you imagine how popular and in demand the Trump brand would be? And if that possibility eventually does become reality there will still be those that will cry foul even though the success of the Trump organization will be entirely legitimate and deserved.

Rather than concerning ourselves with Presidential profiteering at present, I'd prefer to see the people push Trump to pursue a legal ban on Congressional insider trading as one of the measures he employs to 'drain the swamp'.


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