The longest government shutdown in American history drags on, with no indication that President Trump will reopen it any time soon and end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of unpaid federal workers.
His petty stunt yesterday, wherein he canceled an important Congressional delegation led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the last minute in retaliation for her perfectly reasonable postponement of his State of the Union Address over security concerns was a clear sign that he intends to dig his heels in deeper over the shutdown.
Today, Trump woke up to a bad morning after Buzzfeed News published one of its most damning reports of his presidency, in which it’s alleged that Trump suborned his former attorney and current enemy Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. If true, it would be an impeachable offense.
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Rather than address the accusation head-on with all the attention it needs, Trump unleashed a wave of unrelated tweets, including a particularly strange one aimed at keeping his feud with Pelosi in the limelight.
He tweeted that he didn’t know why she would want to leave the country while 800,000 “great people” aren’t getting paid due to the shutdown (which he’s responsible for).
The reason Pelosi wanted to leave the country was to meet with NATO and U.S. military commanders overseas to affirm alliances that Trump himself has thrown into chaos and doubt. So, it wasn’t enough for Trump to damage our diplomatic and military relationships, but by canceling the Speaker’s trip he also prevented any damage control from being done.
The tweet then took a weird turn with Trump asking “somebody” to tell Pelosi and her “big donors in wine country” that the people “working on farms (grapes) will have easy access in!”
It’s unclear what he’s talking about, and it almost sounds like the confused ramblings of a senile man. Why did he put grapes in parenthesis? What will the grape farmers have “easy access” to? What is he talking about?
It’s indeed a sad state of affairs when the President of the United States can tweet out something that barely registers above gibberish and somehow it’s not even surprising. This man is deteriorating rapidly and is clearly unfit for office.
Why would Nancy Pelosi leave the Country with other Democrats on a seven day excursion when 800,000 great people are not getting paid. Also, could somebody please explain to Nancy & her “big donors” in wine country that people working on farms (grapes) will have easy access in!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019