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    Trump, his advisors, and his beloved press conferences

    This is a statement I made a few days ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Shanks View Post
    "There will be death," Trump said recently. Americans know what is happening. Did we really need to hear that from our President? He goes from fantasies about how all this will end soon to voicing comments from the grim reaper.

    It is past time to end the coronavirus press conferences. Devolving into campaign-like, self-congratulatory comments, and oft repeated statements from medical experts, it is time to end them. We all know what the federal government has to do. Get medical equipment out to where it is needed most while working on cures and vaccines. Trump's government should do that instead of talking about it.

    But that isn't Trump. Trump is a great believer in the idea that rhetoric solves all problems. He wants Americans to think the government is doing a "tremendous" job and everybody is "doing great" because he said so.
    Trump is totally incompetent. So, it stands to reason he would appoint incompetent advisors. He has fired many of them during his Presidency, and great many of them quit, unable to work for an inept President. Trump replaced them with equally incompetent people, or worse. He has many "acting" advisors because qualified people are not interested and the unqualified can't pass Senate muster even though the Senate is controlled by Trump's party.

    One example is Trump's acting navy secretary, Thomas B. Modly, who relieved the commander of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, Brett E. Crozier, for writing to his superiors, acquainting them with the conditions aboard the Roosevelt. At most, Crozier deserved a slap on the wrist for using unsecure channels. But Modly fired him, turning a routine reprimand into major scandal for Trump. Modly then made matters worse by telling the crew of the Roosevelt that their captain was "too naive, or too stupid, to be the commanding officer of a ship like this."

    Honestly, one has to work at being that stupid. One wonders how long it will be before Trump fires Modly. That is another reason Trump likes "acting" before the title. He can get rid of them easily.

    Most Americans are very tired of the melodrama we keep hearing from Trump and Trump's Covid-19 team of "experts." Some "experts," Trump does most of the talking, but one of his "experts" managed to get in a word, even if it was ludicrous hyperbole. The US surgeon general, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, spoke to Fox News on Sunday. He described the upcoming grim period of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as a "Pearl Harbor moment" and a "9/11 moment." That is pure Hollywood, and Americans are sick of it. It was a mindless comment.

    Peter Navarro is Trump's trade and manufacturing aide. He is an economic advisor, not a medical expert. So, it stands to reason Trump's appointee on the economy would publicly push back against National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci's assertion that it's unclear whether an anti-malaria drug can be used to combat the coronavirus.

    Naturally, Trump thinks the medical advice from his economic advisor is more accurate than the medical advice from his medical experts, and he supports that conclusion with a lie. Trump told Americans on Sunday that he strongly backs hydroxychloroquine to treat patients with COVID-19, despite scant scientific evidence that it’s an effective treatment. “What do I know? I’m not a doctor,” Trump said. “But I have common sense. The FDA feels good about it, as you know, they approved it.”

    The FDA has not approved hydroxychloroquine, a popular malaria and lupus treatment, to treat COVID-19. Medical experts warn that reports of the drug’s benefits for COVID-19 patients are anecdotal and small-scale, and there is little scientific evidence yet that it works against the coronavirus.

    But Trump prefers to listen to his economic advisor. "What do you have to lose?"

    Your life. Oops, I guess Trump didn't know that. This is the guy running the Covid-19 press conferences? Good Lord!
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    Re: Trump, his advisors, and his beloved press conferences

    The Crozier/Modly thing could get interesting as Trump said today he was going to "get involved" on the firing.

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    Re: Trump, his advisors, and his beloved press conferences

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyFox76 View Post
    The Crozier/Modly thing could get interesting as Trump said today he was going to "get involved" on the firing.
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Modly that he must apologize for his remarks slamming the former commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

    "Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive nor stupid. I think, and always believed him to be the opposite," Modly said in his statement.

    One can't un-ring a bell, and that is so Trumpian. Say something incredibly stupid, then say the direct opposite the next day or the next paragraph or the next sentence. Now Trump is going to get involved, or so he said. That is subject to change.

    Trump will get involved by firing Modly's a$$ when the heat dies down. After all, that is why he appoints acting advisors.

    I guess Trump's supporters have decided my reporting is accurate. Not a peep from them. Of course, they are too busy avoiding what Trump does and says. They prefer talking about Democrats, lefties, I.D.'s, and Joe Biden.
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    Re: Trump, his advisors, and his beloved press conferences

    This thread, bitching, moaning, whining about President Trump press conferences, is now apparently bitching, moaning, whining about President Trump having TOO MANY press conferences.

    If you insist on bitching, moaning and whining at least try to remain consistent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayton3 View Post
    This thread, bitching, moaning, whining about President Trump press conferences, is now apparently bitching, moaning, whining about President Trump having TOO MANY press conferences.

    If you insist on bitching, moaning and whining at least try to remain consistent.
    If Trump were able to (I know, asking way too much) remain focused on only the current crisis instead repeatedly wandering off script, lying and crying about all of his perceived enemies in the media, the conferences would be much shorter and much, much more useful.

    Personally, I’d be happy if the networks cut him off as soon as he begins an off topic rant. The media used to cover his rallies as “news events” until it became clear that they were nothing more than lying propagandist lovefests. His Coronavirus conferences should be treated the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Shanks View Post
    Honestly, one has to work at being that stupid. One wonders how long it will be before Trump fires Modly. That is another reason Trump likes "acting" before the title. He can get rid of them easily.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Shanks View Post
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Modly that he must apologize for his remarks slamming the former commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

    "Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive nor stupid. I think, and always believed him to be the opposite," Modly said in his statement.

    One can't un-ring a bell, and that is so Trumpian. Say something incredibly stupid, then say the direct opposite the next day or the next paragraph or the next sentence. Now Trump is going to get involved, or so he said. That is subject to change.

    Trump will get involved by firing Modly's a$$ when the heat dies down. After all, that is why he appoints acting advisors.
    Turns out I was wrong. Modly outsmarted me. He quit before he got fired.

    The idiot resigned on Tuesday following an uproar over a profanity-laced address to the crew of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced.

    Politico reports, "He resigned on his own accord, putting the Navy and Sailors above self so that the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and the Navy as an institution, can move forward," Esper said in a statement.

    I think I am going to puke. What a bunch of B.S.

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    Re: Trump, his advisors, and his beloved press conferences

    Quote Originally Posted by Dayton3 View Post
    This thread, bitching, moaning, whining about President Trump press conferences, is now apparently bitching, moaning, whining about President Trump having TOO MANY press conferences.

    If you insist on bitching, moaning and whining at least try to remain consistent.
    Did you reply to the wrong thread? I have had no complaints about Trump's press conferences on this thread. In fact, I have enjoyed them. I love it when Trump makes a complete fool of himself.

    Which, of course, he did, and you didn't challenge a single thing I said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaleBulgarian View Post
    If Trump were able to (I know, asking way too much) remain focused on only the current crisis instead repeatedly wandering off script, lying and crying about all of his perceived enemies in the media, the conferences would be much shorter and much, much more useful.

    Personally, I’d be happy if the networks cut him off as soon as he begins an off topic rant. The media used to cover his rallies as “news events” until it became clear that they were nothing more than lying propagandist lovefests. His Coronavirus conferences should be treated the same way.
    Trump talks too much, and by conducting these press conference, ostensibly on the Covid-19 pandemic, he opens himself up to unrelenting questions about past decisions and statements. The latest controversy is the moronic statement by his acting navy secretary. It was so bad, the guy resigned before he got fired. In four days Trump has fired Intelligence Community inspector general Michael Atkinson, Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general at the Department of Defense, who was going to lead the newly formed Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, a press secretary who never held a press conference.

    All of this and more requires an explanation. The possibility exists that CNN and other networks show Trump's press conferences which have long outlived their usefulness to show how incompetent Trump is. It is so easy for reporters to get Trump riled up and off on tangent that has nothing to do with the pandemic.

    The death toll is now over 12,700, and we just had our worst day, 1,877. Prompted by a question from a reporter, Trump got himself all worked up over the Wisconsin primary, mail-in ballots, voter I.D., and election fraud.

    My apologies to them, the networks are doing a fine job. In November, Biden will be a shoe-in.

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    Re: Trump, his advisors, and his beloved press conferences

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy Shanks View Post
    Trump talks too much, and by conducting these press conference, ostensibly on the Covid-19 pandemic, he opens himself up to unrelenting questions about past decisions and statements. The latest controversy is the moronic statement by his acting navy secretary. It was so bad, the guy resigned before he got fired. In four days Trump has fired Intelligence Community inspector general Michael Atkinson, Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general at the Department of Defense, who was going to lead the newly formed Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, a press secretary who never held a press conference.

    All of this and more requires an explanation. The possibility exists that CNN and other networks show Trump's press conferences which have long outlived their usefulness to show how incompetent Trump is. It is so easy for reporters to get Trump riled up and off on tangent that has nothing to do with the pandemic.

    The death toll is now over 12,700, and we just had our worst day, 1,877. Prompted by a question from a reporter, Trump got himself all worked up over the Wisconsin primary, mail-in ballots, voter I.D., and election fraud.

    My apologies to them, the networks are doing a fine job. In November, Biden will be a shoe-in.
    I get everything you’re saying, and I’m with you except, I believe at this point everyone has already made up their minds about Trump, so continuing to give him free network time to air his grievances about the terrible treatment he receives from Democrats and the evil MSM only serves to continue pumping up his idiot base.

    While most Americans change the channel to get away from Trump’s idiotic lies and complaints, his base eats his **** up by the bucket. They think he’s kicking ass and taking names (not that he could do the first or is literate enough to do the second). Don’t give him or them anything.
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    You get kicked out of PoliticalForum.com Sandy Shanks?

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