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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Daily Combover - February 2, 2017

This morning we learned a little more about Trump's visit to Dover AFB. It turns out that the soldier who was killed died on a raid in Yemen in which 30 civilians were killed, and it remains vague if the US military even accomplished its mission.  But the oddest part of the story came at today's press conference when Press Secretary Dumb Spice announced that the Fontange Fuhrer was not even in the Situation Room during the raid.

Everyone remembers this photo:


And we also remember when Secretary Clinton warned us about Trump in the Situation Room:


But I really don't think any of us expected him to actually sit this one out. National defense was supposed to be his only foreign policy issue. And yet here we are. So where was Trump? It turns out the raid occurred outside of what he considered to be business hours, 

Here's where it gets interesting. Trump is generally active on Twitter throughout the day. But Saturday night while the raid was going down (around 8PM), he wasn't Tweeting. In fact, there's a 21-hour Twitter-gap which is absolutely unheard of for Trump. For reference, here are the Tweets before and after the raid:



Very strange indeed. So where was he? Checking the White House Blog we can see exactly what the Fontange Fuhrer was up to on the 28th:

  • In the morning he made his first weekly address
  • Next he spoke on the phone with German Chancellor Merkel followed by Russian Premier Putin
  • Then came his memorandum on dealing with ISIS (giving "the generals" 30-days to come up with a plan)
  • Then he spoke with French President Hollande
  • He signed an executive order gutting ethics standards
  • And finally he spoke with Australian Prime Minister Turnbull
All indications finger that phone call not going well -- with Trump hanging up on Turnbull 25-minutes into the call. Here is Trump's official statement:

For Immediate Release January 28, 2017
Readout of the President's Call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
President Donald J. Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke by phone for twenty-five minutes today. Both leaders emphasized the enduring strength and closeness of the U.S.-Australia relationship that is critical for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.
And yet I can't quite put my finger on it, but it doesn't seem like it went well. Try your finger at this:


After the Tweet bashing the New York Times, the next thing he did was have his office issue the following statement:
In a successful raid against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) headquarters, brave U.S. forces were instrumental in killing an estimated 14 AQAP members and capturing important intelligence that will assist the U.S. in preventing terrorism against its citizens and people around the world.
Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism. The sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and the families they leave behind, are the backbone of the liberty we hold so dear as Americans, united in our pursuit of a safer nation and a freer world. My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member. I also pray for a quick and complete recovery for the brave service members who sustained injuries.
So let me ask the question again: Why wasn't he in the Situation Room? Could that call with the Australian Prime Minister have really gone that badly that he just went to bed? How unstable is he really?

And maybe that's why he needed a big aggrandized event for the SCOTUS announcement. Especially after having faced his bathmophobia fears the other day...
Another reminder to call your Senators and urge them to DeNy DeVos!
Catch you on the flip side.