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Trump Insists He’s ‘Working Hard’ on Vacation After Tweet Tirade About ’24/7 Fake News’


President Trump, who is currently on a 17 day vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, spent yeseterday posting a tirade against his usual target, the “fake news”, and criticizing the “failing” New York Times in particular. One wonders whether CNN is relieved that the New York Times obtained the details and email chain of Donald Trump Jr’s June 2016 meeting which now requires no further description.

But Donald Trump can “work” from anywhere, as can most folks whose professional positions revolve around twitter.

The New York Times is doing far better than it has in recent years. But there are deeper character connotations since this president never apologizes for being wrong, and mocks media organizations with the professional ethos to retract and apologize when they get something wrong. See also: CNN

Even folks who don’t follow American politics ought to be a mildly concerned that he never stopped campaigning. There are types of rulers who do this but until now American presidents have not. Rasmussen is one of Trump’s favorites because they typically provide better news. He is now back above 40% with Rasmussen which, I suppose, might be reason for him to celebrate.  But per the tracking poll released today, “The latest figures include 27% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 47% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20.” Strong approval would put one in the “base” category and we should expect a bump as Donald Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea grows more bombastic. His base would absolutely include a strong warhawk contingent, which is probably how we ended up with that bit of $93 million war theater in Syria this spring. His polls were slipping then as well.

Conversely, a lot of otherwise moderates/undecideds who aren’t counted in that “strongly” column cannot be counted on to be enthused or aroused about playing nuclear war games with North Korea.

John Kelly, where are you? If this is a working vacation in which the president engages in war foreplay — you should be on-duty.

 


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