Donald Trump held his first Cabinet meeting of the year today, and if you’re wondering what to expect from Trump in 2019, look no further than the poster on his desk.
Note the poster on the table in the Cabinet Room. pic.twitter.com/iHc9e5LIg1— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) January 2, 2019
Note: The wall didn’t work.
Meanwhile, during a Q and A with the press afterward, Trump talked out loud again. With his voice. He probably shouldn’t have.
Here are some of the choice quotes from that Q&A.
— “Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia. Because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. Russia.” Wow.
Trump: "Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. Russia."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 2, 2019
Trump then goes on to endorse the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Via Fox. pic.twitter.com/oE0fuDLXyz
— On Syria: “We’re talking about sand and death. That’s what we’re talking about.”
Trump starts talking about Syria and how we don't want it because the country is just "sand and death, sand and death." He then cites inaccurate partial statements about Obama's actions in Syria then he keeps repeating sand and death over and over. 😳 pic.twitter.com/fTIMKfHOOl— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 2, 2019
— “I was all alone in the White House on Christmas, except for all the guys on the lawn with machine guns.”
"On Christmas Eve I was all alone in the White House on Christmas, except for all the guys on the lawn with machine guns. Nicest machine guns I've ever seen." pic.twitter.com/yWa1F1L8Xq— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) January 2, 2019
— “I could be the most popular person in Europe. I could run for any office I wanted to, but I don’t.”
TRUMP on his low approval ratings in Europe: "I could be the most popular person in Europe. I could run for any office if I wanted to. I don't want to." pic.twitter.com/6qltEZeeuL— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 2, 2019
— “President Obama fired Mattis. And, essentially so did I.” I mean, if by making deranged, unhinged decisions that provoked Mattis to resign for moral reasons, I guess so?
Trump: Mattis thanked me profusely. But what's he done for me? So I fired him. pic.twitter.com/5uZc94vJ8U— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 2, 2019
— “I know more about drones than anybody.” Really? Could you come over and help my son with his toy drone, because neither one of us can operate it. I don’t even know where the f**king plug to charge it is supposed to go.
— “I think I would have been a good general, but who knows?” says the man with five draft deferments.
President Trump: "I think I would have been a good general, but who knows?" pic.twitter.com/FHEiDN8Eh5— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) January 2, 2019
— “They say the wall is immoral, you better do something about the Vatican, because the Vatican has the biggest wall of them all. The wall is immoral? Look at all of the countries that have walls. They work 100 percent.”
(As you may note, Kate Beckinsale has been replaced as the Trump header photo with Angela Bassett for 2019. Readers offered a ton of great choices, but ultimately, I settled with the celeb with the best, most expressive, and most available images from our photo service. As this header suggests, it’s already paying off.)
Header Image Source: Getty Images