Morning Briefing: We Could All Die Today. Or Maybe Not. We'll See!
Lots going on this morning. Here’s a brief overview:
The Calm Before the Storm — During a gathering of military officials, Donald Trump suggested yesterday that we were in the “calm before the storm,” but refused to offer any explanation as to what that storm is. ISIS? North Korea? A slew of White House terminations? Trump’s weekly bowel movement?
WATCH: Trump's 'calm before the storm' comment pic.twitter.com/xMtLSHEh3S— Axios (@axios) October 6, 2017
Most likely it’s nothing, because this is simply what Trump does — as he has threatened North Korea with nuclear annihilation on many occasions, but doesn’t follow through on anything, just as he has on many, many occasions, said, “You’ll find out soon.” (We never find out.) So, you know: We’re probably not all going to die today! But we might! You you never know … !
Morongate Day 3 — Axios is reporting that Trump “fumed” for two hours after NBC reported that Rex Tillerson called him a moron. In fact, “Chief of Staff John Kelly skipped Trump’s Las Vegas trip to “contain his boss’s fury and manage the fallout.” He was reportedly even angrier when Tillerson didn’t deny it during the press conference.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo is reportedly being floated as a possible replacement for Tillerson, but General Kelly is urging stability and asking that Trump not fire anyone else at least until the end of the year.
John Kelly’s Phone — Speaking of John Kelly, his personal cell phone was compromised, possibly as early as December, all the way through the summer. Hackers and/or foreign governments may have had access to it while he was Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
The Apprentice Tapes — A producer on The Apprentice is reminding us once again that there are tapes that exists from The Apprentice where Trump said some “really unfathomably despicable words,” including the N-word, plus insults toward women and Jews. Many, expectedly, are angry that the tapes weren’t released before the election, but I think the thing that most of us know now is that it wouldn’t have mattered, either way.
Obamacare Destruction — Trump is, indeed, following through on his threats to destroy Obamacare. Republican officials in Iowa sought permission from the Trump administration to fix health insurance markets in their state, but the Trump Administration denied the request. It’s yet another instance of Trump playing politics with the lives of people.
Corrupt White House — It wasn’t just Tom Price chartering private jets. Kellyanne Conway flew on those jets with Price. $800,000 has been spent for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to fly on military jets; and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has repeatedly met with donors during government paid trips. “Donors paid up to $5,000 per couple for a photo with Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke at a fundraiser held during a taxpayer-funded trip to USVI.” The White House is completely submerged in the swamp.
The Steele Dossier — Over the summer, Bob Mueller and his people did meet with Christopher Steele, the British spy behind that dossier on Trump’s potential. That suggests, at least, that Mueller is taking those allegations seriously, as many of them have been corroborated.
The Unemployment Rate — For the first time in 7 years, the American economy lost jobs in September. Thirty-three thousand, in fact, though the hurricanes played a major factor in that.
A Positive Note — Best moment in TV history, or Bestest Moment?
an incredible moment in TV history pic.twitter.com/ztOYB1xnz2— R. L. Stine's JonD📙 (@jondauthor) October 6, 2017