I still cannot get over the fact that Donald Trump checked into a hospital for two hours on Saturday for a an unscheduled “phase one” of his physical exam — four months early — and the media is like, “Cool, OK!” even though physicals only take half an hour and are typically conducted in the White House. We’re just gonna let that go, huh? Somebody once put a hand on Hillary’s back to offer her support while she walked a huge flight of stairs — which, by the way, Trump is scared of — and it was a months-long news story.
The president’s unexpected visit to Walter Reed hospital was Saturday. He was not in public view today. Reporters are not expected to see him tomorrow either, per his public schedule: pic.twitter.com/QmBAtfbX9S— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) November 17, 2019
Trump did not appear in public yesterday, and he has no scheduled public appearances today, although, I hear he is going to make an unscheduled appearance at Trump Tower for a milkshake.
If Trump is experiencing anxiety or chest pains, I’m not sure what he has to be stressed out about. The public is clearly on his side:
NEW @ABC Ipsos poll:— Karen Travers (@karentravers) November 18, 2019
-70% of Americans think Pres Trump’s request to Ukrainian Pres to investigate political rival was wrong
-51% believe Trump’s actions were both wrong & he should be impeached and removed from office
-58% following hearings closelyhttps://t.co/1MZniZiC4f
Only 51 percent according to the poll above want to remove Trump from office, meaning a full 49 percent of Americans aren’t sure yet! I mean, at least he’s still got the red states under control.
In his Louisiana rally this week, Trump told the audience, "You've got to give me a big win, O.K.?" https://t.co/MdlHGS3y6q— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 17, 2019
This is big: the Democrat won in Louisiana governor race, after Trump went down there twice in the closing days, and a week after the Democrat won in Kentucky and came close in the Mississippi gov races. The Trump brand is a losing brand. This changes everything! #lagov— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) November 17, 2019
Well, OK. Fine, but at least he has enough political capital with his base that he wouldn’t balk at passing legislation he’s long-touted because polls say he might lose a few voters:
Basing policy moves off polling is fairly standard in politics, but feels notable amid an administration that has often committed to unpopular postions (health care, the wall, gov't shutdown). https://t.co/Zxoz8PBlXU— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) November 18, 2019
Whatever. He may be a little ill. He may have expended all of his political capital in Louisianna. He may not be popular with American voters. And he may be so weak as a President that he’s afraid to pass legislation with broad bipartisan support, but at least the impeachment hearings are going his way now.
What’s new: Per the WSJ, Sondland kept officials including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Energy Secretary Rick Perry informed via email of developments in the push to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into the Bidens.
What’s that? Sondland is going to testify this week?