The Last Trump (early edition): More from the man chosen by 80% of white “evangelicals”

The Republican’s Guide to Presidential Behavior

(Could also be called the white evangelical’s guide to Presidential behaviour – onesimus)

It wasn’t so long ago that Republicans in Congress cared about how a president comported himself in office. They cared a lot! The president is, after all, commander in chief of the armed forces, steward of the most powerful nation on earth, role model for America’s children — and he should act at all times with the dignity his station demands. It’s not O.K. to behave in a manner that demeans the office and embarrasses the country.



Donald Trump ‘shared highly classified information with Russian officials’

Donald Trump allegedly revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minster Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval Office meeting last week.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump shared details of intelligence gathered of an Isis threat that had been closely guarded within the United States government and among close US allies.


The report of Trump’s indiscretion drew immediate criticism across party lines. David Kochel, Jeb Bush’s top strategist in the 2016 presidential campaign, tweeted: “John McCain probably revealed less to the KGB in 5+ years of torture at the Hanoi Hilton than Trump did in 5 minutes in the Oval.”


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    WaPo: Trump shares highly classified info with Russian officials —
    Greg Jaffe, one of the Washington Post reporters who broke the news of Donald Trump sharing highly classified information with Russian officials while they visited the Oval Office, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the story came together.
    Duration: 20:22 [This begins with other information before Jaffe comes on.]
    Trump betrays crucial intelligences sharing relationship —
    Ned Price, former spokesman and senior analyst for the CIA, talks with Rachel Maddow about the vital intelligence sharing relationship that Donald Trump has potentially put in jeopardy with his reported revelation of highly classified information.
    Duration: 3:58



    I can’t explain the words in the link just above, but that goes to this article:
    Before Trump’s Visit to Israel, Small Issues Prove Thorniest
    By MARK LANDLERMAY 15, 2017

    WASHINGTON — The White House ran into static with the Israelis on Monday on a series of small, but sensitive, diplomatic issues, ranging from the legal status of the Western Wall to President Trump’s repeated promise to move the American Embassy.

    The fuss came a week before Mr. Trump was scheduled to visit Israel.

    During a meeting between American and Israeli officials to discuss the visit, an American official reportedly told his Israeli counterparts that the Western Wall, one of the holiest prayer sites for Jews, was in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and not under the jurisdiction of the Israelis.

    The exchange, which was reported by Channel 2 TV in Israel, came after the Israelis asked whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could accompany Mr. Trump on a visit to the wall. The American official told the Israelis that because the site was not part of Israel, the Israeli prime minister was not welcome to join the president on what was a private visit.

    “If true, the comments were not authorized by the White House,” said Michael Short, a spokesman for the White House. “They do not reflect the U.S. position, and certainly not the president’s position.”

    Mr. Short did not say whether Mr. Trump would invite Mr. Netanyahu to join him at the Western Wall. The two leaders are scheduled to meet while the president is in Jerusalem.

    Israel claims Jerusalem as its undivided capital. Israeli troops seized the area around the Western Wall, a sacred site for Jews, in 1967 during the Six-Day War, and it has become a highly visible symbol of the disputed nature of Jerusalem, which Palestinians also claim as their capital. The wall lies underneath the Al Aqsa Mosque, or Temple Mount, which is one of the holiest sites in Islam.

    In a related matter, the political sensitivity of Jerusalem flared up after Mr. Netanyahu denied a report that he had privately urged Mr. Trump last February not to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. A Fox News correspondent, Conor Powell, wrote on Twitter, “Everyone I’ve spoken to in D.C. that has been briefed on #Jerusalem embassy move says #Netanyahu told #Trump not to move embassy at this time.”

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    Mr. Netanyahu’s office denounced the report as a “lie” and went so far as to release what it said were written reports, by an Israeli adviser, of the conversation between the prime minister and the president, when Mr. Netanyahu visited Washington in February. The Israelis said the prime minister told Mr. Trump that he favored moving the embassy.

    “The embassy — the P.M. supports moving it,” wrote Yaakov Nagel, who was then the Israeli national security adviser, according to the excerpts released by Mr. Netanyahu’s office.

    During the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump promised repeatedly to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. But since he has taken office, he has put the decision on a back burner, in part, officials said, because several Arab leaders, including King Abdullah II of Jordan, have warned the White House that it could cause an eruption of violence in the region.

    Officials in Washington and Jerusalem have also suggested that moving the embassy was not a high priority for Mr. Netanyahu, especially compared with issues like the threat from Iran or the Islamic State. But the prime minister, analysts said, is in a coalition government with right-wing partners whom he cannot afford to antagonize on the status of Jerusalem, an issue that has long been a lightning rod in Israeli politics.

    White House officials insist the move may still happen; Mr. Trump must decide by June whether to renew the waiver of the congressional vote instructing that the embassy be moved. But on Sunday, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson sowed new doubts about it.

    “The president has recently expressed his view that he wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we cannot advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine,” Mr. Tillerson said on the NBC program “Meet the Press.” “And so I think in large measure the president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process.”

    Even Mr. Tillerson’s reference to Israel and Palestine — rather than the customary Israel and the Palestinians — caused heartburn in Israel, where some interpreted it as evidence that a senior American official recognized the sovereignty of a Palestinian state, which has not yet been negotiated with the Israelis.

    The White House insisted Mr. Tillerson was not sending any message. His use of the term Palestine, a senior official said, was “unintentional and unfortunate.”

  3. Oh, I forgot The New York Times converts and displays photographically — not as a named line as most of the links from other places. (So where I said “I can’t explain the words in the link…” there is nothing for readers to see to know what I was talking about.)

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