President Donald Trump has sent more than two dozen tweets about Hurricane Harvey before flying to Texas to view the damage himself. Up to 30,000 people lost their homes in Houston alone. Altogether 450,000 people are victims of the tropical storm turned hurricane.
For those who care, Melania had a change of shoes on Air Force One. By the time they landed in Corpus Christi, where Harvey made landfall, she’d changed into white sneakers. She has also succumbed to the branded hat. For the first time. Although, unlike her shoes, that did not break Twitter.
Republicans are cognisant of President George W. Bush’s widely criticised handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and some have urged Trump to take a more proactive approach. Trump promised swift emergency funding to help Texas recover from the hurricane, though Republican congressional leaders haven’t yet sent clear signals on how they will proceed. The full scope of damage isn’t yet known with rain expected to last several more days.
My thoughts are going to all the people who lost everything and are full of uncertainty about their future. Is Trump capable of achieving more than sending tweets?
As the internet has pointed out several times throughout President Trump’s first months in office: there is always a tweet for that.
As Trump heads to Texas to survey the flooding and damage brought by Hurricane Harvey, a number of Twitter users have pointed out that the president is about to do exactly what he criticised former President Barack Obama for doing when Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in 2012.
The irony of Trump doing exactly what he criticised Obama for doing was not lost on people. In fact, there is an entire Reddit community dedicated to finding old tweets of Trump’s that criticise things he’s doing as president.
Americans do not hold President Trump in high regard, with most suggesting he is dishonest, unstable, prejudiced and selfish, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. The criticisms of the country’s 45th president do not end there, with a strong majority (58%) of Americans similarly indicating that they largely disagree with both Trump’s policies and his conduct since entering the White House. While 25% of respondents have mixed feelings, only 16% said they liked how the president conducted himself.
Split that up by political affiliation, and the results show that Democrats and those who lean Democratic are much more likely to disapprove of Trump’s conduct (89%), while Republicans and people who lean Republican are more likely to have mixed feelings about it (46%).
The poll surveyed 1,893 Americans from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21.
Trump, however, sees things differently.
ISIS? What Bills? Who’s ‘fake news’ now?
The holiday season is over and now is the time for highly anticipated political reads, hot off the press. Last week, we talked about the upcoming release of Hillary Clinton’s memoir with an existential title What Happened.
Another soon to be released must read comes from Alec Baldwin:
In this parody, Baldwin brings his famously satirical Saturday Night Live impersonation of the commander in chief to book form. Published by Penguin Press, the book is on sale in the US on 7 November.
This year, I have lost quite a few friends to parenthood, so the next choice is very reflective of that.
The book contains “helpful tips like what to do if you met Trump in the woods – never acknowledge his bragging, never respond to his taunts. Most importantly, without an audience a Trump shrivels into an orange pile of nothing…” (quote from a person who made me aware of this book).
Trump also shared his book recommendation a few days ago.
That’s it for today. If North Korea and Trump do not blow up the world overnight, please check for new posts tomorrow.
U.K. foreign secretary Boris Johnson finally caught up on the trans-Atlantic news, specifically, Donald Trump’s response to the Charlottesville, Virginia, riots. Johnson told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme: “I thought he [Donald Trump] got it totally wrong and I thought it was a great shame that he failed to make a clear and fast distinction, which we all are able to make, between fascists and anti-fascists, between Nazis and anti-Nazis.” The state visit was more likely to happen next year than this, he added.
In case you missed it, earlier this year, Johnson praised praises Trump’s tweets for ‘engaging people.’ In a July interview with Today programme, the foreign secretary intimated he was envious of the freedom with which Trump expressed his views on Twitter, despite the intense criticism the president has faced over his use of the network.
“Donald Trump’s approach to politics has been something that has gripped the imagination of people around the world. He has engaged people in politics in a way that we haven’t seen for a long time, with his tweets and all the rest of it. I certainly wouldn’t be allowed to tweet in the way that he does, much as I might like to. I’m seeing my Foreign Office minders looking extremely apprehensive here,” Johnson said. Well, Boris, Trump should not be allowed either, because his “foot in mouth” disease is how “the rest of it” became normal. Trump is doing ten things a day that, in normal times, even just one would be a proper scandal.
“What do we want?”
Alec Baldwin reprised his President Trump portrayal on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Summer Edition.”
Baldwin mocked Trump’s raucous rally earlier this week and jabbed Trump for attacking the media over coverage of his response to the violence in Charlottesville that was roundly criticized.
“As we all know, there was a tragic victim that came out of Charlottesville – me,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “Folks, the media has treated me so unfairly by reporting my entire remarks, even the bad ones.”
Baldwin’s Trump addressed holding a campaign rally three years before the next presidential election, saying “it’s never too early to campaign for 2020. Mike Pence is already doing it.”
His Trump character also played up his primetime speech to the nation on Afghanistan earlier this week, saying he had “solved” the problem with a U.S. strategy in the country. “I sat down with our military, we looked at the map and I asked the hard questions, like which one is Afghanistan?” Baldwin’s Trump said.
Baldwin has played Trump on “Saturday Night Live” for the last year and re-appeared on the special summer episode of the show after confirming in June that he would return to the show this fall to portray the president. Thanks, Alec, it would have been a shame not to!