GOP senators raise alarms, criticize Trump as U.S.-China trade war heats up

We need more Republicans speaking out against what Trump is doing to his their own constituents. They haven’t spoken out more forcefully in the past because they are afraid of his voters. What these cowards don’t realize is that the occupant in the White House is destroying the GOP. His ‘policies’ will lead to a recession which will cost Republicans control of the Senate and lose them the presidential race in 2020:

Senate Republicans expressed growing concern Tuesday that President Trump’s escalating trade war with China is hurting their constituents in rural America, ratcheting up tension between the White House and Congress on a signature issue.

Some Republican lawmakers, increasingly frustrated with Trump, took the unusual step of openly criticizing a president from their own party.

“I’m not sure if you talk to him face to face, he hears everything you say,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who has emerged as one of Trump’s chief critics on trade and who said he planned to write to the president to explain farmers’ concerns.

Is a Desperate Trump trying to start a war with Iran to Divert Attention?

A desperate Trump will do anything to save his skin. Including diverting attention by starting another major war in the middle east, either by design or miscalculation. Unfortunately, the press never seems to understand that Trump is a master at wagging-the-dog. Whenever the press coverage turns to his crimes the liar-in-chief does something outrageous to change the subject. For years now he’s been race-baiting  as favorite tactic, especially as it relates to the border. He also does it to motivate his ‘base.’ That isn’t working so much anymore. He needs a new distraction. Why not a war with Iran? We can’t put it past Trump. Anybody for a new ‘Gulf of Tonkin’?

President Trump denied a report from the New York Times that his top national security aides discussed a plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East in case of a fallout with Iran, adding that if they were planning to, “we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”

…Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been warning of an unspecified “escalating threat” from Iran in recent weeks, after receiving intelligence from Israel about a possible Iranian plot to attack U.S. interests in the region. Trump told reporters Monday that he’d been “hearing little stories about Iran,” adding: “If they do anything, they will suffer greatly.”

Washington Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

Now we need to get other states to go along. Such a law would encourage other Republicans to challenge Trump during the primaries:

Washington’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would drop President Trump from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot until he releases his tax returns.

The bill, which advanced Tuesday to the state’s House of Representatives, according to CBS News, would require any candidate on the ballot for president in the state to release five years of tax returns before appearing in a general or primary election.

Trump makes it clear that U.S. forces overseas aren’t defending freedom—they’re mercenaries

Trump has consistently tried to sabotage the NATO alliance. Which is further proof that he is a Russian agent:

Donald Trump isn’t done destroying American military alliances. After battering NATO, demeaning the support of allies in Afghanistan and Iraq, abandoning allied forces in Syria, and generally treating every other nation with ill-disguised contempt, Trump is ready to make it clear that he doesn’t think American forces are defending freedom. He thinks they are mercenaries.

Bloomberg reports that Trump is “drawing up demands” for the nations that currently host America’s overseas forces to pay up. Not pay up as in paying a share of the cost, because they do that already. Pay up as in paying all the cost, and then some. Trump intends to demand that U.S. allies cover the full cost of all U.S. military deployed to their countries, plus “50 percent or more for the privilege of hosting them.” That’s a “privilege” that few countries would be willing to pay for, and a recipe for ending a policy that has been the backbone of America’s military strategy for over 60 years.

Trump Back In Florida, Again Putting Republican Donor Money In His Own Pocket

Everything about Trump is a scam:

President Donald Trump has traveled to his for-profit resort in Palm Beach, Florida, this weekend, where he will participate in Republican fundraisers that will put hundreds of thousands of dollars into his own cash registers.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago will host a dinner for six-figure donors to the Republican National Committee on Friday evening and a “low dollar” lunch on Sunday, tickets for which cost $2,800, the maximum contribution allowable to a federal candidate for the 2020 election.

“It’s the perfect storm of corruption,” said Robert Weissman, the president of the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen. “This big money fundraiser by the RNC is being held to pursue a corrupt corporate agenda at a property owned by the president of the United States, who is using the highest office in the land to enrich himself.”

Trump administration reportedly tracked and targeted journalists and activists involved with migrant caravan.

This is dictatorship. And will only get worse unless we remove Trump from office. Time is running out:

Days before the Nov. 2018 midterm elections, President Trump cooked up pre-election hysteria over the so-called “caravan” of migrants a thousand miles away in southern Mexico, who were slowly making their way on foot towards the U.S. border. The president’s anti-immigrant chauvinism couldn’t stop his party from losing the House in a blue wave of Democratic victories, and afterward Trump largely dropped the issue until it became politically useful again months later during the government shutdown. The American government, however, sharpened its focus after the furor died down, according to a chilling report from NBC 7, NBC News’ local affiliate in San Diego. Documents leaked to NBC 7 show that the Trump administration went about gathering names of journalists, activists, and attorneys who had covered or worked with the fleeing migrants, and created a database that included dossiers on 57 people, including 10 journalists.

As Trump and Kim Met, North Korean Hackers Hit Over 100 Targets in U.S. and Ally Nations 

Apparently it doesn’t concern Trump that he’s being played for a fool by Kim Jong Un:

North Korean hackers who have targeted American and European businesses for 18 months kept up their attacks last week even as President Trump was meeting with North Korea’s leader in Hanoi.

The attacks, which include efforts to hack into banks, utilities and oil and gas companies, began in 2017, according to researchers at the cybersecurity company McAfee, a time when tensions between North Korea and the United States were flaring. But even though both sides have toned down their fiery threats and begun nuclear disarmament talks, the attacks persist.

Meanwhile the liar-in-chief has ended military exercises with South Korea to appease the North Koreans. Just call him Neville:

President Trump on Sunday defended the decision to cancel large-scale military exercises between U.S. and South Korean forces following his failed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“The reason I do not want military drills with South Korea is to save hundreds of millions of dollars for the U.S. for which we are not reimbursed,” Trump tweeted. “That was my position long before I became President. Also, reducing tensions with North Korea at this time is a good thing!”

Ex-Trump Org VP drops bombshell: CFO Weisselberg knows about at least 5 more Trump hush money payoffs

There is no end to the depravity and crimes of this pig:

Former Trump Organization executive vice president Barbara Res predicted on Friday that Allen Weisselberg, the company’s longtime chief financial officer, knows of at least five additional hush money conspiracies.

Res appeared on MSNBC’s “All In” with Ari Melber to discuss what Weisselberg will likely reveal when called to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Someone Apparently Submitted A Forged Nomination Of Donald Trump For The Nobel Peace Prize – Twice

I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump himself was behind this forgery:

Someone in the United States really wanted to Donald Trump to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and reportedly submitted a forged nomination for him to receive the prize – two forged nominations, in fact.

As The New York Times reported, police in Oslo, Norway, have launched an investigation after receiving a pair of nominations from someone in the United States for Trump to win the esteemed honor. The nomination committee announced the apparent forgery this week, which has now attracted the attention of both the Oslo police and the FBI.

We already know that Trump asked the Japanese government to promote his claim on the peace prize:

Just as President Donald Trump claimed last week, Japan’s prime minister has, indeed, nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize — at the request of the White House — one of Japan’s largest newspapers reported Sunday.

Trump boasted at a news conference on Friday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had given him a copy of a five-page letter he’d sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which selects the annual Peace Prize laureates.

Referring to Abe, Trump said: “He said: ‘I have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.’ I said, ‘Thank you.'”

The national newspaper Asahi Shimbun, citing multiple Japanese government sources, reported Sunday that the U.S. government “informally” asked Japan to nominate Trump after he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last year.