Melania Versus The President: Remote Wars

I guess few marriages exist for any length of time without some disagreements. And it appears the current President and First Lady are in this situation, which often leads to some chilly interactions between the two.

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But forget Stormy Daniels and any of the President’s other alleged indiscretions.

It seems to me that Melania and the Prez are quite possibly mostly at odds about who controls the TV remote on Air Force One and possibly other locations in and out of the West Wing.

Here’s from The New York Times:

On the first couple’s recent trip overseas, Melania Trump’s television aboard Air Force One was tuned to CNN. President Trump was not pleased.

He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox — his preferred network over what he considers the “fake news” CNN — and caused “a bit of a stir” aboard Air Force One, according to an email obtained by The New York Times. The email, an internal exchange between officials in the White House Military Office and the White House Communications Agency last Thursday, also called for the ordering of two additional televisions to support Beam, a TiVo-like streaming device, to make sure the president and first lady could both watch TV in their separate hotel rooms when they travel.

Watching TV in their separate hotel rooms when they travel. Wait, is this on the taxpayer’s dime? I digress.

Anyway, is there a husband anywhere who can’t have a little sympathy for the President’s inability to control the TV remote? Yes, let he who has never had the channel switched from a football game to a rerun of General Hospital throw the first stone.

And apparently, Melania is keeping the remote on a short leash.

Again from The New York Times:

On Wednesday, Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman issued a statement to CNN saying that the first lady watches “any channel she wants.”

Oh, boy. Stay tuned.

 

Making Sense Of The Surrender Summit

Well, this appears to have been “walk-back” week Inside the Beltway. President Trump says one thing one day about Russian Prez Putin and the lamentable Helsinki Summit only to change direction the next.

Did Trump sell out America and our intelligence community during what has been dubbed the Surrender Summit? Or did he display great leadership by going face-to-face with Putin in a private meeting?

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Since  I doubt that Trump has any plan other than to save his own ass, I’ll go with John McCain on this one.

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Of course, “disgraceful” and “embarrassment” were hardly the harshest descriptors used by the talking heads on MSNBC who were frothing at the mouth 24/7. And even the administration cheerleaders at Fox News appeared to have some difficulty digesting what had actually happened.

So no. I can’t make sense of what happened in Helsinki. And it doesn’t look like anyone else can either. Note to self: I wonder if Mueller works weekends? I digress.

Anyway, I’m convinced that Russia meddled in our 2016 elections and I don’t see any reason why they won’t have at it again in November. And I’m concerned that we are so consumed by political bickering and obsessed with Trump’s tweets that we are taking our eye off the wrecking ball that may be heading our way in the not-so-distant future.

Here’s from Dan Coats, the current (as of today) Director of National Intelligence, from an article on Fox News:

President Trump should have issued a more full-throated condemnation this week of Russian election meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum.

But, Coats added, Trump was right to point out this week that Russian interference is just one of many potential threats facing the country.

“I wish he made a different statement,” Coats told his interviewer, NBC host Andrea Mitchell. “it’s undeniable that the Russians are taking a lead on this.

“We’re now learning about the dark side, and it’s pretty ugly,” Coats added. “What we see every day, against our institutions, against our military, against our financial services, against our criticial infrastructure — stretching from those who have major capabilities of doing this, starting with Russia, including China. … Add Iran into that, add ISIS into that.

To twist a line from the Beatles: I read the news today, oh boy.

But wait. Coats has more to say about a looming “Cyber 9/11.”

Still, Coats suggested that the outsize focus on Russian interference risks blinding Americans to other, potentially more serious threats.

“I’m concerned about a cyber-9/11,” Coats said. “Let’s say you shut down Wall Street for a week. What does that do to the world’s markets and people’s investments? … What about an attack on the electric grid in New England in January, that’s sophisticated to take it out for three days. How many people will die?”

Somebody better make sense of all that.

And soon.

 

 

A Stormy Night In Ohio

Well, it looks like Stormy Daniels will get her day in court after all. But it’s most likely not the one she was expecting, or the one most of the nation is looking forward to seeing.

It appears that Daniels, the retired porn actress who alleges that she had an affair with President Trump and then received a substantial payment to keep her mouth shut about it, was arrested Thursday night while performing at a strip club in Ohio. Note: Of course it was Ohio. Where else in the nation could this possibly happen? I digress.

Anyway, here is the CNN account of the story:

(CNN)Adult film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested early Thursday at an Ohio strip club for allegedly touching three undercover detectives during her performance in violation of state law.

Daniels, who gained notoriety after suing President Donald Trump following an alleged affair, faces three misdemeanor counts of illegally touching a patron, court records show.
She posted a $6,054 bail and was released Thursday morning, and is due to be arraigned Friday morning, records show.
Oh, Stormy. Let’s hope this doesn’t put a damper on the more pressing court appearance with the President.
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