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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 12:31 PM

Pelosi steps up as Trump abdicates responsibilities

By Eugene Robinson / The Washington Post

Last weekís viral photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointing her finger at President Trump and reading him the riot act reflected a larger reality: If Trump wonít responsibly lead the nation, Pelosi will.

The president has pretty much ceased being president. Trump never really seemed to enjoy the job, except for ceremonial tasks like handing out medals. Iíd be surprised if he could name every member of his Cabinet, and Iíd be shocked if he had the foggiest idea of what, say, Secretary Elaine Chao has been up to over at the Department of Transportation. Does anyone imagine that Trump even knows where DOT is?

Recently, however, Trumpís lack of focus has gotten so bad that it has become dangerous to human life, as the Kurds of northeast Syria can attest. Trump agreed not to stand in the way of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganís invasion plans in order to get the unpleasant Erdogan off the phone, according to an NBC News report. Erdogan threw Trumpís ďDonít be a fool!Ē letter in the trash and now is demanding the right for Turkey to obtain nuclear weapons.

Trump sent Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ankara to straighten things out, but all they came away with was a ďcease-fireĒ agreement that amounted to total capitulation by the Kurds. But how could they possibly have done more? Erdogan knows that they donít speak for the president. Nobody speaks for this president, except perhaps Rudy Giuliani. Any promise can be taken back, any commitment abrogated or red line erased, by the next flurry of tweets.

Enter Pelosi, who is not the president, obviously, but increasingly is acting almost like a prime minister.

Over the weekend, she led a congressional delegation on an unannounced trip to reassure American allies in Jordan and Afghanistan. Given that Pelosi greenlighted the House investigation that likely will end in Trumpís impeachment ó and, thus, that Trump sees her as his nemesis ó the president likely considered Pelosiís trip a slap in the face.

https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/robinson-pelosi-steps-up-as-trump-abdicates-responsibilities/

Donny probably thinks DOT stands for Department of Trump.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 12:40 PM

1. LOL Department of Trump.

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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 12:49 PM

2. Speaker's Jordan Trip must have

caused some mega waves in the Mid East. Notice Putin and Erdogon had a sit down today. What is going to happen to the 700 or so special forces left behind in Syria? Trump has know put a target on each and everyone of those folks back with his statements today. The real troubling statements came from the Putin/Turkey meeting,where Erdogon says he will wipe out all those Kurdish people in and around the Oil Patch.

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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 01:04 PM

3. The president has pretty much ceased being president. Trump never really seemed to enjoy the job, ..

Trump does also love tweeting foreign policy without consulting the Pentagon or the Joint Chiefs!!


.....The president has pretty much ceased being president. Trump never really seemed to enjoy the job, except for ceremonial tasks like handing out medals.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 01:32 PM

4. tRump may have ceased being president,

But he's still wrecking havoc around the world in America's name.

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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 09:09 PM

5. Very soon, DOT will stand for Departure of Trump nt

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