During that much publicized televised meeting with congressional leaders in the White House, was anyone else struck by Trump's body language? Specifically the tightly crossed arms thing? I'm curious to know if that communicates to most people what it communicates to me.
Quote from: VoxRat on January 11, 2018, 06:03:21 AMDuring that much publicized televised meeting with congressional leaders in the White House, was anyone else struck by Trump's body language? Specifically the tightly crossed arms thing? I'm curious to know if that communicates to most people what it communicates to me.Josh Marshal thinks he didn't realise Feinstein wasn't a Republican (said she should be "primaried" over her release of the Simpson testimony).
Quote from: Pingu on January 11, 2018, 07:16:19 AMQuote from: VoxRat on January 11, 2018, 06:03:21 AMDuring that much publicized televised meeting with congressional leaders in the White House, was anyone else struck by Trump's body language? Specifically the tightly crossed arms thing? I'm curious to know if that communicates to most people what it communicates to me.Josh Marshal thinks he didn't realise Feinstein wasn't a Republican (said she should be "primaried" over her release of the Simpson testimony).I don't believe that.I took it to mean she was trying to prove her anti-Trump bona fides to California democrats.
My meeting at the WH was today and my brain actually, literally hurts. Not even joking, we're at new levels of frustrations. It's pretty damn sad when you're hoping that your meetings at Congress will go better
It was literally "yes, but how do we use this to make us look [good] and democrats look bad" and me constantly explaining how i'm not a politician, am not allowed to engage in political BS, and i'm there to represent what is in the best interests of americans and not republicans (or democrats). No one seemed to understand that at all
I literally had to draw pictures on the white board to explain things and things were still not understood. I was so frustrated that i was going to make a comment about explaining things via sock puppets instead, but somehow managed to not blurt that out
I've been through a number of administrations now and I've never really faced that line of questioning from any Republican or Democrat before. While it won't be a popular opinion, and while I disagree with a majority of their viewpoints, I could at least have a briefing with folks like McCain, or Vitter, or Graham.... and have them be actual discussions that don't devolve into "yes, but how do we make people look bad?" it was embarassing
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what a stable genius
When President Trump offered his out-of-the-blue endorsement for the return of congressional earmarks on Tuesday, he broke the first rule of the hesitant House Republican bid to revive them: Don't call them earmarks."Our system lends itself to not getting things done, and I hear so much about earmarks--the old earmark system--how there was a great friendliness when you had earmarks," the president told a group of about two dozen House and Senate lawmakers at the White House, in something of a non sequitur from their effort to reach an immigration accord. "Of course, they had other problems with earmarks. But maybe all of you should start thinking about going back to a form of earmarks. You should do it, and I'm there with you, because this system really lends itself to not getting along."The lawmakers laughed. Some of them perhaps chuckled nervously, knowing that Trump had waded into politically treacherous waters by giving his blessing to the kind of pork-barrel spending that had become synonymous with Washington corruption. Before Trump had campaigned on "draining the swamp," earmarks--spending provisions directed to specific local projects or organizations that were often slipped into bills at the last minute with little debate--had been a big part of the muck.
It's an excuse because he didn't want crowds throwing eggs, rotten fruit, bricks, that sort of thing at him. Plus he's antagonised the elected mayor of the relevant city, and there was a yuge petition against him coming on a state visit, loads of MPs demanded he didn't come, etc. And that was before the PM gently suggested retweeting videos from Britain First was a bad idea, and he shouted via twitter at her.Basically he'd have got the traditional Cable Street Welcome we give to fascists.