January 26, 2017… day 7
On Twitter Trump says to the Mexican president that he shouldn’t bother coming if he’s not going to pay for the wall. Pena Nieto cancels his trip to meet with Trump.
Later Trump says there will be a 20% tax on imported goods from Mexico. Then he tries to walk it back.
The doomsday clock was moved thirty seconds closer to midnight, so now it’s 2 and a half minutes to midnight. I have some memory of this from years ago, but I don’t know what it means.
State department senior staff resigned. While Tillerson was there? Story is murky, about resignation, retirement, and firing. Some framed it as a strike. It doesn’t seem to be usual.
Overheard conservative coworker conversation:
CCW1: He’s building a wall.
CCW2: I know, and we’re paying for it.
CCW1: Did you see that the Mexican president canceled their meeting?
CCW2: God, it’s been one week.
CCW1: ONE WEEK, and heads of states are already refusing to meet with him.
Steve Bannon attacked the media as “the opposition” and said it should “keep its mouth shut.” Jake Tapper (CNN) tweeted “No.”
Sanctuary cities: Boston mayor (from yesterday) said to a crowd, “If necessary, we will use City Hall itself to shelter you.”
Good headline from The Verge: On the Internet, Nobody Knows if You’re a National Park.