TOWOIT #92

April 18, 2017… Day 89

OK, I’ve been a publicly angry declensionist for enough days in a row. This was a good read from Vox:

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And I’m not gonna get upset that Jon Ossoff has to go to the runoff election in the Georgia 6 (probably, I had to stop watching the results come in).

I’m not gonna get upset about Ivanka Trump. Not her China shenanigans…

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Not her Turkey shenanigans…

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Haha, Joyce Carol Oates. That woman is so prolific it’s shady. Speaking of books, I’m not going to get upset about the coverage surrounding Shattered, which picks apart Hillary and her campaign.

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I’m glad that Arkansas is hitting a few stumbling blocks on its execution plans.

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And I’m glad that there are cultural shifts and demographic shifts and economic shifts in how we use energy.

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Questions the press pool asked deputy White House press secretary Sarah H. Sanders:

  • Following up on Paris, can you respond to the reports that the reason it was delayed is because there’s a lot of discord about how to proceed among the top advisors, whether or not to pull out?
  • What’s the President’s feeling about the Paris agreement? Would he like to pull out? I know he’s voiced skepticism in the past.
  • On the Turkey situation, is there kind of a disagreement between what the State Department said and then what the President appears to have said in that readout that we got last night congratulating the Turkish President? And is there kind of a dissonance in that message?
  • Is the President concerned about the future of democracy in Turkey as a result of this vote?
  • But doesn’t it send a message that he supports the fact that President Erdogan expanded his power with this very controversial vote?
  • Should that be viewed as an acceptance of the results? I mean, the opposition party is —
  • The opposition party is questioning the results, calling for a recount. Should President Trump’s phone call be viewed as an acceptance that those are the official results of the referendum?
  • So did he not congratulate him?
  • Sarah, just two questions. One on Turkey, one on the executive order. On Turkey, would it be okay for the President — is it okay for the President, acceptable, to have an undemocratic Turkey that is a strong ally against terrorism? Is that an acceptable result for the President?
  • Second question, on the executive order. Is it explicitly intended to reduce the number of foreign workers in the United States?
  • On the event today, is the President trying to re-embrace a populist economic stance after a week when he did reverse some campaign positions, like on Chinese currency, for example, or the Ex-Im Bank?
  • Is that why Steve Bannon —
  • I have a question, but I also want to clarify to a question. Is what you’re saying that the phone call was not an official acceptance of the results of the Turkish election? Or are you just not commenting on that? I just wanted to clarify that.
  • And can you just make this official — on taxes.  Today is tax day.
  • It is, indeed. Will the President be willing to come back and at least talk with us in person a little bit today about his decision not to release those returns? And can you also on the record talk about why the President’s decision on staffing at Mar-a-Lago with foreign workers does not run afoul to the message he wants to send with the Buy American, Hire American EO?
  • Yeah. On Buy American, Hire American, there were some questions in the background briefing yesterday but I was hoping you could address these on the record about why hiring practices at Mar-a-Lago with foreign workers don’t send a mixed signal with what he’s hoping to achieve with Buy American, Hire American policy. And I was just hoping you could address that on the record.
  • Has he filed his taxes today, Sarah?
  • Can you check on that?
  • Of course.

 

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