Sanctions on Russia, leaked transcripts, White House renovations. Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues working while the President, Senate and Congress are vacationing.
First, the House of Representatives passed a bill blocking the White House from interfering with planned sanctions on Russia. Then in a rare show of bi-partisan unity – and in spite of the President’s disapproval – the Congress passed new sanctions on Russia. The new sanctions displeased not only President Trump, but President Putin who retaliated by drastically limiting the number of American diplomats and support staff in Russia.
Brand new insider leak made transcripts of President Trump’s phone conversations with foreign leaders’ public.
The President’s conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull exposed President Trump’s true feelings about accepting refugees and his disregard for binding international agreements.
The phone exchange with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the other hand put the President’s hypocrisy on full display: keeping promises he’s made during the presidential race is of no importance but keeping up appearances and the truth out of the reach of media are high on his priority’s list. The latest leaks don’t reveal any secret government information, but the President’s values, or lack thereof, if you will.
President Trump left for 17 day vacation during which several renovations will be completed in the White House. Having repeatedly criticized President Obama for golfing and vacationing, President Trump took 75 days off (the current 17 day “working” vacation included) during his first 200 days in the Oval Office.
But even with President Trump playing golf for the next 17 days, with the Senate and Congress on a summer break, Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues working.
He has empaneled a grand jury for his Russian collusion investigation. He has begun issuing subpoenas and requesting documents, including the President’s financial and business records. Robert Mueller enjoys a sterling reputation as well as respect on both sides of the political aisle. President Trump has been warned on several occasions that an attempt to fire Mueller will backfire and once again (as it was the case with his firing of the former FBI Director James Comey) create the appearance of intentional obstruction of justice.
And how was YOUR week?
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich