Who’s uninformed?

By Pogo, a Trail Mix Contributor

John Kelly said yesterday that some of Trump’s comments about the wall and tough immigration policies were “uninformed”. You want to see uninformed? I got uninformed.

“The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S.,” Trump continued. “The $20 billion dollar Wall is “peanuts” compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!”

Reimbursement for a trade surplus? WTF is he talking about?

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31 thoughts on “Who’s uninformed?”

  1. reports are that Kelly has risked a Bannon moment, Trump is mad at him for these comments, tweeted this morning: “The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water…”

  2. maybe the twit can get mexico to also foot the military bill while he’s at it.  latest on shutdown:

    business insider: Lindsey Graham is the first GOP senator to come out against the Republican bill to avoid a shutdown — throwing the fight into flux


    Defense hawks, including Graham and Sen. John McCain, have long been critical of using CRs to fund the government. These members believe it leaves the military with no stability and maintains lower levels of funding than what is needed to operate effectively.

    The government has been operating under a series of short-term CRs since September.

    Graham’s defection is concerning for Republicans, who not only need the support of all Republican senators but also 10 Democrats in the chamber to avoid a filibuster and pass the bill if McCain is not available due to his health.

    Given strong opposition among Democrats to any funding bill without a DACA solution, getting enough members to come across the aisle was already going to be an uphill climb, increasing the number needed is even more daunting.

    Even Graham recognized the challenge.

    “To think you’re going to get a budget deal without dealing with DACA is pretty naive,” Graham said. “I think it’s always been naive.”


  3. the plot thickens, evil afoot and the sleuth’s on the trail

    the guardian:

    The boss, the boyfriend and the FBI: the Italian woman in the eye of the Trump-Russia inquiry

    Simona Mangiante, the girlfriend of ex-Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, also worked for a mysterious Russia-linked Maltese professor. No wonder Robert Mueller’s investigation came knocking

  4. Diaper Don’s currency is ignorance.  A friend in Ohio posted the story about the man being deported after living here 30 years and being brought as a minor.   She just said it was a sad statement that it couldn’t be worked out.

    The ignorance in the responses was mind boggling….all of it could be sourced to the lies of the big fat pig who currently squats in the Whitehouse

  5. Kelly who cares,  he is just Trump with military bearing but the same shitty (house or hole) ideas..just sitting around waiting for the military coup

  6. from above linked guardian piece:

    Recently Mangiante has given US TV interviews defending Papadopoulos, who is back in Chicago on bail. Her active media strategy is not without risk, with some wondering why she has chosen to speak out. Sceptical Twitter users accused her of sounding Russian during an appearance on ABC News – an idea she finds ridiculous.

    Mangiante says she has been to Russia once – for a child protection conference in St Petersburg – and never visited Moscow.

    Her parents – a professor and a teacher of English – are “scared” about her predicament, which she too finds somewhat bizarre. “I just happened to meet all these people,” she says.

    Mangiante says she felt compelled to do something after senior Republicans dismissed Papadopoulos as a “coffee boy” who had exaggerated his role.

    This is a lie, she says. “He was involved at the highest level. He wrote speeches for Trump. He set up the candidate’s meeting with Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi,” she says.

    Of Papadopoulos’s decision to cooperate with the FBI, she says: “He’s put himself on the right side of history. It’s quite brave. He wasn’t obliged to cooperate. He decided to cooperate.”

  7. The Trump military has demonstrated its loyality by becoming active members of Liars for Trump

  8. Katherine,

    Please separate the active from retired military members. And, don’t forget, I’m a retired military member.

  9. WTF is he talking about?

    I ask myself this question every time SFB opens his mouth.

    A friend at breakfast this morning told me that he heard on tv that someone wants to make a movie out of Fire and Fury.  Anyone else hear this?

  10. I just heard part of the Lyin’ Ryan presser – He utterly ignored the ACA-defunding tax cuts in the bill.  BTW, if Republicans want long term funding for CHIP, it’s not a negotiating point – it’s a common goal, so just drop the BS about CHIP and the military being held hostage for DACA, Paul.  It’s a false narrative that’s only fooling the repug base.

    BTW, a very wise person (Mrs. P) aptly described the repug party this morning – it’s stupid poor rednecks and rich white people, and the rednecks are too stupid to understand that.

  11. business insider: New poll suggests Trump’s attacks on the Russia probe and the FBI are having an unexpected effect on voters from both parties

    A new poll published Wednesday finds that a majority of Americans believe Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russia probe, should be allowed to complete the investigation.

    The NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll shows that 69% of national registered voters believe Mueller should see the Russia investigation through until it’s complete. When broken down by party, a majority of both Republicans (59%) and Democrats (76%) said the same.


    Trump’s allies have also echoed his fiery public attacks on the FBI, which critics have warned could undermine the agency’s credibility.

    The NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll posed that question to voters in its January 17 poll, asking whether they have any confidence in the FBI. According to the survey, 57% of national registered voters said they have some level of confidence in the FBI — either a “great deal of confidence,” or “quite a lot,” as the survey characterized it.

    Among Democrats, a combined 63% said they either had a great deal, or quite a lot of confidence in the FBI. A combined 54% of Republicans who were surveyed said the same.

    Voters from both parties diverged most notably when asked whether they viewed Mueller favorably or unfavorably. Just 15% of Republicans said they viewed Mueller favorably versus 49% of Democrats who were surveyed.

  12. talk about fire and fury, that fbi look into the nra is gonna cause an inferno.  the gun nuts will be coming outta the woodwork.

    here’s an excerpt from craig’s link:

    The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.


    The extent to which the FBI has evidence of money flowing from Torshin to the NRA, or of the NRA’s participation in the transfer of funds, could not be learned.

    However, the NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump – triple what the group devoted to backing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors.

    Two people with close connections to the powerful gun lobby said its total election spending actually approached or exceeded $70 million. The reporting gap could be explained by the fact that independent groups are not required to reveal how much they spend on Internet ads or field operations, including get-out-the-vote efforts.


    the guardian:
    Sebastian Gorka was White House aide while a fugitive from Hungarian justice
    The White House employed a Hungarian fugitive for seven months, according to an arrest warrant that appears to show that Sebastian Gorka, a former adviser to Donald Trump, was wanted there on weapons charges as of September 2016.

    The warrant, first reported by Hungarian online outlet 444 and BuzzFeed News is for “firearm or ammunition abuse”.

    Gorka, a former Breitbart writer and Trump campaign surrogate, served as “deputy assistant” to the president during his White House tenure, but the exact nature of his role was vague. Gorka was reportedly forced out last August, by the chief of staff, John Kelly, who had recently assumed the role.

    Details on the alleged crime triggered the warrant were scarce. The site 444 noted that it could have resulted from an incident as far back as 2009. Hungarian police did not respond to a request for comment.

    Gorka told the Guardian that “since I moved to the US in 2008”, a year before the possible 2009 incident, he would decline to comment.

    “More #FAKENEWS,” he then added.

    He did not reply to a question about whether the incident could have occurred on a visit back to his native Hungary.

    Gorka has a longstanding and well-documented interest in guns. He told Recoil magazine in November that his “everyday carry” includes two pistols, a knife, a tourniquet – and for good measure – a copy of the US constitution. In February 2016, he had a pistol confiscated after attempting to bring it through Washington’s Reagan national airport.

    Born in the UK to Hungarian-born parents, Gorka spent much of his career in the Hungarian ministry of defense working on issues of counter-terrorism. Since he became a fixture of the Trump campaign and administration, numerous experts have raised questions about his formal credentials and his work in the field of counter-terrorism, and noted his connections to the “alt-right” in the US and fringe rightwing groups in Hungary.

  14. Gorka the security analyst who couldn’t get a security clearance.

    Kind of sums up the SFB’s administration

  15. Newly released fbi files on the late ailes…complete with fingerprints.

    Some interesting interviews

    The records show that on April 3, 1981, Ailes was interviewed by the FBI after tickets to the Tomorrow Show, which Ailes produced for NBC, were found in the possession of President Reagan’s would-be assassin, John Hinckley Jr. The FBI was told there was no way to determine whether Hinckley had attended the show, which taped just weeks before the attempted assassination.

  16. Gorka is a DEAD RINGER for a “friend” of mine- who just lost a $300k job for a hostile work environment suit brought by 7 women.

    Patd, to answer your 459 comment, all of them?

  17. The golden mole’s objection to chain migration probably indicates that he wants to send his father-in-law back to Shitholvenia.

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