It’s Friday’s Open Thread With Trump Tweets (Updated)

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It’s Friday.

Finally, it’s Friday, August 2nd, can you believe it?

Thursday night after his campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, he tweeted four times, three tweets, thanking Ohio, with the fourth thanking Senators for raising the debt ceiling and passing a two-year budget deal that increases spending.

CNBC News explains that the spending bill raises spending by “hundreds of billions of dollars, setting discretionary spending at about $1.37 trillion in fiscal 2020 and even higher in 2021.”

They go on to explain that the U.S. debt is at $22 trillion, with the White House Office of Management and Budget projecting a $1 trillion deficit for 2019.

The Los Angeles Times reported that with the support of 38 Democrats, and 29 Republicans, the final vote was 67-28.


The President has tweeted 4 times and re-tweeted once, for Friday, so far.

CBS Baltimore reported on Thursday, that just hours before the President issued several tweets attacking House Oversight Committee Chairman, Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore, on Saturday, the local police were investigating a burglary at Cummings’ Baltimore home.

The incident took place around 3:40 a.m., the police told CBS Baltimore, they are unsure if anything was taken.

Cummings issued a statement regarding the break-in via NBC News.

I was notified of the intrusion by my security system, and I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house. I thank the Baltimore Police Department for their response and ask that all further inquiries be directed to them.

Cummings statement via NBC News.

As the News Blender reported on Wednesday North Korea test-fired two short range missiles that flew about 155 miles, and fell into the Sea of Japan.

This was not North Korea’s first test-fire, since President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, held their first summit last summer.

On July 25th, North Korea test-fired two missiles, a different type of missile from their test on Tuesday, that flew about 428 miles toward Japan.

Opinion

The President of the United States, belittles, beats-up on, and decries, American citizens, but has nothing but love for “Chairman Kim.”

Prior to departing the White House for his rally in Ohio, the President was asked about the test-firing.

He was asked about a phone call he had with Russian’s President Putin, and if he raised the concern of Russian election interference with Putin.

Asked about his son-in-law’s properties held in Baltimore that some have called slums, he replies by stating Baltimore is worse than Honduras as far as crime goes.

Seriously America, this is not normal.


On Friday the Washington Post reported that a Swedish Judge has said that A$AP Rocky, an American rapper, who has been accused of assaulting 19 year-old Mustafa Jarafi, did not have to remain in custody while awaiting the Judges verdict.

Rocky along with two other men were charged, on June 30th, if convicted, each man could face up to two years in prison.

The assault charges reached international headlines, when President Trump tweeted his intent to help Rocky.

The Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, declined to get involved.

The President tweeted his disappointment.

In response to the tweets Löfven’s spokesperson Mikael Lindström said in a statement to CNN that all people in Sweden are equal before the law. Pointing out the Prime Minister had explained that the Swedish Judicial system, is completely independent from the Government.

All I can say at this point, is that Sweden and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven have explained and emphasised the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts. The Government is not allowed, and will not attempt, to influence the legal proceedings, which are now ongoing

Swedish Statement via CNN.

The verdict is expected to be issued on the 14th of August.


On Sunday the President via Twitter, confirmed reports that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats would be stepping down.

In the tweets he unofficially nominated Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe to led the intelligence agency.

Following the announcement Ratcliffe as the New York Times reported was having to “clarify his claims that he had won terrorism convictions as a federal prosecutor, as his background came under new scrutiny.”

According to an aide, Ratcliffe had “investigated side issues related to an initial mistrial, and did not prosecute the case either in that proceeding or in a successful second trial.”

The New York Times was not the only paper to notice the padding of Ratcliffe’s résumé, on Thursday the Washington Post reported that the one-time U.S. Attorney often cities a claim that he arrested over 300 illegals in a single day.

But when one looks closer to the claim one finds as the article explains, that “Ratcliffe’s claims conflict with the court record and the recollections of others who participated in the operation — at a time when he is under fire for embellishing his record.”

In 2008 he played a supporting role in a sweep, which involved U.S. Attorney’s Offices’ in five states, was led by ICE, “The effort targeted workers at poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride who were suspected of using stolen Social Security numbers.”

The “300,” turned out to be 45 workers charged by prosecutors in Ratcliffe’s office, according to court records reviewed by the Post, six cases were dismissed, two of those six because two turned out to be American citizens.

A spokesperson for Ratcliffe, Rachel Stephens, would not comment directly on the matter, but said in a statement, “that it grew out of a prior investigation and arrests in the Eastern District of Texas at the company’s national headquarters.”

On Tuesday speaking to reporters the President defended Ratcliffe, stating that the Intelligence Community, needed reined in, because it has “run amok”

On Thursday, the President said Ratcliffe was an outstanding man.

Ratcliffe responded to the announcement via Twitter.

The Acting DNI has not been named at this time.


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